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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

    CRUCIAL

    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.

    CULTURAL

    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: Tuesday, January 30, 2012

    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

    Europe continues to try to reign in its debt; House GOP members propose a transportation bill; Obama has been introduced to Google+; and Joe Nocera has continued his pointed assault on the hypocrisy of the NCAA. Elsewhere, “Key and Peele” debut their much anticipated sketch comedy show, and Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger leave ‘The X-Factor.’

    Aaron + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL: 

    European leaders adopt treaty pledging debt reduction, http://wapo.st/zBExjM
    25 of 27 European Union governments have ratified a treaty intended to limit the growth of national debts. With the backdrop of Greece’s recent bankruptcy and the specter of other defaults, European leaders feel the need to increase confidence in their system. Critics, however, think that the bill is all talk since the EU already has un-enforced debt limits. Additionally, some feel the short term goals of the EU should be to stimulate growth and not work on austerity.

    House Republicans to unveil transportation bill, http://wapo.st/AvYvPK
    Republicans have proposed a transportation bill that would spend roughly $50 billion a year maintaining America’s roads, bridges and highways over the next five years. The plan would give states more jurisdiction on spending while still keeping an eye on states’ budgets. The House bill appropriates about $5 billion less a year than the similar bill bouncing around the Senate. Both bills, however, include no more than one fifth of the spending that transportation experts claim are needed to maintain much of the nation’s infrastructure. Included in this bill is a requirement that drunk drivers use ignition interlock devices for a year after their convictions.

    Federal Election Reform Commission Advocated Voter Photo ID, http://bit.ly/AdN6XT
    The Carolina Journal News is reporting that a bipartisan committee from 2005 both recommended and supported the new voter ID laws that have caused a recent uproar. The committee included Democratic Former President Jimmy Carter and Republican Former Secretary of State James Baker. Both argued that mandating photo IDs would enfranchise more than disenfranchise, but that belief is being questioned by minority rights groups.

    Eye of Newt: Songwriter sues Gingrich for using ‘Eye of the Tiger’ music, http://trib.in/ycHAK7
    Survivor lead guitarist Frankie Sullivan has filed an injunction to block Gingrich’s use of “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song from “Rocky III.” According to Sullivan’s lawyer, the issue is a copyright one and not a political one. Sullivan would have no problem with Gingrich using the song if he were to legally pay for its usage. Infamously, in 1984, New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen requested that Ronald Reagan not use his harsh critique of America’s treatment of veterans, “Born In The USA,” as a campaign song, and earlier this cycle Tom Petty requested that Michelle Bachmann stop using “American Girl” at campaign events.

    Obama Google+ chat gets personal, http://politi.co/wVWfua
    Obama used Google+, America’s newest social media network, on Monday to keep in touch with his constituents. The President has previously held chats on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and is continuing to stay up-to-date by using Google+. One awkward moment during the conversation came when Obama spoke with the wife of an unemployed man. Obama stated that maybe if he were in the engineering field he would have better job prospects, unbeknownst to the president, the woman’s husband was in fact an unemployed semiconductor engineer.

    Joe Nocera again sharply critiques the policies of the NCAA in “Saving Freshman Ryan,” http://nyti.ms/AoRzeW

    CULTURAL:

    Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger Leave The X Factor, http://bit.ly/AkmCpe

    Rumer Willis Was Present During Demi Moore’s Emergency, http://eonli.ne/xa0Sf7

    Jack White announces solo debut album; M.I.A. confirms Super Bowl appearance, releases new single, http://wapo.st/ymofyg

    ‘Key & Peele’ stars talk racial sketch comedy in the Obama era, http://lat.ms/yozuxI

    Aaron Ghitelman
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

    Greece passes the austerity vote, Bank of America will pay $14 billion in a mortgage deal, and at least ten are dead after the Taliban attacks a Kabul hotel. Also, a missing woman’s body is found in a restaurant’s ventilation system, fly fishing shops are running out of feathers due to a hair extension trend, Tom Petty asks Bachmann not to use “American Girl,” and Google starts a Facebook competitor.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    Greece passes key austerity vote, http://bbc.in/knwQyB

    The Greek Parliament has voted in favor of the austerity plan, meant to save Greece from running out of money within weeks. The plan’s tax hikes and spending cuts have been extremely unpopular with the public, spurring protests that are likely to continue. The measures passed by 155 votes to 138. Greece’s total debt is 340 billion euros, which amounts to 31,000 euros per person.

    Bank of America to Set Aside $14 Billion in Mortgage Deal, http://nyti.ms/lxHMm5

    Bank of America will pay $8.5 billion to investors who lost money on mortgages that soured during the housing collapse. This payment is the largest settlement since the financial crisis in 2008.

    8 militants, 10 others dead after attack on Kabul hotel, http://bit.ly/jYFRS5

    The Taliban is claiming responsibility for a siege and suicide bombing that killed at least ten at a five-star Kabul hotel. The US sent a drone to take photos during the attack. The pictures helped Afghan forces to counter-strike and finally end the siege at 7 a.m. the next morning.

    Obama to hold news conference; Afghanistan, debt talks, jobs likely subjects,
    http://lat.ms/mbcZyL

    This morning, President Obama will hold his first news conference since March 11. He has spoken with the press during appearances with other international leaders; however, this morning he’ll face more specific questions regarding Afghanistan, Libya, and debt-limit talks by himself.

    Missing woman’s body found in ventilation system, police say, http://bit.ly/kh0EgM

    Jamie Minor, the 26-year-old Texas woman who went missing more than a month ago, has been found dead in a ventilation duct above a steakhouse in Austin, Texas.  Police say she was trying to enter the steakhouse through the vent system when she found herself trapped. Minor’s mother said her daughter had been struggling with mental illness, including bipolar disorder, since her early 20s.

    When Fashion Meets Fishing, the Feathers Fly, http://nyti.ms/m679aM

    With the new fashion of wearing long, colorful feathers as hair accessories, the demand for fly fishing feathers is through the roof. In fact, many fly fishing shops have found themselves in a feather shortage. Some of these shops find the fashion statement to be “sacrilegious” and will only sell the feathers to fishermen; other shops see the high demand as good business.

    Tom Petty reportedly issuing cease and desist letter to Bachmann, http://bit.ly/jOhx2P

    Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been playing Tom Petty’s famous hit, “American Girl” at her campaign events. Petty is worried that people might think he supports Bachmann’s campaign and has sent her a cease and desist letter as a result. He sent a similar letter to George Bush in 2000 when he played Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”

    Google Takes On Facebook With Social Service,
    http://bloom.bg/jl2Wrh

    Google is giving social networking another try despite the failure of its first attempt, Google Buzz. Called Google+, the new service will make it easy for users to share photos, videos, messages and other information with selected circles of friends.

    CULTURAL:

    Tracy Morgan … From Gays to ‘Retards,’ http://bit.ly/iH4gI2

    Shia LaBeouf: Hollywood’s Last Bad Boy, http://bit.ly/mgbDod

    The Bachelor’s Emily Maynard and Brad Womack Split, http://bit.ly/jBvmPj

    Emma Watson Gushes About Her Harry Potter Co-Star Crush, http://huff.to/kO5JV7

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

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