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    News Round-Up: November 22, 2013

    Friday, November 22nd, 2013

    We honor President JFK on the 50th anniversary of his assassination; 3 San Jose State students engage in an appalling hate crime; and the Swedish embassy in North Korea is working to get an 85-year-old American war vet out of North Korean detention. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman gets a spot of skin cancer removed (feel better, Hugh!), and, in a rare appearance, Adele is spotted with her baby boy.

    -Sandy + Maura



    3 San Jose State students charged with hate crime against black roommate,http://rtvote.com/1bIxWnq
    Three San Jose State University students – Logan Beaschler, 18; Joseph Bomgardner, 19; Colin Warren, 18 – have been suspended and charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery. They racially bullied their black roommate by nicknaming him “Three-fifths” (a reference to a constitutional provision that counted slaves as 3/5 of a person) and clamping a bicycle lock on his neck. They also decorated their shared apartment suite with Nazi symbols, a Confederate flag, and photos of Adolf Hitler. The 17-year-old victim suffered minor injuries when fighting off the bike lock from his neck.

    ‘Solemn’ event to honor JFK at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza,http://rtvote.com/1h7c9gL
    In honor of President John F. Kennedy, a commemoration ceremony will be held today in Dealey Plaza – the site of JFK’s assassination. JFK was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald exactly 50 years ago from today. You will never be forgotten, Mr. President. Thank you for all you have done for our country.

    U.S. to Consider Cellphone Use on Planeshttp://rtvote.com/1ca5A7t
    The Federal Communications Commission will soon propose allowing customers to use their cellphones on airplanes. Cellphone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, but passengers would be allowed to resume use after reaching 10,000 feet. The FAA said recently that cellphones pose no safety threat to aircrafts. It would ultimately be up to the airlines to allow this policy or not, and it looks like many customers may object.

    3 men, including 2 ex-cops, charged in 1994 slayings of Kentucky prostitutes,http://rtvote.com/1doyNR8
    In Kentucky, the murders of two prostitutes, Candace Belt, 22, and Gloria Ross, 18, remained unsolved since 1994. In 1997, the brothel’s madam accused two former cops of participating in the killings, but investigations had been thwarted by tampered evidence. A seven-year state police investigation has finally charged the two former cops, Leslie Duncan, 50, and Edward T. Carter, 43, and a third man, Frank J. Black, Jr., 39. The case remains opened, and Kentucky State Police believe this may “just be the tip of the iceberg.”

    Kerry: N Korea’s detention of veteran a “dangerous step”,http://rtvote.com/I8ZhYU
    Korean War veteran Merrill Newman, 85, was removed from his flight home and detained last month after visiting North Korea on a tourist visa. Newman is a grandfather from Palo Alto, California, and his family wants him home. The U.S. and North Korea do not have diplomatic relations, so the Embassy of Sweden in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, is representing the interests of U.S. citizens and is working to resolve the issue.



    Hugh Jackman Has Skin Cancer Removed, Reminds Us to Wear Sunscreen,http://rtvote.com/1aVO8AF

    Jennifer Lawrence Explains ER Trip: “You Can Only S–t Your Pants So Many Times” Before Admitting You Need a Hospital, http://rtvote.com/1aMyY4n

    Liam Hemsworth “Much Happier” After Miley Cyrus Breakup: “I’m More Centered and Grounded,” http://rtvote.com/I93k7I

    The Girls Season 3 Trailer Is Here: See the 10 Most Relatable & Incredible Quotes, http://rtvote.com/1iBu5zg

    Adele Steps Out with Son Angelo, 13 months, Goes Without Makeup, http://rtvote.com/1g2IYZ1


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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    Citigroup will cut 11,000 jobs; Wall Street remains unfazed by the “fiscal cliff;” clashes in Egypt move to the presidential palace; a typhoon kills 283 in the Philippines; and Texas House Rep. Jack Brooks dies at 89. Meanwhile, Fox News is pushing Karl Rove and Dick Morris off the air; Netflix buys exclusive rights to Disney movies; and Frankie Muniz suffers a mini-stroke.



    Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs, Take $1 Billion Charge, http://bloom.bg/TFhIaf
    Citigroup has announced that it will pay a $1 billion tax charge for the quarter and that it will cut 11,000 jobs from the company. Citigroup’s CEO said this elimination of jobs is a “logical” step for the bank’s “transformation.” Their plan to reorganize will also include branch closings.

    ‘Fiscal cliff’ warnings yet to faze Wall Street, http://wapo.st/SwhwHW
    Despite warnings about the “fiscal cliff,” Wall Street investors have remained unfazed.The stock market has been fairly static since the election with the exception of a decline the day after Election Day, causing Wall Street to see it as business as usual. “Wall Street and Washington are different worlds and speak in different languages,” said one analyst, Chris Krueger. While most Wall Street investors agree that a recession will take place if President Obama and congress do not come to an agreement, they do not think the short-term consequences will be dire.

    Clashes outside Egypt’s presidential palace, http://aje.me/SJU3mx
    Hundreds camped out and one thousand people protested at the Egyptian presidential palace Wednesday. People started camping out after police fired tear gas at the crowd of demonstrators who tried to break through the palace gates. The Health Ministry said 18 people were wounded in the clash. Protestors are angry that President Mohamed Morsi banned all legal opposition to his power. Morsi said he made the decree to minimize opposition from Hosni Mubarak’s allies in the Cabinet. Eight influential Egyptian newspapers have suspended publication also in protest of Morsi.

    Typhoon kills at least 283 in Philippines, http://reut.rs/YN4DhG
    A deadly typhoon whipped through the Philippines Wednesday killing 283 people. Typhoon Bopha caused landslides and flooding in farming and mining towns as well as the southern Mindanao region.“The waters came so suddenly and unexpectedly, and the winds were so fierce, that compounded the loss of lives and livelihood,” said Arthur Uy, the governor of Compostela Valley in Mindanao. Damage to Mindanao is expected to cost $98 million as the typhoon destroyed 70-80% of plantations in the region. The storm became weaker later on Wednesday as it tore through northern resort towns.

    (via Los Angeles Times) Deal brings end to L.A., Long Beach ports strike, http://lat.ms/11RJQbU
    Clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will return to work Wednesday, ending a strike that crippled America’s busiest shipping hub for more than a week. Leaders of the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit agreed to a tentative deal after marathon negotiations that ended late Tuesday. The deal will not become final until it is ratified by the full union membership.

    Longtime SE Texas US Rep. Jack Brooks dead at 89, http://bit.ly/SMdE5q
    Jack Brooks, who was a Democratic House Rep. for Southern Texas for 42 years, died Tuesday of a sudden illness at 89. He was one of the powerful Texas Democrats that were proteges of Sam Rayburn. “I’m just an old man like Rayburn,” Brooks said. “Just a Democrat, no prefix or suffix.” He was in the same November 1963 motorcade that John F. Kennedy was killed in.


    Fox News Pushing Karl Rove, Dick Morris Off The Air, http://huff.to/WHTxFu

    Netflix buys exclusive rights to Disney movies, http://lat.ms/Ue50KT

    Royal pregnancy: Hoax call fools Duchess of Cambridge hospital, http://bbc.in/VBQoIb

    Bob Costas says he made a ‘mistake’ while talking about gun control at halftime of Sunday Night Football game,http://nydn.us/VCNWRU

    Frankie Muniz has mini-stroke: ‘I couldn’t say words,’ http://usat.ly/WIZCkV

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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

    Arab League observers will soon leave Syria; secret tapes from JFK’s last day have been released; and Mitt Romney’s tax returns are revealed. Meanwhile, 2012 Oscar nominations are out; Tracy Morgan is back at work; and Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler were pleasantly surprised by their pregnancy news.



    Gulf Arab states to pull observers from Syria, http://bbc.in/zLYu8K
    The Gulf Cooperation Council is preparing to withdraw from Syria causing the Arab League to lose six more observers. The withdrawal comes after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad refused the observers’ proposal that he relinquish power to a deputy and add opposition to the government. Assad called the proposition “flagrant interference.” The head of the observers says their mission is succeeding; however, a Kuwaiti newspaper is reporting that the GCC does not want to be “false witnesses to crimes committed against civilians.” The members of the council, which include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar, are urging the U.N. Security Council to to take “all needed measures … to press Syria to implement the Arab League and the Arab initiative on Syria.”

    Secret tapes of JFK’s last days released, http://on.msnbc.com/yF68SC
    President John F. Kennedy’s library has released the last 45 hours of his secret tapes that include conversations between him and others regarding Vietnam, Soviet relations, the space race, and his reelection. The tapes are part of 260 hours of private meetings and phone conversations that JFK had recorded. In these last 45 hours, which took place during the final months of his life, Kennedy worries about the disconnect between Washington and the rest of America and discusses reaching young voters. At one point, he introduces Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko to his children, Caroline and John Jr.

    (via The Los Angeles Times) Texas’ attorney general announced Monday that the state has sued in federal court for permission to enforce its controversial voter identification law. “The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter identification laws are constitutional,” Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott said in a statement released to The Times. “Texas should be allowed the same authority other states have to protect the integrity of elections. To fast-track that authority, Texas is taking legal action in a D.C. court seeking approval of its voter identification law.” http://lat.ms/zhRXa7

    Mitt Romney’s tax returns shed some light on his investment wealth, http://wapo.st/z2bklG
    Mitt Romney has released a preview of his tax returns to The Washington Post showing  that he made $20.9 million from profits, dividends, and investment interests in 2011. In 2010, Romney paid a 13.9 percent tax rate or $3 million, and in 2011, he paid 15.4 percent. The documents also show that Romney has a Swiss bank account and foreign investments in Luxembourg, Ireland, and the Cayman Islands, all of which are legally taxed and bring in little income. His overall net worth is between $190 million and $250 million.

    Julian Assange says he’s launching TV talk show, http://apne.ws/ziJ3ud
    According to a statement from Wikileaks, founder Julian Assange is launching a TV talk show that will  “draw together controversial voices from across the political spectrum – iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders—each to offer a window on the world tomorrow.” The statement did not mention how the TV show will be produced or distributed.

    Costa Concordia: oil salvage operation under way, http://tgr.ph/yrZFIO
    Salvage operations have begun on the Costa Concordia. The crew is inspecting the ship from the inside while another team pumps oil on to an outside barge. It will take four to six weeks to completely empty the fuel. Two more bodies were discovered yesterday, bringing the death toll to 15. 20 people are still missing.

    Strongest solar storm since 2005 hitting Earth, http://yhoo.it/w7ZnLs
    Earth is currently in the strongest solar storm since 2005. The solar flare began Sunday night and will most likely continue through tomorrow. Radiation from the storm may cause satellite disruptions or communication problems for polar-travelling airplanes. However, effects on earth will not be felt. In 1989, a solar storm caused a blackout in Quebec, and last year a freak storm caused auroras to be seen as far south as Alabama.


    Oscars nominations 2012: ‘Hugo,’ ‘The Artist’ dominate the field, http://lat.ms/wD56V5

    Disney changes dress code to allow employees to grow beards, http://lat.ms/zaWw1i

    ‘The Boss’ to perform at Jazz Fest, http://bit.ly/zKJ35B

    Tracy Morgan: Out of Hospital, Back at Work on ’30 Rock,’ http://reut.rs/wumpQP

    Kristin Cavallari, Jay Cutler reportedly surprised by pregnancy, http://bit.ly/A3p2KA


    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, August 8, 2011

    Monday, August 8th, 2011

    S&P lowers the US credit rating, riots in London have spread, Jackie O’s dirty secrets will be revealed, and an Ohio man has gone on a deadly shooting spree. In voting news, today’s pundits are fired up about new voting laws, and Wisconsin’s voter id requirement could cost the state $6 million.

    Rock the Vote had an awesome time at Lollapalooza this weekend. Check out Buzznet’s pictures of our star studded gifting suite! http://bit.ly/pTbxoD.



    United States Loses Prized AAA Credit Rating from S&P, http://reut.rs/ri8BbC
    Standard & Poor lowered the US credit rating from AAA to AA-plus, the same rating that the U.K. and France have. Before S&P made the announcement, it argued back and forth with the Treasury, which had discovered that S&P had miscalculated the US’ deficit by 2 trillion dollars. S&P is threatening to lower the rating again in12-18 months. This is the first time in seventy years that the US’ credit rating has been lowered.

    London Riots Spread South of Thames, http://bit.ly/oQNExH
    Riots in London took over this past weekend. The violent protests started when the police killed a 29 year old man. The police claimed he was armed, but it is said that he was not dangerous. 100 people were arrested and 35 cops have been injured. Looting and arson have been part of the revolts.

    Explosive Jackie O Tapes ‘Reveal How She Believed Lyndon B Johnson Killed JFK and Had Affair with Movie Star,’ http://bit.ly/nvLYqt
    Jackie Kennedy Onassis taped secret confessions with Arthur Schlessinger Jr. before her death. She made Schlessinger promise that he would release them 50 years after she had died; however, Caroline Kennedy is allowing ABC to air them sooner. In the tapes, Jackie O reveals that she believes Lyndon B Johnson orchestrated the assassination of her husband. She also says that she had an affair with actor William Holden.

    Day After Rampage, Neighbors Still in Shock, http://bit.ly/pWv7VT
    An Ohio man went on a shooting spree on Sunday, killing his girlfriend, her brother, and five others. Police shot the man when they found him.

    Voter ID Law to Cost Wisconsin DMV an Extra $6 Million, http://bit.ly/qRagiz
    Public outrage has caused Governor Scott Walker to scrap his proposal to close 10 DMVs. Now, a new approach is being taken. The number of Wisconsin DMVs will actually expand in order to accommodate those without the ids now needed to vote. This move will cost the state of Wisconsin $6 million.

    Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Barbara Arnwine, & Janice L. Mathis on “States’ Rights Redux: Voting Rights Act +46,” http://politi.co/qAgMYV

    Laughlin McDonald & Laura W. Murphy on “Voting Rights-Struggle Isn’t Over,” http://politi.co/ougiz8

    Bob Talbot says, “Don’t Go Backward on Voting Rights,” http://bit.ly/rpBqoG


    Tiger Woods’ ex-caddie Steve Williams Uses Victory with Adam Scott at Bridgestone to Rub Salt in Former Employer’s Wounds, http://tgr.ph/pRZJkf

    Photos: Celebrities and Bands in Rock the Vote’s Lollapalooza Gifting Suite, http://bit.ly/pTbxoD

    Lollapalooza: How the Stars Partied in Chicago, http://bit.ly/ngmFqc

    ‘Desperate Housewives’ to End Run After Upcoming Eighth Season, http://bit.ly/plHNPI

    Bieber, Gomez Big Winners at Teen Choice Awards, http://wapo.st/oJw8Dr

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