The Daily Moth 10-22-2018

October 23, 2018

Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots Equal $2.2 Billion; Floor Collapses During Clemson Homecoming House Party; Thirty People Hospitalized; World News Briefs: Taiwan Train Derails; Honduran Migrants; Afghanistan Elections Violence; Saudi Arabia Admits Murder of Journalist; CNN Reveals Body Double; NYT: Trump Administration Considering Ending Legal Recognition of Transgender Americans; Category 5 Hurricane Willa To Hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast; Austin Issues Boil Water Notice for 1 Million Customers​

Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! I’m back from my trip. It is Monday, October 22. Ready for news?




Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots Equal $2.2 Billion


Have you gotten your lottery tickets yet? There are two huge jackpots waiting for the lucky winners.


Mega Millions is offering a jackpot of $1.6 billion, it’s the biggest prize in US lottery history. There were no winning tickets from last Friday’s drawing, the next drawing is tomorrow evening (Tuesday night).


The Powerball jackpot is $620 million, the drawing is Wednesday evening.


Combined, the jackpots are about $2.2 billion dollars. Each ticket is $2.


If you win either, the lump sum options, after tax withholding, are $904 million for the Mega Millions lottery, and it is $354 million for the Powerball lottery.


The odds of winning either is about 1 in 300 million. But you still have a chance!




Floor Collapses During Clemson Homecoming House Party; Thirty People Hospitalized


In Clemson, South Carolina, thirty people were injured when a floor collapsed during a house party.


It was Homecoming weekend at Clemson University. A fraternity hosted the house party, it was at an apartment clubhouse, about three miles away from the university.


The floor collapse happened after midnight. The clubhouse was full, people were dancing and jumping around. One student said he could feel the floor bouncing like a trampoline before the collapse. He tried to warn his friends but the floor collapsed before he could move to safety.


Here’s a quick clip of the collapse.




No persons were trapped during the collapse, no one suffered life-threatening injuries. Thirty people were sent to the hospital for broken bones or lacerations.


Police say the investigation is ongoing.




World News Briefs: Taiwan Train Derails; Honduran Migrants; Afghanistan Elections Violence


Here are three world news briefs.


The first: yesterday afternoon, in Taiwan about 5 p.m. local time, a train derailed and eight carriages overturned. 366 people were on the train, about 180 people were injured and 18 were killed. Eight people from one family were killed, they were going home from a wedding that weekend.


Passengers said the train was going too fast. There is no official cause yet, but Taiwanese transport officials confirmed that 20 minutes before the accident, the train driver reported that the air pressure in the train’s brakes was too low.


The second news brief: last week in the Honduras, about 3,000 people started walking towards the US border to ask for asylum. Yesterday, the group was blocked at the border between Guatemala and Mexico, but they broke through. People have been joining the group, there are about 7,000 people in that caravan today. Many of the migrants say they left their homes because of poverty, corruption and gang violence in Honduras.


Trump has been pressuring Mexico to block the caravan from reaching the US border. He has said he will close the US-Mexico border, and would send US troops to make sure they don’t come into the US.


The third news brief: this past weekend, Afghanistan held parliamentary elections for the first time in three years. There has been political infighting and violence because of the extremist group, the Taliban. The Taliban warned Afghans not to participate in the elections; they attacked key figures and locations to scare people from voting.


About 4 million people voted, but that is about half of the eligible voters in Afghanistan. A record number of women came out to vote.  The president, Ashraf Ghani, thanked everyone for coming out to vote. Ghani said it was a clear message to the Taliban that Afghans do not want violence, they want democracy.




Saudi Arabia Admits Murder of Journalist; CNN Reveals Body Double


Here are updates on the journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death in a Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey.


A top Saudi Arabian official said on Saturday that Jamal died in a fight, that it was a mistake, and that they would punish those responsible for his death. Saudi Arabia had previously said they didn’t know what happened to him, that he left the consulate on his own. So the story changed.  


CNN today released footage and images of a person from Saudi Arabia who wore what seems to be Jamal’s clothes. The man had a fake beard on and walked around in streets in Turkey after the murder. So it seems like a group murdered him, then the person posed as him.  


A Saudi official said they don’t know where Jamal’s body is. There were reports that his body was dismembered. Turkish officials think this was a “hit job” done by at least 15 Saudi people.


President Trump said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia has been all over the place in explaining this, saying there has been deception and lies. Trump said he does not want to cancel a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia worth tens of billions of dollars. He wants to keep the deal, but has criticized their government.




NYT: Trump Administration Considering Ending Legal Recognition of Transgender Americans


The New York Times published an article yesterday saying the Trump administration is considering making the federal definition of gender to be based on a person’s genitalia at birth, for it to be a permanent, unchangeable condition.


The Obama administration had viewed gender as an individual’s choice, which led to the advancement of transgender and LGBT individuals’ rights, but it sparked a series of legal fights.


The New York Times said they have seen a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services that wants to define sex/gender for Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance. They want to change the definition of sex and gender.


The HHS wants for gender to be either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals a person is born with, according to their birth certificate. Any dispute about a person’s sex would have to be clarified by genetic testing.


This federal viewpoint, if put into effect, would have an impact on about 1.4 million Americans who recognize themselves as a different gender.


The HHS did not comment on the memo. Since then, several LGBT and transgender rights groups said they would protest and fight against this.




Category 5 Hurricane Willa To Hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast


There is a Category 5 hurricane, Willa, that is off Mexico’s Pacific coast. It has 160 mph winds and is expected to make landfall near Mazatlan, a popular beach and tourist destination, on Tuesday afternoon or evening.


Willa is expected to cause storm surges, heavy rains, and cause severe weather as it moves across Mexico.




Austin Issues Boil Water Notice for 1 Million Customers


In Austin, Texas, there is a boil water notice for over 1 million customers of Austin Water Utility.


The heavy rains and floods in the area has caused high levels of silt, mud, and debris to enter the water system.


The city said all customers should boil water for drinking, cooking, or for ice until further notice.


To make sure the water is boiled enough, heat it up until you see it in a rolling boil, let it boil for three minutes, and let it cool until it’s safe to drink, or pour it in a container to save for later use.


The water is safe for showering or laundry. The water is safe for washing dishes, but they should be rinsed with boiled water.


Austin Water said there have been no positive tests for bacteria, but the boil notice is for safety.


The city said it will require extended filtration to remove the silt from the water, but can’t hold back on water because they have to provide enough water pressure for fire protection.


It is not known when the boil water advisory will end. City officials say it might be a few days because two dams (Mansfield and Tom Miller) are still opening their floodgates and there are more rain in the forecast.


I reached out to the Texas School for the Deaf to ask what they were doing in response to this. They responded, saying they are collaborating with local regional superintendents of various schools. TSD is now determining their daily water needs for the campus.


TSD said they were informed that the boil water advisory could continue for five or seven days and are keeping students’ safety a top priority. TSD sent out an email to staff and parents with additional information.




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


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