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    News Round-Up: Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Thursday, April 10th, 2014

    A possible norovirus outbreak cripples a cruise ship; an arrest warrant is out for the man responsible for a day care center crash; new details emerge on yesterday’s Pennsylvania high school stabbing; and healthcare enrollment reaches 7.5 million. Meanwhile, Naya Rivera and Big Sean split; Jimmy Fallon performs a Tom Petty classic with a special guest; and BREAKING NEWS: Stephen Colbert has been chosen to replace David Letterman as the host of The Late Show!

    - Veronica + Maura


    Stomach illness hits 83 on cruise ship; may be norovirus: http://rtvote.com/1qkWzAd
    Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy says that 66 passengers and 17 crewmembers on the Crown Princess cruise ship came down with a “quickly-spreading digestive bug.” All of the illnesses have been isolated in their cabins, and the ship has undergone extensive sanitation procedures. Princess Cruises believe that norovirus, a quickly-spreading stomach virus that is highly contagious, is the cause. Norovirus has plagued a few cruise ships over the past few months. Norovirus affects many people on land, but is more reported via cruise ships because heath officials from cruise lines track the disease. The close quarters on a cruise ship make it easy for the disease to spread.

    Authorities issue arrest warrant in deadly Florida day care center crash: http://rtvote.com/1lMZwrf
    On Thursday, police issued an arrest warrant for Robert Corchado. Authorities believe that his SUV hit another car and cashed it into a Florida day care center, killing one child and injuring 14 others. Corchado’s car was found abandoned after he fled the scene. Police also believe that Corchado was trying to flee the area when the accident occurred. The driver of the car that crashed into the day care center due to Corchado’s actions was not injured and remained at the scene.

    After PA school stabbing, authorities and community ask: ‘Why?’: http://rtvote.com/1sGqa9i
    Although new details about yesterday’s school stabbing in Murrysville near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have emerged, authorities are still trying to determine a motive. The perpetrator, 16-year-old Alex Hribal, has been described as “quiet” and “having few friends,” but was also thought to be a “really nice kid.” Murrysville Police Chief Tom Seefeld believes that the stabbing was a random act of violence since, at this point, no one was known to be targeted. Hribal also is stated to come from a good, solid, normal family with no history of abuse or violence. Hribal is being charged with four counts of attempted murder and 21 counts of aggravated assault and is being held without bail. Four of the 21 people injured were injured seriously; one of the four’s injuries are so grave that he or she is not expected to survive.

    UConn sorority suspended for alleged hazing: http://rtvote.com/1edNkQd
    The University of Connecticut chapter of the Delta Zeta sorority has been put under an interim suspension after reports of hazing reached school officials. Among other things, members of the sorority have been accused of forcing men in a UConn fraternity to “consume alcohol and eat dog treats,” according to the reports in The Hartford Courant, a local newspaper. Both the national and UConn chapters of Delta Zeta have not commented on the alleged offences, which occurred in a UConn residence hall. This is the third Greek organization to be suspended over the last few months for hazing reports.

    Health exchange enrollment reaches 7.5 million: http://rtvote.com/1iy56JT
    As of Thursday, 7.5 million people have enrolled for health insurance. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Senate panel Thursday that since last week, 400,000 additional people have signed up for the Affordable Care Act. 11.7 million people have also been found to be eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The official closure of enrollment was on March 31st, but enrollment continues because thousands of people had started the enrollment process but hadn’t been able to finish enrolling by the deadline.


    No more wedding bells for Big Sean and Naya Rivera: http://rtvote.com/1kNZiyN

    Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique might be the next X-Men spinoff: http://rtvote.com/1lTaHkK

    Jimmy Fallon (aka Tom Petty) and Stevie Nicks perform a classic: http://rtvote.com/1lN7ErN

    DEVELOPING: David Letterman to be replaced by… Stephen Colbert! http://rtvote.com/1iAIvxv

    Kendall and Kylie Jenner react to a prank gone wrong! http://rtvote.com/1hllwsR

    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, July 8, 2011

    Friday, July 8th, 2011

    The unemployment rate rose to 9.2% in June, the space shuttle Atlantis is set to launch, British Prime Minister Cameron orders two inquiries into the News of the World scandal, seven people have been killed in a shooting spree in Michigan, southern Sudan gains independence, and a cancer patient has been saved by the first ever synthetic windpipe transplant.

    Also, The Miami Herald discusses how new voter id laws affect young voters.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    (via POLITICO Breaking News) The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent in June, the Labor Department reported Friday morning. The economy added 18,000 jobs last month, the report says.

    Space shuttle Atlantis ready for launch; weather may not be, http://bit.ly/pebii8

    Space shuttle Atlantis is set to launch for the 33rd time today. The shuttle is scheduled to take off at 11:26 AM with a year’s worth of supplies for the International Space Station. Poor weather in Florida could delay the launch until tomorrow.

    Cameron Orders Two Inquiries Into Hacking Scandal as Former Aide Is Arrested, http://nyti.ms/qC6GxG

    Andy Coulson, the former editor of The News of the World (the tabloid being charged with phone hacking and corruption) was arrested by British police on Friday.  Coulson was once a senior aide to Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr. Cameron is ordering two separate inquiries into the tabloid scandal.

    “No sense” to ex-con’s shooting spree in Mich., http://bit.ly/pTrFyW

    Police are still trying to understand the motives that led Rodrick Dantzler of Grand Rapids, MI, to kill not only seven people, but also himself. Two of his victims were his ex-girlfriend and daughter. He took a houseful of strangers hostage before turning his gun on himself.

    South Sudan secedes amid tensions,

    Southern Sudan is celebrating its independence after a peace process made possible by successive U.S. presidents.  North and South Sudan are divided over issues including how to delineate the countries’ border, divide the oil revenue, and determine control over the region of Abyei.

    Mexican Citizen Is Executed as Justices Refuse to Step In,

    The Supreme Court voted 5-4 against the Obama administration’s request to stay the execution of a Mexican citizen who raped and killed a 16-year-old girl. The man was not informed of his right to contact his consulate, which is against international law. Despite worries about the execution’s effect on world diplomacy, the man was executed an hour after the court made its ruling.

    New voter ID legislation sparks debate among young voters, http://bit.ly/qMWgK9

    The Miami Herald reports on the backlash new voter ID laws have caused many young voters. Former President Bill Clinton spoke out against the “pervasive political movement” that discourages young Americans and minorities from voting.

    Florida GOP leaders push for early primary date, despite threat from RNC, http://politi.co/ndC5qG

    Only a few states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, are allowed to hold their primaries before “Super Tuesday;” Florida Republicans are hoping to join the ranks of these states. Even with the RNC threatening to cut its delegates in half, FL GOP leaders hope to have more influence on the nomination with an earlier date. Florida Democrats tried the same in 2008, only to lose all of their delegates.

    Patient Saved By Synthetic Windpipe Transplant in Medical First, http://fxn.ws/n2Ea3T

    Swedish surgeons successfully transplanted a synthetic windpipe into a man diagnosed with cancer. The surgery was the first transplant of a synthetic organ. The artificial organ was grown from stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow.


    J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson in Tears at Harry Potter Premiere, http://bit.ly/pqT6Dp

    Meet Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s Son, Egypt! http://eonli.ne/n5eKU7

    Jay-Z Has Started Next Solo Album, http://bit.ly/rfpJ66

    ‘Modern Family’ recasting baby Lily, http://on-msn.com/nZiKLB

    Big Sean Is ‘The Next Generation Of Hip-Hop,’ http://on.mtv.com/pBHwIA

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

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