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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

    Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

    A Ukrainian naval base is taken over in Crimea; data has been deleted from the pilot of the missing Flight 370’s flight simulator; the results of the Illinois primary election are in; and an Icelandic volcano might be close to erupting. Meanwhile, it was a big night for TV on Tuesday: get the scoop on the season finale of Pretty Little Liars and some inside information on Glee’s final season; plus, Mick Jagger talks about the suicide of L’Wren Scott; and celebrities react to L.A.’s earthquake on Twitter- see what they had to say!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Data deleted from pilot’s simulator, official says: http://rtvote.com/1qUkx6B
    Hishammuddin Hussein, an official looking into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, noticed that some of the data from the pilot of the flight’s (Captain Zahaire Ahmad Shah) flight simulator had been deleted. This has raised suspicions because the files saved from the flight simulator are not that large and do not take up a lot of room once saved and stored. Also, pilots use the data to track their progress, so to delete parts of it would be unusual. Flight 370 is nearing the 13th day of its disappearance, and the search area spans nearly 3 million square miles. United States officials believe, however, that the plane is probably in the southern part of the search area or at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

    Pro-Russians storm Ukrainian navy base in Crimea: http://rtvote.com/1mhaeso
    Tensions between Russians and Ukrainians in Crimea are readily increasing. On Wednesday, 300 pro-Russian supporters took over the Ukrainian naval post in Sevastopol, Crimea, just a day after Crimea voted to become part of Russia. No shots were fired between the pro-Russian supporters and the Ukrainian naval personnel, but the Ukrainian flags on the naval headquarters were replaced with Russian ones. This occurred one day after a Ukrainian military member was killed, another was injured, and others were captured when gunmen attacked the base in Simferopol, Crimea.

    Bruce Rauner wins close GOP primary in Illinois: http://rtvote.com/1eRGfj2
    Bruce Rauner, the 57-year-old billionaire businessman who set a state campaign finance record by funneling $6 million of his own money into his campaign, defeated state Senator Kirk Dillard in the GOP primary by a pretty close margin. He will contest incumbent governor Pat Quinn in November, who is regarded as one of the most vulnerable Democratic governors in the United States. For Senate, the GOP nominee is Jim Oberweis; however, his chance of winning against Democratic Senator Dick Durbin in November is slim. For election result numbers, click here.

    Iceland’s Hekla volcano could blow soon, claims scientist: http://rtvote.com/1j3DSRF
    A geoscientist from the University of Iceland claims that one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, dubbed “Hekla,” could erupt in the near future. A sign of a coming eruption is bulging rock and ground on the volcano’s northern side; this means the amount of magma under the volcano is increasing. Apparently, there is more magma under Hekla today than there was in 2000, when it last erupted. Hekla has a reputation for erupting with little or short notice, so geoscientists are keeping a close watch on the volcano for signs of eruption.

    CULTURAL

    Rock legend Mick Jagger talks about the suicide of L’Wren Scotthttp://rtvote.com/1l3TnZT

    The Giver Trailer Premiers: Watch Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, and Meryl Streep in Action: http://rtvote.com/Nu7Xe8 

    Read celebrity reactions to the L.A. earthquake: http://rtvote.com/1p472xm

    Pretty Little Liars season 4 episode recap- talk about intense! http://rtvote.com/OwVqI5

    Which beloved characters will remain for Glee’s final season? http://rtvote.com/1fF5Hb3

    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: Wednesday March 9,2011

    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

    NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigns, WI Governor Walker angers Dems further by exposing negotiation emails, President and Mrs. Obama launch a campaign against bullying on StopBullying.gov, and Lady Gaga parts ways with Target over their stance on LGBT issues. TIP OF THE DAY: There’s a program called ‘Tinted Sheen’ that makes Charlie Sheen’s existence disappear from your computer.

    CRUCIAL:

    Vivian Schiller, NPR CEO, Resigns, http://huff.to/hMGZGV

    An NPR Media Reporter said that Vivian Schiller had been “‘ousted’ by the board” after a scandal earlier in the week with an NPR top fundraiser making a video knocking the Tea Party and proposals to cut NPRs federal funding due to bias.

    Libya Official Flies to Egypt With Gaddafi Message, http://huff.to/i0oeeJ

    Britain and France want the U.N. to impose a no-fly zone while other countries such as China and Russia are likely not on board. There have been numerous internal deliberations in the Obama administration as to what course of action to take.

    Quinn Expected to Sign Death Penalty Ban, http://bit.ly/fCKDq0

    Illinois governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation that will ban the death penalty this week. Chicago could join New York, New Jersey and New Mexico who have all banned the death penalty in the last three years.

    Walker Releases E-mails From Talks With Key Dems- And Dems Fire Back, http://bit.ly/e6i48w

    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released emails that contained discussions with Democratic State Senators Tim Cullen and Bob Jaunch, much to their dismay. Walker released the emails in hopes of proving that he was open to negotiation.

    For Lawmaker Examining Terror, a Pro-I.R.A. Past,  http://nyti.ms/gugyzS

    Rep. Peter King says he does not regret past ties to the Irish Republic Army, which many are holding against him in his fight against domestic Muslim Extremists.

    The President and First Lady post a video on Facebook to address bullying, http://1.usa.gov/g3U9gQ

    Charlie White’s Indictment: “Piercing” The Veil of Voter Fraud, http://huff.to/hTZ3hM

    Donna Brazile writes an Op-Ed about the unlikeliness of voter fraud and how voter ID laws are disenfranchising voters in states across the nation.

    Sony Adds Extra Features to iTunes Movies, http://huff.to/fvZYfu

    Now when users buy select Sony movies from iTunes they are able to search the film for actors, songs and dialogue, making it easier to select clips and share them using social media.

    New Hampshire to Candidates: Prove Where You Were Born, http://politi.co/e3Wd30

    New Hampshire proposed a law that will require candidates to provide a copy of their birth certificate in order to run. Although the bill has been amended to start in 2013, it might affect New Hampshire as an early primary state.

    Amanda Little asks why we don’t count our energy consumption like we count our calories: http://nyti.ms/gtf454

    Erica Payne writes about the women of Wal-Mart fighting back, and wonders if they will succeed: http://huff.to/fZNDzP

    Akbar Ahmed discusses Muslim American culture and the upcoming hearings: http://nyti.ms/dMZqAI

    CULTURAL:

    LeBron and Jordan sued by…LeBron Jordan?: http://bit.ly/eVEkRB

    Delete Charlie Sheen from your newsfeed: http://bit.ly/fH2E8

    Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr found dead: http://on.mtv.com/e35R7J

    Lady Gaga boycotting Target: http://nydn.us/gLRH7M

    Latest in a series of Spider-Man musical delays: http://eonli.ne/fkgxME

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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