The Daily Moth 9-11-19
NFL Star Receiver Antonio Brown Accused of Rape; Mass Stabbing in Tallahassee; Two powerful electric eels discovered in the Amazon; Update on the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian
[Transcript] Hello, welcome to The Daily Moth! It is Wednesday, September 11. Ready for news?
NFL Star Receiver Antonio Brown Accused of Rape
Yesterday, in the Southern District of Florida, a civil lawsuit was filed against an NFL star player, Antonio Brown (31), who was recently signed by the New England Patriots.
The lawsuit was filed by Brown’s former trainer, Britney Taylor.
Taylor is accusing Brown of sexually assaulting her 3 times starting in 2017.
Brown and Taylor have known each other and have been friends since they attended Central
Michigan University. They fell out of touch for several years before Brown hired Taylor to help
with his physical training in June 2017, which is when the alleged sexual assaults began to occur.
Brown’s lawyer has said that Brown and Taylor were involved in a “consensual personal
relationship. Any sexual interactions… was entirely consensual.”
The lawyer said they would countersue.
The Patriots released a statement saying they are aware of the civil lawsuit, that they take
these allegations very seriously and that they have no further comments while the NFL league
Taylor said that she believed that their relationship was more of a “brother-sister” bond. Taylor also said she suffers “near-daily panic attacks” and thoughts of suicide because of the incidents.
Taylor is seeking an award of damages to be determined at a trial, punitive damages, and whatever relief the court finds proper.
Brown has been in sports news for the past several months about his controversies with his previous teams Pittsburgh Steelers and the Oakland Raiders, but this is the most serious allegation against him so far.
Mass Stabbing in Tallahassee
This morning, in Tallahassee, Florida, at least 5 people were hurt in a mass stabbing at a
building materials supplier company called Dyke Industries.
Police arrested the suspect and said he used a folding knife to attack these people. There were employees who were able to hold him down before police arrived.
The victims were taken to a local hospital and at least one is in serious condition, but the other four are in either in fair or good condition.
The suspect is Antwann Brown (41). He is an employee at Dyke Industries.
Tallahassee Interim Police Chief Steve Outlaw said the suspect was involved in a dispute at work before the stabbing occurred.
It was not clear what the dispute was about, but the suspect was asked to clock out of work as a result. Brown did clock out at 8:20am ET, which was less than 20 minutes before police were called about the incident.
Police said Brown has worked at Dyke Industries for three and a half months with no recorded employment issues.
Police are still investigating exactly what caused the stabbing to occur.
Two powerful electric eels discovered in the Amazon
Yesterday, a team of Brazilian and American researchers published an analysis that said they discovered two new electric eels in the Amazon basin. They have named them Electrophorus varii and Electrophorus voltaic.
The researchers initially had identified only one other species of electric eel after more than 250 years of studying, the Electrophorus electricus. It uses its electrical shocks for hunting and self-defense.
One of these two newly discovered species has broken a record for most powerful electric shock. The E. voltai has a shock of up to 860 volts which is much higher than the previous record holder, the E. electricus species.
This is more than 3 times the voltage of a domestic plug socket. While the voltage is high, the
researchers said that it is still unlikely to be lethal to humans because of the low amperage of the shocks.
For comparison, a shock from a power outlet can be between 10-20 amps while the discharge
from the new eel is only about 1 amp.
Eels can grow to be 7 to 8 feet long. About 250 different species of animals living in South America can produce electricity as well, but the eels are believed to be the only ones that use electricity to both hunt and defend themselves.
Update on the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian
This is an update related to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.
The most affected areas are the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. They still have no running water, electricity, and limited connections.
The United Nations estimated about 76,000 in Abaco and Grand Bahama have been left homeless. The death toll has increased to 50 recently. Carribbean health officials said there are environmental health concerns in the northern island and a stench of dead animals and possibly human bodies.
About deaf survivors -- according to people from Carribbean Deaf News (CBN), they are waiting to hear from deaf people in the most affected areas. CBN mentioned that deaf people from Nassau will try to visit Abaco and Grand Bahama to connect with deaf survivors.
One person who works for the International Christian Centers for the Deaf (ICCD) mentioned that ICCD has just begun hearing back from some of their deaf friends. Many have survived, but many have lost their homes. Communication is very limited right now. ICCD recently set up a donation link to go towards the deaf survivors.
Thomas Koch, a deaf course director and owner of Aqua Hands, has connections with the Bahamas. Koch mentioned that he heard back from a person named Jonathan who works with deaf people in Freeport, an area in Grand Bahama. Jonathan reported that there are 55 deaf people who live in Freeport. He is currently helping the deaf people there. There is limited access to communication.
There are two options to make a donation for the hurricane relief fund that will go towards deaf survivors. One is to Koch’s Facebook post that explains one of his friends who is collecting donations for the hurricane relief fund will donate some of the funds to deaf people. The other one is ICCD. Links are in the transcript below.
Access to the internet is very difficult now so we will let you know once we connect with someone from Abaco or Grand Bahama.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!
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