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Posted August 5th, 2014 @ 7:04am

1.  Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantley is now being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.      Brantley contracted the disease while working at a hospital in Liberia treating patients with the Ebola virus.    A secondary American missionary stricken with Ebola is being flown to the U.S. as well today. Does the Ebola virus concern you?    What do you think about Brantley and the other missionary being flown back to the United States for treatment?

 

2.    James Brady who shot and left permanently disabled during the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981 is dead at the age of 73.   The former White House Press Secretary became an advocate for gun control pushing for the Brady Bill, which requires a five day waiting period and a background check before a prospective buyer can purchase a handgun.    The bill was assigned into law by President Clinton in 1993.     What do you remember most about James Brady?  Do you think the Brady Bill works?

 

3.  Josh Gordon’s appeal to the NFL went 10 hour on Friday and continued for most of the day on Monday.    Do you think the length of the appeal will help or hurt Gordon?   Or does it make any difference?

 

4.  Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason was charged with felonious assault and he’s accused of punching his wife in the face several times along with biting and choking her.   According to reports, police confiscated smoke grenades, semi-automatic rifles, a bulletproof vest and more than 2,500 rounds of ammunition from Mason’s home.    Besides the charges, what do you think about the weapons found inside Judge Mason’s home?

 

5.  It’s the battle of Ohio this week as the Indians and the Reds play two games in Cleveland and then two games in the Queen City.   Is Cleveland a better place to live than Cincinnati?   Why or why not?

 

6.  A new report issued by the Social Security Administration says neither Medicare or Social Security can sustain projected long-run program costs in full under currently scheduled financing.   The trustee report estimates the combined trust fund will be depleted in 2033.   This doesn’t mean Social Security benefits will stop altogether in 2033 but if the trust funds are depleted, benefits must be reduced to the level that supported by FICA taxes being collected which would be enough to cover about 75% of scheduled benefits.    What if anything can be done to fix the Social Security problem looming ahead?

 

7.  Some parents say the “You & Me Mommy Change My Diaper Boy Doll” is not suitable for children because the doll has a penis.  The doll has been out for a few years but now parents who are offended by the doll have started a social media campaign to get rid of the doll.   Do you think it’s OK for little girls to play with baby dolls that have a penis?

 

8.   Toledo Mayor Michael Collins gave the all clear and lifted the water ban on Monday that effected northwest Ohio for three days due a harmful algae bloom buildup in Lake Erie.     Despite the problems over the weekend is Lake Erie our natural greatest resource in Ohio?   Do you think Ohio legislators need to work quickly to enforce new, more strict regulations on using phosphates in farming?

 

9. There is always something to do in Cleveland during the summer and early fall including Greek Festivals, Rib Cook-Offs, the Feast of the Assumption, Arts Festivals and Oktoberfests.   What is your favorite Cleveland event?

 

10. It was a big pay day for former big time wrestler and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura as a jury awarded him $1.8 million in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.    The jury decided that Ventura was defamed by Kyle in his description of a bar fight back in 2006 and Ventura proved actual malice.  The jury was also tasked with awarding damages for any harm to his reputation, humiliation and embarrassment and had to find that Ventura suffered an economic loss.   Do you think Ventura’s reputation was damaged enough to be awarded $1.8 million?

 

11. The Huffington Post ranks the list of board games that most of you grew up with.    Some of games on the list include Hungry Hippos, Trouble, Chutes and Ladders, Risk, Trivial Pursuit, Candyland, Scrabble, Monopoly, Battleship, Sorry, Life and Guess Who.   What was your favorite childhood board game?

 

 12. U.S. teenagers use of human growth hormones more than double between 2012 and 2013.   A new poll by Drug-Free Kids says 11% of 3,705 teenagers in grades 9 to 12 polled said they had used HGH at least once, up from 5% in 2012.   HGH use was higher among Blacks at 15% and Hispanics at 13% with Whites at 9%.   The head of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids says “young people are seeking out and using performance enhancing drugs hoping to improve their athletic performance or body appearance”.   Does it surprise you that so many teenagers are using human growth hormones?

 

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