TUESDAY 8-14-18

1.   Aretha Franklin is gravely ill.  The 76-year old “Queen of Soul” hit it big with the hit song “Respect” in 1967 and she had other classis hits such as “Natural Woman”, “I Say A Prayer” and “Chain of Fools”.   Franklin won 18 Grammy awards during her career and became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  What are your thoughts on the life and career of Aretha Franklin?

2.      President Trump took to Twitter and responded to the news the FBI fired agent Peter Strzok, tweeting "finally" The president also questioned if the firing of the 21-year FBI veteran would lead to the end of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference since Strzok had initially worked on the probe. "Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax," Trump tweeted.  Does his firing give credibility to the GOP argument that much anit-Trump bias existed in the FBI and during the Russia investigation? 

3.      The University of Maryland football program is under the microscope about the treatment of players. An attorney representing the family of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair is calling for head football coach DJ Durkin to be fired as a result of McNair's death from heatstroke suffered during a May workout. The 19-year-old from Randallstown, Maryland, died on June 13, two weeks after he showed signs of extreme exhaustion and had difficulty standing upright while running a set of 110-yard sprints. Football coach DJ Durkin and three other staff members have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.  Should Durkin be fired?

4.      A large pack of dirt bikes, ATVs and some crotch rocket motorcycles are being blamed for wreaking havoc in Cleveland and Lakewood over the weekend. Numerous videos and pictures were posted to social media including the Triv Show Facebook page as the group rode through neighborhoods and on highways, on sidewalks and on lawns.  Lakewood Police say more than 100 riders were in the pack.  Arrests were made, but it's unclear how many.   What do you think of the flash mob on wheels?

5.      The Indians played the Reds last in Cincinnati.  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? Should the National League have a designated hitter?

6.      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?

7.      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?

8.      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?

9.   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?

10.   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?

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