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    News Round-Up: September 9, 2013

    Monday, September 9th, 2013

    Tensions remain high in the U.S. over Syria crisis; YouTube confession case close to indictment; a new Van Gogh painting is discovered; and the owner of POLITICO buys Capital New York.  Meanwhile, One Direction star vomits on camera; Kate Winslet shows off her baby bump; and Wentworth Miller opens up about his thoughts of suicide.
    -Maura

    CRUCIAL 

    Bashar al-Assad: US will pay price for Syria strikehttp://rtvote.com/1e90D3X
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the U.S. would “pay the price” for any strike against Syria. He told a U.S. broadcaster that strikes would increase instability and lead to the spread of terrorism in the region & that there is “no evidence” that government forces used chemical weapons again its own people.

    YouTube confession case going to grand juryhttp://rtvote.com/17Rw3EP
    Twenty-two year old Ohioan, Matthew Cordie will be indicted as early as today on charges of vehicular homicide after his YouTube confession that drew in 1.2 million views. In the video, Cordie admits to driving drunk, crashing into a jeep and killing its driver.

    Trail Life USA, The ‘Other’ Boy Scouts of Americahttp://rtvote.com/1e98j6e
    Three months after the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to welcome openly gay scouts, a new faith-based organization has emerged as an alternative for young boys. The organization calls itself Trail Life USA, and aims to be the ” premier national character development organization for young men.” Although gay scouts will be allowed to participate, the organization bars youth who are open about their homosexuality.

    POLITICO publisher Buys Capital New York,http://rtvote.com/17REZtM
    POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton purchased the online news site Capital New York in what he says is an attempt to “do in New York what we did in Washington with POLITICO.” His vision is to use this acquisition to build a space as an essential news source for and about the most powerful people in New York– much like POLITICO does in Washington, D.C.

    Museum Identifies New Van Gogh Painting in Amsterdamhttp://rtvote.com/1e98JcF
    The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announced today that it has identified a major new painting by Vincent Van Gogh. The work is entitled “Sunset at Montmajour” and was painted in Arles in 1888. This is the first time in the history of the museum (40 years) that a completely unknown work by the artist has been discovered.

    CULTURAL

    Hemsworth Brothers Hit the Red Carpet for Rush Premiere in Toronto, http://rtvote.com/17RuKpm

    One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson Vomits After Being Tackled in Charity Soccer Game, http://rtvote.com/1e8Zfhw

    Wentworth Miller Tried to Commit Suicide Before Coming Out: “The First Time I Tried to Kill Myself I was 15”, http://rtvote.com/17Rvbjt

    Carrie Underwood Debuts Sunday Night Football Theme Song, http://rtvote.com/1e8ZUj5

    Kate Winslet Dresses Baby Bump in Curve-Hugging Gown at Toronto Film Festival, http://rtvote.com/17RvudT

    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: Friday, May 24, 20013

    Friday, May 24th, 2013

    A bridge collapses in Washington; North Korea expresses its desire for peace; the C.I.A. shifts focus back to spying; an earthquake shakes eastern Russia; IRS director Lois Lerner placed on administrative leave; a photograph of the skyline of Pittsburgh was posted on Anthony Weiner’s campaign site; four tourists were rescued from an iceberg in Iceland, and the Boy Scouts of America vote to allow gay members. Meanwhile, A&E series ‘Intervention’ is cancelled, and Amanda Bynes is arrested.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Wash. I-5 Bridge Collapse Caused by Oversize Load, http://apne.ws/1afkcQS
    At 7 p.m. on Thursday a bridge between Seattle and Canada unexpectedly collapsed. The blame was placed on a tractor-trailer carrying a tall load that must have hit a section of the top of the bridge sending it crashing down into the Skagit River. Two vehicles were sent into the water as a result of the collapse, but the three occupants incurred only minor injuries.

    North Korea says will take ‘positive steps’ for peace, http://reut.rs/18mTmXK
    A North Korean envoy told China’s president on Friday that his country desired to ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. The United States has intervened, insisting that North Korea begin denuclearization before the dialogue between North Korea and China continues. China also encourages North Korea to return to the six party talks process, which is aimed at denuclearization.

    C.I.A. to Focus More on Spying, a Difficult Shift, http://nyti.ms/10pjkYY
    President Obama spoke at the National Defense University in Washington Thursday discussing changes in the nation’s counterterrorism strategy. Obama outlined a new plan to take back some of the power the C.I.A. used to have in deciding whom to go after and ultimately whom to kill via drone strikes. While some drone activity will continue, director of the C.I.A, John O. Brennan, is now trying to shift the C.I.A.’s focus back to traditional spying and strategic analysis.

    Powerful earthquake strikes eastern Russia, http://usat.ly/12RzY37
    An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 shook the ground in Russia’s Far East and even so far as Moscow in Russia Friday. The earthquake was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey as having a magnitude of 8.2. A tsunami warning was issued for Sakhalin and the Kuril islands but was lifted after a short period. The epicenter of the earthquake was traced back to the Sea of Okhotsk, just north of Japan.

    IRS Source: Lerner Placed On Administrative Leave, http://bit.ly/16Wu7ye
    The Internal Revenue Service’s Director of Exempt Organizations, Lois Lerner, has been placed on administrative leave. Lerner used her Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer questions at a House oversight-committee hearing Thursday stating only that she “did nothing wrong.”

    Anthony Weiner’s mayoral campaign website contains Pittsburgh skyline, http://nydn.us/1223hDf
    Just after announcing he will be running for mayor of New York, a photograph of Pittsburgh was posted on his campaign site, anthonyweiner.com. While some people missed the message, a host of Pittsburgh natives did not. After several bloggers and tweeters pointed out the mistake, the backdrop was quickly changed to a skyline including the empire state building.

    Tourists Rescued after Dining Out on Iceberg, http://bit.ly/YUANau
    Four tourists had to be rescued from an Iceberg in East Iceland Thursday afternoon after the piece of ice they were dining on broke away from the larger ice sheet and began to float away. One of the tourists managed to jump to shore before the iceberg drifted too far away and called 112, the emergency help number to send rescue teams for the others.

    Boy Scouts vote to allow gay members, http://usat.ly/197bsyu
    The Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to allow gay members. More than 1,400 members of the organization’s national council voted on the issue. With 61% in favor of allowing homosexual members into the organization, the vote has revoked a 22-year-old ban on openly gay boy scouts.

    CULTURAL:

    ‘Intervention’ Canceled: A And E Series Ending After 243 Episodes, http://huff.to/12AZUhD

    Nicola Benedetti, The Violin Prodigy Who Outsold Bieber, Tells Us Why Popularity Matters, http://huff.to/14Z5xIl

    Summer Festival Guide: Outside Lands, Warped Tour, EDC And More, http://huff.to/13NQn6o

    Rolling Stone Gathers Library Fines, http://nyti.ms/10t2epK

    Amanda Bynes: The Troubling Events Leading Up to Her NYC Arrest, http://eonli.ne/19a5tss

    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, Monday, February 4, 2013

    Monday, February 4th, 2013

    The Baltimore Ravens topple the San Francisco 49ers in the most watched Super Bowl in history; an investigation finds 680 international soccer matches were rigged; and Tagg Romney eyes a run for the Senate. Meanwhile, Beyonce stuns at the Super Bowl halftime show and goes on to announce an upcoming world tour; and Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez are spotted back together.

    Caitlin + Liza

    CRUCIAL: 

    Baltimore Ravens Win Super Bowl 46 Over San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, http://huff.to/XSajRV
    The Baltimore Ravens toppled the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night 34 to 31 in what was the longest Super Bowl in history at 4 hours and 14 minutes. A power outage in the third quarter brought the game to a standstill with the Ravens up by 22, and allowed the 49ers to catch their breath and stage a comeback. Yet the Ravens, led by MVP Joe Flacco and veteran Ray Lewis, who was playing in his last game ever, managed to hold off the 49ers. The win marked a sibling rivalry victory for Baltimore coach John Harbaugh, who defeated brother Jim Harbaugh, head coach of the 49ers, and was the most watched Super Bowl in history.

    Investigation Finds Suspected Fixing in 680 Soccer Matches, http://nyti.ms/XaE2r1
    680 international soccer matches are suspected of being fixed according to global law enforcement officials, who announced the results of a 19-month investigation earlier today. Asian criminal organizations that made millions by betting on game results are behind the conspiracies, which included more than 425 people spanning at least 15 countries. Organizations strategically rigged the soccer matches by bribing players and referees in an effort to predetermine game results. Fixed matches included high-profile games such as qualifying games for the World Cup and European Cup as well as two Champions League matches. “This is a sad day for European football, and more evidence of the corrupting influence of organized crime,” said Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, which helped coordinate the investigation. An international arrest warrant was issued for the leader of an Asian criminal group behind most of the fixed matches.

    Ex-Navy sniper, another military vet killed at Texas gun range, http://bit.ly/WHeKCI
    Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a record holder for the number of sniper killings in Iraq and author of the best-selling “American Sniper”, was gunned down in Glen Rose Texas Saturday along with fellow military veteran Chad Littlefield. Kyle and Littlefield were visiting a shooting range at the Rough Creek Lodge when they were murdered by suspect Eddie Ray Routh. Routh is also a former Marine and is now in the process of seeking a court-appointed attorney. Kyle, a married father of two, had also founded a nonprofit to help veterans battle post-traumatic stress disorder. A spokesperson for the group remembered him as “an American hero” in a statement.

    Report: Tagg Romney eying Senate, http://politi.co/VKXRpk
    Tagg Romney, son of former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is considering a run for a Massachusetts Senate seat, according to a Boston Herald report. Tagg, 42, is Mitt Romney’s oldest son and was a frequent face throughout the 2012 campaign. He is founder of Solamere Capital, a venture capital firm in Boston. The Herald also reported that some had called on Mitt Romney’s wife Ann to make a Senate run. A Massachusetts Senate seat opened up when former Democratic Senator John Kerry resigned to accept a post as Secretary of State, and the state’s former GOP Senator Scott Brown announced he will not run to replace Kerry.

    Obama: Drop Gay Ban, Boy Scouts, http://politi.co/11F3ndB
    President Obama pushed the Boy Scouts to drop their ban on gay members in an interview on Sunday as the Boy Scouts of America prepares for this week’s vote on whether to end a national ban on gay members and scout masters. The possible change, which would allow local groups to make decisions as to whether or not to allow gay members, has stirred debate, with former scouts including Texas Governor Rick Perry insisting the ban should stay in place. “My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunity the same way everybody else does in every institution and walk of life,” President Obama said.

    Eight killed, more than 30 hurt as bus flips, http://lat.ms/VK3dkN
    At least eight were killed and more than 30 were injured Sunday night when a tour bus collided with a truck and sedan on a narrow mountain road in California. All fatalities came from the bus, which lost control while heading down the mountain and rolled over the truck at least once. The bus was carrying 38 passengers, including children. 27 were taken to the hospital after police spent more than two hours trying to free the injured. “It happened so fast, I don’t know how it all happened,” one passenger said. “This was supposed to be a good day with my companions and then this happened.”

    CULTURAL: 

    Beyonce Super Bowl Halftime Show: Singer Stuns With An All-Out Display, http://huff.to/VzfaYG

    Beyonce Announces New World Tour After Super Bowl Extravaganza, http://bit.ly/UQTOZp

    People’s TV Critic Reviews the Super Bowl Ads, http://bit.ly/WpEJiA

    Selena Gomez Back with Justin Bieber…Again?, http://tmz.me/Uin2mk

    Frank Ocean Will NOT Be Pressing Charges Against Chris Brown, http://bit.ly/Uoa3Q3

    Liza Dee
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

    Nelson Mandela turns 94; Kim Jong Un is named ‘marshal’ of the North Korean military; and the Boy Scouts will continue to ban openly gay people. Meanwhile, Halle Berry is hospitalized after an on-set accident, and Robert Griffin III tweets about signing with the Redskins.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Public service marks Mandela’s birthday, http://bit.ly/Q5OjWl
    Today, South Africans will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by participating in nationwide public service in honor of the distinguished statesman. Though he has not made a public appearance since South Africa held the FIFA World Cup in 2010, Mandela maintains popularity amongst South Africans and respect from global leaders. About 14 million students sang “Happy Birthday” in unison nationwide today, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Mandela yesterday for lunch. Mandela, a Nobel peace laureate, spent 27 years in prison as an anti-apartheid activist. He became the nation’s first black president in 1994, four years after he was freed from prison.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun is made ‘marshal’ of the military, http://wapo.st/NxhwX2
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun has been named “marshal” of the country’s military, a preeminent job title that analysts say is intended to reinforce Kim’s absolute power and dissuade any senior elites from questioning it. This announcement comes days after Kim dismissed top army leader Ri Yong Ho, and is likely another measure to put his name on the regime that Kim inherited from his father seven months ago.

    Boy Scouts to Continue Excluding Gay People, http://nyti.ms/NMxqZs
    An 11-member committee decided yesterday that Boy Scouts of America would uphold its long-standing policy of barring openly gay boys from membership or gay or lesbian adults from being leaders. Gay rights groups, like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, say the organization has fallen behind the times: Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H Clubs, and even the U.S. military forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation. The official BSA policy says the organization will not grant membership to “avowed homosexuals” who may become a distraction to the organization’s mission.

    CULTURAL:

    Robert Griffin III tweets signing with the Redskins, http://usat.ly/Mkdgty

    Halle Berry hospitalized, released after set accident, http://usat.ly/MHRbC1

    From Desert to Cruise Ship: Coachella Heads to Sea, http://nyti.ms/LXjVvM

    ESPN takes a swing at late-night with social-savvy ‘UNITE,’ http://bit.ly/LXt9bE

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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