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    News Round-Up: Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Thursday, January 30th, 2014
    A 3-year-old boy falls victim to a Mafia hit in Italy; another congressman is set to retire; Amanda Knox is back on trial and awaiting a verdict; and the 8-year-old boy who saved six of his family members in a fire was laid to rest yesterday. Meanwhile, the Academy Awards committee revokes a nomination; Jerry Seinfeld might have hinted at a Seinfeld reunion; the men of Full House sing Jimmy Fallon a classic lullaby; and Justin Bieber is back in the news.

    Veronica + Maura


    Boy, 3, executed in alleged mob hit: http://rtvote.com/1loaari
    A 3-year-old boy was shot along with his grandfather and another person in an apparent Mafia hit. The grandfather, Giuseppe Innaicelli, was believed to be the intended target. One of the most powerful Mafia syndicates in the world – ‘Ndrangheta – is believed to be responsible for the crime. The killing shocked Italy and even drew the attention of the Pope, who asked people Sunday to pray for the boy (known as Coco) and call on the members responsible to ask forgiveness.

    Democratic Representative Henry Waxman to retire at end of term: http://rtvote.com/1eiWR69
    Representative Henry Waxman of California announced today that he will not seek reelection for a 21st Congressional term this election year. He is now one of the 7 House Democrats who have announced their refusal to run for reelection; 10 Republican House members have also announced their retirement. Although Waxman has vehemently chastised Tea Party Republicans in Congress, he has denied this as the reason for his departure. “After 40 years in Congress, it’s time for someone else to have the chance to make his or her mark…” Waxman said. 

    Verdict due in third murder trial of Amanda Knox: http://rtvote.com/1hRPcM7
    A verdict is due in the ongoing trial of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. The two were charged in the gruesome 2007 murder of student Meredith Kercher. Knox and Sollecito have been to court twice and were found guilty in one trial and innocent in the other. The Italian Supreme Court revoked the ‘innocent’ ruling, saying that key evidence had been left out of the trial. Prosecutors want Knox and Sollecito to serve 26 years in prison. 

    Doctors try to wake Schumacher from coma: http://rtvote.com/1n1mR6R
    Michael Schumacher, the German former Formula One champion, has been in a coma since December 29th, when he sustained serious head injuries at a ski resort in France. His condition has stabilized enough that doctors are trying to wake him out of his induced coma. The family has requested privacy throughout his ordeal, but Schumacher’s manager has spoken out to clear media leaks.

    Boy who saved 6 declared honorary firefighter at funeral: http://rtvote.com/Lt29RZ
    Tyler Doohan, the 8-year-old boy who saved six of his family members in a house fire before perishing, was buried yesterday. To honor his bravery, Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebemeyer presented a fire helmet at the funeral and made Tyler an honorary firefighter. People from all over the country came to Fariport, New York to be at Tyler’s funeral to honor his heroism. 


    Oscar nomination for Best Original Song revoked: http://rtvote.com/1batGxU

    Full House cast sings a lullaby to Jimmy Fallon: http://rtvote.com/1aKtMl3

    Did Jerry Seinfeld kind of confirm a Seinfeld reunion? http://rtvote.com/1a467vr

    Justin Bieber’s horrendous 2014 start: http://rtvote.com/1hSakBN

    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, February 1, 2012

    Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

    Julian Assange brings his extradition case to Britain’s Supreme Court; Mitt Romney, Chrysler, and the health care industry see gains. Also, Pfizer recalls one million birth control packets, and Pakistan is allegedly helping the Taliban. Meanwhile, ‘Soul Train’ creator Don Cornelius is dead after an apparent suicide, and ‘Seinfeld’ jumps into the Super Bowl commercial fray.

    Kelly + Caitlin


    Julian Assange Starts Extradition Trial In UK Supreme Court, http://huff.to/wb9IuZ
    Julian Assange continues his extradition battle in Britain’s Supreme Court, arguing that sending him to Sweden would violate “fundamental principles of natural law.” Assange’s case teeters on whether Sweden’s public prosecutor can properly issue a warrant for Assange’s arrest on charges of sex crime allegations. Lawyers in Assange’s case argue that only judges can issue arrest warrants and that the prosecutor does not qualify for judicial authority. If Assange were to be sent to Sweden and effectively charged and convicted, he would face fines and as much as six years in prison.

    Jobs Increase as Health Care Eclipses Factories, http://bloom.bg/zPAQP8
    America’s readiness to take care of a growing number of aging Americans has spurred job growth in the health care market. The health care market was one of the few sectors to add jobs during the secession, as demand for nursing aides to surgeons rose. Almost 87 million Americans will be 65 or older by 2050. Health care is expected to add four million employees and be the second-biggest job gainer by 2018.

    Pakistan helping Afghan Taliban – NATO, http://bbc.in/ytoYMc
    According to a secret NATO report, derived from thousands of interrogations, the Taliban remains active and has wide support from the Afghan people and Pakistani security services. Pakistani officials are denying the report’s allegations that they know the locations of senior Taliban leaders. The report is based on 27,000 interrogations with more than 4,000 captured Taliban, al-Qaeda foreign fighters and civilians.

    Two Years After Rescue, Chrysler Posts First Profit Since 1997, http://bit.ly/xqbWZi
    After President Obama’s bailout of the auto industry in 2008, Chrysler is showing a comeback, posting its first operating profit and first net profit since 1997. CEO Sergio Marchionne said Chrysler expects to earn a profit of $1.5 billion this year. Since the rescue, Chrysler has added 9,400 jobs and plans to announce it will add 1,600 more in Illinois.

    Contraceptive pill recalled in US, http://bbc.in/x5bOQ9
    Pharmaceutical company Pfizer says a “packaging error” led to the mislabeling of one million packets of birth control. Fourteen lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of Norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets have been recalled. The company advises that the doses in these packages are not correct, and while there are not any health dangers, there is the risk of unintended pregnancy.

    Florida primary: Mitt Romney wins decisive victory, http://wapo.st/yyFTgy
    With superior fundraising and resources, Mitt Romney dealt a major setback to opponent Newt Gingrich by sweeping the Florida primary last night, leading by double digits. While Romney lost in Florida four years ago, effectively ending his previous campaign, his support last night came from a range of Florida supporters. Santorum, who came in third as he tended to his hospitalized daughter, has moved on to Nevada already, presenting himself as the Gingrich alternative. Ron Paul, who came in fourth place for the second time straight has also started campaigning in Nevada.

    Tech World Buzzes With Word That Facebook’s IPO Filing is Imminent, http://n.pr/yNbB91
    Facebook is taking its first step toward going public today. The Facebook IPO will be the biggest tech offering and one of the biggest on the market. Facebook’s revenue doubled from $2 billion in 2010 to $4.2 billion in 2011. AP reports that the company, when ready for public sale, will be valued at $75 billion to $100 billion.


    Don Cornelius Dead: Apparent Suicide, http://bit.ly/zsZTnJ

    ‘Star Trek’ Star Popped for DUI, http://bit.ly/ylpyUu

    Acura Super Bowl ad brings back Seinfeld, Soup Nazi, http://thedc.com/yfI3hC

    Argentina calls Prince William a “conquistador” over Falklands mission, http://tgr.ph/zkLfgr

    Kelly Holleran

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday February 17, 2011

    Thursday, February 17th, 2011

    In today’s news, protests in Bahrain continue to heat up, Wisconsinites turn out in huge numbers to battle the Governor’s proposal to cut benefits and hinder union progress, and Obama and Zuckerberg meet up to discuss the tech world.


    US Reporter Beaten Covering Bahrain Unresthttp://bit.ly/fzn6IW

    With violent protests erupting across the Middle East many are concerned about the safety of American journalists in the region. Miguel Marquez and Lara Logan are just two of those facing the most brutal attacks.

    Angry Demonstrations in Wisconsin as Cuts Loomhttp://nyti.ms/gjEqrG

    Governor Scott Walker has created plans to lessen the deficit by forcing public workers to pay more for health insurance. The increase in cost brought out tons of angry protesters to the capital and to the Governor’s home.

    Experts: Chris Christie’s Moment is Now,  http://politi.co/h534FC

    Although Christie denies that he will be running in 2012, a bipartisan panel agreed after seeing a speech he delivered yesterday that he is “oval office ready.”

    Gery Chico Runs for Mayor on his City Hall, Business Credentialshttp://bit.ly/dH3U5D

    Chico hopes that his native Chicago spirit and big ideas can put him in a runoff with front runner Rahm Emanuel.

    Obama to Meet with Mark Zuckerberg Thursdayhttp://abcn.ws/hMJsz0

    President Obama will be addressing Zuckberg and other leaders in the technological world as a follow up to his State of the Union address about innovative technology, and how it impacts our country.

    Jay Carney’s Debut as White House Press Secretary: No News, No Hits, No Errorshttp://aol.it/fZ9Nfj

    Carney successfully makes it through his first round of questions as Obama’s new press secretary without any major hiccups. He did however, avoid answering a couple of tricky questions, though this is not unusual behavior.


    Justin Bieber, future politician?: http://bit.ly/ee2I7h

    Oscar nom, graffiti sleuth Banksy tags LA billboard: http://bit.ly/eLPJ42

    Baby no. 2 for Jessica Alba: http://bit.ly/heYRtf

    Lost start Michael Emerson reunites with J.J. Abrams in CBS pilot: http://bit.ly/dOYEti

    Seinfeld’s Uncle Leo dies at 88: http://bit.ly/fWgrPU

    Will Harry Potter stars stay famous after the final film this summer?: http://eonli.ne/gcZrOC

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

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