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    News Round-Up: November 15, 2013

    Friday, November 15th, 2013

    San Francisco turns into Gotham City for a day; Toronto’s city council strips notorious mayor, Rob Ford, of some power after another public embarrassment; and one of the largest child pornography schemes has been busted. Meanwhile, Chris Breezy is out of rehab, and RiRi and Drake drop $17,000 at a strip club together.

    -Sandy + Maura



    San Francisco transforms into Gotham to make 5-year-old’s wish to be Batkid come true,http://rtvote.com/HXc0ht
    San Francisco is no more. The City by the Bay is officially Gotham City… at least for today. The city-wide transformation is all for Miles, a five-year-old who has successfully battled leukemia since he was only a year old. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the power of social media, Miles’s dreams will come true as he fights villains alongside Batman as “Batkid”. Thanks for keeping Gotham City safe, Batkid!

    Toronto’s City Council votes to strip embattled mayor of some powerhttp://rtvote.com/1bAbMHq
    Toronto mayor Rob Ford just can’t help himself. After adding to his list of missteps with some very vulgar comments about oral sex on live Canadian television, Toronto’s city council decided Friday to strip Ford of his ability to appoint and dismiss his senior staff. Even though his power on the political stage is shrinking, don’t expect to see any less of him. Mayor Ford and his brother, Doug, will begin their new “Ford Nation” television show on Monday (No, I’m not kidding. I wish I was.).

    Woman sells wedding ring for tickets to Chiefs-Broncos gamehttp://rtvote.com/1dyLTqX
    A woman found a buyer on Craigslist who traded his football game tickets for her wedding ring. Don’t stress – she claims the ring was from a previous marriage. The buyer will be using his new ring to propose to his girlfriend this Sunday. Smart trade, guys. The ex-wife gets to see some men with tight butts play a good game of football, and Mr. Buyer gets a happy fiancée. What could be better?

    Canada Says 386 Kids Rescued in Child Porn Busthttp://rtvote.com/HQpZor
    Canadian police have released the details on one of the largest child porn busts they’ve seen to date. The investigation, dubbed the Project Spade operation, has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people. 108 of those arrests were made in Canada, and 76 in the United States. The remaining arrests were made in other countries. Amongst the perpetrators were school teachers, doctors, and actors.

    China easing 1-child policy amid elderly bloomhttp://rtvote.com/1j9xH99
    The ruling Communist Party of China has said they will loosen its decades-old one-child policy. Labor camps, which are currently used by local officials to deal with people who challenge their authority on issues including land rights and corruption, will also be abolished.



    R&B singer Chris Brown out of rehab, working on community service requirement,http://rtvote.com/HULoNE

    Adam Levine Plays Coy About People’s Sexiest Man Alive Rumor, Reveals Wedding Details onTodayhttp://rtvote.com/17yAvwH

    Rihanna and Drake Drop More Than $17,000 Together at Strip Club in Houston: Exclusive Details,http://rtvote.com/1aXNHfa

    Pregnant Megan Fox Covers Baby Bump During Lunch Outing With Hubby Brian Austin Green,http://rtvote.com/18ACSdl


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

    News Round-Up: Monday, July 15, 2013

    Monday, July 15th, 2013

    ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead; George Zimmerman found not-guilty; people in LA protest in response to verdict in George Zimmerman murder trial; Snowden has docs that outline how the NSA works; U.S. embassy reopens in Cairo; and trial begins today over controversial PA voter ID law. Meanwhile, Kelly Osbourne gets engaged; Selena Gomez pays tribute to friend, Cory Monteith; and celebrities ‘tweet’ about Zimmerman not guilty verdict.



    ‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Found Dead, http://rtvote.com/18Yb6Mi
    Saturday afternoon, Cory Monteith, star of the Fox show “Glee”, was found dead in his Vancouver, Canada hotel room. When Monteith didn’t check out at his scheduled time, staff went to his room and discovered his body. The cause of death is unknown, but police have ruled out foul play in the death of the 31-year old actor.  An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

    Zimmerman not-guilty verdict unlikely to be the end of Trayvon Martin saga in court, http://rtvote.com/18YbNVX
    On Saturday night, George Zimmerman was able to shed the GPS device that had monitored his movements before he was acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. But, drama over the case continues with demonstrations across the country, debate about wrongful-death lawsuits, and Web-site-crashing demands for filing of federal civil rights charges.

    Police declare unlawful assembly in Hollywood; make arrests, http://rtvote.com/18YdVNu
    In response to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder case, about 80 protestors gathered in front of the CNN building in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard shortly after midnight Monday, chanting “No Justice, No Peace.” More than 100 LA police officers in riot gear converged on the crowd and began making arrests. Some of the protestors were carrying signs that said “We Are All Trayvon Martin.” Protestors also amassed in San Francisco, Oakland, and New York City.

    ‘Guardian’ journalist: Snowden docs contain NSA ‘blueprint’, http://rtvote.com/15fIDwg
    Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency (NSA) is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted they not be made public. Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper who first reported on the leaks, said the disclosure would allow “somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does.”

    U.S. reopens Egypt embassy as envoy arrives in Cairo, http://rtvote.com/15fJuwY
    The U.S. Embassy in Cairo reopened Monday as a senior Washington official was due to hold talks with the nation’s military-supported leaders. The embassy was closed to the public for two weeks amid widespread unrest and mass protests in Tahrir Square, which is very close to the embassy.

    Trial to measure lawfulness of PA voter ID law, http://rtvote.com/15fHlRV

    A trial is set to begin Monday on the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s voter identification law. The case represents a major step toward a judicial ruling on whether the photo requirement should be enforced at polling places statewide or thrown out as unconstitutional. Officials on both sides say that they expect the state Supreme Court to ultimately decide the case.


    Dina Lohan: Oprah Winfrey Will Be Lindsay Lohan’s “Mentor”, http://rtvote.com/12AyWK5

    Kelly Osbourne Is Engaged to Matthew Mosshart, http://rtvote.com/18YcA9i

    Selena Gomez Pays Tribute to Cory Monteith, Posts Affectionate Photo on Twitter, http://rtvote.com/15fGwZf

    David Beckham to Kate Middleton and Prince William: Name the Royal Baby David!, http://rtvote.com/15fGEb2

    Celebrities React To George Zimmerman Not Guilty Verdict, http://rtvote.com/15fH1T8

    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: July 11, 2013

    Thursday, July 11th, 2013

    Judge in the Zimmerman case holds hearing to decide if jurors should consider lesser charges; Mohamed Morsi is still in an unknown location; Pope Francis responds to UN on child abuse; Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty in Boston Marathon bombings; missing people presumed dead in Canada train crash; and House Republicans are resistant to immigrating reform legislation. Meanwhile, the media is already setting up for Kate Middleton to give birth; Randy Travis is out of surgery; Adam Lambert does Glee; and John Mayer buys guitar for a fan.


    Judge Considers lesser charges in Zimmerman case
    , http://rtvote.com/12oNnB7
    This Thursday morning, state prosecutors are asking the judge in the Trayvon Martin murder case to instruct jurors to consider lesser charges, like aggravated assault or manslaughter, when they begin deliberations. Zimmerman is currently being tried for second-degree murder.  Zimmerman’s attorneys have objected and the judge is holding a hearing to decide.

    A week after the coup, Egyptians ask: ‘Where is Morsi?’, http://rtvote.com/18PImp4
    It has been one week and nobody knows where former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is located. Authorities promise he is in a “safe place” and have also issued warrants for hundreds of other Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters. The warrants target Senior Islamist officials accused of provoking the violence that led to the fatal shooting of more than 50 pro-Morsi demonstrators on Monday.
    Pope Expands Sex Abuse Laws in Response to U.N. Criticisms, http://rtvote.com/155qgKd
    Pope Francis is finally complying with the United Nation’s Commission for the Rights of the Child about the Vatican’s poor record on child abuse.  The Holy See was given until January to submit a detailed report to the United Nations that answers specific questions and hands over confidential files about the movement of “predatory priests” between dioceses.

    Boston bomb suspect pleads not guilty, http://rtvote.com/12oYzxB
    Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faced more than 2 dozen survivors of that attack Wednesday as he pleaded not guilty to killing four people and wounding more than 200. He is charged with 30 federal counts stemming from the April 15 attack.

    Body count rises in Canada train crash, http://rtvote.com/155um53

    The official death toll from Saturday’s train crash in Quebec has reached 50. On Wednesday evening officials said that 20 bodies were found in the area following a crash of a runway oil train in Canada’s deadliest railway tragedy in almost 150 years. Authorities informed grieving families that the dozens of people still missing are now presumed dead.


    Republicans in House Resist Overhaul for Immigration, http://rtvote.com/18PIrc6

    On Wednesday, House Republicans came down overwhelmingly against a comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, putting in jeopardy the future of sweeping legislation that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.  Speaker Boehner warned about the consequences if they do nothing to answer the immigration measure passed by the Senate last month.

    Cameras Line Up Weeks Early at Kate Middleton’s Hospital, http://rtvote.com/155wiKV

    Randy Travis Out of Surgery, Remains in Critical Condition, http://rtvote.com/12p0zpx

    ‘Glee’: Adam Lambert to Appear in Season 5, http://rtvote.com/12p0O3S

    John Mayer Buys Guitar for Girl, Makes Her Biggest Fan Ever, http://rtvote.com/155xfmo

    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, June 21, 2013

    Friday, June 21st, 2013

    Protests in Brazil grow; the Miami Heat wins game 7;  the firm that completed a background check on Edward Snowden is being investigated; rain floods southern Alberta, Canada; 3 midshipmen from the Naval Academy are being charged with sexual assault; North Carolina repeals the ‘Racial Justice Act’; and Ken Mehlman is trying to convince Republicans that gay marriage is consistent with conservative values. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian reveals her baby girl’s name, and Angelina Jolie stands up for refugees on World Refugee Day.

    Maura + Alexis


    Brazil Leaders to Meet as Protests, Violence Grow, http://apne.ws/12ZhBgp
    Thursday night, 1 million protestors filled the streets all over Brazil. Over 300,000 people protested in Rio de Janeiro, at least 40 of them injured, and at least one protestor was killed in Sao Paulo. President Dilma Rousseff who has not said much about the protests, called for a meeting with top Cabinet members. It is still unclear what action she and her government will take.

    Miami Heat beat Spurs in Game 7, http://bit.ly/16lP0Pm
    The Miami Heat took home another NBA Championship title last night. What was a close game for the first three quarters and majority of the fourth began to turn in favor of the Heat with three minutes to go. The Heat have arrived at three consecutive finals, two of which they have now won.

    Firm that checked NSA leaker’s background under investigation, http://cbsn.ws/14lLhQw
    A background investigation was performed on Edward Snowden, the man who disclosed NSA surveillance programs. The USIS will not answer any questions regarding the background check at the moment, because according to Michelle Schmitz, it is against policy to answer questions about ongoing investigations.

    Flooding hits Alberta province, forces 75,000 people from their homes in Calgary, http://bit.ly/16RLj4R
    Rain has flooded southern Alberta, Canada. In Calgary alone, 75,000 people have been forced out of their homes. Officials have asked people to limit telephone use as not to overwhelm the system and get in the way of emergency respondence.

    Academy: 3 Midshipmen Charged with Sexual Assault, http://apne.ws/12W9n8F
    Wednesday, the U.S. Naval Academy charged three midshipmen with sexually assaulting a female student at an off-campus house about a year ago. The former football players are being charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, one involving rape, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct, and the other for making a false statement. The boys have not been named and it is unclear whether or not they have an attorney.

    ‘Racial Justice Act’ repealed in North Carolina, http://bit.ly/13Wxd0W
    The Governor of North Carolina has agreed to repeal a law that allowed inmates to challenge their death sentences on racial grounds. The Racial Justice Act previously allowed convicts to argue that race was a determining factor in their sentencing. Governor Pat McCrory signed the repeal Wednesday.

    Bush aide now promotes gay marriage, http://usat.ly/16iDqV3
    Prominent Republican strategist Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, is using his sexual orientation to try to change the minds of Republicans nation-wide. As the New York Times reported, Mehlman, a once-closeted gay man “is waging what could be his final campaign: to convince fellow Republicans that gay marriage is consistent with conservative values and good for their party.”


    Kim Kardashian Hinted at Baby Girl North’s Name to E! News, http://eonli.ne/16lzOBW

    Johnny Depp Opens Up About Turning 50: “It’s Great!”, http://eonli.ne/1azvdPK

    Angelina Jolie Stands Up for the Downtrodden on World Refugee Day, http://eonli.ne/16krQc2

    Nigella Lawson Steps Out Without Her Wedding Ring After Alleged Choking Incident, http://eonli.ne/16k9U1n

    Helena Bonham Carter In ‘Cinderella’: Actress’s Casting As Fairy Godmother Recalls Her Oddest Roles, http://huff.to/19ntADh

    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