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    News Round-Up: Friday, February 8, 2013

    Friday, February 8th, 2013

    Authorities hunt down a former LAPD cop accused of killing three; the Northeast braces for a record-breaking blizzard; and a hacker breaks in to the Bush family’s emails and photos. Meanwhile, New York Fashion Week gets under way and Frank Ocean plans to move to Shanghai.

    Caitlin + Liza


    Authorities say ex-LAPD cop accused of killing 3 ‘could be anywhere’ as manhunt spans the West, http://fxn.ws/TS9aO6
    Los Angeles police are hunting down a fugitive former LAPD officer accused of killing three. Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is likely armed and dangerous, posted a Facebook manifesto detailing his plans to wage war against LAPD officers and their families. Dorner is suspected of killing the daughter of a former LAPD police chief and her fiance as well as another officer this week. He also sent a package to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper including a note and memento with a bullet-hole. Authorities believe Dorner’s actions are a retaliation for his 2008 termination from LAPD for making false statements. Police found Dorner’s burning truck on a mountain east of Los Angeles, but Dorner himself is still at large. “He could be anywhere at this point,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

    Northeast braces for massive winter wallop, http://cbsn.ws/WV3XC9
    The Northeast is preparing for what meteorologists are calling a record-breaking blizzard. “Nemo” will hit throughout Friday and Saturday. New England is expecting three feet of snow while New York City predicts about a foot. Blizzard warnings have been issued from Long Island through Maine and more than 3,700 flights have been cancelled in preparation for the storm. Hurricane force winds, power outages, and coastal area flooding threaten the Northeast as the storm approaches. For New England, the blizzard could rank as one of the top ten snowstorms in history. “This storm has the potential to be one of those events that you remember for a lifetime,” said CBS meteorologist Terry Eliasen.

    Bush Family Emails, Photos Apparently Hacked, http://huff.to/12yErth
    A cybercriminal going by the name of “Guccifer” gained access to emails, photos, telephone numbers, and addresses of Bush family members and friends, including emails sent between both former presidents. Some of the emails detailed the elder Bush’s health conditions. The hacker released photos of Bush during his recent stay in a Houston hospital where he was treated for bronchial infection complications. The website “The Smoking Gun” has published some of the photos, over which the name “Guccifer” was plastered in neon blue. A Bush family spokesperson declined to comment on the investigation.

    Daniel Winslow in for GOP Primary: State rep pledges to be on ballot to replace Kerry, http://bit.ly/11ud9oH
    Massachusetts state representative Daniel Winslow officially declared his candidacy for the Senate on Friday, becoming the first Republican to enter the special election race to replace John Kerry. Republicans have struggled to find a viable candidate for the race since former senator Scott Brown’s decision not to run. U.S. representatives Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey have each declared their candidacy on the Democratic side. Candidates must collect 10,000 signatures from Massachusetts citizens before February 27th to officially get on the ballot. “I’m going to give this everything I’ve got, with all that I have, because the crisis confronting our country demands nothing less. I am confident I am going to be on the Republican ballot,” Winslow said.

    North Dakota Personhood Measure Passes State Senate, http://huff.to/XY7WNu
    Lawmakers in North Dakota passed two bills that would make it harder for women to gain access to abortion care in what is considered the worst state in the nation for women. The Personhood Constitution Amendment Initiative would amend the state’s constitution to grant human embryos legal rights and protections, and would be voted on by North Dakota residents in 2014 should it pass in the House. “We are intending that it be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, since Scalia said the Supreme Court is waiting for states to raise a case,” said Margaret Sitte, Republican state senator and sponsor of the bill. A second proposed bill would shut down North Dakota’s single abortion clinic. Sarah Stoesz of Planned Parenthood claimed the organization would fight against the legislation and defense of “concerned North Dakotans who do not want to see politicians inserting themselves into the private medical decision-making of women and families in our state.

    Todd Hughes Nomination: Obama Picks Openly Gay Judge for Court of Appeals, http://huff.to/127MdFY
    President Obama nominated Todd Hughes, an openly gay Justice Department attorney, to the U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday in a decision that aligns with his open support for the LGBT community. If his appointment is confirmed by the Senate, Hughes will be the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal court of appeals in the nation’s history. LGBT groups praised Obama’s decision. “Todd Hughes’ nomination is a testament to the expanding opportunities for openly LGBT Americans who want to serve their country, and to the president’s respect for the depth of talent and experience within the LGBT community,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.


    Stargazing: New York Fashion Week Day 1, http://nyti.ms/VJ5sD6

    Frank Ocean Moving to Shanghai, http://nyti.ms/XT9Twz

    Kim Kardashian Seeks Speedy Divorce for Baby’s Sake, http://bit.ly/XQvzt9

    Kristin Wiig in ‘Anchorman 2′”, http://huff.to/12pUmKf

    Liza Dee

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Thursday, July 21st, 2011

    In today’s news, Obama considers a short-term hike in the debt ceiling, nearly half of the U.S. population is facing extreme heat, some non-News Corp tabloids may have utilized phone hacking, Al-Qaeda is planning an animated film to recruit kids, and Quiznos may be going out of business. Also, student body presidents speak out on the debt, social media use may haunt job applicants, the space shuttle Atlantis is on the verge of its final landing, and Anonymous claims a breach of NATO security.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    As Debt Talks Intensify, Obama Opens Door to Short-Term Hike in Debt Ceiling,
    President Obama is considering a short-term debt deal if it will ultimately lead to a larger, more long-term plan. Obama’s willingness to bargain stems from Republicans’ continuous refusal to raise taxes. With no debt deal in sight, Wall Street has started planning for a debt default.

    Nearly Half of U.S. Population Facing Extreme Heat,
    It’s no news that it’s hot outside. However, some may be unaware that the triple digit temperatures are due to a deadly heat wave already responsible for 22 deaths. The heat wave has caused it to be 129 degrees in Iowa and 123 in Minnesota. It’s moving East this weekend, with heat advisories already in effect.

    In Court, Suggestions of Hacking Beyond the News of the World,
    More phone hacking incidents may have occurred, and this time it seems News Corp is not responsible. Former reporters from British tabloids, “The People” and “The Sunday Mirror,” have come out saying their respective papers used phone hacking and private detectives to dig up dirt on subjects.

    Al-Qaeda Plans Cartoon Recruiting Film for Kids,
    Al-Qaeda is working on a “Disney-like” animated film to recruit children to join the terrorist group. The film would depict boys taking part in killings and terror plots. Some believe the propaganda may fail, as adults could disapprove of the blatant attempt to recruit their children.

    House Dems say state voter-ID laws a GOP plan to suppress minority votes,
    While Republicans support voter-identification laws as a way of ensuring that only legal U.S. citizens vote, several House Democrats are arguing that these laws are a coordinated attempt to suppress minority and elderly votes.

    (via POLITICO Playbook)
    FIRST LOOK – National Press Club, 1:30 p.m., “Student Body Presidents Speak Out on Debt: 116 Student Body Presidents representing nearly 2 million college students from 40 states”: “A coalition of nearly 120 collegiate student body presidents [will release] a letter today calling on President Obama and Congressional leaders to reach a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling … The student-led initiative … began on Georgetown University’s campus last week.”

    Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle,
    Social Intelligence, a year-old start-up, provides companies with a detailed report of potential employees’ past social media activity. Proving background checks may be a thing of a past, Social Intelligence scours job applicants’ Facebooks, Twitters, Tumblrs, and Myspaces, reporting any scandalous pictures or opinions to potential employers.

    Space Shuttle on Verge of Final Landing,
    The U.S. space shuttle, Atlantis has made its final landing at Kennedy Space Center today. The landing marks the end of NASA’s space shuttle program, which launched 135 shuttles and 355 astronauts into space.

    Anonymous Hacking Group Claims Breach of NATO Security, Access to Restricted Material, http://wapo.st/qEF4zo
    The hacking group, Anonymous has hacked NATO’s cyber system. The group announced on Twitter that it would be “irresponsioble [sic]” to post any of the confidential information. However, the group seems to have had a change of heart as it has just announced it will post some of the restricted files in the coming days.


    Sarah Palin Is Going to Be a Grandmother Again, http://gaw.kr/rhOaPD

    Sofia Vergara’s next role: Politician’s wife? http://bit.ly/nu2lI2

    Lindsay Lohan Facing New Lawsuit — Assault & Battery, http://bit.ly/r2DG5m

    Bruno Mars Tweets Excitement About VMA Nominations, http://on.mtv.com/ot1Wnt

    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: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

    A British tabloid has hacked a missing girl’s phone, seven Americans are missing after a boating accident in Mexico, charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn may be dropped, China is building a huge network of surveillance cameras, and Joey Chestnut wins Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest once again. Meanwhile, Obama has honored the 40th anniversary of the 26th amendment, the Secret Service is looking into the Fox News Twitter hack, and VP Biden joins Twitter.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer editorializes on voting rights (and Rock the Vote’s work) as we celebrate Independence Day : http://bit.ly/mTaapL.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    British Tabloid Hacked Missing Girl’s Phone, Lawyer Says, http://nyti.ms/jINrtz

    After British student, Milly Dowler went missing in 2002, the News of the World tabloid covertly hacked her phone in an effort to reveal details about her life. The tabloid listened to messages and also deleted messages so that her voice mailbox would not become full. The activity on the phone gave Dowler’s family false hope that she was still alive. The British prime minister David Cameron has said, “if [the allegations] are true, this is a truly dreadful act and a truly dreadful situation.”

    Mexico searches for 7 missing in boating accident, http://yhoo.it/mup2Q8

    The Mexican Navy is expanding efforts to find seven Americans whose fishing boat capsized two days ago in the Gulf of California. The accident left one man dead and dozens of others floating in the gulf. 19 tourists and 16 crew members were rescued after 16 hours in the water. Authorities think the warm, calm weather could help the missing seven to still be alive.

    DA set to drop charges vs. DSK, http://nyp.st/mvDmeD

    We may never know what happened between Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the 32 year old Guinean hotel maid. A top investigator in the case is calling the eventual dismissal of the maid’s charges “a certainty.” Recent evidence has caused her not to be credible enough to continue her case.

    Joey Chestnut wins another hot dog title, http://es.pn/igGiGL

    Joey Chestnut ate 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes to claim his fifth straight Mustard Belt at the Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Chestnut still needs one more victory to tie rival Takeru Kobayashi, who was absent due to contract negotiations with Major League Eating. Chestnut responded to his rival’s absence, saying “It’s sad that he thinks he’s Kobe Bryant. This is competitive eating. It’s supposed to be fun.”

    Cisco Poised to Help China Keep an Eye on Its Citizens,

    China is paying Cisco to build a network of 500,000 surveillance cameras covering 400 square miles. Some western officials have criticized the company and others like it for contributing to the government’s political oppression. China claims the cameras are to help stop crime, but foreign officials worry the cameras will be used to observe and halt political dissent.

    Obama honors anniversary of 18-year-old vote, http://usat.ly/lREslH

    Young voters helped President Obama win the presidency in 2008. If he had ran 40 years ago when 18 year olds were not allowed to vote, the outcome could have been different. On Friday, the president issued a proclamation to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the constitutional amendment lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. He reminded us that, “Ideas from young Americans are important to my Administration, and they will help shape the future of our Nation.”

    Secret Service to probe Fox News Twitter hack that falsely reported Obama’s assassination, http://bit.ly/iwwgs4

    The Secret Service promised to “follow up” on a hack to Fox News’ Twitter account. The hackers posted six tweets, claiming that President Obama had been assassinated. The cyberattack was allegedly carried out by a group that calls itself the “Script Kiddies.” The Fox News account has over 34,000 followers.

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (@VP) Joins Twitter,

    Vice President Joe Biden is now on Twitter. Biden used his @VP account to thank military families on the 4th of July. At the White House tomorrow, President Obama will take questions from Twitter with the tag #AskObama.


    Chord Overstreet Gets Cut From Glee, Everyone Else Gets Divorced, http://eonli.ne/l7TbXq

    Kobayashi INHALES 69 Hot Dogs — The VIDEO! http://bit.ly/jfOn6W

    Daniel Radcliffe Reveals His Alcohol Problem, http://bit.ly/jbv4vc

    ‘Transformers’ Sequel Sets Box-Office Record, http://on.mtv.com/j6bl6m

    Netflix to launch in Latin America later this year, http://lat.ms/mlbJ2U

    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: Friday, June 24, 2011

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    The House rejects a resolution to formally authorize a U.S. military intervention in Libya, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walks out of debt negotiations, three men are arrested before carrying out a terrorist plot in Seattle, and Qaddafi is ‘seriously considering’ fleeing Tripoli.

    Also, the Ohio Senate and Pennsylvania House have passed legislation requiring voters to show photo ids at the polls, while North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a photo ID bill.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    (via POLITICO Breaking News) The House has rejected a resolution that would have formally authorized the U.S. military intervention in Libya, a rebuke of President Barack Obama’s policy in the north African country. The vote was 123-295. The House will also vote later Friday to cut off funding for the Libya conflict.

    Cantor’s exit leaves debt talks up to Boehner, Obama to get deal, http://bit.ly/kjPC1q

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out on Vice President Biden’s negotiations over the debt yesterday.  Leaders on both sides say the impasse is due to Republicans’ opposition to all tax hikes.

    Accused Seattle attackers wanted media attention,

    “Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody.” That’s the headline a pair of would-be-terrorists envisioned on the newspaper stands, had they not been arrested before they could carry it out. Seattle police foiled the plot after a third partner alerted the authorities.

    Qaddafi ‘Seriously Considering’ Fleeing Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say, http://fxn.ws/il0th2

    NATO forces have Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi on the ropes, with sources saying the leader is “seriously considering” fleeing Tripoli.

    Pennsylvania House backs photo-ID bill for voters, http://bit.ly/igLSoC

    After almost 10 hours of debate over three days, a bill passed in the Pennsylvania House that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe says the bill will cut down voter fraud; yet Democrats argue that voter fraud is not a problem, and that the bill will instead disfranchise thousands of eligible voters.

    Perdue vetoes ID bill for N.C. voters,

    North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a photo ID bill yesterday, saying that “North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.” Her fellow Democrats argued that the Republican-passed measure would decrease voter participation.

    Senate OKs elections revamp, http://bit.ly/j0Q9ME

    The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that requires voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot. This bill will also shorten early voting, prohibit Franklin County and others from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots to all registered voters, and move the presidential primary from March to May.

    Presidential Candidate Huntsman Opens Up HQ in Orlando,

    GOP Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman isn’t taking the usual route to the nomination. He skipped the straw pole in first-in-the-nation Iowa, and is looking to New Hampshire to make his mark. He also opened a headquarters in Orlando, focusing his energies on the Florida primary. The presidential hopeful has said that he wants to target young voters.

    Arrest Puts Spotlight on Brazen Hacking Group LulzSec, http://nyti.ms/iLIDTp

    19-year-old Ryan Cleary of the UK has been accused of being a “young criminal mastermind” behind the actions of his hacking group “Lulz Security.” He reportedly has hacked British organized crime agency websites in an effort to protest and antagonize his targets.


    Cavaliers make Irving No. 1 pick; Timberwolves take Williams No. 2,  http://bit.ly/kK36mO

    Oprah Winfrey Gets Schooled in South Africa, http://eonli.ne/kJqz7s

    Hugh Hefner: Anna Sophia Berglund Is ‘One in a Million,’ http://bit.ly/mrRIae

    The White House Pulls Colbert’s Naturalization Ceremony, http://bit.ly/m8WjKm

    Supreme Court Rules Against Anna Nicole Smith Estate, http://aol.it/kdlgXn

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

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