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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



    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.



    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


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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 18, 2013

    Thursday, July 18th, 2013

    Indian police search for principal after 22 children die; dispute between U.S. military and Afghanistan halts custom procedures; Nelson Mandela’s health improves; Tom Perez is the new Labor Secretary. Meanwhile, the 2013 Emmy Award Nominations are announced; Neil Patrick Harris agrees to host the Emmys; Jane Lynch has emotional talk with Ellen; and Adam Levine gets engaged.



    Tom Perez Confirmed as Labor Secretary, http://rtvote.com/12L8eyt
    The Senate confirmed Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez as the next secretary of labor Thursday with a vote of 54-46, making him the only Latino in President Obama’s cabinet.

    Police can’t find Indian principal after school lunches deaths, http://rtvote.com/19548VK
    At an Indian school where 22 children were poisoned to death after eating school lunches and police now say the headmistress of the school is nowhere to be found. Authorities say the students were between the ages of 5 and 12 years old and began vomiting Tuesday soon after their first bite of rice. The Bihar state Education Minister P.K. Shahi said the children were poisoned by an insecticide that was in the food.

    Flow of the U.S. military gear across Afghan borders halts amid dispute, http://rtvote.com/1954Nqb
    An escalating dispute between the Afghan government and the United States over customs procedures has halted the flow of U.S. military equipment across Afghanistan’s borders.

    Mandela ‘steadily improving’ on 95th birthday, http://rtvote.com/15pqWKz
    South Africa celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday on Thursday, a milestone capped by news that the former president’s health was improving. Zindzi, one of Mandela’s daughters, remarked that he is making “remarkable progress.”

    Senators reach deal on student loan interest rates, http://rtvote.com/1953szN
    A bipartisan group of senators reached a deal Wednesday evening to offer college students better rates on loans this fall but higher rates in future years. The Senate deal would offer students lower interest rates through the 2015 academic year.  In the debate Democrats won a protection for students that rates would never climb higher than 8.2% for undergraduate students.

    2013 Emmy Nominations: 6 Biggest Surprises and Snubs, http://rtvote.com/1951lfm

    Jane Lynch Talks Cory Monteith Death: “We’ve Lost a Really Great Guy”, http://rtvote.com/1951NdA

    Adam Levine’s Fiancée Behati Prinsloo: 5 Things to Know About the Victoria’s Secret Angel, http://rtvote.com/15pkYJK

    Queen Elizabeth II Hopes Royal Baby Arrives Soon, http://rtvote.com/1952l2Y

    Neil Patrick Harris steps in to host for Emmy noms, http://rtvote.com/1bLpszh

    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: Monday, June 24, 2013

    Monday, June 24th, 2013

    A Pakistani actress suffers an acid attack; Nelson Mandela is now in critical condition; Edward Snowden goes missing; Twinkies are set to make a comeback July 15; a transgender first-grader from Colorado wins a civil rights case allowing him to use the girls’ bathroom at school; Nik Wallenda successfully crosses the Grand Canyon on a tight rope; and the Texas House tentatively passes an abortion bill. Meanwhile, Earth, Wind and Fire are set to release a new album in September, and Monsters University tops the box office at $82 million.

    Maura + Alexis


    Pakistani actress burned in acid attack, http://aje.me/17v5zx2
    An 18-year-old Pakistani actress was attacked Saturday while sleeping in her home. The actress, who goes by the name Bushra, is popular in the northwest for her film, television, and theatre appearances. Bushra was immediately taken to Lady Reading Hospital after the incident. Bushra’s brother claims the man who threw the acid on his sister is a local TV drama producer who was upset over Bushra’s decision not to marry him.

    Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition, http://on.wsj.com/12bHNB6
    Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former leader and hero, is in critical condition after spending over two weeks in the hospital treating a lung infection. The 94-year-old transitioned from serious but stable to critical condition within the past 24 hours.

    Edward Snowden missing after failing to fly to Cuba, http://bit.ly/12Z4tXo
    Edward Snowden was expected to be on a flight from Moscow to Havana today, but was nowhere to be seen. Although the US has been trying to keep other nations from providing him asylum, everyone has the right to seek political asylum by UN rules.

    ‘Sweetest comeback’: Twinkies to hit shelves July 15, http://nbcnews.to/14RG9FX
    Hostess has decided to restock store shelves with the American favorite – Twinkies – July 15. Although the company went bankrupt last year as a result of a fight with its unionized workers, new owners have taken the reins and its sweets are set to be back on shelves by mid-July.

    Colorado transgender first-grader Coy Mathis wins civil rights case, http://bit.ly/16sJr1L
    The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of a 6-year-old transgender boy who was once barred from using the girls’ bathroom at school. Coy Mathis, born a boy, had been using the girls’ bathroom at school every day until holiday break. At that time, her parents received a notice from the school saying that Coy would not be able to return to using the girls’ bathroom following the holiday break. Her very supportive parents were furious, and filed a civil rights complaint in February. Finally, four months later, the Mathis family can rest at ease.

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda completes high-wire walk across Grand Canyon, http://reut.rs/15wUwwb
    U.S. daredevil Nik Wallenda completed his second historic high-wire walk yesterday over the Grand Canyon. He walked 1,400 feet over the Colorado River in 22 minutes and 54 seconds. He is the first person to ever cross teh canyon on a 2-inch steel cable with neither a tether nor a safety net. Last year Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of a family of acrobats, completed a similar high-wire walk over the Niagara Falls with the same cable.

    Texas House tentatively passes abortion bill, 97-33, http://bit.ly/17xlPNT
    With a vote of 97-33, the Texas House of Representatives tentatively passed the Senate’s catch-all abortion bill. While some cheered as the legislation was passed, others shouted “Shame” claiming the war on women had begun. Of the 19 not present for the vote, 18 of them were Democrats, which could have had a large impact on the vote.


    Earth, Wind & Fire Album, ‘Now, Then & Forever,’ Set For Sept. 10, http://huff.to/144SMfH

    Adrian Grenier, ‘How To Make Money Selling Drugs’ Producer, On Obama: ‘I’d Like To See Him Be A Little Bolder’, http://huff.to/19ku4xB

    ‘Mad Men’ Finale: Shocking Revelations And Oh My, That Dress!, http://huff.to/19vFpqZ

    Elton John’s ‘The Diving Board’ Album To Arrive In September, http://huff.to/10NGpGR

    ‘MONSTERS UNIVERSITY’: Pixar stays perfect as ‘Monsters’ prequel ($82M) tops box office, http://wapo.st/14rd5D7

    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!

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

    News Round Up: Monday, June 10, 2013

    Monday, June 10th, 2013

    George Zimmerman begins his murder trial; the DOJ launches a criminal investigation with regard to NSA leaks; Nelson Mandela remains in a serious but stable condition; thousands flee parts of Germany and Hungary due to dam burst; a fifth victim dies as a result of the Santa Monica shootings. Meanwhile, ‘Kinky Boots’ wins best musical at the Tony Awards, and the Purge leads box office sales.

    Maura + Alexis


    All eyes on Central Florida as George Zimmerman murder trial begins, http://bit.ly/118e5JY
    George Zimmerman’s murder trial begins today. The trial will take place at the Seminole County criminal courthouse, a mere seven miles from the scene of the attack. Zimmerman is being charged of killing Trayvon Martin, a black teenager on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman may or may not testify.

    DOJ launches criminal probe of NSA leaker, http://bit.ly/19eAbT3
    The Justice Department confirmed Sunday that it will conduct a criminal investigation with regard to the NSA’s phone and internet espionage. In compliance with long standing policy, the Justice Department has declined any further comments at the moment.

    Nelson Mandela condition ‘unchanged – still serious’, http://bbc.in/ZEk8Zn
    Nelson Mandela remains in a serious but stable condition in a Pretoria hospital. The former President of South Africa was taken to a hospital early Saturday for the third time this year.

    Thousands flee flood-hit parts of Germany and Hungary, http://bbc.in/11sVwQH
    23,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes in the east German city of Magdeburg after a dam in the River Elbe burst. Water levels have receded starting today; however, the city and surrounding areas remain on high alert. At least 19 people have died so far in these dangerous floods throughout Central Europe.

    Santa Monica shooting: Victims’ family speaks out, students cope, http://lat.ms/119QBUP
    A fifth victim of the Santa Monica shootings died Sunday. Marcela Franco, a student of Santa Monica College, died at age 26 at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She and her father, a 68-year old groundskeeper at the college were shot inside their vehicle in the campus parking lot. Authorities are still trying determine shooter John Zawahri’s motive in opening fire on the streets & campus.

    Prince Harry Saved Me From Gay Hate Attack Says Squaddie, http://thebea.st/11CjD2F
    A gay soldier wrote a book about his experiences of being in the British army including one especially remarkable story of how Prince Harry confronted six soldiers who threatened to “batter” him because of his sexual orientation. He claims the Prince saved his life, and for that he is beyond grateful.


    Review: Kanye West at the Governors Ball, http://bit.ly/162nAhS

    ‘Kinky Boots’ Dances to the Top of the Tonys, http://nyti.ms/13x65VZ

    ‘The Purge’ Leads at the Box Office, http://nyti.ms/11aRxZl

    Jason Collins Marches in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade, http://eonli.ne/15Qs76w

    Scarlett Johansson Suing Over Use of Her Name in Book, http://eonli.ne/19TTv6T

    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!

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 28th, 2013

    Thursday, March 28th, 2013

    Search warrants reveal more about Newtown shooter Adam Lanza; the U.S. begins stealth bombing runs over South Korea; Cyrpus’ banks reopen; Nelson Mandela is readmitted to the hospital; scientists find new signposts for pre-determining cancer risks in patients; a judge returns Oscar Pistorius’ passport; and shifting bacteria in the gut may help with weight loss. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat’s winning streak comes to an end; Sean Penn’s son yells racial slurs at a paparazzo; Lindsay Lohan and Kristen Stewart become new BFFs; Malala Yousafzai signs a $3 million book deal; and “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger enters shopping rehab.



    Newtown gunman Adam Lanza fired 155 bullets in less than five minutes, prosecutor says, http://rtvote.com/170lGzx
    Publicized search warrants reveal that Adam Lanza killed 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in five minutes. The warrants also show Lanza as having huge amounts of ammunition in a gun safe allegedly in his bedroom, as well as samurai swords and a bulletproof vest. There was also a loaded shotgun in the passenger compartment of the car Lanza drove to Sandy Hook. According to the reports, books about asbergers were found in Lanza’s home as well as an NRA certification and a check Lanza’s mother wrote him for the purchase of a gun.

    U.S. Begins Stealth Bombing Runs Over South Korea, http://rtvote.com/10kLIrU
    In its first admission of a B-2 mission over the Korean peninsula, the U.S has announced that it has run two B-2 steal bombers with nuclear capability over South Korea as a “practice bombing sortie.” The mission is meant to prove to North Korea, who has issued nuclear threats towards the U.S. and South Korea, that the U.S. can protect the Asia-Pacific region and “conduct long range precision strikes quickly and at will.”

    Patient Cypriots line up as banks reopen, http://rtvote.com/14ym8pe
    Banks in Cyprus re-opened Thursday after they were shutdown for two weeks while the Cypriot government negotiated a bailout deal with the EU. Bank customers will still face restrictions including withdrawal limits.

    Mandela Back in Hospital With Lung Infection, http://rtvote.com/102QsUg
    Former South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, 94, was re-admitted to the hospital Wednesday night with a lung infection. A statement from South African President Jacob Zuma tells the country to pray for Mandela and notes that “Doctors are attending to him, ensuring that he has the best possible expert medical treatment and comfort.” Mandela has been in the hospital two other times in the past fourth months.

    South Africa judge lifts travel ban on Oscar Pistorius, http://rtvote.com/102TU15
    A judge has ordered that Oscar Pistorius have his passport returned so that he can travel abroad. The double amputee Olympic runner has been accused of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, and has since been prohibited from leaving the country, going near an airport, or imbibing alcohol. Pistorius’ lawyers argued that he is not a flight risk and that the judge’s previous restrictions had basically put him under “house arrest.”

    Scientists Find New Gene Markers for Cancer Risk, http://rtvote.com/102OH9L
    Scientists have finished a long process of working to pre-determine if patients are at high risk for breast, ovarian, or prostate cancer. The international effort was funded by the non-profit Cancer Research, U.K. Officials from the groups have said that the alert methods scientists have discovered are important for finding out exactly how genetics plays into cancer. Scientists have previously discovered signs that alert patients to being at risk for the disease, but this new effort doubles the amount of signposts.

    Bacteria in the Intestines May Help Tip the Bathroom Scale, Studies Show, http://rtvote.com/10kOeyB
    Two new studies released Thursday show that the bacteria in an individual’s intestines can determine how the individual loses or gains weight. The research points to gastric bypass surgery as a successful method of weight loss because the rearranging of intestines “shifts the balance of bacteria in the digestive tract.” The studies also show that in the future, treatments that adjust “microbe levels” in the gut will be able to help people lose weight without surgery.


    Heat’s 27-game winning streak comes to an end in Chicago, http://rtvote.com/170oKLW

    LiLo and KStew’s issues in common, http://rtvote.com/170plNP

    Malala Yousafzai sells life story for a reported $3 million, http://rtvote.com/10kOMV5

    Buzz Bissinger in shopping rehab, http://rtvote.com/10kOSfk

    Sean Penn’s son cusses out paparazzo, hurls ugly slurs, http://rtvote.com/1030lRZ

    Caitlin Maguire
    Bio: Caitlin is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Rock the Vote
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com