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    News Round-Up: December 3, 2013

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

    A former medical technician is sentenced to 39 years for causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C; an American, who has been imprisoned in Cuba for the past four years, pleads for rescue; and Seattle Seahawks fans cause (another) earthquake. Meanwhile, Paul Walker’s private vigil was a beautiful show of love and support, and Dylan Sprouse makes some pretty awesome (and wise) statements to counter Joe Jonas’ whining over Disney and fame.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Ex-hospital worker gets 39 years for causing hepatitis C outbreak,http://rtvote.com/1c9aGiI
    A former New Hampshire medical technician was convicted for causing a multistate outbreak of hepatitis C last year. David Kwiatkowski began working at the Exeter Hospital ten months after he was diagnosed with hepatitis C. He injected himself with stolen syringes of the painkiller fentanyl from patients scheduled for surgery, tainting them with his blood, and then he filled them with saline and replaced the syringes for use in medical procedures. Thirty people were diagnosed with the potentially fatal virus because of Kwiatkowski.

    Obama to launch new health care law campaignhttp://rtvote.com/1jh0cVh
    The Affordable Care Act has come under a lot of political pressure since its rollout in October. In the coming weeks, the Obama administration will highlight what they call successful aspects of the law. They plan on educating the public on Obamacare by emphasizing a different benefit each day until the December 23rdenrollment deadline for January 1st coverage.

    Prisoner in Cuba appeals to Obamahttp://rtvote.com/1cjmQJj
    Alan Gross, 64, is an American who has been imprisoned in Cuba for the past four years. He was a subcontractor within the U.S. Agency for International Development, who was arrested for trying to set up Internet access, which would have bypassed local restrictions, for Cuba’s small Jewish community. The Associated Press reported that Cuba considers USAID’s programs illegal attempts by the U.S. to undermine their government. Gross, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison, feels like the U.S. government has forgotten and abandoned him.

    Couple fined for negative online reviewhttp://rtvote.com/187UthU
    In 2008, John Palmer bought Christmas gifts for his wife off of a site called KlearGear.com. When the purchases never arrived, his wife, Jen Palmer, posted a negative review of the site on ripoffreport.com. More than three years later, KlearGear.com fined the couple $3,500 for allegedly violating its terms of use contract, which prohibits the customer from taking any negative action against KlearGear.com. The site reported the couple’s unpaid fine to a collections agency, and their credit score took a huge hit. The Palmers are fighting back and seeking justice. Legal experts warn that more companies are using this type of language in the fine print as protection.

    Seattle Seahawks fans caused an ‘earthquake’ on Monday night,http://rtvote.com/18eMxtd
    Fans inside CenturyLink Field got so excited over Michael Bennett’s 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown Monday night that their jumping registered a magnitude 1 or 2 earthquake. And this isn’t the first time. The first seismic outburst caused by fans in CenturyLink Field was in 2011 when Marshawn Lynch made a legendary touchdown run that clinched a playoff win for the Seahawks over the Saints.

     

    CULTURAL

    Natalie Portman: Chris Hemsworth’s Wife Elsa Pataky Grabbed a Wig and Stood in for Me in Thor: The Dark World Love Scene, http://rtvote.com/1jhaTac

    Paul Walker’s Private Vigil: Vin Diesel Addresses Fans, Family Members Pay Respects at Crash Site, http://rtvote.com/IJK9lk

    Dylan Sprouse Calls Joe Jonas’ Disney Grievances B.S.: He “Fell for the Allure of Fame,” http://rtvote.com/1cjuT8V

    Elan Gale Hoax: Bachelor Producer Admits He Faked Thanksgiving Airplane Travel Feud, http://rtvote.com/IEwrzo

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



    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: Monday, May 14th, 2012

    Monday, May 14th, 2012

    A plane crash in Nepal leaves 15 dead; JPMorgan’s CIO resigns after $2 billion in losses; Cyprus’ president will not run for re-election; a new poll shows that most americans support same-sex unions; and the Obama campaign launches a Bain Capital attack ad. Meanwhile, the most popular baby names of 2011 are revealed; Jay-Z will announce a two-day music festival in Philadelphia; and ‘Modern Family’ start Sarah Hyland discusses her recent kidney transplant.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Plane crash in northern Nepal kills 15 people, http://bbc.in/IRf3lR
    Fifteen are dead after a small aircraft carrying 21 people crashed into a Nepalese hillside Monday. A majority of the passengers were traveling to Muktinath temple, a religious site in a mountainous region of Nepal. The plane was attempting to land as it crashed into a muddy slope. Plane crashes involving small aircraft carriers are all too common in the mountainous terrain of Nepal. Among those who survived were two Danish passengers and two Indian infants.

    JPMorgan CIO chief Drew quits after trading loss, http://reut.rs/JOZ5rN
    Ina Drew, JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Officer, resigned Monday after it became clear that she approved trades that led the company to $2 billion in losses. Two of Drew’s subordinates are also expected to resign. JPMorgan’s CEO said in a statement that Drew’s “vast contributions to our company should not be overshadowed by these events.”

    (via Bloomberg) Cypriot President Christofias Says He Won’t Seek Re-election, http://bloom.bg/IRuJpb
    Cypriot president Demetris Christofias said he won’t seek reelection when Cypriots hold presidential elections in February, saying his main task of uniting the divided island hadn’t been accomplished. “The Cyprus issue hasn’t been resolved and I don’t see any definitive progress in coming months,” Christofias told reporters in Nicosia today. “I won’t seek to be re-elected as president. The government will continue according to the constitution with its tasks until it handovers to the new government.” Cyprus has remained divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded its northern part in response to a Greek inspired coup. The two communities failed to make any progress toward reunification in talks which resumed in 2008, four years after Greek Cypriots rejected a United Nations sponsored settlement plan which Turkish Cypriots accepted.

    Poll: Most Americans support same-sex unions, http://cbsn.ws/JASuDk
    One week after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a CBS News/New York Times poll shows that 38% of Americans believe in same-sex marriage while 24% believe in same-sex civil unions. 33% of Americans believe that there should be no legal recognition of gay couples. The poll results are evidence that support for gay marriage rights has increased over time and is strongest amongst young people. 53% of 18 to 44-year-olds said same-sex couples should be allowed to get married.

    Obama campaign airing first ad critical of Romney’s role in private equity firm, http://wapo.st/J4uf2q
    In an ad released today, President Obama’s campaign takes a negative look at Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital. The ad shows GST Steel, which was acquired and then closed down by Bain Capital while Romney was there. “They made as much money off it as they could and they closed it down, they filed for bankruptcy, without any concern for the families or the communities,” says former GST employee Joe Soptic in the ad. “It was like a vampire. They came in and sucked the life out of us.” The ad will run in battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Colorado.

    (via The Associated Press) Greek parties try to form government, stocks tank, http://bit.ly/Jqs6zm
    Fierce political rivalries kept Greece from resolving its leadership crisis as an anti-bailout party refused Monday to return to power-sharing talks.
    For the ninth straight day, Greek party leaders were struggling to form a coalition government, riven by differences over the harsh austerity measures demanded by international creditors in return for rescue loans. The impasse means the debt-stricken country is facing the prospect of another national election next month after holding an inconclusive ballot May 6. Talks led by President Karolos Papoulias failed Sunday to break the impasse, and he invited party leaders back Monday evening to try again. The turmoil in the eurozone nation took a toll on markets across Europe, with shares on the Athens Stock Exchange down 4.4 percent at 584.29 in afternoon trading.

    Panama fisherman adrift at sea sues Florida cruise line for not helping, http://on.msnbc.com/JdzZla
    Eighteen-year-old Panamanian fisherman Adrian Vazquez is suing Princess Cruises after one of its cruise ships did not pick him and two others up while they were stranded at sea for 16 days. Vazquez and his two companions were stranded for two more weeks after the liner passed them by. During these two weeks, Vazquez was the only one to survive. He was eventually found near the Galapagos Islands. According to Princess, passengers did not notify the captain about the stranded fishermen.

    CULTURAL:

    Jay-Z set to announce 2-day Philly music festival, http://on.wsj.com/KmuSVy

    Jacob, Sophia top 2011′s list of most popular baby names from United States, http://cbsn.ws/JPKLzg

    ‘Modern Family’ Star Sarah Hyland Reveals Kidney Transplant, http://bit.ly/Jw2n5F

    ‘Avengers’ Star Chris Hemsworth Welcomes Daughter India, http://on.mtv.com/JPLVen

    Memphis soul bassist ‘Duck’ Dunn dies, http://bit.ly/JA2Pik

     

    Caitlin Maguire
    Bio: Caitlin is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Rock the Vote
    @caitlinmagu
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com