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    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

     

    CRUCIAL

    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.

     

    CULTURAL

    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

    sandywu
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    News Round-Up: Friday, February 22, 2013

    Friday, February 22nd, 2013

    Oscar Pistorius is granted bail set at $113,000; Russia accuses the U.S. of holding double standards with Syria; U.S. troops set up a drone base in Niger; and Google introduces a touch screen laptop. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z announce the dates of their summer tour; Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose welcome their newborn son; and Prince Harry and his girlfriend come out as a couple.

    Caitlin + Liza

    CRUCIAL: 

    Oscar Pistorius granted bail ahead of murder trial, http://nbcnews.to/VALzkz
    Oscar Pistorius was granted bail set at $113,000 on Friday, despite protests from the prosecution. Pistorius, the double amputee and former Olympic track star, is accused of “premeditated murder” of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but maintains he mistook Steenkamp for a robber in his home. Though prosecutors had worried Pistorius would flee the country if granted bail, defense lawyers maintained he is not a “flight risk.” “What kind of life would Pistorius lead if he flees, given his protheses?” questioned Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair.

    Russia accuses U.S. of double standards over Syria, http://reut.rs/W7xYnq
    Russia accused the United States of having double standards on Syria, citing that the U.S. had blocked a UN Security Council statement condemning Thursday’s car bomb attack in Damascus as terrorist action. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the U.S. was threatening international unity in the “war on terror” by blocking a statement about the “terrorist attacks”. A U.S. representative at the United Nations denied that the U.S. had blocked the statement. The U.S.’s relationship with Russia has worsened since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency last May, and new Secretary of State John Kerry will have his first meeting with Lavrov next week.

    U.S. troops arrive in Niger to set up a drone base, http://wapo.st/UR7ftz
    President Obama announced on Friday the creation of a drone base in the West African nation of Niger, where 100 American troops will be deployed to spy on members of al-Qaeda in the Sahara. The opening of the Niger drone base marks the addition of another U.S. military operation against al-Qaeda to join those in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. U.S. troops in Niger will also support the France’s military operation in Mali, where al-Qaeda members and other militants have founded a refuge. “This is purely an intelligence gathering mission,” a U.S. defense official said.

    Las Vegas Strip Shooting Launches Multi-State Manhunt, http://abcn.ws/W6Gpzj
    Three people were killed in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip on Friday, launching a multi-state manhunt for a group of men in a black Range Rover responsible for initiating the attack. Following an argument at the Aria resort and casino, the group of men shot at two people in a Maserati, prompting a multi-car crash resulting in a taxi exploding. The driver of the Maserati died from gunshot wounds, as did a driver and passenger who were inside the taxi. Nevada, Utah, California, and Arizona have all put authorities on alert for the Range Rover, which is carrying an unclear number of men and is considered armed and dangerous. “Clearly the suspects in this shooting have no regard for the lives and and safety of others,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.

    FBI battling ‘rash of sexting’ among its employees, http://bit.ly/VzqYx9
    CNN obtained FBI reports detailing a variety of misconducts inside the agency including sending nude pictures, paying for sex, and a “rash of sexting cases.” The incidents were detailed in a quarterly report issued to FBI employees as a way to deter such behavior in the future. Employees were found to have used government-issued devices to send many of the lurid messages. “We’re hoping (that) getting the message out in the quarterlies is going to teach people… you can’t do this stuff,” FBI assistant director Candice Will said. “When you are given an FBI Blackberry, it’s for official use.” Between 2010 and 2012, the FBI disciplined 1,045 employees for various violations.

    Obama: Voting Rights Act Provision Should Be Kept, http://huff.to/13twcLc
    The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge on Wednesday to a key section of the voting rights law which requires local and state governments with a history of racial discrimination to get Justice Department approval before they make changes affecting elections. The Alabama appellate will argue that such a requirement is no longer necessary because areas with histories of racism have made such progress. President Obama defends the law, holding that ending federal oversight would make it harder to help people who believe their voting rights have been violated.

    Google Introduces a Touch-Screen Laptop, http://nyti.ms/157OjJh
    Google moved further into the laptop business on Thursday with the introduction of the Pixel, the newest version of Google’s Chromebook laptops, which store everything online in the cloud. The Pixel’s trademark will be a touch screen that is brighter, taller, and of a higher resolution than most other laptop screens. Analysts say the big question for the Pixel will be whether buyers are ready to do the majority of their computing in the cloud, using Google Docs and Gmail rather than software like Microsoft Word. The introduction of the Pixel marks a major shift by Google toward competition with Apple and Microsoft to sell high-end devices.

    CULTURAL: 

    Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z Tour to Launch This Summer, http://bit.ly/W86zld

    Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose Welcome Son Sebastian Taylor, http://bit.ly/WW9Ocu

    Prince Harry Let Secret Out After Heavy Night, http://thebea.st/12VLug5

    Megan Fox, Michael Bay Team for ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, http://huff.to/XunWYu

    Oscars 2013: And the Winners Will Be…?, http://bit.ly/135H6uI

     

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

    Greece passes the austerity vote, Bank of America will pay $14 billion in a mortgage deal, and at least ten are dead after the Taliban attacks a Kabul hotel. Also, a missing woman’s body is found in a restaurant’s ventilation system, fly fishing shops are running out of feathers due to a hair extension trend, Tom Petty asks Bachmann not to use “American Girl,” and Google starts a Facebook competitor.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    Greece passes key austerity vote, http://bbc.in/knwQyB

    The Greek Parliament has voted in favor of the austerity plan, meant to save Greece from running out of money within weeks. The plan’s tax hikes and spending cuts have been extremely unpopular with the public, spurring protests that are likely to continue. The measures passed by 155 votes to 138. Greece’s total debt is 340 billion euros, which amounts to 31,000 euros per person.

    Bank of America to Set Aside $14 Billion in Mortgage Deal, http://nyti.ms/lxHMm5

    Bank of America will pay $8.5 billion to investors who lost money on mortgages that soured during the housing collapse. This payment is the largest settlement since the financial crisis in 2008.

    8 militants, 10 others dead after attack on Kabul hotel, http://bit.ly/jYFRS5

    The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a siege and suicide bombing that killed at least ten at a five-star Kabul hotel. The US sent a drone to take photos during the attack. The pictures helped Afghan forces to counter-strike and finally end the siege at 7 a.m. the next morning.

    Obama to hold news conference; Afghanistan, debt talks, jobs likely subjects,
    http://lat.ms/mbcZyL

    This morning, President Obama will hold his first news conference since March 11. He has spoken with the press during appearances with other international leaders; however, this morning he’ll face more specific questions regarding Afghanistan, Libya, and debt-limit talks by himself.

    Missing woman’s body found in ventilation system, police say, http://bit.ly/kh0EgM

    Jamie Minor, the 26-year-old Texas woman who went missing more than a month ago, has been found dead in a ventilation duct above a steakhouse in Austin, Texas.  Police say she was trying to enter the steakhouse through the vent system when she found herself trapped. Minor’s mother said her daughter had been struggling with mental illness, including bipolar disorder, since her early 20s.

    When Fashion Meets Fishing, the Feathers Fly, http://nyti.ms/m679aM

    With the new fashion of wearing long, colorful feathers as hair accessories, the demand for fly fishing feathers is through the roof. In fact, many fly fishing shops have found themselves in a feather shortage. Some of these shops find the fashion statement to be “sacrilegious” and will only sell the feathers to fishermen; other shops see the high demand as good business.

    Tom Petty reportedly issuing cease and desist letter to Bachmann, http://bit.ly/jOhx2P

    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been playing Tom Petty’s famous hit, “American Girl” at her campaign events. Petty is worried that people might think he supports Bachmann’s campaign and has sent her a cease and desist letter as a result. He sent a similar letter to George Bush in 2000 when he played Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”

    Google Takes On Facebook With Social Service,
    http://bloom.bg/jl2Wrh

    Google is giving social networking another try despite the failure of its first attempt, Google Buzz. Called Google+, the new service will make it easy for users to share photos, videos, messages and other information with selected circles of friends.

    CULTURAL:

    Tracy Morgan … From Gays to ‘Retards,’ http://bit.ly/iH4gI2

    Shia LaBeouf: Hollywood’s Last Bad Boy, http://bit.ly/mgbDod

    The Bachelor’s Emily Maynard and Brad Womack Split, http://bit.ly/jBvmPj

    Emma Watson Gushes About Her Harry Potter Co-Star Crush, http://huff.to/kO5JV7

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been found guilty of 17 corruption-related charges, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords makes her first public appearance, police officers in Greece fire tear gas at protesters, and Bristol Palin knows her mother’s 2012 plans.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    (via POLITICO Breaking News) Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on Monday on 17 corruption-related charges related to his efforts to trade President Barack Obama’s Senate seat for personal gain. He was found not guilty on one count that he attempted extortion of Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff and Chicago’s mayor. The jury could not come to an agreement on two other charges. Blagojevich could face several decades in prison.

    Gabrielle Giffords Appears With Mark Kelly for Spaceflight Medal Ceremony, http://abcn.ws/kzzhvq

    In her first public appearance since being shot, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords accompanied her husband, Mark Kelly, to the Spaceflight Medal Ceremony. Giffords got up from her wheelchair to hug and kiss her husband as he received the Spaceflight Medal.

    General Named to Head US Afghan Force OKs Drawdown, http://nyti.ms/mxzxUj

    Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, the man who will soon take over the top military post in Afghanistan, endorsed President Obama’s troop draw-down plan. He noted that although challenges remain, the plan will give the Afghans the “sense of urgency” to take responsibility for their own security.

    Greek police fire tear gas at protesters,
    http://bit.ly/jZEkxN

    On Wednesday, Greek lawmakers will vote on a five-year package of tax increases and spending cuts, which has led thousands of people to protest these proposed austerity measures.  Police fired tear gas canisters at the protesters, trying to get them off of Constitution Square in the this two-day strike.

    Bristol knows mom’s 2012 plans,
    http://politi.co/ipTgGI

    According to her daughter, Sarah Palin has already decided whether or not she’ll run for President in 2012. Bristol Palin said that some things, like the decision, need to “stay at the kitchen table” for now, although she wants her mom to run.

    Microsoft puts Office in the cloud, confronts Google,
    http://yhoo.it/m9cigq

    Microsoft is bringing applications like Word and Excel to the web to compete with Google’s free services. Google doesn’t seem to be worried though, with one executive saying that they were “years ahead” and that “compared to what [Microsoft] has in the market today, they have nowhere to go but up.”

    CULTURAL:

    Charlie Harper Dies Tragic Death, http://bit.ly/mhSWzJ

    Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish join ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ http://usat.ly/mrdMNf

    Shia LaBeouf: It’s a “Blessing” Megan Fox Isn’t in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, http://eonli.ne/l2uNA0

    Bachelorette Blog: Ashley Hebert’s Final Thoughts on ‘Bentley Debacle,’ http://bit.ly/ljdCQN

    Beyoncé: Babies and Retirement at 30? http://bit.ly/kHATQf

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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