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The Daily Moth 12-30-19


Hello, welcome
to the Daily Moth. It is Monday, December 30.
I’m back in the Detroit area. I hope your Christmas /
holiday break went well. We’ve got very little
time left in 2019. Ready for news? On Saturday night
in Monsey, New York, which is an hour north
of New York City, a man with a large knife broke
into Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s home during a Hanukkah
party and stabbed five people, seriously injuring two. One is still at a hospital
with a skull fracture. The suspect, Grafton Thomas,
was arrested several hours later and is charged with five counts
of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty and
his bail was set at $5 million. He was later charged
with federal hate crimes. Thomas covered his face
with a scarf when he burst into the home and swung
his knife back and forth, trying to hit people. Survivors either ran away
or threw objects at him. When the suspect fled
the home and got into his car, one of the survivors took
a photo of his license plate, and the image was used to
track him down and arrest him in Harlem. Police found the suspect
covered with blood. He had anti-semitic
journal entries. The rabbi did not let
the stabbing stop his Hanukkah ceremony. It was the seventh night. A video on Twitter shows him
continuing to lead prayers and thanks. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
said it was an anti-Semitic, hateful attack and called it
an act of domestic terrorism. He met with the rabbi
at his home. An attorney for
the suspect’s family said Thomas has a long history
of mental illness and is not a member
of any hate groups. There are now serious concerns
for the safety of Jewish people in the New York area because
prior to this stabbing incident, there were several anti-Semitic
attacks on the streets and a shootout at a Kosher store
that killed a police officer and three people. On Sunday morning at the West
Freeway Church of Christ near Dallas, a gunman shot
and killed two people during church services. An armed security guard returned
fire and killed the suspect. The church was
live-streaming their service when the shooting happened. The video has been taken down,
but the video has already spread through the internet. The video shows pews of church
members quietly taking part in communion (Lord’s
Supper) when suddenly, on the far left side
of the building, a man wearing long, dark
clothes stands up and pulls out a shotgun and fires at two
men who were helping with the services. Both men fell. A man – the security guard
– emerges from the back of the audience,
pulls out a handgun, and fires a single shot, which drops the gunman before
he is able to reach the stage. Most of the church members are
seen ducking under their pews, while a woman frantically
runs to the left side of the building, apparently to
check on one of the victims. Two more men,
also security guards, walk through the
audience holding handguns. There were a total of three
gunshots and the whole thing took only 5 seconds. One of the men who died
was identified as Anton “Tony” Wallace (64). He was a deacon
and a registered nurse. His daughter standing only a few
feet away when he was shot. She said in an interview that
it happened so fast and that it hurts that
their dad is gone. She said the gunman was a white
man wearing a fake beard and black hair. The other man who died was
identified as Rich White. No other information
about him was available at the time of signing. The heroic security guard was
identified as Jack Wilson. He said he would not
allow evil to succeed, was blessed with the ability and
desire to serve God as the head of security at the church,
and is very sad at the loss of his two friends
and brothers in Christ. The gunman has been
identified by NBC 5 DFW as Keith Kinnunen (43). The FBI is trying to understand
his motive and said he was “transient.” He had an extensive
criminal record. Rep. John Lewis
(D-GA) announced he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer
and is undergoing treatment. He is 79 years old and has
served in the House since 1987. He is best known for being
a civil rights leader in the 1960’s, as he helped to
organize the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr.
gave his “I Have a Dream” speech; and was known to endure
beatings by police or mobs whenever he stood
up for equal rights. Lewis said he never faced
a fight like this one, but he will fight the cancer. Former President Barack Obama,
who presented Lewis with the 2010 Medal of Freedom,
tweeted that he knows Lewis has a lot of fight left in him and
that he was praying for Lewis. Lewis’ cancer is the same
as what “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has. The American Cancer Society says
there is only a 3 percent chance either person will
survive after 5 years. Here are three
world news briefs. The first – the U.S. military
conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria,
targeting five facilities that is believed to
be used by a militia that is supported by Iran. Reports say 25
people were killed. President Trump
approved the airstrikes. The Pentagon said
the airstrikes, conducted by F-15
Strike Eagle fighter planes, were a response to a series
of attacks against joint US-Iraq facilities that
housed American soldiers. On Friday, a U.S. civilian
contractor died in a rocket attack
near a base in Iraq. Four U.S. service
members were injured. The Iraqi Prime Minister
Mahdi, who found out about the operation 30 minutes
before the airstrikes, said he was against the
airstrikes because they violated Iraq’s sovereignty and
threatened the security of the country. The second news – Australia is
going through a severe heatwave and battling multiple
deadly bushfires. Every state in the country is at
least 40C – or 104 degrees F, and what makes
the situation worse is that there are severe winds. Tens of thousands of people
have been urged to evacuate. At least 10 people have
died since September, including a volunteer
firefighter who died when his truck rolled
over in extreme winds. Two other volunteer firefighters
died on December 19. The smoke columns are said to
create their own weather systems that cause thunderstorms. The fires have affected several
New Year’s Eve preparations, but the famous fireworks
display in Sydney will go on despite criticism. The third news – A court in
China sentenced a scientist, He Jiankui – who claimed last
year to have genetically edited twin girl babies – to three
years in prison and a fine of almost $430,000
for doing “illegal” experiments. He claimed to have
genetically edited a third baby. Our country’s oldest active
sign language interpreter, Norma Lewis, passed
away at the age of 97. The Daily Moth did a story on
her back in June about Lewis being honored for her service in
the military during World War II and we showed a video
that was posted by Honor Flight Bluegrass,
of Lewis signing. I can’t wait to see all the men
and women from World War II… and again to know
we will be together again after the war 75 years ago…
which is very hard to believe. Lewis passed away
on Sunday, November 24th in
Louisville, Kentucky. Visitation was on
December 3rd and 4th and the burial was on the 4th. According to
a local news article, Lewis started interpreting
when she was the age of 9 for her deaf aunt and
uncle in Connecticut and then retired in 2017
when she was 95 years old. In 2014, she was honored for
her service as an interpreter by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. On the Kentucky Commission on
the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s Facebook page, it says that
Lewis was one of the very first interpreters to give deaf people
a voice in the legal system and she was a mother figure
and a mentor to many people. Lewis was very active
in the deaf community and never stopped her
love for interpreting. Many comments on Facebook
say that she was a funny person and everyone loved her. Lewis is preceded in death by
one son — which means he died before she did — and is
survived by another son, daughter in law,
and two grandchildren. That is all for today. See you tomorrow and
stay with the light! Captioned by
www.aslcaptions.com

8 Replies to “The Daily Moth 12-30-19”

  • [Transcript] Hello, welcome to The Daily Moth! It is Monday, December 30. I’m back in the Detroit area. I hope your Christmas / holiday break went well. We’ve got very little time left in 2019. Ready for news?

    ———

    New York Hanukkah stabbing incident

    On Saturday night in Monsey, New York, which is an hour north of New York City, a man with a large knife broke into Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s home during a Hanukkah party and stabbed five people, seriously injuring two. One is still at a hospital with a skull fracture.

    The suspect, Grafton Thomas, was arrested several hours later and is charged with five counts of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at $5 million. He was later charged with federal hate crimes.

    Thomas covered his face with a scarf when he burst into the home and swung his knife back and forth, trying to hit people. Survivors either ran away or threw objects at him.

    When the suspect fled the home and got into his car, one of the survivors took a photo of his license plate, and the image was used to track him down and arrest him in Harlem. Police found the suspect covered with blood. He had anti-semitic journal entries.

    The rabbi did not let the stabbing stop his Hanukkah ceremony. It was the seventh night. A video on Twitter shows him continuing to lead prayers and thanks.

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it was an anti-Semitic, hateful attack and called it an act of domestic terrorism. He met with the rabbi at his home.

    An attorney for the suspect’s family said Thomas has a long history of mental illness and is not a member of any hate groups.

    There are now serious concerns for the safety of Jewish people in the New York area because prior to this stabbing incident, there were several anti-Semitic attacks on the streets and a shootout at a Kosher store that killed a police officer and three people.

    https://heavy.com/news/2019/12/monsey-synagogue-stabbing-attack-new-york/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/12/30/monsey-stabbing-grafton-thomas-suspect/

    https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/open-season-on-jews-reports-of-anti-semitic-attacks-during-hanukkah-cause-for-concern/2250584/

    ———

    Texas church shooting

    On Sunday morning at the West Freeway Church of Christ near Dallas, a gunman shot and killed two people during church services. An armed security guard returned fire and killed the suspect.

    The church was live-streaming their service when the shooting happened. The video has been taken down, but the video has already spread through the internet.

    The video shows pews of church members quietly taking part in communion (Lord’s Supper) when suddenly, on the far left side of the building, a man wearing long, dark clothes stands up and pulls out a shotgun and fires at two men who were helping with the services. Both men fell.

    A man — the security guard — emerges from the back of the audience, pulls out a handgun, and fires a single shot, which drops the gunman before he is able to reach the stage.

    Most of the church members are seen ducking under their pews, while a woman frantically runs to the left side of the building, apparently to check on one of the victims. Two more men, also security guards, walk through the audience holding handguns.

    There were a total of three gunshots and the whole thing took only 5 seconds.

    One of the men who died was identified as Anton “Tony” Wallace (64). He was a deacon and a registered nurse. His daughter standing only a few feet away when he was shot. She said in an interview that it happened so fast and that it hurts that their dad is gone. She said the gunman was a white man wearing a fake beard and black hair.

    The other man who died was identified as Rich White. No other information about him was available at the time of signing.

    The heroic security guard was identified as Jack Wilson. He said he would not allow evil to succeed, was blessed with the ability and desire to serve God as the head of security at the church, and is very sad at the loss of his two friends and brothers in Christ.

    The gunman has been identified by NBC 5 DFW as Keith Kinnunen (43). The FBI is trying to understand his motive and said he was “transient.” He had an extensive criminal record.

    https://heavy.com/news/2019/12/church-of-christ-shooting/

    https://twitter.com/ryanaustinict/status/1211413625631588353

    https://www.axios.com/texas-church-shooting-2-dead-1-wounded-e1d64e97-579b-456a-8660-2e38065fc784.html

    https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/river-oaks-man-identified-as-shooter-in-white-settlement-church/2283777/

    ————-

    Rep. John Lewis has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer

    Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) announced he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer and is undergoing treatment. He is 79 years old and has served in the House since 1987.

    He is best known for being a civil rights leader in the 1960’s, as he helped to organize the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech; and was known to endure beatings by police or mobs whenever he stood up for equal rights.

    Lewis said he never faced a fight like this one, but he will fight the cancer.

    Former President Barack Obama, who presented Lewis with the 2010 Medal of Freedom, tweeted that he knows Lewis has a lot of fight left in him and that he was praying for Lewis.

    Lewis’ cancer is the same as what “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek has. The American Cancer Society says there is only a 3 percent chance either person will survive after 5 years.

    https://www.axios.com/john-lewis-pancreatic-cancer-c58898dd-16de-437d-82fc-9b1954c3201f.html

    https://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreatic-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/survival-rates.html

    ———–

    World News: Airstrikes in Iraq; Australia heatwave and bushfires; Chinese gene scientist jailed

    Here are three world news briefs.

    The first — the U.S. military conducted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, targeting five facilities that is believed to be used by a militia that is supported by Iran. Reports say 25 people were killed. President Trump approved the airstrikes.

    The Pentagon said the airstrikes, conducted by F-15 Strike Eagle fighter planes, were a response to a series of attacks against joint US-Iraq facilities that housed American soldiers. On Friday, a U.S. civilian contractor died in a rocket attack near a base in Iraq. Four U.S. service members were injured.

    The Iraqi Prime Minister Mahdi, who found out about the operation 30 minutes before the airstrikes, said he was against the airstrikes because they violated Iraq’s sovereignty and threatened the security of the country.

    The second news — Australia is going through a severe heatwave and battling multiple deadly bushfires. Every state in the country is at least 40C — or 104 degrees F, and what makes the situation worse is that there are severe winds. Tens of thousands of people have been urged to evacuate. At least 10 people have died since September, including a volunteer firefighter who died when his truck rolled over in extreme winds. Two other volunteer firefighters died on December 19. The smoke columns are said to create their own weather systems that cause thunderstorms. The fires have affected several New Year’s Eve preparations, but the famous fireworks display in Sydney will go on despite criticism.

    The third news — A court in China sentenced a scientist, He Jiankui — who claimed last year to have genetically edited twin girl babies — to three years in prison and a fine of almost $430,000 for doing “illegal” experiments. He claimed to have genetically edited a third baby.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/29/politics/us-strikes-iran-backed-militia-facilities-in-iraq-syria/index.html

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/us-airstrikes-on-iran-backed-militia-draw-condemnation-retaliation-threats-in-iraq/2019/12/30/d13a10be-2af0-11ea-bffe-020c88b3f120_story.html

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50938504

    https://www.axios.com/chinese-gene-editing-scientist-he-jiankui-jailed-23f534d3-ab74-491c-8c07-f381ef5806ba.html

  • I cant wait to see new version of 2020 The Daily Moth, you got other few anchors, its going be look good to have different anchors,, of course head anchor Alex! 🙂 i love to listen other anchors too, its going be real Deaf News Soon like CNN 🙂 i hope you still bring some canadian deaf news too, europe, and the rest of world, then your Daily moth going be Daily CNN Moth 🙂 Happy New Year from Canada 😀

  • anyone prefer short news or long news 20-30-40-60 mins? I like long news 30-60 mins if alex collecting lot of interesting news for us 🙂 im Subscribed… hopeful you alex get gold youtube award! Everybody Pls Click on Subscribed to keep alex to do the work for 2020! oh yes other anchors too! :))

  • The Daily Moth watch the ridor9th on Dec 27th He talked little negative about the Daily Moth I just ignored him. I laughed about him. I trash ridor9th

  • Five gunshots (Texas Church Shooting). Please read Jack Wilson's statement about the full detail of this tragedic incident.

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