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    News Round-Up: November 5, 2013

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

    NJ mall shooter is found dead; nine skydivers survive a crazy plane collision midair; and Election Day 2013 has arrived with major elections in New Jersey, Virginia, NYC as well as other cities & states across the country. Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore is pregnant again (yippee!) and Lea Michele dedicates a song to her late love, Cory Monteith, on her new album.

    -Sandy + Maura


    New Jersey Mall Shooter Found Dead With Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Police Say,http://rtvote.com/1hK7rEn
    Richard Shoop, 20, opened fire in New Jersey’s Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall ten minutes before closing time last night. Shoop fired at least six shots, none of which were aimed at people; witnesses described Shoop’s demeanor as extraordinarily calm. His body was found in a back area of the mall at 3:20 AM this morning. There have been no other reported injuries at this time. Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.

    Watch nine skydivers survive fiery two-plane collision in midairhttp://rtvote.com/HEmNNg
    As if skydiving weren’t terrifying enough. Skydivers in Wisconsin pulled off the stunt of their lives last weekend as they found themselves in the middle of something that looks straight from a James Bond movie. Two planes collided 12,000 feet in the air on Saturday, and a group of skydivers, along with the pilot, jumped from the exploding wreckage. The second plane was landed safely by another pilot, despite damage to the wing and the propeller.

    Obama: ENDA vote in Senate an ‘opportunity’http://rtvote.com/1hKcfcW
    At a dinner for top Organizing for Action donors, President Obama praised Senate’s 61-30 vote to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday. The bill forbids employers from firing employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, it is still too soon to celebrate since the bill has yet to pass in the House.

    Takoma Park 16-year-old savors his history-making moment at the pollshttp://rtvote.com/1aCoAyi
    Ben Miller, 16, will step into a voting booth today and cast his ballot, along with 350 other 16- and 17-year-olds, who were granted the right to vote in municipal elections by the Takoma City Council in May. Montgomery County, Maryland, is the nation’s first community to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 in municipal elections; council member Tim Male said this was intended as a way to boost voter turnout. It seems to be working, as young Ben Miller proudly exercises his newfound civic duty.


    Election Day 2013: Five things to watch todayhttp://rtvote.com/HEmxhb
    Today, voters in Virginia and New Jersey will elect their new governors, while new mayors are chosen in New York, Boston, Detroit, and a heck of a lot of other cities. Important issues are at stake on many of these ballots. Here are five things to keep an eye out for.


    The New York Times Editorial Board discusses the ENA decision in “Toward Ending Workplace Discrimination”, http://rtvote.com/1aCD1m7

    Rocker Austin Estes tells us why young voters are a force to be reckoned with in “Young Americans Will Help Change History This Election Day – If They Vote,” http://rtvote.com/1a5stsW

    Writers respond to the increased incidents in gun violence in “LAX shooting heats up gun debate: Opinionline,”http://rtvote.com/177qaYc


    Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood Released From Jail, http://rtvote.com/1hgnV9B

    Drew Barrymore Is Pregnant, Expecting Second Child With Husband Will Kopelman, http://rtvote.com/1hKirlf

    Lea Michele Recorded a Song About Cory Monteith For Her Debut Album, http://rtvote.com/1bVBzrt

    Chris Pratt Was an Amateur Stripper at Age 18, http://rtvote.com/1a5vk5b


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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, May 10th, 2012

    Thursday, May 10th, 2012

    At least 40 are dead after twin blasts in Damascus; prosecutors wrap up their case against John Edwards; wreckage from this week’s Russian plane crash is discovered; Democrats demand that the national convention be moved from Charlotte; and after coming out in support of same-sex marriage, President Obama asks for donations and calls out Mitt Romney for ‘backwards’ views. In the entertainment world, Anna Faris and husband Christ Pratt are expecting; Blink 182 cancels tour dates; Rihanna is hospitalized after the Met Gala; and Britney Spears signs a $15 million ‘X-Factor’ deal.



    Dozens dead in twin Damascus blasts, http://aje.me/K5ms0T
    Two explosions left 40 people dead and 170 injured in Damascus Thursday. The attacks took place near an intelligence building for security forces and could be heard throughout Syria’s capital city. No one will take responsibility for the blasts; the Syrian government blames the opposition while the opposition claims security forces have carried out attacks near government buildings before.

    Prosecutors won’t call Rielle Hunter in John Edwards trial, http://bit.ly/K1RnNY
    Federal prosecutors will wrap up their case against John Edwards today. They are not expected to call Edwards’ mistress and mother of his four-year-old daughter, Rielle Hunter, to the stand. Legal experts say that it’s not in the prosecutors’ best interest to do so unless Hunter can directly link money she received to two wealthy campaign donors. Edwards’ attorneys will ask the judge presiding over the case to dismiss the charges.

    (via The Associated Press) All passengers feared dead after Russian plane on demo flight crashes in Indonesia,http://fxn.ws/ISRlrQ
    Rescuers discovered the shattered wreckage of a new Russian-made passenger plane Thursday that smashed into the side of an Indonesian volcano during a flight to impress potential buyers. All 45 people on board were feared dead.Due to the remoteness of the crash site and the steep, rugged terrain, the bodies will be placed in nets and lifted by ropes to a hovering chopper, national search and rescue agency spokesman Gagah Prakoso said. Heavy mist was hampering visibility, however, forcing the postponement of evacuations until Friday. “So far we haven’t found any survivors, but we are still searching,” he said as teams of soldiers, police and volunteers continued to troop up the slopes.

    Angry opponents of N.C. amendment call for moving Democratic convention from Charlotte, http://bit.ly/KSPQGn
    Close to 20,000 Democrats have signed a petition to move the Democratic National Convention from Charlotte after North Carolina voters decided to pass Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution. The petition, called “Move the Convention,” is from Gay Marriage USA and demands that the convention be in a “state that upholds equality and liberty, and treats ALL citizens equally.” Democratic officials said yesterday that the convention will not be moved to a new location.

    After marriage announcement, Obama makes money pitch, http://bit.ly/JAi0tp
    A little while after President Obama told ABC News that he supports same-sex marriage, his campaign sent out an e-mail asking for donations. “Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer: I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry,” the email said. “More than 1.9 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today.”

    (via Christian Science Monitor) New Obama video slams Romney as ‘backwards’ on gay marriage,http://bit.ly/IWaKsM
    President Barack Obama’s campaign moved quickly Thursday to capitalize on his newly announced support for gay marriage, releasing an Internet video that calls his Republican challenger backward on the highly divisive social issue. Obama broke from his long-claimed indecision on the issue to express outright support for the right of homosexual couples to marry. He spoke during an ABC television interview Wednesday. On Thursday morning, his campaign released an Internet video titled “Mitt Romney: Backwards on Equality.” It opens with Obama saying same-sex couples should have the right to marry, then shows a clip of Romney saying Wednesday that he opposes gay marriage and favors rolling back some rights for same-sex couples.

    (via USA Today) Obama campaign helps supporters with new election laws, http://usat.ly/KcEMJl
    New voter ID and registration rules are on the books in 17 states and more are in the pipeline, so the Obama campaign is giving volunteer organizers and voters a crash course on the new election laws. Experts say these new rules could diminish participation among young and minority voters — two groups that are key to President Obama’s re-election strategy. In Florida, where a new law requires political parties to certify organizers registering voters and turn over signed forms within 48 hours or face steep fines, the campaign has begun training volunteers on the details. In Wisconsin, where — barring a successful legal challenge — a new photo ID rule will be in effect, Obama volunteers have hosted talks over sandwiches at private homes and public libraries about the new requirements…. Heather Smith, executive director of Rock the Vote, a non-partisan voter advocacy group targeting young people, said the rules could be a significant roadblock for young voters. About 50% of eligible young voters cast ballots in the 2008 election and voted for Obama by 2-to-1.


    London 2012 Olympics: torch lighting ceremony – as it happened, http://bit.ly/Jg6NAs

    Rihanna hospitalized for exhaustion after Met Gala, http://nyp.st/LXUOXT

    Travis Barker’s Emergency Surgery Forces Blink-182 to Cancel Tour Dates, http://eonli.ne/IWcimI

    Celebrity stylist Vidal Sassoon dead at 84, http://trib.in/IF5dTS

    Anna Faris & Chris Pratt Expecting First Child, http://bit.ly/J3e8Nb

    Britney Spears signs $15 million X Factor deal, http://bit.ly/KcID8Y

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