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    News Round-Up: December 4, 2013

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

    A Hezbollah commander is gunned down; a truck carrying dangerous radioactive substances is stolen in Mexico; and a man survives at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for 3 days. Meanwhile, Kris Jenner and Ben Flajnik enjoy a date night, and Olympian Tom Daley reveals the identity of his 39-year-old, Oscar-winning boyfriend.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Hezbollah commander ‘assassinated’ outside Beirut homehttp://rtvote.com/1izefrb
    Gunmen shot and killed a senior Hezbollah commander on Wednesday, and the Iranian-backed group is blaming Israel for the attack. The commander, Hassan al-Laqis, held some of Hezbollah’s most sensitive portfolios and was close to leader Nasrallah. Israeli officials are denying any involvement. 

    Bill Beckwith, host of HGTV’s ‘Curb Appeal,’ killed in crashhttp://rtvote.com/1jlm4yK
    Just days after Paul Walker died in a tragic auto accident, we lose yet another celebrity in a similar situation. Bill Beckwith, host of HGTV’s ‘Curb Appeal’, passed away Monday night in a motorcycle accident, where his bike collided with another vehicle in San Francisco.  Beckwith was only 38 years old. Rest in peace, Bill. You will be missed.

    Mexican truck with radioactive load stolenhttp://rtvote.com/18CvQe2
    The International Atomic Energy Agency says a truck carrying an extremely dangerous radioactive substance has been stolen in Tepojaco, Mexico. The truck was carrying cobalt-60, which is used for radiotherapy treatment to combat cancer. The U.N. nuclear agency warns that the load will be “extremely dangerous” if damaged or removed from its protective shielding.

    Police: Teacher flees U.S. after sex abuse allegationshttp://rtvote.com/1azdhBj
    Yee Tak Sharon Kui, 25, taught at The Frost School, a private education school for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Police began investigating sex abuse allegations against Kui, and they believe she was texting a 15-year-old autistic boy and had sex with him twice. Kui, facing charges, has fled to China to avoid prosecution; Montgomery County police are requesting Kui’s extradition by Chinese authorities.

    Nigerian man survives 3 days at bottom of Atlantichttp://rtvote.com/189IOPK
    At the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, divers were pulling corpses out of a sunken tugboat – and then a hand suddenly grabbed one of the divers. Harrison Odjegba Okene, the boat’s Nigerian cook, survived for three days by breathing the oxygen in a small air pocket. The temperature dropped to freezing, and Okene was dressed only in boxer shorts. None of the other 11 crewmembers survived.

     

    CULTURAL

    Kris Jenner and Ben Flajnik Have “Date Night” at Nobu, Beyonce Concert, http://rtvote.com/18lXlmj

    Olympian Tom Daley’s Oscar-Winning Boyfriend Revealed: Find Out Who He Is, http://rtvote.com/18lXEgR

    Keira Knightley Wears Her Chanel Haute Couture Wedding Dress on the Red Carpet for the Second Time,http://rtvote.com/1kaTRIv

    Jason Biggs: Paul Walker-Inspired Tip Jars at Coffee Bean Seem “Exploitive” and “in Poor Taste,”http://rtvote.com/190Ubbi

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    Rock the Vote at Lollapalooza 2011!

    Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

    The first Lollapalooza took place in 1991, when Rock the Vote was a one-year-old organization. The founder of the renowned music festival, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, wanted it to include a mixture of music and politics; thus, Farrell decided to bring on Rock the Vote to register voters at the first ever Lollapalooza. 20 years later, and Rock the Vote is still a presence at the festival.

    For the fourth year in a row, Rock the Vote was inside the festival registering hundreds of Lolla attendees and educating them about new voter laws. Rock the Vote and Headcount partnered to mobilize the volunteers, all of which had a great time talking to festival go-ers and seeing the shows.

    In addition to being on-the-ground inside the festival, Rock the Vote continued the tradition of being a part of the BMF Music Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel, where almost all of the festival’s performing artists came through to stop by and say hi to Rock the Vote. The artists were gifted by top brands and were offered haircuts, make-overs, and even free tattoos.

    As for the after-parties, Rock the Vote was part of the coveted Belve Nights parties at the W City Center Hotel. The party was a huge success and was filled to capacity both nights.  Friday night the party was partnered with VH1’s You Oughta Know new artist program. VH1 brought in performances by Two Door Cinema Club and Fitz and the Tantrums, along with DJ sets from Danny Masterson (aka Momjeans), White Shadow, and Grace Potter.  Saturday night ended with a performance by The Black Lips and DJ sets with Elijah Wood and Ana Calderon.

    Thanks to BMF Media, C3, Head Count, and Giant Noise for all their hard work around Rock the Vote and Lollapalooza.  We also want to give a special thank you to John Legend, who was in town for the weekend playing 3 sold-out nights opening for Sade. He invited Rock the Vote and a few special supporters to his concert that weekend; the lucky few even got to meet him backstage.

    Also, thanks again to all of the artists who came by and either did an interview or signed the Asahi guitar: OK GO, Beirut, Deluka, Fitz and the Tantrums, Dom, Kerli (in home-made shoes), Iration, Rockie Fresh, Local Natives, Mayer Hawthorne, Lissie, Kid Sister, Smith Westerns, Electric Touch, Taylor Momsen (who just turned 18!) & The Pretty Reckless, Young the Giant, Kids These Days, Skylar Grey, The Black Lips, and Ellie Goulding.  We even had Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin’ from Superbad) autograph the guitar! Click here to enter to win it: http://www.buzznet.com/cp/asahiguitargiveaway/

    We can’t wait for Lollapalooza 2012, when the election will be just 3 months away!  If you want the chance to be the first to know about ticket give-aways, access to exclusive parties, and volunteering with Rock the Vote, be sure to sign up here: http://www.rockthevote.com/.

    ‘Til Next Year!

    Kelly Fogel, Director of Artist Relations

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