1. Today is June 14th, Flag Day. It’s believed that the idea of celebrating Flag Day originated with a teacher in Wisconsin in 1885. The colors of the U.S. flag are symbolic; red stands for valor and hardiness; white stands for innocence and purity ; and blue stands for justice, perseverance and vigilance. Do you think most Americans know today is Flag Day?
2. The U.S. Open tees off today at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Suffolk County, New York. Tiger Woods is playing the U.S. Open for the first time in three years and he’s not finished any closer than three shots off the lead in any major since he won the U.S. Open at Torey Pines in 2008. Does Woods have a shot at winning?
3. Ownership of the Shinnecock Hills region was the subject of a 2005 lawsuit filed by the Shinnecock Indian Nation who claim it was their land that was seized in a white land grab back in 1859. The Shinnecock Hills/U.S. Open logo features an Indian warrior in full headdress. Is the logo politically correct?
4. Speaker Paul Ryan says that the House will vote next week on two new immigration bills that he believes will have the support of President Trump. Ryan said the immigration bills will include a provision that children will not be separated from their parents at the border, will protect 1.8 million Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, will eliminate the diversity lottery and include $25 billion for border security. Will a wall along the Mexico border be a reality sooner than later?
5. Social media is fueling violence in Chicago gangs. According to the Chicago Crime Commission, more than 100,000 gang members are actively engaging in taunts and threats online that often lead quickly to violence and death on the streets. The commission says that the biggest change in gangs of today is that they embrace social media to troll enemies or conceal drug dealing in an emoji-laden text. Do you think the same thing is happening in Cleveland?
6. 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?
7. 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?
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. 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?