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    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 13, 2014

    Thursday, March 13th, 2014

    More people are pronounced dead after East Harlem building explosion; G.M. reveals new information about a safety defect linked to 12 deaths; and a hit and run driver kills 2 people at SXSW in Austin, Texas. Meanwhile, Shailene Woodley makes Jimmy Fallon blush; Emma Watson graces the cover of Elle magazine; and Harry Styles gets rescued by AAA.

    - Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Malaysia Disputes report that missing plane flew on for hours,http://rtvote.com/1ihA8sK
    Sadly, little progress has been made in the search for the missing Malaysian passenger jet that went off the grid nearly a week ago over the Gulf of Thailand. In response to speculation about the fate the of the plane carrying 239 passengers and crew, Malaysia’s defense minister held a press conference dismissing a series of leads. Officials are describing this incidence as an unprecedented aviation mystery, and it is still unknown whether the plane is on land or in water, east or west of the country, or far beyond.

    Building collapse kills at least 7 in Manhattan,http://rtvote.com/1nn7mvN
    Updates are emerging after a massive explosion yesterday in East Harlem, that leveled two five-story apartment buildings. At least 7 people were killed and firefighters are still searching through the rubble for survivors. More than 40 people were reported with injuries. Authorities believe a gas leak caused the explosion but are still waiting to announce the official cause. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the site, commenting that this was a “tragedy of the worst kind.”

    Hit and run driver kills 2, injures 23 at SXSW,http://rtvote.com/1m0m222
    Tragedy struck last night at one of the most anticipated festivals of the year: South by Southwest. A drunk driver, said to be fleeing from police who tried pulling him over, went the wrong way down a one-way street and drove into a crowd of people waiting outside of a popular bar and music venue. Two people were killed in the accident and 23 others are injured.

    G.M reveals that it was told of ignition defect in 01’,http://rtvote.com/1i89q5d
    In an expanded chronology of events filed with federal safety regulators about the recall of 1.6 million cars, General Motors reveals it had reports of a safety defect in its cars as early as 2001. This particular safety defect has been linked to 12 deaths and at least 31 accidents over the past decade. According to GM, in 2001 a study found that the ignition switch in the Saturn Ion could turn off easily, but the company said a design change “had resolved the problem.”

    CULTURAL

    28 Modern Proverbs for 20 Somethings, http://rtvote.com/1ftr0MB  

    Harry Styles Rescued by AAA Tow Truck After Motorcycle Breaks Down,http://rtvote.com/1m0gmoP

    Emma Watson Covers Elle Magazine, Explains Why She’s “So Jealous” of Certain Actresses, http://rtvote.com/1cV2Ikg

    Shailene Woodley Gives Jimmy Fallon a Phallic Herb—And it Makes The Tonight Show Host Blush, http://rtvote.com/1nn5GlY 

    Pharell Williams Up With Comme Des Garcons to Release New Fragrance,http://rtvote.com/1nn5WRU

    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: Thursday, February 6th, 2014

    Thursday, February 6th, 2014

    An All-Star pitcher is diagnosed with cancer; NYC schools undergo some holiday changes; outrage erupts after a trial’s conclusion; another murder trial begins; and Sochi officials fire back at critics. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber makes headlines yet again; Kevin Jonas posts an adorable picture of his daughter; Jon Gosselin has some serious things to say; and Emma Watson’s Wonderland interview is out!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Curt Schilling diagnosed with cancer: http://rtvote.com/1fKY2vI
    47-year-old pitching legend Curt Schilling shocked the sports community yesterday when he revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer. He had pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Boston Red Sox, winning three World Series Championships. Schilling was due to join ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast team this MLB season.

    NYC Schools to Get Islamic, Lunar Holidays Off: http://rtvote.com/1jiuyIO
    New York City’s Mayor Bill De Blasio has begun instigating some new schooling policies. Soon, NYC public schools will close for various Muslim holidays (including Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two Islamic holy days) and the Chinese New Year. De Blasio says he wants to take time to adjust school calendars to make these new changes.

    No jail for ‘affluenza’ teen in fatal car crash draws outrage: http://rtvote.com/1byx3SA
    The Texas boy responsible for hitting a group of people (killing four and injuring nine) due to driving under the influence will not receive jail time. Instead, 17-year-old Ethan Couch will be on probation for ten years and will attend rehab for an unspecified amount of time. His defense team used the ‘affluenza’ defense; this stated that Couch had been spoiled by his wealthy family and felt entitled and lacked good judgment. Psychologists believe that the future use of the affluenza defense could almost reinforce recklessness and bad judgment.

    ‘Loud music’ murder trial begins: http://rtvote.com/1eBp5t2
    The trial for the Florida man accused of shooting and killing a 17-year-old in late 2012 is being put on trial. The man, Michael Dunn, noticed an SUV was playing loud music at a gas station and asked the people inside to turn it down. Allegedly, one occupant withdrew a shotgun, prompting Dunn to grab his own gun and shoot eight times into the car, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn waited before calling police, who did not find a weapon in the SUV. He has pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. The trial should not last until February 14th.

    Russian Officials Fire Back at Olympic Critics: http://rtvote.com/1ndDX1C
    Dmitry Kozak, the top person responsible for the Sochi Olympic preparations, has been firing back at critics, saying they have surveillance video of people purposely trying to sabotage their hotel rooms. Kozak also said they’ve only received 103 complaints after housing over 100,000 guests. Olympic athletes like American speed skater Sugar Todd say that their hotel rooms do not have any problems. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson says that Sochi’s organizers are almost definitely working to solve the problems.

    CULTURAL

    The truth behind Justin Bieber’s “Pot Plane” scandal: http://rtvote.com/1fWnDRK

    Cute pic of Kevin Jonas’s daughter! http://rtvote.com/1fL6dYS 

    Jon Gosselin spouts off some serious stuff about Kate: http://rtvote.com/1khikAc

    See parts of Emma Watson’s Wonderland interview: http://rtvote.com/N8WRfD    

    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 8, 2011

    Friday, July 8th, 2011

    The unemployment rate rose to 9.2% in June, the space shuttle Atlantis is set to launch, British Prime Minister Cameron orders two inquiries into the News of the World scandal, seven people have been killed in a shooting spree in Michigan, southern Sudan gains independence, and a cancer patient has been saved by the first ever synthetic windpipe transplant.

    Also, The Miami Herald discusses how new voter id laws affect young voters.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    (via POLITICO Breaking News) The unemployment rate rose to 9.2 percent in June, the Labor Department reported Friday morning. The economy added 18,000 jobs last month, the report says.

    Space shuttle Atlantis ready for launch; weather may not be, http://bit.ly/pebii8

    Space shuttle Atlantis is set to launch for the 33rd time today. The shuttle is scheduled to take off at 11:26 AM with a year’s worth of supplies for the International Space Station. Poor weather in Florida could delay the launch until tomorrow.

    Cameron Orders Two Inquiries Into Hacking Scandal as Former Aide Is Arrested, http://nyti.ms/qC6GxG

    Andy Coulson, the former editor of The News of the World (the tabloid being charged with phone hacking and corruption) was arrested by British police on Friday.  Coulson was once a senior aide to Prime Minister David Cameron. Mr. Cameron is ordering two separate inquiries into the tabloid scandal.

    “No sense” to ex-con’s shooting spree in Mich., http://bit.ly/pTrFyW

    Police are still trying to understand the motives that led Rodrick Dantzler of Grand Rapids, MI, to kill not only seven people, but also himself. Two of his victims were his ex-girlfriend and daughter. He took a houseful of strangers hostage before turning his gun on himself.

    South Sudan secedes amid tensions,
    http://wapo.st/qEwNsH

    Southern Sudan is celebrating its independence after a peace process made possible by successive U.S. presidents.  North and South Sudan are divided over issues including how to delineate the countries’ border, divide the oil revenue, and determine control over the region of Abyei.

    Mexican Citizen Is Executed as Justices Refuse to Step In,
    http://nyti.ms/qA1aCw

    The Supreme Court voted 5-4 against the Obama administration’s request to stay the execution of a Mexican citizen who raped and killed a 16-year-old girl. The man was not informed of his right to contact his consulate, which is against international law. Despite worries about the execution’s effect on world diplomacy, the man was executed an hour after the court made its ruling.

    New voter ID legislation sparks debate among young voters, http://bit.ly/qMWgK9

    The Miami Herald reports on the backlash new voter ID laws have caused many young voters. Former President Bill Clinton spoke out against the “pervasive political movement” that discourages young Americans and minorities from voting.

    Florida GOP leaders push for early primary date, despite threat from RNC, http://politi.co/ndC5qG

    Only a few states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire, are allowed to hold their primaries before “Super Tuesday;” Florida Republicans are hoping to join the ranks of these states. Even with the RNC threatening to cut its delegates in half, FL GOP leaders hope to have more influence on the nomination with an earlier date. Florida Democrats tried the same in 2008, only to lose all of their delegates.

    Patient Saved By Synthetic Windpipe Transplant in Medical First, http://fxn.ws/n2Ea3T

    Swedish surgeons successfully transplanted a synthetic windpipe into a man diagnosed with cancer. The surgery was the first transplant of a synthetic organ. The artificial organ was grown from stem cells from the patient’s bone marrow.

    CULTURAL:

    J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson in Tears at Harry Potter Premiere, http://bit.ly/pqT6Dp

    Meet Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s Son, Egypt! http://eonli.ne/n5eKU7

    Jay-Z Has Started Next Solo Album, http://bit.ly/rfpJ66

    ‘Modern Family’ recasting baby Lily, http://on-msn.com/nZiKLB

    Big Sean Is ‘The Next Generation Of Hip-Hop,’ http://on.mtv.com/pBHwIA

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

    Greece passes the austerity vote, Bank of America will pay $14 billion in a mortgage deal, and at least ten are dead after the Taliban attacks a Kabul hotel. Also, a missing woman’s body is found in a restaurant’s ventilation system, fly fishing shops are running out of feathers due to a hair extension trend, Tom Petty asks Bachmann not to use “American Girl,” and Google starts a Facebook competitor.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    Greece passes key austerity vote, http://bbc.in/knwQyB

    The Greek Parliament has voted in favor of the austerity plan, meant to save Greece from running out of money within weeks. The plan’s tax hikes and spending cuts have been extremely unpopular with the public, spurring protests that are likely to continue. The measures passed by 155 votes to 138. Greece’s total debt is 340 billion euros, which amounts to 31,000 euros per person.

    Bank of America to Set Aside $14 Billion in Mortgage Deal, http://nyti.ms/lxHMm5

    Bank of America will pay $8.5 billion to investors who lost money on mortgages that soured during the housing collapse. This payment is the largest settlement since the financial crisis in 2008.

    8 militants, 10 others dead after attack on Kabul hotel, http://bit.ly/jYFRS5

    The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a siege and suicide bombing that killed at least ten at a five-star Kabul hotel. The US sent a drone to take photos during the attack. The pictures helped Afghan forces to counter-strike and finally end the siege at 7 a.m. the next morning.

    Obama to hold news conference; Afghanistan, debt talks, jobs likely subjects,
    http://lat.ms/mbcZyL

    This morning, President Obama will hold his first news conference since March 11. He has spoken with the press during appearances with other international leaders; however, this morning he’ll face more specific questions regarding Afghanistan, Libya, and debt-limit talks by himself.

    Missing woman’s body found in ventilation system, police say, http://bit.ly/kh0EgM

    Jamie Minor, the 26-year-old Texas woman who went missing more than a month ago, has been found dead in a ventilation duct above a steakhouse in Austin, Texas.  Police say she was trying to enter the steakhouse through the vent system when she found herself trapped. Minor’s mother said her daughter had been struggling with mental illness, including bipolar disorder, since her early 20s.

    When Fashion Meets Fishing, the Feathers Fly, http://nyti.ms/m679aM

    With the new fashion of wearing long, colorful feathers as hair accessories, the demand for fly fishing feathers is through the roof. In fact, many fly fishing shops have found themselves in a feather shortage. Some of these shops find the fashion statement to be “sacrilegious” and will only sell the feathers to fishermen; other shops see the high demand as good business.

    Tom Petty reportedly issuing cease and desist letter to Bachmann, http://bit.ly/jOhx2P

    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been playing Tom Petty’s famous hit, “American Girl” at her campaign events. Petty is worried that people might think he supports Bachmann’s campaign and has sent her a cease and desist letter as a result. He sent a similar letter to George Bush in 2000 when he played Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”

    Google Takes On Facebook With Social Service,
    http://bloom.bg/jl2Wrh

    Google is giving social networking another try despite the failure of its first attempt, Google Buzz. Called Google+, the new service will make it easy for users to share photos, videos, messages and other information with selected circles of friends.

    CULTURAL:

    Tracy Morgan … From Gays to ‘Retards,’ http://bit.ly/iH4gI2

    Shia LaBeouf: Hollywood’s Last Bad Boy, http://bit.ly/mgbDod

    The Bachelor’s Emily Maynard and Brad Womack Split, http://bit.ly/jBvmPj

    Emma Watson Gushes About Her Harry Potter Co-Star Crush, http://huff.to/kO5JV7

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, April 25, 2011

    Monday, April 25th, 2011

    Files containing details about prisoners at Guantanamo have been released, creating a media frenzy to report the information, the Taliban helped an enormous number of prisoners to escape in Afghanistan after digging a tunnel, and Gabrielle Giffords has been cleared to watch her husband’s space shuttle lift off. Meanwhile, the next Nintendo console is due out in 2012, Samantha Wishman points out the gender inequalities brought out by the college greek system, and Simon Cowell recruits Paula Abdul to judge on the X Factor.

    CRUCIAL:

    Classified Files Offer New Insights Into Detainees, http://nyti.ms/fjIo27

    Military files were released to many news outlets which provide very detailed reports about the prisoners held at Guantanamo. The reports explain why the 172 prisoners who remain are marked with the highest level of danger, although most of the 600 others who were released were though to be highly dangerous as well. Information about some of the prisoners is still unavailable, and the reports do not expand on some previous reports of punishment techniques as the prison.

    Taliban Tunnels More Than 480 out of Afghan Prison, http://yhoo.it/fNPCkM

    After digging for 5 months, the Taliban completed a tunnel that allowed hundreds of prisoners to escape to a nearby house and then be drive to other locations. A few prisoners knew of the plan from the inside and were able to use copies of keys to let out inmates and move them swiftly through the tunnel.

    Gabrielle Giffords’ Doctors, Husband, Share Details on Her Progress, http://bit.ly/dXKHEc

    Representative Giffords continues to work towards recovery as she slowly but surely learns to walk and talk again. Many precautionary measures have shielded Giffords from the public, such as capitol guards and only allowing selected workers to help Giffords. Doctors have said it will be safe for Giffords to travel to watch the launch of her husband’s space shuttle.

    Man Who Tried to Hijack Paris-Rome Alitalia Flight is Overpowered, http://huff.to/f9LpSE

    A man with a knife attempted to get a flight from Paris to Rome to head to Libya. The man was taken down by flight attendants and passengers after holding the knife to one flight attendant’s throat.

    Rand and Ron Paul: The Libertarian Kennedys, http://politi.co/heAeQk

    Politics runs in the family for the Paul’s, much like the Kennedy family, with both father and son considering running for President in 2012. The family is growing more notable and “[Ron] Paul is more recognizable than ever. And there are signs of a dynasty in the making, with his devoted following likely to be passed down to his children even if his White House hopes end with this election.”

    Samantha Wishman on how college greek systems lead to gender inequality: http://bit.ly/fSMvJE

    CULTURAL:

    Which celebs will be at the White House Corespondents’ Dinner?: http://bit.ly/fsTH2t

    Simon Cowell reveals Judges Panel for the X Factor: http://bit.ly/fg6lYz

    Celeb twit pics: http://bit.ly/eFGYZF

    Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni expecting first child: http://bit.ly/hAW0KH

    Flava Flav pulling plug on Iowa Chicken Restaurant: http://bit.ly/ffFTQp

    Emma Watson transferring: http://nyti.ms/eWKc4N

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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