FRIDAY 8-3-18

1.      The Ohio State University has put a gag order on coaches and players regarding the Urban Meyer investigation who is a paid leave.  The athletic department issued a statement which says, “due to the ongoing investigation, football coaches and student-athletes will not be available for interviews until further notice and all practices will be closed.” What do you think about mum being the word?

2.      Family members of missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts announced that the reward for information leading to her whereabouts has risen to $172,000. Mollie's mother, Laura Calderwood, said: “We believe Mollie is still alive and if someone has abducted her we are pleading with you to please release her." The reward is being offered through a fund set up at a local bank in Brooklyn, Iowa, and officials expect the amount to grow as donations come in. The desperate search for Mollie has led investigators to question a pig farmer who reportedly twice pleaded guilty to stalking, but so far, cops have come up empty. What are your thoughts on the search for Mollie Tibbets?

3.      Apple became the first publically traded company to be worth $1 trillion when the stock price hit $207.05 a share on Thursday.  Do you know anyone who was an early investor in Apple?  Will company stock continue to go up?

4.      Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 263 into law that allows restaurants, if they so choose, to allow dogs on outdoor patios.  The new law will go into effect this fall.  Are you a proponent of the legislation?

5.    A school district in South Carolina is getting rid of “snow days” and is replacing them with Learning 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?

6.      Florida's southwest beaches are dealing with thousands of dead fish and other sea life washing up on shore. The deaths are being attributed to a "Red Tide", a higher-than-normal algae bloom that can be deadly for sea life.  Researchers say the red tide typically happens for a few weeks in late summer, but this year's has been going since the spring. In addition to thousands of fish, researchers say at least 400 sea turtles, as well as dead dolphins and manatees, have been found on beaches in recent months. Have you heard about the red tide? Can anything done to clean it up?

7.      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?

8.      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.

9.      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?

10.   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?

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