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    News Round-Up: Thursday, February 20, 2014

    Thursday, February 20th, 2014

    Ukrainian protest deaths climb to 100; DC to push voting rights for congressional representatives; and the death penalty could be the end result for a child kidnapper and murderer. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio talks about marriage; celebrities duke it out by playing charades; and Lorde talks about her fashion icons.

    - Veronica + Maura


    CRUCIAL

    Truce crumbles amid gunfire in Ukraine; protesters claim 100 dead: http://rtvote.com/1glfTaw
    The truce reached between Ukrainian protesters and their government has fallen apart after another 100 protesters were killed on Thursday. Another 500 were injured. The government has not released its casualty figures, but reports state that 25 police officers have been injured. A doctor who had volunteered to help the wounded protesters believes that the government has been using snipers to target protesters. Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics wore black bands and held a moment of silence to mourn the fallen.

    DC to push voting rights support in New Hampshire: http://rtvote.com/1eaLppd
    Washington DC councilmember David Catania will travel to New Hampshire to plead his case before a committee from the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Catania plans to get New Hampshire congressmen and women to support voting rights for DC congressional representatives. This would give full congressional representation to the district. The executive director of DC Vote will also testify.

    Homeland Security alerts airlines to possible shoe-bomb threat: http://rtvote.com/MeFqsA
    Homeland Security officials believe that there is a credible threat to passenger jet attacks through use of shoe-bombs. Airlines will now pay even closer attention to shoes of passengers, including “explosive trace detection swabs” to check for explosive material, particularly on flights headed to the United States. Although there is no specific attack planned, nor are the threats particular to any country or airline, Homeland Security believes that there is enough of a threat that travelers should be warned of extra screenings.

    Suspect in killing of MO girl could face death penalty: http://rtvote.com/1oWnpPp
    45-year-old middle school employee Craig Michael Wood has been accused with kidnapping, armed criminal action, and murdering 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Wood was tracked by the help of witnesses and brought to police for questioning. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities found Owens’s body at Wood’s home. Wood may face the death penalty at his trial.

    2 Americans found dead on “Captain Phillips” ship: http://rtvote.com/OeDIt4
    American security officers Mark Kennedy and Jeffrey Reynolds have been found dead on the Maersk Alabama container ship. Both men worked for a Virginia-based security firm. The cause of death for both men is unknown at this time, and a police investigation is ongoing. The Maersk Alabama gained notoriety after being targeted by Somali pirates in 2009; the movie Captain Phillips is named after it.

    CULTURAL 

    That 70s Show star is a dad! http://rtvote.com/OeFMBj

    Celebrity charades showdown on The Tonight Show: http://rtvote.com/1fCrws9

    It’s here! See the Bonnaroo 2014 music festival lineup: http://rtvote.com/1gloSsm

    Leonardo DiCaprio talks marriage: http://rtvote.com/1glpmOZ

    Who are Lorde’s fashion icons? http://rtvote.com/1mehym2

    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: 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