The Daily Moth 10-11-19

Rudy Giuliani’s Associates Arrested; Washington Mystics Win 2018-19 Championship; Ethiopian Prime Minister wins Nobel Peace Prize; Montgomery, Alabama, Elects Its First Black Mayor; Deaf woman fatally shoots alleged home intruder in self defense

[Transcript] Hello, welcome to The Daily Moth! It is Friday, October 11. I am covering top news today as Alex is moving to Detroit. Ready?


Rudy Giuliani’s Associates Arrested

On Thursday morning, two people who worked with Rudy Giuliani to fundraise for President Trump were arrested and accused of illegally bringing in foreign money into U.S. elections.

The two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are U.S. citizens and born in former Soviet republics.

They also helped Giuliani with investigating Joe Biden and had connections with Ukrainian politicians.

President Trump said he doesn’t know the two men, but news reports say the two had dinner with President Trump at the White House in May 2018 and then donated $350,000 to support his campaign.

The two men were arrested at Dulles International Airport while waiting for an international trip with one-way tickets - not round-trip.

Federal prosecutors said the way the donations were structured shows that they tried to avoid Federal Election Commission (FEC) requirements.


Washington Mystics Win 2018-19 Championship

On Thursday evening the WNBA team Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship. They defeated the Connecticut Sun in Game 5.

The Mystics’ star player, Elena Delle Donne, had 21 points. She is the WNBA league MVP and played with a protective face mask because she broke her nose several months ago.

Mystics player Emma Meesseman, had 22 points. Congratulations!

The WNBA was founded in 1996. There are 12 teams.


Ethiopian Prime Minister wins Nobel Peace Prize

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed will receive the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his leadership in reaching a peace deal with neighboring Eritrea, which ended 20 years of political and military conflict.

He will get his award in December in Oslo, Norway — and receive almost $1 million.

BBC reported that when PM Ahmed became a prime minister, he introduced more freedoms for citizens and freed thousands of political prisoners. But there are still many ethnic tensions.

The Nobel Committee said they want to award and recognize that he “reached out his hand” to Eritrea and that their President Afwerki grasped it and helped to formalize the peace process between the two countries.


Montgomery, Alabama, Elects Its First Black Mayor

Montgomery in Alabama has elected its first black mayor, Steven Reed, in 200 years. This is why it matters.

Alabama's second-largest city is a city of contrasts. While it's the birthplace of the civil rights movement, it was also the first capital of the Confederacy early in the Civil War.

Montgomery attracted a lot of attention because it is the site of Rosa Parks' famous bus boycott in 1955 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dexter Avenue Baptist church, as well as the destination of the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery protest marches that were met with brutal police violence and led to the Voting Rights Act.

The nation's first memorial to the more than 4,000 victims of lynchings was opened there just last year.

Mr. Reed was the first black probate judge in Montgomery County. He also has deep ties to the community. His father, Joe Reed, has been the longtime leader of the black caucus of the state Democratic Party, and his family has been a fixture in the city.

Now, Mr. Reed joins the group of young African American men as mayors in the state of Alabama. The city of Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, has a black mayor and the mayor of Selma is black as well. On Tuesday, another Alabama city also elected its first black mayor - Talladega.


Deaf woman fatally shoots alleged home intruder in self defense

On Sunday, September 22nd, in Rock Island, Oklahoma, a 62-year-old deaf woman shot and killed a 30-year-old man who allegedly broke into her home.

The man’s name is Matthew A. Harvey. The woman has not been identified. One source who is a part of the deaf community in the nearby area said they do not know the woman, so it appears to be a non-signing deaf woman.

According to local news, Harvey entered the woman’s home at about 5:30pm. The woman saw him enter and began yelling for him to leave. Harvey went in the kitchen and the woman ran to her bedroom to get her shotgun. The woman went back to the kitchen and began yelling again for Harvey to leave. Harvey went towards the woman and she fired one round, hitting him in the chest.

The woman immediately called 911. When law enforcement arrived, Harvey was pronounced dead on the scene. She explained to the investigators that she has never seen him before.

We reached out to the sheriff’s office in Rock Island and talked with Sheriff Rob Seale. He said that they will not release the woman’s identity due to safety. The woman has been getting threats, possibly from Harvey’s family members and friends.

Sheriff Seale mentioned that the Le Flore County District Attorney will make the final decision based on Oklahoma state law on whether there will be criminal charges or not. Once the decision is made then Sheriff Seale will make a public announcement.

There is a GoFundMe page for the woman to raise support for her needs of getting a counselor and fixing/cleaning up the kitchen floor, cabinets, and walls that were ruined after the shot. A neighbor of hers set it up and also did not identify her, only describing her as an elderly, hearing impaired woman who lives alone on a limited income.

A private funeral ceremony for Harvey will be held by the family at a later date.

The LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department said that Harvey has a lengthy criminal history in both Arkansas and Oklahoma with property and drug related crimes.


That is all for today! Have a great weekend and stay with the light!


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