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    News Round-Up: December 10, 2013

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

    Some Colorado residents are preparing their guns for some drone-hunting; the winter weather is closing offices, getting flights cancelled, and posing a real safety threat; and GM names the very first woman to run a major automaker. Meanwhile, Lea Michele releases a preview of her debut single, and Miley is named MTV’s best artist of 2013.

    -Sandy + Maura



    Colorado town’s vote on drone ordinance postponedhttp://rtvote.com/18zSP6I
    A vote on a drone ordinance is currently on hold as a court determines the ordinance’s legality. If passed, it would allow Deer Trail residents to shoot down federal drones. The FAA is concerned that this could lead to criminal or civil liability. Responses are mixed; one of the biggest concerns of drone use is trespassing.

    Extreme cold raises fears for 2 adults, 4 children missing in Nevada snowhttp://rtvote.com/J23bCO
    As the winter weather hits many parts of the U.S., federal offices in DC close as more sleet and snow are expected. New York and Philadelphia are expected to receive several inches of snow, and temperatures will drop to about 10-20 degrees below normal in many areas. Rescue teams in Nevada are also searching for two adults and four children who went out to play in the snow and never returned. Please keep warm and stay safe, everyone.

    Friends say student killed by officer was gentle; police say he struck officerhttp://rtvote.com/1hKFvBV
    Robert Cameron Redus, 23, who many describe as a gentle and compassionate honor student, was shot and killed by a campus police officer at his Catholic college in Texas last week. Redus allegedly hit the officer with his own baton after a night of drinking, and when Redus failed to comply with Cpl. Christopher Carter’s orders to stop resisting, Carter fired six shots at Redus. Five of those shots hit Redus and ended the student’s life.

    GM names Mary Barra as CEO – first woman to run major automakerhttp://rtvote.com/1bAhbP4
    Mary Barra, an executive vice president and 33-year GM veteran, will succeed current CEO Dan Akerson on January 15 and become the first woman to run a major automaker. GM shares are up more than 40% so far this year, and the company has earned nearly $20 billion in net income since 2010 – the year it returned to profitability after emerging from bankruptcy. Congrats, Mary Barra! This is huge!

    Can airships revolutionize transportation in world’s harshest environments?http://rtvote.com/19zuzij
    First, the drones. Now, new and improved airships? Scientists and engineers are really making strides in the world of technology. U.S.-based airship company Aeros and Icelandic airline Icelandair Cargo intend to team up to develop a new air freight service cross the Arctic. They hope to deliver standard cargo, troops, and disaster relief supplies into remote and inhospitable terrain. The new airship, dubbed the Aeroscraft, is capable of true vertical takeoff and landing, thus eliminating the need for runways. Aeros has also hinted at possible use of these airships as “floating hotels” and “sky yachts for millionaires” in the future.



    Lea Michele Releases Preview of Debut Single “Cannonball” – Plus, Check Out Her Album Cover for Louder,http://rtvote.com/1kwe1wF

    Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie Have a Simple Life Reunion in Miami, http://rtvote.com/1bv3Y99

    Brandi Glanville Apologizes for Her Racist Joke on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hillshttp://rtvote.com/18ztyXt

    Miley Cyrus is MTV’s best artist of 2013, http://rtvote.com/18ktcsM


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


    Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

    Hey Rockers,

    In today’s news we have the Senate holding off on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a new book detailing Obama’s struggles over the wars, a young woman getting her friends registered to vote, and the Hoff is the first to go on Dancing with the Stars.


    Move to End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Stalls in Senate: http://nyti.ms/a23sZb

    The Senate voted against proceeding with the military spending bill to which the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”  and the DREAM Act are attached.

    New book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war: http://bit.ly/b9EPDW

    Bob Woodward’s new book features information from interviews with some of Obama’s top advisers on the war in Afghanistan.

    Obama economic adviser Summers leaving White House: http://bit.ly/amb41O

    Larry Summers will leave at the end of 2010 and now everyone is wondering who will replace him.

    How are young Pennsylvania voters feeling about politics?: http://bit.ly/chEwpW

    A report by the University of Pennyslvania’s student newspaper features PA-specific details from young voters poll.

    Want to get your friends engaged? See how others are doing it with Rock the Vote: http://bit.ly/aayOU0

    After getting the sense that her friends were not really engaged in politics, one woman decided to run a voter registration drive using Rock the Vote tools. (And you can too!)


    Paris Hilton Detained in Japan Over Recent Drug Bust, Sent Back to U.S.: http://bit.ly/avqim6

    Hilton was going to Japan to promote her fashion line but was sent back given her recent issues with the law.

    David Hasselhoff first to go on Dancing with the Stars : http://bit.ly/cbTcR3

    Notables Bristol Palin, The Situation, will survived the first round.

    Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher Defy Talk of Marriage Trouble: http://bit.ly/asnr1X

    The couple is fighting back against reports that Ashton cheated.

    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: August 12, 2010

    Thursday, August 12th, 2010

    Hey Rockers,

    In today’s news, the California judge who banned Prop 8 says his ruling should take effect next Wednesday, candidates are concerned about keeping young people in Pennsylvania, and Paris Hilton gets sued for wearing the wrong hair extensions.

    Five myths about the midterm elections (According to the Washington Post): http://ht.ly/2oL9N
    Will 2010 really be the year of the anti-incumbent?

    Tom Corbett wants to keep young people in PA: http://bit.ly/csNbqH
    The Republican gubernatorial candidate says he wants to offer young people more opportunities in the state.

    Senate approves $600 million in border security funds: http://bit.ly/byiYrM
    With bipartisan support, the bill provides for new border agents and new equipment.

    Judge says same sex marriages can start next Wednesday in California: http://bit.ly/975EMF

    Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker lifted the temporary stay on his ruling that banned Prop 8 in California.


    Bill Clinton’s birthday wish to help others around the world: http://bit.ly/9cYa12

    Bill’s birthday wish includes providing expert advice to small businesses in underserved communities and reducing lighting energy use in major cities by up to 70 percent.

    Paris Hilton sued for wearing the wrong hair extensions: http://bit.ly/9FZVrE
    The company suing her for $35 million says she breached their contract by wearing a competitors’ hair extensions.

    Mets closer K-Rod arrested for assaulting his father-in-law: http://es.pn/bpZpnP
    No explanation has been given for the assualt.

    Kanye West to return to the Video Music Awards: http://bit.ly/cG4gjO
    On an unrelated note, Taylor Swift we’ll be there too.

    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com