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    News Round-Up: October 30, 2013

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologizes at a hearing; retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor officiates a gay marriage ceremony; and a wine shortage hits the world (oh, say it ain’t so). Meanwhile, Chris Brown returns to rehab, and Ashton Kutcher expands his ever-growing resumé with Lenovo.

    -Sandy + Maura


    Health chief Sebelius apologizes for botched websitehttp://rtvote.com/1gciabr
    At today’s hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, formally apologized for the technical problems Healthcare.gov has been experiencing. More Republicans are calling for her resignation, and the panel intensely scrutinized Sebelius and the sub par performance of the healthcare website. The Obama administration has vowed to fix these issues by the end of November.

    After Retired Justice O’Connor Performs Their Wedding, Gay Couple Celebrates “Wonderful Day”,http://rtvote.com/1gcl146
    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor officiated the wedding of Jeff Trammell and Stuart Serkin. She is the second official of the High Court to have officiated a gay marriage ceremony; the first was current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Once considered a conservative justice, O’Connor was nominated to the bench by President Reagan and retired in 2006.

    Thirsty? There’s a global wine shortagehttp://rtvote.com/1h0vXmS
    Brace yourselves. There’s a wine shortage in the world. Global production fell by more than 5% last year, the lowest it’s been since the 1960s, while demand continues to increase. The main cause for the decrease in production was bad weather in France and Argentina. The French consume the most wine, followed by Americans and then the Chinese. Although the U.S. wine making industry is growing, don’t expect global wine production to improve anytime soon.

    Brazilian Footballer’s Decapitated Head Reportedly Sent to Wife by Drug Lordshttp://rtvote.com/1gcpnZ6
    Former pro Brazilian soccer player Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos was kidnapped and decapitated by suspected drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro. His head was sent to his wife’s residence on the morning of October 29. Police are unsure why Santos was targeted. Brazilian soccer is often linked to gang activity.

    Baylor students seek to remove gay ban from student codehttp://rtvote.com/1h0AMfN
    The student senate of Baylor University, a private Baptist school, voted to propose that university officials remove “homosexual acts” from the school’s sexual misconduct code. The proposal will go on to the Baylor University Board of Regents for review. Seems like a win for progress and equality? Not quite. One Baylor student says this rewording does not mean they are advocating homosexuality; they are simply not pinpointing homosexuals anymore: “It is saying homosexual acts are wrong but heterosexual acts committed outside of marriage are also wrong.”


    Joanne Bamberger discusses how certain voting models are compromising the rights of married or divorced women in “Voter ID laws threaten women’s rights,” http://rtvote.com/1gcv2hO

    Sally Kohn explains why losing your current healthcare plan under Obamacare is not something to cry over in “A canceled health plan is a good thing,” http://rtvote.com/1f482P4


    Chris Brown Kisses Karrueche Tran Before Heading to Rehab, http://rtvote.com/1f48cWG

    Kristin Cavallari Pregnant with Baby No. 2, http://rtvote.com/1h0PUtI

    Former Full House Child Star Blake McIver Now a Sexy Go-Go Dancer, http://rtvote.com/1h0Qec0

    Ashton Kutcher Hired as a Product Engineer to Help Design Tablets for Lenovo, http://rtvote.com/1f48Lj7


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


    Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

    Yahoo will layoff 14 percent of the company; Romney sweeps yesterday’s primaries; 30 people are pepper-sprayed at a Santa Monica College protest; a string of tornadoes hits Texas; a blast at a theater in Somalia kills several Somali sports officials; and the violence in Syria continues despite upcoming cease-fire demands. Meanwhile, Dumb and Dumber 2 is set to film with the original leading cast; Baylor wins the NCAA Women’s National Championship; and Ryan Gosling saves a woman from a potential taxi accident.

    Kelly H. + Caitlin


    30 people pepper-sprayed at Santa Monica College course fees protest, http://on.msnbc.com/HgyIvs
    Police pepper-sprayed 30 people as students tried to overtake a Santa Monica College trustee board meeting in protest over proposed course fee increases. So far only minor injuries have been reported, with five people seeking further treatment from the spraying. Amid chants of “let us in, let us in,” and “no cuts, no fee, education should be free,” police were said to have released the spray within arm’s length of their targets. The board meeting was scheduled to discuss a highly contested tiered payment program. Students and faculty complain that the program would make basic courses during in-demand summer terms almost four times as expensive.

    Tornado-Wrecked Dallas Begins Assessing Damage, http://n.pr/HTN0ng
    Videos of violently soaring tractor trailers 100 feet in the air are now flooding local weather channels, but residents of Dallas, Texas are relieved that there have been no reported deaths after devastating tornadoes made their way to Fort Worth yesterday. The National Weather Service reports that almost a dozen twisters touched down in the area. Though there is no death toll, and only a few reports of injury, thousands have been left without power and about 650 homes have been seriously damaged. The Weather Channel has issued warnings for most of the Southeast, highlighting parts of Texas, northern Florida, Kansas, and Virginia.

    Somalia sports officials killed in theatre bombing, http://bbc.in/HZ7Mym
    A blast struck a newly re-opened national theatre in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing seven members of Somalia’s Olympic committee and football heads. The militant al-Shabab group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was also subject to the blast, but he has not reported injuries. The president of the Somali Olympic Committee and Somali Football Federation chief were both killed. The group had gathered at the theatre to celebrate the first anniversary of Somalia’s national television station.

    Violence as Syrian gov’t claims troop pullout, http://cbsn.ws/HTmmMm
    Even though the Syrian government announced it would withdraw troops from some cities in accordance with an international demand for cease-fire, explosions still continued across Homs as more clashes were reported. Syrian troops have been spotted carrying out raids and arrests in the suburbs of the Damascus capital. A Syrian government official stated Tuesday evening that Syrian troops had started pulling out from “calm” cities and were headed back to their bases. The announcement of the pull-out started a week ahead of a deadline given by the U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. Annan’s plan requires regime forces to withdraw from towns and cities and observe a cease-fire by April 10, with rebel fighters immediately following the same action.

    Romney Adds 3 Victories and Clashes With Obama, http://nyti.ms/HmvXWI
    Mitt Romney swept the primary contest yesterday, winning Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia. However, news experts were more intrigued by the words exchanged between Romney’s campaign and President Obama. At a meeting in Washington, President Obama mocked Romney for using the word “marvelous” to describe a proposed budget, and Romney ripped into Obama, saying “President Obama thinks he’s doing a good job — I’m not kidding.” Among Romney’s wins, Wisconsin seemed the most notable since Romney was able to garner the more conservative voters that align with candidate Rick Santorum, namely evangelical Christians. Santorum said he would continue campaigning in the upcoming primaries, looking ahead to his home state of Pennsylvania on April 24.

    (via Yahoo News) Santorum says GOP contest only at halftime: Republican Rick Santorum said Tuesday night his presidential campaign would continue despite triple losses to rival Mitt Romney in primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.”There are no marching bands. We’re hitting the field. The clock starts tonight,” Santorum told a sparsely attended election night party outside Pittsburgh. Santorum said the GOP contest had only reached halftime, with half of the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination having been selected. However, The Associated Press count of delegates showed Romney leading the race for delegates with at least 646 delegates. Santorum had just 272. Santorum’s defiance did little to mask his poor showing Tuesday, particularly in Wisconsin, where he campaigned heavily for several days and where an allied independent group spent nearly $900,000 on television ads. Exit polls taken for the AP and the television networks found Romney winning blue-collar and very conservative voters in Wisconsin, http://yhoo.it/HnFYCs

    Yahoo Announces Layoffs: 2,000 Jobs Cut, http://huff.to/Hq1LcS
    As new CEO Scott Thompson settles in, Yahoo is laying off 2,000 employees, which is about 14 percent of the company. The layoff is the sixth of its kind in the past four years. The last largest Yahoo layoff was only comprised of 1,500 workers in 2008. This layoff is projected to save Yahoo $375 million per year. Before coming to Yahoo, CEO Thompson ran online payment service PayPal.


    ‘Dumb and Dumber 2′: Director says sequel filming this year, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, http://bit.ly/HbEzFl

    Olbermann: ‘I Screwed Up,’ But Current TV Had Problems, http://n.pr/HpWjXl

    Baylor Wins NCAA Women’s National Championship: Notre Dame Comes Up Short Again, http://huff.to/HLLnc3

    Brittney Griner taunts upset Baylor coach, http://bit.ly/Hg8cX1

    Mattel to Create Bald Barbie for Kids Dealing with Hair Loss, http://bit.ly/HXRLbN

    Breaking: Ryan Gosling Saves British Woman From Taxi Collision on 6th Ave, http://bit.ly/Hf1b4M

    Ryan Seacrest to Join NBC for Summer Olympics Coverage, http://eonli.ne/Hg2AHV

    Kutcher offends country stars at ACMA’s, http://thedc.com/HUrNaz

    Kelly Holleran

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