WEDNESDAY 5-16-18

1.      Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement between the league and the players.  Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic.  In a statement Cano said, "This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment” and he added he did not know it was banned.  Do you believe him?

 

2.       Game 2 of the Cavs-Celtics series is in the books.  How do you feel about the Cavs heading into game three at The Q  on Saturday night?

 

3.      A former employee of the Strongsville City Schools has been charged with theft, and tampering with records, after prosecutors say he ordered $65,000 worth of items through the school district, but took all of them to his home. Robert Schwerman was the Strongsville district’s maintenance foreman, and had the authority to purchase all of these items without outside approval. Items purchased by Schwerman included a whole house generator, a furnace, an air conditioner, a $20,000 ATV, materials to build a carport, chain saws, leaf blowers, and a riding lawnmower. If found guilty, Schwerman could receive three years in prison on each charge that he faces.  What was Schwerman thinking? If convicted, should the court throw the book at him?

 

4.       The Royal Wedding is Saturday and it appears that Megan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle will walk his daughter down the aisle after all.  He says he’s sorry for selling photos of himself to paparazzi getting fitted for his wedding outfit, reading a book about photos of Great Britain and looking at pictures of Megan and Harry.  He said he did it for the money.  Are you following the drama before the wedding?

 

5.       Australia’s “60 Minutes” took an in depth look at Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and they conclude the pilot, Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah, depressurized the plane which knocked everyone out and veered the plane wildly off course in a suicide mission more than four years ago.  A senior pilot instructor said on the news magazine show the pilot dipped his left wing over his home town, did a long turn to the right and dipped again to the left which could have been an emotional goodbye before cutting off all transponder transmission.  Do you think this explains what happened to flight MA370?

 

6.      Former Cleveland City Council member Joe Cimperman will avoid jail time. He was sentenced on 26 misdemeanor charges dating back to as early as 2002 that include "having an unlawful interest in public contracts."  His sentence of one year in prison was suspended however he was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, serve a year of probation and 100 hours of community service.  Cimperman served as a Cleveland City Councilman for 18 years before he resigned in 2016.  Do you agree with the sentence?

 

7.      Toys ‘R’ Us is selling off its intellectual assets including kinky domain names. The toy company will be putting its famous mascot, Geoffrey the Giraffe, on the auction block as well as domains like sex-toys-r-us.com and kinkytoysrus.com. The domains are known as intellectual property and companies often register related domain names to guard against someone hijacking their brand for their own business. Other domains include recipes-r-us.com, burgers-r-us.com and even cigars-r-us.com.  Do you think the domains will get a good price?

 

8.      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?    

 

9.      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?

 

10.   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?

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