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    News Round-Up: Friday, June 14, 2013

    Friday, June 14th, 2013

    More gene tests become available, the U.S. plans to send weapons to Syrian rebels; the Turkish Prime Minister hands over park project decision to court; two are found dead as a result of the Colorado wildfire; many women working for the CIA still encounter a glass ceiling; and a Nazi leader is living in the U.S. Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons cancels their trip to Bonnaroo, and Jack Johnson saves the day by filling in.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    After Patent Ruling, Availability of Gene Tests Could Broaden, http://nyti.ms/1ab7UvC
    The Supreme Court recently ruled that human genes cannot be patented, and now many laboratories are announcing that they are offering genetic testing for breast cancer risk, making genetic testing more affordable and available. Myriad Genetics, a company that once monopolized the industry of genetics, now has competition, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling. Managing director of GeneDx, Sherri Bale, explains, “This is going to make a lot more genetic tests available, especially for rare diseases.”

    U.S. Is Said to Plan to Send Weapons to Syrian Rebels, http://nyti.ms/14zMOEx
    After concluding that Syria has been using chemical weapons, the Obama administration has decided to supply the rebels with small arms and ammunition. The CIA is responsible for coordinating this assistance, and it is said that this has been a long discussed approach to helping fight the Syrian civil war.

    Turkish PM to delay Istanbul park project, http://aje.me/16lz9AR
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Edorgan has resolved to delay the park project until a court rules on it. Erdogan met with representatives of protest group Taksim Solidarity in addition to actors and artists on Thursday and promised them he would let the court rule whether or not to proceed with the project.

    2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire, http://cbsn.ws/11LcWvh
    Two people’s remains have been found in an area burned by the wildfire that has been sweeping across Colorado. The fire has burnt down at least 360 houses and another 1,000 homes have been evacuated. The fire is currently only five percent contained, and is likely to top the charts as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history.

    Many women in CIA still encounter glass ceiling, agency report says, http://wapo.st/142hj3M
    It is apparent that the glass ceiling still remains in the CIA, one of the governments largest and most powerful agencies. Avril D. Haines was appointed to deputy director of the CIA, a position never before held by a woman. Although women make up 46 percent of the CIA’s work force, only 19 percent were promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service last year. Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus was concerned by these numbers and decided to delve deeper into the CIA’s work culture. It appears that this has been a long-standing issue, one perpetuated by the fact that the CIA does not effectively address work-life balance.

    Commander in SS-led unit living in US, http://bit.ly/14AwG5I
    A chief commander of a Nazi SS-led unit has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II. He apparently lied about his Nazi involvement to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living here ever since. It is unsure whether or not

    Analysis: Whatever the Supreme Court decides, marriage equality faces more legal challenges, http://bit.ly/11ANt3q
    According to Joan Biskupic, no matter what decision the U.S. Supreme Court comes out with this month with regard to gay marriage, there are likely to be many more years of legal debate following the decision. Out of the dozens of cases left for the Supreme Court to decide on however, it seems that the two cases involving gay rights have garnered the most attention.

    CULTURAL:

    Mumford & Sons Cancel 2013 Bonnaroo, Telluride Appearances as Band’s Bassist Released From Hospital, http://eonli.ne/161ibqH

    Joanna Krupa Is Married: Real Housewives of Miami Star Ties the Knot With Romain Zago, http://eonli.ne/161lvSU

    Selena Gomez Has a Baby Sister! Demi Lovato Congratulates Singer and Mom Mandy on New Arrival, http://eonli.ne/1a9kawC

    Jack Johnson At Bonnaroo: Singer Steps In For Mumford & Sons After Cancellation, http://huff.to/17M3tbe

    Matt Damon In ‘Bridesmaids’? Paul Feig Says Cameo Almost Happened, http://huff.to/13IRDJe

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    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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    News Round-Up: Monday, February 11, 2013

    Monday, February 11th, 2013

    Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to resign since 1415, the search for an ex-cop at the center of an LAPD revenge plot widens, and sources predict an aggressive State of the Union address from Obama. Meanwhile, Grammy winners celebrate their awards, Justin Timberlake makes his musical return with a retro Grammy performance, and Tiger Woods may be dating Lindsay Vonn.

    CRUCIAL: 

    Pope Benedict XVI To Resign, http://huff.to/VPiqiC
    Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign the papacy on February 28, citing health concerns and old age. The pope, who is 85, will the be the first pope to resign since 1415. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to a certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” said Pope Benedict. Benedict had already been the oldest pope elected in nearly 300 years when he was elected in 2005 at age 78. Since there will be no need for the mourning period that traditionally follows the death of a pope, the Vatican will hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March.

    Search for ex-cop at center of LAPD revenge plot widens, http://bit.ly/Y4Icz7
    Authorities are entering the second week of a manhunt for former LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, who released an online manifesto targeting police officers and their families. Dorner says he is seeking revenge for being fired from the police department and is so far accused of killing three, including the daughter of a former LAPD police chief and another former cop. The search for Dorner has widened to become one of the largest in the history of Southern California. Los Angeles announced a $1 million reward on Sunday for help in catching Dorner.

    Obama’s State of the Union 2013: Aggressive, http://politi.co/WEATlU
    Democrats close to Obama hint that the president plans to use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to challenge the Republican Party and put his opposition on the defensive. West Wing leaks suggest viewers should expect an address much more aggressive than his 2009 SOTU, in which he called for peaceful, bipartisan collaboration. The address is likely to build upon Obama’s progressive Inauguration speech and supposedly will center on jobs creation, the middle class, and infrastructure projects, all key areas for partisan debate. The speech will also mark the debut of Cody Keenan, who wrote for Ted Kennedy, as Obama’s new chief speechwriter. Florida Senator and rising Republican star Marco Rubio will likely generate buzz when he delivers the GOP’s rebuttal speech.

    Graham on Brennan, Hagel: ‘No confirmation without information,’ http://bit.ly/12mIT9R
    Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would hold up Obama’s nominees to head the CIA and Defense department until he gets more information about the administration’s response to September’s Benghazi attack. “No confirmation without information,” Graham said, addressing whether he would allow the nominations of John Brennan and Chuck Hagel to go forward. Graham specifically asked whether Obama had called Libyan officials and asked them to allow a rescue team to go to the consulate that night, saying he believes American lives could have been saved had the president called the government. ” I don’t think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, Hagel to be confirmed secretary of defense until the White House gives us an accounting,” he said.

    Tornado tears through southern Mississippi, http://bit.ly/Wc6ZDM
    At least 12 were injured when a tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Sunday, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency in four counties. The University of Mississippi, located in Hattiesburg, received significant damage to several buildings as a result of the storm, though none were injured there. No one has been killed so far, authorities reported, though many town structures were impacted. “If there is a good thing about this, it happened on a Sunday when most of these structures were vacant,” mayor of Hattiesburg John DuPree said.

    Local Students Want “Traditional Prom”, Gays Banned, http://bit.ly/Y4iRHc
    A group of students, parents, and at least one teacher at a high school in Sullivan, Indiana are advocating for a “traditional” prom that would ban gay students. Sullivan High School insisted that they cannot legally allow such a prom, inspiring the group to organize at a church on Sunday and discuss options for holding a separate prom. “We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted,” one high school student said. Though the movement has garnered support from several local pastors, not all in the community agree with it. “The feeling of being loved and belonging is universal,” said local Jim Davis.

    CULTURAL: 

    Grammy Awards 2013: Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ Wins Album of the Year, http://lat.ms/YktKnp

    Justin Timberlake Makes Musical Return With Retro Performance, http://bit.ly/Z4kdGS

    Grammy Dresses: The Bold and the Beautiful, http://bit.ly/14MGQ21

    Tiger Woods Dating Lindsay Vonn; Source Says Relationship is New, http://bit.ly/151O43b

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