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    News Round-Up: November 22, 2013

    Friday, November 22nd, 2013

    We honor President JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination; 3 San Jose State students engage in an appalling hate crime; and the Swedish embassy in North Korea is working to get an 85-year-old American war vet out of North Korean detention. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman gets a spot of skin cancer removed (feel better, Hugh!), and, in a rare appearance, Adele is spotted with her baby boy.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    3 San Jose State students charged with hate crime against black roommate,http://rtvote.com/1bIxWnq
    Three San Jose State University students – Logan Beaschler, 18; Joseph Bomgardner, 19; Colin Warren, 18 – have been suspended and charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery. They racially bullied their black roommate by nicknaming him “Three-fifths” (a reference to a constitutional provision that counted slaves as 3/5 of a person) and clamping a bicycle lock on his neck. They also decorated their shared apartment suite with Nazi symbols, a Confederate flag, and photos of Adolf Hitler. The 17-year-old victim suffered minor injuries when fighting off the bike lock from his neck.

    ‘Solemn’ event to honor JFK at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza,http://rtvote.com/1h7c9gL
    In honor of President John F. Kennedy, a commemoration ceremony will be held today in Dealey Plaza – the site of JFK’s assassination. JFK was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald exactly 50 years ago from today. You will never be forgotten, Mr. President. Thank you for all you have done for our country.

    U.S. to Consider Cellphone Use on Planeshttp://rtvote.com/1ca5A7t
    The Federal Communications Commission will soon propose allowing customers to use their cellphones on airplanes. Cellphone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, but passengers would be allowed to resume use after reaching 10,000 feet. The FAA said recently that cellphones pose no safety threat to aircrafts. It would ultimately be up to the airlines to allow this policy or not, and it looks like many customers may object.

    3 men, including 2 ex-cops, charged in 1994 slayings of Kentucky prostitutes,http://rtvote.com/1doyNR8
    In Kentucky, the murders of two prostitutes, Candace Belt, 22, and Gloria Ross, 18, remained unsolved since 1994. In 1997, the brothel’s madam accused two former cops of participating in the killings, but investigations had been thwarted by tampered evidence. A seven-year state police investigation has finally charged the two former cops, Leslie Duncan, 50, and Edward T. Carter, 43, and a third man, Frank J. Black, Jr., 39. The case remains opened, and Kentucky State Police believe this may “just be the tip of the iceberg.”

    Kerry: N Korea’s detention of veteran a “dangerous step”,http://rtvote.com/I8ZhYU
    Korean War veteran Merrill Newman, 85, was removed from his flight home and detained last month after visiting North Korea on a tourist visa. Newman is a grandfather from Palo Alto, California, and his family wants him home. The U.S. and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations, so the Embassy of Sweden in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, is representing the interests of U.S. citizens and is working to resolve the issue.

     

    CULTURAL 

    Hugh Jackman Has Skin Cancer Removed, Reminds Us to Wear Sunscreen,http://rtvote.com/1aVO8AF

    Jennifer Lawrence Explains ER Trip: “You Can Only S–t Your Pants So Many Times” Before Admitting You Need a Hospital, http://rtvote.com/1aMyY4n

    Liam Hemsworth “Much Happier” After Miley Cyrus Breakup: “I’m More Centered and Grounded,” http://rtvote.com/I93k7I

    The Girls Season 3 Trailer Is Here: See the 10 Most Relatable & Incredible Quotes, http://rtvote.com/1iBu5zg

    Adele Steps Out with Son Angelo, 13 months, Goes Without Makeup, http://rtvote.com/1g2IYZ1

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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

    Rahm Emanuel won Chicago without the need for a run-off and young voters turned out in huge numbers (RTV’s own Eric Zoberman blogs about it for the Huffington Post: http://huff.to/gWQau3) , state capitols continue to be flooded with protesters over the ongoing fight over Union power, Facebook is inspiring new baby names and Rihanna lifts the restraining order on Chris Brown.

    CULTURAL:

    Emanuel Triumphs in Chicago Mayoral Race, http://nyti.ms/dTltlR

    Obama’s former chief of staff won 55 percent of the vote yesterday, enough to avoid a runoff and secure the position of Mayor of Chicago.

    Thousands March on State Capitols as Union Fight Spreads, http://nyti.ms/gb2lVM

    Union supporters are taking on the conservative dominated capitols of Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. Law makers in these states want to reduce the collective bargaining powers of workers.

    New Clashes Reported in Tripoli, U.S. Citizens to Evacuate, http://wapo.st/ePdKrV

    Gaddafi says he will not stand down any time soon, and is threatening to order violence against the protesters. Some reports say that around 500 are dead so far in the violence.

    Senate Committee Passes Voter ID Requirement, http://bit.ly/ibruHm

    Democrats flee Wisconsin in order avoid voting on collective bargaining rights for public employees, and in turn are not allowed to vote by phone. This gave the senate committee the opportunity to pass voter ID laws.

    Your Call: How Are Cellphones Affecting the Brain?, http://on.mash.to/e2fhJx

    Talking on a cellphone might have damaging affects to the brain according to preliminary scientific studies. Very little is known about exactly why a part of the brain near the antenna of a cell phone lights up during long calls.

    John Thune Won’t Run For President in 2012, http://huff.to/hmLNzU

    The promising senator announced on Facebook today that after much consideration he will not be running for president, much to the relief of DNC Executive Directer Jennifer O’Malley Dillon.

    The Tea Party is Winning, http://wapo.st/fohfog

    Dionne argues that all of the chatter around government budget cuts is irrelevant and that American’s want to hear about what is going to get them jobs.

    They’re Doing it Without Us, http://lat.ms/eR6GjK

    The United States efforts to turn the Middle East towards democracy appear to have been unnecessary, as revolutions are occurring across the region all on their own.

    CULTURAL:

    Egyptian man names first baby “Facebook” after its role in protests: http://bit.ly/hbQ9iY

    Man killed watching Black Swan for chewing popcorn too loudly: http://bit.ly/e3M4eL

    Carmelo Anthony immortalized in sandwich form by NY’s famous Carnegie Deli: http://bit.ly/hi9s9X

    Rihanna’s restraining order on Chris Brown lifted: http://bit.ly/gVkohU

    Christine O’Donnell mulls Dancing with the Stars invite: http://wapo.st/e6I90d

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

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