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    News Round-Up: Thursday, February 20, 2014

    Thursday, February 20th, 2014

    Ukrainian protest deaths climb to 100; DC to push voting rights for congressional representatives; and the death penalty could be the end result for a child kidnapper and murderer. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio talks about marriage; celebrities duke it out by playing charades; and Lorde talks about her fashion icons.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Truce crumbles amid gunfire in Ukraine; protesters claim 100 dead: http://rtvote.com/1glfTaw
    The truce reached between Ukrainian protesters and their government has fallen apart after another 100 protesters were killed on Thursday. Another 500 were injured. The government has not released its casualty figures, but reports state that 25 police officers have been injured. A doctor who had volunteered to help the wounded protesters believes that the government has been using snipers to target protesters. Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics wore black bands and held a moment of silence to mourn the fallen.

    DC to push voting rights support in New Hampshire: http://rtvote.com/1eaLppd
    Washington DC councilmember David Catania will travel to New Hampshire to plead his case before a committee from the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Catania plans to get New Hampshire congressmen and women to support voting rights for DC congressional representatives. This would give full congressional representation to the district. The executive director of DC Vote will also testify.

    Homeland Security alerts airlines to possible shoe-bomb threat: http://rtvote.com/MeFqsA
    Homeland Security officials believe that there is a credible threat to passenger jet attacks through use of shoe-bombs. Airlines will now pay even closer attention to shoes of passengers, including “explosive trace detection swabs” to check for explosive material, particularly on flights headed to the United States. Although there is no specific attack planned, nor are the threats particular to any country or airline, Homeland Security believes that there is enough of a threat that travelers should be warned of extra screenings.

    Suspect in killing of MO girl could face death penalty: http://rtvote.com/1oWnpPp
    45-year-old middle school employee Craig Michael Wood has been accused with kidnapping, armed criminal action, and murdering 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Wood was tracked by the help of witnesses and brought to police for questioning. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities found Owens’s body at Wood’s home. Wood may face the death penalty at his trial.

    2 Americans found dead on “Captain Phillips” ship: http://rtvote.com/OeDIt4
    American security officers Mark Kennedy and Jeffrey Reynolds have been found dead on the Maersk Alabama container ship. Both men worked for a Virginia-based security firm. The cause of death for both men is unknown at this time, and a police investigation is ongoing. The Maersk Alabama gained notoriety after being targeted by Somali pirates in 2009; the movie Captain Phillips is named after it.


    That 70s Show star is a dad! http://rtvote.com/OeFMBj

    Celebrity charades showdown on The Tonight Show: http://rtvote.com/1fCrws9

    It’s here! See the Bonnaroo 2014 music festival lineup: http://rtvote.com/1gloSsm

    Leonardo DiCaprio talks marriage: http://rtvote.com/1glpmOZ

    Who are Lorde’s fashion icons? http://rtvote.com/1mehym2

    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

    News Round-Up: November 22, 2013

    Friday, November 22nd, 2013

    We honor President JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination; 3 San Jose State students engage in an appalling hate crime; and the Swedish embassy in North Korea is working to get an 85-year-old American war vet out of North Korean detention. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman gets a spot of skin cancer removed (feel better, Hugh!), and, in a rare appearance, Adele is spotted with her baby boy.

    -Sandy + Maura



    3 San Jose State students charged with hate crime against black roommate,http://rtvote.com/1bIxWnq
    Three San Jose State University students – Logan Beaschler, 18; Joseph Bomgardner, 19; Colin Warren, 18 – have been suspended and charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery. They racially bullied their black roommate by nicknaming him “Three-fifths” (a reference to a constitutional provision that counted slaves as 3/5 of a person) and clamping a bicycle lock on his neck. They also decorated their shared apartment suite with Nazi symbols, a Confederate flag, and photos of Adolf Hitler. The 17-year-old victim suffered minor injuries when fighting off the bike lock from his neck.

    ‘Solemn’ event to honor JFK at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza,http://rtvote.com/1h7c9gL
    In honor of President John F. Kennedy, a commemoration ceremony will be held today in Dealey Plaza – the site of JFK’s assassination. JFK was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald exactly 50 years ago from today. You will never be forgotten, Mr. President. Thank you for all you have done for our country.

    U.S. to Consider Cellphone Use on Planeshttp://rtvote.com/1ca5A7t
    The Federal Communications Commission will soon propose allowing customers to use their cellphones on airplanes. Cellphone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, but passengers would be allowed to resume use after reaching 10,000 feet. The FAA said recently that cellphones pose no safety threat to aircrafts. It would ultimately be up to the airlines to allow this policy or not, and it looks like many customers may object.

    3 men, including 2 ex-cops, charged in 1994 slayings of Kentucky prostitutes,http://rtvote.com/1doyNR8
    In Kentucky, the murders of two prostitutes, Candace Belt, 22, and Gloria Ross, 18, remained unsolved since 1994. In 1997, the brothel’s madam accused two former cops of participating in the killings, but investigations had been thwarted by tampered evidence. A seven-year state police investigation has finally charged the two former cops, Leslie Duncan, 50, and Edward T. Carter, 43, and a third man, Frank J. Black, Jr., 39. The case remains opened, and Kentucky State Police believe this may “just be the tip of the iceberg.”

    Kerry: N Korea’s detention of veteran a “dangerous step”,http://rtvote.com/I8ZhYU
    Korean War veteran Merrill Newman, 85, was removed from his flight home and detained last month after visiting North Korea on a tourist visa. Newman is a grandfather from Palo Alto, California, and his family wants him home. The U.S. and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations, so the Embassy of Sweden in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, is representing the interests of U.S. citizens and is working to resolve the issue.



    Hugh Jackman Has Skin Cancer Removed, Reminds Us to Wear Sunscreen,http://rtvote.com/1aVO8AF

    Jennifer Lawrence Explains ER Trip: “You Can Only S–t Your Pants So Many Times” Before Admitting You Need a Hospital, http://rtvote.com/1aMyY4n

    Liam Hemsworth “Much Happier” After Miley Cyrus Breakup: “I’m More Centered and Grounded,” http://rtvote.com/I93k7I

    The Girls Season 3 Trailer Is Here: See the 10 Most Relatable & Incredible Quotes, http://rtvote.com/1iBu5zg

    Adele Steps Out with Son Angelo, 13 months, Goes Without Makeup, http://rtvote.com/1g2IYZ1


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


    Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

    The man responsible for the shootings in Toulouse is dead;
    more people are criticizing the handling of Trayvon Martin’s death;
    unemployment numbers are going down; soldiers have seized power in Mali; and
    Romney is suffering after a gaffe by one of his aides. Elsewhere, Kris
    Humphries claims he doesn’t do things for money, Tim Tebow is headed to New
    York, and Rock the Vote’s “History of Voting” video featuring Perez Hilton,
    Darren Criss, and John Legend is released just in time for Democracy Day.


    French Slaying Suspect Dead After Police Raid Hideout http://nyti.ms/GM56rW
    A Frenchman responsible for the recent shootings in Toulouse is dead after a
    30 hour stand off with police. More than 200 rounds of ammunition were
    unloaded during the firefight, with two police officers suffering minor
    injuries. The shooter’s name was Mohammed Merah. Merah died after jumping
    out of a window with a gun in his hand while firing. The French government
    would have preferred to take Merah alive.

    City Criticizes Police Chief After Shooting http://nyti.ms/GMIxyL
    The City Council of Sanford, Florida, the town where Trayvon Martin was
    killed, voted a show of no-confidence in their police chief after he has
    failed to arrest George Zimmerman, the man who killed Martin. Zimmerman
    claimed the shooting was in self defense, but his 911 calls and checkered
    history bring his story into question. In New York City, there was a protest
    in which demonstrators all wore hoodies, similar to what Martin was wearing
    when Zimmerman killed him.

    Emirates Says ‘Whole Load of Airlines’ Will Fail in Fuel
    Squeeze http://bloom.bg/GDXrZG
    Emirates, a Dubai-based airline that leads the world in international
    travel, is predicting that many other airlines will collapse as petrol
    prices increase. Regardless of how many companies will fold, the
    profitability will certain decrease as petrol prices rise. Advisors at
    Emirates are predicting that the industry will be devastated if there is
    another 10-15% rise in the cost of fuel.

    Weekly unemployment aid applications hit four-year low http://usat.ly/GLSHip
    New data shows that the economic turnaround is continuing. Under 350,000
    people applied for unemployment last week, the lowest total since 2008. The
    last several months have shown job growth, and predictors make it seem like
    the growth is continuing through March. Additionally, home sales have
    started to pick up and housing values might slowly return to their pre-bust

    Soldiers loot Mali presidential palace after ousting
    leader http://usat.ly/GOtIwQ
    In one of the few democracies operating in Africa, soldiers overthrew Mali
    President Amadou Toumani Toure. Toure was set to end his term in a few
    weeks, but soldiers felt it necessary to take over the government now. Their
    major grievance is the belief that Toure’s government was mishandling an
    ethnic insurgency in the nation’s north. Toure’s current location is not
    known. His former palace is being occupied by military leaders who have
    suspended the nation’s constitution, but claim they intend on transferring
    power back to the people after they quell the rebellion.

    Komen foundation continues to see fallout from Planned Parenthood
    controversy http://wapo.st/GFziSG
    Susan G Komen For The Cure is still reeling from a controversial decision to
    defund Planned Parenthood. Despite their about face, the Komen brand has
    severely suffered. The two locations which fought the decision hardest,
    Oregon and New York, are both losing executives who have decided to step
    down. The New York affiliate has also canceled several events because of
    lack funds.

    Lining up at Center City DMV – some to get voter IDs, others to protest the
    new law http://bit.ly/GGfORV
    Many people showed up to the Philadelphia DMV on a day designated for free
    photo IDs. These free IDs are being given out because Pennsylvania has
    changed its state law and now requires voters to show the correct photo ID
    at the polls. The proponents of this bill claim they want to prevent fraud.
    Many others showed up to the DMV to protest the new bill. They equate this
    to a poll tax, for while the ID is free, it costs money to gain access to
    some of the documents one needs to get an ID.


    Rock the Vote’s “History of Voting” Video with Perez Hilton, Darren Criss,
    John Legend, & Bridget Kelly, http://bit.ly/GFrWQt

    Fox Tinkers With 24 Movie’s Budget And Pushes Back The Start Date
    Again, http://bit.ly/GQ5mnZ

    How groovy will ‘Mad Men’ get? ’60s experts make
    predictions, http://lat.ms/GN3HBw

    Kris Humphries doesn’t ‘do things just for money,’ http://usat.ly/GQnDjo

    Kiss and Motley Crue Announce Summer Tour, http://bit.ly/GM8Hak

    Tim Tebow traded to Jets, http://es.pn/GJB42F

    Aaron Ghitelman

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