THURSDAY 8-16-18

1.  Happy Birthday to Madonna! She turns 60 today.  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?

2.      One of the most iconic NBA players in history has a few thoughts about the national anthem. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar likened the national anthem to songs that were sung by slaves while they were forced to do manual labor. The NBA Hall of Famer published an essay in the Hollywood Reporter that called out NFL owners.  Jabbar said, “Who would know better how to define their outrage: the privileged darling of white supremacists, the 94% -white team owners, the 75%-white head coaches or the 70%-black players who actually take the field each week?”  Do you think race plays an issue in our national anthem? What do you think about Jabbar’s comments?

3.      Amazon hosted a hard hat tour of the construction site of its new fulfillment center in North Randall, providing a sneak peek for local leaders, including North Randall Mayor David Smith, Warrensville Heights Mayor Brad Sellers, other local officials, and the media to see what it takes to construct an 855,000-square-foot innovative customer fulfillment facility.  The event featured a special demonstration of Amazon Robotics technology. The center is on the site of what was Randall Park Mall. When it opened in 1976, it was the largest mall in the world. Randall Park began to decline in 1994, and was demolished in 2014.  How important is the fulfillment center for the economy of these inner-ring suburbs?

4.      The local Italian communities' longest running event, The Feast Of The Assumption, officially kicked off Wednesday, with Mass and the Procession for the Virgin Mary in Little Italy.  The event features food, arts & crafts, carnival rides and runs through Saturday evening, ending with a closing Mass at Holy Rosary Church and a night procession. No donkeys were in the year’s procession.  Have you been to The Feast?  What makes it so popular?

5.       Johnny Manziel of the Montreal Alouettes has been placed in the Canadian Football League concussion protocol after he took a hit near the goal line last weekend. But a statement from the Alouettes said, “On Tuesday morning Johnny Manziel mentioned to our medical staff that he felt symptoms that could be associated with the prescribed medication he uses for a previously diagnosed medical condition."  Manziel has admitted that he takes medication for bipolar disorder.  Is it time for Manziel to start thinking about a career off the playing field?

6.  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.      Authorities in Washington state have identified the young woman who pushed a teenage friend off a bridge and are now contemplating whether to file charges. According to police, 18-year-old Taylor Smith pushed 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson off a bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park on August 7th.  Holgerson's 60-foot fall resulted in six broken ribs, two punctured lungs and multiple internal injuries and cuts as well as a mass behind her windpipe. Smith has apologized repeatedly to Holgerson and feels really bad about what happened.  Is this enough?  Should charges be brought against Smith? 

8.      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?

9.      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?

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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