January 13, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 11
Editor: Tom Willard
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CHARGES DROPPED IN ALLEGED SAN BENITO CO. RAPE
A man accused of raping a deaf and mute woman is walking free after a judge ruled there isn't enough evidence to hold him. Roberto Cavillo, 36, who is accused of holding and raping a deaf and mute woman inside his Aromas trailer over a period of several days in August, walked out of the San Benito County Jail on Monday. "He belongs in prison. I hate to say this word: dead, gas chamber -- whatever they do nowadays, because that's horrible. Especially to a woman like that," Beatrice Angulo said when she heard about the crime. / KSBW
DEAF MAN SAVES WOMAN FROM BURNING APARTMENT
A deaf neighbor saved a woman from a burning apartment at about 6:30 a.m. Monday in the 1100 block of Red Bluff. Residents of the complex said one of the buildings caught fire, and it spread quickly. A woman was trying to escape her apartment when the flames blocked the stairs and she became trapped on a second-story balcony. That’s when neighbors said Darell McCollough, a deaf man who lives across the parking lot from the burning building, sprung into action. / KVUE
ILL TEEN FIGHTS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY
Jacob Walk is blind in his right eye and deaf in his left ear, and chances are he’ll eventually lose all sight and hearing. At 18, he says he’s accepted the prognosis. But the Orofino High School graduate says he’s frustrated with a government social system that so far has denied him disability compensation. Moreover, he fears pending changes in health care may further snarl what future he has left. / The Spokesman
JUDGE FIRM ON SENTENCE FOR NEGLECT
Jeanne Peterson and her husband, Buel "Chuck" Peterson, both told Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet they did not notice that 30-year-old Christina Baxter -- their deaf, blind relative -- was losing weight during the several years she was in their care. Judge Overstreet, however, rejected the claim, asking the couple why they had not taken Ms. Baxter, who was on Medicaid, to a doctor. In October 2007, emergency workers found Ms. Baxter dead in her front yard from severe malnourishment. / Augusta Chronicle
DOGS FREEZE TO DEATH: DEAF MAN FACES CRUELTY CHARGES
Authorities accuse a South Carolina man of letting a pit bull and five puppies starve and freeze to death in his backyard, according to the Charlotte Observer. Multiple media outlets report Friday that 28-year-old Anthony Murphy of Spartanburg faces multiple charges, including unlicensed animal breeding, inhumane treatment of animals, and failure to dispose of dead animal bodies. Murphy, who is deaf, told police through an interpreter the dogs were fine when he returned home from a trip Sunday night, but they were dead Monday when he went to feed them. / USA Today
DEAF MAN CLAIMS HE WAS VICTIM OF KIDNAPPING, ROBBERY
Biloxi police officers converged on the main branch of Keesler Federal Credit Union shortly before 10 a.m. last Wednesday, moments after receiving a call from a teller. Officers learned that a man was inside the Pass Road building, but he wasn't there to make a simple transaction. "The victim, George Batiste, stated that at some point this morning, he was abducted from his home by gunpoint by a male and a female," said Biloxi Police Sergeant Chris DeBack. / WLOX
BOARD APPROVES SCHOOL OF DEAF REORGANIZATION
Kansas State Board of Education members yesterday approved a reorganization for the Kansas State School for the Deaf and the Kansas State School for the Blind, which will save the state about $242,000. In November 2009, the Kansas Facilities Closure and Realignment Commission recommended to combine as many functions as possible in the areas of administration, maintenance, security and food services at KSSB and KSSD. Bob Maile, superintendent of KSSD, is retiring, which will allow for the employment of only one superintendent to oversee both schools. / The Topeka Capital-Journal
COUPLE WHO FOUND LUNA REFUSE REWARD MONEY
The couple who found Luna in their Loudonville backyard a couple of miles from the veterinary hospital where the deaf dog escaped have turned down the reward money. Instead, the couple who asked not to be identified, want the money to go to charity. After Luna, a bulldog mix, disappeared Jan. 2, Ralph Rataul and his wife, Shelley, put up an $800 reward, which included their money, a contribution from Shaker Veterinary Hospital on Maxwell Road and donations from friends. Luna was found at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the backyard of the couple's home. / Times Union
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BANDIT ROBS BLIND AND DEAF SENIOR
An elderly blind and deaf man woke up to a frightening scene last Friday morning when a thief broke into his bedroom allegedly wielding a knife and demanding valuables. Police were called to a house around 3:20 a.m. with a report of a break and enter. When they arrived they learned the elderly victim woke up to find a man standing in his room. “Allegedly, the suspect produced a weapon, possibly a knife, and the elderly gentleman’s wedding ring and wallet were demanded,” said police spokeswoman Patrycia Thenu. / Canoe.ca
DEAF CHARITY URGES BIRMINGHAM PEOPLE TO JOIN LONDON-PARIS BIDE RIDE
A national charity hopes the dawn of a New Year will encourage Birmingham folk to focus on fitness by taking part in a charity bike ride. The Royal National Institute for Deaf People is urging Brummies to sign up for its gruelling 300km London to Paris ride from June 25 to 28. Applicants must pledge to raise a minimum of £1,100 ($1,790 US) and those who sign up before January 31, will receive a 15 per cent discount on the £150 ($245) registration fee. / Birmingham Mail
DEAF EXCHANGE VOLUNTEERS TAKE TO THE STAGE
Young people from Nepal and the UK, who have been taking part in a deaf-exchange volunteering scheme in Preston, will this week stage theatre shows in two North-west cities. Some 18 young people with hearing impairment from the UK and Nepal will take to the stage to perform two free shows, to celebrate the culmination of the first leg of the Deaf Xchange volunteering program, which is run by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and British Council. / Community Newswire
Rajkot, Gujarat India
FOR WANT OF EDUCATION, THEY HAVE TO COMETO AHMEDABAD, VADODARA
Hearing and speech impaired students from Saurashtra have to enroll themselves in high schools of Ahmedabad and Vadodara as deaf and dumb schools in the region offer education only up to standard VII. The only deaf and dumb school in Rajkot to have received permission to start standards VIII and IX from state education department was Shri Ane Shrimati Chhaganlal Shamjibhai Virani Behra Munga Shala Trust. / The Times of India
DEAF-MUTE WOMAN HELPS COPS PREPARE RAPIST'S SKETCH
A hearing and speech impaired woman has helped the Mumbai police prepare a sketch of a man who is believed to have raped a 5-year-old girl. The woman, whose identity has not been revealed as she is the sole witness in the case, gave a description of the man through hand gestures. Normally, it takes the police a little over 10 minutes to make the sketch of an accused on the basis of a witness’s inputs. However, in this case, cops had to spend an entire day to ready the sketch with the help of the deaf-mute woman. / Ahmedabad Mirror
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MISS DEAF MISSOURI INSPIRES MSD STUDENTS
Jessica Willoughby, Miss Deaf Missouri, had a surprise for students at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton gathered last Friday at Ingle Auditorium. Deaf from birth, Willoughby started her presentation by urging students to strive hard to meet the goals they set and to learn their own definition of determination. Willoughby then told the students about a 13-year-old girl whose father told her one day they were going to take a plane ride to the nation's first deaf community at Martha's Vineyard, a small Massachusetts island over the Atlantic Ocean. / Fulton Sun
YOUNG BOATER SAFETY TRAINING FOR DEAF YOUTH TO BE OFFERED AT CENTRAL NEW YORK BOAT SHOW
New York Sea Grant and the Boating Industry Association of Upstate New York are partnering with AURORA of CNY to offer deaf youth boater safety training in American Sign Language at the February 10-14 CNY Boat Show in Syracuse. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation sponsors the New York safe boating courses and Director of Marine Services Brian Kempf says, “This new training for the deaf is a first for New York State. Deaf individuals have taken the course with their own interpreters. This is the first time formal training has been offered with an interpreter signing for the entire class group.” / I Love NY
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HELPING HANDS: LOU HANLEY
Lou Hanley, a volunteer teacher at Teach My People in Pawleys Island, S.C. who is known by many as simply “Miss Lou,’’ is a veteran school teacher who moved to Georgetown County about six years ago. She is a native of Glastonberry, Conn. but has lived in St. Augustine and Naples, Fla. She has also lived in Chicago, Ill. She was a teacher at the American School for the Deaf. She taught the deaf for 28 years as a communications specialist. / Georgetown Times
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SAYGUS LOOKS TO ENABLE MOBILE TWO-WAY CALLING
Decades after Dick Tracy video conferenced over his wrist watch, two-way video calling is still not a reality here in the states with our smart phones. But it could soon become possible if Utah's Saygus has its way. The company has been working for ten years perfecting the process for mobile video conferencing. It's now on the verge of selling an Android-based CDMA smart phone that will have a forward facing camera and software that can efficiently pull off video conferencing. / San Francisco Chronicle
ELEVATED THIRD LAUNCHES NEWLY DESIGNED SPRINT RELAY WEBSITES
Elevated Third, a web strategy consulting agency, announced the launch of the newly designed storefront to promote Sprint Relay services. Elevated Third led the effort to rebrand and develop the information architecture for the following sites, www.sprintrelay.com, www.sprintrelaystore.com, www.sprintvrs.com, and www.sprintcaptel.com. The relay site is also available in Spanish. / WebWire
OLD CAMPUS COULD BECOME CULINARY SCHOOL
A developer hopes to transform the 110-year old campus that once housed the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind into a school for the culinary arts. Blair Williams says the culinary school would offer programs such as cheese making, meat cutting, crafting wine and beer, catering and restaurant management. / Great Falls Tribune
DEAF ADULT SERVICES SEEKS EXEC DIRECTOR
Deaf Adult Services has selected Pamela Kefi as interim executive director of the agency while a search commences for a permanent candidate. Kefi replaces Thomas Burns who exited Deaf Adult Services to become associate vice president of communications, public relations and marketing at Niagara University. Burns, who previously held administrative positions with the Buffalo Bisons and Medaille College, had joined Deaf Adult Services last July. / Business First of Buffalo
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Keith Wann's ASL Comedy Tour
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL: REVIEW OF THE DVD VIDEO
The big screen version of I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell is, we are to assume, one of author Tucker Max's supposed adventures. When the movie begins, Tucker (played by Matt Czurchy) is screwing a woman from behind. The cops bust in, thinking she's being raped. As it turns out, she's deaf, and quite enjoying herself. She lets the cops know this in one of those stereotypical deaf person voices -- and we're off and running. / DVD Talk
AIMING FOR SAINTHOOD: A SOLO PLAY FOR HEARING AND DEAF AUDIENCES
The one-woman, autobiographical show, Aiming for Sainthood, the third offering in Millennium Park's new theater lab series, In the Works, is coming to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion from March 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Millennium Park and Chicago Dramatists, Aiming for Sainthood is written and performed by Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright Arlene Malinowski, who tells her story through sign language and voice, using both deaf and storytelling techniques. / Broadway World
Los Angeles, CA
'SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE' REMAKE IN THE WORKS
Just when you thought it was safe to breathe a sigh of relief after Steven Spielberg’s unnecessary Oldboy remake collapsed -- the remake train proves that it just doesn’t stop. Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to remake Park Chan-Wook’s earlier film, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. The revenge tale that centers on a deaf-mute man is already being reworked by screenwriter Brian Tucker. / Reel Loop
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DESPITE ILLNESS AND TRAGEDY, COOK GETTING GALLAUDET BACK ON TRACK
"Do you know what you're getting yourself into?" A friend posed the question in September 2007, when Kevin Cook accepted the head-coaching job at Gallaudet (D.C.) University. A man of diverse basketball experience, Cook thought he was ready for the challenge of coaching a struggling Division III women's basketball team at the world's only all-deaf college. But when only seven players showed up at the first practice with a coach who didn't yet know sign language, Cook realized he still had a long road to travel. / ESPN
DEAF WRESTLER'S EYES HAVE IT
A quick glance at Northwest junior Mac McBride does not betray anything unusual. The 215-pound wrestler looks like your typical muscular, 6-foot-3 multi-sport athlete. What makes McBride different cannot be seen at all; he is deaf. To overcome the communication barriers, McBride uses cued speech. "It's somewhere between sign language and nothing," said June McBride, Mac's mother. / The Gazette
HARD WORK SENDS DEAF CHEERLEADER TO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
It's music, rhythm, beats, loud, fast and completely synchronized, and that's exactly what Kelsey Voorhees loves about competitive cheerleading, even though the junior can hear very little of it. Kelsey was born deaf. Yet at a young age, she developed a passion for dancing. By the time she got to Robbinsdale Armstrong High School, the athletic teen wanted a new adventure. Kelsey went out for coach Alissa King's cheerleading squad. "She had to earn her spot on the team," King said. / FOX 9
SUZANNE SHUMEN: TEACHER HELPED DEAF, HEARING-IMPAIRED STUDENTS
Suzanne Shumen loved her job working with hearing-impaired and deaf students. It became such second nature for her that she would use one hand to "sign" along with songs on the radio as she drove. "It was her passion," said her sister Debbie Mitrenga of Chicago. "She did not want to do anything else and continually said how she loved what she did." Shumen died last Friday of a heart attack. She was 54. / Orlando Sentinel
GRANT W. LAIRD, SR.
Grant Laird Sr. died Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at the age of 63 after a struggle against lung and bone cancer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Wilbert and Dorothy Laird, he graduated from DePaul Institute in Pittsburgh. He started his own painting business for about 20 years before he moved to Texas in 1980. He had a variety of jobs and finally retired from Texas Instruments. He was a restless advocate for the deaf community for many years and enjoyed volunteering his spare times at deaf clubs. / Deaf Network
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· Work with Producer in Arranging for, Producing, and Completing All Video Production Projects
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· Viewing computer monitor, videophone, and pager requiring close vision (40-60%)
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