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    News Round-Up: Monday, April 1, 2013

    Monday, April 1st, 2013

    Prosecutors announce they will seek the death penalty for James Holmes, South Korea promises it will respond if North Korea follows through on threats to launch an attack, and Caroline Kennedy will be named U.S. ambassador to Japan. Meanwhile, the star of MTV’s “Buckwild” has been found dead, Chris Brown confesses that beating women is wrong on “The Today Show,” and Cory Monteith checks into rehab.

    Caitlin + Liza


    Prosecutors will seek death penalty against ‘Dark Knight’ theater massacre suspect, http://bit.ly/10swxvI
    Prosecutors will pursue the death penalty for James Holmes, who is accused of killing 12 and injuring 70 when he opened fire at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in July. The announcement came at a court hearing days after the prosecution team publicly rejected Holmes’ lawyers’ offer to have him plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence rather than the death penalty. Holmes’ defense team is expected to argue that Holmes was legally insane at the time he carried out the attack. A final verdict on the case could still be years away, a district judge said.

    South Korea Vows Fast Response to North as U.S. Deploys Stealth Jets, http://nyti.ms/XTgyGM
    South Korea vowed on Monday that it is ready to strike quickly if North Korea carries out any attacks. North Korea had said that the two nations are “entering a state of war” in response to what it called “hostile” U.S. and South Korean joint military drills being and UN sanctions placed on North Korea for its February nuclear test. South Korea changed its engagement rules to allow local units to respond independently and immediately to any attacks without waiting for permission from the capital. North Korea continues to assert that nuclear war is imminent, though it has not yet taken any military action to follow through on these claims.

    Caroline Kennedy to Be Named Ambassador to Japan, http://abcn.ws/YO3HZE
    Caroline Kennedy is expected to be named the U.S. ambassador to Japan, replacing John Roos, who has served as the ambassador since 2009. The appointment of Kennedy, who is the only living child of President John F. Kennedy, has yet to be made official. Caroline Kennedy played a key role in President Obama’s reelection effort, campaigning for him in key states like New Hampshire. She is the author of ten books, and was once strongly considered as a successor to Hillary Clinton’s New York Senate seat.

    Killing of Texas district attorney, wife, seen as targeted, http://reut.rs/ZPGLZr
    A Texas district attorney, Mike McLelland, and his wife Cynthia were found dead on Saturday, just two months after fellow Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse was similarly gunned down. Mayor Darren Rozell of Forney, Texas acknowledged that the murder of a second prosecutor from the same county appeared to be a “planned attack,” and did not rule out a link between the two killings. Authorities have had yet to make any arrests in the murder of Hasse, and McLelland had vowed to bring his killer to justice.

    Keystone XL Spill Risk Troubles Nebraskans, Others Who Point to Previous Spills Like Mayflower, http://huff.to/XmhOqK
    The Keystone Pipeline controversy gained a boost on Friday when an Exxon Mobile pipeline exploded in Mayflower, Arkansas, releasing about 10,000 barrels of tar sands and forcing 40 families to evacuate. The incident fueled continuing protests by rural Nebraskans who oppose the construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, which would be used to send tar sands oil from Canada through the American midwest to Gulf Coast ports through a 36 inch pipe. To American farmers, the Exxon Mobile spill appeared to be a preview of what might happen if the Keystone pipeline were to explode, endangering animals, crops, and water supply.


    ‘Buckwild’ Star Shain Gandee Found Dead, http://bit.ly/YWQfQ8

    Chris Brown on ‘Today’– I Finally Learned That Beating Women is Wrong, http://tmz.me/YqreQN

    Glee’s Cory Monteith Checks Into Rehab, http://eonli.ne/1264oNC

    Chace Crawford’s New Gal-Pal: 5 Things to Know About Rachele Goulding, http://eonli.ne/14J8ujk

    Liza Dee

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, January 11th, 2013

    Friday, January 11th, 2013

    The U.S. orders a review of Boeing 787s;  the student that opened fire at CA’s Taft Union High Schol had intended targets; President Obama and President Hamid Karzai will meet to discuss troop levels in Afghanistan; campaign staffers report that Michele Bachmann still has not paid them; and the NYPD will review 800 rape cases due to mishandling of DNA evidence. Meanwhile, Iran will respond to ‘Argo’ with its own film; Justin Bieber’s former bodyguard sues him; and Justin Timberlake is ready to make new music.



    Dreamliner investigation: U.S. orders review of Boeing 787s, http://trib.in/VrJlV3
    The FAA will conduct an investigation of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after two separate incidents on aircrafts in Japan. The Dreamliner gained a great deal of attention when it was first introduced for its sophistication and technology; however, it has been plagued with mishaps and production delays.

    Taft Union school shooting: Boy had ‘intended targets,’ police say, http://lat.ms/XSPDQ3
    Kern County, CA police say the 16-year-old student who fired a shotgun in a Taft Union High School classroom Thursday had “intended targets.” The suspect burst into the class he was supposed to be attending and shot one student two to four times before trying to shoot another. A teacher and school supervisor talked the student into putting the gun down and evacuated the rest of the classroom safely. “They did a great job of protecting the kids,” said Ed Whiting, the chief of the Taft Police Department. “We can’t thank them enough for what they did today.” One victim is in critical condition while the teacher suffered a minor pellet wound to his head.

    Plea decision looms in James Holmes’ Aurora theater shooting case, http://bit.ly/VSApVM
    Colorado Judge William B. Sylvester ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence to try James Holmes for the shooting that killed 12 people and wounded 70 in an Aurora, CO movie theater.  The ruling ties Homes to 166 counts of murder, attempted murder, and other weapons charges. As a result, Holmes will be held without bail and arraigned Friday. Defense lawyers have said that they are not ready to plea and will most likely ask for a delay. Holmes’ lawyers have said that he is mentally ill, causing some to believe that he will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

    Afghan troop levels top agenda for Obama-Karzai talks, http://reut.rs/VqqsBH
    President Obama will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Friday to discuss withdrawing U.S. troops from the country by 2014. The White House has been considering removing all troops with some suggesting that this “zero option” will be an important bargaining chip in Obama’s discussion with Karzai. White House aides say that it’s not likely any decisions will be made during Friday’s talk, and that it could be months before Obama decides how many troops to remove from Afghanistan. Chuck Hagel, Obama’s nomination for Defense Secretary, will most likely support removing as many troops as possible.

    Bachmann still hasn’t paid presidential campaign staffers, http://bit.ly/WxBn8N
    Peter Waldon, the former national field coordinator for Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, has said that Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers. Waldon claims that the staffers are owed $5,000 and that Bachmann has $2,000,000 towards her campaign. Bachmann allegedly will not pay the owed funds until the staffers sign a nondisclosure agreement saying they will not tell members of the media about any “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” witnessed on the campaign trail.

    New York Examines Over 800 Rape Cases for Possible Mishandling of Evidence, http://nyti.ms/USKQgr
    The NYPD said Friday that it will review 843 cases of rape where a lab technician overlooked or mishandled DNA evidence. According to the medical examiner’s office, supervisors have found 26 cases where the technician did not find biological evidence when it did actually exist. The director of forensic biology at the examiner’s office said that these errors are false negatives instead of false positives and that “nobody was wrongfully convicted” due to the mistakes. The cases in review span from 2001 to 2011, when the technician worked in the examiner’s office.

    Vice President Biden will meet with representatives from the videogame industry Friday to gauge videogames’ influence on violent behavior. On Thursday, Biden and his gun control task force met with heads of the NRA for more than 90 minutes. The meeting has been described as an open and frank discussion, but neither side came out of it showing signs of negotiating. Biden is set to present his ideas regarding gun laws to President Obama early next week.


    Film to Present Iran’s View of ‘Argo’ Events, http://nyti.ms/VMPqbY

    JUSTIN BIEBER Sued By Ex-Bodyguard: He Punched & Berated Me!, http://tmz.me/10iQhrE

    Inside the Critics Choice Movie Awards: What You Didn’t See on TV, http://bit.ly/WJ8kPi

    Sharon Osbourne Slams Lady Gaga After Kelly Critique, Calls Her “Hypocrite” and “Bully”, http://eonli.ne/ZQ6qn0

    Justin Timberlake is “ready” for new project, http://bit.ly/ZCfN55

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, July 30, 2012

    Monday, July 30th, 2012

    James Holmes is in court to hear charges; 300 million are left without power in India; Syrian rebels close in on Aleppo; European stocks rise; Uganda reports Ebola outbreaks; Mitt Romney describes his spiritual trip to Israel; and Bill Clinton will play a major part in the Democratic National Convention. Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart may have been cheating on Robert Pattinson for months; Olympic organizers give away tickets after complaints of empty seats; and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ notoriously bickering couple separates.



    Colorado Theater Shooting: James Holmes in Court to Hear Charges, http://abcn.ws/Mufggu
    James Holmes, the 24-year-old accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 while opening fire in an Aurora, CO movie theater, will appear in court today to hear the charges against him. “There’s probably charges that can be brought [on behalf] of anybody who was present. The state will need to decide how they approach all of those charges,” the former head of the Colorado public defender’s office has said. While in court, Holmes’ lawyers will argue that an incriminating package the suspect sent to his psychiatrist was taken illegally by officials and leaked to the media by the government.

    India power outage plunges 300 million into sweltering darkness, http://cbsn.ws/NQN35g
    Droughts in India have contributed to its rising temperatures, which in turn, caused a blackout for 300 million in the country’s northern grid Monday. The power outages have left people to deal with the sweltering heat and have also affected hundreds of trains, New Delhi’s metro system, and traffic lights. Sushil Kumar Sinde, India’s power minister, has said that the eight states affected have since had 60% of their power restored. This was the first time since 2001 that India’s northern grid has experienced power outages.

    Syrian rebels seize military base outside Aleppo, http://bit.ly/OtSJo6
    Syrian rebels fought off President Bashar al Assad’s troops to seize a military base outside of Aleppo Monday. Assad’s troops and rebels have continued to fight for control of Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, driving close to 200,000 people out of the city and its surrounding areas. In response to the rebels’ gains, France’s foreign minister has said “As France is taking over the presidency of the U.N. Security Council on August 1, we are going to ask—before the end of the week—for a meeting of the Security Council, probably at a ministerial level … to try and stop the massacres and prepare for the political transition.”

    (via The Wall Street Journal) European Stocks Rise, http://on.wsj.com/OdfcEQ
    European stocks clung to solid gains Monday, buoyed by hopes for additional stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank and despite a contraction in Spain’s economic growth, dire U.K. lending data and a fall in euro-zone confidence surveys. Government bond yields from Italy and Spain also remained well off recent highs after an Italian bond auction which sold close to the top end of its targeted range. Although bid-to-cover ratios were on the weak side, borrowing costs came in lower than at previous sales.

    Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni warns of Ebola threat, http://bbc.in/Q5FQ2B
    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced in a special broadcast that fourteen people have died from an Ebola outbreak that started in the western part of the country three weeks ago. Museveni warned of physical contact as that’s how the disease is spread. He also said that friends and families of victims should call health workers before burying their loved ones. This will be the third time that Ebola, which has a mortality rate of 90%, has had a break out in Uganda in the last twelve years.

    Mitt Romney, at fundraiser in Israel, describes spiritual impact of visit, http://wapo.st/Q5jEq2
    At a breakfast fundraiser in Jerusalem Monday, Mitt Romney described how spiritual his 36-hour trip to Israel had been: ““I come to this place, therefore, with a sense of profound humility, as I look around here at the great people who’ve accomplished a great thing, and also a sense of spiritual connection, acknowledging the hand of providence in establishing this place and making it a holy city.” The breakfast was comprised of 40 donors, Sheldon Adelson being one of them, who paid $25,000-$50,000 in order to attend. Romney is expecting to raise $1,000,000 from the fundraiser. Earlier in his trip, the former Massachusetts governor defied U.S. policy and referred to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital instead of Tel Aviv. He also said Iran’s nuclear progress was the U.S.’s “highest national security priority.”

    Bill Clinton to Have Leading Role at Party’s Convention, http://nyti.ms/OfuO8b
    Bill Clinton will give the marquee speech at the Democratic National Convention on September 5th. The former president will officially place President Obama’s name for the nomination and will speak about voting the president into a second term. The Obama campaign has asked Clinton to play a major role in the convention in hopes that he will excite Democrats and Independents. “There isn’t anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton,” said senior Obama strategist David Axelrod.


    At London Olympics, empty seats have organizers scrambling, giving away tickets to children and soldiers, http://wapo.st/Mugvw5

    French get revenge for 2008 relay loss to US, http://bit.ly/N6YxPO

    Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Adrienne Maloof and Husband Paul Nassif Separating, http://eonli.ne/PcQVuY

    Kristen Stewart Cheated on Rob for 6 Months, Says Rupert Sanders’ Brother-in-Law, http://bit.ly/OCZSRM

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, July 23, 2012

    Monday, July 23rd, 2012

    Iraq sees its deadliest day in two years; NCAA implements heavy sanctions on Penn State; and James Holmes will appear in court today. Meanwhile, MTV aired the Teen Choice Awards last night, and The Bachelorette Emily gets engaged.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Coordinated Iraq bombings, shootings kill 103 in 13 cities, deadliest day this year, http://wapo.st/QrJpSt
    Iraqis have witnessed their deadliest day in two years as bombings and shootings killed at least 103 and injured nearly 200 on Monday. Though no one has immediately claimed responsibility, Iraq’s al-Qaida leader declared yesterday that the group has launched a new offensive aimed at generating instability across the country. These types of attacks have increased since the U.S. pulled military support out of the country in December. Today’s attacks have the mark of al-Qaida: all of the violence took place within a few hours of each other and targeted mostly security forces and government offices.

    NCAA Hands Down Ruling On Penn State Case, http://bit.ly/MDTSK4
    The NCAA has delivered heavy consequences to the Penn State athletic department two weeks after the FBI released a report accusing former head football coach Joe Paterno and other top university officials of concealing former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse allegations in order to avoid bad publicity. The Nittany Lions’ sanctions include a $60 million fine, as well as a four-year ban from bowl and postseason games. All 112 of Penn State’s football wins from 1998 to 2011 will be vacated, and the entire athletic department will serve a five-year probation period. The school must cut 10 scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year and 20 more in the following four years. Any entering or returning Penn State player can transfer and play immediately at another school.

    Colorado Movie Theater Shooting: Suspect James Holmes to Appear in Court, http://abcn.ws/PAk5Zd
    James Holmes, the suspected Colorado movie theater shooter, will make his first court appearance today. Holmes killed 12 people and left 58 injured during last week’s premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. He will be brought to court from his jail cell at Arapahoe County Jail through an underground tunnel. President Obama visited Aurora, Colorado yesterday and met with the victims and families for over two and a half hours. Obama also visited Colorado Springs late last month to console homeowners and victims of devastating wildfires.


    Five Jaw-Droppers From the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, http://eonli.ne/M5Hhj8

    The Bachelorette Finale: Emily Maynard Picks Jef Holm, http://bit.ly/LHAxBR

    Woods ready to wait for 15th major, http://reut.rs/MDSxDc

    ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Set to Rake in $160 MILLION, http://bit.ly/Oj7FlF

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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