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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

    President Obama will give a jobs oriented speech in September; the murder of a 91-year-old DC socialite reveals strange details about her younger husband; Democrats win the last two Wisconsin Senate recall elections; a University of Miami football booster claims he provided illegal benefits to players; and two British men receive four years in jail for posting riot inciting Facebook statuses. In the entertainment world, Gerard Depardieu urinates in a plane cabin and even though they both love an overload of cologne, Abercrombie & Fitch asks The Situation to stop wearing its clothes.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Obama to Give Major Jobs Speech, http://apne.ws/6gU4tQ
    In September, President Obama will give a speech outlining a detailed plan for unemployment. The speech will focus on job creation, his plan for which may include tax cuts and jobs friendly infrastructure ideas. He will also propose a deficit plan, which will include how “to pay for the cost of his new short-term economic ideas.”

    Viola Drath’s Husband, Muth, Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Her Killing, http://wapo.st/oW9eIw
    Police are charging 47-year-old Albrecht Gero Muth with the murder of his 91-year-old Washington, DC socialite wife, Viola Drath. Drath seems to have died from strangulation and blunt-force. Drath, who had thrown elite parties in her Georgetown home, had been abused by Muth before but dropped the charges. Muth had also told people that he was a general in the Iraqi army; however, it seems to have no record of him.

    Two Democrats Hold Off Recall Challenges, http://bit.ly/nULBSw
    Wisconsin Democratic state Senators Bob Wirch and Jim Holperin have won Wisconsin’s last recall elections. Despite the victories, Republicans still hold the majority in the Wisconsin Senate.

    Facebook Cases Trigger Critcism of ‘Disproportionate’ Riot Sentences, http://bit.ly/qMJgr6
    Two British men have been sentenced to four years in prison for posting Facebook statuses that urged people to riot. Liberal Democrats are criticizing the sentence as too harsh, especially because the messages did not incite any actual riots. Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg has proposed that rioters wear orange jumpsuits and clean up the riots’ destruction. He has also proposed a committee to determine the cause of the riots.

    Renegade Miami Football Booster Spells Out Illicit Benefits to Players, http://yhoo.it/qxZxJR
    University of Miami football booster, Nevin Shapiro has told Yahoo that he illegally supported 72 University of Miami athletes from 2002 to 2010. Shapiro’s expenses for the players included “cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.” Shapiro said that at least seven coaches knew about the benefits he provided. While Shapiro is currently in jail for a Ponzi scheme, Yahoo says it has evidence of these occurrences.

    Clerk: Voter ID Slows Down Voters, http://bit.ly/q2AnV7
    Many people who voted in the Wisconsin recall elections faced long lines at the polls. De Pere City Clerk Char Peterson attributes the long-waits to the state’s voter id law. Many voters took time showing their ids and inquiring about the law when they showed up at the polls unaware of it: “That slowed it down, just answering their questions and calming them down because some of them did become upset, even having to be asked for that,” Peterson said. Peterson does not oppose the law; however, she is worried about the time it takes up and the long lines it has caused: “I am concerned that people may become frustrated and say, ‘I’m not going to bother voting.’ That is my biggest concern.”

    Perry Sticks by His Bernanke Attack, http://on.wsj.com/nDjd6F
    Texas Governor and presidential hopeful, Rick Perry publicly said that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s behavior is “treasonous.” The controversial remark even had some conservatives up in arms. Despite this, Perry is telling reporters that he stands by what he said. When asked about Perry’s comment, President Obama remarked that candidates have “got to be a little more careful” about what they say.

    CULTURAL:

    Taylor Armstrong: On Hand at Discovery of Husband’s Body, http://bit.ly/p3kqfN

    Abercrombie & Fitch to The Situation: We’ll Pay You to Stop Wearing Our Clothes, http://bit.ly/mVYW4a

    Gerard Depardieu Relieves Himself in Plane Cabin, http://bit.ly/oi1WwG

    Kevin Federline and Victoria Prince Welcome Daughter, http://bit.ly/p2PsI1

    Justin Bieber Tops List of Richest Teen Entertainers, http://on.mtv.com/qpoKgC

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