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    News Round-Up: Friday, August 19, 2011

    Friday, August 19th, 2011

    Bank of America plans big layoffs; first ever shark attacks have been reported in Russia; killings continue in Syria despite President Assad’s pledge to end the violence; terror attacks occur in Israel and Afghanistan; scientists have increased the longevity of obese mice; Kat Von D and Jesse James are engaged again; and this is sort of perfect: Josh Groban will play Ed Helms’ brother on ‘The Office.’

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Bank of America Plans Big Layoffs to Cut Costs, http://nyti.ms/oi6JkX
    According to The New York Times, Bank of America plans to cut 3,500 jobs over the next few months. At the end of next month, it will conduct a reorganization that could layoff almost 10,000 people.

    Pacific Russia Sees Unprecedented Shark Attacks, http://bit.ly/qs97xR
    Russia is experiencing shark attacks for the first time in history. A 25-year-old man has lost both his arms, and a 16-year-old has been severely injured due to shark attacks in the Sea of Japan. Scientists believe that the attacks are due to one great white that was attracted to the waters due to its abnormally warm temperatures this season. There has been a ban on swimming in the affected region, but people continue to do so anyway. The Emergency Situations Ministry has advised that if a swimmer is attacked, “not to panic and to punch the shark in the eyes and gills.”

    Attack on British Council Compound in Kabul Kills Nine, http://bbc.in/nfXKVW
    Suicide attackers from the Taliban detonated a car bomb, allowing attackers to enter the British Council office in Kabul. At least nine were killed in the attack. Earlier, a bomb went off in a town square. The Taliban said the attacks were meant to commemorate the anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence from Britain in 1919.

    Rockets, Airstrikes Follow Attack on Israel, http://yhoo.it/qS9cUI
    Following the deadly attacks in Israel yesterday, Gaza militants fired rockets injuring at least six more people. Israel responded with air strikes which killed the leader of the group responsible for the attacks.

    Syrian Forces Kill Six Despite Assad Pledge, http://reut.rs/obB7GX
    Syrian forces killed six yesterday, despite President Assad’s promise to end the violence against protestors. Yesterday, President Obama and the European Union demanded that President Assad resign.

    Coffman Wants to Modify Voting Rights Act to Provide Ballots in English Only, http://bit.ly/pgB5kz
    Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman wants to repeal the section of the 1973 Voting Rights Act that states ballots be printed in English and Spanish. Coffman has noted that it is too much of an expense to also print ballots in Spanish, reasoning that you have to know English to pass the US citizenship test. Immigrant rights activists says that Coffman’s repeal is meant to disenfranchise Democratic voters.

    Longer Lives for Obese Mice, With Hope for Humans of All Sizes, http://nyti.ms/qa97Ar
    Scientists have found that they can increase the life span of obese mice with a drug that “mimic[s] resveratrol — the trace ingredient of red wine that is thought to activate protective proteins called sirtuins.” Mice that were given the drug lived 44% longer than mice that were not. The research is hopeful for humans facing obesity.

    CULTURAL:

    Kat Von D and Jesse James Are Engaged Again, http://bit.ly/nhU53T

    Josh Groban to Play Ed Helms’ Brother on ‘The Office,’ http://bit.ly/r9HlsH

    Gerard Depardieu Apologizes for Public Peeing, http://bit.ly/q5RcWj

    Ridley Scott to Direct New ‘Blade Runner’ Movie, http://ti.me/p1iOKr

    Five Things We’ve Learned About Daniel Radcliffe’s New Girlfriend, http://eonli.ne/oPmAnb

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

    President Obama will give a jobs oriented speech in September; the murder of a 91-year-old DC socialite reveals strange details about her younger husband; Democrats win the last two Wisconsin Senate recall elections; a University of Miami football booster claims he provided illegal benefits to players; and two British men receive four years in jail for posting riot inciting Facebook statuses. In the entertainment world, Gerard Depardieu urinates in a plane cabin and even though they both love an overload of cologne, Abercrombie & Fitch asks The Situation to stop wearing its clothes.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Obama to Give Major Jobs Speech, http://apne.ws/6gU4tQ
    In September, President Obama will give a speech outlining a detailed plan for unemployment. The speech will focus on job creation, his plan for which may include tax cuts and jobs friendly infrastructure ideas. He will also propose a deficit plan, which will include how “to pay for the cost of his new short-term economic ideas.”

    Viola Drath’s Husband, Muth, Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Her Killing, http://wapo.st/oW9eIw
    Police are charging 47-year-old Albrecht Gero Muth with the murder of his 91-year-old Washington, DC socialite wife, Viola Drath. Drath seems to have died from strangulation and blunt-force. Drath, who had thrown elite parties in her Georgetown home, had been abused by Muth before but dropped the charges. Muth had also told people that he was a general in the Iraqi army; however, it seems to have no record of him.

    Two Democrats Hold Off Recall Challenges, http://bit.ly/nULBSw
    Wisconsin Democratic state Senators Bob Wirch and Jim Holperin have won Wisconsin’s last recall elections. Despite the victories, Republicans still hold the majority in the Wisconsin Senate.

    Facebook Cases Trigger Critcism of ‘Disproportionate’ Riot Sentences, http://bit.ly/qMJgr6
    Two British men have been sentenced to four years in prison for posting Facebook statuses that urged people to riot. Liberal Democrats are criticizing the sentence as too harsh, especially because the messages did not incite any actual riots. Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg has proposed that rioters wear orange jumpsuits and clean up the riots’ destruction. He has also proposed a committee to determine the cause of the riots.

    Renegade Miami Football Booster Spells Out Illicit Benefits to Players, http://yhoo.it/qxZxJR
    University of Miami football booster, Nevin Shapiro has told Yahoo that he illegally supported 72 University of Miami athletes from 2002 to 2010. Shapiro’s expenses for the players included “cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.” Shapiro said that at least seven coaches knew about the benefits he provided. While Shapiro is currently in jail for a Ponzi scheme, Yahoo says it has evidence of these occurrences.

    Clerk: Voter ID Slows Down Voters, http://bit.ly/q2AnV7
    Many people who voted in the Wisconsin recall elections faced long lines at the polls. De Pere City Clerk Char Peterson attributes the long-waits to the state’s voter id law. Many voters took time showing their ids and inquiring about the law when they showed up at the polls unaware of it: “That slowed it down, just answering their questions and calming them down because some of them did become upset, even having to be asked for that,” Peterson said. Peterson does not oppose the law; however, she is worried about the time it takes up and the long lines it has caused: “I am concerned that people may become frustrated and say, ‘I’m not going to bother voting.’ That is my biggest concern.”

    Perry Sticks by His Bernanke Attack, http://on.wsj.com/nDjd6F
    Texas Governor and presidential hopeful, Rick Perry publicly said that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s behavior is “treasonous.” The controversial remark even had some conservatives up in arms. Despite this, Perry is telling reporters that he stands by what he said. When asked about Perry’s comment, President Obama remarked that candidates have “got to be a little more careful” about what they say.

    CULTURAL:

    Taylor Armstrong: On Hand at Discovery of Husband’s Body, http://bit.ly/p3kqfN

    Abercrombie & Fitch to The Situation: We’ll Pay You to Stop Wearing Our Clothes, http://bit.ly/mVYW4a

    Gerard Depardieu Relieves Himself in Plane Cabin, http://bit.ly/oi1WwG

    Kevin Federline and Victoria Prince Welcome Daughter, http://bit.ly/p2PsI1

    Justin Bieber Tops List of Richest Teen Entertainers, http://on.mtv.com/qpoKgC

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