The Daily Moth 6-26-17

June 26, 2017



Supreme Court Announces Parts of Trump’s Travel Ban Can Go In Effect, Family of Philando Castile Awarded $3 Million in City Settlement, Spanish Court Orders Salvador Dali’s Body Exhumed, Off-Duty Officer Stops Woman From Opening Flight Door Mid-Air, 100 Feared Dead From Landslide in China, and Supreme Court Will Hear Case of Cake Shop Owner Who Refused Gay Couple Wedding Cake  




Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, June 26. Ready for news?




The Supreme Court announced this morning they will allow a part of President Trump’s travel ban to go into effect. They said the government can impose a temporary ban (90 days) of people from six countries, but added a condition that they must allow people who had “bona fide” relationships with people or businesses/organizations in the U.S. to come in. This means a family member, an university student, or an employee. 


The six countries are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. 


Trump’s ban (the second one issued in March) wanted to temporarily suspend all new immigrants (but allowing dual citizens, green card and visa holders to come in). This was overturned in lower federal courts in various districts and circuits — they said Trump overstepped his authority to ban the countries and that it seemed to be motivated by discrimination against people of a certain religion. 


But the Supreme Court now says Trump can temporarily ban new immigrants if they can’t show a bona fide relationship with a U.S. citizen or business/organization — they will not be allowed to come in until the U.S. “updates” their vetting policies. The Court said the U.S. government has a need to provide for the nation’s security. 


So this is a win for the Trump administration (a big one) because they have lost several lower court battles in a row. 


The new restrictions on tourists and visa applications from the six countries will go into effect within 72 hours — this Thursday. 


As for the U.S. refugee program — Trump wanted to suspend it for 120 days — the Supreme Court has allowed this, but said if a refugee shows a bona fide relationship with a U.S. person or entity, the person can come. 


The Supreme Court also said they would review the case in oral arguments in October, but by that time, the 90 day window will be gone and the U.S. government would be able to develop new travel restrictions and vetting guidelines. 




The family of Philando Castile will get $3 million in a settlement with the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota. 


The deal was between Philando’s mother, Valerie Castile and the city. This is a civil court proceeding, which is different from a criminal court proceeding (which acquitted the officer who shot Philando of any criminal charges.) 


A joint statement by the mother and the city said Philando’s death is a tragedy for his family and for our community — that they agreed to this settlement to resolve future civil claims and to allow the healing process to start. 




A court in Spain has ordered the body of the famous artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed from where he lies in northeastern Spain, to get samples from his body to confirm if he is the father of a woman who filed a paternity suit. 


The woman, 61, says Dali had a relationship in the 1950’s with her mother. Dali was married at that time to another woman. Dali has no known children. 


Dali died in 1989 (age 85) from heart failure and is buried in the Dali Theatre and Museum in northeastern Spain, his body is in a crypt underneath. So it’ll be exhumed to determine if he is the father. 




Yesterday during a Southwest flight, an off-duty officer tackled a woman who tried to open the exit door while the plane was still flying. 


The flight was from Los Angeles to Houston. During the flight, a young woman stood up in the aisle several times, paced up and down it, looked unstable, and yelled saying the U.S. government mistreated her and that she needed her medicine. 


There was an off-duty police officer there — Pamela Minchew — who was observing the young woman. 


The woman then tried to open the exit door.  who quickly responded by tackling and holding her down. The flight was diverted to Corpus Christi, Texas, where law enforcement took her away. 


The passengers on the plane were moved to a holding area and was provided pizza by the pilot.  Some others were questioned. The plane, delayed by more than 5 hours, finally took off to Houston.


When the off-duty officer came back on the plane, other passengers cheered her on, calling her a hero. 


It’s relief she was not able to open the exit door. 


(Pictures from Kris Gillentine Twitter: 




In a village in central China, around 100 people are missing and likely dead after their village at the bottom of a mountain was buried by a landslide with huge boulders and mud. 


This is at Xinmo Village. You can see the “before” on the right and the landslide on the left.


At least 10 people are confirmed dead. There is a huge rescue effort with over 15 heavy equipment (earth movers), 3,000 rescuers, and sniffing dogs.


The landslide came after heavy rains. It appears something in the mountain gave way and caused one side of it to just collapse and slide down onto the village. 


Families and friends of those who are missing — they have been on the site, mourning, supporting each other and honoring the dead with various rituals. 


Survivors who lost their homes are now expressing concerns about their future to the government — will they rebuild on the site? Where will the kids who lost their parents (orphans) go? Could the government have done more to protect the villagers? 






The Supreme Court will look at a case about the owner of a cake shop in Colorado — Jack Phillips — he had refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex (gay) couple in 2012, citing his religious beliefs that said marriage should only be between a male and a female.


The gay couple, David Mullins and Charlie Craig, filed a discrimination lawsuit. They said Jack violated the state’s anti-discrimination act — which requires businesses to serve customers regardless of their race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other identities.  


The Colorado Court of Appeals supported the gay couple, saying if the cake owner (Jack) makes wedding cakes for heterosexual couples, he must also do so for gay couples, to be equal to all. 


Jack’s team asked the Supreme Court to look at the case, saying he was an artist who had a constitutional right to decline to make art based on messages that he disagrees with, such as Halloween, cakes with alcohol in it, racism, atheism, or same-sex marriage. 


The Court will hear arguments sometime this fall. 




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

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