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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

    CRUCIAL

    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. 

    CULTURAL

    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: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012

    Monday, February 27th, 2012

    One dead, four students wounded in a shooting at an Ohio high school; a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin has been revealed; BP may settle its Deepwater Horizon civil suit; Wikileaks and Anonymous go after political company Stratfor; western officials are calling Syria’s reformed constitution a sham; and Mitt Romney takes the lead over Rick Santorum. Meanwhile, ‘The Artist’ wins big at the Oscars, and Kobe Bryant suffers a nasal fracture.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Chardon High School Shooting: One Dead, Four Injured, http://abcn.ws/y2zxQ8
    At 7:30 a.m. this morning, students at Chardon High School heard gunshots in their school hallways. A fellow student opened fire on his peers, wounding five students. One student has died from their injuries. A suspect is reported to be in custody with only one shooter being spotted. Chardon High School is located about 30 miles east of Cleveland and holds about 1,100 students.

    Start of Trial on Gulf Oil Spill Is Delayed Amid Talk of a Settlement, http://nyti.ms/wlXhX9
    The civil trial over BP’s oil spill in the Gulf last year has been delayed. The delay, issued by the court over “reasons of judicial efficiency to allow the parties to make further progress” in settlement discussions, is seen as unusual because neither party has requested it. With the trial date pushed back, law experts predict that the case will be settled. The BP oil spill was the largest in U.S. history.

    Plot To Assassinate Putin Foiled, State TV Reports, http://n.pr/zdY42h
    Suspects linked to Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov were arrested in an alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.  The suspects were planning to kill Putin in Moscow after Sunday’s election. The suspects were arrested after an accidental explosion at an apartment where they were trying to manufacture bombs. The Russian special service conducted an investigation that revealed the assassination plans. Despite mass protests over his rule, opinion polls show that Putin will win the presidential vote.

    Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm’s Dirty Laundry, http://bit.ly/y4kRq4
    The private intelligence firm Stratfor has been exposed by WikiLeaks. Infiltrated by the hacker group Anonymous in December, Wikileaks has cooperated with them to release a massive amount of Stratfor e-mail correspondence. Stratfor is a company that sells it analyses of global politics to major corporations and government agencies. The leaked emails supposedly show that Stratfor monitored the political group “The Yes Men” on behalf of Dow Chemical; they also show Stratfor’s interest in setting up an investment fund with Goldman Sachs to trade on the information Stratfor collects. Anonymous said that future projects with Wikileaks may involve a series of announced hacks on major companies. The move on Stratfor could be one of the first of this Anonymous/Wikileaks collaboration.

    Syrians Said to Approve New Charter as Battles Continue, http://nyti.ms/ybIBaG
    A new Syrian constitution has been approved by almost 90 percent of voters according to the Syrian Interior Ministry. Nearly 7.5 million voters opted for the constitution that is supposed to offer reform as violence erupts and spreads across the country; however, western officials see the vote as fake, citing unrealistic turnout numbers. As polls opened, the Syrian government continued to shell Homs and other cities.

    Poll: Romney overtakes Santorum nationally, http://bit.ly/xcpgfM
    In a Gallup tracking poll, despite a tumultuous February, Mitt Romney has the support of 31 percent of likely-GOP voters versus Rick Santorum’s 29 percent. The two candidates have gone back and forth in the polls with Santorum holding a 10-point lead in the same survey last week. Newt Gingrich now comes in third with 15 percent of support.  The Gallup poll also shows Romney leading President Obama by four points.

    CULTURAL:

    ‘The Artist’ paints golden picture at Oscars, http://trib.in/xGxCQ1

    Adam Sandler breaks record with 11 Razzie nominations, http://thedc.com/AF7fSX

    Did Jennifer Lopez Have a Wardrobe Malfunction at the Academy Awards? http://bit.ly/wiB1SQ

    Kobe Bryant suffers nasal fracture, http://thedc.com/xLdTYy

    Ben & Jerry’s Boston Apologizes For ‘Taste The Lin-Sanity’ Ice Cream With Fortune Cookies And Lychee, http://huff.to/zHs6Ea

    Kelly Holleran
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

    Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

    In today’s news, Obama’s disapproval rating exceeds 50% for the first time in his presidency; Texas faces its biggest wildfire in history; the USPS could default as early as next year; and The Guardian thinks the Amazon tablet could leave the iPad quaking in its boots. Meanwhile, Eddie Murphy may host the 84th Oscars; Madonna is working on a new album; and My Chemical Romance fires its drummer for stealing from the band.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Obama Hits All-Time Low, According to NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, http://on.msnbc.com/q8wqKY
    A poll conducted by NBC and Wall Street Journal reveals that President Obama’s disapproval rating has exceeded 50% for the first time in his presidency. Specifically, 44% of those polled approve of his job as president, while 51% disapprove. The poll also shows that 2012′s Republican candidate is currently poised to beat Obama.

    Wildfire Destroys Nearly 500 Homes in Texas, http://yhoo.it/r03vgS
    Texas is currently experiencing its worst wildfire in history. In Bastrop County, the fire has burned down 476 homes and ruined 25,000 acres. Governor Rick Perry has returned to the state from his campaign, saying he will ask for a federal disaster declaration.

    Postal Service Appealing to Congress as Default Looms, http://fxn.ws/qSDmWZ
    The head of the U.S postal service will appeal to Congress, as it could face a default as early as the beginning of next year. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe needs Congress’ approval to enact changes that will help ease the USPS’ 8 billion dollar debt. Donahoe is proposing ending Saturday delivery and laying off 120,000 workers.

    Conn. Voting Laws Up for Change, http://bit.ly/qDXFUh
    Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill is pushing to change the state’s constitution to include absentee ballot voting and early voting in any situation. Currently, Connecticut only allows voters to cast an absentee ballot in specific cases, “such as physical incapability to travel to the polls or a religious prohibition on voting in person.”

    Michele Bachmann 2012 Campaign’s Turnover Raises New Questions, http://politi.co/mYlh6n
    Michele Bachmann’s campaign manager and deputy campaign manager are both leaving Bachmann’s 2012 campaign team. Ed Rollins, her campaign manager, will stay on as an adviser while deputy David Polansky is leaving altogether. Rollins told Politico that he is stepping aside because he is “worn out.”

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) AMAZON’S TABLET: The Guardian breaks down the reasons why an Amazon tablet stands the best chance to dethrone the iPad. http://bit.ly/qKOVEL

    CULTURAL:

    Eddie Murphy in Talks to Host 84th Oscars, http://bit.ly/pViQDo

    Guy Ritchie is a Dad Again, http://bit.ly/nE8tC0

    My Chemical Romance Fire Drummer After Alleged Theft, http://on.mtv.com/qVPdwh

    Madonna Readying New Album for Spring Release, http://on.mtv.com/oPJ76V

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