September 1, 2010
Vol. 6, No. 43
Editor: Tom Willard
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HOONAH POLICE SENSED TROUBLE BREWING
Hoonah Police Sgt. Tony Wallace and police chief John Millan cruised Front Street on their way to lunch on a bright late August day when they passed a familiar home in the Southeast Alaska village. Inside lived John Marvin Jr., a reclusive man known in the shoreside community for increasingly strange behavior. "John Marvin has really darkened up his house, and I don't see him anymore," said Millan, who rode shotgun in the Chevy Tahoe. "Chief, he's going to kill one of us if we're not careful," Wallace replied, matter-of-factly. "It's going to happen." / Anchorage Daily News
NEW DETAILS ON RIT GRADUATE'S MURDER
His mother had a dream that she saw her son killed while on the job. That nightmare came true Saturday. Debbie Greene of Florida was on a ride-along with her son, Officer Anthony Wallace in Hoonah, Alaska when he was shot and killed in an unprovoked attack. His partner, Officer Matt Tokouka who was off duty, was also killed. We spoke with Jamie Brothers who is Wallace's best friend. She lives in Geneseo, but visited Wallace in Alaska and kept in close contact with him. She still cannot believe he's dead. "It's unreal," said Brothers. "It shouldn't have happened." / WHEC
ALASKAN OFFICER'S ROCHESTER STORY
Anthony “Tony” Wallace lived in Rochester for about decade; first as a standout wrestler for R.I.T. and later as a coach and campus safety officer. Wallace, friends and colleagues say, made a habit out of achieving goals he set for himself. At the time of his death he was one of the only deaf police officers in the country. / 13WHAM
SGT. TONY WALLACE REMEMBERED
Sgt. Anthony Wallace was living his dream, working as a police officer in Alaska for the past four years. A Hall of Fame wrestler while attending Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Sgt. Wallace worked as a Public Safety officer from 2003 to 2006 at RIT until learning of a job with a police department in tiny Hoonah, Alaska. An avid boater, hunter and fisherman, Sgt. Wallace packed up and moved to southeast Alaska, even though he had never visited Alaska previously. / NTID News
St. Petersburg, FL
ST. PETERSBURG WOMAN WITNESSES POLICE OFFICER SON'S SLAYING IN ALASKA
Debbie Greene hadn't seen her only son, a police officer in Alaska, since last summer. So when she arrived in his tiny town of Hoonah to visit him last week, she got to ride along in his patrol car. On Saturday night, the St. Petersburg mother watched as a gunman shot her son, Cpl.Anthony Wallace, 32, and off-duty Officer Matthew Tokuoka, 39, in an ambush. / St. Petersburg Times
$1 MILLION BAIL FOR MAN CHARGED WITH ALASKAN AMBUSH DEATHS
Bail has been set at $1 million for the man charged in the fatal ambush of two Alaska police officers. John Marvin Jr. faces two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Wallace and another officer over the weekend. Marvin made his first court appearance Tuesday in Juneau. He faces 99 years in prison on each count if convicted, and is due back in court next week. / 13WHAM
RECORDS: SUSPECT HAD RUN-IN WITH SLAIN AK OFFICERS
A man charged in the slayings of two police officers in a tiny Alaska village was accused of attacking the same officers last year after they responded to a call about an intruder, court records revealed. But assault and other charges filed against John Marvin Jr. in last year's alleged attack on Hoonah officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka were dismissed in December. Now Marvin, 45, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder on allegations he ambushed the two officers late Saturday, shooting them as they chatted in front of his home. / The Huffington Post
See Also DEAFWEEKLY FLASH NEWS AUGUST 30, 2010 / Deafweekly
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DEAF, MUTE MAN CHARGED IN WIFE'S STABBING DEATH
A deaf and mute man stabbed his wife to death on their 10th wedding anniversary -- and then confessed to a police sign language interpreter with his still bloody hands, prosecutors said Friday. Charles Hughes, 40, of the 7000 block of South King Drive, was holding a bloody knife when police arrived. He dropped it and held out his hands in a “cuff-me” motion, prosecutors said. He’s charged with first-degree murder for allegedly killing 44-year-old Debra Haywood-Hughes, who was also deaf and mute, police said. / Chicago Sun-Times
FAMILY: MAN SHOT BY POLICE WAS DEAF IN LEFT EAR
The man fatally shot in confrontation with a police officer Monday afternoon after he refused to follow police orders was deaf in his left ear, the man's brothers said Wednesday. John T. Williams, 50, was shot after police say Officer Ian D. Birk yelled three times for him to drop a knife and Williams did not. Police say Williams, standing about nine feet away, refused the officer's orders in the confrontation that lasted about a minute. Birk, 27, fired the four rounds from his service weapon and Williams died at the scene. / Seattle Post-Intelligencer
'BOB DIDN'T DESERVE WHAT THAT COP DID TO HIM'
An 80-year-old man spent three days in the hospital after he was dragged off his ATV and slammed to the concrete by a Cedar Grove police officer, witnesses say. On Tuesday [August 17], Robert McComb was riding ATVs with his friends, Darrell Cole and Bobby Palmer, when he was stopped by police officer Johnny Walls. Cole said he thinks that McComb's difficulty hearing might have led to Walls pulling him off the ATV because McComb might not have responded to the officer. / The Charleston Gazette
FATHER OF FALSELY ACCUSED BOY SPEAKS OUT
Robbin Foster, charged with stabbing her deaf, mute and autistic son 35 times, stood shaken in court on Wednesday telling the judge "I never meant to hurt my son." In court documents the mother, who is also deaf, told detectives she had been thinking about all the years caring for her disabled child and just wanted the pressure off her shoulders. At first, Foster pointed the finger at a 15-year-old boy who lived nearby and claimed he stabbed her autistic son who can't hear nor speak. / WTNH
Cook County, IL
JUDGE: DEAF MURDER SUSPECT'S RIGHTS CLEAR
Since a killer slashed her deaf kid sister to death in 1981, Heather Hunziker has grown accustomed to pushing -- and waiting -- for justice for 15-year-old Dawn Niles. Niles, a spirited blue-eyed blonde, had recently learned she was pregnant when she was stabbed more than 30 times on St. Patrick's Day in a Cook County forest preserve in Palos Township. "It changes who you are," said Hunziker, who along with a friend pressed Cook County cold case detectives to reopen her sister's case in early 2006. / The Southtown Star
DEAF WOMAN STRUCK BY TRAIN IN ROSLYN
The woman who was struck by a train at Susquehanna and Easton roads Aug. 25 is in good condition, according to a spokeswoman for Abington Memorial Hospital. Ruth Becker, 21, of Roslyn, was hit by a SEPTA train at about 4 p.m. Aug. 26. Police attribute the accident to the victim being deaf. “She was walking along and therefore unable to hear the train whistle,” said Abington Deputy Chief John Livingood. "I guess she did not see, or was not attentive to the visual signals.” / Montgomery News
DEAF ACTIVISTS VOICE OBJECTIONS TO BILL
It's strong language to accuse a state assemblyman of pushing a "eugenics" bill that could threaten deaf people. But in an emotionally charged fight, California deaf activists have invoked the word as they battle a bill that could pass the state Legislature within a week. Tony Mendoza, a Democrat from Artesia, said he has been surprised at how vehement deaf opposition is to his Assembly Bill 2072. / The Sacramento Bee
See Also MENDOZA BILL IN CALIFORNIA CREATES ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES / Indybay
San Francisco, CA
UPS MUST FACE DEAF WORKER'S DISCRIMINATION CLAIM: COURT
A United Parcel Service of America Inc. unit may have unlawfully discriminated against a deaf worker by failing to provide American Sign Language interpreters, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Among Mauricio Centeno's complaints was that Atlanta-based UPS failed to fully accommodate him by providing an American Sign Language interpreter at all meetings. “We believe UPS did offer reasonable accommodation by providing an interpreter for all major meetings and then a note-taker for other meetings to assist this employee, and the district court agreed when they granted us summary judgment,” a UPS spokeswoman said. / Business Insurance
STATE FIRES DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
The state has fired the director of a school for the deaf in Morganton where allegations of abuse and neglect prompted an investigation. Janet McDaniel, 49, director of the N.C. School for the Deaf in Morganton, had been suspended for 30 days in July after the advocacy group Disability Rights NC alleged years of abuse and neglect at the school. The state is finishing an investigation into the allegations, which included claims that staff members slapped or shoved students. / The Charlotte Observer
PARENTS OF A DEAF STUDENT PLAN TO SUE SAU 16 FOR NOT PROVIDING AN ADEQUATE EDUCATION
Beth Petit made a desperate plea to the Cooperative School Board Tuesday night [August 24]. After months of negotiations with the school district regarding her deaf son Hunter's individualized education plan, the mother of three decided to share her struggle to define the way he communicates with educators and peers. The chosen mode, either strictly aural or a combination of aural and sign language, could determine whether Hunter completes his final year at the Cooperative Middle School or at another facility at the district's expense. / Seacoast Online
DEAF RESIDENTS OF KINGSTON RECEIVED NO WARNING OF SPRAYING
Allen Gifford told selectmen that deaf residents received no warning of the mosquito spraying that occurred earlier this month and that one slept with her windows open that night. The mosquito spraying was supposed to take place Aug. 4, but was postponed to Aug. 7 due to rain. Reverse 911 notifications were made by the Plymouth County Sheriff Department but no one notified deaf residents, Gifford told the Board of Selectmen verbally and through American Sign Language. / The Kingston Reporter
DEAF LGBT'S BEMOAN LACK OF INTERPRETERS
For the LGBT deaf community, the party atmosphere of the annual Northalsted Market Days, held Aug. 7-8, was subdued -- much like Midsommarfest, Pride Fest and even the Pride Parade. The issue is that there were no sign-language interpreters on stages for the deaf, despite multiple requests from the deaf community for the past few years. Many within the deaf community contemplated some form of protest for the two-day streetfest, but opted for acquiring signatures for a petition. On Aug. 7 alone, more than 200 festival goers signed the petition. / Windy City Times
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DEAF STUDENT SEEKS TO SUE SCHOOL
Alleging sexual and physical abuse that started when he was 9, a former resident of a school for deaf children is seeking leave to launch a class-action lawsuit against the school and the order of Catholic teaching brothers that staffed it. If Quebec Superior Court allows the suit, Serge d'Arcy would seek a total of $600,000 in damages for abuse he is alleged to have suffered between 1967 and 1982. / Montreal Gazette
Brantford, ON, Canada
DEAF COUPLE CALLS FOR 9-1-1 REVIEWS
A deaf Brantford couple and Canadian Hearing Society officials are calling for a review of 9-1-1 emergency procedures after they didn't get help for more than 40 minutes during a medical emergency late last month. "I was really worried and I felt helpless," James Henderson said. "My wife (Nancy) has health problems and takes a lot of medication." He dialed 9-1-1 and said into the phone 'I am deaf, I am deaf,' and then left the phone off the receiver. He believed that by leaving the phone off the hook help would come immediately. / The Expositor
Geelong, VIC, Australia
DEAF WOMAN WINS BIG PAYOUT
A hearing-impaired Geelong woman, whose right hand was crushed and burned in a horrific workplace accident, has won a six-figure compensation payout. The injury, in October 2006 at leather finishing firm AusTanners at Lara, was compounded for Darlene Harmer because she used her right hand to communicate with sign language. Mrs. Harmer, 49, suffered seven broken bones in her hand, third degree burns and a split in the webbing between her thumb and forefinger. / The Sydney Morning Herald
PARTIALLY DEAF MALE MADONNA IMPERSONATOR SUES 'BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT'
Britain's Got Talent is being sued for £250,000 ($385,000 US) by a Madonna impersonator claiming Simon Cowell's jibes have ruined his life. Philip Grimmer, who reached the semi-finals this year, accuses the show of discrimination over a disability and the fact that he was introduced as a drag queen. The 57-year-old gyrated to Madonna's dance track Hung Up in a purple leotard, knee-high boots and blonde wig. Cowell called him a "hard of hearing and short-sighted Madonna." / Daily Mail
FIRST SINGLE COCHLEAR IMPLANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL
With the success of the UK's first single cochlear implant, there is a likelihood that more and more people might now opt for it. A severely deaf woman has undergone the implant wherein one wire is passed into one inner ear and the other under the scalp from the single implant into the other ear. The electronic device has been implanted in the ears of the woman, from the Isle of Wight at the Southampton General Hospital. The operation is said to have went on for four hours and the final result is still awaited. / TopNews
AFTER 27 YEARS OF SILENCE I CAN HEAR MY OWN VOICE AND SPEAK TO MY FAMILY
Growing up in the vibrant, cultural melting-pot of Ladbroke Grove, Semhar Beyene’s childhood dream was to become a performer. With her dancer’s physique, love of music and exquisite, model features, she had all the attributes to make it to the top. There was just one problem: Semhar was born profoundly deaf. With the assistance of hearing aids and lip-reading, she never allowed being deaf to hold her back. Nevertheless, once she left school and started attending auditions, the reality of her disability hit hard. She gave up on her dreams, finding work as a graphic designer. / The Daily Mail
STUDY REVEALS NEW CLUE TO SIGN LANGUAGE
Although people move their mouths when they communicate in sign language, scientists have debated whether the lip movements were part of signing or whether they're connected directly to spoken language. A group of British researchers would choose the latter: In a new study, they found that when people use British Sign Language, their hand and lip movements are guided by separate parts of the brain and are not part of the same sign. / Bloomberg Businessweek
THIS GROUP COMES UP WITH A SOUND IDEA
Rap music was not only about catchy beats and raunchy lyrics when it first started becoming popular in the early 1980s. It was seen as giving voice to the youth from American ghettos and reflected the harsh political and economic realities of their lives. Now, the same music is giving voice to another marginalised group of society but with an Indian twist -- the hearing impaired. / The Times of India
DEAF AND MUTE 16-YEAR-OLD NEPALI GIRL BEATEN AND RAPED AS 'PUNISHMENT'
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding rape and abuse of a 16 year-old domestic worker in Kathmandu on 18 July 2010 by her employers. Instead of rescuing the victim, police officers from Budha police station have reportedly kept her in detention twice for 24 hours without providing her with adequate medical treatment. In spite of the initial reluctance of the police, a rape case was eventually filed on 21 August and the two alleged perpetrators have been arrested. / News Blaze
Cape Town, South Africa
MOM HELD SON'S HAND DURING RAPE
A deaf and mute young man on Friday described to the Pretoria High Court how his mother held his hand while being raped by one of the robbers who broke into their Faerie Glen townhouse. The woman earlier gave evidence in camera about her ordeal on August 21, 2008 when Charles Sekwati, 21, and alleged rapist Timothy Tumiso allegedly broke into her home. The son, who cannot be identified to protect his mother's identity, yesterday took the stand, testifying with the help of a sign language interpreter. / Independent Online
PRISON FOR DEAF-MUTE DOLE CHEAT
An elderly deaf-mute hawker who sold porn to support a second wife, stepson and three girlfriends has been jailed for 16 months for scamming more than HK$335,000 in dole over a 24-year period. In sentencing yesterday [August 18], Tsuen Wan magistrate Lambert Lee Ka- chai said Leung Chung-kee, 76, should be punished with a jail term for his dishonesty over that long period. / The Standard
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LIFE & LEISURE
DEAF PEOPLE TEND TO BE HOMOSEXUALS?
Do deaf people tend to be homosexuals? It is a hot topic discussed on one of the largest deaf dating site http://www.deafloves.com recently. In this topic, a user Ben of this site said he had worked in nightclubs and restaurants with a large gay clients for over the years and noticed a distinctly higher percentage of (mostly men) deaf homosexuals. And he was very curious of this phenomenon. I have heard on occasion that Deaf people have higher proportion of gays than then general population. / Hearing Aid Comparisons
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DEAF FIND THEIR VOICES VIA MOBILE VIDEO AND APPS
Wireless gadgets have changed the way nearly everyone communicates, but one group has benefited more than others: the deaf. For those who cannot make a voice call, texting and video, in particular, have not only opened them up to the hearing world and to each other, but also allowed them to use American Sign Language (ASL), often their native language. / Scientific American
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SHE'S BOUND FOR HAITI, DETERMINED TO AID DEAF
Tara Thorn is packing her bags and leaving her home in Rochester to take on the daunting task of establishing a new school for the deaf in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The 24-year-old graduate of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology is scheduled to fly to Port au Prince Friday to begin the new chapter and adventure in her life. “My heart’s there, and everything I want to do is there,” said Thorn, who has been working as an interpreter at RIT for the past year. / Democrat and Chronicle
NEW KSD SUPERINTENDENT GETTING A FEEL FOR SIMILARITIES, DIFFERENCES
When state officials announced that Madeleine Burkindine would be the next superintendent at the Kansas School for the Deaf, the Johnson County woman didn’t waste time getting started. Months before her official duties began, Burkindine spent one day a week in Olathe working alongside and absorbing knowledge from retiring KSD Superintendent Robert Maile. And while Burkindine is the first to acknowledge that she has plenty to learn about the school, Maile said he believes she’s started off right. / The Olathe News
KUDOS TO FEDERAL WORKERS HELPING A DEAF COLLEAGUE
An e-mail forwarded to The Federal Eye this week demonstrates the lengths to which some federal workers are willing to go to recruit and retain qualified colleagues who also happen to be disabled. An Office of Personnel Management employee attending American University sent an e-mail to fellow students seeking anyone with sign language skills. "We are currently seeking a volunteer sign language interpreter for a few hours or days a week," the e-mail said. "The person will be needed to provide valuable assistance to one of our newest talented hires. / The Washington Post
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REVIEW: 'WHAT'S THAT PIG OUTDOORS?' BY HENRY KISOR
Before my employment at the Sun-Times, I knew of Henry Kisor from his columns and book reviews, through which I could conclude he was an intelligent, thoughtful writer who possessed keen observational skills and a sharp wit. It wasn’t until about two years after I’d been working at the same newspaper that I found out he was deaf. Henry will likely be tickled to know that, for he spends much of his newly reissued 1990 memoir, What’s That Pig Outdoors? (University of Illinois Press, $22), explaining the nuances and controversies surrounding oralism. / Chicago Sun-Times
DEAF DEVELOPERS STRIVE TO MAKE MOVIES MORE ACCESSIBLE
Finding movie listings these days is a relatively simple process, with multiple outlets publishing show times on the Web and via mobile applications. But if you're deaf, hard of hearing or visually impaired it can be tough to find an accessible theater. Chris Sano and Brendan Gramer are on a mission to change that with Captionfish, an online directory which shows movie times for local theaters that include captioning, subtitles and descriptive audio. Think of it kind of like a Flixster for the deaf. / TechFlash
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GILLIES ARRESTED FOR COCAINE POSSESSION
Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies, one of the three players acquired in the Cliff Lee trade this past off-season, was arrested for cocaine possession in Clearwater, Fla., early Friday morning [August 20]. Gillies, 21, was arrested by Pinellas County Sheriff's Officers at 1:48 a.m. Friday morning, according to a spokeswoman. The possession charge is a felony. Gillies was released from jail at 10:52 a.m. on a $2,000 cash bond. The outfielder was born with hearing impairments in both ears and is legally deaf. / The Phillies Zone
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INFIELD CHATTER DOESN'T WORK ON LEGALLY DEAF PITCHER LEE THOMPSON
Undoubtedly there are challenges to being legally deaf. For Lee Thompson, there are also benefits. Namely, he does not have to listen to doubters. Given that he turns 27 this week and still has a year of college eligibility remaining, there are plenty who seriously question whether he has any potential to become a professional baseball pitcher. "Over the years I've kept trying to get somewhere professionally," Thompson says. "I just have a passion and love for it." / Nashville Scene
BASKETBALL SPEAKS UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE FOR DEAF DUO IN D.C.
As cliche as it sounds, basketball really does produce its own unique, universal language. In any given NBA game, you might see a five-man unit composed of one player who speaks French, another who speaks Spanish, another who speaks German, and two more who speak their own regional dialects of English — and yet they can still communicate fluidly and win games at the sport’s highest level. When the Red Bull 2on2 Revolution tour stopped in Washington D.C. for its finale, the old cliche was on display. Stephen Da Silva and Jon Mowl, who teamed up under the name “Staples,” are both deaf and don’t wear hearing aids. / Dime Magazine
MICHIGAN SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF FOOTBALL TEAM READY TO ADD EXPERIENCE TO ENTHUSIASM
One play last season stands out to Michigan School for the Deaf coach Pete Eckman. The opponent had the ball on its own 10-yard line and double-teamed defensive lineman Mike Fissette on a play. Fissette got so mad about being double-teamed, he shed the blocks, ran 80 yards down the field and tackled the runner from behind so hard that the ball carrier went about five yards off the field. When Eckman watched film of the play, he broke into laughter when seeing how angry Fissette looked about the opponent running by him "I adore it," Eckman said. "I respect it. I want it from all the players in all the times." / The Flint Journal
BLIND, DEAF HIKERS TACKLE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
The 2,160-plus-mile Appalachian Trail is daunting enough for most hikers. For Roni Lepore and Roger Poulin, the trail presents extra challenges. Lepore, who is deaf, and Poulin, who both deaf and blind in one eye and has tunnel vision in the other, talked about their special relationship with the trail when they spent several nights with Carol and Ron Baker at the Huffman House Bed and Breakfast at Creekside Farm near Newport, which is half a mile off the trail. / The New Castle Record
MCALESTER VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE MIX-UP
For the second time in less than a week, a scheduling mixup has affected when matches for McAlester’s volleyball teams were to be played. Monday, some not-totally unexpected visitors arrived at McAlester: The Oklahoma School for the Deaf volleyball team. However, the players arrived some 72 hours early, at least by McAlester’s volleyball schedule, which had McAlester hosting them for Thursday action in junior varsity and varsity action. / McAlester News-Capital
"DUMB" IN YOUR
LAST TWO ISSUES??????
I am hearing and I have two deaf children. I sign well enough to provide transliterations at the college graduate level and I am stunned that you used the word "dumb" to indicate "mute". I never figured that the profoundly deaf (from birth) to be "dumb. So, maybe, a rethink is due on the use of "dumb" to indicate "mute"?
-- Steve Brodie
Editor replies: Deafweekly prints actual excerpts of deaf-related news stories and headlines from other publications. If they say "dumb," that's what it will say in Deafweekly. I am deaf myself and obviously am opposed to that "deaf and dumb" phrase, but I feel it is important for people to see that newspapers are still using it. Mostly it happens in developing countries but it still pokes up in the USA from time to time. What you can do is click on the link and go to the originating newspaper and make your feelings known to them. I have done so myself on numerous occasions.
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