MONDAY 5-14-18

1.      Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals is in the books between the Cavs and Celtics.  What are your thoughts on the game?


2.      New numbers show that losses more than doubled at the U.S. Postal Service in the first quarter of the year to $1.3 billion.  Postal officials say they've been hurt by the ongoing decline in traditional mail, coupled with increased costs for retiree benefits.  The good news is the Postal Service's package business is the one segment experiencing strong and steady growth with sales increasing by $445 million.  Does the current operating system of the post office need an overhaul?  Should they cut back on the number of delivery days?


3.      The Rockefeller auction at Christie’s on Friday set net sales record of $832 million.  The collection owned by the late Peggy and David Rockefeller featured artworks and treasures including a Picasso painting which sold for $115 million, a Monet which sold for $84 million and a 256 piece dessert service commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte sold for $1.8 million.  All the money will be given to charity.  All influential was the Rockefeller family in the development of Cleveland?


4.  This week marks the 20th anniversary of the last Seinfeld episode.  The sitcom aired from 1989 to 1998 and is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms ever made according to Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone and TV Guide and the Writers Guild voted it the #3 Best Written TV Series of All Time.  Some of the classic episodes include “The Chinese Restaurant”, “The Parking Garage” and “The Contest”.  Are you a Seinfeld fan?  What made the show so great?



5.      The report in the New York Times claims members of the Federal Air Marshall Service organization have issues with alcohol abuse, harassment, and low morale. The service, which was created in 1961 and expanded after the terror attacks on September 11th, has about 3,000 officers and an annual budget of $800 million.  Next month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office will begin a review of the working environment at the agency.  Do you think we should still have Air Marshalls?  Have you ever met one? 


6.      A mother in Great Britain  is warning parents after her 15-year old daughter was badly burned in what is being called the "Deodorant Challenge." Jamie Prescott shared photos of severe burns her daughter received by spraying aerosol deodorant on her skin and leaving it for an extended period to time.  The injury was so bad that the girl may need to receive a skin graft, according to the Facebook post.  Have you heard of the Deodorant Challenge?


7.      In his new book The Restless Wave, Arizona Senator John McCain talks about his regret over selecting Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential pick.  Palin called McCain's comments a “perpetual gut-punch. That’s not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years, as he’s apologized to me repeatedly for the people who ran his campaign. In the book, McCain said he regretted not choosing his friend Joseph Lieberman as his running mate.  Do you think it would have made a difference if McCain ran with Lieberman instead of Palin in 2008 against Obama and Biden?    


8.      A new Triple A poll finds that 20% of Americans say they will buy an electric car or hybrid  when they purchase their next vehicle, up 15% from a year ago.  Reliability and range are the two most important factors though for consumers when looking to an electric or hybrid car.  Are you ready to go electric?  Would you have concerns about running out of juice?


9.      A new survey finds that 25% of children six years-old and under have their own mobile device spending as much as 21 hours a week on their devices; 20% of parents say they did it to keep their kids entertained and 80% say they don’t limit the amount of usage.  Is six years-old too young for kids to have their own mobile device such as an iPad?


10.   Multiple reports suggest that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and retired NFL player Herschel Walker will soon join President Trump’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition. The Council encourages Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. Can you think Belichick would be a good spokesman?

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