THURSDAY 5-24-18

1.      In a unanimous vote, NFL owners reached a decision on how they should handle players kneeling during the National Anthem. The new rules say that all teams and their personnel on the field during the performance will "stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem." In a compromise, the rule that everyone had to be on the field during the Anthem will be removed. Personnel can remain in the locker room or and off-field location while the Anthem is performed if they wish. Teams whose personnel is not in compliance of standing while on the field during the Anthem will be fined.  How do you feel about the NFL’s decision?  Do you think it will resolve the kneeling issue?


2.      NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined four core principals about legalized sports betting: 1) There must be substantial consumer protections. 2) Sports leagues can protect their content and intellectual property from those who attempt to steal or misuse it. 3) Fans will have access to official, reliable league data.  4) Law enforcement will have the resources, monitoring and enforcement tools necessary to protect fans and penalize bad actors here at home and abroad. Should pro sports leagues have any say about legalized sports gambling?


3.      The NFL announced that Nashville, Tennessee will host the 2019 NFL Draft which means Canton and Northeast Ohio still has a shot at hosting the 2020 draft.  Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said, “The Hall of Fame in partnership with the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Sports Commission and Visit Canton stand ready to host the NFL Draft in 2020 should we be selected. In the meantime, the Hall and the entire Canton region remains focused on preparing for the once-in-every-other-lifetime opportunity in 2020 to celebrate the NFL’s Centennial in Canton, the birthplace of the league.” Does it sound like a done deal that the draft is coming to Canton in 2020?


4.      Fortune Magazine is out with their annual Fortune 500 list and the number one company for the sixth year in a row is Walmart with more than $500 billion in annual sales.  Rounding out the top five companies are Exxon Mobil, Berkshire Hathaway, Apple and United Health Care Group.  Do you see Walmart hanging onto the top stop for years to come?


5.      A private search by a U.S. firm for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will end next Tuesday. Malaysia had agreed earlier this year to pay Houston-based Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it found the plane during a 90-day search in the southern Indian Ocean.  Ocean Infinity finished scouring its targeted search area in April and had requested an extension until May 29th, which has been granted. What's the likelihood the plane will ever be found?


6.      Speaking at the White House, President Trump says it "looks like" the FBI spied on his campaign.  Over the past few days, Trump has suggested an FBI informant was planted in his campaign for political purposes and is calling it “Spygate”.  How likely do you think it is that the FBI spied on his campaign? 


7.      A New Jersey couple were arrested in Seaside Heights after being caught having sex beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary on the grounds of a Roman Catholic church. The incident took place in what authorities describe as "secluded" despite the fact that a priest from Our Lady Of Perpetual Help caught them.  Anthony Getchius and Noelle Smart were both charged with public lewdness.  Is it sacrilegious to have sex beneath a statue of the Virgin Mary?


8.      A team of global scientists is setting out to prove, whether or not the Loch Ness monster really existed. Next month they will search the depths of Scotland's Loch Ness and use environmental DNA experiments to try to figure out whether "Nessie" was ever there. The use of eDNA is already used for monitoring other marine life.  Do you think there was a Loch Ness monster?


9.      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?


10.   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?

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