TUESDAY 9-18-18

1.      Christine Blasey Ford has accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both 17-years-old.  Kavanaugh put out a statement and says he will appear in front of the Judiciary Committee if asked to testify on the incident in which he allegedly corralled Ford into a bedroom during a summer party in the 1980s, pinned her to a bed and groped her.  Should Ford and Kavanaugh both be heard under oath?  Do you think this will derail his nomination?


2.      The families of six women who were murdered by serial killer Anthony Sowell in 2009 have reached a settlement with the City of Cleveland.  The families will equally divide a $1 million dollar payment from the city to compensate them for how the case was handled, with their attorneys citing poor detective work, and the failure to follow up on missing persons reports.   Sowell was charged with eleven counts of aggravated murder and over 70 counts of rape, kidnapping, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse. Since September 14, 2011, he has resided on death row at Chillicothe Correctional Institution.  What do you think about the settlement?


3.      A former NHL player from Canada has come under social media outrage after he tweeted about killing a grizzly bear. Tim Brent, who used to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, posted a photo of himself with the dead bear boasting he had “put an awesome stalk on him.” Brent was immediately met with social media outrage for his hunting of grizzly bears believed to be shrinking in population and was reminded how there are less than 7,000 left in the area. Hunting remains legal in the area; a license fee to kill a grizzly is $750.  Are hunters better off not posting their prey on social media?


4.      A new mother in Wisconsin is calling for the Green Bay Packers to change their ticket policy after the NFL team told her it wouldn't allow her 3-month-old daughter into the stadium without a ticket. Erica Johnson said she had planned to bring her daughter with her to the Packers' home game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, but believed she didn't need to buy an extra ticket because the child is still too young to sit in her own seat. Johnson, a lifelong Packers fan, said she called and wrote to the team regarding its policy for infants, but was told that all persons who enter Lambeau Field require a ticket, whether they use a seat or not.  Should infants be required to have a ticket at sporting events?


5.      Amazon opened its fourth Go Store with no cashiers or checkout lines.   You simply swipe your Amazon Go app when you enter, cameras and sensors see what you load in your cart and when you leave the store, your credit card is charged.  Is this the wave of the future now?


6.   SpaceX is planning to send someone on a private flight around the moon and the company tweeted last week that the passenger will make the lunar flight aboard the BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket, launch vehicle.   The announcement was made during a webcast last night.  Would you want to fly to the moon? 


7.      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?


8.      New Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper who purchased the NFL team for a record $2.275 billion this summer talked about players who kneel for the National Anthem and said, “it’s the biggest pile of bull-dingy ever to slam players who choose to protest during the national anthem.  These are some of the most patriotic people and best people. These are great young men. It just makes me so aggravated and angry”. Tepper went on to say that fans should shift their focus more on what players do in their communities instead.  Do you think public sentiment is shifting?


9.      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?


10.   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?

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