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    News Round-Up: Friday, February 14, 2014

    Friday, February 14th, 2014

    Tens of thousands evacuate Indonesia after volcanic eruption; Facebook adds up to 10 gender pronoun choices; snow hits hard on the East Coast; and President Obama announces a $1 billion climate fund proposal. Meanwhile, the day you’ve been LONG waiting for has arrived—House of Cards Season 2 is on Netflix!; an Olympic skier saves some adorable puppies in Sochi; and in celebration of Valentine’s Day, we have a list of 21 awkward greeting cards that will make your sides hurt with laughter.

    Happy Valentine’s Day Rockers!

    -Maura

     

    CRUCIAL 

    D.C. Region Begins Digging Out After Major Snowstorm Finally Moves On, http://rtvote.com/MRS1m3 Grab your snow boots and watch out for the ice! Another snowstorm swept through the region yesterday, blanketing major parts of the East Coast. The wintry onslaught left at least 21 people dead, including a pregnant woman who was struck by a snowplow in New York City. On Wednesday and Thursday, the snowstorm moved up from the South and left 1.2 million utility customers without power. And, as for snow coverage, the Northeast region near Pennsylvania got more than 22 inches and parts of upstate New York got 27!

    Indonesia Volcano Erupts; 76,000 Evacuated, Most of Java’s Airport Shut, http://rtvote.com/1dsISL8
    The Mount Kelud volcano, located in the province of East Java in Indonesia, erupted Thursday night sending 10 miles of ash into the air. Over 76,000 people have now fled their homes and flights across most of Java, Indonesia’s densely populated island, were grounded. Mount Kelud is one of 130 active volcanoes in the world’s fourth most populous country, which sits along the “Ring of Fire” volcanic belt around the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

    Vladimir Putin Visits Team USA in Sochi, http://rtvote.com/1nyRPUd
    Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the USA House, which is a meeting place for the athletes and their families. The visit had been kept low key, and visitors at the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters were stunned when he appeared. Mr. Putin has been making his rounds sporadically at national organizing committee spotlights.

    Facebook Opens Up LBGTQ-Friendly Gender Identity And Pronoun Options, http://rtvote.com/1bRXkIm Facebook recently updated gender options for their users.  Aside from the usual “male” and “female” options, users can choose up to 10 different gender definitions to describe themselves out of more than 50 options.  Some of those options include, “cisgender”, “transgender”, and “intersex.” Not only will the gender choice show up on the user’s About page, but it will show up in all other pronouns on the site that refer to that user.

    Obama to propose $1 billion climate fund, http://rtvote.com/1kHD0Se
    In an effort to bring climate change to the forefront, President Obama is preparing to ask Congress to set up a $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund” in his proposed budget next month. According to the White House, the fund would go to research on the projected impacts of climate change, help communities prepare for climate change’s effects, and fund “breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure.” On Friday, the President will travel to Fresno, California to discuss the impact of drought in the Western U.S. and to announce his climate fund proposal.

    CULTURAL

    Skier Gus Kenworthy Proves His Heart of Gold By Saving Puppies in Sochi, http://rtvote.com/MPtvlE

    The Coolest Teachers Ever Announce Snow Day With Hilarious Rap,http://rtvote.com/1btlluR

    21 Awkward Valentine’s Day Cards For Your Confusing Modern Relationship, http://rtvote.com/1c3KhHg

    Bethenny Frankel’s Daytime Talk Show Cancelled, Not Renewed for Second Season, http://rtvote.com/1dPCppi

    President Obama’s Twitter Account: No ‘House of Cards’ Spoilers,http://rtvote.com/1gAmTly

    Maura
    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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

    Syria receives arms from Sudan; jurors discuss disagreements in Boston mobster case; and near-death experience may be categorized by heightened electrical surge in the brain. Meanwhile, the best-dressed stars from 2013 Teen Choice Awards are announced; Justin Bieber breaks a charity record; and Bethenny Frankel talks about her divorce.

    - Maura + Ally

    CRUCIAL

    Army Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syrian Rebels, http://rtvote.com/16IAyAX
    In Syria, rebels have not received support from the West and thus have struggled to arm themselves. Now, they have found Sudan as a supplier. This was surprising because of  Sudan’s international arms embargo, and the country’s close ties with Iran (a supporter of the Syrian government).

    Bulger juror describes “stressful” deliberationshttp://rtvote.com/16IAIIu
    On Monday, Boston mobster James Bulger was convicted of a series of gang crimes. A juror on the trial discusses the case as unbelievable yet compelling, but says that there was disagreement among the jurors. 

    Hannah Anderson didn’t know kidnapper killed family, http://rtvote.com/13VZPc8
    After 6 days at the mercy of her kidnapper James DiMaggio, Hannah Anderson returned home without any prior knowledge of the brutal fate of her mother and brother.

    Near-death experiences are ‘electrical surge in dying brain,’ http://rtvote.com/13W04nI
    A new study finds that the brain is more active during a dying state than while the body and mind are awake. This may explain the heightened consciousness people experience in near-death situations.

    N.C. sued soon after voter ID bill signed into law, http://rtvote.com/16IApgR
    North Carolina’s Governor, Patrick McCrory, has signed the state’s new voting bill into law, preventing or impeding many of the state’s citizens from voting. On Monday, several civil rights groups filed lawsuits in federal court challenging the law.

    CULTURAL

    Selena Gomez, Nina Dobrev and More Best Dressed Stars at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, http://rtvote.com/1a29X6N

    Filmmaker George Lucas, wife welcome baby girl via surrogate, http://rtvote.com/13W0BWH

    Justin Bieber Breaks Charity Record After Granting 200th Wish, http://rtvote.com/16ID6io

    Bethenny Frankel Talks “Brutal” Divorce, http://rtvote.com/1a2amX4

    Ally.f@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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