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    News Round-Up: Thursday, January 16, 2014



    In today’s news, another shooting rocks the United States; pregnant women in West Virginia are warned of possible lingering dangers in their tap water; a 17-year-old boy dies of premature aging; and more information about Adam Lanza surfaces. Meanwhile, it’s that time of year again: the lists are in! See all the Oscar nominees and the snubs right here! And check out the two latest celebrity “slams”.

    Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Dead of old age – at 17: http://rtvote.com/1b65RXB
    17-year-old Sam Berns died Friday of progeria, an extremely rare disease that causes premature aging. There are approximately 200 children affected with progeria in the world and are only expected to live until the age of 13. Berns was well-know because he was so open about his struggle.  Berns was to be honorary captain at Saturday’s New England Patriots football game, but died the day before. The team honored his memory with a moment of silence.

    Tape surfaces of Adam Lanza’s call to radio show: http://rtvote.com/1dx89TQ
    On December 11th, 2011, almost exactly a year before killing twenty-six people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Adam Lanza called in to an Oregon radio station to talk about the 2009 case of a chimpanzee that attacked its owner. As heard in the seven-minute recording, Lanza compares the chimpanzee attack to that of a “teenage mall shooter.” Lanza later posted a link to his appearance on the radio show.

    Gunman kills 2 in grocery store: http://rtvote.com/1aR0oYq
    The gunman who shot and killed two women in an Indiana grocery store Wednesday night has been identified as 22-year-old Shawn Walter Blair. Blair was killed by police when he began firing at them. Police recovered the semiautomatic handgun used by Blair as well as a knife. The identities of the victims and the motive behind the attack have not been released.

    Pregnant West Virginia women told to drink bottled water: http://rtvote.com/1gQFU2t
    Even after the spill is cleaned up, pregnant women in West Virginia are being advised to continue drinking bottled water. Because there has been little testing on the chemical, called 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, no one knows the potential effect on a fetus. Some people are more disconcerted after this announcement, believing that if it’s not safe for some people, it probably isn’t safe for everyone.

    CULTURAL

    ‘Hustle,’ ’12 Years’ are among top Oscar nominees: http://rtvote.com/1cv6REn

    Hilary Duff slams tabloid stories about Mike Comrie breakup: http://rtvote.com/1cvawlH

    Drake Bell slams “Talentless” Justin Bieber on Twitter: http://rtvote.com/1eNz3ar

    Michelle Obama would consider plastic surgery: http://rtvote.com/1asCQbL

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    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

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