1. This Sunday night, the Cleveland Orchestra will perform the rock opera “Tommy” with Roger Daltrey of The Who. The album released in 1969 was turned into a movie that tells the story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy and his life experiences. What made “Tommy” a classic album that is now being performed by the world renown Cleveland Orchestra?
2. The Beatles movie “Yellow Submarine” will be re-released this weekend in select theatres including the Cedar Lee to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The 1968 animated fantasy is about music loving inhabitants of Pepperland being under siege by the Blue Meanies, a nasty group of music hating creatures. Non-animated Beatles movies include “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Help”. Do you have a favorite Beatles movie?
3. On the 4th of July, Joey Chestnut set a new record by eating 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Did you see the highlights? Why has the contest become so popular even being broadcast live on national TV?
4. 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 as consumers received more than 18 billion robocalls in 2017 which is a 75% increase from the year before. Can anything be done to stop unwanted solicitation? How often do you get robo called?
5. 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?
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. A Texas mother was arrested after police say she sold her seven-year old son to two men and was in the process of selling his younger sisters. Esmeralda Garza of Corpus Christi was arrested and has remained in jail on a charge of sale or purchase of a child. Police found the child while executing a drug search warrant and discovered that the two girls, ages 2 and 3, were in the process of being sold. If convicted, what would be a just sentence?
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. A group of retired law enforcement and military officers along with a TV producer Thomas Colbert have been investigating the infamous skyjacker D.B. Cooper who parachuted from a Northwest Orient flight in 1971 with $200,000 in cash. They have concluded that Cooper was really a paratrooper and Vietnam Vet named Robert Rackstraw. The investigators believe they broke a code in a letter to The Oregonian newspaper in 1972. Do you think D.B. Cooper was a fictitious character? Does it make sense that a former Vietnam paratrooper could have been Cooper?