WEDNESDAY 8-1-18

1.      MGM Resorts and the NBA announced a new multi-year partnership that will make MGM Resorts the official gaming partner of the NBA and WNBA.  The announcement was made by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and MGM Resorts International Chairman & CEO Jim Murren in New York City.  The partnership is the NBA’s first with a sports betting operator in the U.S. and is the first of its kind between MGM Resorts and a major professional sports league.  What are your thoughts about the deal?  Will the NFL and Major League Baseball be far behind?

2.      A former Penn State frat member was sentenced to three months house arrest for his role in the death of a fraternity pledge last year.  Ryan Burke admitted to giving alcohol to 19-year-old Timothy Piazza at frat party in February of 2017.  Piazza later died as a result of heavy drinking and head injuries suffered from falling down basement stairs.  Burke will also be on probation for 27 months, pay a fine and do community service.  He's the first of 20 frat members to be charged in the case.  What are your thoughts on the sentence?

3.      The U.S. State Department agreed to allow the online publication of blueprints needed to produce 3-D printed guns starting today. Meanwhile a suit filed in Seattle, is asking a judge to block the federal government's late-June settlement with Defense Distributed, which allowed the company to make the plans available online. Do you know anyone who has a 3D printer?  How do you feel about the blueprints being available?

4.     Alan Alda revealed he was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease three and a half years ago. Alda said he decided to come forward with his diagnosis after seeing his thumb twitch in recent TV interviews.  Alda his best known for his role on M*A*S*H as Hawkeye Pierce.  M*A*S*H aired for 11 seasons on CBS with the final episode getting a 77 share of television viewing with 125 million viewers.  What made M*A*S*H sold successful?

5.        During an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, LeBron James criticized President Trump and accused him of trying to divide the country by using sports as a focal point. James added “Sports has never been something that divides people, it’s always been something that brings people together.”  What do you think about James’ comments?

6.       A Spirit Airlines flight from New York to Fort Lauderdale had to be diverted to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina because of a smell reminiscent of dirty socks. The crew opened the emergency exits when they landed so the plane could be aired out. 7 to 10 passengers were taken to the hospital with unknown conditions.  Is there a worse smell than smelly feet? Have you ever had to deal with anyone that had smelly feet?  No names please.

7.      Idaho prisoners across state correctional facilities reportedly hacked hand-held tablets in a mass scheme to steal nearly $225,000.  The inmates were able to use JPay tablets to transfer the funds into their own accounts by exploiting a vulnerability within the device.  What should be done to the prisoners?

8.      Disney and Fox are reportedly giving the thumbs up to a $71 billion deal as shareholders approved Disney's plan to purchase most of 21st Century Fox assets. Disney outbid a Comcast offer to buy Fox for $65 billion which includes Fox's 30% stake in Hulu.  What do you think of the deal? 

9.      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?

10.   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?

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