THURSDAY 9-6-18

1. Do you think we will find out who wrote the anonymous op ed piece?


2.  LeBron James is among the many athletes who support Nike's advertising campaign featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.   James ended his acceptance speech for an award at Harlem's Fashion Row on Tuesday night with a simple message. "I stand with Nike, all day, every day," James has also been a spokesman for Nike since his NBA debut in 2003 and signed a lifetime deal with the apparel company in December 2015.  How do you feel about the latest Nike news including LeBron’s comments?


3.      Pittsburgh Steelers star running back LeVeon Bell is holding our and won’t play against the Browns on Sunday.  The guys who block for him have no sympathy.  Guard Ramon Foster said, "He's making seven times what I make, twice as much as Al Villanueva is making, and we're the guys who do it for him.”  Will this help the Browns on Sunday?  What do you think of his holdout?


4.      Roy Moore, the former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama, filed a $95 million defamation lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen, claiming he was duped into appearing on the British comedian’s Showtime series “Who Is America?” and falsely portrayed as a sex offender. Moore, a Republican and former chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court, also sued Showtime and its parent CBS Corp for defamation and accused all three defendants of fraud and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit arose from a July 29 broadcast where Baron Cohen, disguised as Israeli anti-terrorism expert Erran Morad, interviewed Moore and demonstrated a supposed “pedophile detector” that beeped when waved near him.  Does the lawsuit have merit?


5.      A new survey of more than 3,400 U.S. Facebook users finds that 44 percent of users ages 18 to 29 have deleted the app from their phones in the past year. Overall, 26 percent have deleted the app, while 42 percent have taken a break of several weeks or more and 54 percent have adjusted their privacy settings. The survey does not measure usage of Facebook's Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, all of which remain popular overseas, and does not measure Facebook's continuing growth overseas.  Has Facebook usage peaked?


6.      Jensen/Triv (Brad and Mike will have your words):  I will once again be the game master for the “CLE-BEE, Cleveland’s spelling bee championship with legal, corporate, finance and community teams competing in a benefit for the Cleveland Literacy Foundation.


7.      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?


8.       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? 


9.      Play “Snow Days” song hook by the Ohio City Singers (it should be in Nex Gen):  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?


10.      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?

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