WEDNESDAY 5-23-18

1.      Michael Rotondo, 30, was booted out his parent’s home on a court order.  Christina and Mark Rotondo filed a petition with a New York court claiming they’ve had enough of their son living under their roof.   The dispute between the parents and the son heated up February when the Rotondo’s left Michael a note saying he had two weeks to vacate his room and the premises.   Do you think Michael will still be welcome at Christmas?

 

2.       A judge in Oregon ruled that a 15-year-old boy, who has not been identified, must pay more than $36 million in restitution for starting a fire that burned through 48,000 acres of the Columbia River Gorge last September.  Judge John Olsen said, "the restitution is clearly proportionate to the offense because it does not exceed the financial damages caused by the youth."  The boy will pay the restitution on a schedule set by the Hood River Juvenile Department.   What do you think of the judge’s ruling?  How much can the boy really pay?

 

3.      Democratic lawmakers have a plan to give teachers a pay raise by eliminating a tax cut for the top 1% of earners. The proposal seeks to give states and school districts more than $50 billion over the course of 10 years to “increase teacher compensation and recruit and retain a strong, diverse workforce.”  Should the federal government help fund teacher salaries?

 

4.      More states are adopting four day school weeks.  In Oklahoma alone, nearly 20% of the districts already have a four day school week.  The shortened week helps districts deal with budget cuts and provides them the ability to recruit more high quality teachers.  Are four day school weeks a good idea?

 

5.      President Trump said during a White House meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, that his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may not happen next month. The situation has gotten complicated after North Korea threatened to pull out of the summit last week. The North is angry about joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea and unhappy about Trump's insistence on denuclearization.   Do you think China has North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on a puppet string?  Is China playing the Trump card?

 

6.      Sources are saying that China may end all limits on the number of children a family can have. The State Council, China’s cabinet, has commissioned research on the repercussions of ending the country’s policy that's been in place for almost four decades.  Can you imagine the population boom is restrictions are lifted if there are already more than 1.3 billion Chinese?

 

7.      A survivor of clerical sexual abuse in Chile says Pope Francis told him that being gay was the way God made him.   Juan Carlos Cruz said the Pope made the remark during a meeting in the Vatican after he told Francis he was gay.  Francis explained that his sexuality did not matter because God made him that way and loves him. The Pope's words would amount to a significant departure from the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.  Do you think the Catholic Church is changing its ways?

 

8.      The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a new report that says contaminated recreational waters caused 493 disease outbreaks between 2010 and 2014. The result of those outbreaks included over 27,000 people reporting sickness and 8 reported deaths. About half of the outbreaks happened between June and August.  The biggest culprit was hotel pools and hot tubs followed by public park pools, club and rec center water activities and water parks.  Would you swim in a community pool?

 

9.      The “Fearless Girl” statue in New York City is getting a new home outside the New York Stock Exchange facing the building.  The art work was installed last year by a Boston based firm to encourage more companies to put women on their boards.  It is symbolic that she will be facing down the New York Stock Exchange?  Have you seen or heard about the “Fearless Girl”?

 

10.   Portland has plans underway to build a brand new ballpark downtown in attempt to lure Major League Baseball to Oregon.  Two Major League teams, the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Rays both are seeking new ballparks but neither are close to finalizing a plan.  Do you think the Portland A’s could become a reality?

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