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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

    A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school leaves 20 students injured; Rep. Vance McAllister’s staffer resigns after kissing incident; Police search for a possible serial sniper in Kansas City; and a new breakthrough in paralysis research has occurred. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway put a cabaret spin on some top hip hop songs; Prince George has a play date down under; and Miley discusses her freedom without Disney or Liam Hemsworth.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Philadelphia Flyers, my (Veronica’s) hometown hockey team, on clinching a NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs spot last night. Let’s go Flyers!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    DEVELOPING STORY: 20 injured in Pittsburgh-area high school stabbing: http://rtvote.com/1qqQ250
    At least 20 students have been injured at Franklin Regional Senior High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An adult is also being treated for an unspecified medical condition. Four students have been taken to the hospital via helicopter and some students’ injuries are life-threatening. A hallway and a classroom were the setting for the potentially deadly stabbing. All schools are now secure, but the district’s elementary schools are closed for the day. The suspect, a sophomore boy, is now in custody.

    Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: ‘This is a breakthrough’: http://rtvote.com/1qiwa5T
    Neuroscientist Susan Harkema had been running a study to try to learn more about “nerve pathways” by stimulating the spinal cords of paralyzed people through electricity. However, she managed to enable her patients to move their legs. All of her patients have been able to move their toes, move their legs around, sit up on their own, and even do sit ups! Harkema says this is the first time electrical stimulation to the spine and show results. Co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Dr. Barth Green says that “This is a breakthrough. It shows you can have a living spinal cord under the layer of their injury.” Scientists hope this will open the door to the possibility of new breakthroughs.

    Staffer caught kissing Rep. McAllister resigns, while Congressman keeps his job: http://rtvote.com/1k3Q4Qr
    Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was caught on tape Monday kissing a staff member. The Congressman and the staffer, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, are both married. Peacock has since resigned her post as district scheduler to McAllister. McAllister, conversely, says he has “no plans to resign” and insists that he will campaign for reelection this year. On Monday, the Ouachita Citizen posted a surveillance video showing the two kissing. McAllister admitted the affair and apologized to his constituents: “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he was “pleased” with the apology, but he has not yet commented on whether McAllister should keep his job.

    Kansas City authorities seek perpetrator after some shootings linked: http://rtvote.com/1kKJBby
    The FBI has joined the hunt for a shooter in Kansas City, Missouri area. So far, thirteen shootings have been reported along parts of Interstate 435 and Interstate 470, most of which are near exit and interchange ramps. No one has been killed, but three people have been wounded; one was shot in the arm, the others were shot in the leg. Law enforcement believes that at least a part of the thirteen shootings are linked. The FBI and ATF have put out a $7000 reward for anyone who might know anything about the shootings or the possible shooter(s).

    UConn Women’s Basketball completes 40-0 season: http://rtvote.com/1k3Y9ED
    UConn’s women’s basketball team has completed their 40-0 season with a 79-58 win over Notre Dame. They are now repeat champions and it is the fifth time the team has gone undefeated under the head coach, Geno Auriemma. Auriemma has won nine National Titles in nine tries after the win. Notre Dame finished 37-1 after the loss.

    CULTURAL

    Paul Rudd joins Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner for some Funny or Die fun: http://rtvote.com/R2X9GB

    Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway sing Broadway versions of…rap songs? http://rtvote.com/1lKl5J3

    Prince George’s royal play date: http://rtvote.com/ODqMfM

    Miley Cyrus talks “being free”: http://rtvote.com/1eks0sJ

    Samantha Harris diagnosed with breast cancer, due to receive double mastectomy: http://rtvote.com/1hsHbR3

    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 7, 2013

    Monday, October 7th, 2013

    Al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi is captured by U.S. troops; bikers are charged with assault in SUV incident; Boehner won’t budge without negotiations; Indy winner Dario Franchitti suffers injuries from brutal crash; and police investigate a possible hate crime against a U.S. soldier. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus spoofs the government shutdown, and Kate Moss reunites with Topshop.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.S. Said to Hold Qaeda Suspect On Navy Shiphttp://rtvote.com/1fUILe1

    A suspected Al Qaeda operative, Abu Anas al-Libi, was captured by American troops in Libya over the weekend. He is currently under military custody on a Navy ship rumored to be heading to New York for criminal prosecution. Abu Anas is likely to hold significant intelligence information on Al Qaeda.

    Biker who swung helmet in New York SUV attack ‘overreacted’ but didn’t beat driver, lawyer says,http://rtvote.com/18JYjuv

    On September 29, Alexian Lien accidentally bumped a biker and stopped his vehicle. Angry bikers soon surrounded his SUV, which also seated Lien’s wife and 2-year-old daughter. Lien plowed through three more bikers, which prompted the gang of motorcyclists to pursue and beat Lien. Reginald Chance, 37, is being charged with first-degree assault and gang assault after being caught on video smashing his helmet through Lien’s car window. Two other bikers were charged, and police wish to find and question two others.

    Boehner vows no deal on budget or debt limit without spending talks with Obamahttp://rtvote.com/18K4vmr

    It is Day 7 of the government shutdown, and we have ten days until a government debt default. President Obama has demanded Congress raise the debt ceiling without any conditions, but House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement Sunday that there would be no such action and no end to the government shutdown unless Obama and Senate Democrats negotiate with House Republicans. Boehner wants spending cuts through entitlement reform. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warns of the dangers that would result if the debt ceiling is not raised.

    Indy winner Dario Franchitti, 13 others hurt in Houston race wreckhttp://rtvote.com/1fd17pk

    Three-time Indy winner Dario Franchitti, 40, suffered a concussion and fractures to his spine and ankle after a serious crash on Sunday’s Grand Prix of Houston. Fellow driver Takuma Sato bumped Franchitti’s car, hurdling it into the protective fencing. 13 spectators were hurt; 3 of them were sent to the hospital but are listed in good condition.

    Police: Black man kills white soldier in possible hate crimehttp://rtvote.com/1e4c9tL

    Spc. Tevin A. Geike, a 20-year-old Caucasian soldier, died after being stabbed by an unidentified African-American man in his mid-20s. Geike was on his way to celebrate his upcoming discharge from the Army with two fellow soldiers when someone in a passing car directed racist comments toward them. The car stopped, and five black men engaged in a verbal confrontation with the three white soldiers. They returned to the car, but one of the black men fatally stabbed Geike before leaving. Investigators suspect this was a racially charged hate crime.

     

    PUNDITS

    E.J. Dionne, Jr. points to the government shutdown as the potential end of the tea party in “Shutdown: The tea party’s last stand”, http://rtvote.com/1fVcX8L

    Ruth Marcus voices concern over the potential consequences of the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case in “Eroding the checks on campaign contributions”, http://rtvote.com/1fdsXSg

     

    CULTURAL

    Miley Cyrus Spoofs The Government Shutdown With A Remake Of “We Can’t Stop” On SNL,http://rtvote.com/1e4np9C

    Kate Moss Teams Up With Topshop Again, http://rtvote.com/1fVejjU

    Miley Cyrus on Today: Singer Addresses Nude Picture Controversy, Sinead O’Connor Feud, and More,http://rtvote.com/18Kyomv

    Charlize Theron Recovering After Neck Surgery: Doing “Fine,” Says Source, http://rtvote.com/18KyScn

    sandywu
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