WEDNESDAY 8-15-18

1.      Bud Light and the Cleveland Browns announced the creation of the Bud Light Cleveland Browns “Victory Fridge,” a smart-technology refrigerator that will automatically unlock after the Browns capture their first regular-season victory of the 2018 NFL season. Bud Light and House of LaRose will install the Bud Light Cleveland Browns “Victory Fridges” at bars that have purchased the fridges in Cleveland, inviting fans to gather at their favorite watering holes for a chance to be a part of the well-deserved victory celebration. At the very moment the Browns achieve that long-awaited victory, the Bud Light Browns Victory Fridges will simultaneously unlock, giving fans 21 and over the chance to enjoy the sweet taste of victory together.  The Browns first four games are against the Steelers, Saints, Jets and Raiders.  Will fans be popping open a free Bud Light in September?

2.      Nebraska executed a prisoner for the first time in more than 20 years, using a brand new method. Carey Dean Moore, who was convicted in 1980 of killing two taxi driver, was executed on Tuesday by a lethal injection of fentanyl, the first time such a method has been used in the U.S.  Would you like to see Ohio follow suit?

3.      A 'red tide' off the Gulf Coast of Florida that's killing sea life at an alarming rate has led Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency. The 'red tide' is a toxic algae bloom that has been particularly bad this year, resulting in thousands of dead fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and even manatees to wash up on Florida beaches.  The algae can also be dangerous to humans with respiratory problems. Scott has ordered nearly $1 million towards cleanup efforts and another $500,000 for local businesses dealing with a lack of tourist income.  How do you feel about government giving businesses money?

4.      A grand jury report on six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania has uncovered widespread sexual abuse of over 1,000 child victims. The two-year investigation found a cover-up protecting more than 300 clergy who molested children.  PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro said "the pattern was abuse, deny, and coverup."The identities of some of those clergy have been redacted.  Many have already died, while others will not be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations. Should Catholic Diocese across the country open up their books on alleged sexual abuse?

5.      The Turkish President announced that his country will boycott electronic products from the U.S.  This comes just as the Trump administration stepped up tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum in part over the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson.  The President of Turkey says he’s taking necessary measures to protect their economy, however, the country's currency has fallen to historic lows the past few days. Do you think Turkey will eventually cry uncle and let Brunson go?

6.   Madonna turns 60 tomorrow.   She’s sold more than 300 million records and is the best-selling female artist of all-time.  According to Billboard, she is the most successful solo act on its Hot 100 song chart, second overall to the Beatles and she is also the highest grossing solo touring artist of all time earning more than $1.4 billion!  Can you believe Madonna will be 60 years-old?  What made her so successful?

7.      According to a new CNN poll, two-thirds of Americans are ready for the probe (led by Robert Mueller) to come to its conclusion. That percentage of respondents comes from a majority of both Republicans and Democrats.  Do you think the probe will end before the November mid-term elections?

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.      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?

10.   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?

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