WEDNESDAY 5-30-17

1.      ABC cancelled the Roseanne show after she posted a racist tweet. The rebooted sitcom was enjoying huge ratings, but the network pulled the plug after Barr said former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett looked like the offspring of "the Muslim brotherhood and Planet of the Apes." The comedian apologized for the tweet, but ABC president Robert Iger said canceling the popular show was the right move.  Did ABC overreact? Will another network, even an internet network pick up the show?

 

2.      New Cleveland Browns defensive back Damarious Randall offered to buy a jersey for everyone who retweeted him if the Cavaliers win the NBA championship against the Warriors.  Randall has been openly rooting for the Warriors during the playoffs.   More than 200,000 people have already taken Randall up on his offer.  If the Cavs win, it would cost Randall millions of dollars to pay off his tweet.   Do you think he would be a man of his word if the Cavs win?

 

3.      A Florida teacher won't face charges after he reportedly drowned raccoons and an opossum in front of his students.  A secret video of the teacher's actions was made by a student at Forest High School earlier this month.  Fifth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Brad King said the teacher will not face criminal charges because he did not "torment" the animals and was not "unnecessarily cruel." Do you agree with the decision?

 

4.      The 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee is underway at National Harbor in Washington, D.C.  More than 500 kids are competing this year for prizes that include $40,000 and a pizza party for their whole school.  The finals will be broadcast on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.  It’s time for our annual spew spelling bee with both Triv and John getting a word to spell. 

 

5.      A Louisiana televangelist is seeking donations for $54 million private jet.  Jesse Duplantis said "if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on the Earth today, he wouldn't be riding a donkey, he'd be in an airplane flying all over the world."  Does Duplantis have a point?

 

6.      Grocery chain Publix has announced that it will suspend its political contributions after a survivor from the Parkland school shooting called for protests and a boycott of the grocery store. The suspension comes after David Hogg, a student activist and survivor of the Parkland school shooting, urged people to stop shopping at Publix after it donated to Florida gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam who is a NRA supporter.  Publix gave Putnam, currently the Florida Secretary of Agriculture, $670,000 over the last three years.  Should retail businesses like Publix be making large political contributions?

 

7.      Law enforcement was dealt a blow by the Supreme Court when they ruled that a warrantless search of a vehicle cannot take place in one's driveway without a warrant. The court ruled 8-1 against a warrantless police search that involved an officer entering private property for the purpose of examining a motorcycle stored under a tarp in the driveway near a home. Justice Samuel Alito was the sole dissent. "The Fourth Amendment prohibits 'unreasonable' searches," Justice Alito said. "What the police did, in this case, was entirely reasonable. The Court's decision is not." Should law enforcement be allowed to search whatever is in your driveway without a warrant? 

 

8.      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?

 

9.      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?

 

10.   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? 

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