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    News Round-Up: Monday, April 14th, 2014

    Monday, April 14th, 2014

    The man responsible for yesterday’s shooting in Kansas has been arrested; a Utah mom has been arrested after authorities found seven dead babies in her garage; a bus blast in Nigeria kills over 70 people; and President Obama gives his opinion on voter ID laws. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio busts a move at Coachella; the top 5 moments from the MTV Movie Awards have been selected; and a college student’s mispronunciation costs him big time!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Police arrest ‘raging anti-Semite’ in Kansas Jewish center shootings: http://rtvote.com/Rikm7U
    Three people were shot and killed yesterday at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement community in Kansas. The shooter, Frazier Glenn Miller (or Frazier Glenn Cross) is in custody. Miller is a life-long anti-Semitist and both the founder and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan party called the Carolina Knights and the White Patriot Party. He also had an online presence and advocated for the killing of Jews. The 73-year-old perpetrator is being charged with premeditated first degree murder. The victims were an elderly woman at the retirement community and a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather. The boy, Reat Griffin Underwood, was going to the community center to audition for a singing competition. His grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, was driving him there.

    7 dead babies found in Utah mom’s garage: http://rtvote.com/1eqe14n
    The estranged husband of 39-year-old Megan Huntsman was cleaning out his garage when he found the remains of a baby. The police investigated and found the remains of six more, deposited in cardboard boxes. The children had been born between 1996 and 2006. However, no one knew Huntsman was pregnant, despite living with three daughters. The husband also appeared to not know anything about the killings and is not a person of interest. Neighbors never suspected anything, allowing Huntsman to babysit their children and describing her and her family as an average family. One neighbor said “We enjoyed having them as a neighbor. This has just blown us away.” Huntsman is being charged with six counts of murder.

    Nigeria violence: More than 70 killed in Abuja bus blast: http://rtvote.com/1iNlIgW
    A massive explosion occurred at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, as passengers began to board busses and taxis to get to their jobs in the city. Authorities believe that the attack was carried out by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group. It has staged attacks in Abuja before, but most of its attacks have been in the northeastern part of the country, where poverty is rampant. The Abuja Emergency Relief Agency has confirmed that 71 people are dead and 124 are injured. More than 30 vehicles were destroyed and a 4-foot crater was left in the ground. The bomb is suspected to have been located in a vehicle. The police are on “red alert” and are increasing surveillance at possible targets. Boko Haram has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack; if they do, the Nigerian government worries that it means that the militants are expanding their areas of operation.

    Obama says voter rights threatened from ID laws: http://rtvote.com/1gwdxIQ
    On Friday, President Obama addressed voting rights in a speech to a rights group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton called the National Action Network. The president said that the right to vote is threatened by increased legislation making it difficult for people to vote, particularly through the voter ID requirement states are passing. The Justice Department has sued both Texas and North Carolina for their voter ID laws, saying that they are discriminatory towards people who don’t have ID’s, particularly minorities. The increase in voting laws are a direct consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Currently, a bipartisan measure is being passed through the House and Senate that would require states who want to change their voting laws to have their new laws approved by the federal government.

    CULTURAL

    Celeb Coachella sightings! http://rtvote.com/1iND11p

    Watch Leonardo DiCaprio bust a move at Coachella: http://rtvote.com/1hO29nI

    The biggest televised epic fail ever…Wheel of Fortune-style: http://rtvote.com/1iOkFyH

    The top 5 moments from the MTV Movie Awards: http://rtvote.com/1t0OxP8

    The Red Carpet arrivals from the MTV Movie Awards: http://rtvote.com/P0zRPK

    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: Thursday, April 26th, 2012

    Thursday, April 26th, 2012

    An alleged rocket strike kills 70 in Syria; Charles Taylor has been found guilty of aiding Sierra Leone rebels; LAX TSA screeners are being charged with corruption and drug trafficking; the head of the New England mob has been arrested; a suicide bomber kills three at a Nigerian newspaper; and Obama launches the 2012 presidential race with announced campaign stops. Meanwhile, hologram Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes may join TLC for a reunion tour; viewers will have to keep up with the Kardashians for three more years; and a sneak peak at Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” has been released.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Syria: Massive explosion in Hama ‘kills 70,’ http://bbc.in/IefdaO
    A huge explosion in the city of Hama, possibly caused by a rocket strike, has left 70 Syrians dead. Video footage depicts people pulling bodies out of a crater that is too large to be caused by regular shelling. The Syrian government says the explosion is from the blowing up of a terrorist bomb factory. The Arab League has called an emergency meeting to discuss the attack. Only 13 of the 300 U.N. monitors are in Syria.
    Charles Taylor guilty of aiding Sierra Leone war crimes, http://bbc.in/I7Rd3u
    The Hague has found former Liberian leader Charles Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone’s civil war which left 50,000 dead. According to the court, Taylor provided weapons and communications equipment to rebels in return for blood diamonds. Taylor was also found guilty of murder, rape, sexual slavery, cruelty, and enlisting child soldiers. Prosecutors were unable to prove that he commanded the rebels. Taylor is the first head of state to be convicted of war crimes by an international court since the Nuremberg trials
    TSA screeners allegedly let drug couriers through LAX for cash, http://lat.ms/K01ZxU
    Several TSA agents at Los Angeles International Airport have been indicted for corruption and drug trafficking. Allegedly, the agents allowed suitcases filled with cocaine and methamphetamine through airport security in exchange for thousands of dollars. The agents would meet the smugglers, place them in line so that they could check them through the monitoring desk, and then meet them again in the airport bathroom to retrieve their money. The TSA is also facing criticism for patting down a crying four-year-old in Kansas.
    Man Said to Be Acting Head of New England Mob Is Held, http://nyti.ms/Izppsr
    Anthony DiNunzio, the alleged head of the New England mafia, has been arrested after he was recorded bragging that he’d remain the mob’s boss even if he were imprisoned. He was also heard telling members of New York’s Gambino crime family that he would bury disobedient members alive. “You and I get to watch you die in the ground,” he allegedly said. DiNunzio apparently came into power in 2009 and may be responsible for the extortion of Rhode Island strip clubs and other businesses.
    Suicide car bombs hit Nigerian newspaper offices, http://lat.ms/K01ZxU
    Two explosions killed three people at the office of This Day, a newspaper in Nigeria that supports President Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan has been a public target for the Islamist guerilla group Boko Haram, although the group has not taken responsibility for the attack. Witnesses say the suicide bomber drove into the building with a Jeep.
    Obama to launch 2012 campaign with first official rallies in Virginia, Ohio, http://bit.ly/IRtfLN
    The Obama campaign has announced its first official campaign stops. On May 5th, President Obama and Michelle Obama will visit Columbus, OH and Richmond, VA. The president has already been traveling to college campuses in campaign stop fashion. He has been speaking to students about reforming student loan-debt and drawing from personal experience on the issue, “I just want everybody here to understand,” the president said,  ”I didn’t just read about this.
    (via ABC News) Texas Gov. Perry Endorses Romney, http://abcn.ws/IbHuym
    Texas Governor Rick Perry endorsed Mitt Romney today, ahead of Newt Gingrich dropping out of the race, which is expected to happen next week. “Mitt Romney has earned the Republican Presidential nomination through hard-work, a strong organization, and disciplined message of restoring America after nearly four years of failed job-killing policies from President Obama and his administration,” said Perry in a statement.
    CULTURAL:
    This Isn’t Weird at All: Britney Spears’ Fiance Gets Shared Legal Control Over Her, http://bit.ly/IUjUCy

    TLC reuniting for a tour with virtual Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes?, http://on.msnbc.com/IzD9nd

    E! network re-ups the Kardashian crew for three more years of reality TV, http://post.cr/IHtIjZ

    First Look at Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ Is Off The Chain, http://bit.ly/If5S0w

    Katherine Heigl, Josh Kelley Adopt Second Daughter, http://bit.ly/Ic1pu7

    Caitlin Maguire
    Bio: Caitlin is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Rock the Vote
    @caitlinmagu
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com