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    News Round-Up: Friday, April 19th, 2013

    Friday, April 19th, 2013

    More information about Chechen brothers Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev surfaces as they’re named the Boston marathon bombers; Boston is on lockdown after Tamerlan dies in a shootout and Dzokhar is still at large; Anzor Tsarnaev claims his sons are innocent; Chechnya’s president blames the suspects’ American upbringing for the Boston bombings; at least 35 are killed and 60 unaccounted for after the fertilizer-plant explosion in West, TX; The Boy Scouts may lift their ban on gay youth members; Pakistan police arrest ex-President Musharraf; and the United Nations calls Syria’s civil war a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Meanwhile, Dunkin’ Donuts defies the lockdown and stays open in Watertown, MA; “Time” names its 100 most influential people; and Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries reach a divorce settlement.

    Boston Bombing Suspects: What We Know About the Tsarnaev Brothers, http://rtvote.com/11LeGDk
    A plethora of new information about the Boston marathon bombers, brothers named Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has surfaced after a police shootout with the suspects took place early this morning. Dzokhar is 19-years-old and attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he had received scholarship money, was on the wrestling team, and was described as a nice, normal guy with an active social life; many of his classmates told the media they couldn’t believe he would be a terrorist. The brothers, who are Chechen, may have been living in the U.S. for ten years, coming to the states from Kyrgyzstan. Reports show that Tamerlan, who was 26 and an avid boxer, had recently flown from JFK to Russia, where he stayed for six months. Both identified with Islam on their social media, with their uncle speculating that somebody may have radicalized them.

    Terror manhunt shuts down parts of Boston after shootings, chase, http://rtvote.com/11L9vTX
    After an early morning shootout between police and the Boston marathon bombers, parts of Boston is on complete lockdown. Tamerlan, the elder Tsarnaev brother, was killed in the shootout while officials believe Dzokhar is at large in the Watertown area of Boston. Before the shootout, the suspects shot and killed an MIT campus police officer, robbed a 7-11, and carjacked a Mercedes SUV before letting the driver go free. Tamerlan was found dead with an explosive device attached to him. There has been a no-fly zone issued over Watertown, and mass transit has been shutdown throughout the entire city. Residents have been strongly encouraged to stay indoors as officials continue to search for Dzokhar and potentially a third suspect.

    Boston Bomb Suspect’s Dad Tells Him to Surrender, Warns ‘ Hell Will Break Loose’ if Son Dies, http://rtvote.com/117LxRb
    Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the Boston marathon bombers, urged his younger son, Dzokhar, to “give up” and surrender himself to authorities.  He also maintained his sons’ innocence and threatened that if Dzokhar is killed by police, then “all hell will break loose.” Anzor said that he spoke to his sons on the phone this week after the bombings because he was worried about their safety.

    Report: As many as 35 killed in Texas plant explosionhttp://rtvote.com/17LIjrS
    As many as 35 people have been killed from a fertilizer-plant explosion in West, TX. Officials refuse to give an exact death toll as they are still searching through rubble for survivors. More than 160 were injured in the blast. Doctors have been treating mostly blast injuries instead of chemical ones. Police warned that the scene is still dangerous as ammonium nitrate is present in the air.

    On Instagram, Chechnya’s president criticizes America’s handling of the Boston manhunt, http://rtvote.com/11L6MtP
    Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov took to Instagram today to proclaim that the Chechen ethnicity of the Boston marathon bombers did not motivate their killings.  “Any attempt to link Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if indeed they are guilty, are futile,” he wrote. “They grew up in the USA, their viewpoints and beliefs were formed there. You must look for the roots of [their] evil in American.” Evan Kohlmann, an American terrorism consultant, furthered Kadyrov’s sentiments tweeting, “The official media arm of the Chechen mujahideen has rejected allegations that two Chechen men were responsible for the Boston Bombing.”

    Boy Scouts to consider lifting ban on openly gay youths, http://rtvote.com/XLgCeO
    In May, the National Council of The Boy Scouts will vote on allowing gay members in the organization as long as none of the adult leaders are openly homosexual. “Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether homosexual or heterosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” a report says.

    Pakistan police arrest ex-President Musharraf, http://rtvote.com/11Li558
    Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was arrested and put under house arrest Thursday for his alleged dismissal of senior judges, including the chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court. In two days, Musharraf will go to anti-terrorism court. “These allegations are politically motivated, and I will fight them in the trial court, where the truth will prevail,” Musharraf said.

    United Nations says Syria conflict a humanitarian catastrophe, http://rtvote.com/17LGKKp
    United Nations aid chief Valerie Amos has declared the civil war in Syria a “humanitarian catastrophe” as 22 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes and 1.3 million have fled to neighboring companies. The United Nations has not been able to take action in Syria as China and Russia, allies to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, have vetoed any plans that may jeopardize Assad’s government. “I do not have an answer for those Syrians I have spoken to who asked me why the world has abandoned them,” Amos said.

    According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, only one in four Americans are optimistic about the future of their finances. 46% of those surveyed said they approve of how President Obama is handling the economy, while 52% said they disapprove. Only 7% said they trust Washington to do the right thing “just about always,” while 66% said they trust the federal government “some of the time;” 11% said they never trust the federal government.

    60 Oklahoma Dental Patients Test Positive for Hepatitis, HIV, http://rtvote.com/XLmHaV
    At least 60 patients of Oklahoma dentist W. Scott Harrington have tested positive for HIV or hepatitis after a surprise investigation of the dentist’s facilities found used needles, dirty tools, and other unsanitary conditions. Over 7,000 people who have been treated by Harrington were notified of potential infection. So far 3,122 have been tested for HIV and hepatitis with 57 testing positive for hepatitis C, 3 for hepatitis B, and at least 1 for HIV.

    Time: The 100 Most Influential People in the World, http://time100.time.com/


    Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries finally reach settlement in divorce case, http://rtvote.com/XLk6hg

    Fame may ‘lead to a shorter life,’  http://rtvote.com/XLk8FN

    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 15th, 2013

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

    Lance Armstrong admits to doping; Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders the arrest of the prime minister; a woman crashes a stolen train into a Swedish apartment building; New York passes a deal for stricter gun laws; and Wal-Mart announces a veteran hiring program. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s bus tour starts today, and Kim Kardashian talks struggling with infertility.



    Armstrong Admits Doping, and Says He Will Testify, http://rtvote.com/13zjGwu
    In an interview with Oprah Winfrey Monday, Lance Armstrong admitted to doping. “We were mesmerized and riveted” said Winfrey about Armstrong’s answers. “He did not come clean in the manner I was expecting.” The former champion cyclist will testify against cycling officials who were aware of his doping. Armstrong also told Winfrey that he admitted his drug use to staff of his charity, Livestrong, and personally called other cyclists to apologize. The interview will air in two parts this Thursday and Friday.

    Pakistan top court orders PM arrest, http://rtvote.com/13zlMMF
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the country’s Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, on Tuesday. The court alleges that Ashraf “violated the principle of transparency” when working on contracts for the purchase of power plants for the government as a federal minister. Authorities have 24 hours to arrest Ashraf and 16 others in connection with the case. In Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, populist cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri organized protests calling for reforms.

    France steps up Mali operation, Africans try to catch up, http://rtvote.com/13zowd1
    French forces bombed the Mali town of Diabaly, which is believed to be under Islamic militant control, on Monday night. French President Francois Hollande said the bomb attacks “hit their targets” and the “deployment of forces on the ground and in the air” will continue. West African defense chiefs will meet in Bamako on Tuesday to quickly deploy 3,300 African troops to Mali. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and Guinea have offered to send troops to defend the Mali government, although Nigeria has cautioned about deploying troops too quickly. The U.S. has also pledged to support the Mali government.

    A Swedish woman stole a four-car commuter train in Stockholm Tuesday morning, driving and crashing it into an apartment building in the suburbs. Police say the woman has been seriously injured, while no one in the apartment building was hurt. Police spokesman Lars Bystrom said the woman is being held for endangering the public and that her motives are unknown. The suspect was born in 1990 and worked for a company contracted to clean for the train operator.

    Wal-Mart Plans to Hire Any Veteran Who Wants a Job, http://rtvote.com/13zrQov
    Wal-Mart will announce Tuesday that it will hire any veteran who needs a job as long as they left the military the year before and were not dishonorably discharged. The program will launch on Memorial Day and will be one of the nation’s biggest hiring commitments for veterans in history. First Lady Michelle Obama has called the superstore’s new program “historic” and that she will work to persuade other corporations to implement something similar. Wal-mart says the commitment will create 100,000 new jobs for veterans in the next five years.

    Gun bill: Ball takes shot at Cuomo, Assembly goes home, http://rtvote.com/W8q6wV
    New York state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have reached a deal regarding gun control, including expanding the state’s assault weapons ban and further restrictions that keep guns away from the mentally ill. New York’s Senate, which has a Republican majority, passed the deal Monday night. The support came from legislators from New York City and Long Island. No Republicans from upstate New York voted for the deal, which will go to the Assembly Tuesday. Nationally, President Obama will most likely support an executive order to expand background checks on gun purchasers.

    Alex Williams explores the difficulty of Millennials transitioning from a technology-fuled “hook-up-culture” in “The End of Courtship,” http://rtvote.com/13zvWNp


    Anna Kendrick’s Ryan Gosling Tweet Should Flatter The Actor, We Think, http://rtvote.com/W8A1m5

    Lady Gaga Pulls Born This Way Ball Into Tacoma For First U.S. Tour Stop, http://rtvote.com/W8GrSd

    Pregnant Kim Kardashian Struggled With Infertility, Talks Kris Humphries Divorce and Marrying Kanye West,http://rtvote.com/W8GzBf

    Bradley Cooper denies dating J. Law: I could be her father, http://rtvote.com/13zxzuA

    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, June 11, 2012

    Monday, June 11th, 2012

    Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is in a full coma; the EU economy improves after Spain’s bailout; and wildfires spread in New Mexico and Colorado. In other news, Rafael Nadal wins his 7th French Open title and Lady Gaga suffers a concussion.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak in ‘full coma,’ official says, http://bit.ly/LhXdIZ
    Just weeks after being sentenced to life in prison for involvement in killing protesters during last year’s Arab Spring uprisings, former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak has fallen into a full coma. The 82-year-old’s health has been declining since his sentencing.

    Market Rally Fades Over Spanish Bank Rescue, http://nyti.ms/LQlVPj
    European stocks rose today after Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy approved a 100 billion euro, or $126 billion, infusion of capital from the European Union. The EU isn’t out of hot water yet—Greece voters will go to the polls later this month. The pro-bailout New Democracy party has an early lead, but market watchers are still concerned whether or not its popularity in the polls will be enough to carry it past widespread anti-austerity sentiment.

    NM, Colo. fires spread; hundreds evacuated, http://bit.ly/LkQgKh
    Northern Colorado and southern New Mexico both battled wildfires this weekend. The Colorado fires covered more than 31 square miles within nearly a day of being reported and have destroyed or damaged 18 structures. Meanwhile in New Mexico, grounded aircrafts are fighting a 40-square-mile wildfire. The blaze, which started Friday, has damaged or destroyed 36 structures.


    Lady Gaga struck by pole during New Zealand show, http://bo.st/Knm1Ey

    Kris Humphries Sicks FBI on Ex-Flame, http://bit.ly/KYMNT6

    Rafael Nadal claims 7th French title, http://es.pn/LLGPDk

    ‘Once’ Basks in Glow of 8 Tony Awards, http://nyti.ms/LQvtK2

    Nude photos of Snooki flood Internet, ‘Jersey Shore’ star not happy, http://fxn.ws/KvEudj

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

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


    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

    The SAT and ACT impose new registration rules after cheating scandals; JetBlue blames a captain’s meltdown on a “medical situation;” a newly released Human Rights Watch report covers the “moral” crimes Afghan women have been accused of; The New York Times reports on lower amounts of voter registrations in Florida after restrictions; also, the Wisconsin state Supreme Court receives challenges to the state’s voter ID law; Newt Gingrich cuts down on staffing; and George H.W. Bush endorses Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, Dr. Seuss’s home is vandalized; and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke calls himself “a nerd.”

    Kelly + Caitlin


    SAT and ACT to Tighten Rules After Cheating Scandal, http://nyti.ms/H0qQzj
    The SAT and ACT exams will now require students nationwide to provide their photograph when registering for tests. On the day of the test, students’ IDs will be checked against their photographs in order to make sure no one is taking the test for them. These new rules were laid out after dozens of Long Island high school students engaged in a cheating scandal, where high-scoring students used fake IDs to take the SAT or ACT for other students. Fifty students may have been involved in the cheating ring. The SAT and ACT will also eliminate “standby test registration,” where students can register the same day as the exam. The new ID rule will take effect this Fall.

    Passengers recount fears during captain breakdown, http://bit.ly/HeAHS3
    During an early morning flight from New York to Las Vegas, JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon had a nervous breakdown, alarming passengers and his co-pilots. Coming out of the cockpit and running down the plane’s aisles screaming about a bomb, passengers of the plan eventually tackled and restrained him while the co-pilots landed the plane in Amarillo, Texas. JetBlue airlines have called the incident a “medical situation” and insist that Osbon’s record never indicated flight risk.

    Afghanistan’s War on Women Detailed in New Human Rights Watch Report, http://bit.ly/GSJd7l
    A new Human Rights Watch report released today cites a troubling lack of justice for women in Afghanistan. The report detailed 60 cases of women and girls in prison for “moral crimes,” which include premarital sex, running away from forced marriages, and fleeing abusive husbands and homes. Of 42 married women interviewed, 22 were arrested as a direct result of running away from abusive husbands or extended family members. In follow-up interviews with their prosecutors, only one man had been arrested for the abuse.

    (via New York Times) Florida’s New Election Law Blunts Voter Drives: Florida, expected to be a vital swing state once again, is enrolling fewer new voters than it did four years ago as prominent civic organizations have suspended registration drives because of what they describe as onerous restrictions imposed last year by Republican state officials. The state’s new elections law requires groups that register voters to turn in completed forms within 48 hours or risk fines, among other things. Rock the Vote, a national organization that encourages young people to vote, began an effort last week to register high school students around the nation — but not in Florida, over fears that teachers could face fines. In the months since its new law took effect in July, 81,471 fewer Floridians have registered to vote than during the same period before the 2008 presidential election, according to an analysis of registration data by The New York Times. All told, there are 11.3 million voters registered in the state. The law in Florida also reduces the number of early voting days in the state. Last Friday, on the anniversary of the passage of the 26th Amendment, which gave 18-year-olds the right to vote, Rock the Vote opened its national program to educate and register high school students, though not in Florida. “It’s a real shame,” said Heather Smith, the president of Rock the Vote, which joined the lawsuit. “We just cannot put those high school teachers at risk,” http://nyti.ms/GWG8Sq

    (via WISN.com) Voter ID Lawsuits Sent To State Supreme Court: Appeals courts sent two lawsuits challenging Wisconsin’s blocked new voter ID law directly to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, determining it was imperative to resolve the cases quickly given the slate of important upcoming elections, including the state’s presidential primaries next week. If the Supreme Court agrees to take the cases, it could reinstate the state’s new requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls just days before Tuesday’s election. However, attorneys challenging the law said it is unlikely a decision would come that quickly.The voter ID requirement was in effect for the February primary election and few problems were reported in the low-turnout election. But the judges’ orders blocked it for Tuesday’s spring election in which 35 percent turnout is predicted in the Republican presidential primary, http://bit.ly/Hga0tz

    Newt Gingrich cuts staff, aims for Tampa, http://politi.co/GVdRPN
    Newt Gingrich has cut about a third of his staff and has significantly reduced his campaign schedule for a “big-choice convention” strategy. Most of the layoffs affect junior and advance staff, with advance staff being contracted out from Gordon James Public Relations. Political strategists are surprised to see that Gingrich has not withdrawn from the race completely after a series of primary losses. Gingrich remains in a marginal third place and his campaign-finance report for February has shown that there is more debt than available cash-on-hand. The biggest change-up is the resignation of campaign coordinator Michael Krull and his replacement by Vince Haley, a deputy campaign manager and policy director.

    (via Huffington post) George H.W. Bush To Formally Endorse Mitt Romney: Former President George H.W. Bush plans to endorse Mitt Romney at an event Thursday in Houston. Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho says the two will appear together and speak to reporters. Formal backing from the 41st president is another sign that the Republican Party is uniting behind Romney as pressure builds on challengers Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to leave the race. The elder Bush has offered encouraging words to Romney throughout the primary season but had withheld a formal endorsement. Former first lady Barbara Bush has formally backed Romney. She recorded automated telephone calls for him during the primary in Ohio. Their son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, endorsed Romney last week, http://huff.to/HeC7aZ


    Fox pulls movie ads due to Trayvon Martin case, http://reut.rs/HcxmDZ

    Mega Millions soars to half a billion, http://nydn.us/HdmCq5

    Ben Bernanke: ‘I Am Very Proud Of My Nerd-Dom,’ http://huff.to/HnapMS

    Kris Humphries Divorce: Basketball Star Wants $8 Million From Kim Kardashian, http://huff.to/GWqdcr

    ‘Modern Family’ Cast Seeks Huge Raises As Contract Renegotiation Begins, http://bit.ly/HdwY88

    Magic Johnson-led group is picked as Dodgers’ next owner, http://lat.ms/GWMRAQ

    Lorax Statue Stolen From Dr. Seuss’ Garden, Family Hopes For Its Return, http://n.pr/HfntV6

    Justin Bieber’s Tweet Ties Up Great Grandma’s Phone, http://bit.ly/HeUJgs

    Kelly Holleran

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


    Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

    The man responsible for the shootings in Toulouse is dead;
    more people are criticizing the handling of Trayvon Martin’s death;
    unemployment numbers are going down; soldiers have seized power in Mali; and
    Romney is suffering after a gaffe by one of his aides. Elsewhere, Kris
    Humphries claims he doesn’t do things for money, Tim Tebow is headed to New
    York, and Rock the Vote’s “History of Voting” video featuring Perez Hilton,
    Darren Criss, and John Legend is released just in time for Democracy Day.


    French Slaying Suspect Dead After Police Raid Hideout http://nyti.ms/GM56rW
    A Frenchman responsible for the recent shootings in Toulouse is dead after a
    30 hour stand off with police. More than 200 rounds of ammunition were
    unloaded during the firefight, with two police officers suffering minor
    injuries. The shooter’s name was Mohammed Merah. Merah died after jumping
    out of a window with a gun in his hand while firing. The French government
    would have preferred to take Merah alive.

    City Criticizes Police Chief After Shooting http://nyti.ms/GMIxyL
    The City Council of Sanford, Florida, the town where Trayvon Martin was
    killed, voted a show of no-confidence in their police chief after he has
    failed to arrest George Zimmerman, the man who killed Martin. Zimmerman
    claimed the shooting was in self defense, but his 911 calls and checkered
    history bring his story into question. In New York City, there was a protest
    in which demonstrators all wore hoodies, similar to what Martin was wearing
    when Zimmerman killed him.

    Emirates Says ‘Whole Load of Airlines’ Will Fail in Fuel
    Squeeze http://bloom.bg/GDXrZG
    Emirates, a Dubai-based airline that leads the world in international
    travel, is predicting that many other airlines will collapse as petrol
    prices increase. Regardless of how many companies will fold, the
    profitability will certain decrease as petrol prices rise. Advisors at
    Emirates are predicting that the industry will be devastated if there is
    another 10-15% rise in the cost of fuel.

    Weekly unemployment aid applications hit four-year low http://usat.ly/GLSHip
    New data shows that the economic turnaround is continuing. Under 350,000
    people applied for unemployment last week, the lowest total since 2008. The
    last several months have shown job growth, and predictors make it seem like
    the growth is continuing through March. Additionally, home sales have
    started to pick up and housing values might slowly return to their pre-bust

    Soldiers loot Mali presidential palace after ousting
    leader http://usat.ly/GOtIwQ
    In one of the few democracies operating in Africa, soldiers overthrew Mali
    President Amadou Toumani Toure. Toure was set to end his term in a few
    weeks, but soldiers felt it necessary to take over the government now. Their
    major grievance is the belief that Toure’s government was mishandling an
    ethnic insurgency in the nation’s north. Toure’s current location is not
    known. His former palace is being occupied by military leaders who have
    suspended the nation’s constitution, but claim they intend on transferring
    power back to the people after they quell the rebellion.

    Komen foundation continues to see fallout from Planned Parenthood
    controversy http://wapo.st/GFziSG
    Susan G Komen For The Cure is still reeling from a controversial decision to
    defund Planned Parenthood. Despite their about face, the Komen brand has
    severely suffered. The two locations which fought the decision hardest,
    Oregon and New York, are both losing executives who have decided to step
    down. The New York affiliate has also canceled several events because of
    lack funds.

    Lining up at Center City DMV – some to get voter IDs, others to protest the
    new law http://bit.ly/GGfORV
    Many people showed up to the Philadelphia DMV on a day designated for free
    photo IDs. These free IDs are being given out because Pennsylvania has
    changed its state law and now requires voters to show the correct photo ID
    at the polls. The proponents of this bill claim they want to prevent fraud.
    Many others showed up to the DMV to protest the new bill. They equate this
    to a poll tax, for while the ID is free, it costs money to gain access to
    some of the documents one needs to get an ID.


    Rock the Vote’s “History of Voting” Video with Perez Hilton, Darren Criss,
    John Legend, & Bridget Kelly, http://bit.ly/GFrWQt

    Fox Tinkers With 24 Movie’s Budget And Pushes Back The Start Date
    Again, http://bit.ly/GQ5mnZ

    How groovy will ‘Mad Men’ get? ’60s experts make
    predictions, http://lat.ms/GN3HBw

    Kris Humphries doesn’t ‘do things just for money,’ http://usat.ly/GQnDjo

    Kiss and Motley Crue Announce Summer Tour, http://bit.ly/GM8Hak

    Tim Tebow traded to Jets, http://es.pn/GJB42F

    Aaron Ghitelman

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