THURSDAY 8-2-18

1.      Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is on the hot seat after reporter Brett McMurphy appears to have caught Meyer in a lie on whether he knew about the domestic abuse by his former assistant coach Zack Smith. McMurphy claims he has text messages and an interview with the victim that show Meyer was aware of the allegations in 2015 despite his denial just a week ago.  If Meyer knew what was going on and covered it up, should he be fired?

2.      Forest City is being purchased by a Toronto company, Brookfield Asset Management for about $6.8 billion.  The Ratner family have been key players in Cleveland and it’s not clear what this will mean for their headquarters downtown but they are resigning from the board.  Forest City was founded by the Ratner’s in 1920 and have focused on commercial and residential projects.  What do you think about the end on an era for Forest City and what will it mean for the city of Cleveland?

3.       The City of Cleveland settled a civil lawsuit with the family of Danny Withers agreeing to pay them $500,000.  In 2010, Withers was wanted for bank robbery and police found him hiding in the closet of his grandmother’s house.  According to reports, Withers quickly raised his right hand in the dark closet and was shot by police. No gun was found at the scene.  How do you feel about the settlement?

4.      Play “Snow Days” song hook by the Ohio City Singers (it should be in Nex Gen):  A school district in South Carolina is getting rid of “snow days” and is replacing them with eLearning Days.  When classrooms are closed because of the weather, teachers will send parents digital assignments their children will have to complete at home.  If for any reason students have a problem accessing the internet, they will still be required to complete the assignment within five days on their own time.   What you like to see eLearning days be implemented in Northeast Ohio schools?

5.      The Harrisburg Catholic Diocese in Pennsylvania released the names of 71 priests and religious officials accused of child sex abuse since the 1940s. Bishop Ronald Gainer addressed the diocese in a written statement and introduced a new website that not only lists all the names of those accused but what is being done to protect children and how to report child abuse. The diocese announcement comes days after the state Supreme Court said a grand jury report on diocese sex abuse can soon be made public. Should all Catholic Diocese across the country do the same including the Cleveland Catholic Diocese.

6.      An anonymous former waitress who admitted to stealing from an Arizona restaurant felt remorse and sent $1,000 in cash and a letter admitting to stealing money more than 20 years ago.  In the letter, the waitress said she worked there in the 1990’s while attending the University of Arizona and admitted to regularly taking money from the restaurant by not charging for drinks. The letter said in part, “I am very sorry that I stole from you. Please accept my apology, this money as a repayment plus 20 years of interest. May God forever bless you and your family."  Do you regret anything you have done in the past?

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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