TUESDAY 6-5-18

1.      Medical marijuana dispensary license locations have been announced including 1920 Cooper Foster Parkway in Lorain, 709 Sugar Lane and 603 Cleveland Street in Elyria, 3865 Lakeside Avenue and 1222 Prospect Avenue in Cleveland, 11818 Madison Avenue in Lakewood, 10500 Antenucci Boulevard in Garfield Heights, 30133 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe and 382 Blackbrook Road in Painesville.  Many other locations were announced statewide.  A dispensary must be located at least 500 feet from a school, church, public library, playground or public park.  How easy do you think it will be to get a prescription? 

 

2.      It was 50 years ago today that Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after being told it was a shortcut to a press room. Kennedy died the next day.  Richard Nixon became President of the United States in 1968 by defeating incumbent Vice President Hubert Humphrey.  Do you think Kennedy would have been the next President of the United States in ’68 if he was not assassinated?

 

3.      In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that a Colorado baker has the right to refuse service to a gay couple on religious grounds. The court faulted the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s handling of the claims brought against Jack Phillips, saying it had showed a hostility to religion. In doing so, the commission violated his religious rights under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But the issue would seem to be far from resolved altogether. The court did not issue a definitive ruling on the circumstances under which people can seek exemptions from anti-discrimination laws based on their religious views.  Does the Supreme Court just punt on the case?

 

4.      Former President Bill Clinton said on NBC’s “Today” show the #MeToo movement hasn't changed how he sees the sex scandal during his presidency in the 1990s. When asked if he owed Lewinsky an apology, President Clinton said, "No, I do not -- I have never talked to her. But I did say publicly on more than one occasion that I was sorry. That's very different. The apology was public."  Clinton seemed to be caught off guard by interviewer Craig Melvin’s question about Lewinsky.  Did NBC’s Craig Melvin set up Clinton?  Does Clinton own Lewinsky a personal apology?

 

5.      Apple addressed phone addiction as part of its "Digital Health" platform that included new features to help control phone usage and set limits for time spent on certain apps at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference.   Is phone addiction a problem?

 

6.      The law enforcement officer on the scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High mass shooting has broken his silence.  Scot Peterson is the former sheriff's deputy who has been widely criticized for his actions during that day and was even called a "coward" by fellow officers. He acknowledges that "he missed it" by standing outside the building as a gunman fired an AR-15 assault-style rifle into classrooms and says that knowing what he now knows, he would have "been in that building in a heartbeat."   Do you think criticism of him is still warranted?

 

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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