TUESDAY 8-7-18

1.      A man who was sentenced for three armed robberies in Richmond Heights and Euclid, is now to be re-sentenced, because his mouth was duct taped during the proceeding. Last week, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Russo sentenced Franklyn Williams to 24 years in prison, but not without having William's mouth taped shut. The 32 year old would not stop interrupting the sentencing process, and after 30 minutes, Judge Russo ordered that deputies put duct tape over his mouth. Following objections and concerns about Williams' civil liberties being violated, today Russo apologized, and ordered Williams to be re-sentenced by a different judge, and that Williams undergo a competency evaluation. The only thing Williams said in court this time was "freedom of speech, no duct tape".  What do you think about the gag order?

2.      You Tube, Apple and Facebook have all banned Alex Jones content from their sites.  Alex Jones, who’s a far right wing broadcaster known for conspiracy theories, had 2.4 million subscribers on You Tube.  In a statement, You Tube parent company Google said, “All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines”.  Do the social media giants booting Alex Jones violate freedom of speech?

3.   Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel condemned the weekend violence that left 12 dead and about 66 others wounded. Just a few weeks ago, Rev. Michael Pfleger organized an anti-violence march that blocked a highway. He called the violent weekend absolutely outrageous.  No arrests have been made in connection with the shootings. Should laws be toughed for those caught committing crimes with guns?

4.      The restaurant chain Bob Evans is suspending its partnership with Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer after he was placed on paid administrative leave. In an unfortunate turn of events, the restaurant had just announced the endorsement deal just days ago, calling Meyer the chain's "head breakfast coach." Meyer was expected to appear in TV, radio and digital ads.  "At Bob Evans, we believe strongly in the family first values upon which the company was founded," the company said in a statement.  "Bob Evans Restaurants is suspending the current partnership with Urban Meyer and removing all related content pending the results of the official Ohio State University investigation."  Did Bob Evans make the right call?

5.      A carjacking in Nashville, Tennessee last week was thwarted because the two teenager thieves couldn't operate a stick shift. The 15 and 17 year-old boys stole a woman's car keys in a Kroger parking lot and within seconds they took off by foot because they couldn't shift the car into gear. Police found the teens and arrested them soon after. Only 3% of the cars sold in America have a manual transmission.  Can you drive a stick?

6.      Authorities in Washington state are on high alert and advising residents to keep an eye on their pets, because of what's believed to be a serial pet killer. At least 7 cats have been mutilated and had their spines removed.  Authorities say that the cuts are too clean to be an accident and in one instance, a surgical glove was found next to a cat's body. What should been done to the person or people responsible if they are caught and convicted?

7.   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?

8.      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?

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.   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.

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