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    News Round-Up: Monday, March 24, 2014

    Monday, March 24th, 2014

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces where they think Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is; a Chicago train derailment injures over 30 people; Ukraine orders troop removal from Crimea; dozens are still missing in Washington; and over 500 Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been sentenced to death in Egypt. Meanwhile; That ‘70s Show engaged costars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have some exciting news; a Disney fan theory rocks the internet; and Jimmy Kimmel creates another awesome selfie with political help.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Flight 370 passenger’s relative: ‘All lives are lost’: http://rtvote.com/1diyqYr
    On Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that missing Flight 370 has gone down over the southern part of the Indian Ocean, ending all hopes that some people on the flight might have survived. The prime minister has asked reporters to give the families their privacy. British satellites analyzed the data captured over the southern Indian Ocean that led to this conclusion. Both Australian and Chinese officials had spotted debris earlier Monday in the same area. Satellites and searches continued to be trained in that area until more leads to the missing flight are found.

    Chicago train derailment at O’Hare Airport injures at least 32: http://rtvote.com/1iupZbO
    At around 2:55am this morning, a, eight-car passenger train derailed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The train was pulling into the station and apparently failed to stop because it was going faster than it should have been; it then jumped off of the rails and hit the escalator. Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, said that six people were seriously injured and twenty-six other passengers suffered lesser injuries.  

    Dozens remain missing in Washington mudslide: http://rtvote.com/NKbzsS
    Eight people have been confirmed to have been killed in the mudslide that hit Snohmish County, a rural county in Washington State, on Saturday. Dozens more are missing as the chance of rescue crews pulling more survivors has dwindled. 30 homes have been destroyed and the numbers of critically injured people are also increasing. Rescuers had hope Saturday night when they heard voices coming from the debris field, but darkness coupled with dangerous conditions forced rescue workers to forfeit efforts; the next morning, the voices had stopped. Searches will continue until all missing people are accounted for.

    Ukraine orders Crimea troop withdrawal as Russia seizes naval base: http://rtvote.com/1h1BKXv
    Oleksndr Turchynov, the temporary interim Ukrainian president, ordered Ukrainian military forces to leave the Crimea region, believing that Russian forces in the region could potentially harm or threaten Ukrainian troops and their relatives. Russia has conquered most of the military bases in the region after annexing Crimea last week. Military personnel and their families will be evacuated. NATO is beginning to express concern over the growth of Russian military presence on the boarder of Ukraine, believing it could threaten other areas in the region.

    528 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in Egypt: http://rtvote.com/1hg3zYj
    On Monday, 528 (or 529, as reported by some Egyptian media) Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court. The charges include violent riots in Minya, a city in Egypt, that occurred in August 2013 and included the death of a police officer. Ousted President Mohammed Morsey’s supporters had staged sit-ins that turned into riots after security forces got involved. These death sentences make up the most death sentences handed out in one set in modern Egyptian history according to the news site Ahram Online.


    Jackie and Kelso (I mean, Mila and Ashton) are PREGNANT! http://rtvote.com/1dHc2D4

    To Disney fans and fan theorists: check this out! http://rtvote.com/1roickA

    The Good Wife shocker that no one saw coming (spoilers): http://rtvote.com/Q7MWZg

    A political take on the Oscars’ infamous selfie: Kimmel/Clinton style! http://rtvote.com/1gRO5cc

    Either it’s a new iconic picture or a disgrace to a legend- your choice: http://rtvote.com/1hgdo8F

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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

    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



    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.



    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


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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    Citigroup will cut 11,000 jobs; Wall Street remains unfazed by the “fiscal cliff;” clashes in Egypt move to the presidential palace; a typhoon kills 283 in the Philippines; and Texas House Rep. Jack Brooks dies at 89. Meanwhile, Fox News is pushing Karl Rove and Dick Morris off the air; Netflix buys exclusive rights to Disney movies; and Frankie Muniz suffers a mini-stroke.



    Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs, Take $1 Billion Charge, http://bloom.bg/TFhIaf
    Citigroup has announced that it will pay a $1 billion tax charge for the quarter and that it will cut 11,000 jobs from the company. Citigroup’s CEO said this elimination of jobs is a “logical” step for the bank’s “transformation.” Their plan to reorganize will also include branch closings.

    ‘Fiscal cliff’ warnings yet to faze Wall Street, http://wapo.st/SwhwHW
    Despite warnings about the “fiscal cliff,” Wall Street investors have remained unfazed.The stock market has been fairly static since the election with the exception of a decline the day after Election Day, causing Wall Street to see it as business as usual. “Wall Street and Washington are different worlds and speak in different languages,” said one analyst, Chris Krueger. While most Wall Street investors agree that a recession will take place if President Obama and congress do not come to an agreement, they do not think the short-term consequences will be dire.

    Clashes outside Egypt’s presidential palace, http://aje.me/SJU3mx
    Hundreds camped out and one thousand people protested at the Egyptian presidential palace Wednesday. People started camping out after police fired tear gas at the crowd of demonstrators who tried to break through the palace gates. The Health Ministry said 18 people were wounded in the clash. Protestors are angry that President Mohamed Morsi banned all legal opposition to his power. Morsi said he made the decree to minimize opposition from Hosni Mubarak’s allies in the Cabinet. Eight influential Egyptian newspapers have suspended publication also in protest of Morsi.

    Typhoon kills at least 283 in Philippines, http://reut.rs/YN4DhG
    A deadly typhoon whipped through the Philippines Wednesday killing 283 people. Typhoon Bopha caused landslides and flooding in farming and mining towns as well as the southern Mindanao region.“The waters came so suddenly and unexpectedly, and the winds were so fierce, that compounded the loss of lives and livelihood,” said Arthur Uy, the governor of Compostela Valley in Mindanao. Damage to Mindanao is expected to cost $98 million as the typhoon destroyed 70-80% of plantations in the region. The storm became weaker later on Wednesday as it tore through northern resort towns.

    (via Los Angeles Times) Deal brings end to L.A., Long Beach ports strike, http://lat.ms/11RJQbU
    Clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will return to work Wednesday, ending a strike that crippled America’s busiest shipping hub for more than a week. Leaders of the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit agreed to a tentative deal after marathon negotiations that ended late Tuesday. The deal will not become final until it is ratified by the full union membership.

    Longtime SE Texas US Rep. Jack Brooks dead at 89, http://bit.ly/SMdE5q
    Jack Brooks, who was a Democratic House Rep. for Southern Texas for 42 years, died Tuesday of a sudden illness at 89. He was one of the powerful Texas Democrats that were proteges of Sam Rayburn. “I’m just an old man like Rayburn,” Brooks said. “Just a Democrat, no prefix or suffix.” He was in the same November 1963 motorcade that John F. Kennedy was killed in.


    Fox News Pushing Karl Rove, Dick Morris Off The Air, http://huff.to/WHTxFu

    Netflix buys exclusive rights to Disney movies, http://lat.ms/Ue50KT

    Royal pregnancy: Hoax call fools Duchess of Cambridge hospital, http://bbc.in/VBQoIb

    Bob Costas says he made a ‘mistake’ while talking about gun control at halftime of Sunday Night Football game,http://nydn.us/VCNWRU

    Frankie Muniz has mini-stroke: ‘I couldn’t say words,’ http://usat.ly/WIZCkV

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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

    Arab League observers will soon leave Syria; secret tapes from JFK’s last day have been released; and Mitt Romney’s tax returns are revealed. Meanwhile, 2012 Oscar nominations are out; Tracy Morgan is back at work; and Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler were pleasantly surprised by their pregnancy news.



    Gulf Arab states to pull observers from Syria, http://bbc.in/zLYu8K
    The Gulf Cooperation Council is preparing to withdraw from Syria causing the Arab League to lose six more observers. The withdrawal comes after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad refused the observers’ proposal that he relinquish power to a deputy and add opposition to the government. Assad called the proposition “flagrant interference.” The head of the observers says their mission is succeeding; however, a Kuwaiti newspaper is reporting that the GCC does not want to be “false witnesses to crimes committed against civilians.” The members of the council, which include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar, are urging the U.N. Security Council to to take “all needed measures … to press Syria to implement the Arab League and the Arab initiative on Syria.”

    Secret tapes of JFK’s last days released, http://on.msnbc.com/yF68SC
    President John F. Kennedy’s library has released the last 45 hours of his secret tapes that include conversations between him and others regarding Vietnam, Soviet relations, the space race, and his reelection. The tapes are part of 260 hours of private meetings and phone conversations that JFK had recorded. In these last 45 hours, which took place during the final months of his life, Kennedy worries about the disconnect between Washington and the rest of America and discusses reaching young voters. At one point, he introduces Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko to his children, Caroline and John Jr.

    (via The Los Angeles Times) Texas’ attorney general announced Monday that the state has sued in federal court for permission to enforce its controversial voter identification law. “The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter identification laws are constitutional,” Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott said in a statement released to The Times. “Texas should be allowed the same authority other states have to protect the integrity of elections. To fast-track that authority, Texas is taking legal action in a D.C. court seeking approval of its voter identification law.” http://lat.ms/zhRXa7

    Mitt Romney’s tax returns shed some light on his investment wealth, http://wapo.st/z2bklG
    Mitt Romney has released a preview of his tax returns to The Washington Post showing  that he made $20.9 million from profits, dividends, and investment interests in 2011. In 2010, Romney paid a 13.9 percent tax rate or $3 million, and in 2011, he paid 15.4 percent. The documents also show that Romney has a Swiss bank account and foreign investments in Luxembourg, Ireland, and the Cayman Islands, all of which are legally taxed and bring in little income. His overall net worth is between $190 million and $250 million.

    Julian Assange says he’s launching TV talk show, http://apne.ws/ziJ3ud
    According to a statement from Wikileaks, founder Julian Assange is launching a TV talk show that will  “draw together controversial voices from across the political spectrum – iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders—each to offer a window on the world tomorrow.” The statement did not mention how the TV show will be produced or distributed.

    Costa Concordia: oil salvage operation under way, http://tgr.ph/yrZFIO
    Salvage operations have begun on the Costa Concordia. The crew is inspecting the ship from the inside while another team pumps oil on to an outside barge. It will take four to six weeks to completely empty the fuel. Two more bodies were discovered yesterday, bringing the death toll to 15. 20 people are still missing.

    Strongest solar storm since 2005 hitting Earth, http://yhoo.it/w7ZnLs
    Earth is currently in the strongest solar storm since 2005. The solar flare began Sunday night and will most likely continue through tomorrow. Radiation from the storm may cause satellite disruptions or communication problems for polar-travelling airplanes. However, effects on earth will not be felt. In 1989, a solar storm caused a blackout in Quebec, and last year a freak storm caused auroras to be seen as far south as Alabama.


    Oscars nominations 2012: ‘Hugo,’ ‘The Artist’ dominate the field, http://lat.ms/wD56V5

    Disney changes dress code to allow employees to grow beards, http://lat.ms/zaWw1i

    ‘The Boss’ to perform at Jazz Fest, http://bit.ly/zKJ35B

    Tracy Morgan: Out of Hospital, Back at Work on ’30 Rock,’ http://reut.rs/wumpQP

    Kristin Cavallari, Jay Cutler reportedly surprised by pregnancy, http://bit.ly/A3p2KA


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


    Thursday, October 6th, 2011

    In today’s news, the world mourns the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs; 13 more people are suing News International for hacking their phones; Sarah Palin will not run for president in 2012; and a team of scientists at Duke University may have built an exoskeleton to help paralyzed people walk. In other news, the producers of “The Simpsons” agree to take pay cuts, and Occupy Wall Street protester Jeanne Mansfield relays a first hand account of being maced by the NYPD.

    Coral + Caitlin


    World Mourns Loss of Steve Jobs, http://fxn.ws/rfHLHI
    Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died last night after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs inspired the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad, and today he is mourned by millions. At Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, flags are flying at half mast as admirers gather on the lawn to pay condolences. In New York City last night, people gathered outside of a 24-hour Apple store on Fifth Avenue making an impromptu memorial out of fliers, apples, and flowers.

    Occupy Wall Street: Video Allegedly Shows NYPD Officer Striking Protesters With Baton, http://huff.to/qR1c10
    A new video shows the New York Police Department beating Occupy Wall Street protesters with a baton. The video shows a police officer nudge someone then it appears that the officer backs up and starts swinging at the protester. It is unclear from the video what provoked the officer’s actions, but The Huffington Post’s Matt Sledge, who was at the scene, reports the baton swinging took place after a handful of people had been arrested for attempting to cross a police barricade. The NYPD also arrested 28 more demonstrators on the same night.

    (via Independent Online) Re-trial for Bahrain medics, http://bit.ly/nI4UaG: Bahrain Public Prosecutor Ali al-Boainain has ordered the re-trial of 20 Shi’a medics handed jail terms by a military court of up to 15 years on sedition charges. “After reviewing the file of the case, the public prosecutor has decided that the ruling issued by the National Security Court on September 28 should be reconsidered in the civilian courts,” a statement from the prosecutor’s office said.

    Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer wins Nobel literature prize for ‘condensed, translucent’ works, http://wapo.st/oVKNbf
    Poet Tomas Transtromer of Sweden has been awarded the Nobel literature prize. Transtromer is said to be the most influential Scandinavian poet of recent decades. His most famous work is 1966’s “Windows and Stones.” The poet is said to be a master of imagery and metaphor: “Waking up is a parachute jump from dreams. Free of the suffocating turbulence the traveler sinks toward the green zone of morning,” reads the prelude to “The Great Enigma.”

    Derrick Bell, Law Professor and Rights Advocate, Dies at 80, http://nyti.ms/pKuwhT
    On Wednesday Derrick Bell, a legal scholar who worked to expose the persistence of racism in America through his books, articles and provocative career moves, died at age 80. Bell had given up a Harvard Law School professorship to protest the school’s hiring practices. He died of carcinoid cancer.

    96-year-old Chattanooga resident denied voting ID, http://bit.ly/oPXWfn
    96-year-old Dorothy Cooper was denied a voter ID in Tennessee because she did not have a marriage license. After Cooper learned she needed a new ID to vote in the state, she went to the Cherokee Boulevard Driver Service Center to retrieve one. She took documents with her to prove her identity, including her rent receipt, a copy of her lease, her voter registration card and her birth certificate. However, her birth certificate had her maiden name on it, and the clerk denied Cooper an ID because she did not have a marriage license to prove her married name.

    Gessler Attacks Troops’ Right To Vote: Act Now!, http://bit.ly/qHSlis
    Soldiers registered to vote in Colorado and serving overseas will not be mailed ballots if they did not vote in 2010, according to an order by Colorado Secretary of State Gessler. The County Clerk objected to this policy and after doing so, Gessler sued in court to confirm the measure. “Skip an Election – Lose Your Ballot – and Thank You For Your Service!” said Gessler.

    Sarah Palin’s Die Hard Supporters ‘Stunned,’ ‘Disappointed’, http://abcn.ws/ovuNCE
    On Wednesday, Alaska’s former Governor Sarah Palin announced she will not be entering the 2012 presidential race. Palin released a statement to ABC News and also told radio host Mark Levin that she will not run. Palin told Fox News correspondent Greta Van Susteren that she apologizes to her die hard supporters and hopes they understand that “you don’t need a title to make a difference in this country.”

    (via ABC News) The 2012 Field Is Set, But The Calendar Isn’t, http://abcn.ws/qnUUEd: Nevada has set their 2012 primary for January 14th. This could move the New Hampshire primary as far up as Tuesday, Jan. 3. And if New Hampshire goes with that date, that means a December date for the Iowa Caucuses would be inevitable.

    Body suit may soon enable the paralyzed to walk, http://lat.ms/n4GYpe
    Scientists at Duke University may be able to build a prosthetic exoskeleton which will allow paralyzed people to walk. This full-body prosthetic suit would provide sensory information straight to the brain and has been proven to work on monkeys. The scientists’ goal is to have a young quadriplegic walk into midfield at the beginning of the 2014 World Cup of soccer in Brazil.

    Steve Jobs 1955-2011: The Father of Digital Music, and His Legacy, http://bit.ly/qGKlig
    Not only was Steve Jobs a co-founder of Apple, he is also revered as the father of the digital music business. He was the one who ended the Beatles’ digital embargo, convinced Dr. Dre to release his tracks digitally, and negotiated with Bono to create the U2 iPod in 2004. Jobs not only made this music available digitally, but also took a major role in creating the iPod and iTunes. iTunes began as a music management software, but today is a retail store with millions of songs available at the click of a mouse.


    Jeanne Mansfield tells us, “Why I Was Maced at the Wall Street Protests” http://bit.ly/oKNI3e

    LA Times is, “Putting pot in its place” http://lat.ms/pnAXr7

    Are Disney’s 3D Re-Releases Helping People Change Their Minds About 3D?, http://bit.ly/orLeLl

    Producers of Simpsons to Take Pay Cuts, http://bit.ly/q7QhrT

    George Clooney Takes His Parents to Ides of March Premiere, http://bit.ly/pbRpfg

    Snoop Dogg Gets NBC Sitcom Deal, http://on.mtv.com/qjzfju

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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