The Daily Moth 4-17-17

April 17, 2017



VP Mike Pence Warns North Korea, Manhunt for Facebook Murderer, Truck Bomb Kills 126 in Syria, Turkey Votes to Give Turkish President More Powers, Impeached South Korean President Charged with Bribery and Abuse of Power, Second Atlanta Interstate Damaged, and Pro Soccer Player Uses ILY Handshapes after Scoring. 




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is April 17. Ready for news? 




Last weekend Vice President Mike Pence went to South Korea and toured the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North Korea and South Korea. He warned North Korea to not test the U.S. military or President Trump — pointing at the recent MOAB bombing in Afghanistan and the barrage of 59 Tomahawk missiles in Syria. 


The day before, North Korea had a big parade for their “Day of the Sun” — to honor the “first” Supreme Leader of NK — Kim Il-sung. The parade had a lot of soldiers, military vehicles and weapons, some new big missiles — with the NK leader Kim Jong Un waving and smiling. Yesterday NK test-fired a missile, but it failed — blowing up after launch. It was NK’s fifth missile test in the past 10 weeks, and they said they would do more tests — on a weekly basis. 


So there’s a continuing face-off between the U.S. and North Korea. South Korea is a key ally of the U.S., while China appears to be neutral — they are against NK’s aggressive military actions, but are a key economic and geographic partner. 


South Korea has requested to install missile defense systems that are American-made (known as “THAAD”) — but China has opposed its installation, because it has powerful radar that can also track Chinese lands above North Korea and the South China Sea. China has threatened economic sanctions against South Korea if they install it. But it appears South Korea is moving forward with installing a THAAD system. 


The U.S. has been pushing China to approve this installation of THAAD and to do more against North Korea, but both Trump and Pence has warned that they will deal with North Korea if China doesn’t.


There is a big manhunt for a man who filmed himself shooting and killing a 74-year old man in Cleveland, Ohio yesterday — he posted it on Facebook.


The gunman’s name is Steve Stephens, 37. He shot the elderly man at random (they didn’t know each other).  


Apparently Steve was mad about his ex-girlfriend and just decided he wanted to kill someone. He spoke to the camera that he wanted to kill “this guy right here.” 


The video has been removed, but its now everywhere on the internet. I saw it — it is a terrible video — terrible what happened to the man who died. His name was Robert Godwin Sr. and he was walking home after eating an Easter meal with his family. He was a grandfather and his family is shocked and grieving. I can’t imagine what they must feel. 


After the shooting, Steve said he killed more than 10 people, but police have seen any signs of more victims. Hopefully he just made it up. 


He’s not yet been caught, there is a warrant out for him and a big manhunt for him that includes Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Michigan. He is driving a white Ford Fusion. Hope they catch him today.




In Aleppo, Syria — there was a suicide truck bombing on Saturday at a bus station that killed at least 126 people, including more than 60 children. Many of the people were waiting to get on buses to evacuate from rebel-held lands to government-held lands. There were around 5,000 people in total, with 2,000 rebel fighters in that group.


The driver of the truck apparently acted as someone who brought food to children — and as kids were getting food — the truck blew up. It is not clear who was responsible for the bombing — there are fingers pointed at different groups. Terrible — Syria continues to be a country with mass deaths happening on almost a monthly basis.




In Turkey — the President Erdogan now has more power after the country narrowly voted in a referendum (a national “yes or no” vote) to grant him sole power — eliminating the position of prime minister. Erdogan has been in power for 14 years and could still be president for another 10 years — making him some kind of a “king.” He now can appoint the Vice-President and Cabinet members without approval from the parliament. He can appoint judges by himself. He is the commander in chief and can make any military decisions without parliamentary approval. 


As a result, Turkey is less of a democracy and some call it a dictatorship or an authoritarian rule. There were protests against this vote but also big masses of people celebrating and supporting Erdogan. Many said the votes were tampered with. 


Turkey is a key country in the Syrian war, a member of the NATO, and is an ally of the U.S. We will see how this impacts Turkey and its relationship with the world. 




South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, who was impeached in December by the country’s parliament on suspicions of corruption — has been charged with bribery, coercion, abuse of power, and leaking secrets. She is accused of allowing her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to view government documents and use the information to pressure companies, such as Samsung, into donating millions of money to various non-profit organizations. 


She was arrested at the end of March and will face trial. This has caused big controversy in South Korea, with many supporting her and many happy she was removed from power and jailed. If Park is convicted, she could be in prison for 10 years to life. 


The current acting president is Hwang Kyo-ahn — until the country elects their next president on May 9.

This impacts North Korea, China, and the U.S. — they are watching to see who will be the next leader. 




In Atlanta, GA — another interstate (I-20) is closed after a gas leak caused air to push the road upwards, cracking it. A motorcyclist hit it and was thrown off. The interstate was closed and traffic diverted to another interstate. It’s caused more driving headaches for Atlanta, as last month I-85 was blocked off after a big piece of it (a bridge) collapsed from a huge fire. That section is currently being repaired and people expect the interstate to be re-opened on June 15. Wow, I feel bad for you drivers in Atlanta.

Update: Two lanes on I-20 has been re-opened and the interstate is expected to be back to normal tomorrow. 




On Saturday a professional soccer player for team Real Madrid — Isco — after he scored a goal during a game — celebrated by holding up both of hands to say the sign for “I Love You.” 


He was doing it for a little girl who is a CODA* — the week before the match, the girl went to get an autograph by Isco and she asked him if he could do the ILY sign when he scored a goal — saying her parents were Deaf.  


So when Isco scored, he remembered and did the ILY. Nice! There is a video on FB that shows more details — link is below.




*CODA: Child of Deaf Adults. 




That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light! 



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