MONDAY 6-4-18

1.      Game 2 of The Finals is in the books.  What did you think of last night’s game?

 

2.      The on again, off again summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on again after the President received a letter from Kim at the White House on Friday.  The envelope with the letter inside was about 3 feet by 2 feet in length and width.  What do you make of the over-sized envelope?  Does it have any significance?

 

3.      A Parma Heights man, 64-year-old Rustem Kazazi, a native of Albania, is suing the United States Customs and Border Protection agency after they confiscated more than $57,000 in cash from him on his trip to Albania from the U.S. last fall.  Homeland Security in a written letter says, “Enforcement activity indicates that the currency was involved in a smuggling, drug trafficking, money laundering operation.  Kazazi was never charged with a crime.  Should he get the money back?

 

4.      A teacher at Preston Junior High School in rural Iowa, Robert Crosland,  has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for feeding a sick puppy to a snapping turtle and faces up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted.  There are rival petitions for and against Crosland.  The “We Support Crosland” petition says Crosland taught us science in a new way and he truly loves his job”.  What should happen to Robert Crosland?

 

5.      California is testing new license plates on vehicles that use the same technology behind Amazon's Kindle e-book reader. The digital plates display large letters and numbers, just like a regular plate, but they'll also be able to show ads, personal messages, send data about their locations and will cost $699 as well as a $7 monthly fee.  Do you think digital plates are a good idea?

 

6.       Millennials in both the United Kingdom and here in the United States says the trust Amazon and PayPal ahead of banks when it comes to protecting their personal data and 73% of millennials say they would be more excited about new financial services from the likes of Google, Amazon, or Paypal, than their bank.  Do you trust Amazon and PayPal over your bank when it comes to your personal information?  Would you use financial services offered by Google, Amazon, or Paypal?

 

7.      Bah humbug!  LEGO has decided it will not produce a “A Christmas Story” house LEGO set after the idea was submitted on the LEGO Ideas website by Jason Middaugh of Syracuse.  The concept LEGO set idea garnered more than 10,000 supporters to advance to the product review stage but ultimately LEGO VIP’s were scrooges.  Should the LEGO executives who turned down “The Christmas Story” idea get coal in their stockings this Christmas?

 

8.      A bill in the Ohio House of Representatives is calling for schools to begin the academic year after Labor Day.  Most schools will be out for the summer next week and kids will return to school in late August.  Should schools start classes after Labor Day? 

 

9.      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 spot for years to come?

 

10.   A private search by a U.S. firm for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 ended its search.  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 through May 29th, which was granted. What's the likelihood the plane will ever be found?

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