MONDAY 8-13-18

1.      Richard Russell, a ground support employee for Horizon Airlines, managed to steal a plane from the Seattle airport over the weekend for a suicide mission.   Russell towed the plane out to the runway, started the plane, took off, did a couple loops, was engaged by fighter pilots before crashing the plane into a remote island in the Seattle area.  How could someone steal a plane let alone fly it without extensive flight training? 

2.      Omarosa, a former Trump associate who got famous on “The Apprentice” is preparing to release a tell-all book about her time in the White House. She claims that Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, offered her a $15,000-a-month contract as long as she signed a nondisclosure agreement.  Her book “Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House” and will hit shelves tomorrow.  Do you think she could have a smoking gun?

3.      Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will be coming to Cleveland to meet with the Browns.  Bryant tweeted that he’s coming to see Browns GM John Dorsey.  On a scale of 1 to 10, what are the chances of him being in a Browns uniform to start the season?

4.      There is a growing diplomatic dispute between the U.S. and Turkey and it's causing a currency crisis for the Turkish President. President Trump tweeted that he authorized a doubling of steel and aluminum tariffs and noted that relations with the NATO ally are "not good at this time!"  The President is angry about the detainment of American pastor Andrew Brunson who was arrested more than two years ago on suspicion of aiding a failed coup. Do you think Turkey will cry uncle and release Brunson?

5.      A man claims he was fired because of his man bun.  Sid Ouared, who was in a two week customer service program for British Airways, says he was terminated because of his hair. He said he wore the bun during training but was told it was against the dress code on the last day.  His supervisors gave him three choices; cut his hair, put it in a turban or wear dreadlocks. Ouared says he was discriminated against.  Was he?

6.      The Indians start a series with the Reds inn Cincinnati tonight.  Has the “Battle of Ohio” lost it’s luster?  Did MLB make a mistake by scheduling the Indians-Reds games during the week instead of on weekends?

7.   NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin once thought he had an alien encounter in space.  Asked on Twitter if he'd ever seen a UFO, Melvin said that one time when he was aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis he saw "something organic/alien like floating out of the payload bay". Melvin says he called ground control about it, and they told him it was ice that had broken off the Freon hoses.   Asked if he thought there was a chance it was more than ice, Melvin said "Don't think so but you never know".  What do you think? Could it have been just space ice or possibly an alien?

8.   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?

9.      A U.S. Senate Committee would like to Interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to discuss alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. WikiLeaks published a letter from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee which asked Assange to make himself available to testify in person at a closed hearing. There were no details about how an interview with the U.S. senators would be carried out, but a spokesperson did say that “anything is possible with this." Assange is a wanted man and lives in asylum in the Embassy of Ecuador in London since 2012.  Do you think there is any chance that he would testify?

10.   After 54 years of continuous production, the 10 millionth Ford Mustang has rolled off the assembly line at its Flat Rock, Michigan, assembly plant. To mark the occasion, Ford has invited 60 Mustang owners representing each generation of the car to celebrate the milestone.  Even after 10 million cars built, the Mustang is still America's best-selling sports car, according to Ford.  What is the best American made sports car in your opinion? The Camaro, The Corvette, The Dodge Challenger or The Mustang?

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