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    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Thursday, March 6th, 2014

    Crimean lawmakers have voted to join Russia; a news anchor quits on her live show; Staples plans to close nearly 10 percent of its stores in and around the United States; and parents commit fraud for football. Meanwhile, kids recreate the 2014 Oscar’s best fashion looks; Katy Perry tries her hand at meteorology in Australia; Aaron Carter reveals lingering feelings for a Hollywood star; and see what Oscar winning actors actually do with the statue!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Breaking News: Crimea lawmakers vote to join Russia: http://rtvote.com/1dvBwGw
    Crimean lawmakers voted to leave Ukraine for Russia earlier, forcing citizens to choose if they want to remain in Ukraine or join Russia. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, however, says that the referendum proposed by the Crimean lawmakers who voted for the separation has “no legal grounds at all” and is an “illegitimate decision.” Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko says that the referendum is indeed invalid because in Ukraine, referendums can only be passed by the national government. However, Crimea’s government is staunchly pro-Russia, and they do not recognize the interim, pro-West national government in Kiev.

    Anchor quits: I can’t be part of network ‘that whitewashes’ Putin’s actions: http://rtvote.com/1f1C2gy
    Russia Today news anchor Liz Wahl quit her job on-air at the end of her show on Wednesday. She said that due to her past (being a member of a family who fled Hungary to escape the Soviet Union in the 1950s), she “cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin.” The network responded, calling Wahl’s actions a “self-promotional stunt.” This action follows the similar outburst from Russia Today personality Abby Martin, who split from the pro-Russian repertoire and denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea.

    Parents, students cheat to attend Atlanta school: http://rtvote.com/1f1GmMQ
    An Atlanta school is under fire from new cheating allegations coming to light. Parents of football players at Grady High School faked their children’s addresses solely so their children could play football at that school. Out of the 58 players on Grady High School’s football team, fourteen have faked papers. Currently, some students connected with the fraud have withdrawn from the school, and others had tuition bills sent to them. The school’s superintendent, Erroll Davis, is debating whether to press criminal or civil charges on the parents accused of fraud.

    Barbie, remove that Girl Scout tie, ad group says: http://rtvote.com/1cF9PHO
    A new ad featuring Barbie tied in with Girl Scouts has sparked controversy from consumer advocacy groups. The “Be Anything, Do Anything” patch allows Girl Scouts in kindergarten through third grade to look at different careers in a booklet with a Barbie theme. The groups believe that using Barbie as a role model for Girl Scouts “undermines the Girl Scouts vital mission.” Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, is bringing the issue to light now because the Girl Scouts of America did not agree to remove the partnership in private talks. Kelly Parisi, a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts, says that using Barbie enables them to tell girls that “they can do anything.”

    Staples to close 225 stores as sales move online: http://rtvote.com/1idGUOj
    Staples plans on closing 10 percent of its North American stores by the end of 2015. The store chain says nearly 50 percent of its sales are online, and that it wants to be more monetarily efficient. A majority of their 1,846 stores are in the United States, and Staples has yet to comment on how many jobs are being cut due to store closures. However, Staples CEO Ron Sargent says that the chain will not give up on actual stores due to the service customers can receive there, and the overall convenience of stores.

    CULTURAL

    What celebrities do with their Oscars: http://rtvote.com/NXNWgP

    Kids recreating Oscar looks: http://rtvote.com/1gUZOc3

    Here’s the host of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards! http://rtvote.com/1dvUsVM

    Katy Perry’s new day job: meteorologist? http://rtvote.com/1oulQ8d

    Aaron Carter can’t get over a romance that happened over 10 years ago! http://rtvote.com/1qbNqe3

    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: Thursday, June 30, 2011

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    Hackers have crippled al-Qaeda’s network, the Senate will have a shortened July 4th weekend, Britain is experiencing huge strikes over pensions, and more than 1,000 are hurt after Egyptian police clash with youth.  Also, a group of Senators have sent a letter urging the DOJ to review the validity of voter photo id laws: http://bit.ly/iVgUdb.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    Hacker attack cripples al-Qaeda Web communications, http://on.msnbc.com/kRH0Kq

    Hackers have left al-Qaeda without a “single trusted” means of Internet communication. The well-coordinated and sophisticated attack seems government based; it is similar to a past cyberattack where the UK government replaced al-Qaeda bomb making instructions with cupcake recipes.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just announced the Senate will return on Tuesday after a quick July 4 break – “because we have work to do.” President Obama said Wednesday that Congress should stay in session to finish the debt ceiling talks.

    Britain faces massive strikes over pension changes,
    http://wapo.st/kVG4RW

    750,000 public sector employees across Britain are on a one-day strike over proposed changes to their pension system. The strike may be the biggest in decades. It follows the British government’s announcement of plans to cut $128 billion in public spending over four years.

    Egypt police clash with youths; over 1,000 hurt, http://reut.rs/kJQLKa

    More than 1,000 people were injured in Cairo after police fired tear gas at “hundreds of stone-throwing Egyptian youths.” The violence began yesterday when families held an event honoring loved-ones killed in the uprisings that ousted ex-president Mubarak.

    Senators Urge DOJ to Review Photo ID Laws, http://bit.ly/iVgUdb

    Senator Michael Bennet from Colorado has led a group of U.S. Senators in sending a letter urging the U.S. Department of Justice to carefully examine the potential of voter disenfranchisement in states considering photo ID laws. Since January, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, Kansas and Tennessee have all passed restrictive photo ID laws. Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire and North Carolina have tentative Governor vetoes on similar legislation.

    Politically-Charged Churches: Turning-Off America’s Youth? http://bit.ly/mK7ylG

    Some young people disapprove of the way their churches mix politics and religion, creating “moral issues out of everything, even out of economical issues.” 15% of religious voters say they receive political information from their churches, but many argue that it isn’t a problem, believing that politics and religion are “inseparable.”

    Rhode Island Senate Passes Civil Unions Bill,
    http://n.pr/j4EFGx

    The Rhode Island Senate has approved a bill to allow same-sex civil unions, giving the unions the same rights married couples receive. Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he’s inclined to sign; however, some gay marriage advocacy groups want Chafee to veto the bill instead. The groups say that the bill is overly broad and that it should not allow religious institutions to ignore civil union rights.

    News Corp. Lost at Least $1 Billion on MySpace, http://bit.ly/k9jttG

    In 2005, News Corp. bought MySpace for $580 million. When it sold the website this week, it received $35 million. When the cost of running and re-engineering the site is taken into account, Newscorps’ losses total around $1.3 billion. Lucky for shareholders, News Corp. is doing just fine with profits of $2.9 billion in the last four quarters.

    CULTURAL:

    Game’s Producer Robbed Of $12G’s Worth Of Jewels During Video Shoot, http://bit.ly/mMKxaD

    To Catch a Predator host who traps sex perverts in TV stings ‘caught cheating on his wife’… by hidden cameras, http://bit.ly/mrFKYq

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt: Report, http://bit.ly/ivLeFc

    UK Organization Calls Eminem ‘Evil’ Over New Video ‘Space Bound,’ http://bit.ly/ktjSmZ

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

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