Thanks to Thom Zahler.
1. To prevent a bankruptcy, the European Union wants the government of Cyprus to declare a one-time tax on large bank deposits…20 to 40% of deposited funds…to bail out banks. The move would ensure that specific banks won't go bankrupt, and account-holders’ deposits won't be at risk. But they’ll have only 80% of their money, safe and guaranteed by government deposit insurance. Could something like this happen in America? And what would you do if they tried?
2. Aaron Craft is the best defensive player in college basketball, and has been called the best leader with one more year to go at Ohio State. His 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left on Sunday put OSU into the Sweet Sixteen. Does Craft have enough game to be an NBA player, or is he done when he’s done as a Buckeye?
3. The final map of Cleveland City Council's newest wards is due out today. A population drop in the latest census means redistricting is due, cutting the number of wards from 19 to 17. How many wards, and how many councilmen, does the city of Cleveland really need?
4. Florida Gulf Coast beat San Diego State on Sunday to become the first #15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to make it into the Sweet Sixteen. In a tournament known for its upsets, what’s the best upset YOU ever saw in the NCAA’s?
5. A young professionals group that hosts parties, concerts, and charitable events, has asked the city of Cleveland for permission to hold a large party downtown on Public Square on New Years' Eve...a mini Times Square. Would you spend New Years Eve downtown...and do you think Cleveland should do this?
6. Scott Fujita wrote an op-ed that ran in the New York Times over the weekend in support of gay marriage. Do athletes and entertainers have any effect on the way the public thinks when they speak out about social or political issues?
7. The new competitive balance proposal for high school sports, instead of having separate tournaments for public and private schools, would add enrollment to schools who have a majority of athletes from outside school district boundaries, potentially pushing smaller schools into bigger divisions. Is this a good idea?
8. Hundreds of postal workers who oppose plans to cut home delivery from six days to five have picketed outside U.S. Postal Service offices around the U.S. How many days per week do we need to have mail delivery in the United States?
9. Tiger Woods has a 3-shot lead heading into this morning’s completion of the Arnold Palmer Classic at Bay Hill, which would give him 3 wins already this season, heading into the Masters next month. Will Tiger win the Masters, or ANY major this year…and if so…how many will he win?
10. Browns’ lineman Jason Pinkston said on Twitter that he’d pay all the fines and costs for LeBron James fan James Blair, who rushed onto the court during the Cavs/Heat game to beg James to come back to Cleveland. Blair’s Twitter account exploded with new followers after the event. Is the media wrong to pay so much attention to crazy fans who break the law and interrupt games like this?
11. Community activists from around the country will meet in Cleveland this spring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the nation's first gang summit…and to discuss solutions to stop violence and inter-generational poverty in urban cities. Will gang violence and poverty EVER be stopped in a place like Cleveland?
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