U.S. deciding on action in Syria; California uses drones to monitor fires; fast-food workers demand higher wages; and Shellie Zimmerman faces charges. Meanwhile, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas split; FLOTUS gets a new do; and Michael Jackson would celebrate his 55th birthday today.
-Maura + Ally
Fast-Food Protests Under Way, http://rtvote.com/17oxMku
Fast-food workers in more than 50 cities nationwide will strike Thursday, in demand of increasing wages to $15 per hour. However, as strikes cleared this morning, business went on as usual, and customers had no idea of the events that had transpired. Though many workers will strike throughout the day, the restaurants will continue to operate largely undisrupted.
U.S. Facing Test on Data to Back Action on Syria, http://rtvote.com/14GFd87
As evidence rises that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad holds responsibility for the chemical weapon attack last week, the Obama administration faces a decision on how to respond. While a response, regardless of UN approval, seems likely, concern remains over how it will affect long term US-involvement in the conflict.
California launches drone to help battle growing Rim Fire, http://rtvote.com/17oy6jd
A newly launched drone is set to assist firefighters contain the California Rim Fire. The benefit of this aircraft is that it can spot new flare-ups before people can be on the ground, which allows for faster containment. The drone can hover for 22 hours at a time, compared to helicopters which need to be refueled every 2 hours.
George Zimmerman’s wife pleads guilty to perjury, http://rtvote.com/14GGaNP
Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, plead guilty on Wednesday for lying in her husband’s bond hearing. She has been sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.
Painting of Putin in a negligee seized by Russian police; artist flees the country, http://rtvote.com/1du0rMi
Russian artist Konstantin Altunin has fled after releasing paintings depicting President Vladamir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in female lingerie. Since their release, the police have seized the work. The artist’s work came in conjunction with a letter to the G-20 delegates set to arrive in St. Petersburg next month asking them to discuss issues of censorship with the President.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Split, http://rtvote.com/1dudey9
Michael Jackson’s Best Singles, In Celebration Of What Would Be The Late Singer’s 55th Birthday, http://rtvote.com/14GSjlL
Michelle Obama Debuts Highlights, http://rtvote.com/1dufNQO
Justin Timberlake Defends Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance, http://rtvote.com/14GSb5Z
Jennifer Garner Says Ben Affleck Could Go Into Politics, http://rtvote.com/17oIZSf