1. Twelve boys from a soccer team and their coach remain trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand. Two scuba divers from the United Kingdom who are experts in diving in caves found the boys and now the Thai Navy Seals are training the boys to dive and some how to swim in an effort to try and save their lives. Rescue experts say diving conditions in the cave are extremely dangerous especially for people with no experience using scuba gear. Have you been following the plight of the trapped boys and their coach?
2. American Tess Thompson Talley is defending herself after she posted a photo of herself with a giraffe she killed while hunting in South Africa. Talley said she killed the old bull giraffe to prevent it from attacking younger giraffes. She called it “conservation through game management”. Some animal lovers are comparing this to the killing of Cecil the Lion three years ago by a dentist from Minnesota. Have you seen the photo of Talley with the giraffe? What are your thoughts on her big game hunting a giraffe?
3. With a Supreme Court vacancy likely to be filled by a conservative, many are speculating that Roe v. Wade might be overturned. But a new poll suggests most Americans support the landmark abortion ruling. A Quinnipiac poll found 63% of people agreed with Roe v. Wade, while 31% didn't. It was also split pretty closely between men and women, with 65% of women approving of Roe v. Wade and 61% of men approving. President Trump has said that he will "probably not" ask potential nominees about Roe v. Wade. Do you think Roe v. Wade could one day be overturned or has the legal precedent been set?
4. Puerto Rico has taken a step toward becoming a U.S. state now that its representative in the House introduced a bill that would make that happen. Jenifer González-Colón introduced a bill to make the territory a state "no later than January 1, 2021." So far the bill has bipartisan support and currently 37 co-sponsors, a majority of which are Republicans. Last year, 97% of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood in a non-binding referendum. Are you in favor of Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state? What would that do for flag sales?
5. A new survey says Netflix is the #1 video viewing platform ahead of broadcast, cable, YouTube and Hulu. Netflix got 27% of the vote, basic cable got 20% and broadcast television received 18%. Adults 18-34 give a bigger nod to Netflix with 40% of them using Netflix most often to watch video content. Do the results surprise you that Netflix is #1?
6. Japan was eliminated by Belgium earlier this week in the Round of 16 at the World Cup but they are not sore losers. The team left their locker room completely spotless and even left a thank you note written in Russian. Have you ever heard of a sports team actually cleaning up after themselves before?
7. Last week marked the 15th anniversary of the National Do Not Call Registry opening for business. More than 10-million phone numbers were registered within the first four days. The Registry is still around and so are robocalls. Can anything be done to stop unwanted solicitation? How often do you get robo called?
8. A UCLA professor died during a bondage session in a Los Angeles area home. Doran George, 48, was found dead inside the home of Skip Chasey, an executive for Hollywood’s William Morris Endeavor agency and known in the Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism community also known as BDSM. The professor had been wrapped “head to toe in plastic wrap and gaffer’s tape, with small breathing holes at the nose and mouth,” during a mummification ritual. When paramedics arrived, they were unable to revive him. No charges have been filed. Should the person or people who bound him up be charged in George’s death?
9. The Center for Disease Control says that about a quarter of all adults in the U.S. get the recommended amount of exercise. According to new stats, 22.9% of people get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity each week plus some muscle-strengthening activities. Do you do any cardio?
10. President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet following the meeting of NATO in Helsinki, Finland on July 16th. The summit had been in the works for several weeks and was finalized by National security Advisor John Bolton during a meeting with Putin in Moscow this week. Do you think the summit can lead to a cease fire in Syria? Will Russia pull out of Syria?