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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

    A building in Harlem collapses in an explosion; the White House continues to court Millennials in healthcare enrollment; the missing Malaysian Airline search continues; a Guantanamo Bay prisoner files a lawsuit against President Obama; and Jerry Sandusky’s wife defends her husband’s innocence. Meanwhile, Chris Pine gets arrested for a DUI; the Big Bang Theory is renewed for 3 seasons (Hurrah!); and two mash-up videos will help you giggle your way through Hump-day (they are NSFW though!).

    - Maura + Austin


    1 dead, 15 Hurt Harlem Building Collapse, http://rtvote.com/1nM8hTg
    A deadly explosion Wednesday morning has caused the collapse of two five-story buildings in East Harlem, NY. There were 15 people injured and one person pronounced dead. A witness said that locals have been smelling gas for weeks and when the explosion occurred she saw people flying out of the building.  Con Edison, the NY utilities company, had been called to the area to check a possible gas leak at 9am ET this morning.

    Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million, Including 25% Youth http://rtvote.com/1esr7s9
    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange has reached more than 4.2 million. Of those enrollees, only 25% are between the ages of 18-34, a key demographic that the administration has been targeting. Most recently, the President appeared on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ show “Between Two Ferns” to plug the healthcare site to Millennials. If the administration fails to hit its goal of 40% youth enrollment, it fears that insurance costs will increase for the millions of other enrollees. 

    Malaysia Airlines MH370: Last Communication Revealed,http://rtvote.com/1iArRi5
    New information released to the public shows that the last moments of communication from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, showed that everything was normal. The China bound plane went missing on Saturday with 239 people on board. As the plane reached the boundary between Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace, the Malaysian air control announced it was handing over to Ho Chi Minh City Control. Minutes later, all contact was lost. The search continues for new information on what happened…

    Sandusky’s Wife Says He’s Innocent, Victims Manipulated,http://rtvote.com/1i6g8Zt
    The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, insists that her husband “did not do the horrible crimes” that sent him to prison. Dottie Sandusky, who has been married to her husband for 47 years, claims that he is innocent, the victims were manipulated, and that the case against him was built on lies. Jerry Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30 to 60-year prison sentence for his 2012 conviction on 45 charges of child sexual abuse of young boys for over a period of 15 years.

    Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Files Historic Lawsuit Against Obama Over Force-Feedinghttp://rtvote.com/1hcoCfH
    On Tuesday, a historic lawsuit was introduced against the U.S. military prison’s force-feeding of detainees on hunger strikes, by an inmate of Guantanamo Bay. The Yemeni inmate, Emad Abdullah Hassan, contends that he has been “abusively force-fed” more than 5,000 times in the past seven years in an effort to end his hunger strikes, causing him severe internal injuries. The case marks the first legal challenge requiring a federal judge to oversee an inmate’s testimony on Guantanamo prison conditions. 


    Chris Pine Arrested for DUI in New Zealand, http://rtvote.com/1gpXHLL

    Angelina Jolie Plans to Have More Preventative Cancer Surgery,http://rtvote.com/1idBx3u

    The Big Bang Theory Renewed! CBS Orders 3 More Seasons of the Smash Comedy, http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Here is the Wolf of Sesame Street Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For,http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Justin Bieber’s Bratty Deposition Video Gets Remixed by Seth Meyers,http://rtvote.com/1i6ANwA


    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, January 10th, 2013

    Thursday, January 10th, 2013

    The NIH reveals Junior Seau suffered a brain disease; Jerry Sandusky appeals his sentence in court; 5 Kurdish activists are murdered in Paris; VA Gov. Bob McDonnell calls for the restoration of felons’ voting rights; 44 states report widespread flu outbreaks; and a new study shows that half of the world’s flue is ‘just thrown away.’ Meanwhile, this year’s Oscar nominations are announced; ‘The Hunger Games’ wins big at the People Choice Awards; and Britney Spears is leaving ‘The X-Factor.’



    NFL PLAYER JUNIOR SEAU HAD BRAIN DISEASE CTE, http://bit.ly/ZvZTJvAccording to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, former NFL player Junior Seau had been suffering from the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last May. NIH has found that Seau’s brain had damages similar to those found in autopsies of people “with repetitive head injuries.” Seau’s family had requested his brain be analyzed after his suicide, noting that he was exhibiting strange behavior before his death. “I don’t think any of us were aware of the side effects that could be going on with head trauma when he passed away,” said Seau’s son.

    Delhi gang rape suspects ‘tortured to force confession’, http://bbc.in/UXN5we
    Manohar Lal Sharma, a lawyer expected to represent three of the New Dehli gang-rape suspects, says the men confessed to the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman because they were “tortured.” The court ruled Thursday that the charges against the five suspects needed further investigation and that the case will not be fast-tracked to a trial. A sixth suspect in the case is a minor and will be tried separately.

    Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will appear in court Thursday in order to appeal his conviction for 45 charges of sexual abuse of young boys. He has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for abusing 10 boys over 15 years. Sandusky will allege that his lawyers were not given sufficient time to prepare for the trial. The prosecution has responded that Sandusky and his lawyers knew as early as 2008 that he had been accused of sexual abuse.

    5-Female Kurdish activists including former guerrilla shot in Paris, http://reut.rs/VjWaAy
    Five Kurdish women were found shot to death in Paris Thursday morning. The bodies were discovered at the Information Center of Kurdistan. Police are launching a murder investigation and say the crime were politically motivated. One of the victims was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) while another was the Paris representative of the Kurdistan National Congress. The PKK has been recognized as a terrorist group by the U.S., Turkey, and the European Union, and has been involved in a 28-year war for independence from Turkey.

    (via Daily Press) McDonnell calls for automatic restoration of voting rights for felons, http://bit.ly/10gIdHF
    Gov. Bob McDonnell used his annual State of the Commonwealth Wednesday to tout his transportation funding package, unveil additional education reform proposals, and call for the automatic restoration of voting rights for nonviolent felons. McDonnell said he supports proposed legislation for a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore civil rights, such as voting rights, to felons convicted of nonviolent offenses who have served their time. Currently applications for rights restoration must be made directly to the governor who then decides whether to restore rights on an individual basis.

    Biden, NRA set to meet, http://cbsn.ws/WuUBf9
    Vice President Biden, as leader of the president’s gun task force, will meet with the NRA, Comcast, other broadcasters, and movie-theater owners Thursday. The meeting is meant to discuss the enforcement of stricter gun laws and the use of gun violence for entertainment value. On Wednesday, Biden said that “executive action” will most likely circumvent Congress in order to take action on guns. NRA president David Keene has called the White House’s task force “disingenuous,” adding that it’s “going after the Second Amendment.”

    National flu outbreak widens, http://cbsn.ws/WB7zI6
    A total of 44 states are reporting widespread flu outbreaks. On Wednesday, Boston issued a public health emergency after 18 people were killed and 700 more were affected by the virus. At this time last year, only 70 cases of the flu had been reported. According to the Center for Diseases Control, the number of people admitted to the hospital with the virus has doubled in the past month. Officials strongly recommend flu vaccinations for everyone 6-months or older.

    Half of the world’s food ‘is just thrown away’, http://ind.pn/VR015h
    According to a new study, half of the world’s food, up to 2 billion tons, is “just thrown away.” Between 30 and 50 percent of food is not eaten due to poor infrastructure and storage facilities, expiration dates, “buy one get one free” offers, and pickiness from consumers. The study also states that the demand for water for food production could reach 10 to 13 million cubic meters a year by 2050 – more than triple the amount of fresh water humans use today.


    OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2013: ‘ARGO,’ ‘LINCOLN’ & MORE (PHOTOS), http://thebea.st/RI1T2k

    Rapper Freddy E tweets final moments before shooting himself, http://on.today.com/10g3u4j

    People’s Choice Awards 2013: ‘The Hunger Games’ Takes Home 5 Awards, http://abcn.ws/VMaNwf

    Queen Elizabeth: William & Kate’s Daughter Will Be Called ‘Princess’, http://bit.ly/13kUJnl

    Britney Spears Leaving Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, http://eonli.ne/UNzs1y

    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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Thursday, July 12th, 2012

    A letter is released where Joe Paterno addresses the Sandusky scandal; another high-level diplomat defects from Assad’s regime; and the FBI releases reports on the Trayvon Martin case. Meanwhile, Kristin Chenoweth is hospitalized after an on-set accident, and the Batman movie is already creating Oscar buzz.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Paterno defended football, Penn State in letter before his death, http://bit.ly/No291Z
    In a letter he wrote before his death in January, former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno addresses the sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno wrote, “This is not a football scandal and should not be treated as one.” The letter was intended to be published as a guest editorial, but one of the players who received a copy likely released it.

    Defector lashes Assad, troops raid Damascus suburb, http://reut.rs/NjCQwl
    Nawaf al-Fares, Syria’s ambassador to its friendly neighbor Iraq, has abandoned President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, though Sryia insists he was fired. In this first-confirmed high-level departure, Fares told the Army to “turn your guns on the criminals” that comprise Assad’s government. Fares’ defection comes shortly after the dissent of the Republican Guard’s brigadier general, Manaf Tlas, who was a close friend of Assad’s.

    FBI interviews among evidence to be released in Zimmerman case, http://bit.ly/LRCfSy
    The FBI will release its reports on the Trayvon Martin shooting today. This report could answer the looming question in the second-degree murder case: was shooter George Zimmerman motivated by race? Zimmerman was released on $1 million bond last week, after his initial bail of $150,000 was revoked when the judge discovered that Zimmerman and his wife failed to disclose over $150,000 in donations from the public.


    Kristin Chenoweth Hospitalized After Accident on ‘The Good Wife,’ http://bit.ly/NOAGFn

    ‘Batman’ could be first comic book movie to get an Oscar, http://fxn.ws/MmQP5n

    Magic GM says talks with Nets for Dwight Howard have reached a stalemate, http://bit.ly/NqGEdH

    Tom Cruise’s former Scientology auditor speaks about Cruise/Kidman divorce, http://bit.ly/SbNwAn

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

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, June 4th, 2012

    Monday, June 4th, 2012

    Syrian rebels abandon the U.N’s attempts at a peace plan; a suicide car bomb kills 23 in Baghdad; gunmen surround the Tripoli airport; rescue workers sift through debris from yesterday’s deadly plane crash in Nigeria; suspected murderer Luka Rocca Magnotta is found in Berlin; and Mitt Romney’s popularity numbers increase. Meanwhile, Richard Dawson is remembered; Miss Rhode Island has been crowned Miss USA; and Drew Barrymore wed this weekend.

    Syria violence flares after rebel deadline, http://reut.rs/LfLRJn
    Syrian rebels killed 80 pro-government soldiers over the weekend, signaling that they no longer support Kofi Annan’s peace plan for the country. The rebels had given President Bashar al-Assad a deadline of last Friday for putting an end to violence in Syria. When the deadline was not met, the rebels decided to break ties with the U.N.’s efforts to intervene in the country. “We have decided to end our commitment to this [plan], and starting from that date [Friday] we began defending our people,” rebel spokesman Maj. Sami al-Kurdi told Reuters.

    Suicide car bomb kills 23 in central Baghdad in deadliest Iraq attack in 3 months, http://wapo.st/KqTTjF
    A suicide car bomb aimed at Baghdad’s Shiite religious-affairs office killed twenty-three and left dozens dead in what is the deadliest attack in Iraq in three months. The explosion caused the first floor of the religious-affairs office to collapse and damaged nearby cars and buildings. “The scene was horrific,” one witness told The Associated Press. The religious-affairs office manages religious sites for Iraq’s Shiite Muslim population.

    Libya militia surrounds Tripoli airport, http://reut.rs/Kr8JXl
    Armed members of the al-Awfea Brigade surrounded the Tripoli airport this morning causing flights to land at a nearby military base. “The situation in the airport is very tense, and tanks are surrounding the buildings,” an official told Reuters. “No one is allowed into the building.” Allegedly, the gunmen targeted the airport after one of their militant leaders was captured. It is unclear whether the situation has ended or not, although a rebel spokesman told CNN that the situation has been resolved and the gunmen are withdrawing.

    Fears of on-ground deaths from Nigeria plane crash, http://bit.ly/M66OSf
    A plane crash in Nigeria Sunday killed all 153 passengers on board. The plane crashed near Murtala Muhammed International Airport in an area populated with businesses and residences. Officials fear that the location of the crash could have caused people on the ground to have been killed. “The fear is that since it happened in a residential area, there may have been many people killed,” said National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yushau Shuaib. The cause of the crash is not clear. Emergency workers have been sifting through debris and have recovered 48 bodies.

    Sandusky judge denies accusers’ bid for pseudonyms, http://apne.ws/K9JiVB
    Judge John Cleland in Pennsylvania has ruled that Jerry Sandusky’s ten alleged victims will not be able to use pseudonyms in courts. Judge Cleland also ruled that no form of communication, like tweets or electronic media, can be present in the courtroom. Jury selection will begin Tuesday for the case, in which Sandusky faces 52 charges over 15 years stemming from allegations that he molested ten boys. The former Penn State assistant football coach, who denies the charges, has been under house arrest pending trial. 250 reporters have registered attendance in the courtroom.

    Luka Rocco Magnotta arrested in Berlin, German police say, http://natpo.st/NcovVI
    Luka Rocco Magnotta, the Canadian man suspected in the brutal murder and dismemberment of a Chinese student, has been arrested in Berlin. Police believed that the 29-year-old had fled to France, but were notified when a Berlin cafe worker recognized Magnotta after seeing his picture in the press. The suspect had been on the run for about two weeks.
    Poll: Romney’s favorable rating jumps, but Obama still more popular, http://bit.ly/KK6Mn3
    A new CNN/ORC poll shows that Mitt Romney’s popularity rating has risen from 34% to 48%. 42% of those polled have a negative impression of Romney – which is the same number of those who dislike President Obama. The poll has the president’s popularity rating at 56%. According to those who worked on the survey, young voters have allowed Obama’s popularity to be higher than Romney’s. “The biggest gap between Obama and Romney’s favorability ratings is among younger Americans,” observered CNN’s polling director. “Romney may have a small advantage among independent voters, but that is offset by his lower favorability rating among Republicans than Obama has among Democrats.”
    Mike Tyson Broadway Play Will Be  a Spike Lee Joint, http://bit.ly/M0g6zG

    Queen’s Jubilee: Rock concert at Buckingham Palace, http://bit.ly/MbFK7v

    Richard Dawson remembered by Paula Abdul, Pat Sajak and more, http://cbsn.ws/KKqrmQ

    Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo to work on breast and ovarian cancer issues, http://cbsn.ws/JPBuf3

    Drew Barrymore’s Quiet Wedding, http://abcn.ws/KFfh2x

    Internet meme Mr. Trololo dies in Russia at age 77, http://bit.ly/LskAAm

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