Election Day News Briefs; Elon Musk Reveals Tunnel Under L.A.; Texas Newlywed Couple Killed in Helicopter Crash; Three Girl Scouts and Parent Killed By Intoxicated Driver; Kitty O’Neil, Deaf Daredevil, Passes Away at 72; Deaf Bing: Dry and Odorless
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Election Day News Briefs
[Transcript] Tomorrow — Tuesday, November 6 — is Election Day. This is the biggest election since Trump was elected two years ago.
All 435 House races will be on the ballot, along with 35 seats in the Senate and 17 gubernatorial races.
There are over 6,000 state legislative races across 46 states and 158 ballot measures in 37 states.
Many are predicting Democrats will win control of the House. If that happens, who will be the new Speaker of the House?
For the Senate, it seems likely Republicans will keep or increase their control. There are 10 Democratic incumbents running in “red” states that Trump won in 2016. How many of them will keep their seats?
President Trump has been crisscrossing multiple states giving out rallies to support various Republican candidates. He has often talked about the strong economy and about being tough on immigration.
Former President Obama has been doing his own rallies as well, criticizing Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his policies on immigration. Obama said the Trump administration is corrupt, with enough indictments to field a football team.
In Georgia, there is a hot and controversial race for the governor seat between Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams and Republican nominee Mike Kemp. A federal judge recently ordered Georgia to allow 3,000 new U.S. citizens to vote — they were previously prevented because their IDs did not exactly match government computer records. There are several deaf people who are a part of Abrams’ campaign team. So Georgia is a state to watch.
Another big election to watch is the governor’s race in Florida between Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum and Republican nominee Ron DeSantis. Florida has another closely-watched race for a Senate seat between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Bill Nelson. Florida is a big state.
In Arizona, there is an important, close battle for a Senate seat between Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally. It is a close race.
Many people are also watching the Texas battle between Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke, who is popular nationwide, as he attempts to defeat an also popular Republican Senator Ted Cruz.
We know there are at least three deaf candidates for public office — Democrat Chris Haulmark for a Kansas House seat, who is still running despite accusations of abuse and losing support of the Kansas Democratic party; Democrat Darrin Smith for a Maryland House of Delegates seat (similar with a House seat), and Democrat Kim Mettache for Dyer Town Council in Indiana. Those are the deaf candidates.
Deaf Candidates: Darrin S: http://bit.ly/2D4DGQU; Chris H: http://bit.ly/2QkFt8h; Kim M: http://bit.ly/2qrZHle
Elon Musk Reveals Tunnel Under L.A.
Elon Musk posted a video on Twitter that showed a long tunnel that appears to be halfway through construction. It is a “test tunnel.”
The ultimate goal is to have it become a rapid transit system where passengers can move at up to 150 mph. Elon said it would be open to the public on December 10.
People can either drive their car on a “skate” that will carry the vehicle through the tunnel, or sit in a vehicle that carries up to 16 passengers through the tunnels.
Texas Newlywed Couple Killed in Helicopter Crash
In Uvalde, Texas, a newlywed couple died in a helicopter crash on Saturday. It lifted off right after their wedding at nighttime and crashed.
First responders got a call around midnight, and found the scene after sunrise.
The couple’s names were Will Byler and Bailee Ackerman Byler.
There were others who died, apparently the pilot and possibly others.
Three Girl Scouts and Parent Killed By Intoxicated Driver
[Transcript] In Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, a 21-year old man driving a pickup truck while high on chemical vapors — he was huffing — struck and killed three Girl Scouts and a parent who were picking up trash on a roadside.
This happened Saturday afternoon when his truck veered into a ditch and hit the group. A fourth girl, 10, was injured.
The driver’s name is Colten Treu and he is charged with four counts of homicide by negligent use of a motor vehicle.
The three girls who died were 9, 10, and 10 years old. The parent was a 32-year old mother of one of the girls who died. Four in total.
There was candlelit vigil at an elementary school last night with many people holding candles to grieve and honor those who died.
Kitty O’Neil, Deaf Daredevil, Passes Away at 72
[Transcript] The Washington Post reported that Kitty O’Neil, a deaf daredevil and stuntwoman, has passed away at 72 years old from pneumonia on November 2.
Kitty holds the “world’s fastest woman” title after driving a rocket car over 600 mph in Oregon in 1976, a record that still stands today.
She grew up fearless, competing in platform diving. When she was a young adult, she did many different stunts with motorcycles and speed boats, or jumped from rooftops and helicopters.
Later she had a successful Hollywood career as a stuntwoman, which includes being a stand-in for “Wonder Woman,” jumping over 100 feet from a hotel balcony. She also rolled or crashed cars for several film projects, including “The Blues Brothers” and “Smokey and the Bandit II.”
She was an oral deaf person and was good at reading lips. Her mother was Cherokee, so she has Native American lineage.
Kitty, in a previous interview, said she was not afraid of anything. In the transcript there is a link to a nice video about her life. There is a museum in South Dakota that has exhibits dedicated to her.
Rest in peace, Kitty O’Neil.
Deaf Bing: Dry and Odorless
[Transcript] ASL has one incredible benefit. What? It is a dry, odorless language. You can sign right up to other people, but they won’t smell any bad breath or get spittles. It’s not like a language that uses voice.
[Image of a person sneezing with a cloud of spittles]
Nice! ASL! Dry and odorless.
That is all for today! See you tomorrow and stay with the light.