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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

    President Obama appears with Bush at Tanzania terrorist attack memorial ceremony; Edward Snowden allegedly seeks asylum from 21 countries; Egyptian President Morsi says he was not told of army’s 48-hour ultimatum; 19 firefighters die fighting Yarnell Hill fire; FW de Klerk will undergo surgery to install a pacemaker today; study shows that refined carbohydrates can have similar cravings as drugs; 19 die in a helicopter crash in Siberia; and Prop. 8 supporters ask Supreme Court to stop gay marriages. Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart makes her first appearance since breaking up with Robert Pattinson, and Pierce Brosnan’s daughter dies of cancer.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Obama Appears With Bush at Site of Tanzania Terror Blast, http://rtvote.com/11XfDun
    Seeing two presidents of opposing parties standing together is a rare sight, but President Bush and President Obama stood side by sideTuesday morning at a ceremony in Tanzania to commemorate those who were killed in a terrorist attack 15 years ago. President Bush was in Tanzania accompanying his wife, Laura, who is holding a summit for African first ladies, and Presdient Obama was in Tanzania for the last leg of his trip to Africa.

    Edward Snowden ‘broadens asylum requests’ – Wikileaks, http://rtvote.com/11XgtqN
    According to Wikileaks, Edward Snowden has sent requests for asylum to 21 countries. These countries include China, France, Ireland, and Venezuela. Eight European countries have stated that the requests were invalid.

    Egypt President Morsi warns of army ultimatum ‘confusion’, http://rtvote.com/14KWmL3
    Due to rioting and protests, the Egyptian army declared that it would give people 48-hours to calm down before its troops intervened. According to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the army did not consult with him before declaring this ultimatum. He vows to stick to his “national reconciliation” plan despite accusations that he is putting the Muslim Brotherhood’s interests before the nation’s as a whole.

    Yarnell Hill Fire: Seeking answers in wake of tragedy, http://rtvote.com/11XiDXv
    Nineteen Prescott hotshot firefighters were killed Sunday in Arizona while tyring to protect homes from the Yarnell Hill Fire. As of Monday morning, the fire was not at all contained and spanned 8,400 acres. Around 500 firefighters have been fighting the blaze, and even more are expected to be called to help out today. This is the worst firefighter tragedy to ever occur in Arizona and one of the deadliest the nation has ever seen.

    South Africa’s De Klerk in hospital for heart procedure, http://rtvote.com/11XkMm0
    FW de Klerk, South Africa’s last white president, will undergo surgery today to install a pacemaker. The 77-year-old was a joint receiver of the Nobel Peace Prize with successor Nelson Mandela in 1993 for overseeing South Africa’s transition away from white-minority apartheid rule.

    Refined carbohydrates can trigger food cravings, study says, http://rtvote.com/11XlIXB
    Scientists have discovered through research that refined carbohydrates cause cravings not dissimilar from cravings drug addicts experience. The spike and crash that follows eating highly processed carbs activates reward and addiction centers of the brain similar to after taking drugs.

    Russia: 19 die in helicopter crash in Siberia, http://rtvote.com/14L0U48
    Russian authorities claim that 19 people have died in a helicopter crash Tuesday  in a remote region of Yakutia in Siberia. The helicopter was carrying 28 people, 11 of them children. The cause of the crash has not yet been disclosed.

    Proposition 8 Proponents Ask Supreme Court To Halt California Gay Marriages, http://rtvote.com/18tcZAt
    Not even 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lawyers against same-sex marriage filed an emergency motion Saturday requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court shut down all weddings in the San Francisco area.

    CULTURAL:

    Pierce Brosnan’s Daughter Dies of Cancer at 41, http://rtvote.com/14L4uex

    Kristen Stewart Makes First Public Appearance Since Split With Robert Pattinson at Paris Chanel Show, http://rtvote.com/18tfrHa

    Breaking Amish’s Kate Stoltzfus Gets Sexy Makeover for Maxim: See Her Skin-Baring Pics!, http://rtvote.com/14L4MC8

    Ruth Wilson On ‘The Lone Ranger’ & Why She Owes Director Gore Verbinski Part Of Her Career, http://rtvote.com/14L538l

    ‘The Lone Ranger’: The Oddest Movie Of The Year?, http://rtvote.com/14L55NB

    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: Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Thursday, May 30th, 2013

    Syria has received first missile shipment from Russia; Obama plans to nominate former Bush official to lead FBI; a man is charged for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby; a U.S. soldier accused of murdering 16 on a shooting spree in Afghanistan makes a plea bargain; a letter sent to Mayor Bloomberg tests positive for ricin; Saudi Arabia reports three more dead from SARS-like virus; smoking and unemployment prove to cut lifespan; and France celebrates its first same-sex wedding. Meanwhile, a Disneyland employee is held of $1 million bail for a dry ice blast, and Netflix talks “more ‘Arrested Development’.”

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Assad says Syria received Russian missile shipment: Lebanese media, http://reut.rs/19ocNRm
    Syria has received the first shipment of an advanced air defense system sent from Russia. Western objections aside, Russia has promised the delivery of the S-300 missile system to the Syrian government. As of June 1 the EU will lift its arms embargo on Syria, which could open up the opportunity for the West to arm Syrian rebels.

    Former Bush Official Said to Be Obama Pick to Lead F.B.I., http://nyti.ms/18yt5Zi
    President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey for the position of director of the FBI to replace Robert S. Mueller III. Comey served as a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush and played a role in one of the most dramatic episodes of the Bush administration – refusing to acquiesce to White House aides and reauthorize a program for eavesdropping without warrants. By nominating Mr. Comey, a Republican, President Obama makes a strong statement about bi-partisanship.

    Woolwich attack: Michael Adebowale charged with murder of soldier Lee Rigby, http://bit.ly/ZfUucZ
    Michael Adebowale has been officially charged with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby. The 22-year-old was arrested at he scene in Woolwich immediately after killing Rigby. In addition to charging him with murder, police have also charged him with possession of a firearm.

    US soldier accused of Afghan killing spree in deal to avoid execution, http://nbcnews.to/140dDkV
    Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier accused of murdering 16 civilians in Afghanistan during active duty for the U.S. Army, has reached a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. Bales’ lawyer Emma Scanlan has reported that her client will plead guilty to premeditated murder charges and then present himself before a military jury for sentencing. The sentencing phase will begin in August.

    Letter sent to NYC Mayor Bloomberg tests positive for ricin, http://fxn.ws/135DvLa
    Anonymous letters were sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the director of the organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns located in Washington, D.C. containing material laced with ricin. Although he refuses to comment on what specific threats were made in the letters or where the letters were postmarked, Bloomberg asserts that he doesn’t “feel threatened” and will continue to fight for what he believes in – stricter gun control.

    Saudi Arabia Reports 3 More Deaths From New Virus, http://nyti.ms/16suWyQ
    Saudi Arabia has reported three more deaths caused by a newly discovered respiratory virus similar to SARS. The number of deaths globally now sits at 30. The World Health Organization says the virus that was first seen in the Middle East appears to be spreading worldwide.

    Joblessness Shortens Lifespan of Least Educated White Women, Research Says, http://nyti.ms/10Bik45
    A new study has left researchers with an explanation as to why the country’s least educated white women have shorter lifespans. Researchers have found that the two factors most strongly associated with higher death rates are smoking and unemployment. The study will be published Thursday in The Journal of Health an Social Behavior.

    Meet France’s First Married Gay Couple, http://ti.me/15a2i1B
    France celebrated its first gay marriage in Montpellier on Wednesday. With hundreds of people in attendance, it was clear that Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau were not the only ones in support of same-sex marriage. Before taking their vows, the two grooms proclaimed, “Our society cannot have any prejudices.”

    CULTURAL:

    Disneyland Explosion: Employee Arrested for Dry Ice Blast, Held on $1 Million Bail, http://eonli.ne/19p7XUf

    Blake Shelton and Usher Duet for Oklahoma Tornado Benefit, http://eonli.ne/15lDdQw

    Netflix Is Now Open to the Idea of More Arrested Development, http://vult.re/12QiDWw

    ‘Machete Kills’ Trailer: Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson & Charlie Sheen Made A Movie Together, http://huff.to/135IH1O

    Movie Trailers’ Time Challenged By Theater Owners; Trailer Length May Be Cut By 30 Seconds, http://huff.to/135BuPl

    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: Friday, February 8, 2013

    Friday, February 8th, 2013

    Authorities hunt down a former LAPD cop accused of killing three; the Northeast braces for a record-breaking blizzard; and a hacker breaks in to the Bush family’s emails and photos. Meanwhile, New York Fashion Week gets under way and Frank Ocean plans to move to Shanghai.

    Caitlin + Liza

    CRUCIAL: 

    Authorities say ex-LAPD cop accused of killing 3 ‘could be anywhere’ as manhunt spans the West, http://fxn.ws/TS9aO6
    Los Angeles police are hunting down a fugitive former LAPD officer accused of killing three. Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is likely armed and dangerous, posted a Facebook manifesto detailing his plans to wage war against LAPD officers and their families. Dorner is suspected of killing the daughter of a former LAPD police chief and her fiance as well as another officer this week. He also sent a package to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper including a note and memento with a bullet-hole. Authorities believe Dorner’s actions are a retaliation for his 2008 termination from LAPD for making false statements. Police found Dorner’s burning truck on a mountain east of Los Angeles, but Dorner himself is still at large. “He could be anywhere at this point,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

    Northeast braces for massive winter wallop, http://cbsn.ws/WV3XC9
    The Northeast is preparing for what meteorologists are calling a record-breaking blizzard. “Nemo” will hit throughout Friday and Saturday. New England is expecting three feet of snow while New York City predicts about a foot. Blizzard warnings have been issued from Long Island through Maine and more than 3,700 flights have been cancelled in preparation for the storm. Hurricane force winds, power outages, and coastal area flooding threaten the Northeast as the storm approaches. For New England, the blizzard could rank as one of the top ten snowstorms in history. “This storm has the potential to be one of those events that you remember for a lifetime,” said CBS meteorologist Terry Eliasen.

    Bush Family Emails, Photos Apparently Hacked, http://huff.to/12yErth
    A cybercriminal going by the name of “Guccifer” gained access to emails, photos, telephone numbers, and addresses of Bush family members and friends, including emails sent between both former presidents. Some of the emails detailed the elder Bush’s health conditions. The hacker released photos of Bush during his recent stay in a Houston hospital where he was treated for bronchial infection complications. The website “The Smoking Gun” has published some of the photos, over which the name “Guccifer” was plastered in neon blue. A Bush family spokesperson declined to comment on the investigation.

    Daniel Winslow in for GOP Primary: State rep pledges to be on ballot to replace Kerry, http://bit.ly/11ud9oH
    Massachusetts state representative Daniel Winslow officially declared his candidacy for the Senate on Friday, becoming the first Republican to enter the special election race to replace John Kerry. Republicans have struggled to find a viable candidate for the race since former senator Scott Brown’s decision not to run. U.S. representatives Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey have each declared their candidacy on the Democratic side. Candidates must collect 10,000 signatures from Massachusetts citizens before February 27th to officially get on the ballot. “I’m going to give this everything I’ve got, with all that I have, because the crisis confronting our country demands nothing less. I am confident I am going to be on the Republican ballot,” Winslow said.

    North Dakota Personhood Measure Passes State Senate, http://huff.to/XY7WNu
    Lawmakers in North Dakota passed two bills that would make it harder for women to gain access to abortion care in what is considered the worst state in the nation for women. The Personhood Constitution Amendment Initiative would amend the state’s constitution to grant human embryos legal rights and protections, and would be voted on by North Dakota residents in 2014 should it pass in the House. “We are intending that it be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, since Scalia said the Supreme Court is waiting for states to raise a case,” said Margaret Sitte, Republican state senator and sponsor of the bill. A second proposed bill would shut down North Dakota’s single abortion clinic. Sarah Stoesz of Planned Parenthood claimed the organization would fight against the legislation and defense of “concerned North Dakotans who do not want to see politicians inserting themselves into the private medical decision-making of women and families in our state.

    Todd Hughes Nomination: Obama Picks Openly Gay Judge for Court of Appeals, http://huff.to/127MdFY
    President Obama nominated Todd Hughes, an openly gay Justice Department attorney, to the U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday in a decision that aligns with his open support for the LGBT community. If his appointment is confirmed by the Senate, Hughes will be the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal court of appeals in the nation’s history. LGBT groups praised Obama’s decision. “Todd Hughes’ nomination is a testament to the expanding opportunities for openly LGBT Americans who want to serve their country, and to the president’s respect for the depth of talent and experience within the LGBT community,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.

    CULTURAL: 

    Stargazing: New York Fashion Week Day 1, http://nyti.ms/VJ5sD6

    Frank Ocean Moving to Shanghai, http://nyti.ms/XT9Twz

    Kim Kardashian Seeks Speedy Divorce for Baby’s Sake, http://bit.ly/XQvzt9

    Kristin Wiig in ‘Anchorman 2′”, http://huff.to/12pUmKf

    Liza Dee
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