FRIDAY 8-17-18

1.      According to WKYC-TV 3, Browns receiver Josh Gordon was in the midst of a heated and protracted child custody dispute in the days leading up to his abrupt departure from the team. Court records show he expects to resume collecting his $800,000 salary and return to the Browns for their first game on September 9th but a Cuyahoga County judge issued a temporary order requiring Gordon to begin making monthly support payments of $6,765 beginning August 1st.  NFL players only get a stipend during training camp not a regular season game check. Do you think Gordon left the Browns to avoid paying child support until September?

2.      Dez Bryant was in Berea on Thursday.  Will he be a Cleveland Brown?  If he signs, is it a good thing or a bad thing?

3.      First it was plastic straws and now balloons could be on their way out.  Once helium balloons pop or run out of air, they fall back to earth and can be deadly to animals, birds and turtles who eat them. Rhode Island has already banned the sale of balloons to help protect wildlife and Clemson University is doing away with balloon releases before games.  What will we do at kids birthday parties?

 4.      Buffalo Wild Wings is exploring sports wagering.  Do you see a day when restaurants and bars will have legalized wagering?

5.      The Federal Communications Commission has shut down a pirate radio station, but not just any pirate station, it's one that served as the flagship outlet for Alex Jones. According to the Austin American-Statesman, the FCC also has fined the station’s operators $15,000, a fine the FCC says in a lawsuit the operators are refusing to pay. The lawsuit alleges Liberty Radio operated on a channel without a license since at least 2013 transmitting from a 50-foot tower at an Austin apartment complex.  How do you feel about the FCC shutting down Jones?

6.       The Defense Department now says the military parade President Trump wants will not happen in 2018.  The Pentagon says the event was originally pegged to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One in November, but they’re now exploring dates in 2019. The shift comes on the same day a us official tells ABC news that The latest cost estimate for the parade is approximately $92 million. Do you think we’ll see a military parade next year?

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.      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?

 9.      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?

10.   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?

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