FRIDAY 7-27-18

1.      Bill Wills and I interviewed Jim Thome this morning who will be enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown this weekend.  You can hear the interview on the Wills & Snyder podcast page on WTAM.com.  What are your thoughts on Thome’s career and going into the hall wearing an Indians cap?

2.      A Florida appeals court is clearing the way for the release of surveillance video of the law enforcement response to the deadly Parkland school shooting. The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld a lower court's ruling that directed the release of school security camera footage as public records. The Broward County School Board, sheriff's office, and prosecutors opposed the release of the videos to news organizations. How do you feel about footage like this being made public? 

3.   “Entertainment Tonight” reports Demi Lovato was not partying alone when she was found unresponsive in her Los Angeles home earlier this week.  Her friends reportedly used Narcan to save her life which can reverse the effect of an opioid overdose.  Just days two before the incident, she had trouble remembering the words to her song “Sober” and walked off the stage.  Is enough being done to stop the opioid epidemic?

4.      The net worth of Mark Zuckerberg fell by nearly $20 billion on Wednesday when Facebook shares fell 16%.  The social media giant came up short of analysts' expectations for growth in revenue and the number of daily active users in North America and Europe.   Is it a good time to buy Facebook stock?

5.      Painesville Muny Court Judge Michael Cicconetti ordered Bayley Toth to scoop poop.  Toth was found guilty of criminal mischief after he was caught tipping over a portable toilet, knocking down a WiFi bridge and throwing life rings into a lake at a public park.  Toth will have to shovel out the 4H pens at the Lake County Fair and have to follow the horses in the parade and be a pooper scooper.  Cicconetti told Toth if you act like an animal, you’re going to take care of animals.  What do you  think of the sentence?

6.      The owner of the company behind that makes Necco wafers candy has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts plant and hasn't said if production will resume.  According to The Boston Globe, Round Hill Investments LLC announced it is selling Necco brands to another manufacturer and closing down its Revere plant. Do you like Necco wafers?

7.      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. Do you think kids should get an allowance?

8.      The Department of Agriculture says the U.S. has too much meat. According to the latest data, meat producers are sitting on a 2.5 billion pound meat surplus, and are running out of cold storage space to keep it in. The USDA also claims dairy farmers are sitting on a 1.3 billion-pound cheese surplus.  Do we need to eat more cheeseburgers?

9.      The Department of Agriculture says the U.S. has too much meat. According to the latest data, meat producers are sitting on a 2.5 billion pound meat surplus, and are running out of cold storage space to keep it in. The USDA also claims dairy farmers are sitting on a 1.3 billion-pound cheese surplus.  Do we need to eat more cheeseburgers?

10.   The New York Daily News is cutting their news team in half.  The Daily News said in a statement, “We are reducing the size of the editorial team by approximately 50 percent and re-focusing much of our talent on breaking news -- especially in areas of crime, civil justice and public responsibility. We know our readers look to us for a unique point of view, and we believe these topics offer our best opportunity to differentiate our reporting. We will, of course, continue to cover local news, sports and other events, but our approach will evolve as we adapt to our current environment."  What are your thoughts on what’s happening at the New York Daily News?

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