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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

    Another massive snowstorm hammers the East; a package bomb kills a former lawyer; Tom Brokaw reveals some shocking news; and a sinkhole opens up at a museum. Meanwhile, Eva Mendes talks Ryan Gosling; Taylor Swift goes through some major hair changes; Shia LaBeouf makes headlines; and a special dinner was held at the White House last night: see the pics! 

    -Veronica + Maura


    Ice hits South, Northeast is next: http://rtvote.com/1bMy1ro
    Thousands of people are without power as a massive ice and snow storm moves up the East Coast. States including Georgia and Alabama have been pelted by ice. The storm is supposed to drop 4 to 8 inches of snow on Washington, DC and 6 to 10 inches expected in New York City. Transportation has been greatly affected; Amtrak suspended some rail services on Wednesday and more than 2,600 flights have been cancelled. Five people have reportedly been killed due to weather-related accidents.

    Package bomb kills lawyer: http://rtvote.com/1ntYVcO
    John Setzer of Lebanon, Tennessee was killed on Monday after a package exploded in his face. His wife was seriously injured. Setzer was a retired lawyer and pastor, according to his law partner. Neighbors were shocked and are now terrified to look in their mailboxes, even though police officers checked everyone’s during the investigation of the Setzer case. An $8,000 reward will be given to anyone with information about this attack.

    Tom Brokaw says he has cancer: http://rtvote.com/1cwdd7x
    Tom Brokhaw, the former NBC Nightly News anchor is being treated for cancer. Brokhaw, 74, has been diagnosed with “multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow” back in August. Doctors are optimistic due to the progress he is making, even though the cancer is serious.

    November trial date set in Boston bombing: http://rtvote.com/1cwf3oO
    The trial date for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the only living suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been set for November 3rd. Prosecutors have proposed that Tsarnaev face the death penalty if he is found guilty. The trial is expected to last twelve weeks, and is being done a year earlier than what defense lawyers wanted. Tsarnaev, 20, has been accused (along with his now-deceased older brother) of setting up the bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 260 others.

    Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at museum: http://rtvote.com/1eQe4pt
    The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky lost eight of its vintage cars to a sinkhole Wednesday morning. When the police arrived, they found a sinkhole measuring 40 feet wide and 25-30 feet deep. Employees are trying to document which cars fell into the hole to assess the cost of damage. The museum will be open Wednesday, but the Sky Dome (the site of the sinkhole) will be off-limits to visitors.


    Sorry everyone: Ryan Gosling is still off the market: http://rtvote.com/ML8Zm2

    Taylor Swift chops off her hair: http://rtvote.com/1kBXDiE

    Julia Roberts’ half-sister found dead: http://rtvote.com/1nu42JK

    What is up with Shia LaBeouf? http://rtvote.com/1eU9STU 

    See the best pics from last night’s State Dinner: http://rtvote.com/1bMGeeU

    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, July 26, 2013

    Friday, July 26th, 2013

    Halliburton Energy Services admits to destroying evidence; Judge refuses to acquit Manning; Senate threatens Snowden-aiding countries with sanctions; pesticides kill America’s honeybees; Weiner’s favorability drops 20 percent; and Spanish train crash driver flaunts his need for speed. Meanwhile, Shia LaBeouf debuts his inner nympho; Frank Ocean has a tear in his vocal cords; and Selena protects Bieber from the haters.

    Meron + Maura



    Halliburton to pay $200k fine for destroying evidence in 2010 Gulf oil spill, http://rtvote.com/15QzjiE
    Halliburton Energy Services is to pay a maximum $200,000 fine for destroying evidence related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in addition to agreeing to donate $55 million towards wildlife protection. This has become the third guilty plea by a company over the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Judge refuses to acquit Manning on theft charges, http://rtvote.com/13ag0SP
    A military judge said early Thursday that she would not dismiss charges of theft against Army Private first class Bradley Manning. The soldier is expected to be sentenced next week for the largest intelligence leak in US history.

    Senate threatens to sanction countries that aid Snowden, http://rtvote.com/13aho82
    A hearing held by the 30 member, bi-partisan Senate committee Thursday afternoon in Washington ended with a unanimous decision to move towards sanctioning countries coming to the aid of the former intelligence analyst.

    Scientists confirm: Pesticides kill America’s honey bees, http://rtvote.com/19mxcIo
    New research shows that bees exposed to common agricultural chemicals while pollinating US crops are less likely to resist a parasitic infection.

    Weiner’s lead disappears in NYC mayor’s race, http://rtvote.com/13ajqoG
    Anthony Weiner has lost his lead in the New York City mayor’s race after it was revealed last week that he continued sending lewd messages to women even following his 2011 resignation from Congress.

    Spanish train crash driver wrote on Facebook about high speed, http://rtvote.com/19myeEu
    The driver of the Spanish train that crashed at high speed had previously posted on Facebook about going so fast that he was on the brink of getting a fine.



    New ‘Nymphomaniac’ clip features Shia LaBeouf far removed from the ‘Transformers’ world, http://rtvote.com/13albCr

    Frank Ocean cancels shows after tear in vocal cords, http://rtvote.com/13alkFO

    Sir Mick Jagger turns 70: We say ‘Happy Birthday’ and ask, what’s this rolling stone’s secret?, http://rtvote.com/13alrkB

    Selena: I’ll ‘always protect’ Bieber from haters, http://rtvote.com/13alQ6R



    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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


    Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

    In today’s news, Herman Cain leads in the polls after last night’s GOP debate; Occupy Wall Street’s ‘hipster cop’ is revealed; police are hunting exotic animals that have been let loose in Ohio; and scientists demonstrate that the number of Facebook friends you have is directly related to the size of your brain. In other news, Naomi Wolf has been arrested at an Occupy Wall Street rally, and Mariska Hargitay adopts her second son in six months.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Greek protesters clash with police at austerity strike, http://reut.rs/qucm1q
    On Wednesday, at an anti-austerity demonstration outside of the Greek Parliament, protesters and police butted heads. The protesters threw stones and fire bombs at the police who were forced to retaliate with tear gas. “We have no future here. All young people want to go abroad and they are right to do so,” said Anastasia Kolokotsa, 17.

    Revealed: The Officer Behind the Skinny Tie, http://nyti.ms/o1TmjA
    Occupy Wall Street does not have many recognizable faces; however, one cop is getting a lot of blog and social media attention. Known as the “hipster cop,” Rick Lee has become a local celebrity amongst the OWS protesters. “I will reveal that I wear skinny jeans off-duty,” he said, adding that the department frowns upon wearing them on-duty. Detective Lee is causing some controversy as some protesters don’t trust him for being a cop. However, Lee has been one of the police department’s main liaisons between the police and the demonstrators since the protests began.

    Turkish troops enter Iraq after PKK attacks, http://aje.me/pJmxeF
    Turkish forces have launched an incursion into the mountains of northern Iraq following simultaneous deadly attacks by Kurdish separatists in southeastern Turkey. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long separatist struggle against Ankara, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    Kidnapped French woman dies in Somalia, http://aje.me/oDyw7k
    Marie Dedieu, a handicapped French woman who was kidnapped by Somalians from her beach front home at a Kenyan resort island, has died. The time and circumstances of her death are unknown. The French foreign ministry said that the kidnappers “probably refused to give her the medication we sent.” Kenya’s government blamed the attack on Somali fighters from the al-Shabab group.

    Julian Barnes wins the 2011 Man Booker Prize, http://tgr.ph/rnPvef
    After trying four times, Julian Barnes has finally won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Sense of Dying. Accepting the award, Barnes said, “I would like to thank the judges—who I won’t hear a word against—for their wisdom, and the sponsors for their check.”

    Police seek escaped exotic animals in Ohio, http://yhoo.it/p49Rw4
    On Monday, Ohio’s Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead, and the exotic animals he looked after were let loose. Schools in the area have been closed, and police have warned motorists to stay in their vehicles since there is a range of wildlife on the loose including lions, bears, and other beasts. Authorities are looking into the possibility that Thompson opened the animals’ cages to free them before committing suicide.

    SC voter ID law hits black precincts, http://apne.ws/qZrWLX
    South Carolina’s new voter ID laws appear to be hitting the minority populations the hardest. Nearly half of the students who attend Benedict College, the historically black college in Columbia, do not own a state-issued photo ID and could face problems voting in the upcoming 2012 presidential election. The United States Department of Justice has been reviewing the laws for months to determine whether or not they are discriminatory. Among the state’s 2,134 precincts, there are 10 where nearly all of the law’s effects fall on nonwhite voters who don’t have a state-issued driver’s license or ID card, a total of 1,977 voters.

    (via NBC) Cain leads in S.C.; tight Fla. race with Romney, http://on.today.com/olzPYF: These two states have played pivotal roles in past Republican presidential nominating contests: Since 1980, the winner of South Carolina’s GOP primary has gone on to win the party’s nomination, while Florida ultimately decided the party’s pick in 2008. Former businessman Herman Cain holds a narrow lead in South Carolina’s Republican primary, and he’s running neck and neck in Florida with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to two new NBC News-Marist polls.

    In rare miss, Apple 4Q earnings disappoint, http://yhoo.it/rrqlwo
    Apple stumbled last quarter which caused its stock to go down 7 percent; however, this mishap can be attributed to the late release of the iPhone 4S. Tim Cook has promised that sales would come roaring back in the current quarter when the iPhone 4S went on sale. Even so, iPhone sales were up 21 percent from last year at 17.1 million, a remarkable achievement considering that the flagship model at the time, the iPhone 4, was more than a year old.

    More Facebook friends linked to bigger brain areas, http://reut.rs/qCp0N6
    Scientists have found a direct link between number of Facebook friends and brain size, which may be evidence that social media might change our brain. However, it has yet to be determined whether or not having more Facebook friends makes particular parts of the brain larger or whether some people are simply pre-disposed, or “hard-wired,” to have more friends.


    Rich Lowry shows us how, “Mitt Gets Flustered, Cain Gets Shelled,” http://bit.ly/nb83EF

    Peter J. Boyer wants to know, “What’s Wrong With Rick,” http://bit.ly/q2bZNU

    Clarence Page explains, “When chaos can be a plus for Occupiers,” http://trib.in/oAlXyW

    Ruth Marcus believes, “Cain’s 9-9-9 plan doesn’t add up,” http://wapo.st/mVdtW5

    Naomi Wolf Arrested as Occupy Confronts Cuomo, http://bit.ly/nZuAd7

    Shia LaBeouf urged to try anger management after bar brawl, http://bit.ly/r2Eygh

    Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto: Their Best Album Yet? http://on.mtv.com/mVMrOA

    Mariska Hargitay Adopts Son Andrew, http://bit.ly/quj3sb

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

    Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

    Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been found guilty of 17 corruption-related charges, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords makes her first public appearance, police officers in Greece fire tear gas at protesters, and Bristol Palin knows her mother’s 2012 plans.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    (via POLITICO Breaking News) Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was found guilty on Monday on 17 corruption-related charges related to his efforts to trade President Barack Obama’s Senate seat for personal gain. He was found not guilty on one count that he attempted extortion of Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff and Chicago’s mayor. The jury could not come to an agreement on two other charges. Blagojevich could face several decades in prison.

    Gabrielle Giffords Appears With Mark Kelly for Spaceflight Medal Ceremony, http://abcn.ws/kzzhvq

    In her first public appearance since being shot, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords accompanied her husband, Mark Kelly, to the Spaceflight Medal Ceremony. Giffords got up from her wheelchair to hug and kiss her husband as he received the Spaceflight Medal.

    General Named to Head US Afghan Force OKs Drawdown, http://nyti.ms/mxzxUj

    Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, the man who will soon take over the top military post in Afghanistan, endorsed President Obama’s troop draw-down plan. He noted that although challenges remain, the plan will give the Afghans the “sense of urgency” to take responsibility for their own security.

    Greek police fire tear gas at protesters,

    On Wednesday, Greek lawmakers will vote on a five-year package of tax increases and spending cuts, which has led thousands of people to protest these proposed austerity measures.  Police fired tear gas canisters at the protesters, trying to get them off of Constitution Square in the this two-day strike.

    Bristol knows mom’s 2012 plans,

    According to her daughter, Sarah Palin has already decided whether or not she’ll run for President in 2012. Bristol Palin said that some things, like the decision, need to “stay at the kitchen table” for now, although she wants her mom to run.

    Microsoft puts Office in the cloud, confronts Google,

    Microsoft is bringing applications like Word and Excel to the web to compete with Google’s free services. Google doesn’t seem to be worried though, with one executive saying that they were “years ahead” and that “compared to what [Microsoft] has in the market today, they have nowhere to go but up.”


    Charlie Harper Dies Tragic Death, http://bit.ly/mhSWzJ

    Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish join ‘Law & Order: SVU,’ http://usat.ly/mrdMNf

    Shia LaBeouf: It’s a “Blessing” Megan Fox Isn’t in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, http://eonli.ne/l2uNA0

    Bachelorette Blog: Ashley Hebert’s Final Thoughts on ‘Bentley Debacle,’ http://bit.ly/ljdCQN

    Beyoncé: Babies and Retirement at 30? http://bit.ly/kHATQf

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

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