At Least 31 Killed in California Wildfires; Stan Lee of Marvel Comics Passes Away at 95; Elections Updates in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, and Mississippi; 27-Year Old Deaf Mexican Man Dies of Heart Attack During Half-Marathon; Filipino Sign Language Act Signed in Law by Philippines President Duterte
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, November 12. I hope your weekend was good. Ready for news?
At Least 31 Killed in California Wildfires
The wildfires in California has killed at least 31 people and the blazes are still spreading.
Northern California’s Camp Fire has killed at least 29 people. Over 200 people are missing. Officials fear the death toll could increase by a lot.
Over 6,500 structures were destroyed. The town of Paradise, 90 miles north of Sacramento, is the most severely impacted, with news reports saying it is completely destroyed. That fire is now 25% contained.
Over 30 police officers who live and work in the area reported for duty even after their homes were destroyed.
It is not known what caused this fire, but news reports say it could be because of downed power lines.
In Southern California, the Woosley Fire has killed at least two people and decimated Malibu and other areas west of Los Angeles, burning over 90,000 acres. That fire is 20% contained and it could get worse with strong Santa Ana winds in the weather forecast. Several celebrities’ homes were destroyed.
The Hill Fire, also in Southern California, has burned 4,500 acres and is 75% contained.
Here are some pictures from a deaf person from Southern California, Kenichi Wright. He took them at the Reagan library in Ventura County.
[Kenichi: The fire is over there. There are three helicopters back here, they are circling back and forth. The lake is over there and the helicopters take water from it and drop it off. Where am I? Reagan Library. I hope they are okay. The fire started yesterday, Friday, and spread close to here. The TO and Malibu is over there. Here is Simi Valley. I’m taking pictures, I’ll see if they are good pictures.]
[Different images of fires on mountains with helicopters dropping water].
Wow, those are some serious fires. Thank you for sending the pictures.
There were some smaller fires that broke out in Southern California near highways. It’s clearly a very dangerous situation and my thoughts are with you all.
Stan Lee of Marvel Comics Passes Away at 95
Stan Lee, the writer and creator of many Marvel Comics heroes, has passed away at 95.
He co-created many superhero characters in the 1960’s that are still popular today — Spider-Man, Black Panther, Hulk, the Avengers, the X-Men, and many more.
He worked with artist Jack Kirby to develop the characters and helped Marvel to compete against DC Comics. Years later, there were legal battles on who owned the artwork and on royalties.
Stan often appeared in recent Marvel movies in brief cameo roles. Many celebrities and everyday people are posting tributes to him online.
Elections Updates in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, and Mississippi
Here are updates on the elections in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona.
In Florida, there are recounts for elections for the governor’s race between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum, for the Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Bill Nelson, and for the agriculture commissioner.
The recounts were ordered because of the narrow margins: 0.41 percent for governor, 0.14 percent for Senate, and 0.07 percent for agriculture commissioner.
Gillum, in the governor’s race, had conceded to DeSantis, but withdrew that concession saying he wants every vote counted.
The deadline for the recount is Thursday afternoon. President Trump said the election should be called in favor of the Republican candidates, that there is fraud.
In Georgia, the governor’s race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams is not officially over. Abrams has filed a lawsuit to try to force a runoff, a second voting round. Her team said there were votes that were improperly rejected.
Kemp has a lead of about 59,000 votes and has declared victory, but the race is not officially over.
In Arizona, the tight Senate race between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has not been called because there are still over 200,000 votes not yet counted.
Sinema has a lead of over 30,000 votes, or 1.5 percent. Several analysts say it would be very hard for McSally to catch up. President Trump said there should be a new election because of potential corruption.
27-Year Old Deaf Mexican Man Dies of Heart Attack During Half-Marathon
In Mexico, a 27-year old deaf man, Bruno Ramirez, died from a heart attack as he ran in a half-marathon.
I read an article about this in the “Milenio,” a news service in Spanish language and used Google Translate to understand it.
The article said he fell to the ground a few kilometers from the finish line. Other runners helped him. He was transported in an ambulance but died.
Bruno represented Mexico in an international deaf fashion show.
There are many tributes to him on deaf social media from individuals and organizations.
Filipino Sign Language Act Signed in Law by Philippines President Duterte
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte signed a bill to declare Filipino Sign Language (FSL) as the national sign language of deaf people in the country.
The ABS-CBN News Channel tweeted this with pictures of the bill text.
The bill, Republic Act No. 11106, or “The Filipino Sign Language Act,” says FSL is the official sign language of government in all transactions involving the deaf and mandates its use in schools, broadcast media, and workplaces.
The bill said the Philippines will be in compliance with the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The bill directs education-related agencies to use FSL in deaf education. FSL will be taught as a separate subject in deaf learners’ curriculum.
The bill advocates for the hiring of deaf teachers and development FSL training materials.
The bill calls for the establishment of national standards for FSL interpreters and for FSL to be used in the justice and health systems.
The bill requires, within a year, FSL interpreter insets for news, public affairs programs, and educational programs on television.
The bill said while FSL will be recognized and supported, the government would not have prejudice to the use of other forms of communication depending on individual choice or preference.
Congratulations to the Philippines deaf community and advocates on this big achievement.
That is all for today! See you tomorrow and stay with the light!