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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

    Four people were arrested after being connected to the drugs found at Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment; Sochi hotels are nowhere near ready for people; CVS is ending their sale of tobacco; and Shaun White withdraws from an Olympic event. Meanwhile, the future of Paul Walker’s estate is revealed; Kylie Jenner is in the hospital; shocking news about Selena Gomez is released to the public; and controversy surrounds The Biggest Loser winner.

    -Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    4 arrested in connection with Hoffman drugs: http://rtvote.com/1kTwYvy
    Three men and one woman were arrested in a drug raid last night. Police believed those people were responsible for selling the heroin found in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apartment after his death. The raid uncovered 350 bags of heroin. Law enforcement officials have been gathering information on Hoffman’s last days to determine where he got the drugs. Hoffman had been a drug addict in the past, but was clean for over twenty years before relapsing last year.

    You can’t flush toilet paper in Sochi: http://rtvote.com/1eU7KYD
    Although the Winter Olympics start Friday, many people are saying that Sochi isn’t ready for the crowds. People have posted on Twitter and Facebook about a slew of problems, including how the bedrooms are tight and bare, the toilets don’t flush, some rooms don’t have heat, and others don’t have water. The government is dealing with stray dogs to prevent them from bothering visitors, and they are still on the lookout for potential terrorist threats.

    CVS ending tobacco sales: http://rtvote.com/1eqpQGO
    The popular drug store CVS announced that it will stop selling tobacco products.  Tobacco sales make up 3% of total sales and accounts for $2 billion in revenue. CVS president says that stopping the sale of tobacco products will ultimately protect the health of their customers and improves CVS’s reputation as a “health company”.

    Shaun White withdraws from slopestyle: http://rtvote.com/1dqBc7q
    The infamous US snowboarder Shaun White has decided to withdrawal from slopestyle snowboarding– 24 hours before he was due to compete. He was not favored in slopestyle, further adding to his decision to leave that competition. Instead, White wants to focus on bringing home his third gold medal in halfpipe snowboarding, which would make him the only American man to ever win an event in three consecutive Winter Olympics.

    CULTURAL

    Selena Gomez went to rehab?! Since when? http://rtvote.com/1iqyrId

    Paul Walker’s daughter inherits fortune: http://rtvote.com/1jfZKs5

    Kylie Jenner’s in the hospital because of a trampoline: http://rtvote.com/1brhedb

    Did The Biggest Loser winner lose too much? http://rtvote.com/1jg0NZd

    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: Friday, March 4, 2011

    Friday, March 4th, 2011

    Things are looking up as the unemployment rate is down, the NFL took a cue from the goverment and has postponed a shutdown by extending talks, Hillary Clinton advocates for Al Jazeera News while Fox news suspends employment agreements with presidential hopefuls and Ke$ha writes for Britney that will have everyone dancing.

    CRUCIAL:

    Employment Data Signal Economic Improvement, http://on.wsj.com/hneNc3

    Unemployment is down to 8.9%, falling below 9% for the first time in two years. More than 220,000 jobs were created in the private sector.

    NFL, Union Extends Labor Talks,  http://on.wsj.com/fgaIpe

    Although the collective bargaining agreement was set to expire at 12:01 am on Friday, the two parties have agreed on a 24 hour extension buying more time to reach an agreement.

    Judge Orders Protesters to be Removed from Wisconsin Capitol, http://huff.to/eOVsNj

    A judged ruled in Wisconsin that protesters must leave the capitol upon closing time each night, but he also ruled that the state could not limit access to the capitol to the protesters during the day by only allowing a certain number in at a time.

    Hillary Clinton Calls Al Jazeera ‘Real News,’ Criticizes U.S. Media, http://huff.to/h5QIM9

    Clinton argued that Al Jazeera News should be brought to the United States as it is growing in popularity because of its “real news” feel. She went on to discuss how U.S. news does not possess the same feel, and that we are “losing the ‘information war’.”

    Counteroffer in Budget Talks, http://politi.co/fW5yUB

    Budget talks continue as cuts from agriculture, the EPA, and FEMA state and local grants are discussed.

    Terror Quiets Libya Capitol as Friday Prayers Approach, http://nyti.ms/eQfFAA

    Rebels in Libya are staging sit ins at Mosques today, as violence towards those who protest has increased. The rebels now control the east, but Qaddafi remains in control of Tripoli.

    Apple Trying to Negotiate Unlimited iTunes Music Downloads,  http://on.mash.to/egmCjw

    In order to be more competitive with music streaming sites, Apple is talking with record companies about the possibility of unlimited downloads.

    Police Chiefs Wary of Immigration Role, http://nyti.ms/eBphui

    Police officers want a clear line to be drawn between their job and the role of immigration officials. Some police officers fear that if they are brought in as immigration enforcers many crimes will go unreported and people will be less likely to cooperate for fear of deportation.

    Matt Damon not pleased with President Obama’s job in office: http://bit.ly/gp1OuQ

    Fox news suspends employment agreements with presidential hopefuls: http://bit.ly/f3yak7

    Meet the man behind Twitter: http://bit.ly/gOBpIp

    Attention given to Lara Logan met by opposition by Egyptian women: http://bit.ly/gGJEZA

    Karl Rove points fingers on who’s to blame for the budget crisis: http://on.wsj.com/dXbUqJ

    CULTURAL:

    What can’t Shaun White do?: http://bit.ly/h5uBA1

    William Shatner recording a heavy metal album: http://bit.ly/grWiKM

    Miley misses Hannah: http://bit.ly/f6JOEW

    Ellen puts Charlie Sheen’s co-star, John Cryer, to work: http://eonli.ne/h3utnA

    Ke$ha writes Britney’s new single: http://on.mtv.com/gQ8OZp

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

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