The Daily Moth 12-31-18

January 1, 2019


Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Monday, December 31. The last day of the year.


Let’s look back on 2018. I will name two major news stories from each month, then share the most highest-viewed deaf news story. 


In January, do you remember the false missile alarm that went out in Hawaii and terrified everybody on the island? Some thought it was their last day. Hawaiian officials apologized for the error. 


The second major news of that month is when former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was confronted by hundreds of former victims who said he molested them. Some of the survivors were famous gold-medalist gymnasts. Nassar was sentenced 40 to 175 years in prison in several separate but related cases. 


The highest-viewed deaf news story was the death of a 33-year old Deaf man from New Jersey, Umar King, who was killed by an out-of-control and speeding SUV driven by a hearing 19-year old man who was fleeing the police. King was standing in a bus stop that was struck by the SUV. Local officials honored King with renaming a part of Kennedy Boulevard “Umar King Way.” 


In February, the world watched South Korea as they hosted the 2018 Winter Olympics. Both North and South Korea agreed to play under one flag. The country that won the most medals was Norway, followed by Germany, Canada, and USA. Russia was not officially represented in the games because of their doping controversy, but Russian athletes played under the banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR.” 


The second major news of that month is the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 students and staff were killed. 19-year old former student Nikolas Cruz admitted to the shooting. The shooting received extensive media attention with students becoming overnight spokespeople against gun violence. President Trump invited several students and parents for a meeting at the White House. Thousands marched to change gun laws. 


The highest-viewed deaf news story was an interview with a hard-of-hearing student from Parkland who described her experience of surviving the shooting with her mother. 


In March, the biggest story was the “homemade” explosives in the Austin, Texas area that killed two people and injured five people. The bombs were either put in packages or with a tripwire. Police tracked down the suspect, a 23-year old man, who killed himself by blowing himself up in a vehicle. 


The second major news of that month is Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica controversy, where it was revealed at least 50 million users’ profiles were shared with outside groups for political research without users’ permission. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress and apologized. The effects on Facebook’s value and brand continue to today. 


The highest-viewed deaf news story was the interview with a deaf female police officer, Erica Trevino, who works with the Dalhart, Texas police department. Trevino said she was fed up with people telling her she couldn’t because she was deaf, and said, “Here I am” with her badge. 


In April, the biggest story was Bill Cosby’s trial for sexual assault — he was found guilty of drugging and raping a woman 14 years ago. Cosby, 80 years old, was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison.


The second major news of that month was the terrible bus accident in Saskatchewan, Canada that killed 16 members of a junior hockey team. A semi-trailer truck hit it at an intersection. The driver was charged with causing the deaths. 


The highest-viewed news story was the recap of “A Quiet Place,” a thriller movie that has deaf girl Millicent Simmonds in a major role where she uses ASL and has a cochlear implant. That movie was a success, earning $340 million worldwide. 


In May, the biggest story was lava flows from Hawaii’s volcano Kilauea. The lava destroyed hundreds of homes and forced thousands of people to evacuate. There has been no lava flows for the past three months, so the situation seems to be under control for now.


The second major story of the month was the controversy with actor Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet against Valerie Jarrett, a former White House advisor to President Obama. ABC cancelled the revival of the Roseanne show after one season. 


The highest-viewed deaf news story was when a Deaf man and his pregnant partner with a service dog had a physical altercation with a hearing man in a Frontier airplane. The couple accused the man of punching the pregnant woman in the stomach. There was a video of the deaf man pushing the hearing passenger in the airport terminal. It received extensive media coverage. The couple said they are still working on their case with the FBI. 


In June, the biggest story was President Trump’s summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un. The two agreed to work towards peace and North Korea’s complete denuclearization. Today, there are reports that North Korea is still actively working on possible missile sites, but there has not been a test launch. President Trump said last week he was looking forward to the next summit with Chairman Kim. 


The second major story of the month was the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. This meant adults traveling with children would be separated from them. After broad public criticism, Trump signed an executive order to end family separations. 


The highest-viewed deaf news story was the announcement of A&E’s special, “Deaf Out Loud,” that featured three deaf families. That show would air on September. Hundreds of deaf people gathered in various places to watch it. 


In July, the biggest story was Thailand cave rescue. 12 boys on a soccer team and an assistant coach entered a cave and was trapped by heavy rains that flooded parts of the cave. There was an international effort to rescue them, and the boys and the coach were saved. But one Thai diver died when he ran out of air. 


The second major story of the month when 17 people were killed when they were on a duck boat that sank in a lake in Missouri during a sudden thunderstorm. One family from Indiana lost nine members. 


The highest-viewed deaf news story was a deaf woman who used to work at Costco winning a $775,000 lawsuit against them, saying she was discriminated when she was fired after 24 years of work. 


In August, the biggest story was the when Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, pled guilty to 8 counts of tax fraud and campaign finance violations. On the same day, Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty on 8 counts of financial crimes. Cohen was recently sentenced to 3 years in prison, while Manafort is expected to be sentenced in March.


The second major story of the month was a grand jury report in Pennsylvania that said 300 Catholic priests abused over 1,000 children and that there were many attempts to cover it up. This sparked several other states to start investigations.


The highest-viewed deaf news story was the interview with Deaf Nina Kyle Schulze, who qualified for the Las Vegas finals. He fell during the competition, but said he would be back next year. 


In September, the biggest story was Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings. At least three women accused him of sexual misconduct during his high school and college years. One of the accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, gave a testimony that was watched by the nation. Kavanaugh’s testimony was also closely watched. After a bitter political battle and protests, there were enough Republican Senators that supported Kavanaugh’s confirmation, making him a lifetime Supreme Court Justice. 


The second major story of the month was the growing controversy about the New Jersey couple who raised $400,000 on GoFundMe to help a homeless man who donated his last $20 to a woman who ran out of gas on a highway. Ultimately, the story was outed as a fraud, all three were arrested and face serious charges. 


The highest-viewed deaf news story was coverage of ICE threatening to deport a deaf and disabled immigrant who lives in Michigan — Francis Anwana. After intervention by a U.S. Congressman, the ICE said they would halt the deportation and allow him to stay in the U.S. for another year. 


In October, the biggest story was the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey. Khashoggi lived in the United States and worked for the Washington Post. He often criticized the Saudi kingdom. Authorities in the United States and Turkey have placed the blame on the Saudi kingdom, which sparked international pressure on President Trump to distance himself from Saudi Arabia. 


The second major story of the month was when 11 people were killed at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh. A 46-year old man was arrested, charged with hate crimes, and faces the death penalty. It was the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States. 


The highest-viewed deaf news story was about a deaf Home Depot worker, Malik Evans, who said he was discriminated against when he was told he couldn’t be a spotter for a forklift driver because he is deaf. He fought back and was able to get his licenses. Recently, he decided to stop working there. 


In November, the biggest story was the midterm elections. Democrats won back control of the House, there was a record high number of women and LGBTQ people elected to political positions of all levels, and the Republican-controlled Senate extended their control by 2 Senators to have a 53-47 advantage.  


The second major story of the month was the California wildfires that ravaged Paradise and Malibu. At least 86 people died and over 18,000 structures were destroyed. 


The highest-viewed deaf news story was interviews with deaf people impacted by two major disasters — the California wildfires and the Alaska earthquakes. Several deaf people lost their family members and homes in California, while in Alaska, a deaf school staff member and a deaf family described the powerful shaking. 


In December, the biggest story was former President George H.W. Bush’s death at 94 years old. The nation watched his funeral and memorial services, which brought President Trump and three other former Presidents together. He was praised by many in the deaf and disabled community for his support of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


The second major story of the month is something that is still news today — the government shutdown over President Trump’s demands for $5 billion in funding for the border wall.


The highest-viewed deaf news story was the rally and protests at a school district in San Antonio, Texas where a parent and advocates said the district was taking away ASL and Deaf culture from deaf students. There is another rally planned in January. 


So, that was the year we had. 2018. Was it a good year for you? For America? For the world? 


May you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration. And may we all have the best of luck for 2019. I’ll be here and delivering news to you. 


See you tomorrow and stay with the light! 

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