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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: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

    A British tabloid has hacked a missing girl’s phone, seven Americans are missing after a boating accident in Mexico, charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be dropped, China is building a huge network of surveillance cameras, and Joey Chestnut wins Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest once again. Meanwhile, Obama has honored the 40th anniversary of the 26th amendment, the Secret Service is looking into the Fox News Twitter hack, and VP Biden joins Twitter.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer editorializes on voting rights (and Rock the Vote’s work) as we celebrate Independence Day : http://bit.ly/mTaapL.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    British Tabloid Hacked Missing Girl’s Phone, Lawyer Says, http://nyti.ms/jINrtz

    After British student, Milly Dowler went missing in 2002, the News of the World tabloid covertly hacked her phone in an effort to reveal details about her life. The tabloid listened to messages and also deleted messages so that her voice mailbox would not become full. The activity on the phone gave Dowler’s family false hope that she was still alive. The British prime minister David Cameron has said, “if [the allegations] are true, this is a truly dreadful act and a truly dreadful situation.”

    Mexico searches for 7 missing in boating accident, http://yhoo.it/mup2Q8

    The Mexican Navy is expanding efforts to find seven Americans whose fishing boat capsized two days ago in the Gulf of California. The accident left one man dead and dozens of others floating in the gulf. 19 tourists and 16 crew members were rescued after 16 hours in the water. Authorities think the warm, calm weather could help the missing seven to still be alive.

    DA set to drop charges vs. DSK, http://nyp.st/mvDmeD

    We may never know what happened between Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the 32 year old Guinean hotel maid. A top investigator in the case is calling the eventual dismissal of the maid’s charges “a certainty.” Recent evidence has caused her not to be credible enough to continue her case.

    Joey Chestnut wins another hot dog title, http://es.pn/igGiGL

    Joey Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes to claim his fifth straight Mustard Belt at the Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut still needs one more victory to tie rival Takeru Kobayashi, who was absent due to contract negotiations with Major League Eating. Chestnut responded to his rival’s absence, saying “It’s sad that he thinks he’s Kobe Bryant. This is competitive eating. It’s supposed to be fun.”

    Cisco Poised to Help China Keep an Eye on Its Citizens,

    China is paying Cisco to build a network of 500,000 surveillance cameras covering 400 square miles. Some western officials have criticized the company and others like it for contributing to the government’s political oppression. China claims the cameras are to help stop crime, but foreign officials worry the cameras will be used to observe and halt political dissent.

    Obama honors anniversary of 18-year-old vote, http://usat.ly/lREslH

    Young voters helped President Obama win the presidency in 2008. If he had ran 40 years ago when 18 year olds were not allowed to vote, the outcome could have been different. On Friday, the president issued a proclamation to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the constitutional amendment lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. He reminded us that, “Ideas from young Americans are important to my Administration, and they will help shape the future of our Nation.”

    Secret Service to probe Fox News Twitter hack that falsely reported Obama’s assassination, http://bit.ly/iwwgs4

    The Secret Service promised to “follow up” on a hack to Fox News’ Twitter account. The hackers posted six tweets, claiming that President Obama had been assassinated. The cyberattack was allegedly carried out by a group that calls itself the “Script Kiddies.” The Fox News account has over 34,000 followers.

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (@VP) Joins Twitter,

    Vice President Joe Biden is now on Twitter. Biden used his @VP account to thank military families on the 4th of July. At the White House tomorrow, President Obama will take questions from Twitter with the tag #AskObama.


    Chord Overstreet Gets Cut From Glee, Everyone Else Gets Divorced, http://eonli.ne/l7TbXq

    Kobayashi INHALES 69 Hot Dogs — The VIDEO! http://bit.ly/jfOn6W

    Daniel Radcliffe Reveals His Alcohol Problem, http://bit.ly/jbv4vc

    ‘Transformers’ Sequel Sets Box-Office Record, http://on.mtv.com/j6bl6m

    Netflix to launch in Latin America later this year, http://lat.ms/mlbJ2U

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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