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    News Round-Up: Monday, April 14th, 2014

    Monday, April 14th, 2014

    The man responsible for yesterday’s shooting in Kansas has been arrested; a Utah mom has been arrested after authorities found seven dead babies in her garage; a bus blast in Nigeria kills over 70 people; and President Obama gives his opinion on voter ID laws. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio busts a move at Coachella; the top 5 moments from the MTV Movie Awards have been selected; and a college student’s mispronunciation costs him big time!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Police arrest ‘raging anti-Semite’ in Kansas Jewish center shootings: http://rtvote.com/Rikm7U
    Three people were shot and killed yesterday at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement community in Kansas. The shooter, Frazier Glenn Miller (or Frazier Glenn Cross) is in custody. Miller is a life-long anti-Semitist and both the founder and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan party called the Carolina Knights and the White Patriot Party. He also had an online presence and advocated for the killing of Jews. The 73-year-old perpetrator is being charged with premeditated first degree murder. The victims were an elderly woman at the retirement community and a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather. The boy, Reat Griffin Underwood, was going to the community center to audition for a singing competition. His grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, was driving him there.

    7 dead babies found in Utah mom’s garage: http://rtvote.com/1eqe14n
    The estranged husband of 39-year-old Megan Huntsman was cleaning out his garage when he found the remains of a baby. The police investigated and found the remains of six more, deposited in cardboard boxes. The children had been born between 1996 and 2006. However, no one knew Huntsman was pregnant, despite living with three daughters. The husband also appeared to not know anything about the killings and is not a person of interest. Neighbors never suspected anything, allowing Huntsman to babysit their children and describing her and her family as an average family. One neighbor said “We enjoyed having them as a neighbor. This has just blown us away.” Huntsman is being charged with six counts of murder.

    Nigeria violence: More than 70 killed in Abuja bus blast: http://rtvote.com/1iNlIgW
    A massive explosion occurred at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, as passengers began to board busses and taxis to get to their jobs in the city. Authorities believe that the attack was carried out by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group. It has staged attacks in Abuja before, but most of its attacks have been in the northeastern part of the country, where poverty is rampant. The Abuja Emergency Relief Agency has confirmed that 71 people are dead and 124 are injured. More than 30 vehicles were destroyed and a 4-foot crater was left in the ground. The bomb is suspected to have been located in a vehicle. The police are on “red alert” and are increasing surveillance at possible targets. Boko Haram has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack; if they do, the Nigerian government worries that it means that the militants are expanding their areas of operation.

    Obama says voter rights threatened from ID laws: http://rtvote.com/1gwdxIQ
    On Friday, President Obama addressed voting rights in a speech to a rights group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton called the National Action Network. The president said that the right to vote is threatened by increased legislation making it difficult for people to vote, particularly through the voter ID requirement states are passing. The Justice Department has sued both Texas and North Carolina for their voter ID laws, saying that they are discriminatory towards people who don’t have ID’s, particularly minorities. The increase in voting laws are a direct consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Currently, a bipartisan measure is being passed through the House and Senate that would require states who want to change their voting laws to have their new laws approved by the federal government.

    CULTURAL

    Celeb Coachella sightings! http://rtvote.com/1iND11p

    Watch Leonardo DiCaprio bust a move at Coachella: http://rtvote.com/1hO29nI

    The biggest televised epic fail ever…Wheel of Fortune-style: http://rtvote.com/1iOkFyH

    The top 5 moments from the MTV Movie Awards: http://rtvote.com/1t0OxP8

    The Red Carpet arrivals from the MTV Movie Awards: http://rtvote.com/P0zRPK

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, January 31, 2014

    Friday, January 31st, 2014

    Amanda Knox is convicted of murder in an Italian court…again; U.S. is seeking the death penalty against the Boston Marathon Bombings suspect; and Ukraine’s president signs an amnesty agreement after protests become extremely violent and deadly. Meanwhile, one of the NYC Real Housewives gets a divorce; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 teaser trailer is released; and Miley gives some advice to Bieber on getting in trouble.

    - Maura 

    CRUCIAL 

    Amanda Knox: ‘I Will Never Willingly Go Back’, http://rtvote.com/1dSsHCb
    After 11 hours of deliberation, Italian jurors came down with a guilty verdict for American Amanda Knox (26 years old) and Italian born Raffaele Sollecito (29 years old), for the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. This is the fourth ruling in the case and the second time that the court has decided to convict them of murder. In an emotional interview Friday, Knox said that she did not expect the verdict and vowed that she would never “willingly go back” to Italy.

    U.S. Is Seeking Death Penalty in Boston Case, http://rtvote.com/1hXDNdD
    On Thursday The Justice Department announced that it would seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, the man accused of killing and maiming participants and spectators at the Boston Marathon last April. Citing that Tsarnaev showed no remorse for the attacks and that the youngest victim was 8 years-old, prosecutors argued that the death penalty was warranted.

    Dow Tumbles: Stock Roller Coaster in Dive Mode, http://rtvote.com/1iTViPx
    New worries about the economy emerge as stocks fall sharply on Wall Street wrapping up the month of January. For the first time since 2010 the S&P 500’s might close in the negatives—a poor start that history says could be a bad omen for the rest of the year. When the first month of the year is negative the chances of finishing the full year in the plus column drop to 50-50 according to the Stock Trader’s Almanac. I guess only time will tell!

    Ukraine Activist Says He was Abducted and Tortured, http://rtvote.com/LhRbhj
    After Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych abandoned a trade deal in November with the EU in favor of closer economic ties with Russia, protests against the president spilled into the streets. But, since January 22, protests have turned violent with at least 3 protesters and 3 police officers dead and a leading Ukraine activist who says he was abducted, tortured, and left to die in the cold. Today, President Yanukovych has signed an amnesty for protestors and the repeal of harsh anti-protest-laws.
     

    CULTURAL

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Super Bowl Teaser Trailer, http://rtvote.com/1bdTVqc

    Zac Efron Was on a Six-Week Liquid Food Diet After Breaking His Jaw, http://rtvote.com/1edNlTp

    Ramona Singer Slams Jill Zarin: She’s Using My Divorce to “Try to Make Herself Relevant”, http://rtvote.com/1aMSkKi

    Miley Cyrus Gives Justin Bieber Advice: “Pay People to Make Sure You Don’t Get In Trouble”, http://rtvote.com/1kkXtd5

    Maura
    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Thursday, January 30th, 2014
    A 3-year-old boy falls victim to a Mafia hit in Italy; another congressman is set to retire; Amanda Knox is back on trial and awaiting a verdict; and the 8-year-old boy who saved six of his family members in a fire was laid to rest yesterday. Meanwhile, the Academy Awards committee revokes a nomination; Jerry Seinfeld might have hinted at a Seinfeld reunion; the men of Full House sing Jimmy Fallon a classic lullaby; and Justin Bieber is back in the news.

    Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Boy, 3, executed in alleged mob hit: http://rtvote.com/1loaari
    A 3-year-old boy was shot along with his grandfather and another person in an apparent Mafia hit. The grandfather, Giuseppe Innaicelli, was believed to be the intended target. One of the most powerful Mafia syndicates in the world – ‘Ndrangheta – is believed to be responsible for the crime. The killing shocked Italy and even drew the attention of the Pope, who asked people Sunday to pray for the boy (known as Coco) and call on the members responsible to ask forgiveness.

    Democratic Representative Henry Waxman to retire at end of term: http://rtvote.com/1eiWR69
    Representative Henry Waxman of California announced today that he will not seek reelection for a 21st Congressional term this election year. He is now one of the 7 House Democrats who have announced their refusal to run for reelection; 10 Republican House members have also announced their retirement. Although Waxman has vehemently chastised Tea Party Republicans in Congress, he has denied this as the reason for his departure. “After 40 years in Congress, it’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark…” Waxman said. 

    Verdict due in third murder trial of Amanda Knox: http://rtvote.com/1hRPcM7
    A verdict is due in the ongoing trial of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. The two were charged in the gruesome 2007 murder of student Meredith Kercher. Knox and Sollecito have been to court twice and were found guilty in one trial and innocent in the other. The Italian Supreme Court revoked the ‘innocent’ ruling, saying that key evidence had been left out of the trial. Prosecutors want Knox and Sollecito to serve 26 years in prison. 

    Doctors try to wake Schumacher from coma: http://rtvote.com/1n1mR6R
    Michael Schumacher, the German former Formula One champion, has been in a coma since December 29th, when he sustained serious head injuries at a ski resort in France. His condition has stabilized enough that doctors are trying to wake him out of his induced coma. The family has requested privacy throughout his ordeal, but Schumacher’s manager has spoken out to clear media leaks.

    Boy who saved 6 declared honorary firefighter at funeral: http://rtvote.com/Lt29RZ
    Tyler Doohan, the 8-year-old boy who saved six of his family members in a house fire before perishing, was buried yesterday. To honor his bravery, Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebemeyer presented a fire helmet at the funeral and made Tyler an honorary firefighter. People from all over the country came to Fariport, New York to be at Tyler’s funeral to honor his heroism. 

    CULTURAL

    Oscar nomination for Best Original Song revoked: http://rtvote.com/1batGxU

    Full House cast sings a lullaby to Jimmy Fallon: http://rtvote.com/1aKtMl3

    Did Jerry Seinfeld kind of confirm a Seinfeld reunion? http://rtvote.com/1a467vr

    Justin Bieber’s horrendous 2014 start: http://rtvote.com/1hSakBN

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Thursday, August 15th, 2013

    The death toll in Egypt rises to 525; surge of violence continues in Iraq; torture revealed in California murder & abduction case; Senator Wendy Davis appears in Vogue; and Wimbledon champion abruptly retires from tennis.Meanwhile, Oprah gives away more cars; Stern reacts to Bachelor star suicide; and Justin Timberlake releases track list for 20/20 Experience part 2.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Morsi supporters call for protest marchers as crackdown death toll rises in Egypthttp://rtvote.com/1a895O9
    Supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi called for protest marches Thursday, after violent government crackdowns have left over 500 people dead and more than 3,700 people injured, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry. This has been the deadliest day in Egypt since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

    Officials: Car bombs kill 31 in Iraqi capitalhttp://rtvote.com/1a8enZS
    A month’s long surge of violence continues in Iraq as 31 people are killed and dozens injured in a car bomb attack near the Iraqi capital. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed.

    Affidavits: Hannah Anderson’s mother, brother ‘tortured and killed’,http://rtvote.com/16NoK09
    It has now been revealed that the California man that kidnapped Hannah Anderson after her cheerleading practice, first tortured and killed her mother and brother. Investigators didn’t reveal details of the torture, but believe James Lee DiMaggio, a friend of Hannah’s father, carried out the killings and abduction.

    Wendy Davis in heels and in Voguehttp://rtvote.com/1a8gtJj
    Vogue’s September issue will feature Wendy Davis, Democratic Senator from Fort Worth, Texas who might be making a bid for governor. The magazine feature offers a revealing look at Davis’ personal journey from struggling as a single mother to graduating from Harvard Law School.

    Bartoli’s Retirement Caught Nearly Everyone by Surprise,
    http://rtvote.com/1a8ajsP
    After winning the title of Wimbledon Champion last month, Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from tennis after a loss at the Western & Southern open. Citing physical issues, lack of will, and other goals, the French tennis champion said, “I feel it’s time for me to walk away actually.”

     

    CULTURAL

    Oprah Winfrey Gives Away a Car on Jimmy Kimmel Livehttp://rtvote.com/141Xlck

    Justin Timberlake Complete Track List for 20/20 Experience: Part 2 of 2,http://rtvote.com/1a852RP

    Bachelor Fan Howard Stern Weighs In on Gia Allemand Suicide: “I Was Sad to Hear About it”, http://rtvote.com/16NhPEe

    Orange Is the New Black: Reports of Laura Prepon’s Exit “Inaccurate”, Says Netflix,http://rtvote.com/16NitS6

    Bruce Willis Commercial Gets Banned in Britain, http://rtvote.com/16NiC8b

    Maura
    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    The US women’s soccer team advances to the World Cup final, Obama stands strong behind a long-term debt deal, a Brooklyn man has murdered and dismembered an 8 year-old boy, the U.S. may lose its Aaa debt rating, and Minnesota is currently a dry state. Also, two studies show that certain pills can prevent H.I.V. infection, Spotify is coming to the U.S., and Amazon is creating an iPad competitor.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    Abby Wambach header breaks tie; United States advances to World Cup final,
    http://es.pn/q8mITj
    The US women’s soccer team played a challenging nail-biter against France yesterday.  In the end, Abby Wambach and goalie, Hope Solo pulled through to win the game. The Americans will play Japan in the World Cup final on Sunday.

    (via National Journal N2K) CONGRESS TAKES AIM AT MURDOCH. A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers is calling for a federal investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., amid reports that journalists employed by Murdoch’s empire may have hacked the phones of 9/11 victims. Homeland Security Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., sent a letter Wednesday to FBI Director Robert Mueller calling for an investigation. “It is my duty to discern every fact behind these allegations,” wrote King, noting that he lost 150 constituents in the attacks. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., echoed King’s call for an investigation as well as congressional hearings: “These latest allegations demand a swift and immediate inquiry by the appropriate agencies into whether any U.S. laws were broken.”

    Obama: ‘This May Bring My Presidency Down, but I Will Not Yield’ on No Short-Term Extensions,
    http://abcn.ws/q8JJbY
    “Don’t call my bluff,” President Obama said to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “I am not afraid to veto and I will take it to the American people.” Obama’s sternness was in response to Cantor’s repeated suggestions that they pass a short-term debt-ceiling increase instead of the grand bargain that the President wants. Republicans have accused the President of storming out of the talks, while the White House says the meeting had simply ended.

    House votes to block EPA on water pollution, http://politi.co/q5tDpN
    In what was a largely party-line vote, the House of Representatives voted 239-184 to strip the EPA of its authority to regulate state water quality. If the measure were to somehow make it through the Democratic majority in the Senate, then President Obama would veto it.

    Brooklyn boy Leiby Kletzky, 8, murdered and dismembered,
    http://nydn.us/pjepVR
    Leiby Kletzky, an 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn, was murdered and dismembered while walking home from summer camp. The man, a stranger whom Kletzky had asked for directions, had no excuse for why he killed the boy. The police found Kletzky’s severed feet in the freezer and the rest of his body in a trash bin two miles away.

    Shutdown Hits Happy Hour,
    http://on.wsj.com/p2C1zj
    In Minnesota, more than 300 bars and liquor stores cannot buy beer, wine, or liquor due to their buyers’ cards having expired. The state usually renews these licenses; however, the renewal departments are closed due to Minnesota’s government shut down.

    Treasuries, Dollar Weaken on Moody’s Rating Warning,
    http://buswk.co/qL91I3
    Could the United States really default on its loans? With debt ceiling negotiations going poorly, Moody’s Investors Service warns that the country could lose its Aaa debt rating. The rating allows the US to have more credit to borrow money. The warning  hashad a ripple effect today, weakening both the dollar and treasuries.

    Two Studies Show Pills Can Prevent H.I.V. Infection,
    http://nyti.ms/puh5xN
    Scientists report that modern antiretroviral drugs work to not only treat HIV/AIDS, but prevent it as well. Two new studies show that taking a daily pill in combination with certain AIDS drugs can keep uninfected people from catching the virus. “This is an extremely exciting day for H.I.V. prevention,” said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of AIDS prevention at the CDC.

    Spotify Wins Over Music Pirates With Labels’ Approval,
    http://bloom.bg/oCXJci
    Spotify, the music service that lets users stream any song they want in its entirety at no cost, is coming to America. Started in Sweden as something of an experiment to combat piracy with convenience, the iTunes and Pandora competitor is hugely popular in Europe. Americans can now sign up for paid premium accounts or wait for invites to the free, ad-supported version.

    Amazon to Battle Apple iPad With Tablet, http://on.wsj.com/pxJcwm
    Amazon plans to release a tablet to rival the Apple iPad by October. Amazon’s tablet will run on Google’s Android platform, and it will not have a camera.

    CULTURAL:

    Emmy Nominations are Announced, http://nyti.ms/qrUQJ8

    These Three Will Be Out Of Glee For Season 4, http://bit.ly/oNFbgj

    Lady Gaga to intern with Philip Treacy, http://bit.ly/pe9Ix8

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), http://nyti.ms/nOgO7L

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

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