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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

    Another massive snowstorm hammers the East; a package bomb kills a former lawyer; Tom Brokaw reveals some shocking news; and a sinkhole opens up at a museum. Meanwhile, Eva Mendes talks Ryan Gosling; Taylor Swift goes through some major hair changes; Shia LaBeouf makes headlines; and a special dinner was held at the White House last night: see the pics! 

    -Veronica + Maura


    Ice hits South, Northeast is next: http://rtvote.com/1bMy1ro
    Thousands of people are without power as a massive ice and snow storm moves up the East Coast. States including Georgia and Alabama have been pelted by ice. The storm is supposed to drop 4 to 8 inches of snow on Washington, DC and 6 to 10 inches expected in New York City. Transportation has been greatly affected; Amtrak suspended some rail services on Wednesday and more than 2,600 flights have been cancelled. Five people have reportedly been killed due to weather-related accidents.

    Package bomb kills lawyer: http://rtvote.com/1ntYVcO
    John Setzer of Lebanon, Tennessee was killed on Monday after a package exploded in his face. His wife was seriously injured. Setzer was a retired lawyer and pastor, according to his law partner. Neighbors were shocked and are now terrified to look in their mailboxes, even though police officers checked everyone’s during the investigation of the Setzer case. An $8,000 reward will be given to anyone with information about this attack.

    Tom Brokaw says he has cancer: http://rtvote.com/1cwdd7x
    Tom Brokhaw, the former NBC Nightly News anchor is being treated for cancer. Brokhaw, 74, has been diagnosed with “multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow” back in August. Doctors are optimistic due to the progress he is making, even though the cancer is serious.

    November trial date set in Boston bombing: http://rtvote.com/1cwf3oO
    The trial date for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the only living suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been set for November 3rd. Prosecutors have proposed that Tsarnaev face the death penalty if he is found guilty. The trial is expected to last twelve weeks, and is being done a year earlier than what defense lawyers wanted. Tsarnaev, 20, has been accused (along with his now-deceased older brother) of setting up the bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 260 others.

    Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at museum: http://rtvote.com/1eQe4pt
    The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky lost eight of its vintage cars to a sinkhole Wednesday morning. When the police arrived, they found a sinkhole measuring 40 feet wide and 25-30 feet deep. Employees are trying to document which cars fell into the hole to assess the cost of damage. The museum will be open Wednesday, but the Sky Dome (the site of the sinkhole) will be off-limits to visitors.


    Sorry everyone: Ryan Gosling is still off the market: http://rtvote.com/ML8Zm2

    Taylor Swift chops off her hair: http://rtvote.com/1kBXDiE

    Julia Roberts’ half-sister found dead: http://rtvote.com/1nu42JK

    What is up with Shia LaBeouf? http://rtvote.com/1eU9STU 

    See the best pics from last night’s State Dinner: http://rtvote.com/1bMGeeU

    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: Friday, July 19, 2013

    Friday, July 19th, 2013

    Detroit files for bankruptcy; Florida protests ‘Stand Your Ground’; still no deal after coup in Egypt; cop fired for Dzhokhar photos; Putin critic released from custody; and Texas files ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill. Meanwhile, Rihanna sues a major clothing store; Vanessa Hudgens prepares for role as prostitute; and ‘Glee’ takes a hiatus.

    Maura + Meron


    Detroit goes bankrupt, largest municipal filing in U.S. history, http://rtvote.com/12OCWa7
    After fighting steady decline for half a century, Detroit files for the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the nation.

    Florida lawmakers urge overhaul of ‘stand your ground’ law, http://rtvote.com/12OQ5jx
    Democratic leaders of the state’s legislature say that Florida must either repeal its “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law or enact sweeping changes to avert more tragedies like the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

    Weeks after an ouster, Egypt’s military and Islamists are far from a deal, http://rtvote.com/15sVeMz
    Over two weeks after President Morsi’s removal from power, efforts at an agreement between generals and the ex-president’s Islamist supporters have come up short.  Progress has been hindered by the military’s refusal to release Morsi and several aids, intermediaries say.

    Mass. state police Sgt. Sean Murphy relieved of duty, http://rtvote.com/12OMIJa
    Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty, after giving Boston magazine photographs from behind the scenes of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

    Putin critic Alexei Navalny released from custody, http://rtvote.com/15t309k
    Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from custody less than 24 hours after he was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison. Prosecutors said that keeping Navalny in custody, who is a candidate in this fall’s Moscow mayoral race, would deny him his right to seek election. He was released under the condition that he not travel outside Moscow.

    Texas legislators file radical ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill to ban abortion after just six weeks, http://rtvote.com/197CKGO
    Three Texas Republicans filed a measure that would criminalize abortion services after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.



    Rihanna sues topshop, alleges company used her image without permission, http://rtvote.com/197GPLb

    Vanessa Hudgens on ‘The Frozen Ground’ preparation: Actress studied prostitute’s ‘whole entire life’, http://rtvote.com/15tdFAU

    ‘Glee’ taking hiatus to figure out Finn Hudson story, http://rtvote.com/15tdZzD



    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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