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Tue May 21 17:28:52 UTC 2019

5/21/2019 TODAY IN HISTORY - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

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Today is Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2019. There are 224 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On May 21, 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland.On this date:In 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.In 1863, the Seventh-day Adventist Church was officially organized.

Tue May 21 17:25:56 UTC 2019

MEDICARE FOR ALL - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

The Medicare For All Plan from Vermont Sen, Bernie Sanders, would charge no copays or deductibles for medical care, allowing only limited cost-sharing for certain prescription drugs. Sanders would cover long-term care home and community-based services. Dental, vision and hearing coverage would be included. The House version of the legislation is along similar lines."Medicare for All proposals would leapfrog other countries in terms of essentially eliminating private insurance and out-of-pocket costs, and providing very expansive benefits," said Larry Levitt, a health policy expert with the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. "It raises questions about how realistic the proposals are."Shifting the sprawling U.S. health care system to a government-run "single-payer" plan is one of the top issues in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, but the candidates are divided. Some have endorsed Sanders' call, while others want to expand coverage within the current mix of private and government insurance. Independent studies estimate Medicare for All would dramatically increase government spending, from $25 trillion to $35 trillion or more over 10 years. It stands no chance with Republicans controlling the White House and the Senate, but it is getting hearings in the Democratic-led House.

Tue May 21 17:16:05 UTC 2019

COLLEGE ADMISSION SCANDALS - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

More than a year before the college admissions scandal investigation began, Georgetown University “discovered irregularities” in the athletic credentials of two tennis recruits, initiated a secret investigation and eventually forced coach Gordon Ernst to resign, court records show. University officials say those two athletic recruits were denied admission. But none of Ernst’s conduct would become public until he was arrested in March on charges he accepted $2.7 million in bribes between 2012 and 2018. He has pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy. WHAT THE UNIVERSITIES MISSEDAs the college admissions scandal investigation continues, a key question is what universities knew and whether more could have been done to detect the widespread fraud. Several universities have launched investigations to examine that question. But there are lingering questions about how such an audacious scam could go on for so long without detection at some of America’s top colleges. The Los Angeles Times reported in April that documents show the University of California, Los Angeles knew years ago there were concerns about parents pledging donations to its athletic program in exchange for their children being admitted to the university in violation of rules prohibiting such a practice. A source familiar with the case also told the Times that prosecutors want to learn more about who at UCLA and the University of Southern California knew of any recruiting schemes and are asking questions of two parents who pleaded guilty and are now cooperating. Prosecutors have said the colleges involved in the scheme are victims, not targets, of the growing criminal investigation. The 10 university coaches and officials charged so far in the far-reaching scandal have been characterized as rogue actors who flouted the law and school policies, pocketing bribes to admit the children of wealthy and powerful families as recruited athletes.

Tue May 21 17:10:48 UTC 2019

NEW COCA-COLA - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

Remember in 1985 when Coca-Cola changed its original formula for some reason and unleashed New Coke on to the unsuspecting, soda-loving, brand-loyal world? Well, it’s back.You can thank Netflix for the return of New Coke, or, like to call it, the Conan O’Brien of soft drinks. The beverage is featured in several episodes of the upcoming season of the streaming service’s ’80s-themed hit series, “Stranger Things.”

Mon May 20 17:57:58 UTC 2019

5/20/2019 CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

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Celebrities with birthdays todayActor-author James McEachin is 89. Actor Anthony Zerbe is 83. Actor David Proval is 77. Actor-comedian Dave Thomas is 71. Rock musician Warren Cann is 69. Actor Dean Butler is 63. TV-radio personality Ron Reagan is 61. Rock musician Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go's) is 61. Singer Susan Cowsill is 60. Actor John Billingsley is 59. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 59. Singer Nick Heyward is 58. Actress Mindy Cohn is 53. Rock musician Tom Gorman (Belly) is 53. Actress Gina Ravera is 53. Actor Timothy Olyphant is 51. Actress Daya Vaidya is 46. Rock musician Ryan Martinie is 44. Actress Angela Goethals is 42. Actress-singer Naturi Naughton is 35. Country singer Jon Pardi is 34.

Mon May 20 17:54:41 UTC 2019

MAGIC JOHNSON DECLARES - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

Magic Johnson may no longer be with the Los Angeles Lakers organization in an official capacity. But that hasn’t stopped him from making a few bold predictions.Johnson stopped by ESPN’s “First Take” Monday where he offered his thoughts on LeBron James’ future with the Lakers. Not only does Johnson say the Lakers won’t trade James. He guarantees LeBron will win a championship with the team before it’s all said and done.

Mon May 20 17:51:59 UTC 2019

WWE AND AND BROCK LESNAR - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

With ratings on the decline and competition heating up, WWE used Sunday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view to introduce its new, innovative idea…Uh, Brock Lesnar?The Beast Incarnate made his first appearance since losing the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania. And he did so in shocking fashion.Lesnar came out at towards the end of the MITB match, apparently as the eighth contestant (replacing Sami Zayn). He knocked a few ladders into cameramen, then climbed one to win the money in the Bank briefcase.

Mon May 20 17:47:46 UTC 2019

CELTICS KYRIE IRVING - Ron Di Lalla- Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

There is no denying Kyrie Irving’s talent. But according to the latest batch of NBA rumors, that may not be enough for some teams to overlook his track record of soap opera-like drama this offseason.The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett reports that teams potentially interested in signing Irving when he becomes a free agent this summer is now a “great deal more war. This comes after a rough season for Irving in Boston. Much of the headlines during the regular season surrounded Irving’s inability to click with his new teammates.Once the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs, Irving’s lack of leadership became the focus. And all this comes after Irving shockingly requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers in an effort to escape LeBron James’ shadow.“Ask me July 1,” Irving said of his future, back in February. "At the end of the day, I’m going to do what’s best for my career. I spent the last eight years trying to do what everyone else wanted me to do…I don’t owe anybody s***.”Rumors have Irving linked to the New York Knicks along with fellow future free agent Kevin Durant. However, the Boston Herald did not state if the Knicks were one of the teams having second thoughts.

Mon May 20 17:37:45 UTC 2019

GAME OF THRONES FINALE - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

In the end, nobody sits on the Iron Throne. Forged by a dragon and destroyed by a dragon. Daenerys never got a chance to take her place on the throne as queen, as her lover/nephew/murderer, Jon Snow, listened to his conscience and the advice of Tyrion, putting an end to her reign before it even started. For all of the complaints about Daenerys in this season, this seemed to be the fate she deserved after taking out the entirety of King's Landing.So from Robert Baratheon to Joffrey Baratheon to Tommen Baratheon to Cersei Lannister to Daenerys Targaryen and finally to ... Bran Stark. (That list does not include Stannis Baratheon, who never sat on the Iron Throne but technically was the true king and I will continue to believe that forever.) "Game of Thrones" wraps with Bran the Broken starting his reign over the seven, make that Six Kingdoms. Sansa Stark takes what's hers, Tyrion introduces modified democracy to Westeros and Jon Snow goes to where he truly belongs and takes Ghost with him, thank the Lord of the Light. It's the last one of these ever, so let's get to it.

Mon May 20 17:30:55 UTC 2019

5/20/2019 TODAY IN HISTORY - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

Today’s Highlight in History:On May 20, 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.On this date:In 1521, Ignatius of Loyola was wounded by a cannonball while defending Pamplona against the French; during his convalescence he turned to religion, becoming a leader of the Counter-Reformation and the founder of the Jesuits.

Tue May 14 20:33:00 UTC 2019

NIKE/LeBRON . SHOES - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

LeBron James and Nike plan to embrace nostalgia later this month.The Nike LeBron 3 St. Vincent-St. Mary’s “Home” colorway will return to stores on May 23. It’s the first time the sneakers have been available since 2006.The shoes feature the signature colors – green, gold & white – from James’ high school days in Akron. They’re expected to retail at $175.

Tue May 14 20:27:19 UTC 2019

TIM CONWAY PASSED - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

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Tim Conway, the impish second banana to Carol Burnett who won four Emmy Awards on her TV variety show, starred aboard “McHale’s Navy” and later voiced the role of Barnacle Boy for “Spongebob Squarepants,” has died. He was 85.Conway died Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles care facility after a long illness, according to Howard Bragman, who heads LaBrea Media. Conway's wife, Charlene Fusco, and a daughter, Jackie, were at his side.

Mon May 13 21:35:37 UTC 2019

CRUISING THE GREAT LAKES - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

Great Lakes cruising has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with new ships added annually and a growing number of passengers sailing the waters every year.Ports of call, too, have been added and evolved. Cleveland has emerged as a popular destination, set to welcome five different cruise ships in 2019, making at least 35 daylong stops and bringing more than 7,000 passengers to town. That’s up by more than 300% in two years, according to the Port of Cleveland. Most of those passengers will arrive on two ships, both with Victory Cruise Lines, a small, highly regarded company founded in 2016. The company was recently purchased by American Queen Steamboat Co., a well-known brand that is expected to expand Victory’s reach. These are not budget vacations. Victory cruises start at about $6,400 for nine nights. And some newer lines entering the market – including the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, starting in 2020 – will be priced significantly higher. But cost doesn’t seem to be much of a deterrent for these older, experienced travelers, many of whom are coming from Europe and the western United States, where the Great Lakes are unexplored territory.“Most people around the world don’t understand how big the Great Lakes are,” said David Lorenz, head of Travel Michigan. He was tapped last year to chair a new international effort, “Cruise the Great Lakes,” to market the region to passengers and cruise lines. “Even people in the United States don’t understand that these bodies of water are like being on the ocean.” An added bonus of the cruise-ship visitors, according to Lorenz: Many of these travelers may be interested enough in one or more of the ports to make a return trip, for a longer stay.  John Waggoner, chairman and CEO of the American Queen Steamboat Co., said he has been looking for an entrance into the Great Lakes market for years.American Queen, which specializes in river cruising on the Mississippi and other U.S tributaries, has built up a following of travelers who have moneyto spend. “There’s demand from our customers to try something new,” said Waggoner. “The Great Lakes are so unexplored. We’re very excited.” The 202-passenger Victory I and the Victory II will make a total of 27 stops in Cleveland this season -- at least once per week -- starting May 15. The ships run two separate itineraries that stop in Cleveland:John Waggoner, chairman and CEO of the American Queen Steamboat Co., said he has been looking for an entrance into the Great Lakes market for years American Queen, which specializes in river cruising on the Mississippi and other U.S tributaries, has built up a following of travelers who have money  to spend. “There’s demand from our customers to try something new,” said Waggoner. “The Great Lakes are so unexplored. We’re very excited.”The 202-passenger Victory I and the Victory II will make a total of 27 stops in Cleveland this season -- at least once per week -- starting May 15. The ships run two separate itineraries that stop in Cleveland:

Mon May 13 21:14:31 UTC 2019

JULIAN ASANGE - Ron Di Lalla -Realtor Orange County

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Sweden is reopening a rape probe against WikiLeaks' founder Julian Asange.  A sexual assault investigation in Sweden that was dropped two years has been reopened at the request of the victim.  Prosecutors were not able to continue their case while Asange remained in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. The alleged assault took place a decade ago.

Mon May 13 21:03:53 UTC 2019

5/13/2019 TODAY IN HISTORY - Ron DiLalla - Realtor -Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

Today is Monday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2019. There are 232 days left in the year. This is Mother's Day.Today's Highlight in History:On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by Turkish assailant Mehmet Ali Agca (MEH'-met AH'-lee AH'-juh).On this date:In 1568, forces loyal to Mary, Queen of Scots were defeated by troops under her half-brother and Regent of Scotland, the Earl of Moray, in the Battle of Langside, thwarting Mary's attempt to regain power almost a year after she was forced to abdicate.

Mon May 13 20:59:43 UTC 2019

DORIS DAY PASSES @ 97 YRS - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

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One of my all time favorites..Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals, and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and ’60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97.The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early Monday at her Carmel Valley, California, home. The foundation said she was surrounded, by close friends."Day had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia, resulting in her death,"

Mon May 13 20:55:29 UTC 2019

CHINA TRADE BATTLE CONTINUES - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor Orange County

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Deepening a trade battle and sending financial markets spinning, China announced Monday it was raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for the latest hike in U.S. tariffs on its exports.The Finance Ministry said Monday the new penalty duties of 5% to 25% on hundreds of U.S. products including batteries, spinach, and coffee will take effect June 1.That followed Trump's increase on Friday of duties on $200 billion of Chinese imports from 10% to 25% after charging that China had backtracked on commitments it made in earlier negotiations in a dispute over Beijing's technology ambitions and perennial trade surplus.

Mon May 13 20:50:17 UTC 2019

BOSTON CELTICS - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

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Kendrick Perkins has never been shy about sharing his opinions on the Boston Celtics.The former center from the team’s last championship run, continued his criticism of Kyrie Irving after the Celtics were bounced from the NBA Playoffs.“He sounds confused,” said Perkins of Irving. “He sounds like a guy that don’t wanna be in Boston. Celtics History and Celtics pride is way bigger than Kyrie Irving. You want guys that want to be there.”

Mon May 13 20:46:15 UTC 2019

JAMES A. GARFIELD (PRESIDENT) - Ron DiLalla - Realtor - Orange County

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Lyndhurst resident Ben Frayser believes that people of today, locally or nationally, don’t know enough about Ohioan and former President James A. Garfield and he is out to change that situation.James Abram Garfield 1831-1881, was the United States’ 20th president. Local people may know that Garfield’s onetime home, known as Lawnfield, is located on Route 20 in Mentor and that he was president for a short time, having been assassinated -- shot just four months after he took office in March 1881, and succumbing to those wounds in September of that year. In recent months, Frayser, 42, has begun portraying Garfield at historical events, teaming with Highland Heights resident Anita Benedetti, who attends functions with Frayser portraying former First Lady Lucretia Garfield. “I believe President Garfield was the embodiment of the American dream,” said Frayser. “He was was born in a log cabin (in Orange Township in what is now Moreland Hills) and was raised without a father (who died when Garfield was 3). There aren’t too many places where an impoverished farm boy can grow up to become president.”

Mon May 13 20:36:54 UTC 2019

MLB-ALL STAR WEEK - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor -

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A Color Run is scheduled for MLB All-Star Week in downtown Cleveland.Major League Baseball and THE COLOR RUN  will present the 5K on Sunday, July 7. The route begins in Voinovich Bicentennial Park and will wind participants near MLB’s Play Ball Park, which will be set up inside and outside Huntington Convention Center..

Tue May 07 19:53:53 UTC 2019

DISNEY'S STAR WARS FUTURE - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

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The future of the franchise had been up in the air since the studio decided to pump the breaks after five straight years of new movies, which included “Solo,” a critical and box office disappointment that sparked talk of Star Wars fatigue.It isn’t known yet what those new movies will be. “The Rise of Skywalker” is said to be the final film of the sequel trilogy, though that doesn’t necessarily mean Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn or Poe’s stories are over. Also, both “The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson and “Game of Thrones” showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on their own separate trilogies. There have long been rumors of a Obi-Wan Kenobi or Boba Fett standalone film, as well.Who knows? The upcoming Disney+ television series “The Mandalorian” could become popular enough to warrant a film. The company also has new Star Wars-themed lands based on a never-before-seen planet at its parks in California and Florida to promote.

Mon May 06 18:08:10 UTC 2019

MIOCIC-CORMIER REMATCH - RON DI LALLA - REALTOR - ORANGE COUNTY

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Though UFC president Dana White already said it was happening the UFC made it official over the weekend. Stipe Miocic will get his rematch against Daniel Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on Aug. 17 at UFC 241 in Anaheim.Cormier KO’d Miocic last July, taking Miocic’s title and ending the Euclid native’s record-setting reign. Miocic has been asking for a rematch ever since.

Mon May 06 18:01:38 UTC 2019

05/06 N/E OHIO PRICES UP - Ron DiLalla - Realtor - Orange County

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The median price for single-family homes  sold in April increased in both Cuyahoga County suburbs and Cleveland.Overall, the median home price was $120,000 last month, up from $112,500 in April 2018, marking the highest level since the end of last summer’s buying season in September, cleveland.com found.

Mon May 06 17:58:26 UTC 2019

MICHAEL COHEN - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

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Michael Cohen, the former lawyer, media attack dog and all-around fixer for President Donald Trump, is scheduled to begin serving a three-year prison sentence Monday for crimes including campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments made on Trump’s behalf.Cohen faces a 2 p.m. deadline to report to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville, a federal prison in the countryside 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of New York City. A minimum-security prison camp there has become a haven for white-collar criminals.

Mon May 06 17:57:38 UTC 2019

MICHAEL COHEN HEADS TO PRISON - Ron Di Lalla - Realtor - Orange County

Posted by: Ronald Dilalla

Michael Cohen, the former lawyer, media attack dog and all-around fixer for President Donald Trump, is scheduled to begin serving a three-year prison sentence Monday for crimes including campaign finance violations related to hush-money payments made on Trump’s behalf.Cohen faces a 2 p.m. deadline to report to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville, a federal prison in the countryside 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of New York City. A minimum-security prison camp there has become a haven for white-collar criminals.