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    News Round-Up: November 5, 2013

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

    NJ mall shooter is found dead; nine skydivers survive a crazy plane collision midair; and Election Day 2013 has arrived with major elections in New Jersey, Virginia, NYC as well as other cities & states across the country. Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore is pregnant again (yippee!) and Lea Michele dedicates a song to her late love, Cory Monteith, on her new album.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    New Jersey Mall Shooter Found Dead With Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Police Say,http://rtvote.com/1hK7rEn
    Richard Shoop, 20, opened fire in New Jersey’s Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall ten minutes before closing time last night. Shoop fired at least six shots, none of which were aimed at people; witnesses described Shoop’s demeanor as extraordinarily calm. His body was found in a back area of the mall at 3:20 AM this morning. There have been no other reported injuries at this time. Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.

    Watch nine skydivers survive fiery two-plane collision in midairhttp://rtvote.com/HEmNNg
    As if skydiving weren’t terrifying enough. Skydivers in Wisconsin pulled off the stunt of their lives last weekend as they found themselves in the middle of something that looks straight from a James Bond movie. Two planes collided 12,000 feet in the air on Saturday, and a group of skydivers, along with the pilot, jumped from the exploding wreckage. The second plane was landed safely by another pilot, despite damage to the wing and the propeller.

    Obama: ENDA vote in Senate an ‘opportunity’http://rtvote.com/1hKcfcW
    At a dinner for top Organizing for Action donors, President Obama praised Senate’s 61-30 vote to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday. The bill forbids employers from firing employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, it is still too soon to celebrate since the bill has yet to pass in the House.

    Takoma Park 16-year-old savors his history-making moment at the pollshttp://rtvote.com/1aCoAyi
    Ben Miller, 16, will step into a voting booth today and cast his ballot, along with 350 other 16- and 17-year-olds, who were granted the right to vote in municipal elections by the Takoma City Council in May. Montgomery County, Maryland, is the nation’s first community to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 in municipal elections; council member Tim Male said this was intended as a way to boost voter turnout. It seems to be working, as young Ben Miller proudly exercises his newfound civic duty.
     

    ELECTION DAY 2013

    Election Day 2013: Five things to watch todayhttp://rtvote.com/HEmxhb
    Today, voters in Virginia and New Jersey will elect their new governors, while new mayors are chosen in New York, Boston, Detroit, and a heck of a lot of other cities. Important issues are at stake on many of these ballots. Here are five things to keep an eye out for.
     

    PUNDITS

    The New York Times Editorial Board discusses the ENA decision in “Toward Ending Workplace Discrimination”, http://rtvote.com/1aCD1m7

    Rocker Austin Estes tells us why young voters are a force to be reckoned with in “Young Americans Will Help Change History This Election Day – If They Vote,” http://rtvote.com/1a5stsW

    Writers respond to the increased incidents in gun violence in “LAX shooting heats up gun debate: Opinionline,”http://rtvote.com/177qaYc

    CULTURAL

    Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood Released From Jail, http://rtvote.com/1hgnV9B

    Drew Barrymore Is Pregnant, Expecting Second Child With Husband Will Kopelman, http://rtvote.com/1hKirlf

    Lea Michele Recorded a Song About Cory Monteith For Her Debut Album, http://rtvote.com/1bVBzrt

    Chris Pratt Was an Amateur Stripper at Age 18, http://rtvote.com/1a5vk5b

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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, October 13, 2010

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

    Hey Rockers,

    In today’s news we have the Chilean miners’ rescue, a judge orders an end to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Christina Aguilera splits from her husband.

    CRUCIAL:

    Trapped 68 Days, First Chilean Miners Taste Freedom: http://nyti.ms/aYfkKG

    Nearly all of the miners have been safely rescued, much to the joy of their families.

    Judge orders military to stop enforcing ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’: http://bit.ly/9TWkbf

    U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips issued a permanent hold on the policy, although it is uncertain whether the Justice Department will appeal the ruling in the next 60 days.

    Obama administration lifts deep-water drilling moratorium: http://bit.ly/am6jcj

    The ban has only been lifted for those who follow strict new rules following the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Whitman and Brown’s final debate a contentious one: http://lat.ms/bFW0wO

    In a debate for governor of California, Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown exchanged some serious barbs.

    Rhee to resign as schools chancellor: http://wapo.st/bE5sKp

    The D.C. Schools Chancellor drew national attention for her approach to reforming the D.C. school system.

    Mom-in-Chief’ campaigns: http://bit.ly/bWEjWT

    Democrats are hoping for a boost from First Lady Michelle Obama as she hits the campaign trail.

    CULTURAL:

    Christina Aguilera Splits From Husband: http://bit.ly/aJXmIy

    Aguilera is now separated from music executive Jordan Bratman.

    Will Smith’s clashes with producers stalls ‘Men In Black’: http://bit.ly/9eATRY

    Apparently Smith disagreed with producers over the script for Men in Black 3.

    ‘DWTS’ Watch: Jennifer Grey Tangos to the Top: http://bit.ly/9vPFgw

    Meanwhile, the Situation takes a bow.

    Teen Mom Amber’s Nightmare — Losing Her Baby: http://bit.ly/d31SFV

    After hitting her baby’s father, Teen Mom Amber must now deal with social services concerned about the child’s home environment.

    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    @thomasyarnell
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com