The Daily Moth 3-12-2019

March 12, 2019

Multiple Countries Decide to Restrict Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft; FBI Charges Actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman in College Exam Cheating Scheme; Italy’s “No Vaccine, No School” Rule Goes in Effect; Conor McGregor Arrested in Miami; Baseball Coach and Wife Dies After Being Electrocuted While Installing Scoreboard; Mather Online Release; Guest #DeafBing: Restaurants​

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Multiple Countries Decide to Restrict Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft


The European Union, Malaysia, China, Oman, and Australia have either banned all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from entering their airspace or ordered all planes grounded out of safety concerns after the Ethiopian airlines crash on Sunday. More countries could join this list.  


The U.S. is still allowing the aircraft in our airspace. President Trump tweeted concerns that airplanes are becoming too complex to fly with unnecessary technology, saying that it it doesn’t allow pilots to make quick decisions.


Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and at least three Democratic senators said the FAA Federal Aviation Administration should restrict the plane.  


Southwest Airlines Pilots Association said they are confident that the plane is safe.


The Association of Flight Attendants said both crew and passengers have expressed concerns about the plane.


So there are differing viewpoints.


The investigation in Ethiopia is still going on and it could take several months before there are clear answers on what caused the crash.


A witness said he saw the plane’s rear having smoke come out of it and rotating twice in the air before crashing. Another witness said the plane slid directly into the ground, as if the earth swallowed the aircraft.


Airline experts said statistics show that flights have become safer over the past 50 years thanks to technology, pilot training, industry cooperation, and engineering advancements.




FBI Charges Actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman in College Exam Cheating Scheme


The FBI has charged more than 40 people who they said were involved in a college entrance exam cheating and bribery scheme. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were two of the people charged.


Prosecutors said that some parents who wanted their children to go to elite universities paid between $15,000 to $75,000 to an owner of a college preparation business for someone else to take the SAT or ACT exams in their children’s place.


The FBI said the business owner, William Rick Singer, would then use the cash to bribe people who gave out the exams.


The scheme also involved bribing college coaches to recruit high school athletes to be student athletes. They would create fake athletic profiles for students to make them look like elite athletes.


Several college coaches and university administrators were charged.


The scheme involved students who wanted to go to Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale. The FBI did not say the schools were involved in wrongdoing and said the students were not aware of their parents’ actions.


The FBI said parents paid the businessman Singer about $25 million since 2011 and that they have evidence in recorded phone calls or emails.




Italy’s “No Vaccine, No School” Rule Goes in Effect


BBC News reported that Italy now requires all children 0 to 6 years old to be vaccinated or they can’t attend school. Parents or guardians of children will have to prove they have received proper vaccinations.


If children without vaccinations go to school, parents or guardians can be fined up to 500 euros.


The law requires children to receive vaccinations for chickenpox, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and several other diseases.


For children 6 to 16, they can’t be banned from school if they are not vaccinated, but their parents can be fined.


Italian authorities hope to reach and maintain a 95% vaccination rate, which would make it unlikely for disease to spread.


Not everybody agrees with the new rules. Just like in America, there are many opposed to mandatory vaccinations. Some believe the vaccines will cause autism, but there has been no credible scientific evidence proving this. Concerns are still rampant.


Italy’s Health Minister Giulia Grillo said the new rules are simple — no vaccine, no school.




Conor McGregor Arrested in Miami


UFC fighter Conor McGregor was arrested last night in Miami Beach.


Police reports said yesterday morning there was a man who took pictures of him using his smartphone and that McGregor slapped the phone to the floor and smashed it with his foot.


McGregor then took the phone and walked away with it. This happened outside of a hotel.


Police later arrested him and charged him with strong-arm robbery and criminal mischief. He was released after posting bond.


McGregor was arrested last year after he threw a metal dolly at a bus, injuring several UFC fighters. He had just completed anger management and community service as a part of his plea deal for the incident last year. Now this is another arrest.




Baseball Coach and Wife Dies After Being Electrocuted While Installing Scoreboard


A Florida high school baseball coach, Corey Crum, and his wife, Shana, died after they were electrocuted when they tried to install a new scoreboard at a high school near Tallahassee.


This happened Sunday afternoon. Crum was operating a boom lift and unloading equipment from a trailer when the lift touched power lines. Electricity shot through the lift and electrocuted Crum. His wife tried to help him, but was also electrocuted. Both died at the scene.


The couple’s 14-year old son was injured when he tried to help his parents. He was shocked and taken to the hospital, but should recover.


There were more than 20 people, including players from the baseball team and their parents, who saw it happen. The school said there were grief counselors and other support services provided to them.


The scoreboard was damaged from Hurricane Michael. The school ordered a new scoreboard and Crum wanted to install it with the help of baseball players and their parents.


A school board member said the community loved Crum and that they are devastated.




Mather Online Release


Last year The Daily Moth did a news feature on Deaf film director Chase Burton, who directed a short film, “Mather.” He showed the film in several events across the United States, and now he will make it available online tomorrow night.


[Video trailer of Mather]


Burton: We filmed it in Black Coyote Dry Lake at the Mojave Desert. It used to be a lake but it became dry. There is no water. What I like the best about the area is that there is a lot of freedom to move around, just like sign language. It is 360 degrees.


[Video clips showing behind-the-scenes of filming]


Burton: I grew up with an alcoholic father and I’ve expressed my art through that lens, of how I grew up. I had a very healthy family but when I became a teenager, I started to realize there were flaws in my family. There are parallels with the hearing and deaf worlds. You can see flaws with both worlds. So I tried to make a film that responds to that. The sign for “Mather” is a combination of mother and father. It is two different worlds but when you combine them, there is an dynamic. How does it change? How do you respond to each other?


Alex: Burton said he hopes the interest in the movie will help open up opportunities for him to create more films.


The link to watch the movie is in the transcript. I would recommend you to sit down and watch it on a large screen. Sound is available, you can turn it up.



Guest #DeafBing: Restaurants


Here are four guest Deaf Bings about restaurants. The first is from Melissa.


Melissa: Deaf Bing what? When Deaf people go to restaurants and it is happy hour and we are chatting, the lights become dark. So I ask if they can turn it on.


So it would be brighter. But they said, “No, we can’t, we are sorry.” So what do we do?  


We turn on the iPhone lights.


That. Deaf Bing!


Alex That’s why we are just like moths. We need light.


The next is from Roy.


Roy: I’ve noticed that Deaf Bing what? Usually when I order a beer and like it, everyone else will order the exact same thing. That Deaf Bing.


Alex: It’s easier to say “the same” than to show a new order.


The next is from Elizabeth.


Elizabeth: Deaf Bing — when people sign and cause a cup to spill over. Look.


Ahh. Deaf Bing!


Alex: Of course. Deaf people should request kiddie cups at restaurants.


The next is from Khorshed.


Khorshed: This is 1,000 Degrees Pizza. Deaf Bing what? This is the oven. It’s when I’m chatting and oh (bleep) I realize it’s burnt. That Deaf Bing!


Alex: That’s why deaf cultural food is burnt food.


Thank you all for sending the videos!




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




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