The Daily Moth 5-28-2019 (Full Story)


Hello, welcome to the Daily Moth! It is Tuesday, May 28. Ready for news?


Top News Briefs: 52 tornadoes across eight states; Deadly knife attack in Japan

Here are two top news briefs.

The first — last night and this early morning, there were possibly 52 tornadoes that touched down on eight states, from Colorado to Ohio. There was serious damage in parts of Ohio, mostly in the Dayton area. A 81-year-old man in Celina died when a tornado sent a vehicle crashing through his home. There were so many debris on some roads that snowplows had to be used to clear them. Multiple people were injured, and many were forced to evacuate their damaged homes.

A Deaf man from Dayton, Ohio, Nathaniel Caudill, sent a video clip of his house’s awning blown away.

[Video by Nathaniel Caudill. It shows a dark, thundering night sky and a flashlight shining on a damaged home awning.]

He said he was scared, but is okay.

The second news brief — a man in Japan attacked a group of schoolgirls at a bus stop near Tokyo with knives, one in each hand. He screamed, “I will kill you!” He killed two people, a 11-year-old child and a 39-year-old parent of another child. At least 17 people, most of them students, were injured.

The knifeman killed himself by cutting himself on the neck. He was a 51-year-old man and it is not known what his motive was. He had two more knives in his backpack.


Japan knife attack:


Supreme Court makes decisions on Indiana abortion laws and student transgender rights

Here are two decisions the Supreme Court made today on Indiana abortion laws and a Pennsylvania school district’s policy on transgender students.

The first — the court, in a 7-2 decision, upheld a law in Indiana that requires aborted fetal remains to be buried or cremated. The court said this decision does not influence a person’s right to have an abortion, just that the remains have to be cremated or buried. Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor were the two who disagreed with the law.

Indiana had another law on abortion that banned abortions based on a fetus’ sex, race, or disability. That law was blocked by a higher court, then went to the Supreme Court, who said it should remain blocked. So, abortions can be done for any reason. Justice Clarence Thomas disagreed, saying the law should have gone in effect.

Both Indiana laws were signed by Vice-President Mike Pence when he was Indiana’s governor in 2016.

The second news with the Supreme Court -- they decided to allow a Pennsylvania school district to continue with a policy that allows transgender students to use restrooms that corresponds to their gender identity.

The school district is the Boyertown Area School District. When they established this policy, it was sued by several current and former high school students on privacy concerns. Religious conservative people supported the lawsuit. They said restroom options should be based on birth gender, not on current gender identity.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit sided with the school district, and now the Supreme Court has done the same by leaving that decision in place for the school district to allow transgender students to use whichever restrooms they feel suited with. No justice issued a dissent.

Indiana law:

Transgender rights:


Keawe Pestana’s body found in Idaho

The family of Keawe Pestana, the Deaf man who went missing in the Salmon River in Riggins, Idaho, announced yesterday on Facebook that his body was found on Sunday, exactly one month later in a harbor about 15 to 20 miles away.

He went missing when he jumped into a rushing river on April 26 because his cousin’s three children fell out of a canoe with an adult. The children and the adult were wearing life jackets and made it to safety, but Keawe disappeared. His family thinks he was pulled in a strong eddy/whirlpool.

There was a multi-agency search for him but after a few days of searching, he was presumed dead. Now the family said they hopes finding his body will help each of us to have closure and know once and for all that he is at peace.

The family said they would cremate him, have a celebration of his life in Idaho, and put up a cross at the river. His ashes will be taken to the Big Island of Hawaii, where he was born and raised.

Keawe Family Updates:

Keawe Pestana Tribute Video:


Renca Dunn’s recap of YLC 50th anniversary reunion; interviews with

Dr. Frank Turk and Gary Olsen


Hi, I’m here at Beach Lake, Pennsylvania for the YLC’s 50th reunion. Are you ready and curious about what happened during this weekend?

Come on!


How many people came to the 50th reunion? How many? It’s actually about 200!


See that text? I won’t be presenting about it, instead you’ll discuss about it with your group at your tables.


To encourage diversity.


I was born In Taiwan then I moved to Brazil then to America then Hawaii then Indonesia and now, I’m living in Paris, France. How did I learn about YLC? It was through Gallaudet University where I attended, and it was brought up with my good friends, Dr. Frank Turk and Gary Olsen.

We share a strong bond. Through our conversations, they mentioned they wanted to create YLC and asked me to attend in 1969 and 1970. During that time, I was sort of a camper and a staff. Also, I helped make a sign for Swan Lake.


Why do I keep coming back here? I am addicted to two things. First, it’s seeing you all grow and two…there’s the sense growth within myself.


I’m the YLC camp director. This is now my second year. I know there’s one thing that I love during my time here, what I hold dear, is seeing the youth grow plus seeing my peers being involved. That motivation and that growth inspires me to continue being involved with YLC. These are some of my fond memories.


With the NAD, and what the NAD is, that acts as a coordinator of all affiliated organizations.


I’m Frank Turk’s daughter. A proud daughter of Frank Turk and really, I was asked to say a few words, but there’s so much to say, but I’m very proud of my father especially today. He’s almost 90 and he’s published a book.


I love you!


Love you too!


That’s you? Oh, wow!


That’s beautiful! I love you two!


50 years ago, I had no idea what things would look like 50 years later. Well, it’s now 50 years later and looking back, wow, the deaf world has dramatically changed and continues to change.




And it’s continued to change.


I’m really excited. The three YLC founders: Gary Olsen, Dr. Frank Turk and Don Padden, who is not here, but the other two are so I’m going to interview them!

Let’s go!


Would you mind explaining a little bit about how this all started? What was the inspiration that made you decide to do all this?


We were driving to the School for the Deaf in Missouri…in Fulton, Missouri. While we were driving, we talked a lot about the needs and the interests unique to the deaf youth. We spent a long time on the wheels, but then this question came up….I was the national director of the Junior NAD at the time.

I told him I think we need…a leadership camp. Maybe sometimes during the summer for 4 weeks at least. Maybe 2 or 3 sessions that were 4 weeks each maybe. I don’t know…we were driving after the very successful first national conference for Junior NAD at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. At the time, Gallaudet was a college, but anyways, on our drive, we realized that just a week wasn’t enough time for kids to…learn about their true potential in school and their potential careers. Also, their individual potentials and as a community where they live in or lead. It’s not enough time so we thought it might be better during the summer.


I was really impressed with his work at Gallaudet with his youth programs for boys and girls. It gave me goosebumps. We needed something to be done with after the work is finished. Someone needed to follow up, keep him involved and motivated. So on our drive, we saw this big sign for a camp. This brought up the idea of running a camp. One thing led to another. And we decided that he would focus on getting the appropriate approvals to set up a camp. I developed the program because at the time, I was working in Indianapolis at the School for the Deaf. We had good and talented people who could help get us launched. That’s what we did.


So wonderful, wow, and thank you for sharing that! I’m wondering, now from Day 1, I’m sure you’ve never envisioned seeing all this come to this point. So, I’m curious about how you two feel about the 50th reunion and seeing many different generations…I’m curious about what your emotions are like now for this event?


I feel very, very grateful. Very, very excited. Inspired. I get goosebumps, really, seeing these boys and girls over these 50 years, who were students that we worked with and trained, succeed and become wonderful employees at different Schools for the Deaf, different businesses and different colleges. They did their job so well that it makes me really proud. These kids deserved that kind of success for themselves. I’m inspired by that.


Many of them were, what do I call them, role models. Many of them…they used to be what the current youth were. The adults once saw things the way the youth were seeing them. The adults felt the way the youth were feeling. The kids knew that they were soon about to enter adulthood and we wanted them to get involved. The kids would get to know them. They could watch them make mistakes and learn from them. They learned a way to avoid repeating their mistakes. Both of our goals were to really encourage them to surpass our accomplishments and to pass what they’ve learned onto our future leaders.


Jump off the bridge? I wasn’t sure because I was afraid of heights, but I ultimately decided to do it.


Hey, I’m here with these two former YLC campers. You know the cool thing is she was one of its very first campers in 1969 and he’s a part of the most recent batch of campers in 2018. I asked them how they feel about this reunion. Could you tell us about how you’ve felt throughout this weekend?


It’s been so wonderful. It’s a flash flood of many memories.


It’s truly a big honor to meet someone like her, a wonderful woman. Truly, so I’ve met many others and it’s cool how they all have their own networks. It’s a good feeling and it feels like home here.


Thank you!


Yes, it’s nice to be back with old friends and finding out where we’ve been.


Right, right. That’s the idea with the reunion.


And new friends for me.


I agree! Plenty of new friends!




Involved. I graduated at the Lexington School and we were involved.


My encouragement and word of advice for you, the youth, my peers, adults and anyone who wants to get involved and do something with their lives, I encourage you to participate in summer camps in different capacities and have different learning experiences to help you make an impact on your deaf community. Make a difference, make changes and help everyone else grow together.




The Light!


MSD Guest #DeafBing

Here is a guest Deaf Bing video from students at the Maryland School for the Deaf! Teacher Edna Johnston sent it.

Teacher: Which student is missing?

Student 1: I’ve enjoyed my trip!

Student 2: Hey! Please move the backpack.

Student 1: I’m sorry!

Student 2: That Deaf Bing! It’s when there is something on the table blocking my view. I have to ask for it to be moved so I can see clearly.

(Skit, students bump into each other on the street)

Student: Whoa! I’m sorry, I didn’t pay attention.

Deaf Bing that!

Student: That Deaf Bing! It’s when a teacher flips the lights on and off. Students will say, “Wait, I’m not done talking!” The teacher will then call the principal.

Student: Deaf Bing what? When two students are walking towards each other. One says hello, but It’s not for the other student, but the one behind her.

Student: Hi!

Student 2: Hi!

Student 3: Hi!

Student 2: My bad!

Student: Deaf Bing what? Joke around.

Student 2: Gym time. What’s up?

Student 3: A staff told me that you have to help a student who is in trouble.

Student 2: Why? You serious?

Student 3: I swear!

Student 2: I’ll see.

(Walks to a room)

I was told to come and help you.

Student 4: No need to. It’s a joke.

Student 2: Grr!

Student: Deaf Bing: Interrupt others’ conversations.

Hey! What’s up?

Hey! We’re talking. Ignore him!

Student 2: What do you want?

Student: Deaf Bing: when a student is doing homework on his desk, another student will turn off the light by the door to be annoying.

Student: Deaf Bing this…

Don’t be on your phone!

Student: Deaf Bing what? Teasing.

Student: Deaf Bing what? Teasing.

You’re late for class!

I’m kidding!

Student: Deaf Bing: stubborn.

Teacher: Wait!


Student: I’m sorry, look at this!

Okay thanks!

Alex: Great job on the filming, acting, and editing. It gave me some good memories of high school. Thank you all for the video!


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