FRIDAY 9-14-18

1.      Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina coast and the National Hurricane Center said winds will be over 100 miles per hour, create storm surges at high at 15 feet with as much as two to three feet of rain fall.  FEMA is also warning people in the path of Florence to not “let your guard down”.  Do you feel residents are prepared and taking this seriously?  Are you following the coverage of Florence?


2.      The Browns take on the Saints in week 2 of the NFL season and the Browns are 7.5 point underdogs.  Best Team Coverage with Mark “Munch” Bishop, Greg Brinda and me kicks off at 9 here on WTAM 1100 and on 106.9 FM.  Do you take the Browns and the points?


3.      Paul Manafort has reportedly reached a "tentative" plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller. A pretrial conference is scheduled for today in federal court in Washington, D.C. and it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with Mueller's probe or is conceding to a guilty plea.   Sources with knowledge of the discussions say that conceding to a guilty plea would allow Manafort to avoid the expense and stress of a trial.  What would this mean for the Mueller investigation?


4.      Box Office Mojo ranked the top earning actors and actresses of all time based on total career earnings and topping the list is Samuel L. Jackson who has hauled in $5.7 billion.  His work in The Avengers series helped him reach the top spot.  Rounding out the top five are Harrison Ford, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hanks and Morgan Freeman.  The top female on the list is ranked #6 overall and the nod goes to Scarlett Johansson who has earned a cool $4.3 billion.   Does it surprise you that Samuel L. Jackson is #1?


5.      The Food and Drug Administration is threatening to pull e-cigarettes from shelves. The FDA is ordering the top E-Cig manufacturers to submit plans within 60 days detailing how the companies will prevent teens from using their products.  How can you keep teens  from smoking e-cigarettes?  Should they be illegal to sell?


6.      Some employees of Google, including a senior researcher, have decided to walk away from the company after its decision to try to re-enter China. Google pulled out of the country eight years ago, but have been working on a censored search engine, code-named Dragonfly, to appease the Chinese government's demands. The government wanted Google to restrict sensitive information, such as human rights, peaceful protests, and democracy.  Would you give up a pay check if you did not agree with your company’s business decision?


7.      Play “Snow Days” song hook by the Ohio City Singers (it should be in Nex Gen):  A school district in South Carolina is getting rid of “snow days” and is replacing them with eLearning Days.  When classrooms are closed because of the weather, teachers will send parents digital assignments their children will have to complete at home.  If for any reason students have a problem accessing the internet, they will still be required to complete the assignment within five days on their own time.   What you like to see eLearning days be implemented in Northeast Ohio schools?


8.      Hundreds of rare gold coins were discovered beneath an Italian theater.  They were discovered by construction crews at the previous site of a historic theater in northern Italy, which closed in the 1990s. The coins were found in what appears to be a soapstone vase or jar, believed to be from 474 B.C.  If you found them, would you have kept one?


9.      The states of New York and Nebraska are launching its own investigation into sex abuse cover-ups in the Catholic church.  New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has issued subpoenas to all eight of the state's dioceses to review how they handled allegations of child sex abuse.  The move comes in the wake of last month's bombshell grand jury report on sex abuse cover-ups in Pennsylvania.  Would you like to see Ohio Attorney Mike DeWine do the same?


10.   A man who was found guilty of punching the organizer of last year's deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has been slapped with a fine - of one U.S. dollar, he faced up to one year in jail. Jeffrey Winder hit Unite the Right organizer Jason Kessler in the back of the head while Kessler was giving a press conference.   One person was killed during last year's rally when a man drove his car into a crowd of protesters.  Do you agree with the jury's verdict?