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    ‘Make a Wish Foundation’

    News Round-Up: November 15, 2013

    Friday, November 15th, 2013

    San Francisco turns into Gotham City for a day; Toronto’s city council strips notorious mayor, Rob Ford, of some power after another public embarrassment; and one of the largest child pornography schemes has been busted. Meanwhile, Chris Breezy is out of rehab, and RiRi and Drake drop $17,000 at a strip club together.

    -Sandy + Maura



    San Francisco transforms into Gotham to make 5-year-old’s wish to be Batkid come true,http://rtvote.com/HXc0ht
    San Francisco is no more. The City by the Bay is officially Gotham City… at least for today. The city-wide transformation is all for Miles, a five-year-old who has successfully battled leukemia since he was only a year old. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the power of social media, Miles’s dreams will come true as he fights villains alongside Batman as “Batkid”. Thanks for keeping Gotham City safe, Batkid!

    Toronto’s City Council votes to strip embattled mayor of some powerhttp://rtvote.com/1bAbMHq
    Toronto mayor Rob Ford just can’t help himself. After adding to his list of missteps with some very vulgar comments about oral sex on live Canadian television, Toronto’s city council decided Friday to strip Ford of his ability to appoint and dismiss his senior staff. Even though his power on the political stage is shrinking, don’t expect to see any less of him. Mayor Ford and his brother, Doug, will begin their new “Ford Nation” television show on Monday (No, I’m not kidding. I wish I was.).

    Woman sells wedding ring for tickets to Chiefs-Broncos gamehttp://rtvote.com/1dyLTqX
    A woman found a buyer on Craigslist who traded his football game tickets for her wedding ring. Don’t stress – she claims the ring was from a previous marriage. The buyer will be using his new ring to propose to his girlfriend this Sunday. Smart trade, guys. The ex-wife gets to see some men with tight butts play a good game of football, and Mr. Buyer gets a happy fiancée. What could be better?

    Canada Says 386 Kids Rescued in Child Porn Busthttp://rtvote.com/HQpZor
    Canadian police have released the details on one of the largest child porn busts they’ve seen to date. The investigation, dubbed the Project Spade operation, has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people. 108 of those arrests were made in Canada, and 76 in the United States. The remaining arrests were made in other countries. Amongst the perpetrators were school teachers, doctors, and actors.

    China easing 1-child policy amid elderly bloomhttp://rtvote.com/1j9xH99
    The ruling Communist Party of China has said they will loosen its decades-old one-child policy. Labor camps, which are currently used by local officials to deal with people who challenge their authority on issues including land rights and corruption, will also be abolished.



    R&B singer Chris Brown out of rehab, working on community service requirement,http://rtvote.com/HULoNE

    Adam Levine Plays Coy About People’s Sexiest Man Alive Rumor, Reveals Wedding Details onTodayhttp://rtvote.com/17yAvwH

    Rihanna and Drake Drop More Than $17,000 Together at Strip Club in Houston: Exclusive Details,http://rtvote.com/1aXNHfa

    Pregnant Megan Fox Covers Baby Bump During Lunch Outing With Hubby Brian Austin Green,http://rtvote.com/18ACSdl


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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

    Syria receives arms from Sudan; jurors discuss disagreements in Boston mobster case; and near-death experience may be categorized by heightened electrical surge in the brain. Meanwhile, the best-dressed stars from 2013 Teen Choice Awards are announced; Justin Bieber breaks a charity record; and Bethenny Frankel talks about her divorce.

    - Maura + Ally


    Army Shipments Seen From Sudan to Syrian Rebels, http://rtvote.com/16IAyAX
    In Syria, rebels have not received support from the West and thus have struggled to arm themselves. Now, they have found Sudan as a supplier. This was surprising because of  Sudan’s international arms embargo, and the country’s close ties with Iran (a supporter of the Syrian government).

    Bulger juror describes “stressful” deliberationshttp://rtvote.com/16IAIIu
    On Monday, Boston mobster James Bulger was convicted of a series of gang crimes. A juror on the trial discusses the case as unbelievable yet compelling, but says that there was disagreement among the jurors. 

    Hannah Anderson didn’t know kidnapper killed family, http://rtvote.com/13VZPc8
    After 6 days at the mercy of her kidnapper James DiMaggio, Hannah Anderson returned home without any prior knowledge of the brutal fate of her mother and brother.

    Near-death experiences are ‘electrical surge in dying brain,’ http://rtvote.com/13W04nI
    A new study finds that the brain is more active during a dying state than while the body and mind are awake. This may explain the heightened consciousness people experience in near-death situations.

    N.C. sued soon after voter ID bill signed into law, http://rtvote.com/16IApgR
    North Carolina’s Governor, Patrick McCrory, has signed the state’s new voting bill into law, preventing or impeding many of the state’s citizens from voting. On Monday, several civil rights groups filed lawsuits in federal court challenging the law.


    Selena Gomez, Nina Dobrev and More Best Dressed Stars at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, http://rtvote.com/1a29X6N

    Filmmaker George Lucas, wife welcome baby girl via surrogate, http://rtvote.com/13W0BWH

    Justin Bieber Breaks Charity Record After Granting 200th Wish, http://rtvote.com/16ID6io

    Bethenny Frankel Talks “Brutal” Divorce, http://rtvote.com/1a2amX4

    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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