WEDNESDAY 6-13-18

1.      During a news conference with reporters following his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, President Trump announced joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises or "war games" will stop during negotiations with North Korea.  Trump said, "All I can say is they want to make a deal.  That’s what I do. My whole life has been deals. I’ve done great at it.” Do you see an open border in the works on the Korean Peninsula?

 

2.      Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said he’s so happy about the United States-North Korea summit that took place.   He also claims that a member of the White House called to thank him for having a role in getting the talks with Trump started.”    Do you believe that Rodman reaching out to Kim Jong Un help get us where we are today?

 

3.      President Trump says Kim Jong Un has accepted his invitation to visit the White House.  Trump said the visit would have to take place “at the appropriate time, a little bit further down the road.” Trump also told reporters that he will visit Pyongyang “at a certain time.”   What would suggest Kim see and do while in D.C? 

 

4.      East Cleveland Police say the house explosion on Sunday was caused by scrappers who caused a natural gas leak during several trips back and forth to the junk yard.  Police say there were four scrappers, one woman is dead, a 51-year-old man is in critical condition, a woman is in custody and a suspect by the name of Christopher Glenn in wanted by the police.   Can anything be done to prevent scrappers from selling stolen pipes at junk yards?   If any of the scrappers are convicted for literally blowing up the neighborhood, what would be a just sentence?

 

5.      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?

 

6.      A former Special Ed teacher in New Jersey will continue to help special-needs students long after her death.  Dumont Public Schools in New Jersey just received a $1 million donation from the estate of Genevieve Via Cava, who spent 45 years as a Special Ed teacher at the school before her death in 2011. The school superintendent says Via Cava loved teaching and had a true passion for her students.  She amassed her million-dollar fortune on a teacher's salary through careful saving habits.  The money will go towards a scholarship program for special ed students who want to continue their education.  Did you ever have a teacher that inspired you? 

 

7.      A teen is wanted for defacing the Colorado National Monument in order to ask their date to prom. The teen spray painted phrases like "PROM...ISE?" and "You're perfect to me" onto some of the park's ancient rock formations.  The vandal could face up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Park officials are asking for help finding the culprit and say they'll be "a lot more lenient" if the vandal turns themselves in.  If you did, would you admit and turn yourself in or keep it on the down low?

 

8.      George H.W. Bush has made history by becoming the first former president to reach the age of 94 as he celebrated his birthday with his family in Kennebunkport, Maine. Gerald Ford died at 93 years and 165 days while Ronald Reagan lived for 93 years and 120 days.  Jimmy Carter, born four months after Bush, and will turn 94 on October 1.   Is 90 the new 70?

 

9.      Nelson Nicolas Nunez-Acosta and Felipe Minaya, both of Newark, New Jersey were caught with 118 pounds of fentanyl which is enough to kill 26-millon people.  It was the largest fentanyl bust in the history of Nebraska.    If convicted, what would be a just sentence for the two?

 

10.   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?

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