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    News Round-Up: Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Thursday, January 30th, 2014
    A 3-year-old boy falls victim to a Mafia hit in Italy; another congressman is set to retire; Amanda Knox is back on trial and awaiting a verdict; and the 8-year-old boy who saved six of his family members in a fire was laid to rest yesterday. Meanwhile, the Academy Awards committee revokes a nomination; Jerry Seinfeld might have hinted at a Seinfeld reunion; the men of Full House sing Jimmy Fallon a classic lullaby; and Justin Bieber is back in the news.

    Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Boy, 3, executed in alleged mob hit: http://rtvote.com/1loaari
    A 3-year-old boy was shot along with his grandfather and another person in an apparent Mafia hit. The grandfather, Giuseppe Innaicelli, was believed to be the intended target. One of the most powerful Mafia syndicates in the world – ‘Ndrangheta – is believed to be responsible for the crime. The killing shocked Italy and even drew the attention of the Pope, who asked people Sunday to pray for the boy (known as Coco) and call on the members responsible to ask forgiveness.

    Democratic Representative Henry Waxman to retire at end of term: http://rtvote.com/1eiWR69
    Representative Henry Waxman of California announced today that he will not seek reelection for a 21st Congressional term this election year. He is now one of the 7 House Democrats who have announced their refusal to run for reelection; 10 Republican House members have also announced their retirement. Although Waxman has vehemently chastised Tea Party Republicans in Congress, he has denied this as the reason for his departure. “After 40 years in Congress, it’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark…” Waxman said. 

    Verdict due in third murder trial of Amanda Knox: http://rtvote.com/1hRPcM7
    A verdict is due in the ongoing trial of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. The two were charged in the gruesome 2007 murder of student Meredith Kercher. Knox and Sollecito have been to court twice and were found guilty in one trial and innocent in the other. The Italian Supreme Court revoked the ‘innocent’ ruling, saying that key evidence had been left out of the trial. Prosecutors want Knox and Sollecito to serve 26 years in prison. 

    Doctors try to wake Schumacher from coma: http://rtvote.com/1n1mR6R
    Michael Schumacher, the German former Formula One champion, has been in a coma since December 29th, when he sustained serious head injuries at a ski resort in France. His condition has stabilized enough that doctors are trying to wake him out of his induced coma. The family has requested privacy throughout his ordeal, but Schumacher’s manager has spoken out to clear media leaks.

    Boy who saved 6 declared honorary firefighter at funeral: http://rtvote.com/Lt29RZ
    Tyler Doohan, the 8-year-old boy who saved six of his family members in a house fire before perishing, was buried yesterday. To honor his bravery, Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebemeyer presented a fire helmet at the funeral and made Tyler an honorary firefighter. People from all over the country came to Fariport, New York to be at Tyler’s funeral to honor his heroism. 

    CULTURAL

    Oscar nomination for Best Original Song revoked: http://rtvote.com/1batGxU

    Full House cast sings a lullaby to Jimmy Fallon: http://rtvote.com/1aKtMl3

    Did Jerry Seinfeld kind of confirm a Seinfeld reunion? http://rtvote.com/1a467vr

    Justin Bieber’s horrendous 2014 start: http://rtvote.com/1hSakBN

    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: November 5, 2013

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

    NJ mall shooter is found dead; nine skydivers survive a crazy plane collision midair; and Election Day 2013 has arrived with major elections in New Jersey, Virginia, NYC as well as other cities & states across the country. Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore is pregnant again (yippee!) and Lea Michele dedicates a song to her late love, Cory Monteith, on her new album.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    New Jersey Mall Shooter Found Dead With Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Police Say,http://rtvote.com/1hK7rEn
    Richard Shoop, 20, opened fire in New Jersey’s Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall ten minutes before closing time last night. Shoop fired at least six shots, none of which were aimed at people; witnesses described Shoop’s demeanor as extraordinarily calm. His body was found in a back area of the mall at 3:20 AM this morning. There have been no other reported injuries at this time. Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.

    Watch nine skydivers survive fiery two-plane collision in midairhttp://rtvote.com/HEmNNg
    As if skydiving weren’t terrifying enough. Skydivers in Wisconsin pulled off the stunt of their lives last weekend as they found themselves in the middle of something that looks straight from a James Bond movie. Two planes collided 12,000 feet in the air on Saturday, and a group of skydivers, along with the pilot, jumped from the exploding wreckage. The second plane was landed safely by another pilot, despite damage to the wing and the propeller.

    Obama: ENDA vote in Senate an ‘opportunity’http://rtvote.com/1hKcfcW
    At a dinner for top Organizing for Action donors, President Obama praised Senate’s 61-30 vote to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday. The bill forbids employers from firing employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, it is still too soon to celebrate since the bill has yet to pass in the House.

    Takoma Park 16-year-old savors his history-making moment at the pollshttp://rtvote.com/1aCoAyi
    Ben Miller, 16, will step into a voting booth today and cast his ballot, along with 350 other 16- and 17-year-olds, who were granted the right to vote in municipal elections by the Takoma City Council in May. Montgomery County, Maryland, is the nation’s first community to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 in municipal elections; council member Tim Male said this was intended as a way to boost voter turnout. It seems to be working, as young Ben Miller proudly exercises his newfound civic duty.
     

    ELECTION DAY 2013

    Election Day 2013: Five things to watch todayhttp://rtvote.com/HEmxhb
    Today, voters in Virginia and New Jersey will elect their new governors, while new mayors are chosen in New York, Boston, Detroit, and a heck of a lot of other cities. Important issues are at stake on many of these ballots. Here are five things to keep an eye out for.
     

    PUNDITS

    The New York Times Editorial Board discusses the ENA decision in “Toward Ending Workplace Discrimination”, http://rtvote.com/1aCD1m7

    Rocker Austin Estes tells us why young voters are a force to be reckoned with in “Young Americans Will Help Change History This Election Day – If They Vote,” http://rtvote.com/1a5stsW

    Writers respond to the increased incidents in gun violence in “LAX shooting heats up gun debate: Opinionline,”http://rtvote.com/177qaYc

    CULTURAL

    Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood Released From Jail, http://rtvote.com/1hgnV9B

    Drew Barrymore Is Pregnant, Expecting Second Child With Husband Will Kopelman, http://rtvote.com/1hKirlf

    Lea Michele Recorded a Song About Cory Monteith For Her Debut Album, http://rtvote.com/1bVBzrt

    Chris Pratt Was an Amateur Stripper at Age 18, http://rtvote.com/1a5vk5b

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    News Round-Up: October 15, 2013

    Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

    The House GOP’s new plan fails; a ‘zombie’ drug gains popularity; and the Supreme Court has agreed to review the greenhouse gases case. Meanwhile, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes for the next two years, and Brad Pitt promotes the importance of 12 Years a Slave.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Republican Leaders Back Off New Planhttp://rtvote.com/194MTlm
    This morning, House Republican leaders tried to devise a new proposal to reopen the government and alter parts of Obamacare, but it failed to garner enough support from the rest of the Republican party. Speaker John Boehner stated that “there are a lot of opinions” in his party. Everyone is aware of the October 17th debt deadline, but Republicans still appear to be unrelenting on the condition of depriving members of Congress and the White House of subsidies when they buy health insurance under the new Obamacare system.

    Florida boy, 6, drowns in Carnival cruise ship poolhttp://rtvote.com/1ghJki7
    A 6-year-old boy, who was in the pool with his 10-year-old brother, drowned aboard cruise ship Carnival Victory. The poolside DJ first saw the child struggling in the water, and a guest pulled him out of the pool. He was pronounced dead after unsuccessful attempts at reviving him. Carnival Cruise pools do not have lifeguards; the cruise line’s policy requires children under 13 to be supervised by parents.

    Flesh-rotting ‘krokodil’ drug emerges in USAhttp://rtvote.com/1fA9uLP
    A cheap heroine knockoff drug, called Krokodil, began gaining popularity in Russia in the early 2000s. The drug has started to be used in the United States. Krokodil gives the user a high, and then rots his or her skin soon after, sometimes even deteriorating the skin all the way down to the bone.

    Supreme Court to Review Greenhouse Gases Casehttp://rtvote.com/1ghMLW2
    The Supreme Court has agreed to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. The High Court will determine whether the EPA overstepped its authority and whether the EPA’s ability to regulate automobile emissions of greenhouse gases also applies to power plants and factories.

    Madeleine McCann case: 1,000 responses to new police appealhttp://rtvote.com/194NtiR
    Madeleine McCann was three years old when she was abducted from her family’s holiday villa in Portugal in 2007. The investigation has continued ever since then, but a new TV appeal has triggered almost 1,000 responses. New leads have emerged, as two different people have given the police the same name based on computer-generated sketches of the suspect. London’s Metropolitan Police Service is offering a reward of $32,000 for information that can lead to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of the person who abducted Madeleine.

    PUNDITS

    Steven Bellovin blames Washington politics for HealthCare.gov’s glitches in “Why healthcare.gov has so many problems,” http://rtvote.com/194OW8S

    Journalists weigh in on the upcoming Supreme Court case on Michigan’s Proposal 2 in “Affirmative action vs. voters: Opinionline,” http://rtvote.com/194PJXB

    CULTURAL

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Hosting Golden Globe Awards in 2014 and 2015, http://rtvote.com/1ghSjzL

    Brad Pitt Talks About Turning 50 and the Importance of 12 Years a Slavehttp://rtvote.com/194Qoby

    Natalie Portman Talks Moving to Paris, Dealing with Drunk Fans, and Avoiding Confrontation,http://rtvote.com/1fA4FlJ

    Miley Cyrus Raps With French Montana in “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’” Remix, http://rtvote.com/1eoopFN

    sandywu
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    News Round-Up: October 11, 2013

    Friday, October 11th, 2013

    The beginnings of a deal to end the shutdown may be coming together (finally…); the former corrupt mayor of Detroit is sentenced to 28 years in jail; and a cold case is brought back to life as the father of deceased ‘Baby Hope’ is identified. Meanwhile, Glee bids farewell to the late and beloved Cory Monteith and Miley Cyrus dishes on her breakup with former fiancé Liam Hemsworth. 

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Sergeant: Officers involved in bike/SUV incident a ‘blemish’http://rtvote.com/1edyJ3l
    Seven arrests have now been made in the bike/SUV melee from September 29. One of them includes an undercover NYPD police officer, Wojciech Braszczok; he was one of at least three officers who participated in the altercation. Prosecutors claim Braszczok took an active role in the brawl that left SUV driver Alexian Lien with lacerations on his face and a motorcyclist paralyzed. Police Sergeant Ed Mullins expressed severe disapproval over these undercover officer’s actions.

    Progress, but still no deal, as shutdown enters Day 11http://rtvote.com/1edEn5q
    The shutdown continues! The White House met with House Republicans, but there is still no deal. However, a spark of hope did come through during a brief moment between Rep. Paul Ryan and Obama. Republicans said they are willing to extend the debt ceiling for up to six weeks while negotiating other issues under a continued government shutdown. The president said he would negotiate with the Republicans only after they reopened the government and raised the debt ceiling. He is willing to accept a short-term debt deal, but he refuses to give concessions to reopen the government.

    ‘Corruption no more’: Judge sends a message with 28-year sentence for Kilpatrickhttp://rtvote.com/18UZCqG
    The former mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, 43, has been sentenced to 28 years in jail, but can be out in 23 years with good behavior. Among the slew of scandals behind Kilpatrick, a few include his affair with his top aide, running a secret “money-making racket” in city hall, and using funds that were intended for needy citizens to pay for his yoga classes. Judge Nancy Edmunds chastised him for his actions; Kilpatrick apologized to the people of Detroit but denied stealing from them.

    Father of deceased ‘Baby Hope’ identifiedhttp://rtvote.com/18V5JuZ
    On July 23, 1991, police found the body of a young girl in a picnic cooler, hidden in the woods. The unidentified girl was named ‘Baby Hope’ by the police. After a 22-year investigation, the NYPD Cold Case Apprehension Squad is now closer to finding the person responsible than ever before. Thanks to a tip and DNA testing, the mother has been found; she is cooperating with police. The identity and location of the father has also been revealed, and authorities intend to speak with him very soon as a person of interest.

    The United States is still getting rid of its chemical weaponshttp://rtvote.com/18V7FUp
    The global taboo on chemical weapons is growing stronger, especially after today’s ceremony awarding the 2013 Noble Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The Nobel committee thanked the OPCW for risking their lives to eliminate the stockpiles of poison gas in Syria. The committee also made mention of the U.S. and Russia as two countries that have yet to honor their commitments. Washington and Moscow signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in the 1990s, which prohibitied the use, production, and stockpiling of chemical weapons. Both countries are still in the process of ridding their stockpiles; Syria has until mid-2014 to get rid of theirs.

    PUNDITS

    Julia Fine talks about the inspiring story of Malala Yousafzai and her beliefs in “Why Malala’s bravery inspires us”,http://rtvote.com/1fpnrMk

    Robert Mnookin discusses how Boehner and Obama can end the shutdown in “How Boehner and Obama can get to ‘yes’,”http://rtvote.com/18Vbl8A

    CULTURAL

    ‘Glee’s’ awkward but moving farewell to Cory Monteith, the sensitive, singing quarterback, http://rtvote.com/1fpq2WI

    Bruce and Kris Jenner Divorcing? Kendall and Kylie Taking Sides? Here’s the Real Story on Their Separation,http://rtvote.com/1fpqGna

    JWoww Takes on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: It’s Time to Support Gay Marriage!, http://rtvote.com/18VcJbx

    Miley Cyrus Breaks Her Silence on Liam Hemsworth Split: “I’m Obsessed With Being Alone,” http://rtvote.com/1g6gyRt

    sandywu
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    News Round-Up: October 8, 2013

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

    The government shutdown continues even with enough votes to end it; Higgs and Englert are awarded the Nobel Prize for the Higgs boson; a salmonella outbreak hits 18 states; and North Korea is rumored to have restarted their plutonium reactor. Meanwhile, The Walking Dead premiere approaches fast, and Prince Harry is ready to get hitched!

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Votes are there to break shutdown, but not the willhttp://rtvote.com/1ffKvgu

    According to an ongoing CNN survey, there are enough votes in the House to pass a clean continuing resolution (CR); the minimum number of votes needed is 217. However, the 18 Republicans who would vote to pass the clean CR are not pressuring Speaker John Boehner to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. They are still hoping to use the government shutdown as a way to defund or delay Obamacare.

    Peter Higgs, Francois Englert win Nobel Prize in Physicshttp://rtvote.com/1e69LCX

    The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to Peter Higgs, 84, and Francois Englert, 80, for the discovery of the Higgs boson. Also known as the “God particle”, the Higgs boson is associated with an invisible field that is part of the basic infrastructure of the cosmos.

    Salmonella outbreak in 18 states linked to raw chickenhttp://rtvote.com/18MEfry

    Raw chicken contaminated with a strain of bacteria, called salmonella Heidelberg, has affected about 278 people 18 states. The USDA has released a public health alert, indicating three facilities operated by Foster Farms as the likely sources. An outbreak of the same strain of salmonella was also linked to Foster Farms chicken in 2012. The USDA and Foster Farms assure consumers that cooking chicken to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees will kill any harmful bacteria.

    S. Korea spy agency says N. Korea restarts reactorhttp://rtvote.com/1e6dgcA

    North Korea is being accused of restarting a plutonium reactor at its main nuclear facility. The reactor can be weaponized to produce one or two atomic bombs a year; it already has enough plutonium to produce 4-8 crude weapons. South Korea, the U.S., and Japan are performing routine maritime drills this week; in response, North Korea’s military gave its troops an emergency order to re-examine operational plans and be ready to launch them if anything comes of these drills.

    5 Things to Know about Government Shutdown on Tuesdayhttp://rtvote.com/1fXd6Za

    As an update on the government shutdown, some Republicans are still skeptical on the dangers of not raising the debt ceiling as the October 17th deadline approaches; Pentagon employees returned to work this week, but many other federal workers remain at home; stocks are falling; and although almost everyone is mad at the White House and/or Congress, the Republicans seem to be receiving most of the blame.

     

    PUNDITS

    Richard Haass asserts that the U.S. must begin to govern properly and end the shutdown for the sake of its reputation and security in “The Real Threat to U.S. National Security”, http://rtvote.com/18MKz2i

    Mark A. Patterson explains why there is only one (difficult) solution out of the debt limit in “One way out on the debt ceiling”, http://rtvote.com/1fXeYBm

     

    CULTURAL 

    The Walking Dead Countdown: Why Norman Reedus Likes It Dirty – and Why Season Four is the “Best So Far”,http://rtvote.com/1fg1Cia 

    Miley Cyrus Is “Happiest She’s Ever Been” Without Liam Hemsworth, Says Dad Billy Ray Cyrus,http://rtvote.com/1e6gXPt

    Drew Barrymore Wants to Have Another Baby “Right Away”, http://rtvote.com/1fXfXBn

    Prince Harry Ready to Marry Cressida Bonas, http://rtvote.com/18MMlk2

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