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    News Round-Up: Friday, March 28, 2014

    Friday, March 28th, 2014

    A new CDC study underscores major increases in cases of Autism; appeals court upholds challenged parts of major TX abortion law; Microsoft releases Office products for iPad…finally; and voting rights activists are noticing some positive changes in 2014. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez is allegedly served legal papers in regards to Bieber’s recent troubles; The Colbert Report is under fire on Twitter with a #CancelColbert hashtag; and James Van Der Beek admits to doing something illegal for Justin Timberlake.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Dayton Flyers (my alma mater) on making it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament! First time in 30 years. Way to go Flyers!



    Autism rates soar, now affects 1 in 68 children, http://rtvote.com/1myqmpv
    Between 2008 and 2010, Autism rates have climbed nearly 30 percent and have more than doubles since the turn of the century according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new study. The study also points out that Autism is now believed to affect 1 of every 68 eight-year-olds—a dramatic increase. What is driving this increase still remains unknown. Some believe it’s a rise in awareness of the disease while other speculate on environmental reasons.

    Appeals court upholds challenged parts of Texas abortion law, http://rtvote.com/1gJFJtd
    On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld parts of a Texas abortion law which requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away. Planned Parenthood, which led the lawsuit against the bill, claims the law will cause clinics to shut down because hospitals would refuse doctors admitting privileges. This particular legislation, House Bill No.2, first garnered national attention when Senator Wendy Davis (now gubernatorial candidate), led a 13 hour filibuster to try and prevent the bill’s passage. The ruling of this appeal is considered a victory for anti-abortion activists.

    Obama looks to win back Saudi confidence, http://rtvote.com/1pBw6vO
    Continuing on with his diplomatic duties, President Obama is visiting Saudi Arabia to reassure Arab allies that despite troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan and greater energy independence, the United States is not abandoning the Arab world. On his overnight trip there are only two items on his public schedule: a meeting and dinner with King Abdullah at his desert camp.

    Microsoft to Offer Office for iPad, Maybe a Bit Late, http://rtvote.com/QnF8CJ
    It’s finally here! Microsoft introduced the long-awaited suite of applications to the iPad which includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The company’s new chief executive, Satya Nadella, announced a commitment to make the software work on all major computing devices, including those made by its competitors. Microsoft’s decision to bring Office to the Apple device comes after years of development and debate inside the company over implications that could occur against their own technology developments.


    Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction, http://rtvote.com/P1u5hq
    The primary election season is just around the corner, and voting rights activists are identifying some notable changes in relation to laws and restrictions around voting.  Although there have been a flurry of new rules, like the party-line vote for the elimination of a week of early voting in Ohio last month, some activists are noticing fewer restrictions and even some bipartisanship progress. Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University remarked that there has been “a lot of real momentum in 2014, thus far, towards improving our elections both at the states and nationally.” On that note, don’t forget to register to vote ! 


    Selena Gomez Served With Legal Papers, http://rtvote.com/1rKLNVD

    The Colbert Report Tweets Racist Joke, Twitter Users Rally to #CancelColbert, http://rtvote.com/1jYCXy1

    Beyoncé Breaks Down in Tears During Final Carter Show Concert: “I’m Giving Y’all an Ugly Cry!”, http://rtvote.com/1maROGX

    Lady Gaga Celebrates 28th Birthday With Macabre “27 Club” Joke, http://rtvote.com/1pijgVc

    James Van Der Beek Let Underage Justin Timberlake Use His ID in the 90’s, http://rtvote.com/1fsBKfb

    Seth Meyers: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me, http://rtvote.com/P1jwLm

    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

    Jimmy Fallon rocked The Tonight Show stage; Saudi Arabia appointed its first female editor-in-chief of a national newspaper; and Venezuela expels three U.S. diplomats. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith walk us through the evolution of hip hop dancing; new godmother, Kate Middleton, and Prince George attend a christening; and the U.S.A. wins the first ever gold medal in ice dancing.

    - Gianna + Maura



    First night a hit for ‘Tonight’ host Jimmy Fallon: http://rtvote.com/1e3Kp6b
    Last night, Jimmy Fallon transitioned from his hit show “Late Night” to NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and made a splash with viewers. Mr. Fallon proved once again that he’s a natural host and he excited the audience with his witty humor on topics like Sochi & hip hop. The “Tonight Show” made its first return to New York City in almost 40 years and that was the most exciting part of the evening. In the theme of celebration, Mr. Fallon introduced his parents to viewers and ended the show with a performance by U2.

    School’s Arab Mascot Draws Fire in California Valley That Prizes Dates: http://rtvote.com/1h0ulW4
    This past Friday, Riverside county in California held its National Date Festival, an annual tribute to a local industry that began in the Middle East. Riverside County has held the festival intermittently since 1921 and since the 1940s the county has decided to honor the history of the date and the culture of its Arabian origin. Unfortunately the festival sparked backlash from Coachella Valley High School’s Arab mascot. Although the mascot has been in existence since the 1930s, the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee has deemed the mascot a “gross stereotype” and the high school is currently seeking other mascot options as a result of the Committee’s petition.

    Saudi Arabia’s first female editor of national newspaper appointed:http://rtvote.com/1bhDJqj
    For the first time ever in Saudi history, a female journalist, Somayya Jabarti, was named editor-in-chief of a national newspaper. When reporters asked about her views on this historic appointment, Jabarti said, “There’s a crack that has been made in the glass ceiling. And I’m hoping it will be made into a door”. She continued by saying, “Being the first Saudi woman [editor-in-chief] is going to be double the responsibility … One’s actions will reflect upon my fellow Saudi women.”

    Oklahoma pharmacy won’t provide drug for Missouri execution:http://rtvote.com/1cljrdA
    The Apothecary Shoppe of Tulsa, according to court documents, will not provide drugs for use in the execution of Michael Taylor that is scheduled for this month. Michael Taylor currently sits on death row for the brutal rape, murder, and kidnapping of a southeast Kansas girl. In this court case, Taylor argued that in several recent executions in which the compounded pentobarbital was used, showed it would likely cause him “severe, unnecessary, lingering, and ultimately inhumane pain.” 

    Venezuela raids opposition party office, expels three U.S. diplomats:http://rtvote.com/1c0Ltrw
    Late last evening, Venezuelan Security Forces raided the headquarters of an opposition party accused of being the driving force behind recent violent protests. While raiding the headquarters, the Venezuelan national government also expelled three U.S. diplomats on charges of conspiring with demonstrators. The U.S. State Department has called the charges against the U.S. diplomats, false and baseless.


    Kate Middleton Is a Godmother, Attends Friend’s Baby Christening with Prince George, http://rtvote.com/1jO6zRW

    Pete Wentz Expecting Baby With Girlfriend Meagan Camper, http://rtvote.com/1jCbzGj

    Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith Perform “Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing” on The Tonight Show—Watch Now!: http://rtvote.com/1f9kSi1

    BAFTA Party Sightings: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Oprah Winfrey and More!: http://rtvote.com/1fduWVI

    Winter Olympics 2014: Meryl Davis and Charlie White Win First Ever U.S. Gold in Ice Dance: http://rtvote.com/1kRJo9I

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, May 30, 2013

    Thursday, May 30th, 2013

    Syria has received first missile shipment from Russia; Obama plans to nominate former Bush official to lead FBI; a man is charged for the murder of soldier Lee Rigby; a U.S. soldier accused of murdering 16 on a shooting spree in Afghanistan makes a plea bargain; a letter sent to Mayor Bloomberg tests positive for ricin; Saudi Arabia reports three more dead from SARS-like virus; smoking and unemployment prove to cut lifespan; and France celebrates its first same-sex wedding. Meanwhile, a Disneyland employee is held of $1 million bail for a dry ice blast, and Netflix talks “more ‘Arrested Development’.”

    Maura + Alexis


    Assad says Syria received Russian missile shipment: Lebanese media, http://reut.rs/19ocNRm
    Syria has received the first shipment of an advanced air defense system sent from Russia. Western objections aside, Russia has promised the delivery of the S-300 missile system to the Syrian government. As of June 1 the EU will lift its arms embargo on Syria, which could open up the opportunity for the West to arm Syrian rebels.

    Former Bush Official Said to Be Obama Pick to Lead F.B.I., http://nyti.ms/18yt5Zi
    President Obama plans to nominate James B. Comey for the position of director of the FBI to replace Robert S. Mueller III. Comey served as a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush and played a role in one of the most dramatic episodes of the Bush administration – refusing to acquiesce to White House aides and reauthorize a program for eavesdropping without warrants. By nominating Mr. Comey, a Republican, President Obama makes a strong statement about bi-partisanship.

    Woolwich attack: Michael Adebowale charged with murder of soldier Lee Rigby, http://bit.ly/ZfUucZ
    Michael Adebowale has been officially charged with the murder of soldier Lee Rigby. The 22-year-old was arrested at he scene in Woolwich immediately after killing Rigby. In addition to charging him with murder, police have also charged him with possession of a firearm.

    US soldier accused of Afghan killing spree in deal to avoid execution, http://nbcnews.to/140dDkV
    Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier accused of murdering 16 civilians in Afghanistan during active duty for the U.S. Army, has reached a plea bargain to avoid the death penalty. Bales’ lawyer Emma Scanlan has reported that her client will plead guilty to premeditated murder charges and then present himself before a military jury for sentencing. The sentencing phase will begin in August.

    Letter sent to NYC Mayor Bloomberg tests positive for ricin, http://fxn.ws/135DvLa
    Anonymous letters were sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the director of the organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns located in Washington, D.C. containing material laced with ricin. Although he refuses to comment on what specific threats were made in the letters or where the letters were postmarked, Bloomberg asserts that he doesn’t “feel threatened” and will continue to fight for what he believes in – stricter gun control.

    Saudi Arabia Reports 3 More Deaths From New Virus, http://nyti.ms/16suWyQ
    Saudi Arabia has reported three more deaths caused by a newly discovered respiratory virus similar to SARS. The number of deaths globally now sits at 30. The World Health Organization says the virus that was first seen in the Middle East appears to be spreading worldwide.

    Joblessness Shortens Lifespan of Least Educated White Women, Research Says, http://nyti.ms/10Bik45
    A new study has left researchers with an explanation as to why the country’s least educated white women have shorter lifespans. Researchers have found that the two factors most strongly associated with higher death rates are smoking and unemployment. The study will be published Thursday in The Journal of Health an Social Behavior.

    Meet France’s First Married Gay Couple, http://ti.me/15a2i1B
    France celebrated its first gay marriage in Montpellier on Wednesday. With hundreds of people in attendance, it was clear that Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau were not the only ones in support of same-sex marriage. Before taking their vows, the two grooms proclaimed, “Our society cannot have any prejudices.”


    Disneyland Explosion: Employee Arrested for Dry Ice Blast, Held on $1 Million Bail, http://eonli.ne/19p7XUf

    Blake Shelton and Usher Duet for Oklahoma Tornado Benefit, http://eonli.ne/15lDdQw

    Netflix Is Now Open to the Idea of More Arrested Development, http://vult.re/12QiDWw

    ‘Machete Kills’ Trailer: Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson & Charlie Sheen Made A Movie Together, http://huff.to/135IH1O

    Movie Trailers’ Time Challenged By Theater Owners; Trailer Length May Be Cut By 30 Seconds, http://huff.to/135BuPl

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, June 17, 2011

    Friday, June 17th, 2011

    Saudi women fight the ban on female drivers, Weiner’s successor will likely have lame-duck status, and a man is arrested for suspicious activity near the Pentagon.  Also, Conservatives may be able to harness the youth vote, and Idaho is ranked in the top third of the Rock the Vote scorecard.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    ‘Saudi women, start your engines:’ Campaign against driving ban hits the road, http://wapo.st/j4eipm

    Several women in Saudi Arabia defied the country’s ban on female drivers by taking to the country’s capital’s streets on Friday. One supporter said that some Saudi men even drove around in women’s clothes to confuse the police. In addition to driving, Saudi women cannot vote, and must get permission from a male guardian to work or travel.

    For Weiner’s Successor, Perhaps, Lame-Duck Status, http://nyti.ms/jtB6zD

    Weiner is out, but who’s in? Whoever wins the special election to replace Anthony Weiner in New York will likely see his or her new district eliminated in 2012, meaning the candidate will have to run against another incumbent for reelection.

    Al Qaeda-related statements, backpack found in suspicious vehicle stopped near Pentagon, http://nyp.st/k1gCIE

    The FBI, the Pentagon Police, and the US Park Police rushed to the Pentagon and nearby Arlington National Cemetery this morning to arrest a man due to alleged terrorist activity. The man, a naturalized US citizen from Ethiopia, is suspected of planting “suspicious devices” in the area. His car reportedly contained ammonium nitrate, notebooks with al Qaeda references, and 9mm shells.

    B.C. Premier promises to expose rioters to public gaze, http://bit.ly/jimhAW

    Canada’s two national stereotypes, politeness and hockey-obsession, clashed when the Vancouver Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup finals. Vancouver fans rioted violently in the streets, looting, turning over cars and setting fires. 100 people have already been arrested. Police have vowed to use photos and videos taken by spectators to track track down more.

    Rock the Vote: Idaho in Top Third for Young Voters, http://bit.ly/jKxVz3

    Rock the Vote ranks Idaho 18th in the Voting System Scorecard. The state does have same-day registration, but it also requires voters show a photo ID at the polls.

    Conservatives may be able to harness youth disillusionment in 2012, http://bit.ly/lHJ3xD

    With young people currently worried about their futures, unemployment, and student loan debt, Conservatives may be able to harness the youth vote.  In a recent poll, only 31% of respondents age 18-29 approve of how Obama has handled youth unemployment, while 44% of respondents do not approve.

    Memory Implant Gives Rats Sharper Recollection, http://nyti.ms/lyxzpG

    By testing a device that imitates the firing patterns of neurons, scientists have proven that cognitive function of the brain can be improved. The implant restored lost memory function and strengthened recall of new information. This discovery could lead to the development of devices for humans who suffer from dementia, stroke, or other brain injuries.


    ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2′ Trailer: 5 Key Scenes, http://bit.ly/lUpoKv

    ‘Green Lantern’ Opens To $3.35M Midnights, http://bit.ly/jgsR02

    Britney Spears Kicks Off ‘Flashiest’ Tour Yet, http://on.mtv.com/iGROuK

    Is J.K. Rowling Working On More Harry Potter? http://bit.ly/jBOl67

    Rick Ross Praises Tupac At 40th Celebration, Mike Epps Gives $10k, http://bit.ly/iPIHvB

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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