North and South Korea Agree To Unify for Winter Olympics; Updates on Stephen Bannon and Russia Investigation; Washington State University Quarterback Tyler Hilinski Commits Suicide; Apple To Contribute $350 Billion To U.S. Economy; Car Crashes Into Second Floor of Office Building; Deaf RIT Student Hit By Truck; CSD Announces Second SVF Partner: DeafTax.com
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Wednesday, January 17. Ready for news?
North and South Korea has agreed for their Winter Olympics teams to march together under a single flag during the upcoming opening ceremonies in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Koreas will have a unified women’s ice hockey team.
There will be over 200 people from North Korea — which includes athletes, cheerleaders, performers, and government officials.
South Korean athletes and performers will visit North Korea for training at a ski resort and to go to a cultural event.
The countries previously marched under a unified flag in 2006 during the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and for other Olympics prior.
But a lot has changed in the past 12 years, especially last year with North Korea’s aggressive missile testing and the rhetoric from U.S.’ President Trump, Japan, and other countries.
Now we have this unification between the Koreas, which shows a step towards peace in the region, and it is something the South Korean President Moon Jae-in wanted.
People in South Korea have showed mixed reaction to this — some are happy, while others say it is not wise to “roll out the red carpet” for North Korea.
The White House Press Sec. Sanders said they hope this will provide North Koreans with a taste of freedom and help them go into the process of denuclearization.
Update on Stephen Bannon and his subpoena by Special Counsel Mueller — news reports now say Bannon has agreed to an interview with Mueller and his team instead of testifying before a grand jury.
There is a big difference between the two. Testifying before a grand jury means you are required to provide answers to all questions with everything recorded in a transcript. An office interview with Mueller’s team is “less stressful.” This might mean Bannon is cooperating in the investigation and sharing information.
Bannon was separately questioned by a House Intelligence Committee yesterday (Tuesday) for 10 hours in a private session. Lawmakers on the committee said they were frustrated with Bannon because he refused to answer some questions about President Trump, citing executive privilege (saying he couldn’t reveal confidential information related to President Trump).
The committee ended up issuing him a subpoena to go back to the committee tomorrow (Thursday) to respond to the questions he refused to answer. So he’ll have to go back again tomorrow.
The Washington State University football team’s quarterback — Tyler Hilinski — was found dead yesterday (Tuesday) night in his apartment in Pullman.
Police said it appears he killed himself. He was 21 years old.
He missed football practice yesterday. People concerned about Tyler contacted police, who checked on his apartment.
When they went inside, they saw that he had a gunshot wound to his head (self-inflicted), with a rifle next to him and a note.
Last night the football team was brought together and told about this sad news. Several of them tweeted to express their mourning. Some encouraged people to look out for others if they showed signs of depression.
The university’s athletic director said Tyler was a tremendous person, will be deeply missed, and that their hearts go out to his family and friends.
Tyler was the starting quarterback in a recent bowl game and was expected to be the starting quarterback next season.
Apple announced they would put in more than $350 billion into the U.S. economy over the next five years by adding new jobs and investing in U.S. based suppliers.
They will spend more than $30 billion to create 20,000 jobs and open a new campus somewhere in the U.S. — the location will be announced this year. Apple currently has 84,000 employees in U.S.
Apple also will pay $38 billion in repatriation taxes (paying back the U.S.) on their profits and cash that are held in other countries, because of the new tax law. Apple will bring back $252 billion in cash back to the U.S. from overseas.
In Santa Ana, California -- news showed pictures of a car that crashed into the second floor of a small office building. The car was halfway inside, with the rear half dangling outside.
This happened on Sunday morning. How did the car get there?
A video from a city bus showed the car speeding towards a center divider across from the building, hitting it, causing it to launch in the air, across the street, and crash into the building.
The car barely missed the bus.
When the car crashed, it caught fire, but it was quickly stopped. Firefighters found two people inside. One was able to get out quickly, but the other had to be rescued. Both had minor injuries.
The driver was under the influence of narcotics.
Crews with a crane and a bulldozer worked all Sunday morning to remove it. The building was a dental office.
In Rochester — a Deaf RIT student, Steven Carranco (24), was seriously injured last (Tuesday) night when he was hit by a box truck while walking on the shoulder of a road.
This happened at 6:40 pm on East River Road, which is close to the RIT/NTID campus. There are no sidewalks in the area. Steven was walking southbound and the truck was also traveling in that direction.
The truck driver, Richard Lippa, said he heard a noise, immediately stopped, and saw that he hit a person.
When police arrived, they found Steven lying on the road. Police said the conditions were foggy. News video showed a road with snow plowed on the side.
Police said Steven lived in in the area. No criminal charges are expected.
I was in touch with Steven’ sister, Mireya. She confirmed that Steven lived in the area near the road, and that the road was dangerous. She said Steven has serious injuries to his brain and left leg.
News articles said Steven is in the hospital in “guarded condition” with head, leg, and other injuries.
Steven is from California, is a 4th year student majoring in medical illustration.
Sad to see this happen to the student, and hope he makes a full recovery. I will share updates as I get them.
Last week, Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) announced their second partner for their new social venture fund — DeafTax.com.
DeafTax.com was founded in 2007 by Joshua Beal and now has another manager, Charles Sterling. There are two offices — one in Honolulu, Hawaii (West Coast office) and another in Washington, D.C. (East Coast office).
With the investment from CSD, DeafTax.com plans to expand their services by hiring more employees, establishing a third office location, and develop an app.
You can see a video announcement about this on CSD’ Facebook page. This is CSD’s second SVF investment — their first was Mozzeria, announced at the end of last year.
Congratulations to DeafTax.com.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!