The Daily Moth 6-12-17

June 13, 2017



DeafUnited CEO Lamar Stewart Passes Away in Car Accident, 9th Circuit Court Blocks Trump Travel Ban 2.0, Tennessee School for the Deaf Announces Deaf Superintendent Dr. Nancylynn Ward, Puerto Rico Votes to Become 51st U.S. State, and Melania Trump and Barron Moves in White House 




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, June 12. Ready for news? 




Lamar Stewart, who was the CEO of DeafUnited — died yesterday morning in a car accident in Beaumont, Southern California. 


There are two local news articles about the accident — and it says Lamar was a passenger in a 2016 Honda Civic, driven by a 50-year old woman. 


There was a 2005 Chevrolet pickup truck that was hauling a empty horse trailer. Apparently it shifted from its lane and hit the Civic, causing a very serious accident in which Lamar and the other woman was trapped in the Civic.


It required emergency responders to use the Jaws of Life tool to get the two out. Lamar was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead around 40 minutes after the crash.  


Clearly, this will have an impact on Lamar’s family and friends, as well as on the DeafUnited team. They have not yet made a statement on their Facebook page, and I’ve reached out. 






The 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco just ruled against Trump’s travel ban of six countries. The panel of 3 judges said Trump overstepped his authority to police U.S. borders and said there is no evidence that our current immigration vetting procedures are inadequate and that allowing people in from the six countries would hurt our national security.

It is Trump’s second straight federal court loss, he recently had his travel ban turned down last month by the 4th Circuit Court in Virginia.

The Trump administration has already asked for this case to go to the Supreme Court — and it is now up to them to decide if they want to review/hear this case. If they decline to hear it, it means the circuit courts’ decision stands.

It is a big defeat for Trump, who has tweeted often the past week about the need for a ban, pointing to the recent terrorist attacks in the U.K. 


But the ban is blocked and we’ll see what happens with the Supreme Court.




The Tennessee School for the Deaf now has a Deaf superintendent — Dr. Nancylynn Ward. She is the school’s first Deaf superintendent in its over 170 years of history. She will oversee the main TSD campus in Knoxville and the West Tennessee campus in Jackson. 


The TN Dept. of Education sent out a message to congratulate her and it stated she starts work July 15. 


Dr. Ward will be leaving her position as an assistant director of planning, development, and dissemination at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center (the Kendall/MSSD programs on the Gallaudet campus). 


Many deaf people on social media are happy about this and are eagerly welcoming her to Tennessee. Congratulations to Dr. Ward, and it is yet another Deaf superintendent leading a Deaf school. 




Yesterday Puerto Rico voted in a national referendum (a yes or no vote) on if they wanted the island to become the 51st U.S. state — and 97% of them wanted it to become a U.S. state.


But only 23% of registered voters showed up to vote — there was a lot of opposition to PR becoming a state and many people boycotted the vote, so the referendum’s result is somewhat tainted. There is a lot of opposition against him who say the referendum is rigged to favor the current governing party.


Yet,  Puerto Rico’s governor Rossello wants to press the U.S. Congress to add Puerto Rico as the 51st state. But there is already lots of discussion on media by Puerto Ricans who say Congress won’t act because of the low voter turnout and the fact that the Congress is Republican-controlled (since most assume Puerto Rico would lean Democrat).


Because Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, all people born there are U.S. citizens, but they don’t have voting rights for presidential campaigns and have only one representative in Congress, who cannot vote. 


Puerto Rico is currently going through an economic crisis with 70 billion in debt and high unemployment — 11.5%. Many Puerto Ricans move to the U.S. as Puerto Rico continues to struggle. There are some schools that are closing there amid other issues. 


Some feel becoming a state would help the country’s economy with tax revenues, but there are still many opposed to becoming a state. 


This referendum is the fifth time the country has voted, all with differing results. We’ll see what happens with Puerto Rico in the future. 




First Lady Melania Trump and her 11- year old son Barron has now officially moved in the White House. They had been staying in New York City so Barron could finish school. Today they arrived at the White House on a Marine One helicopter. 


Melania tweeted this picture of the view from inside of the White House. [Image]


Nice view. I read an article that said everything was prepared in advance for their arrival — from the furniture to the clothes in the drawers to food in the refrigerator. It will be a big change for the two, that’s for sure, as well as for President Trump. 


Barron will be the first boy in the White House since John Kennedy’s son, John Jr. He was born two weeks after JFK was elected and lived there for three years, he moved away after JFK was assassinated. So there’s a boy in the White House again. 




That is all for today. More news tomorrow. Stay with the light! 





















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