FRIDAY 6-8-18

1.      T.O, Terrell Owens is skipping his induction ceremony into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  In a statement, Owens said, “After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life elsewhere.  At a later date, I will announce where and when I will celebrate my induction”.  What do you think of his decision?  Where do you think he will celebrate?


2.      A week after a personal appeal from Kim Kardashian, President Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old Tennessee woman serving life for a non-violent drug offense.  Johnson was convicted of drug conspiracy and money laundering in 1996 when she became involved with cocaine dealers. White House officials say President Trump is currently considering nearly a dozen appeals for clemency on top of the five formal pardons he has issued so far.  How do you feel about Alice Marie Johnson being set free?


3.      Justify goes for the Triple Crown of racing Saturday in the Belmont Stakes.  There have been 12 Triple Crown winners, the last was American Pharoah three years ago, others include Affirmed in ’78, Seattle Slew in ’77 and Secretariat in ’73.   Will Justify become the lucky 13th Triple Crown winner?


4.      IHOP  is changing its name. The chain announced on Twitter that after 60 years, they will officially be changing the name to IHOB. The restaurant hasn't said what the 'B' will stand for but the most realistic guess is probably 'breakfast'.  What do you think about the IHOP name change to IHOB?


5.      The First Lady made her first public appearance in nearly a month this week after she spent five days in a hospital last month.  Melania accompanied President Trump on Wednesday to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a briefing on the 2018 hurricane season.  Trump added to the anticipation of their first public appearance in a while by tweeting "The Fake News Media has been so unfair, and vicious, to my wife and our great First Lady, Melania. During her recovery from surgery, they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H. (and me) for N.Y. or Virginia, to abuse." Should the First Lady be fair game for the media or be off limits?


6.      Microsoft has placed a massive computer data center on the bottom of the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.  The deployment is the second phase of Project Natick, which Microsoft says could herald a new wave of data centers that can be deployed rapidly and inexpensively. One of the biggest advantages of placing the data center underwater is the lower energy cost to cool the servers.  Tidal turbines and wave energy converters will generate the electricity for the data center.  How would you feel having your data at the bottom of the sea? Who’s going to service it if something goes wrong?


7.      For the first time in eight years, not a single woman cracked the entire 2018 list of Forbes' top 100 richest athletes. Since 2010, at least one female athlete has made a showing, with tennis star Serena Williams ranking 51st last year.  The highest  paid athletes are in order:  Floyd Mayweather $285-million; Lionel Messi $111-million; Cristiano Renaldo $108-million; Conor McGregor $99-million; Neymar $90-million and LeBron James $85.5 million.  Does it surprise you that no women made the list or that a boxer made more money than anyone else?


8.      Plans are in motion for private companies to take over operations of the International Space Station.  NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "We're in a position now where there are people out there that can do commercial management of the International Space Station."  Bridenstine would not specify which companies he had spoken to but it was Boeing that was selected in August 1993 as NASA's primary contractor to develop and build the ISS.  How would you feel about the Space Station becoming a private business?


9.      New stats show that about 4 in 10 people who've gone to college have taken out loans to pay for school. The College Board says that among those who finished a bachelor's degree in 2016 with debt, the average amount was $28,400, which was up from $22,100 in 2001.  Can anything be done about the college debt dilemma?


10.   China is reportedly offering to purchase an estimated $70 billion worth of U.S. products if the Trump administration holds off on its planned trade tariffs. Representatives of China said they would significantly boost agricultural and energy imports, purchasing more U.S. soybeans, corn, natural gas, crude oil and coal according to The Wall Street Journal.  Did Trump just one up China?

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