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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

    A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school leaves 20 students injured; Rep. Vance McAllister’s staffer resigns after kissing incident; Police search for a possible serial sniper in Kansas City; and a new breakthrough in paralysis research has occurred. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway put a cabaret spin on some top hip hop songs; Prince George has a play date down under; and Miley discusses her freedom without Disney or Liam Hemsworth.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Philadelphia Flyers, my (Veronica’s) hometown hockey team, on clinching a NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs spot last night. Let’s go Flyers!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    DEVELOPING STORY: 20 injured in Pittsburgh-area high school stabbing: http://rtvote.com/1qqQ250
    At least 20 students have been injured at Franklin Regional Senior High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An adult is also being treated for an unspecified medical condition. Four students have been taken to the hospital via helicopter and some students’ injuries are life-threatening. A hallway and a classroom were the setting for the potentially deadly stabbing. All schools are now secure, but the district’s elementary schools are closed for the day. The suspect, a sophomore boy, is now in custody.

    Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: ‘This is a breakthrough’: http://rtvote.com/1qiwa5T
    Neuroscientist Susan Harkema had been running a study to try to learn more about “nerve pathways” by stimulating the spinal cords of paralyzed people through electricity. However, she managed to enable her patients to move their legs. All of her patients have been able to move their toes, move their legs around, sit up on their own, and even do sit ups! Harkema says this is the first time electrical stimulation to the spine and show results. Co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Dr. Barth Green says that “This is a breakthrough. It shows you can have a living spinal cord under the layer of their injury.” Scientists hope this will open the door to the possibility of new breakthroughs.

    Staffer caught kissing Rep. McAllister resigns, while Congressman keeps his job: http://rtvote.com/1k3Q4Qr
    Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was caught on tape Monday kissing a staff member. The Congressman and the staffer, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, are both married. Peacock has since resigned her post as district scheduler to McAllister. McAllister, conversely, says he has “no plans to resign” and insists that he will campaign for reelection this year. On Monday, the Ouachita Citizen posted a surveillance video showing the two kissing. McAllister admitted the affair and apologized to his constituents: “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he was “pleased” with the apology, but he has not yet commented on whether McAllister should keep his job.

    Kansas City authorities seek perpetrator after some shootings linked: http://rtvote.com/1kKJBby
    The FBI has joined the hunt for a shooter in Kansas City, Missouri area. So far, thirteen shootings have been reported along parts of Interstate 435 and Interstate 470, most of which are near exit and interchange ramps. No one has been killed, but three people have been wounded; one was shot in the arm, the others were shot in the leg. Law enforcement believes that at least a part of the thirteen shootings are linked. The FBI and ATF have put out a $7000 reward for anyone who might know anything about the shootings or the possible shooter(s).

    UConn Women’s Basketball completes 40-0 season: http://rtvote.com/1k3Y9ED
    UConn’s women’s basketball team has completed their 40-0 season with a 79-58 win over Notre Dame. They are now repeat champions and it is the fifth time the team has gone undefeated under the head coach, Geno Auriemma. Auriemma has won nine National Titles in nine tries after the win. Notre Dame finished 37-1 after the loss.

    CULTURAL

    Paul Rudd joins Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner for some Funny or Die fun: http://rtvote.com/R2X9GB

    Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway sing Broadway versions of…rap songs? http://rtvote.com/1lKl5J3

    Prince George’s royal play date: http://rtvote.com/ODqMfM

    Miley Cyrus talks “being free”: http://rtvote.com/1eks0sJ

    Samantha Harris diagnosed with breast cancer, due to receive double mastectomy: http://rtvote.com/1hsHbR3

    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: Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

    Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

    The Wall Street Journal reveals more about the 23-year-old rape and murder victim in New Dehli; the Bipartisan Policy Center says the U.S. may default on its debt as early as February 15th; an Afghan soldier kills a British soldier and wounds six more; Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly announce their campaign for gun control; Israeli officials are worried about Chuck Hagel’s nominations; and a $1 million lottery winner in Illinois is poisoned. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles split after two months of dating; David Bowie releases a new single; and Current TV staffers are unhappy about the channel’s sale to Al Jazeera.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    New Delhi Attack: The Victim’s Story, http://on.wsj.com/THNeUD
    The Wall Street Journal is revealing more about the young woman who was raped and murder in New Dehli. The 23-year-old girl, who was only 5 feet 3 and 90 pounds, has been described as a hardworking physiotherapy student who made extra money emceeing recitals and working at a call center. Before her fatal attack, the victim had gone to a mall with a male friend to shop and see “Life of Pi.” Later that day, her attackers went on a “joy ride” on a bus one of them drove and offered to drive the pair home. A few of the suspects posed as passengers before attacking the young woman and her friend.

    U.S. may default on its debt half a month earlier than expected, new analysis shows, http://wapo.st/UG3sws
    Analysis from the Bipartisan Policy Center shows that the U.S government could default on its debt as early as February 15th and as late as March 1st, which is half a month earlier than expected. The government hit its debt limit on December 31st, but the Treasury Department was able to stave it off  by enacting “extraordinary measures.”

    Afghan Soldier Kills British Soldier, Wounds 6, http://abcn.ws/13e4NPT
    In the first insider attack of 2013, an Afghan soldier killed a British soldier and wounded six more at the Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahri Sarraj district of Helmand province. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the shooting saying that the suspect was killed at a security checkpoint during his escape. Last year, 45 insider attacks claimed the lives of 61 people in Afghanistan.

    Hagel nomination unnerves some in Israel, http://bit.ly/Wr9Xkm
    Israeli officials are reportedly uneasy about President Obama’s decision to nominate Chuck Hagel as the U.S. Secretary of Defense. The former Republican senator’s positions on Iran’s nuclear program, Palestinian relations, and refusal to sign a letter recognizing Hezbollah as a terrorist group is not in agreement with Israel’s stance on these issues.  ”I support Israel, but my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States, not to a president, not to a party, not to Israel,” Hagel has said. “Because of his statements in the past, and his stance toward Israel, we are worried,” said Reuven Rivlin, the speaker of the Israeli parliament. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office did not comment on the matter.

    Illinois man killed by cyanide poisoning after striking it rich in lottery, http://bit.ly/TINvXf
    Investigators have discovered that one month after Urooj Khan of Illinois won $1 million in the lottery, he was poisoned to death. It was originally determined that Khan died of natural causes; however, a new investigation has found cyanide in body. The Indian immigrant and businessman allegedly jumped for joy after discovering his winnings in June. Police are now looking for suspects in his murder.

    Giffords Ready to Make A Push on Gun Control, http://on.wsj.com/UDzWLE
    Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are expected to announce a fundraising effort and call for stricter gun regulations during on Tuesday. Giffords, who was shot in the head two years ago, has yet to be involved in gun lobbying efforts. However, she and her husband have spoken about gun control on social media and in public. After a visit to Newtown, Kelly wrote on his Facebook page: “This time our response must consist of more than regret, sorrow and condolence.”

    CULTURAL:

    ‘Bama Bashes Notre Dame 42-14 in BCS Title Game, http://abcn.ws/ZlXuRC

    Taylor Swift, Harry Styles split, http://usat.ly/UwN0wV

    David Bowie releases ‘Where Are We Now?’, http://bit.ly/10c2le0

    Current TV staffers rip Al Gore for sale to Al Jazeera, http://fxn.ws/VMMXOk

    Pregnant Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Buy $11 Million Mansion, http://eonli.ne/VQtlIB

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