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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

    The biggest snowstorm of the winter season covers the Northeast; two shootings occur on two college campuses; countries receive Olympic terror threats; and President Obama’s Commission on Election Administration releases a report offering solutions to shorten voter lines & modernize the registration process. Meanwhile, TV is taking over the entertainment headlines today as a Seattle Seahawks player goes on a postgame rant and The Bachelor’s ratings remain steady regardless of Juan Pablo’s controversial remarks.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Northeast buried under heavy snow: http://rtvote.com/1msuR0A
    The heaviest snowfall of the season pummeled the Northeastern United States and was accompanied by plunging temperatures. Cities like Philadelphia, Washington, and New York will see temperatures in the single digits and have wind chill numbers in the negatives. Meanwhile, states like New Jersey, Delaware, and New York are declaring states of emergency based on weather conditions. Thousands of flights have been canceled as travelers try to change their travel plans. The kicker? It’s currently warmer in Alaska!

    Two universities rocked by shootings: http://rtvote.com/1ezw7gN
    Two colleges were affected by shootings this weekend. At Purdue University, a student shot and killed another student before surrendering to police on Tuesday. The shooter has been identified as 23-year-old Cody Cousins. The victim, 21-year-old Andrew Boldt, was a teaching assistant at the school. This shooting followed up reports of another school shooting at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania (a city outside of Philadelphia) where the victim is in critical condition, and the shooter is still at large.

    Countries receive terrorist threats for Olympics: http://rtvote.com/1hLAaYS
    Hungary is the latest country to receive terroristic threats towards their Olympic athletes. The message, formatted as an email, is threatening the Hungarian athletes with violence if they attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month. The nation’s security forces have been informed, as have Sochi organizers. However, officials believe that the message is random and contains no threat, something that is common before every Olympics.

    N.Y. 8-year-old saved 6 in fire, died trying to save 7th: http://rtvote.com/1ins77l
    An 8-year-old boy saved six of his family members after the trailer they were sleeping in caught on fire. The boy, identified as 8-year-old Tyler Doohan, then ran back into the home to rescue a disabled relative. The two of them were found dead in a back bedroom, and a third relative was found in a front room. Doohan warned his family about the fire and died trying to help everyone else escape.

    Cuccinelli: Chris Christie should step down from RGA post: http://rtvote.com/1in6vrP
    Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that New Jersey governor Chris Christie should step down from chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Cuccinelli believes that the investigations and scandals surrounding Christie are preventing the Republican Party from focusing on their election year goals. The scandals include the now-infamous “Bridgegate” incident and the latest from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who claims Christie’s administration threatened to not provide Hurricane Sandy relief money to Hoboken unless she agreed to a real estate deal.

    Presidential Commission Offers Ways to Shorten Voting Lines: http://rtvote.com/19NYHMK
    After long lines continued at the polls during the 2012 election, President Obama announced the launch of a bi-partsian panel of election and management experts following his State of the Union speech last year. The Presidential Commission on Election Administration released their report & findings to President Obama and Vice President Biden today with recommendations on how to shorten voting lines and modernize the voter registration system. Rock the Vote is proud to announce their support of the Commission’s recommendations & their role in providing testimony and technology highlighted in the report. This is a big win for American voters!


    Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman loses his cool in a pre-Super Bowl interview: http://rtvote.com/1kXQb2q

    Juan Pablo Galavis’s remarks don’t dent The Bachelor‘s ratings: http://rtvote.com/1kXQDh6

    Murder, She Wrote reboot scrapped by NBC: http://rtvote.com/19NNCeB

    Jersey Shore‘s former cast member Jenni “JWoww” Farley is having a girl: http://rtvote.com/1msKDIW

    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, June 10, 2013

    Monday, June 10th, 2013

    George Zimmerman begins his murder trial; the DOJ launches a criminal investigation with regard to NSA leaks; Nelson Mandela remains in a serious but stable condition; thousands flee parts of Germany and Hungary due to dam burst; a fifth victim dies as a result of the Santa Monica shootings. Meanwhile, ‘Kinky Boots’ wins best musical at the Tony Awards, and the Purge leads box office sales.

    Maura + Alexis


    All eyes on Central Florida as George Zimmerman murder trial begins, http://bit.ly/118e5JY
    George Zimmerman’s murder trial begins today. The trial will take place at the Seminole County criminal courthouse, a mere seven miles from the scene of the attack. Zimmerman is being charged of killing Trayvon Martin, a black teenager on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman may or may not testify.

    DOJ launches criminal probe of NSA leaker, http://bit.ly/19eAbT3
    The Justice Department confirmed Sunday that it will conduct a criminal investigation with regard to the NSA’s phone and internet espionage. In compliance with long standing policy, the Justice Department has declined any further comments at the moment.

    Nelson Mandela condition ‘unchanged – still serious’, http://bbc.in/ZEk8Zn
    Nelson Mandela remains in a serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital. The former President of South Africa was taken to a hospital early Saturday for the third time this year.

    Thousands flee flood-hit parts of Germany and Hungary, http://bbc.in/11sVwQH
    23,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in the east German city of Magdeburg after a dam in the River Elbe burst. Water levels have receded starting today; however, the city and surrounding areas remain on high alert. At least 19 people have died so far in these dangerous floods throughout Central Europe.

    Santa Monica shooting: Victims’ family speaks out, students cope, http://lat.ms/119QBUP
    A fifth victim of the Santa Monica shootings died Sunday. Marcela Franco, a student of Santa Monica College, died at age 26 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She and her father, a 68-year old groundskeeper at the college were shot inside their vehicle in the campus parking lot. Authorities are still trying determine shooter John Zawahri’s motive in opening fire on the streets & campus.

    Prince Harry Saved Me From Gay Hate Attack Says Squaddie, http://thebea.st/11CjD2F
    A gay soldier wrote a book about his experiences of being in the British army including one especially remarkable story of how Prince Harry confronted six soldiers who threatened to “batter” him because of his sexual orientation. He claims the Prince saved his life, and for that he is beyond grateful.


    Review: Kanye West at the Governors Ball, http://bit.ly/162nAhS

    ‘Kinky Boots’ Dances to the Top of the Tonys, http://nyti.ms/13x65VZ

    ‘The Purge’ Leads at the Box Office, http://nyti.ms/11aRxZl

    Jason Collins Marches in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade, http://eonli.ne/15Qs76w

    Scarlett Johansson Suing Over Use of Her Name in Book, http://eonli.ne/19TTv6T

    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