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    News Round-Up: Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Thursday, April 10th, 2014

    A possible norovirus outbreak cripples a cruise ship; an arrest warrant is out for the man responsible for a day care center crash; new details emerge on yesterday’s Pennsylvania high school stabbing; and healthcare enrollment reaches 7.5 million. Meanwhile, Naya Rivera and Big Sean split; Jimmy Fallon performs a Tom Petty classic with a special guest; and BREAKING NEWS: Stephen Colbert has been chosen to replace David Letterman as the host of The Late Show!

    - Veronica + Maura


    Stomach illness hits 83 on cruise ship; may be norovirus: http://rtvote.com/1qkWzAd
    Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy says that 66 passengers and 17 crewmembers on the Crown Princess cruise ship came down with a “quickly-spreading digestive bug.” All of the illnesses have been isolated in their cabins, and the ship has undergone extensive sanitation procedures. Princess Cruises believe that norovirus, a quickly-spreading stomach virus that is highly contagious, is the cause. Norovirus has plagued a few cruise ships over the past few months. Norovirus affects many people on land, but is more reported via cruise ships because heath officials from cruise lines track the disease. The close quarters on a cruise ship make it easy for the disease to spread.

    Authorities issue arrest warrant in deadly Florida day care center crash: http://rtvote.com/1lMZwrf
    On Thursday, police issued an arrest warrant for Robert Corchado. Authorities believe that his SUV hit another car and cashed it into a Florida day care center, killing one child and injuring 14 others. Corchado’s car was found abandoned after he fled the scene. Police also believe that Corchado was trying to flee the area when the accident occurred. The driver of the car that crashed into the day care center due to Corchado’s actions was not injured and remained at the scene.

    After PA school stabbing, authorities and community ask: ‘Why?’: http://rtvote.com/1sGqa9i
    Although new details about yesterday’s school stabbing in Murrysville near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have emerged, authorities are still trying to determine a motive. The perpetrator, 16-year-old Alex Hribal, has been described as “quiet” and “having few friends,” but was also thought to be a “really nice kid.” Murrysville Police Chief Tom Seefeld believes that the stabbing was a random act of violence since, at this point, no one was known to be targeted. Hribal also is stated to come from a good, solid, normal family with no history of abuse or violence. Hribal is being charged with four counts of attempted murder and 21 counts of aggravated assault and is being held without bail. Four of the 21 people injured were injured seriously; one of the four’s injuries are so grave that he or she is not expected to survive.

    UConn sorority suspended for alleged hazing: http://rtvote.com/1edNkQd
    The University of Connecticut chapter of the Delta Zeta sorority has been put under an interim suspension after reports of hazing reached school officials. Among other things, members of the sorority have been accused of forcing men in a UConn fraternity to “consume alcohol and eat dog treats,” according to the reports in The Hartford Courant, a local newspaper. Both the national and UConn chapters of Delta Zeta have not commented on the alleged offences, which occurred in a UConn residence hall. This is the third Greek organization to be suspended over the last few months for hazing reports.

    Health exchange enrollment reaches 7.5 million: http://rtvote.com/1iy56JT
    As of Thursday, 7.5 million people have enrolled for health insurance. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Senate panel Thursday that since last week, 400,000 additional people have signed up for the Affordable Care Act. 11.7 million people have also been found to be eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The official closure of enrollment was on March 31st, but enrollment continues because thousands of people had started the enrollment process but hadn’t been able to finish enrolling by the deadline.


    No more wedding bells for Big Sean and Naya Rivera: http://rtvote.com/1kNZiyN

    Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique might be the next X-Men spinoff: http://rtvote.com/1lTaHkK

    Jimmy Fallon (aka Tom Petty) and Stevie Nicks perform a classic: http://rtvote.com/1lN7ErN

    DEVELOPING: David Letterman to be replaced by… Stephen Colbert! http://rtvote.com/1iAIvxv

    Kendall and Kylie Jenner react to a prank gone wrong! http://rtvote.com/1hllwsR

    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: October 9, 2013

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

    Obama begins meeting with congressional caucuses; the World Bank president makes a plea for developing countries; stocks tumble as the shutdown keeps going; and an undercover officer may have been involved in the Alexian Lien incident. Meanwhile, the Sinead-Miley feud continues, and Kanye West is off the hook for anger management classes.

    -Sandy + Maura 


    Obama to meet with congressional caucuseshttp://rtvote.com/18Pd0N8

    Day 9 of the shutdown has arrived. President Obama has announced that he will meet with Republican and Democratic congressional caucuses in the upcoming days. The first session will take place today at 4:30 PM EST with the House Democrats; the government shutdown and the possibility of a debt ceiling default will be discussed. 

    World Bank President: Debt debate could be direhttp://rtvote.com/1fgvYkR

    If the U.S. defaults because of a failure to raise the debt ceiling by October 17th, the consequences could be much more severe than what some Republicans think. The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, warns of the significant economic setbacks developing countries would experience as a result. Even during these times of uncertainty, these countries could experience a destabilization of stock markets and an increase in borrowing costs.

    Stocks: Nasdaq tumbles 2% as shutdown drags onhttp://rtvote.com/18NhDXW

    It was Day 8 of the government shutdown yesterday, and the stock market started to see numbers drop further and further. Even though the damage to stocks in the first seven days of the shutdown were limited, investors are beginning to become anxious. Many believe a default is avoidable, but the market will continue to fall unless a decision to raise the debt ceiling is made sooner rather than later.

    Official: Off-duty officer allegedly seen pounding SUV in video of attackhttp://rtvote.com/1fgMj9a

    An undercover police officer, who was riding with the motorcyclist gang from the infamous September 29th incident, may have been involved in Alexian Lien’s attack. The officer did not come forward for three days for fear that his cover would be blown. He has been assigned to desk duty, and it remains unclear whether or not he partook in Lien’s vicious beating.

    Taser use on 8-year-old justified, police in S.D. sayhttp://rtvote.com/1e92h23

    An unnamed police officer deployed his Taser at an 8-year-old girl, who was holding a knife to her chest, threatening suicide. Police Chief Bob Grandpre defends the officer’s action as something that may very well have saved the girl’s life. However, her parents are furious, claiming that tasering a young child is unjustifiable. The Taser company’s website describes the shock as mild to moderately painful. The child was not seriously injured.


    Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson, David Letterman, and Jay Leno poke some fun at our government’s functionality (or lack thereof) in “Punchlines: Debt ceiling? Shutdown? One comic says bring it on”, http://rtvote.com/18Pu8Cj

    Eric Liu has some words of advice for Obama in “Four ways for Obama to lead U.S. out of crisis”,http://rtvote.com/1g0826q


    Sinead O’Connor Slams Miley Cyrus in Fourth Letter to Pop Star, http://rtvote.com/18NmyYJ

    Kanye West Ordered to Stay Away from Photographer, No Anger Management Classes Required,http://rtvote.com/18NmNTD

    Snooki Talks Anorexia Struggle During High School on Dancing with the Stars: “It Got Really, Really Bad”,http://rtvote.com/18NmUyE

    Tom Hanks Reveals Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis to David Letterman, http://rtvote.com/1fgKjxC


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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

    Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
    Rutgers fires basketball coach Mike Rice; an unexploded WWII bomb is found in Berlin; North Korea shuts down a major border crossing with South Korea; former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford wins his bid for a House seat; documents show Evan Ebel’s parole violation went unnoticed for five days; and Senate’s straw purchase provision faces fierce opposition from the NRA. Meanwhile, Roger Ebert’s cancer has returned, and Kendra Wilkinson quits “Splash.”
    WWII bomb disrupts commute at main Berlin station, http://rtvote.com/14Exzvm
    An unexploded bomb from World War II was found near Berlin’s main train station, causing thousands of commuters to be delayed as experts decide whether to detonate or remove it. The bomb — at 220 pounds — is not the biggest the Allies had; however, it has the potential to cause serious damage. Experts believe there may be thousands of unexploded bombs in Germany. In 2010, three people died when one suddenly detonated.(via The New York Times) Rutgers Fires Basketball Coach After Video Goes Public, http://rtvote.com/10xiKFk
    Rutgers fired Mike Rice, the coach of its men’s basketball team, on Wednesday, a day after a video surfaced showing him berating his players during practices, throwing balls at them, kicking them and taunting them with slurs. Rice’s termination comes nearly four months after the university’s athletic director, Tim Pernetti, suspended him for three games and fined him $50,000, with little elaboration. On Wednesday, Pernetti called that decision a mistake and said that he would “work to regain the trust of the Rutgers community.”

    North Korea blocks South workers from Kaesong zone, http://rtvote.com/14ECooy
    On Wednesday, North Korea shut down Kaesong, a border crossing and shared industrial zone with South Korea, for the first time since 2009. Kaesong is the last, in use border crossing between North and South Korea. It holds 120 factories that employ more than 50,000 North Koreans. Also on Wednesday, South Korean Foreign Ministory Yun Byung-se appeared alongside Secretary of State John Kerry promising to defend the U.S. from North Korea’s threats.

    Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford won the GOP nomination for the state’s House seat on Tuesday. Sanford held the seat in the nineties before becoming governor, a post from which he resigned after confessing to an extramarital affair. He will now run against Democratic nominee Elizabeth Colbert, who is comedian Stephen Colbert’s sister. In regards to the scandal from his affair, Sanford said, “I think tonight’s verdict will say a lot as to where people are or are not on that. I suppose at some level, I will never completely move beyond that.” Tuesday night, Sanford made his first public appearance with his former mistress turned fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur.

    Evan Ebel violated parole rule days before murderous crime spree, http://rtvote.com/10vL6Ak
    According to documents released Tuesday, Evan Ebel, the man suspected of killing Colorado prison chief Tom Clements, Clements’ wife, and pizza delivery man Nathan Leon, had violated his parole and removed his ankle monitor days before the murders. The Department of Corrections did not notice the removal for five days. Ebel was eventually killed in Texas in a shoot out with police. On Monday, a district court apologized for the clerical error that allowed Ebel to be released from prison four years too early.

    Key provision of gun bill could be stripped after NRA opposition, http://rtvote.com/17d8es2
    A key provision that mandates increased penalties for straw purchase of guns may be removed from the Senate’s gun control bill. A straw purchase of a gun involves someone purchasing a gun for a person who is unwilling or unable to purchase it themselves. The provision passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee, but is now facing fierce opposition from the National Rifle Assocation. The NRA is arguing that the penalties should only apply if investigators can prove that the straw purchaser carried out the transaction with criminal intent. Meanwhile, former Republican congressman Asa Hutchinson unveiled the NRA’s school safety plan on Wednesday. The plan calls for armed educators, administrators, and security officials in every school.
    Rangers’ Yu Darvish gracious after losing perfect game with two outs in 9th: ‘I’m really satisfied,’ http://rtvote.com/10vP2AUJane Henson, Muppets collaborator, dies at 78, http://rtvote.com/10vP9fT

    Roger Ebert to temporarily slow output as he fights cancer, http://rtvote.com/10xjvhI

    Kendra Wilkinson quits ‘Splash’ after attempting her dive, http://rtvote.com/10vS9ZD

    Clark Gable’s son arrested, http://rtvote.com/10vSjjK

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

    War On Voting Update 3/5-3/9

    Friday, March 9th, 2012

    This week in the war on voting, many state Houses and Senates have decide on voting legislation. Organizations that have been fighting back have actually forced modifications to some of these laws, making them more voter friendly. Specifically, some of these bills will now allow for a wider array of IDs to be accepted at the polls, including student ID cards.

    Check out the updates for this week…

    New Hampshire:

    The voter ID bill passed in the Senate and will now move on to the House. If the law passes, all voters will have to obtain the proper ID needed to vote, starting with the state primary this September. http://bit.ly/w2oavk


    On Wednesday March 7th, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a voter ID bill that will now head to the House. The bill, which requires voters to show unexpired ID cards issued by local governments, colleges or nursing homes, could be trial run during the April 24 primary elections meaning voters will be asked for ID, but it wont be required. http://bit.ly/y0BAjD


    Virginia’s voter ID bill passed the House on Wednesday. Now, it awaits the Governor’s signature before it will become law. After many organizations claimed that the bill will disenfranchise voters, it was amended to include more types of permissible IDs such as college IDs, utility bills and government checks with the voter’s name and address. http://wapo.st/vZ6Rvw


    Wisconsin’s voter ID bill was temporarily blocked on Tuesday when a judge ordered that the law’s implementation be halted until a hearing in late April took place. This means that the law will not be in effect for the April 3rd presidential primary. http://bsun.md/w4qGuS

    In related news…

    The NAACP is making the issue of voter ID an international one. Specifically, it is asking the U.N. Human Rights Council to condemn the laws given their disproportionate impact on minorities, students and the elderly. http://bit.ly/zLeVQK

    Also, check out a clip from “The Colbert Report, where Stephen Colbert talks about Florida’s voting laws against third-party registration. http://bit.ly/xYxkqE

    Sarah Wooten
    Bio: Sarah is a Legal Fellow working on projects pertaining to the War on Voting for Rock the Vote.

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


    Monday, March 5th, 2012

    Check out Stephen Colbert in his new segment: “People Who Are Destroying America – Teachers.” Colbert singles out Dawn Quarles, a Florida high school teacher who now faces voter fraud fines for registering her students to vote.


    Kelly Holleran

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