1. Senator John McCain passed over the weekend at the age of 81. McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam and the Arizona Senator had been a mainstay in the halls of Congress since 1987 and served most recently as the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. He was the Republican nominee for President ion 2008 but ended up losing to Barack Obama. What are your thoughts on the life of John McCain?
2. Robin Leach, the host of the TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous passed away at the age of 76 in Las Vegas. Who would be the rich and famous person you would like to visit or hang with?
3. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is urging Aretha Franklin’s estate to give up her large collection of fur coats. The group in a letter said, “Might we now call on her estate to help end the cruel era of wearing animal fur by donating her coats to PETA where they’ll go on to offer warmth and comfort to those who need it most”. If you had control over the furs, would you donate them? Do you think the estate will?
4. Corey Kluber got rocked by the Royals in the Indians 7-1 loss on Saturday night. Is there any cause for concern?
5. The internet challenge #TipTheBill encourages restaurant patrons to tip the amount of their bill to their server. Servers have been posting photos of their generous tips on social media giving thanks for the challenge. What do you think about the viral extreme tipping movement? Would you tip the bill?
6. To commemorate “National Women’s Equality Day” a “Go Topless Rally” was held 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. Nature Valley granola bars will no longer claim to use 100% natural oats in order to settle a lawsuit that claimed the bars contained small amounts of a pesticide. Three consumer groups said tests proved the granola bars contained zero-point-45 parts per million of the pesticide Roundup. Even though that is well below the EPA's maximum allowed of 30 parts per million, the groups argued that the "Made with 100% Natural Whole Grain Oats" label was misleading. How much do you trust the labeling of food products?
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. 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?
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?