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    News Round-Up: Friday, March 28, 2014

    Friday, March 28th, 2014

    A new CDC study underscores major increases in cases of Autism; appeals court upholds challenged parts of major TX abortion law; Microsoft releases Office products for iPad…finally; and voting rights activists are noticing some positive changes in 2014. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez is allegedly served legal papers in regards to Bieber’s recent troubles; The Colbert Report is under fire on Twitter with a #CancelColbert hashtag; and James Van Der Beek admits to doing something illegal for Justin Timberlake.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Dayton Flyers (my alma mater) on making it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament! First time in 30 years. Way to go Flyers!

    -Maura 

    CRUCIAL 

    Autism rates soar, now affects 1 in 68 children, http://rtvote.com/1myqmpv
    Between 2008 and 2010, Autism rates have climbed nearly 30 percent and have more than doubles since the turn of the century according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new study. The study also points out that Autism is now believed to affect 1 of every 68 eight-year-olds—a dramatic increase. What is driving this increase still remains unknown. Some believe it’s a rise in awareness of the disease while other speculate on environmental reasons.

    Appeals court upholds challenged parts of Texas abortion law, http://rtvote.com/1gJFJtd
    On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld parts of a Texas abortion law which requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away. Planned Parenthood, which led the lawsuit against the bill, claims the law will cause clinics to shut down because hospitals would refuse doctors admitting privileges. This particular legislation, House Bill No.2, first garnered national attention when Senator Wendy Davis (now gubernatorial candidate), led a 13 hour filibuster to try and prevent the bill’s passage. The ruling of this appeal is considered a victory for anti-abortion activists.

    Obama looks to win back Saudi confidence, http://rtvote.com/1pBw6vO
    Continuing on with his diplomatic duties, President Obama is visiting Saudi Arabia to reassure Arab allies that despite troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan and greater energy independence, the United States is not abandoning the Arab world. On his overnight trip there are only two items on his public schedule: a meeting and dinner with King Abdullah at his desert camp.

    Microsoft to Offer Office for iPad, Maybe a Bit Late, http://rtvote.com/QnF8CJ
    It’s finally here! Microsoft introduced the long-awaited suite of applications to the iPad which includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The company’s new chief executive, Satya Nadella, announced a commitment to make the software work on all major computing devices, including those made by its competitors. Microsoft’s decision to bring Office to the Apple device comes after years of development and debate inside the company over implications that could occur against their own technology developments.

    VOTING RIGHTS

    Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction, http://rtvote.com/P1u5hq
    The primary election season is just around the corner, and voting rights activists are identifying some notable changes in relation to laws and restrictions around voting.  Although there have been a flurry of new rules, like the party-line vote for the elimination of a week of early voting in Ohio last month, some activists are noticing fewer restrictions and even some bipartisanship progress. Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University remarked that there has been “a lot of real momentum in 2014, thus far, towards improving our elections both at the states and nationally.” On that note, don’t forget to register to vote ! 

    CULTURAL

    Selena Gomez Served With Legal Papers, http://rtvote.com/1rKLNVD

    The Colbert Report Tweets Racist Joke, Twitter Users Rally to #CancelColbert, http://rtvote.com/1jYCXy1

    Beyoncé Breaks Down in Tears During Final Carter Show Concert: “I’m Giving Y’all an Ugly Cry!”, http://rtvote.com/1maROGX

    Lady Gaga Celebrates 28th Birthday With Macabre “27 Club” Joke, http://rtvote.com/1pijgVc

    James Van Der Beek Let Underage Justin Timberlake Use His ID in the 90’s, http://rtvote.com/1fsBKfb

    Seth Meyers: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me, http://rtvote.com/P1jwLm

    Maura
    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, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

    Thursday, September 29th, 2011

    In today’s news, Bahrain sentences 20 medics for treating protesters; the Saudi Arabian King pardons a woman arrested for driving; a Massachusetts man is arrested for planning to attack the Pentagon and Capitol with drones; and presidential hopeful Herman Cain jumps to third place in the primary race. In entertainment news, MTV reports on the leading fall albums, and Lil Wayne looks to Jimi Hendrix for inspiration.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    German parliament approves expanded bailout fund, http://wapo.st/ooHK71
    On Thursday, German lawmakers voted to approve expanded powers for a European bailout fund that Chancellor Angela Merkel has said is critical to ensuring economic stability in Europe. With an approval vote of 523 to 85, the euro-zone took the first step in righting its economic crisis. The move also helped boost European stocks Thursday, and Wall Street appeared to head for gains at its opening.

    Bahrain sentences medics who treated protesters, http://bbc.in/qC8GOM
    A court in Bahrain has sentenced 20 medics between 5 to 15 years in jail for alleged incitement to overthrow the government. The medics treated people injured during a protest movement that called for more rights for the country’s Shia majority in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. The medics were also accused of refusing to give police officers medical attention; however, relatives of some of the medics claim they were tortured into giving false confessions.

    Saudi Woman Spared Lashing, http://bit.ly/rn2Zit
    Saudi Arabian King Abdullah pardoned a woman sentenced to receive at least 10 lashes for driving. The woman was sentenced just one day after the King granted women the right to participate in the next election. “Belatedly allowing women to vote in council elections is all well and good, but if they are still going to face being flogged for trying to exercise their right to freedom of movement, then the King’s much-trumpeted ‘reforms’ actually amount to very little,” said Amnesty International Deputy Director Philip Luther.

    Mass. man accused of plotting to hit Pentagon and Capitol with drone aircraft, http://wapo.st/oZ20Zy
    A 26-year-old physics graduate and model hobbyist from Massachusetts was arrested Wednesday in an FBI undercover operation. He has been accused of planning to build small, explosive-laden drones to attack the Pentagon and the Capitol, according to an FBI affidavit and law enforcement officials. Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S.born citizen of South Asian background, traveled to Washington last May to conduct surveillance and intended to launch three small GPS-guided aircraft from East Potomac Park — two against the Pentagon and one against the Capitol, according to a detailed plan he gave to the FBI.

    Occupy Wall Street: inquiries launched as new pepper-spray video emerges, http://bit.ly/oQN0jR
    Senior New York Police Officer, Anthony Bologna, is under investigation after another video has emerged from the Occupy Wall Street protests. This video captures the officer, not only pepper spraying a group of women protesters who were trapped in an orange net, but also pepper spraying one of the women while she was recovering from the first attack. In both incidents, the policer officer appeared to have violated the NYPD’s guidance on how pepper spray should be used.

    25 voters to get free photo ID ride to DMV, only 4 in Tri-County area, http://bit.ly/oFhsE9
    The Department of Motor Vehicles says 25 people in South Carolina are getting a free ride to receive a photo identification card to comply with the state’s new voter law. DMV spokeswoman Beth Parks said the agency spoke to 675 people who wanted information on the law and about 48 people requested a ride for Wednesday; however, when the agency called back, people had obtained rides or state IDs in some other way.

    UW to create new ID cards, http://bit.ly/qjz2FS
    To accommodate for new voting laws, Associated Students of Madison Legislative Affairs Chair Hannah Somers said University of Wisconsin will be instituting new student IDs to include a signature and a valid expiration date. “This is really good news,” Somers said. “This means we don’t have to lobby the university to change our IDs.”

    Romney Reclaims Top Spot While Perry Falls and Cain Rises, http://abcn.ws/r6FVLN
    In a poll released today, Herman Cain has tripled his support base and jumped to third place in the race for the Republican primary. Also, Mitt Romney has reclaimed his front-runner status, and Rick Perry has dropped ten points since the last poll taken in August. This marks the first time Perry has taken second place in the polls; he has been on top since entering the presidential race six-weeks ago. Herman Cain reached the third-place slot after claiming 17 percent, an 11-point jump since August.

    Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos Would Not Necessarily Prove Einstein Wrong, http://bit.ly/qWACEu
    Last week, the physics community was shaken when the OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion tracking Apparatus) team working in central Italy announced that preliminary findings seemed to have found subatomic particles, neutrinos, traveling faster than the speed of light. According to the team, the neutrinos were observed to have traveled the distance of about 450 miles in less time than it would take a light beam – disproving, some have said, Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.

    Nokia to cut another 3,500 jobs, http://cnet.co/nDQLGi
    Nokia will cut another 3,500 jobs to lower its operating costs to run more efficiently. “We must take painful, yet necessary, steps to align our workforce and operations with our path forward,” Chief Executive Stephen Elop said in a statement today. Nokia will close a manufacturing facility in Cluj, Romania, and reduce workers in its supply chain operations. This will cause a loss of 2,200 employees. Also, they will cut 1,300 workers in its commerce and location business.

    CULTURAL

    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse backs “Fighting for Pell Grants,” http://huff.to/pfPpdL

    McKay Coppins asks, “Donald Trump GOP Kingmaker?,” http://bit.ly/nal2k7

    ‘Dancing With the Stars’ studio receives letter containing white powder, http://bit.ly/qqQkzz

    Red Sox Lose to Orioles 4-3, http://abcn.ws/nEuIWC

    Coldplay, Rihanna, Evanescence Lead Fall Albums, http://on.mtv.com/qPu0yk

    Susan Powell’s Parents Granted Custody of Boys, http://bit.ly/pWGo88

    Lil Wayne Channels Jimi Hendrix For New Vibe Cover, http://on.mtv.com/nYwzwc

    coral@rockthevote.com
    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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