1. The Browns played their dress rehearsal game vs. the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles last night. Are they ready for the curtain to open on the regular season?
2. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Wednesday the unsealing of a 43-count indictment in federal court in Cleveland, which charges two Chinese citizens with operating a conspiracy that manufactured and shipped deadly fentanyl analogues and 250 other drugs to at least 25 countries and 37 states. The indictment also alleges the drugs sold by the group directly led to the fatal overdoses of two people in Akron. Does the indictment carry any weight if they live in China?
3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also on hand in Cleveland as federal agencies announced arrests in the “Operation Darkness Falls” sting, a joint operation targeting people and organizations that sell fentanyl and other drugs over the dark net. Matthew Roberts and Holly Roberts, both 35 from San Antonio—were charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and other crimes. The Roberts’ created and operated several dark net marketplace accounts, including MH4LIFE, FASTFORWARD and MRHIGH4LIFE. They operated these accounts on dark net marketplace websites including Dream Market, Silk Road, Darknet Heroes League, Nucleus and several others. Have you heard about the dark net before today?
4. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was remembered with a moment of silence at the Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park on Tuesday night. With the word “Respect” on the centerfield scoreboard, a giant rainbow arched over the entire skyline. Do you think this was a sign from above?
5. ESPN announced they will not play the National Anthem before Monday Night Football games. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said, “We generally have not broadcast the anthem and I don’t think that will change this year”. President Trump says the network is spineless and he’s a launched a petition to get them to play the “Star Spangled Banner”. What do you think? Should TV networks show the Star Spangled Banner being performed or is it OK to be in a commercial break?
6. To commemorate “National Women’s Equality Day” a “Go Topless Rally” will be held this coming weekend in Ashville, North Carolina. GoTopless.org says on its website: “If men are allowed to go topless in public women should have the same constitutional right”. What do you think? Should women be legally allowed to go topless?
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. A marketing company is Minneapolis is offering fur-ternity leave. The company will allow employees to work at home for a week if they get a new pet to help them adjust to their new surroundings. Their company CEO said, "Part of embracing employee satisfaction as a business priority means recognizing important life events that happen outside of the office.” Do you think this will start a new trend with other companies?
9. John Lennon's convicted killer, Mark David Chapman is scheduled to be in front of New York's Board of Parole this week. This is Chapman's 10th time trying to gain parole. His 2016 request was denied as the board reportedly felt the crime was premeditated and "celebrity-seeking." Can you imagine a day when he will be free?
10. The former Canton human trafficking victim who helped kill her pimp will remain in prison. The Ohio Supreme Court upheld Alexis Martin's life sentence despite finding Summit County Juvenile Court should have invoked the state's safe-harbor law. The law protects children whose crimes are tied to being a victim of human trafficking. Martin was 15 when she helped orchestrate the murder of Angelo Kerney in 2013. How do you feel about the Ohio Supreme Court ruling?