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    News Round-Up: Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

    An 80-year-old Japanese man climbs Mount Everest; Obama sets restrictions on drone activity; a UK soldier is beheaded; Oklahoma officials report $2 billion in tornado damage; riots in Sweden continue; Real Bronx Tours stops “Ghetto” tours; Israeli archeologists seek funding to access large underwater structure; and conservative economists endorse immigration reform bill. Meanwhile, Blake Shelton launches a benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims, and Darius Rucker alludes to Hootie & the Blowfish reunion tour.

    Maura + Alexis


    Japanese Octogenarian Becomes Oldest Man to Reach Summit of Mount Everest, http://abcn.ws/11eKFOY
    At 80 years old, Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura reached the peak of Mount Everest. Thursday, Miura became the oldest man recorded to complete the daunting task. Along with a nine-person team, Miura climbed the mountain for the third and last time in his life. With four heart surgeries behind him, it is a tremendous feat that he could make it to the top yet again. In an interview Miura explains his motive for climbing Everest at 80 years old as “hoping to raise even an inch of human possibility.”

    Obama, in a Shift, to Limit Targets of Drone Strikes, http://nyti.ms/18kG3Hh
    President Obama discusses his plan to restrict the use of unmanned drone strikes and shift the control of them away from the C.I.A. and to the military. The Obama administration formally admitted for the first time that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes outside of Afghanistan and Iraq. They disclosed that although American citizens had been killed, the actions taken had been in an effort to protect the safety of the United States. A new classified policy will impose the same standard for strikes on foreign enemies now only imposed on American citizens suspected to be terrorists.

    UK soldier ‘beheaded’ near barracks by ‘man who praised Allah after cleaver attack’, http://bit.ly/10MbpAl
    Two suspects have been shot after brutally hacking a soldier to death in south east London, 200 yards from an army barracks. According to witnesses, two men approached the victim with a machete and a meat cleaver and beheaded him on the spot. When police arrived the two men started to attack the officers and were shot in the process. The murder is presumed to be terror-related.

    Okla. Tornado Damage: Thousands of Homes, $1.5-$2B, http://bit.ly/18kL5Uo
    Destroying more than 13,000 homes, several schools, and a hospital, the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma has produced approximately $2 billion in damage. The twister ran for 17 miles and 40 minutes with winds of around 200 mph on Monday killing 24 people, 10 of them children. Officials gave first detailed account of the disaster Wednesday.

    Swedish riots rage for fourth night, http://bit.ly/1aamsbS
    Youth unemployment and poverty has sparked unrest in Stockholm suburbs in Sweden. A restaurant was burnt to the ground and over 30 cars have been lit on fire just outside the capital on Wednesday. Five people have been arrested for attempted arson, yet hundreds of rioters continue to spread the violence.

    Bronx ‘Ghetto’ Tours Stop Amid Residents’ Outrage, http://bit.ly/10Vr4OV
    A sightseer tour company in New York stops running bus tours in response to protests. Real Bronx Tours, famous for taking mostly European tourists to see the “ghetto” of the South Bronx has reported that they are immediately closing all tour trips to the South Bronx due to Bronx residents’ outrage. Residents say that the tour company portrays the borough in an extremely negative light when in fact, the Bronx is being rebuilt and is on the rise. On Monday, Borough President Ruben Dias Jr. and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito sent a letter to the owner of Real Bronx Tours sharing that they were “sickened” the borough was being portrayed in such a way to outsiders.

    Submerged Structure Stumps Israeli Archeologists, http://bit.ly/187vGct
    A massive structure weighing hundreds of tons was discovered in the biblical Sea of Galilee in a sonar scan in 2003 and still begs to be explored. Dani Nadel, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa says “We only know it is there, it is huge and it is unusual.” Teams of archeologists are trying to raise the funds necessary to access the 70-meter-wide structure of stones.

    Conservative economists endorse immigration reform bill, http://lat.ms/120emVx
    Over 100 conservative economists claim immigration reform will prove beneficial to the economic health of the U.S. Through “population growth, labor force growth, housing, and other markets,” it is speculated that the positive impacts of immigration reform are abundant and that they all lead to economic growth in the long-run. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, looks forward to seeing the federal budget reap the benefits of this positive change.


    HOME SWEET HOME: Catherine Zeta-Jones returns home to normal life after completing treatment for bipolar disorder,http://nydn.us/ayRYXr

    Blake Shelton to launch benefit concert for victims of Oklahoma tornado, http://nydn.us/10Mogmd

    Bono attends daughter Eve Hewson’s NYU graduation at Yankee Stadium, http://nydn.us/16Qe4SI

    Hootie & The Blowfish Reunion Tour: Band Could Commemorate 20th Anniversary Of ‘Cracked Rear View,’ Says Darius Rucker, http://huff.to/10ni2xD

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, February 11, 2013

    Monday, February 11th, 2013

    Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to resign since 1415, the search for an ex-cop at the center of an LAPD revenge plot widens, and sources predict an aggressive State of the Union address from Obama. Meanwhile, Grammy winners celebrate their awards, Justin Timberlake makes his musical return with a retro Grammy performance, and Tiger Woods may be dating Lindsay Vonn.


    Pope Benedict XVI To Resign, http://huff.to/VPiqiC
    Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign the papacy on February 28, citing health concerns and old age. The pope, who is 85, will the be the first pope to resign since 1415. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to a certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” said Pope Benedict. Benedict had already been the oldest pope elected in nearly 300 years when he was elected in 2005 at age 78. Since there will be no need for the mourning period that traditionally follows the death of a pope, the Vatican will hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March.

    Search for ex-cop at center of LAPD revenge plot widens, http://bit.ly/Y4Icz7
    Authorities are entering the second week of a manhunt for former LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, who released an online manifesto targeting police officers and their families. Dorner says he is seeking revenge for being fired from the police department and is so far accused of killing three, including the daughter of a former LAPD police chief and another former cop. The search for Dorner has widened to become one of the largest in the history of Southern California. Los Angeles announced a $1 million reward on Sunday for help in catching Dorner.

    Obama’s State of the Union 2013: Aggressive, http://politi.co/WEATlU
    Democrats close to Obama hint that the president plans to use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to challenge the Republican Party and put his opposition on the defensive. West Wing leaks suggest viewers should expect an address much more aggressive than his 2009 SOTU, in which he called for peaceful, bipartisan collaboration. The address is likely to build upon Obama’s progressive Inauguration speech and supposedly will center on jobs creation, the middle class, and infrastructure projects, all key areas for partisan debate. The speech will also mark the debut of Cody Keenan, who wrote for Ted Kennedy, as Obama’s new chief speechwriter. Florida Senator and rising Republican star Marco Rubio will likely generate buzz when he delivers the GOP’s rebuttal speech.

    Graham on Brennan, Hagel: ‘No confirmation without information,’ http://bit.ly/12mIT9R
    Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would hold up Obama’s nominees to head the CIA and Defense department until he gets more information about the administration’s response to September’s Benghazi attack. “No confirmation without information,” Graham said, addressing whether he would allow the nominations of John Brennan and Chuck Hagel to go forward. Graham specifically asked whether Obama had called Libyan officials and asked them to allow a rescue team to go to the consulate that night, saying he believes American lives could have been saved had the president called the government. ” I don’t think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, Hagel to be confirmed secretary of defense until the White House gives us an accounting,” he said.

    Tornado tears through southern Mississippi, http://bit.ly/Wc6ZDM
    At least 12 were injured when a tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Sunday, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency in four counties. The University of Mississippi, located in Hattiesburg, received significant damage to several buildings as a result of the storm, though none were injured there. No one has been killed so far, authorities reported, though many town structures were impacted. “If there is a good thing about this, it happened on a Sunday when most of these structures were vacant,” mayor of Hattiesburg John DuPree said.

    Local Students Want “Traditional Prom”, Gays Banned, http://bit.ly/Y4iRHc
    A group of students, parents, and at least one teacher at a high school in Sullivan, Indiana are advocating for a “traditional” prom that would ban gay students. Sullivan High School insisted that they cannot legally allow such a prom, inspiring the group to organize at a church on Sunday and discuss options for holding a separate prom. “We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted,” one high school student said. Though the movement has garnered support from several local pastors, not all in the community agree with it. “The feeling of being loved and belonging is universal,” said local Jim Davis.


    Grammy Awards 2013: Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ Wins Album of the Year, http://lat.ms/YktKnp

    Justin Timberlake Makes Musical Return With Retro Performance, http://bit.ly/Z4kdGS

    Grammy Dresses: The Bold and the Beautiful, http://bit.ly/14MGQ21

    Tiger Woods Dating Lindsay Vonn; Source Says Relationship is New, http://bit.ly/151O43b

    Liza Dee

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