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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

     

    CRUCIAL

    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.

     

    CULTURAL 

    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

    sandywu
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

    Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

    D.C. braces for power outages as the “snowquester” hits the area; L.A.’s Mayoral race will most likely result in a runoff; Venezuelans grieve for Chavez; one million refugees have fled Syria since the start of its civil war; and a Bolshoi Ballet dancer confesses to attacking the company’s artistic director with acid. Meanwhile, Kate Middleton may have accidentally slipped that she’s having a girl; Howard Stern might replace Jimmy Fallon on ‘Late Night;’ and Jon Stewart will take a ‘Daily Show’ hiatus to direct a film.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Power outages big fear as storm bears down on DC, http://rtvote.com/XPEkFe
    A snowstorm that left 10 inches of snow in the Midwest, forcing schools to close, flights to be delayed or cancelled, and causing one death has made its way to Washington, D.C. As a result, the federal government is closed and residents are preparing for power outages. Hundreds of flights out of the District have already been canceled.

    L.A. mayor’s race: Garcetti, Greuel remain far ahead of the pack, http://rtvote.com/XPQEp1
    The L.A. Mayoral race will most likely result in a runoff between City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel. Both were considered frontrunners as the candidates have very similar platforms. Yesterday’s elections also saw voters choosing a new city attorney, controller, and 15 new city council members, marking the most political changes to LA in almost 10 years.

    (via Reuters) Venezuelans grieve for Chavez, prepare for election, http://rtvote.com/168OLZb
    Shattered supporters of Hugo Chavez paraded his coffin through the streets of Caracas on Wednesday in a flood of emotion allies hope will help his deputy win an election due in the coming weeks and keep his self-styled revolution alive…. The future of Chavez’s leftist policies, which won him the adoration of poor Venezuelans but infuriated opponents who denounced him as a dictator, now rests on the shoulders of Vice President Nicolas Maduro, the man he tapped to succeed him….Authorities said the vote would be called within 30 days, as stipulated by the constitution, but did not specify the date.

    Syria conflict: Refugees number a million, says UN, http://rtvote.com/ZqbJWn
    One millions refugees have fled from Syria since the country’s civil war began two years ago. According to refugee agency officials, between 7,000 and 8,000 Syrians escape the country every day. Most of them are children under the age of 11. The refugees usually escape to neighboring countries such Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

    Bolshoi Ballet dancer, 2 others confess to acid attack, police say, http://rtvote.com/168LbhJ
    Pavel Dmitrichenko, the principal dance of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet, told Russia’s Channel One news Wednesday that he orchestrated the acid attack on Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet’s artistic director, with two other men. The three men could face up to 12 years in prison. The attack left Filin with third-degree burns on his face, neck, and eyes. “I organized the attack, but not to the extent of the damage that happened,” Dmitrichenko said. Police have attributed the attack to “personal resentment related to his work.”

    South Korea warns on North Korea threat, http://rtvote.com/168Mi0I
    South Korea, who rarely responds to North Korea’s threats, has warned Pyongyang to not carry out its nuclear threats against the U.S. and South Korea. Specifically, officials warned that if North Korea “carries out provocations that threaten the lives and safety of South Koreans, our military will carry out strong and resolute resolutions.” North Korea has recently said it would break the Korean War truce and attack South Korea and the U.S. with “lighter and smaller nukes” in retaliation for recent U.N. security council sanctions.

    Microsoft Fined $731 Million by EU Over Browser Accord, http://rtvote.com/XPEkFe
    The European Union is fining Microsoft $731 million for not following through with its 2009 promise to allow users to use web browsers other than Internet Explorer. The fine is 1% of Microsoft’s profits in 2012, bringing their total fines from the past decade to 2.24 billion euros or $2.9 billion. “I hope this decision will make companies think twice,” EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said at a press conference Wednesday.

    CULTURAL:

    Kate Middleton’s Royal Baby: Is It a Girl?, http://rtvote.com/XT2AHJ

    Stern for Fallon? Ready or not, NBC ‘grooming’ Howard to follow Jimmy, http://rtvote.com/XT2H62

    Martha Stewart in the Dock Over Macy’s Lawsuit: ‘I Did My Time!’, http://rtvote.com/168MZau

    Adrienne Maloof was asked not to return to ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’ source says,http://rtvote.com/XQ2lwb

    Jon Stewart Says Directorial Debut ‘Just Kind Of Happened,’ http://rtvote.com/XT5sEg

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, July 30, 2012

    Monday, July 30th, 2012

    James Holmes is in court to hear charges; 300 million are left without power in India; Syrian rebels close in on Aleppo; European stocks rise; Uganda reports Ebola outbreaks; Mitt Romney describes his spiritual trip to Israel; and Bill Clinton will play a major part in the Democratic National Convention. Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart may have been cheating on Robert Pattinson for months; Olympic organizers give away tickets after complaints of empty seats; and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ notoriously bickering couple separates.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Colorado Theater Shooting: James Holmes in Court to Hear Charges, http://abcn.ws/Mufggu
    James Holmes, the 24-year-old accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 while opening fire in an Aurora, CO movie theater, will appear in court today to hear the charges against him. “There’s probably charges that can be brought [on behalf] of anybody who was present. The state will need to decide how they approach all of those charges,” the former head of the Colorado public defender’s office has said. While in court, Holmes’ lawyers will argue that an incriminating package the suspect sent to his psychiatrist was taken illegally by officials and leaked to the media by the government.

    India power outage plunges 300 million into sweltering darkness, http://cbsn.ws/NQN35g
    Droughts in India have contributed to its rising temperatures, which in turn, caused a blackout for 300 million in the country’s northern grid Monday. The power outages have left people to deal with the sweltering heat and have also affected hundreds of trains, New Delhi’s metro system, and traffic lights. Sushil Kumar Sinde, India’s power minister, has said that the eight states affected have since had 60% of their power restored. This was the first time since 2001 that India’s northern grid has experienced power outages.

    Syrian rebels seize military base outside Aleppo, http://bit.ly/OtSJo6
    Syrian rebels fought off President Bashar al Assad’s troops to seize a military base outside of Aleppo Monday. Assad’s troops and rebels have continued to fight for control of Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, driving close to 200,000 people out of the city and its surrounding areas. In response to the rebels’ gains, France’s foreign minister has said “As France is taking over the presidency of the U.N. Security Council on August 1, we are going to ask—before the end of the week—for a meeting of the Security Council, probably at a ministerial level … to try and stop the massacres and prepare for the political transition.”

    (via The Wall Street Journal) European Stocks Rise, http://on.wsj.com/OdfcEQ
    European stocks clung to solid gains Monday, buoyed by hopes for additional stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank and despite a contraction in Spain’s economic growth, dire U.K. lending data and a fall in euro-zone confidence surveys. Government bond yields from Italy and Spain also remained well off recent highs after an Italian bond auction which sold close to the top end of its targeted range. Although bid-to-cover ratios were on the weak side, borrowing costs came in lower than at previous sales.

    Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni warns of Ebola threat, http://bbc.in/Q5FQ2B
    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced in a special broadcast that fourteen people have died from an Ebola outbreak that started in the western part of the country three weeks ago. Museveni warned of physical contact as that’s how the disease is spread. He also said that friends and families of victims should call health workers before burying their loved ones. This will be the third time that Ebola, which has a mortality rate of 90%, has had a break out in Uganda in the last twelve years.

    Mitt Romney, at fundraiser in Israel, describes spiritual impact of visit, http://wapo.st/Q5jEq2
    At a breakfast fundraiser in Jerusalem Monday, Mitt Romney described how spiritual his 36-hour trip to Israel had been: ““I come to this place, therefore, with a sense of profound humility, as I look around here at the great people who’ve accomplished a great thing, and also a sense of spiritual connection, acknowledging the hand of providence in establishing this place and making it a holy city.” The breakfast was comprised of 40 donors, Sheldon Adelson being one of them, who paid $25,000-$50,000 in order to attend. Romney is expecting to raise $1,000,000 from the fundraiser. Earlier in his trip, the former Massachusetts governor defied U.S. policy and referred to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital instead of Tel Aviv. He also said Iran’s nuclear progress was the U.S.’s “highest national security priority.”

    Bill Clinton to Have Leading Role at Party’s Convention, http://nyti.ms/OfuO8b
    Bill Clinton will give the marquee speech at the Democratic National Convention on September 5th. The former president will officially place President Obama’s name for the nomination and will speak about voting the president into a second term. The Obama campaign has asked Clinton to play a major role in the convention in hopes that he will excite Democrats and Independents. “There isn’t anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton,” said senior Obama strategist David Axelrod.

    CULTURAL:

    At London Olympics, empty seats have organizers scrambling, giving away tickets to children and soldiers, http://wapo.st/Mugvw5

    French get revenge for 2008 relay loss to US, http://bit.ly/N6YxPO

    Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Adrienne Maloof and Husband Paul Nassif Separating, http://eonli.ne/PcQVuY

    Kristen Stewart Cheated on Rob for 6 Months, Says Rupert Sanders’ Brother-in-Law, http://bit.ly/OCZSRM

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



    News-Round Up: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

    Gaddafi and his family have escaped to Algeria, where his daughter has given birth; more protestors are killed in Syria; the DOJ questions South Carolina’s voter ID law; Arizona is suing over the Voting Rights Act; Bachmann says, “jk!” about God punishing us with Irene; and Steve Jobs’ biological father is kicking himself. Meanwhile, Michael Vick makes a serious comeback and Bravo will air a special on suicide.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    NATO: Both Sides are Talking in Sirte, Libya, http://apne.ws/dPIi9x
    NATO is claiming that Tripoli is no longer under Gaddafi’s control. Rebels are also conducting discussions with Gaddafi’s forces in Sirte, Libya. Yesterday, Algerian officials confirmed that Gaddafi and his family had fled to their country. Rebels are calling out Algeria, saying that its harboring of Gaddafi is an “act of aggression.”

    Source: Gaddafi’s daughter gives birth in Algeria,
    http://bit.ly/ogfhzb
    Aisha, Muammar Gaddafi’s daughter, has given birth in Algeria. Aisha is a former UN ambassador who has kept a low profile during the clashes in Libya. The baby’s gender has not been revealed.

    Syrian Protestors ‘Killed’ After Eid Prayers, http://aje.me/pkXz35
    The Syrian government killed seven protestors today, the first day of Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr. On Monday, the government killed eight protestors. The UN is thinking of retribution plans.

    DOJ Has More Questions About South Carolina’s Voter ID Law, http://bit.ly/odvkZh
    Under the Voting Rights Act, South Carolina is “required to have changes to the state’s voting laws precleared by federal authorities or by a federal court to insure they’re not discriminatory.” The Department of Justice has looked over the state’s voter identification law and is asking for more information on how it will be implemented, so as not to have any discrimination take place.

    Arizona Files Suit Over Voting Rights Act, http://bit.ly/qaJhjF
    Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has filed a suit against the federal government, calling the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. Arizona is one of seven states that, under the Voting Rights Act, must get clearance with the federal government before making any changes to its voting laws. Horne has stated, “the portions of the Voting Rights Act requiring preclearance of all voting changes are either archaic, not based in fact, or subject to completely subjective enforcement based on the whim of federal authorities. Arizona has been subjected to enforcement actions for problems that were either corrected nearly 40 years ago and have not been repeated, or penalized for alleged violations that have no basis in the Constitution. That needs to stop.”

    (via POLITICO Playbook) “Bachmann Spoke ‘In Jest’ When She Said God Was Communicating Via Earthquakes And Hurricanes,” by TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign says critics are making much ado about nothing when it comes to her viral quote stating last week’s East Coast earthquake and hurricane was a message from God to overspending DC politicians. ‘Obviously she was saying it in jest,’ campaign spokesperson Alice Stewart told TPM … Here’s what [Bachmann] said, as reported by the St. Petersburg Times: ‘I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, “Are you going to start listening to me here?” Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.’”

    ‘I Live in Hope He Will Reach Out to Me Before It’s Too Late’: Steve Jobs’ Biological Father Speaks of Yearning to Meet his Son, http://bit.ly/pbbZQs
    Abdulfattah John Jandali, Steve Jobs’ biological father, has expressed regret about putting his son up for adoption. Jandali’s ex-wife put Jobs up for adoption after her parents disapproved of her relationship with Jandali, who is Syrian. She and Jandali ended up marrying later on. Jandali, who now is vice president of a Reno, NV casino, says he has only e-mailed Jobs. He has noted that he will never call him because he does not want Jobs to think he is after his wealth.

    CULTURAL:

    Eagles’ Vick Comes Full Circle with $100M deal, http://bit.ly/pvNU4E

    Bravo Special Addresses ‘Real Housewives’ Suicide, http://lat.ms/mWmPfD

    Sebastian Bach’s Home Flooded by Hurricane Irene, http://on.mtv.com/qi6ayD

    Kim Kardashian’s ‘Jam’ Video Leaks Online, http://on.mtv.com/oWwZ4C

    Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt: No Secret Wedding, http://bit.ly/qdaFL6

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, August 26, 2011

    Friday, August 26th, 2011

    The East Coast braces for Irene; a member of Gaddafi’s regime acts as a double agent for the rebels; Natao Kan resigns as Japan’s Prime Minister; 16 are killed in a bombing of Nigeria’s UN building; 53 are dead after a brutal attack on a Mexican casino; CNET reports on the best hurricane tracking apps; and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks about the 91st anniversary of women’s suffrage. In entertainment news, Minka Kelly and Derek Jeter split up; the show must go on! Broadway will stay open during Irene; and what will be the most popular stocking stuffer this year? Justin Bieber’s Christmas album, of course!

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Hurricane Tracker, http://bit.ly/pfppaL
    Hurricane warnings have been issued for Virginia, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, and the coast of Massachusetts. The winds at the center of Hurricane Irene have decreased from 115 mph to 110 mph, making it a Category 2 storm. However, it could still strengthen and cost tens of billions of dollars in damages. President Obama will make a statement about Irene today.

    Mexico Casino Attack Leaves at Least 53 Dead, http://wapo.st/oVW4hZ
    At least 53 people were killed in an attack on a Monterrey, Mexico casino. The attackers threw grenades, shot guns, and set the casino on fire. This is the third Mexican casino to be attacked this month.

    A Double Agent in Gaddafi Camp, http://on.wsj.com/mYcMf0
    Mahmoud Ben Jumaa, a senior official in Gaddafi’s regime, has been secretly helping the rebels. He would issue orders for the rebels to be arrested and then at night, help them plan the take down of Gaddafi. He even helped to direct them through Tripoli. The rebels have been asking for money to stabilize the country; the UN has given them $1.5 billion in Libyan assets.

    Kan Bows Out, Says He Did Best He Could,
    http://bit.ly/nSTrpH
    Naoto Kan has resigned as Japan’s Prime Minister after holding the position for only 15 months. Kan’s handling of the recession, earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis caused his approval rating to decrease significantly. He is the sixth Japanese Prime Minister to resign in 5 years.

    16 Killed in Bombing on UN Building in Nigeria, http://apne.ws/oAW6N8
    A car bomb has killed 16 at the United Nations Building in the capital of Nigeria. The suicide bomber drove a car into the building before detonating it. No has taken responsibility for the bombing.

    U.S. States Tighten Voting Regulation with Republicans in Charge, http://bloom.bg/pD0Gbk
    On the anniversary of women’s suffrage, Bloomberg reports that Republican controlled states are passing more and more restrictive voting laws. In fact, states have passed the most voting related laws since 2003. Forty-seven states have passed 285 election laws this year; 60% of these states have Republican governors. Democrats are trying to veto and repeal these laws, claiming that they are meant to disenfranchise President Obama’s demographics. Republicans argue that this is not the case. Rep. Lou Blessing from Ohio notes, “Democrats are looking at having everybody and their brother vote, whether registered or not, and Republicans are looking at making sure only eligible voters are voting.”

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) KEEPING AN EYE ON IRENE: CNET breaks down the best hurricane-tracking apps for iPhones and iPads. http://cnet.co/nNB07B

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says, “91 Years Later, We All Have to Carry the Torch,” http://huff.to/p8HEd2

    CULTURAL:

    Minka Kelly, Derek Jeter Split, http://on.mtv.com/qanEW7

    Broadway Shows Won’t Go Dark for Irene, As of Now, http://bit.ly/pOQSnt

    The Greatest Gift of All: Justin Bieber Christmas Album in the Works, http://eonli.ne/nTOJgR

    Real Housewife Kim Richards Joins Dancing With the Stars, http://bit.ly/pfR70v

    Kim Kardashian is a Star but She Can’t Have One on the Walk of Fame, http://bit.ly/pT5W4n

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