Felicity Huffman and other parents plead guilty to cheating college exams; Waffle House good Samaritan killed after paying for meals; NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some due to Measles outbreak; Political News Briefs: A.G. Barr to release Mueller report within a week; Secret Service director fired in “purge”; 9-year old Deaf South African, Thapelo Tambani, to receive posthumous award for bravery; Deaf boy from England has IQ score greater than Einstein
Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, April 9. Ready for news?
Felicity Huffman and other parents plead guilty to cheating college exams
Yesterday, in Boston, prosecutors announced that “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman and at least 13 others agreed to plead guilty to one charge each of fraud in relation to the college admission cheating scandal.
Prosecutors want Huffman to be imprisoned for several months.
They said Huffman paid at least $15,000 to a college consultant, William Singer, who paid a test proctor to change Huffman’s daughter’s test answers after she finished. This was so her scores would be higher and give her a better chance of being accepted into an elite college.
Other parents also paid Singer, some much more money, to have him alter their children’s scores.
Huffman said she deeply regrets her actions. She emphasized that her daughter knew nothing and that she has betrayed her.
She also apologized to the students who work hard every day to get into college and to their parents who make sacrifices to support their children in an honest way.
Another famous actress, Lori Loughlin from “Full House,” was also charged with fraud. Today she and her husband got additional charges of money laundering.
They are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so their daughters would get into the University of Southern California on their crew team, even though neither play crew.
A former tennis coach for the University of Texas, Michael Center, pleaded guilty to fraud for accepting $60,000 in bribes to designate an applicant as a tennis recruit.
USC, Georgetown University and other schools are reviewing the applications of the students that were involved. Yale and Stanford have expelled their students who were involved.
Waffle House good Samaritan killed after paying for meals
Last Sunday, in Gainesville, Florida, there was a murder at a Waffle House.
A man, Craig Brewer (41) offered to pay for customers’ meals and handed out $20 bills.
A female customer started arguing with Brewer because he didn’t pay for her meal.
The female was with a man named Ezekiel Hicks (25), who argued with Brewer. He left the Waffle House to get his 9mm Glock pistol.
He came back in and started fighting Brewer, then pulled out his gun and shot him in the head several times.
Hicks was arrested a few minutes later in the parking lot and has admitted to shooting Brewer. He was charged with murder.
Police said they have surveillance camera footage that captured everything.
Police said they were shocked because they got a call from the restaurant requesting help with overcrowding, then in a matter of minutes, it transformed into a murder with a suspect arrested and a weapon retrieved.
Investigators are trying to figure out if Hicks and Brewer knew each other prior to the shooting.
NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some due to Measles outbreak
Today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a public health emergency because there are 285 cases of measles since October.
The city has ordered mandatory MMR vaccinations for all people living in certain zip codes in Brooklyn.
Those who do not comply risk facing a fine of $1,000 each.
Most of those with measles are under 18 years of age, have not been vaccinated and are members of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious community.
The outbreak began when an unvaccinated child became infected while visiting Israel, and brought the disease back.
Yesterday, the city ordered Jewish schools (yeshivas) and day care programs in the community to exclude unvaccinated students or risk being fined and closed down.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says the surge was partly caused by the anti-vaccination movement and that if one person has it then those who are unvaccinated have a 90% chance of getting it from that person.
Political News Briefs: A.G. Barr to release Mueller report within a week; Secret Service director fired in “purge”
Here are two political news briefs.
The first — Attorney General Barr told Congress today that he will release the Mueller report within a week with redactions and explanations on the reasons why.
He said Congress would not get an unreacted version but that he will discuss with Congressional leaders on if they feel they need more information.
The House Judiciary Committee last week voted to authorize subpoenas for the full report, but hasn’t issued it.
The second news — the director of the U.S. Secret Service, Randolph Alles, was fired yesterday. A career Secret Service member, James Murray, will take over in May.
CBS News reported that there are several top officials within the Homeland Security Department who will no longer keep their positions after a “purge” led by President Trump adviser Stephen Miller, who wants stricter policies on immigration.
Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) tweeted that Miller is a white nationalist.
Donald Trump Jr. responded that Miller is a Jewish man and that Omar was being anti-semitic again.
9-year old Deaf South African, Thapelo Tambani, to receive posthumous award for bravery
There is a sad story of a 9-year old Deaf boy from South Africa, Thapelo Tambani, who drowned as he tried to save a friend.
This happened last year and he will receive a posthumous honor from South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, who will award him with the Order of Mendi for Bravery in Silver. It is one of the highest awards in the country.
An article on “Information Nigeria” from last year explained that Tambani was playing with friends on a heap of sand near a construction site with a trench that was filled with water. One of his friends slipped into the trench and got stuck in mud.
Tambani rushed to save his friend, but he slipped into the water and went underneath. His brother tried to save him, but it was too late. His body was pulled out later that evening.
Tambani was a student at the Transoranje School for the Deaf.
Tambani will be recognized with the award on April 25, during the same “National Orders” ceremony where another Deaf South African, Braam Jordaan, will be honored with the Order of the Baobab in Silver.
Tambani’s parents will attend the ceremony to accept the award.
Jordaan told “The Daily Moth” that he was touched by Tambani’s story and that he is a hero because he sacrificed his life to save another.
Deaf boy from England has IQ score greater than Einstein
BBC News reported that a 12-year old deaf boy from England, Darren Toh, has an IQ greater than Albert Einstein.
He received a 162 on an IQ test. It’s not just Einstein he’s beat, he’s also beat Stephen Hawking.
BBC filmed him at his home, where he used his voice to communicate. He said he scored the highest score possible on a Mensa exam for his age.
He was born deaf and wears hearing aids. He said he considers himself smart, but not quite a genius.
Toh is proof that you don’t have to hear to be a genius.
That is all for today! See you tomorrow and stay with the light!
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