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    News Round-Up: Thursday, February 20, 2014

    Thursday, February 20th, 2014

    Ukrainian protest deaths climb to 100; DC to push voting rights for congressional representatives; and the death penalty could be the end result for a child kidnapper and murderer. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio talks about marriage; celebrities duke it out by playing charades; and Lorde talks about her fashion icons.

    - Veronica + Maura


    CRUCIAL

    Truce crumbles amid gunfire in Ukraine; protesters claim 100 dead: http://rtvote.com/1glfTaw
    The truce reached between Ukrainian protesters and their government has fallen apart after another 100 protesters were killed on Thursday. Another 500 were injured. The government has not released its casualty figures, but reports state that 25 police officers have been injured. A doctor who had volunteered to help the wounded protesters believes that the government has been using snipers to target protesters. Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics wore black bands and held a moment of silence to mourn the fallen.

    DC to push voting rights support in New Hampshire: http://rtvote.com/1eaLppd
    Washington DC councilmember David Catania will travel to New Hampshire to plead his case before a committee from the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Catania plans to get New Hampshire congressmen and women to support voting rights for DC congressional representatives. This would give full congressional representation to the district. The executive director of DC Vote will also testify.

    Homeland Security alerts airlines to possible shoe-bomb threat: http://rtvote.com/MeFqsA
    Homeland Security officials believe that there is a credible threat to passenger jet attacks through use of shoe-bombs. Airlines will now pay even closer attention to shoes of passengers, including “explosive trace detection swabs” to check for explosive material, particularly on flights headed to the United States. Although there is no specific attack planned, nor are the threats particular to any country or airline, Homeland Security believes that there is enough of a threat that travelers should be warned of extra screenings.

    Suspect in killing of MO girl could face death penalty: http://rtvote.com/1oWnpPp
    45-year-old middle school employee Craig Michael Wood has been accused with kidnapping, armed criminal action, and murdering 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Wood was tracked by the help of witnesses and brought to police for questioning. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities found Owens’s body at Wood’s home. Wood may face the death penalty at his trial.

    2 Americans found dead on “Captain Phillips” ship: http://rtvote.com/OeDIt4
    American security officers Mark Kennedy and Jeffrey Reynolds have been found dead on the Maersk Alabama container ship. Both men worked for a Virginia-based security firm. The cause of death for both men is unknown at this time, and a police investigation is ongoing. The Maersk Alabama gained notoriety after being targeted by Somali pirates in 2009; the movie Captain Phillips is named after it.

    CULTURAL 

    That 70s Show star is a dad! http://rtvote.com/OeFMBj

    Celebrity charades showdown on The Tonight Show: http://rtvote.com/1fCrws9

    It’s here! See the Bonnaroo 2014 music festival lineup: http://rtvote.com/1gloSsm

    Leonardo DiCaprio talks marriage: http://rtvote.com/1glpmOZ

    Who are Lorde’s fashion icons? http://rtvote.com/1mehym2

    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, June 14, 2013

    Friday, June 14th, 2013

    More gene tests become available, the U.S. plans to send weapons to Syrian rebels; the Turkish Prime Minister hands over park project decision to court; two are found dead as a result of the Colorado wildfire; many women working for the CIA still encounter a glass ceiling; and a Nazi leader is living in the U.S. Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons cancels their trip to Bonnaroo, and Jack Johnson saves the day by filling in.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    After Patent Ruling, Availability of Gene Tests Could Broaden, http://nyti.ms/1ab7UvC
    The Supreme Court recently ruled that human genes cannot be patented, and now many laboratories are announcing that they are offering genetic testing for breast cancer risk, making genetic testing more affordable and available. Myriad Genetics, a company that once monopolized the industry of genetics, now has competition, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling. Managing director of GeneDx, Sherri Bale, explains, “This is going to make a lot more genetic tests available, especially for rare diseases.”

    U.S. Is Said to Plan to Send Weapons to Syrian Rebels, http://nyti.ms/14zMOEx
    After concluding that Syria has been using chemical weapons, the Obama administration has decided to supply the rebels with small arms and ammunition. The CIA is responsible for coordinating this assistance, and it is said that this has been a long discussed approach to helping fight the Syrian civil war.

    Turkish PM to delay Istanbul park project, http://aje.me/16lz9AR
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Edorgan has resolved to delay the park project until a court rules on it. Erdogan met with representatives of protest group Taksim Solidarity in addition to actors and artists on Thursday and promised them he would let the court rule whether or not to proceed with the project.

    2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire, http://cbsn.ws/11LcWvh
    Two people’s remains have been found in an area burned by the wildfire that has been sweeping across Colorado. The fire has burnt down at least 360 houses and another 1,000 homes have been evacuated. The fire is currently only five percent contained, and is likely to top the charts as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history.

    Many women in CIA still encounter glass ceiling, agency report says, http://wapo.st/142hj3M
    It is apparent that the glass ceiling still remains in the CIA, one of the governments largest and most powerful agencies. Avril D. Haines was appointed to deputy director of the CIA, a position never before held by a woman. Although women make up 46 percent of the CIA’s work force, only 19 percent were promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service last year. Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus was concerned by these numbers and decided to delve deeper into the CIA’s work culture. It appears that this has been a long-standing issue, one perpetuated by the fact that the CIA does not effectively address work-life balance.

    Commander in SS-led unit living in US, http://bit.ly/14AwG5I
    A chief commander of a Nazi SS-led unit has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II. He apparently lied about his Nazi involvement to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living here ever since. It is unsure whether or not

    Analysis: Whatever the Supreme Court decides, marriage equality faces more legal challenges, http://bit.ly/11ANt3q
    According to Joan Biskupic, no matter what decision the U.S. Supreme Court comes out with this month with regard to gay marriage, there are likely to be many more years of legal debate following the decision. Out of the dozens of cases left for the Supreme Court to decide on however, it seems that the two cases involving gay rights have garnered the most attention.

    CULTURAL:

    Mumford & Sons Cancel 2013 Bonnaroo, Telluride Appearances as Band’s Bassist Released From Hospital, http://eonli.ne/161ibqH

    Joanna Krupa Is Married: Real Housewives of Miami Star Ties the Knot With Romain Zago, http://eonli.ne/161lvSU

    Selena Gomez Has a Baby Sister! Demi Lovato Congratulates Singer and Mom Mandy on New Arrival, http://eonli.ne/1a9kawC

    Jack Johnson At Bonnaroo: Singer Steps In For Mumford & Sons After Cancellation, http://huff.to/17M3tbe

    Matt Damon In ‘Bridesmaids’? Paul Feig Says Cameo Almost Happened, http://huff.to/13IRDJe

    alexis.m@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday February 16, 2011

    Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

    President Obama is putting his foot down on big defense budget cuts, Madoff is pointing out the banks for being complicit in his scheme, and Schwarzenegger might be making his way back to the box office.

    CRUCIAL

    Barack Obama Plays Hardball with Veto Threat, http://politi.co/gvln27

    President Obama says that he is open to furthering budget cuts, but not ones that will make the Pentagon and the Department of Defense unworkable.

    Bernie Madoff, Banks “Had To Know ” Of Fraud, http://huff.to/fs5eQQ

    Despite denial of any involvement, Madoff claims that the banks could not possibly have been ignorant as to the fraud he was committing.

    The Future of a Democratic Egypt, http://wapo.st/eMxrQo

    Condoleezza Rice stands by her 2005 remarks that the United States supports Egypt in its quest for peace, and that although turmoil may lie in the immediate future, the ideals behind it will stand the test of time.

    Role for Teachers Is Seen in Solving Schools’ Crises, http://nyti.ms/fLlzKw

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asserted his view that teachers unions can be utilized to help, not hinder, many of the problems schools are facing. Many Republicans and some Democrats disagree with Duncan on the role of teachers unions.

    Egypt’s Leaders Found ‘Off’ Switch for Internet, http://nyti.ms/hMozFh

    Egypt was able to shut down the internet for 5 whole days nation wide based on the fact that they own the infrastructure through which the information flows. This shut down not only affected individuals, but also impacted businesses with online components.

    Conservative GOP Could Prompt Some to Skip Iowa, http://bit.ly/dQDTuQ

    Iowa may no longer be as important to presidential hopefuls as it grows more and more conservative.

    Gaffes Continue to Hamper Braun, http://bit.ly/fhPjj1

    Many wonder whether Braun’s charming personality and people skills will be able to win her enough votes to compensate for a rocky, controversial political past.

    Killers Frontman Eats with Romney, http://bit.ly/eYig3d

    It’s hard to say whether Romney sought out Brandon Flowers in order to capture a larger portion of the youth vote, or if Flowers is following in long time friend Bono’s footsteps and becoming politically engaged, but either way the unlikely pair have a strategy up their sleeves.

    CULTURAL:

    Watson: 1, Humans: 0: http://bit.ly/hkP1so

    He’s back: http://bit.ly/hNiq0m

    Bonnaroo reveals initial lineup: http://bit.ly/iBHC

    Katy Perry and Kanye star in new music video: http://bit.ly/dZOref

    Billy Ray scared for Miley: http://bit.ly/f0tWWe

    Lil Wayne challenges Oreos for more Facebook “likes”: http://aol.it/i2yovN

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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