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    News Round-Up: December 11, 2013

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

    The Nevada family that never returned from playing in the snow has been found and rescued; Senator Ted Cruz walks out on Cuban President Raul Castro’s speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service; and a family struggles to get people to help those with mental illnesses. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato talks about her struggles with cocaine addiction, and Kate Winslet gives birth to her first child!

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Meteor explodes over Arizona; big meteor shower begins,http://rtvote.com/IPLo1k
    A tremendous boom rattled the houses of residents in Tucson, Arizona. The largest meteor shower of the year, Geminid, seemed to be giving them a sneak preview. A dash cam caught the spectacular meteor on video. The Geminid meter shower officially starts Thursday.

    Senator’s chief of staff under investigation involving child porn allegations,http://rtvote.com/1jOt0od
    Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said Tuesday that law enforcement officials were searching the home of his chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, regarding allegations involving child pornography. The Senator has placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. His office is fully cooperating with the investigation.

    Lost Nevada family warmed rocks by fire to survive snow for 2 days,http://rtvote.com/18C9iV8
    The Nevada family that went out to play in the snow and never returned has finally been found and rescued. James Glanton, 34, and his girlfriend, Christina McIntee, remained calm after their jeep overturned and slid down an embankment, trapping them in the cold weather. Glanton and McIntee cleverly warmed rocks to start a fire to keep the children, 3 to 10, warm at night. The hospital says they are stable with no frostbite, just some exposure issues.

    Sen. Cruz walks out on Castro speech at Mandela memorial,http://rtvote.com/18mkKcz
    Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, part of a Congressional delegation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, walked out of the service when Cuban President Raul Castro took to the stage and delivered his speech. A spokesperson for Cruz stated they he hopes that Castro can learn from the lessons of Mandela by releasing his political prisoners and holding free elections for the Cuban people. Before eulogizing Mandela, President Obama shook Raul Castro’s hand – a remarkable gesture between the leaders of two nations that have not shared diplomacy in over half a century.

    ‘My Son is Mentally Ill’ So Listen Uphttp://rtvote.com/1iXk16p
    Stephanie Escamilla and her 14-year-old son tell their powerful story of having a family member who has a mental illness. They urge this nation and its people to stop neglecting those who are mentally ill. 1 in 4 American adults suffer from mental illness; 1 in 5 children have a mental disorder. Something has to be done for those who are oftentimes bullied, ignored, and marginalized in society for their condition.

     

    CULTURAL

    LeAnn Rimes Breaks Down in Tears Singing at American Country Awards,http://rtvote.com/1iXmKwx

    Demi Lovato Talks Past Drug Use: “I Couldn’t Go 30 Minutes to an Hour Without Cocaine,” http://rtvote.com/1gpHuev

    Kate Winslet Gives Birth to a Baby Boy, Her First child With Husband Ned Rocknroll, http://rtvote.com/1h0kjot

    Katy Perry: Russell Brand Wanted Me to Have Children as a Way of Control,http://rtvote.com/18mnd6H

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    News Round-Up: Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

    President Barack Obama will bring home 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, global oil reserves have been tapped in an effort to cut gas prices, and the majority of babies born in the United States are minorities.

    Also, Huntsman will target independents, lawmakers will introduce a bill to legalize marijuana, and the Winklevoss twins end their feud with Facebook.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    (via POLITICO Breaking News) President Barack Obama on Wednesday night told the nation that he will bring home 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year and reverse the full 33,000-troop surge by the end of next summer. The president’s plan is a more rapid drawdown than what top Pentagon officials had favored, reflecting growing fiscal and political pressures at home. Obama believes the accelerated drawdown is possible because of military gains by U.S. and coalition forces since he launched the surge in December 2009. About 68,000 U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan after the withdrawals.

    Karzai Welcomes Withdrawal, but Many Afghans Are Wary, http://nyti.ms/kHJXtg

    Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai praised the 30,000 troop reduction President Obama announced last night, saying it was the “right decision for the interest of both countries.” Some other politicians, however, are worried that the country’s security forces needs more time and training from Americans.

    Va. man charged in 2010 DC-area military shootings,
    http://yhoo.it/ldMvBV

    The man who was arrested near the Pentagon last week, a Marine Corps reservist, has been charged in a series of shootings from 2010.  Bomb materials were found in his backpack when he was detained at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday. Officials have since discovered a video that he took of himself firing shots outside the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

    Global Oil Reserves Tapped in Effort to Cut Cost at Pump, http://nyti.ms/jEAxVH

    The United States is partnering with 28 other nations to release 60 million barrels of world oil reserves. Half of the barrels will come from the US, after weeks of secret negotiations. The oil will replace what was lost in production due to the conflict in Libya.

    Census shows whites lose US majority among babies, http://bit.ly/lvJA8X

    According to the latest government data from the 2010 Census, the majority of American babies are minorities. This newest generation is vastly different from the predominately white group of older Americans.

    Jon Huntsman sees independents as key,
    http://politi.co/lfCMLq

    Jon Huntsman plans to obtain the Republican nomination by utilizing the election laws in New Hampshire and South Carolina that allow independent voters to cast ballots in the GOP primary.  John Weaver, Huntsman’s chief strategist, said that “the fact that a candidate can attract independent votes is a good indication that they can be more viable in a general election.”

    Lawmakers to introduce bill to legalize marijuana, http://yhoo.it/jz03Bg

    Congressmen Barney Frank (D) and Ron Paul (R) are going to introduce a bill legalizing marijuana today. The bill, the first ever of its kind, will leave marijuana legislation up to the states. Sixteen states allow medical marijuana, but the plant is still illegal under federal law.

    Winklevoss twins end appeal of Facebook settlement, http://reut.rs/kfRC4s

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg paid Harvard classmates Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss $65 million in a settlement over who thought of the idea for the social networking site. After agreeing to the settlement, the brothers tried to undo it and ask for more money. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled against them, they have decided not to appeal the decision.

    CULTURAL:

    NCAA sends UNC official notice of allegations in football investigation, http://bit.ly/kgy7z6

    Missy Elliott Diagnosed With Incurable Graves Disease, http://bit.ly/kHo93O

    Pottermore Unveiled! J.K. Rowling Launches New Web Site, http://bit.ly/kVCrfk

    Jackass Stars Pay Their Respects at Memorial Service for Ryan Dunn, http://eonli.ne/j03x9M

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

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