FRIDAY 7-20-18

1. The Indians traded catching prospect Francisco Mejia for two relievers, NL All-Star closer Brad Hand and right-hander Adam Cimber. Given Mejia's upside, is it the right move to trade for immediate short-term needs at the expense of the future?

2. In time for National Hot Dog Day (July 18th), a new survey by shopping app Ibotta found Americans are split on how to classify a hot dog and it could be based on geography. On the west coast, almost 50% of Californians say a frank and bun is a sandwich while, on the east, two-thirds of people from Vermont say no, it's not. Overall, only one-third of Americans consider the summer staple a sandwich. For condiments, 26% use ketchup, 23% mustard, 40% use both, and 11% say no toppings at all.  Are hot dogs a sandwich and what do you put on your dog?

3. Again, just in time for beach time, Lay's will introduce eight new potato chip flavors on July 30th. The "Taste of America" campaign ties in the flavors to different parts of the country. The new flavors include Cajun Spice, Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice, Chile Con Queso, Deep Dish Pizza, Deep Fried Pickles with Ranch, New England Lobster Roll, Pimento Cheese, and Thai Sweet Chili. Do any these sound appealing and what's your choice for junk food?

4. Crain's Cleveland reported that brothers Greg and Shaw Abrams, owners of Force Sports, have acquired the rights to the "Force" name from local developer Scott Wolstein in a concrete step to bring professional soccer back to Cleveland. The Cleveland Force played professional indoor soccer at the Richfield Coliseum from 1978-1988, sometimes outdrawing the Cavs. Cleveland is currently the smallest market with a football, basketball, and baseball franchise. Would a professional soccer team survive?

5. Buying a car just got easier, faster and a heck of a lot more fun with today's opening of Carvana's Cleveland location in Warrensville Heights, right off I-271 at Emery, Ohio's first vehicle vending machine.  Striving to remove the traditional dealership infrastructure and replacing it with a fully transactional website, the entire car purchase process can be completed online in as little as 10 minutes. Once a new car is selected, customers can then have their purchased car delivered directly to their door as soon as the next day, or they can elect to pick it up from one of Carvana‚Äôs proprietary car vending machines. Is this the future of car buying, selecting online with kicking the tires?

6. Moneyish talked to medical professionals, who warn certain clothing items can be bad for your health, like high heels, which can cause tendonitis and join pain in ankles and knees; heavy bags, which can cause back and shoulder pain; thongs, which can spawn bacterial infections; shapewear, which can compress your internal organs and cause stomach pain and bloating; and skinny jeans, which can cause damage to nerves and calf muscles. Is it true that it is better to look good than to feel good?

7. Manny Pacquiao announced he wants fight Floyd Mayweather again after defeating Lucas Matthysse to notch his 60th win. Pacquiao is a senator in the Philippines and Mayweather is retired. Why do these fighters keep going well past their prime?

8. For the second month in a row, Time magazine has put a provocative photo illustration of President Donald Trump on its cover -- this time, morphing him into Russian President Vladimir Putin. In it, Trump's distinctive blonde hair, wispy eyebrows and pursed lips merge with Putin's nose and blue eyes. The photo illustration, by visual artist Nancy Burson, "is meant to represent this particular moment in US foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland," Time said in a statement. Is Trump an unfair punching bag for traditional media?

9. Millennials seem to be the butt of many jokes but this one appears real: they have bad credit. Forty-six percent of this demographic believe their credit scores are holding them back but few are taking steps to fix bad credit like using auto-par or doing to free credit counselling. Is this surprising?

10. Rooster Money's new "Kids Allowance Report" finds kids will make about $110 in allowance this summer, or about $8.43 a week. Mowing the lawn, washing the car, and gardening are the top three money makes. What was your allowance and how does it compare to today?

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