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    News Round-Up: Monday, April 7, 2014

    Monday, April 7th, 2014

    The latest lead for missing flight might be the most credible one yet; more major Ukrainian cities fall to Russian protesters; the Ebola virus in Africa has some concern for a worldwide outbreak; and diseases previously eradicated in the United States are making a deadly comeback. Meanwhile, legendary actor Mickey Rooney dies at age 93; the royal family lands “down under”; and Hillary Clinton’s photo with Pussy Riot dominates the web.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Malaysia Flight 370: New signal sounds ‘just like’ one from a plane’s beacon: http://rtvote.com/1hTMVls
    The Ocean Shield, an Australian naval vessel containing a United States pinger locator, found signals in the Indian Ocean that appear to be from an airplane on Sunday. The signals are ones specially designed to be picked up by recorders and are not natural sounds. They were located in a part of the Indian Ocean that’s 14,800 feet deep. Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said that investigators also have a “visual locator on a screen” as well as the sound data. However, he says searching in deep marine waters could take days, but that “we are encouraged that we are very close to where we need to be.” As of Monday, the search for Flight 370 has lasted 31 days.

    Russia trying to ‘dismember’ Ukraine through protests, Kiev says: http://rtvote.com/1jnRfcq
    Pro-Russian protesters have broken into and seized several important government buildings in Ukrainian cities this weekend, prompting Kiev to accuse Russia of attempting to ‘dismember’ Ukraine and replicate its actions in Crimea. Police said that some of the protesters had seized weapons while invading the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The Donetsk People’s Republic, a new self-proclaimed legislative branch, said it would vote May 11th to join Russia. Current Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said that Russia was starting a “second wave of a special operation against Ukraine intended to overthrow the Kiev government.” Moscow has yet to offer its opinion or rebuttal.

    Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life: http://rtvote.com/1lFPpoa
    As vaccination rates drop in the United States, diseases once deemed eradicated by the United States government-like whooping cough and measles-are now making a comeback. Measles outbreaks have recently been reported in New York, California, and Texas. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world and has a reputation for being a ruthless killer. Although vaccination rates hold at 90%, some states-like Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, and Vermont-have noted that almost 5% of kindergartners have gone completely unvaccinated. The anti-vaccine movement has gained popularity as some celebrities have publicly denounced vaccinating their children. Some people still believe the now-debunked idea that vaccines cause autism, while others feel as though the government and pharmaceutical companies are not “trustworthy.”

    As Ebola spreads in Africa, how worried should West be? http://rtvote.com/1gDy9L1
    The Ebola virus, a deadly, easily contracted virus resulting in widespread outbreaks, has begun to spread throughout Africa. Ebola is almost always fatal, killing about 90% of people infected, and there are no vaccines or treatments. This current outbreak of the virus began in Guinea’s rainforests, moved to its capital city, and has now crossed over into Liberia. Workers in the area, however, have been able to answer definitely that, due to the extreme close contact needed to contract the disease, the likelihood of a worldwide epidemic is slim-to-none. Most people infected are health workers caring for the sick. Ebola is spread through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids like blood, sweat, or saliva, and can incubate in people for up to 21 days before symptoms are revealed.

    Bus hits student near High Point High School: http://rtvote.com/1h8nX1R
    A bus drifted across a road, hit an 8-year-old boy, and landed in a ditch. The boy was waiting for the bus to come when he was hit. Witnesses reacted quickly and were able to pull the boy out from underneath the bus. For an unknown reason, the bus driver left the bus with nine children on board and apparently did not set the emergency brake. He stayed at the scene of the accident as investigators attempted to determine the reason he left the bus, and is expected to face reckless endangerment charges. Five of the 9 students on the bus, along with the boy who was hit, were transported to the hospital. All children are in stable condition and will recover fully.


    Acting legend Mickey Rooney dies at 93: http://rtvote.com/1ikFbFq

    Hillary Clinton’s picture with Pussy Riot takes over the web: http://rtvote.com/OrXosE

    The Royals rock New Zealand and Australia: http://rtvote.com/1kjvv56

    The ACM’s were last night: see the arrival pictures! http://rtvote.com/PG7NlG

    Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere crashed HBO’s online stream: http://rtvote.com/QXynrC

    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: Monday, January 13, 2014

    Monday, January 13th, 2014

    In today’s news, Governor Christie of New Jersey is back in the headlines as the Feds investigate the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds; a Southwest Airlines plane lands at the wrong airport in Missouri; and protestors in Thailand try to shut down the capitol by blocking the streets. Meanwhile, the world is buzzing about the 2014 Golden Globes—the winners, losers, best-dressed, worst-dressed, and the J-Lawrence photo bomb.

    -Maura + Veronica


    Gates Clarifies: Obama didn’t say his opposition to surge was political http://rtvote.com/1d0Qr6z
    Former defense secretary Robert Gates made some clarifications on Monday regarding his book Duty. The book caused controversy for President Obama and Hillary Clinton when it appeared as though Gates was arguing that President Obama opposed the troop surge in Iraq for political purposes. In order to clarify, Gates stated that President Obama’s opposition remained consistent with his opposition to the war and it was not done for political reasons.

    Feds investigating Christie’s use of Sandy relief fundshttp://rtvote.com/1eA96sL
    It seems like Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey cannot escape the front-page news scandals. The newly reelected governor is now being investigated by federal officials on his use of relief funds from Superstorm Sandy, just days after dismissing his two top advisors for their role in the George Washington Bridge Scandal. In the new review, federal auditors will examine New Jersey’s use of $25 million for a tourism ad campaign that starred Christie and his family.

    Southwest Airlines plane lands at wrong Missouri airporthttp://rtvote.com/JVbjWp
    A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago’s Midway International Airport was scheduled to land Sunday night in a southwest Missouri airport, but instead touched down at an airport 7 miles away with a much shorter runway. Thankfully, no one was injured in the landing of this Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have launched an investigation to figure out what happened.

    Thai protesters create huge traffic jam to shut down capital http://rtvote.com/JVcXHG
    Peaceful – but large – protests began in Thailand today as anti-government demonstrators seized key intersections across the country’s capital of Bangkok.  The protesters want to derail next month’s elections, overthrow the prime minister, and are accusing the government of corruption. They are vowing to shut down the country of 12 million people and stay in the streets as long as it takes to achieve their goals.

    West Virginians warn of lessons from chemical spill  http://rtvote.com/1dpZDI2
    West Virginia is still cleaning up after a chemical spill last Thursday leaked 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the public water supply in nine of the state’s counties, affecting 15% of the state’s population. More than 30 people have sought treatment at hospitals for symptoms such as nausea and WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for much of the southwest section of the state where the spill occurred. More than 300,000 residents are without access to clean tap water and are seeking ways to bathe, drink, and cook until the issue is resolved.


    2014 Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List, http://rtvote.com/1gAvC6v

    Amy Poehler Breaks Losing Streak at Golden Globes, http://rtvote.com/1kxSR6K

    Jennifer Lawrence Photobombs Taylor Swift at 2014 Golden Globes, http://rtvote.com/1ce9b2u

    Game of Thrones Season Four Trailer Premiers, http://rtvote.com/1hPA6tw

    True Detective: What Did You Think of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s HBO Detective Drama?, http://rtvote.com/1hiwWeY

    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: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

    The Turkish deputy PM seeks to appease citizens; the U.N. human rights team believes Syria has used chemical weapons; the GOP threatens to restrict funding for the IRS; floods continue in Germany; Oscar Pistorius’s hearing is postponed until August 19; an American tourist is gang-raped in India; China censors the big yellow duck; and David Barton warns Christians not to drink Starbucks coffee.  Meanwhile, Channing and Jenna Tatum reveal their baby girl’s name, and Coldplay drummer makes a cameo in Game of Thrones.

    Maura + Alexis


    Turkish deputy PM seeks to calm anti-government protests, http://reut.rs/19EmmvR
    Turkey’s deputy Prime Minister attempted to appease anti-government demonstrators on Tuesday with an apology for police crackdown on a peaceful protest. Bulent Arinc’s words carried a much different tone than Erdogan’s, who leftMonday on a visit to North Africa. Arinc told a news conference in Ankara that “the excessive violence that was used in the first instance against those who were behaving with respect for the environment is wrong and unfair. I apologize to those citizens.”

    U.N. rights team believes chemical weapons used in Syria, http://reut.rs/19EBUQb
    Human rights investigators from the U.N. said Tuesday that they had “reasonable grounds” to believe that at least small amounts of chemical weapons had been used in Syria. Now, more so than ever, a sense of urgency has been instilled in the West to end the war. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the use of chemical weapons was unacceptable. The U.N. commission examined four reported toxic attacks in the months of March and April, but there is no information as to which side was behind the attacks.

    GOP threatens IRS purse strings, http://bit.ly/18NZR8E
    GOP appropriators said Monday that they were willing and able to pull on the IRS’s ‘purse strings’ to elicit answers regarding accusations that the IRS has been targeting conservative groups. In other words, the House Appropriations Committee would restrict IRS funding, a power only Congress has, in order to get to the truth. The acting IRS chief said he is prepared to defend President Obama’s budget, which aims for a $1 billion increase in funding for the IRS.

    Floods threaten Dresden as Prague river levels fall, http://bbc.in/1309bjF
    Cities in southern and eastern Germany are on high alert, and Dresden prepares for water levels 5m higher than average. Thankfully, river levels in Prague are falling, and floodwaters are moving north. The city of Regensburg has declared a state of emergency. Meanwhile, in the state state of Saxony, which includes the city of Dresden, officials warn that water levels have the chance of rising higher than those of the record floods of 2002. Eleven people have died so far throughout the countries affected; only six fewer than in 2002.

    Oscar Pistorius’ hearing postponed until Aug. 19, http://usat.ly/15BPcds
    Oscar Pistorius stood throughout the entirety of his 15-minute court hearing Tuesday, portraying very little emotion. It was a very different look compared to the very emotional presentation he gave during his bail hearing in February. Magistrate Daniel Thulare decided to postpone the case until August 19, 2013, allowing police more time for investigations.

    US Tourist Gang-raped in Northern India: Police, http://yhoo.it/18QhJ2V
    An American female tourist was gang-raped by a truck driver and two accomplices Tuesday in Northern India. The 30-year-old woman was raped following her decision to accept an offer for a ride from a truck driver in Manali. Medical tests prove that she was indeed raped, and police continue to hunt down the criminals. Every truck driver in Manali has been ordered to report to the local police station in an effort to track down the three men.

    Censored in China: ‘Today,’ ‘Tonight’ and ‘Big Yellow Duck’, http://nyti.ms/12qwdFj
    China has banned the phrases “today,” tonight,” “June 4,” and “big yellow duck” on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, today due to a picture posted on the internet that quickly became an internet sensation. In an attempt to resurrect a banned image of a Chinese man blocking a line of tanks in Tianenman Square, a photoshopped version of the iconic image was posted on Weibo replacing the tanks with big yellow ducks. The images were almost immediately removed by censors, but only after making their way all across cyberspace.

    Christians Can’t Drink Starbucks Because Company Supports Gay Marriage, Evangelical Says (VIDEO), http://huff.to/16Exgmo
    According to former evangelical pastor and conservative activist David Barton, there is “no way” a truly righteous Christian can drink coffee from a cup with a little green straw – from Starbucks, that is. Because Starbucks donates money to support gay marriage and has publicly supported Washington state’s same-sex marriage bill, Barton argues that to support the company would be supporting “what is attacking God.”


    Miguel’s Leg Drop Victim May Have Suffered Brain Damage, Might Sue, http://huff.to/1b0xFfL

    Jonah Hill In ‘Arrested Development’ Movie? Mitch Hurwitz Reveals He Could Have Played George Michael In Elaborate Hoax, http://huff.to/18R74oH

    Penelope Cruz As Bond Girl? Rumor Has Oscar Winner Heading To Next 007 Film, http://huff.to/18Ls4d

    Will Champion On ‘Game Of Thrones’: Coldplay Drummer Makes Cameo Appearance As Drummer, http://huff.to/16FhWWK

    Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Reveal New Daughter’s Name!, http://eonli.ne/15xx3Ne

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, June 14, 2012

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012

    An Air Force Osprey crashes injuring five; the U.S. is increasing security presence at foreign airports; and Obama and Romney head to Ohio. In other news, Solar Mosaic gets $2 million from the Dept. of Energy, and “Game of Thrones” apologizes featuring a severed head resembling former President George W. Bush.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Air Force Osprey crash at Florida base injures five, http://bit.ly/Kq1fTs
    An Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed yesterday during a routine training mission north of Navarre, Florida. All five crewmembers were injured. The tilt-rotor aircraft can fly like an airplane and land like a helicopter, but its safety has been questionable. Thankfully the last crash was not as dire as those in 1992 and 2000—crashes that claimed more than 20 military and civilian lives.

    U.S. Security Expands Presence at Foreign Airports, http://nyti.ms/Mtjp5B
    The Obama administration has implemented new Customs and Border Control procedures at airports in Ireland, Madrid, Panama, and Japan. Visitors to the U.S. and those returning from abroad will now undergo U.S. clearance before boarding the plane in addition to the security of the respective countries’ airports. These new measures are the newest line of defense against terrorist attacks against the U.S.

    Dept. of Energy throws millions at a startup trying to make solar energy mainstream, http://wapo.st/Nl8oXf
    The U.S. Department of Energy just granted $2 million to Solar Mosaic, a company that will help normal Americans to start using solar energy in their everyday lives. Though it is still in its pre-launch period, the first five projects have collectively generated 73kW of clean solar energy—more than half a million dollars’ worth of energy—and added over 2,700 job hours for workers in areas such as Oakland, Calif., and the Navajo Nation in Arizona.

    In dueling Ohio events, Obama, Romney to sell economic visions, http://cbsn.ws/LnTsS9
    President Obama and Mitt Romney both head to Ohio, one of the election’s key battleground states, today to discuss the economy. Romney will be speaking in Cincinnati, and has predicted that Obama will use his speech to “change course” after his comments last week that the private sector was “doing fine.” Obama, speaking at a community college in Cleveland, will be sure to underscore the dire economic situation he inherited upon taking office in 2009.


    HBO apologizes after ‘Game of Thrones’ scene featured severed head resembling former President George W. Bush, http://nydn.us/KEiblK

    Chris Brown Injured In BAR FIGHT with Drake’s Entourage, http://bit.ly/LbQIvO

    R. Kelly I Believe I Can … NOT PAY MY TAXES, http://bit.ly/LNce9R

    ‘Magic Mike’ red band trailer rewind warning! http://bit.ly/LWOBrG


    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

    The U.S. credit rating is stabilized…for now; an intruder breaks into a Sydney home, leaving a ransom note and a bomb strapped to an 18-year-old; Hosni Mubarak arrives to court in a hospital bed; what happened to the days when only handbags were knocked off? China is now creating copy-cat stores; speaking of China, someone there has hacked 72 government and private organizations. Meanwhile in the entertainment world, Alfred Hitchcock’s first movie has been unearthed in New Zealand, and the rent Faye Dunaway pays is actually unfair.


    Moody’s Affirms U.S. Rating, Warns of Downgrades, http://bloom.bg/qi7T1H
    Rating agencies Moody and Fitch have conserved the U.S.’ triple-A credit rating. Moody, Fitch, and Standard and Poor have warned that the U.S. must continue to put forth deficit reduction plans in order to maintain its good standing.

    Police Try to Defuse Bomb ‘Strapped to Teenage Girl’ in Sydney, http://tgr.ph/p4HkuI
    An intruder broke into a Sydney, Australia home, leaving an 18-year-old girl strapped to a bomb. He also left a ransom note for the girl’s father, a wealthy businessman. Cops were on the scene for 10 hours before defusing the bomb.

    Egypt’s Mubarak in Hospital Bed at Historic Trial
    , http://yhoo.it/oLvI7m
    Hosni Mubarak’s trial started yesterday. The former Egyptian president laid in a hospital bed during the proceedings. The bed was kept behind a wire and iron cage, which Mubarak’s sons also stayed behind. A large group of protestors, some in support of Mubarak and some not, stayed outside the courthouse.

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) MADE IN CHINA: A copycat IKEA store, Subway sandwich shop and Dairy Queen are just a few of the imitation stores found in the same country that made headlines last month for fake Apple shops, the WSJ reports. http://on.wsj.com/rpQr4U

    President Obama Headed to Chicago for Birthday-Themed Fundraiser, http://abcn.ws/npVCTq
    President Obama, who turns 50 on Thursday, will be celebrating his birthday with a fundraiser in Chicago Wednesday night. About 1,000 people will be in attendance; there will be performances by Jennifer Hudson, OK Go, Herbie Hancock, and a speech by the President. The President will have a conference call with thousands of campaign volunteers before the costly event.

    Report on ‘Operation Shady RAT’ Identifies Widespread Cyber-Spying, http://wapo.st/qJUstX
    Computer security firm, McAfee has discovered that more than 70 government organizations and businesses have been hacked from a single server. The server has been traced back to a location in China. The cyber-attacks, the biggest bout in history, were carried out on The U.S. Department of Energy Lab, the Associated Press, the International Olympic Committee, and more.

    Disturbing Video Shows Jaycee Duggard Kidnapper Nancy Garrido Luring Young Girl into Van, http://nydn.us/pQdtTP
    A new video has been released showing Nancy Garrido, wife of fellow Jaycee Duggard kidnapper: Phil Garrido, luring a young girl into a van and asking her to do splits. The video is one of twenty and was made two years after Duggard’s kidnapping. The evidence is part of a report demonstrating the justice’s system inadequacy when dealing with Phil Garrido, who had already been convicted of kidnapping and rape. It is also said that Garrido passed drug tests by using a prosthetic penis and pouring Mountain Dew into a cup.


    ‘Two and a Half Men’ Premiere to Feature Charlie Harper’s Funeral, His Girlfriends Back & His House for Sale, http://bit.ly/pAjnur

    Alfred Hitchock’s Earliest Surviving Film Found, http://bit.ly/nJTNLP

    Two New Actors Join ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, http://bit.ly/osYKIT

    Faye Dunaway May Be Evicted from $1,048-a-Month Apartment, http://bit.ly/oz1nYW

    Linda Evangelista Asking for $46,000 in Monthly Child Support, http://bit.ly/rqDkqO

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