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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

    A building in Harlem collapses in an explosion; the White House continues to court Millennials in healthcare enrollment; the missing Malaysian Airline search continues; a Guantanamo Bay prisoner files a lawsuit against President Obama; and Jerry Sandusky’s wife defends her husband’s innocence. Meanwhile, Chris Pine gets arrested for a DUI; the Big Bang Theory is renewed for 3 seasons (Hurrah!); and two mash-up videos will help you giggle your way through Hump-day (they are NSFW though!).

    - Maura + Austin

    CRUCIAL

    1 dead, 15 Hurt Harlem Building Collapse, http://rtvote.com/1nM8hTg
    A deadly explosion Wednesday morning has caused the collapse of two five-story buildings in East Harlem, NY. There were 15 people injured and one person pronounced dead. A witness said that locals have been smelling gas for weeks and when the explosion occurred she saw people flying out of the building.  Con Edison, the NY utilities company, had been called to the area to check a possible gas leak at 9am ET this morning.

    Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million, Including 25% Youth http://rtvote.com/1esr7s9
    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange has reached more than 4.2 million. Of those enrollees, only 25% are between the ages of 18-34, a key demographic that the administration has been targeting. Most recently, the President appeared on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ show “Between Two Ferns” to plug the healthcare site to Millennials. If the administration fails to hit its goal of 40% youth enrollment, it fears that insurance costs will increase for the millions of other enrollees. 

    Malaysia Airlines MH370: Last Communication Revealed,http://rtvote.com/1iArRi5
    New information released to the public shows that the last moments of communication from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, showed that everything was normal. The China bound plane went missing on Saturday with 239 people on board. As the plane reached the boundary between Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace, the Malaysian air control announced it was handing over to Ho Chi Minh City Control. Minutes later, all contact was lost. The search continues for new information on what happened…

    Sandusky’s Wife Says He’s Innocent, Victims Manipulated,http://rtvote.com/1i6g8Zt
    The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, insists that her husband “did not do the horrible crimes” that sent him to prison. Dottie Sandusky, who has been married to her husband for 47 years, claims that he is innocent, the victims were manipulated, and that the case against him was built on lies. Jerry Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30 to 60-year prison sentence for his 2012 conviction on 45 charges of child sexual abuse of young boys for over a period of 15 years.

    Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Files Historic Lawsuit Against Obama Over Force-Feedinghttp://rtvote.com/1hcoCfH
    On Tuesday, a historic lawsuit was introduced against the U.S. military prison’s force-feeding of detainees on hunger strikes, by an inmate of Guantanamo Bay. The Yemeni inmate, Emad Abdullah Hassan, contends that he has been “abusively force-fed” more than 5,000 times in the past seven years in an effort to end his hunger strikes, causing him severe internal injuries. The case marks the first legal challenge requiring a federal judge to oversee an inmate’s testimony on Guantanamo prison conditions. 

    CULTURAL 

    Chris Pine Arrested for DUI in New Zealand, http://rtvote.com/1gpXHLL

    Angelina Jolie Plans to Have More Preventative Cancer Surgery,http://rtvote.com/1idBx3u

    The Big Bang Theory Renewed! CBS Orders 3 More Seasons of the Smash Comedy, http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Here is the Wolf of Sesame Street Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For,http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Justin Bieber’s Bratty Deposition Video Gets Remixed by Seth Meyers,http://rtvote.com/1i6ANwA

     

    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 Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

    The UN will vote on a Syria resolution; Eric Holder faces questioning regarding the seizing of media phone records; the Euro Zone, save Germany, is sinking farther into recession; another serviceman is arrested on charges of sexual assault; Nigerian president declares state of emergency; American begins 15 year sentence in North Korea; and a biometric tracking addition to immigration reform is rejected. On the other hand, Beyonce cancels concert in Belgium and Google Maps is rumored to be coming out with some really advanced updates.

    Caitlin + Alexis

    CRUCIAL

    U.N. General Assembly to vote on Syria resolution; Russia opposed, http://bit.ly/11Dll6J
    Wednesday, the U.N. General Assembly will vote on a draft resolution that condemns Syrian authorities and receives the opposition Syrian National Coalition. Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, does not approve of the resolution drafted by Qatar and other Arab nations. The Syrian conflict that has been going on for two years now has just recently turned into a civil war in which, according to the UN, at least 70,000 people have died.

    Holder to face Capitol Hill grilling, http://bit.ly/12aDeoe
    Attorney General Eric Holder will be questioned on Wednesday on Capital Hill regarding accusations that he was involved with seizing media phone records. In the past, Democratic lawmakers have defended him, but this time it appears he and his department will not have much political protection.

    Germany can’t stop euro zone from sinking into longest recession, http://reut.rs/141pIFH
    While Germany has managed to bring it’s economy back to life, France is sliding further into recession. France isn’t the only country in the EU whose economy is experiencing a downward spiral. Finland, Cyprus, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and Greece have also fallen victim to failing economies. Germany contributes to about a third of the euro zone’s economy and even it is not growing as quickly as it would like to be.

    Army Sexual Assault Prevention Office Coordinator Accused of ‘Abusive Sexual Contact’, http://huff.to/10MVRBX
    A week after an Air Force officer who headed a sexual assault prevention office was arrested for allegedly groping a woman in a parking lot, another ironic story surfaces. An army soldier chosen to coordinate a sexual assault prevention program in Texas is under investigation for “abusive sexual contact.” He has been suspended from his duties as the investigation continues.

    Nigeria president declares state of emergency, http://aje.me/16c0gBD
    After a number of attacks by Boko Haram on security forces and government were made in Boko Haram’s northeast stronghold this month, President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared a “state of emergency” in three states. He claims it to be an attempt to control violent attacks by armed group Boko Haram. The president declared in a televised statement on Tuesday “a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.”

    NKorea: American starts life at ‘special prison’, http://bit.ly/17t9hpv
    Tuesday, Kenneth Bae began his 15 year sentence in a ‘special prison’ in North Korea. An American citizen, Bae was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for “hostile acts against the state.” The Korean Central News Agency has disclosed little information regarding the situation other than that he has begun his sentence.

    CULTURAL

    Beyonce cancels concert as pregnancy buzz swirls, http://usat.ly/16aF6ne

    Jaden’s 15 soon and wants to be legally free of us …he’s like, ‘Oooh, I get my own place,’ http://bit.ly/14gFGex

    Melissa Joan Hart’s Kickstarter Campaign Canceled After Project Falls Extremely Short Of Goal, http://huff.to/10WFs88

    Chris Pine In ‘Into The Woods’ With Jake Gyllenhaal? ‘Star Trek’ Star Could Join Musical With Meryl Streep & Johnny Depp, http://huff.to/14njO19

    Booed At Cannes: From ‘Tree Of Life’ To ‘L’Avventura,’ Classic Films Were Heckled By Film Fest Audiences, http://huff.to/10P2aF9

    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