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    News Round-Up: Monday, April 7, 2014

    Monday, April 7th, 2014

    The latest lead for missing flight might be the most credible one yet; more major Ukrainian cities fall to Russian protesters; the Ebola virus in Africa has some concern for a worldwide outbreak; and diseases previously eradicated in the United States are making a deadly comeback. Meanwhile, legendary actor Mickey Rooney dies at age 93; the royal family lands “down under”; and Hillary Clinton’s photo with Pussy Riot dominates the web.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Malaysia Flight 370: New signal sounds ‘just like’ one from a plane’s beacon: http://rtvote.com/1hTMVls
    The Ocean Shield, an Australian naval vessel containing a United States pinger locator, found signals in the Indian Ocean that appear to be from an airplane on Sunday. The signals are ones specially designed to be picked up by recorders and are not natural sounds. They were located in a part of the Indian Ocean that’s 14,800 feet deep. Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said that investigators also have a “visual locator on a screen” as well as the sound data. However, he says searching in deep marine waters could take days, but that “we are encouraged that we are very close to where we need to be.” As of Monday, the search for Flight 370 has lasted 31 days.

    Russia trying to ‘dismember’ Ukraine through protests, Kiev says: http://rtvote.com/1jnRfcq
    Pro-Russian protesters have broken into and seized several important government buildings in Ukrainian cities this weekend, prompting Kiev to accuse Russia of attempting to ‘dismember’ Ukraine and replicate its actions in Crimea. Police said that some of the protesters had seized weapons while invading the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The Donetsk People’s Republic, a new self-proclaimed legislative branch, said it would vote May 11th to join Russia. Current Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said that Russia was starting a “second wave of a special operation against Ukraine intended to overthrow the Kiev government.” Moscow has yet to offer its opinion or rebuttal.

    Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life: http://rtvote.com/1lFPpoa
    As vaccination rates drop in the United States, diseases once deemed eradicated by the United States government-like whooping cough and measles-are now making a comeback. Measles outbreaks have recently been reported in New York, California, and Texas. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world and has a reputation for being a ruthless killer. Although vaccination rates hold at 90%, some states-like Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, and Vermont-have noted that almost 5% of kindergartners have gone completely unvaccinated. The anti-vaccine movement has gained popularity as some celebrities have publicly denounced vaccinating their children. Some people still believe the now-debunked idea that vaccines cause autism, while others feel as though the government and pharmaceutical companies are not “trustworthy.”

    As Ebola spreads in Africa, how worried should West be? http://rtvote.com/1gDy9L1
    The Ebola virus, a deadly, easily contracted virus resulting in widespread outbreaks, has begun to spread throughout Africa. Ebola is almost always fatal, killing about 90% of people infected, and there are no vaccines or treatments. This current outbreak of the virus began in Guinea’s rainforests, moved to its capital city, and has now crossed over into Liberia. Workers in the area, however, have been able to answer definitely that, due to the extreme close contact needed to contract the disease, the likelihood of a worldwide epidemic is slim-to-none. Most people infected are health workers caring for the sick. Ebola is spread through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids like blood, sweat, or saliva, and can incubate in people for up to 21 days before symptoms are revealed.

    Bus hits student near High Point High School: http://rtvote.com/1h8nX1R
    A bus drifted across a road, hit an 8-year-old boy, and landed in a ditch. The boy was waiting for the bus to come when he was hit. Witnesses reacted quickly and were able to pull the boy out from underneath the bus. For an unknown reason, the bus driver left the bus with nine children on board and apparently did not set the emergency brake. He stayed at the scene of the accident as investigators attempted to determine the reason he left the bus, and is expected to face reckless endangerment charges. Five of the 9 students on the bus, along with the boy who was hit, were transported to the hospital. All children are in stable condition and will recover fully.


    Acting legend Mickey Rooney dies at 93: http://rtvote.com/1ikFbFq

    Hillary Clinton’s picture with Pussy Riot takes over the web: http://rtvote.com/OrXosE

    The Royals rock New Zealand and Australia: http://rtvote.com/1kjvv56

    The ACM’s were last night: see the arrival pictures! http://rtvote.com/PG7NlG

    Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere crashed HBO’s online stream: http://rtvote.com/QXynrC

    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: Friday, March 28, 2014

    Friday, March 28th, 2014

    A new CDC study underscores major increases in cases of Autism; appeals court upholds challenged parts of major TX abortion law; Microsoft releases Office products for iPad…finally; and voting rights activists are noticing some positive changes in 2014. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez is allegedly served legal papers in regards to Bieber’s recent troubles; The Colbert Report is under fire on Twitter with a #CancelColbert hashtag; and James Van Der Beek admits to doing something illegal for Justin Timberlake.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Dayton Flyers (my alma mater) on making it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament! First time in 30 years. Way to go Flyers!



    Autism rates soar, now affects 1 in 68 children, http://rtvote.com/1myqmpv
    Between 2008 and 2010, Autism rates have climbed nearly 30 percent and have more than doubles since the turn of the century according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new study. The study also points out that Autism is now believed to affect 1 of every 68 eight-year-olds—a dramatic increase. What is driving this increase still remains unknown. Some believe it’s a rise in awareness of the disease while other speculate on environmental reasons.

    Appeals court upholds challenged parts of Texas abortion law, http://rtvote.com/1gJFJtd
    On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld parts of a Texas abortion law which requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away. Planned Parenthood, which led the lawsuit against the bill, claims the law will cause clinics to shut down because hospitals would refuse doctors admitting privileges. This particular legislation, House Bill No.2, first garnered national attention when Senator Wendy Davis (now gubernatorial candidate), led a 13 hour filibuster to try and prevent the bill’s passage. The ruling of this appeal is considered a victory for anti-abortion activists.

    Obama looks to win back Saudi confidence, http://rtvote.com/1pBw6vO
    Continuing on with his diplomatic duties, President Obama is visiting Saudi Arabia to reassure Arab allies that despite troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan and greater energy independence, the United States is not abandoning the Arab world. On his overnight trip there are only two items on his public schedule: a meeting and dinner with King Abdullah at his desert camp.

    Microsoft to Offer Office for iPad, Maybe a Bit Late, http://rtvote.com/QnF8CJ
    It’s finally here! Microsoft introduced the long-awaited suite of applications to the iPad which includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The company’s new chief executive, Satya Nadella, announced a commitment to make the software work on all major computing devices, including those made by its competitors. Microsoft’s decision to bring Office to the Apple device comes after years of development and debate inside the company over implications that could occur against their own technology developments.


    Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction, http://rtvote.com/P1u5hq
    The primary election season is just around the corner, and voting rights activists are identifying some notable changes in relation to laws and restrictions around voting.  Although there have been a flurry of new rules, like the party-line vote for the elimination of a week of early voting in Ohio last month, some activists are noticing fewer restrictions and even some bipartisanship progress. Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University remarked that there has been “a lot of real momentum in 2014, thus far, towards improving our elections both at the states and nationally.” On that note, don’t forget to register to vote ! 


    Selena Gomez Served With Legal Papers, http://rtvote.com/1rKLNVD

    The Colbert Report Tweets Racist Joke, Twitter Users Rally to #CancelColbert, http://rtvote.com/1jYCXy1

    Beyoncé Breaks Down in Tears During Final Carter Show Concert: “I’m Giving Y’all an Ugly Cry!”, http://rtvote.com/1maROGX

    Lady Gaga Celebrates 28th Birthday With Macabre “27 Club” Joke, http://rtvote.com/1pijgVc

    James Van Der Beek Let Underage Justin Timberlake Use His ID in the 90’s, http://rtvote.com/1fsBKfb

    Seth Meyers: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me, http://rtvote.com/P1jwLm

    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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


    Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

    A European Court will allow Britain to extradite terror suspects; the US has seen an increase in cop homicides; a study links x-rays to cancer; Latin American leaders will speak with Obama about a more nuanced drug policy; and Rick Santorum’s daughter has been released from the hospital. Elsewhere, a woman has been arrested for stalking Alec Baldwin, and Bonnie Raitt is back with a new album.

    Aaron + Caitlin


    European Court Says Britain May Send Terror Suspects to U.S., http://nyti.ms/HHbThX
    Britain has finally been allowed to extradite several terror suspects back to the US where they will await trial. The prisoners pled their case at the European Court of Human Rights, saying that the American prison they stand to await trial in does not satisfy European Human Rights Code. Not only did the court decide that the ADX Florence Supermax Prison in Colorado was humane, it also stated that some of the prison’s services go beyond what European prisons offer.

    Even as Violent Crime Falls, Killing of Officers Rises, http://nyti.ms/HYzhKF
    There has been a recent rise in the killing of police officers, even though the total number of murders in the US has decreased. In 2011, 72 officers were killed, almost double the total killed in 2008. Many of the cop-killers were violent offenders who had confrontations with the police before. The upturn in cop homicides has caused the FBI to create a national registry of violent offenders that cops can cross-check at every traffic offense. Specific explanations for the rise in officer murders are eluding those studying the issue.

    Prosecutor in Martin Case Will Alone Determine Its Merits, http://nyti.ms/IdXKe7
    Angela Corey, a notoriously tough Republican Florida State Attorney, has waived a grand jury so that she alone will decide whether or not to file charges against George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Experts have looked at the media surrounding the case and have noted the incredible attention it has received, causing many to wonder how it will affect Corey’s decision. Corey has been described as an overzealous prosecutor,  even claiming that if her mother were to break the law she would have no qualms arresting her.

    Syria has defied pullout deadline, say France, Britain http://f24.my/IsX3RN
    According to France and Britain, Syria has not followed agreed-upon peace terms. The peace plan was crafted by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and called for Syria to pull troops from rebel strongholds. However, evidence shows that Syria is actually sending more reinforcements into those areas, creating a flagrant violation of the agreement. France has also criticized Syria’s shelling of refugees on the other side of the Turkey border.

    For the Elderly, Emergency Rooms of Their Own http://nyti.ms/IHOUnd
    As baby boomers age, the medical care industry has had to keep up with changes. One of these anticipatory moves is the creation of elderly emergency rooms, which are meant to cater to older patients. Obamacare ties hospitals’ performance to customer satisfaction, and these new ERs for seniors have been tremendously popular. Amongst the differences between regular ERs and senior ERs is the use of iPads for communicating between patients, nurses, and doctors.

    Study links dental X-rays to brain tumor risk http://wapo.st/HCNi1a
    The American Cancer Society has released a study in their journal tying a brain tumor to a specific type of x-ray. People with Meningioma were twice as likely to have received a routine bitewing x-ray of their mouth. However, many of those who are sick were exposed to these x-rays in the 1960s when they were more radioactive. Receiving these x-rays before you were 10-years-old increases your chances by 5. Doctors say not to be alarmed, for changes in the profession have made x-rays safer.

    Autism science is moving ‘stunningly fast’ http://usat.ly/HTABer
    Autism has been a hot topic in science lately, leading to incredible research discoveries that have been made in the last few years. Specifically, there have been increases in the brain mapping of autistic children which has helped create new treatments. In this mapping, the brains of autistic children look very similar to functioning brains, but breakthroughs have shown that they are wired slightly different. This new information will improve the quality of life of the quickly growing autistic population.

    Latin American countries pursue alternatives to U.S. drug war http://wapo.st/HWWyJz
    President Obama is headed to a Western Hemisphere summit in Colombia where he will be told that America’s international war on drugs is failing. The current policy has led to the deaths of over 50,000 in Mexico and has created war zones all throughout Latin America. Despite working hard to end the drug trade, virtually no inroads have been made. This has led national leaders to discuss other options, such as decriminalizing possession or legalizing substances like marijuana.

    Birthrate for U.S. teens is lowest in history, http://usat.ly/HEwTJD
    Birthrates for American girls between the ages of 15 and 19 are at their lowest in over 70 years. This curbing of teenage pregnancy is due to recent anti-pregnancy messages and increased use of contraception. Teen pregnancies are almost a third of what they were during the baby boomer peak in 1957 and just over half of what the totals were in 1991. Surveys show that teen girls are as sexually active as they have always been, but are using contraception more frequently.

    Santorum delays campaign return after child released http://usat.ly/Hxua7G
    Rick Santorum canceled his campaign events this morning to take his daughter home from her most recent hospital visit. His daughter, Bella, age three, has Trisomy 18, a rare and deadly disease. Santorum is currently campaigning in his home state of Pennsylvania and is expected to return to the campaign trail later today.


    Melissa Gilbert suffers mild concussion, whiplash on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’http://bit.ly/IfMPUd

    NY cops say stalker professed love to Alec Baldwin, http://bit.ly/HupE4A

    Miss Universe pageant allowing transgender women, http://bit.ly/Io6K2C

    Is Lindsay Lohan Victim of a Setup?, http://bit.ly/IAO5zZ

    Southampton commemorates Titanic anniversary, http://cbsn.ws/HvrmqP

    Bonnie Raitt returns, seven years after her last album, with confident ‘Slipstream,’http://nydn.us/ItiEt3

    Aaron Ghitelman

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