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    News Round-Up: December 11, 2013

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

    The Nevada family that never returned from playing in the snow has been found and rescued; Senator Ted Cruz walks out on Cuban President Raul Castro’s speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service; and a family struggles to get people to help those with mental illnesses. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato talks about her struggles with cocaine addiction, and Kate Winslet gives birth to her first child!

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Meteor explodes over Arizona; big meteor shower begins,http://rtvote.com/IPLo1k
    A tremendous boom rattled the houses of residents in Tucson, Arizona. The largest meteor shower of the year, Geminid, seemed to be giving them a sneak preview. A dash cam caught the spectacular meteor on video. The Geminid meter shower officially starts Thursday.

    Senator’s chief of staff under investigation involving child porn allegations,http://rtvote.com/1jOt0od
    Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said Tuesday that law enforcement officials were searching the home of his chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, regarding allegations involving child pornography. The Senator has placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. His office is fully cooperating with the investigation.

    Lost Nevada family warmed rocks by fire to survive snow for 2 days,http://rtvote.com/18C9iV8
    The Nevada family that went out to play in the snow and never returned has finally been found and rescued. James Glanton, 34, and his girlfriend, Christina McIntee, remained calm after their jeep overturned and slid down an embankment, trapping them in the cold weather. Glanton and McIntee cleverly warmed rocks to start a fire to keep the children, 3 to 10, warm at night. The hospital says they are stable with no frostbite, just some exposure issues.

    Sen. Cruz walks out on Castro speech at Mandela memorial,http://rtvote.com/18mkKcz
    Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, part of a Congressional delegation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, walked out of the service when Cuban President Raul Castro took to the stage and delivered his speech. A spokesperson for Cruz stated they he hopes that Castro can learn from the lessons of Mandela by releasing his political prisoners and holding free elections for the Cuban people. Before eulogizing Mandela, President Obama shook Raul Castro’s hand – a remarkable gesture between the leaders of two nations that have not shared diplomacy in over half a century.

    ‘My Son is Mentally Ill’ So Listen Uphttp://rtvote.com/1iXk16p
    Stephanie Escamilla and her 14-year-old son tell their powerful story of having a family member who has a mental illness. They urge this nation and its people to stop neglecting those who are mentally ill. 1 in 4 American adults suffer from mental illness; 1 in 5 children have a mental disorder. Something has to be done for those who are oftentimes bullied, ignored, and marginalized in society for their condition.

     

    CULTURAL

    LeAnn Rimes Breaks Down in Tears Singing at American Country Awards,http://rtvote.com/1iXmKwx

    Demi Lovato Talks Past Drug Use: “I Couldn’t Go 30 Minutes to an Hour Without Cocaine,” http://rtvote.com/1gpHuev

    Kate Winslet Gives Birth to a Baby Boy, Her First child With Husband Ned Rocknroll, http://rtvote.com/1h0kjot

    Katy Perry: Russell Brand Wanted Me to Have Children as a Way of Control,http://rtvote.com/18mnd6H

    sandywu
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    News Round-Up: Monday, June 20, 2011

    Monday, June 20th, 2011

    A NATO missile kills civilians in Tripoli, loosened regulations of nuclear power plants may make them more dangerous, Rep. Giffords heads home to Tucson, and Bill Clinton has 14 recommendations for fixing unemployment.

    Also, USA Today reports on the record number of laws passed this year that require voters to show photo identification at the polls (http://usat.ly/lFznG9), and E.J. Dionne Jr. of the Washington Post writes how states’ restrictive voter laws are helping to rig the 2012 election (http://wapo.st/l1k6qF).

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    NATO Admits Missile Hit a Civilian Home in Tripoli, http://nyti.ms/lCgwhs

    On Sunday, NATO acknowledged that a missile hit a civilian home in Tripoli. The missile may have killed a handful of innocent civilians. Reporters have seen at least five of the bodies, and Libyan officials claim at least four more were killed.

    Backlog of Cases Gives a Reprieve on Foreclosures, http://nyti.ms/jJxqec

    With the huge number of foreclosures due to the recession, many states do not have the time to kick everyone in foreclosure out of their homes. In New York it would take 62 years to do so, and in New Jersey it would take 49. Courts are becoming more strict after banks were found to use inaccurate “robo-signers” to generate court documents.

    AP IMPACT: US nuke regulators weaken safety rules, http://yhoo.it/kaMmFq

    Federal regulators have been loosening standards on nuclear power plants to keep aging reactors from being closed. An AP investigation found that leaks were allowed 20 times over the original limit. The AP says these practices could “escalate dangers” for not just workers in the plants, but also for “billions of dollars and 19 percent of America’s electricity.”

    For Giffords, a Brief Taste of Her Old Life in Tucson, http://nyti.ms/iXwRHC

    Representative Gabrielle Giffords returns home to Tucson, AZ for the first time since a gunman shot her on January 8th.  She now has a permanent shunt implanted that will drain fluids through a plastic tube into her abdominal cavity.

    It’s Still the Economy, Stupid, http://bit.ly/m2WFaj

    Curious as to what 42nd president Bill Clinton thinks about the economy? With fourteen million Americans unemployed, Clinton outlines 14 ways to get people back to work.

    More states require ID to vote, http://usat.ly/lFznG9

    USA Today reports on the record number of laws passed this year that require voters to show photo IDs at the polls. The paper notes that the wave of Republican victories in the midterm elections gave the GOP the majorities it needed in many state legislatures to pass the laws. Obama strategist David Axelrod called the legislation a “calculated strategy to hold down voter turnout.”

    Is CA Doing Enough to “Rock the Vote?” http://bit.ly/kKmYPC

    California ranked 10th in the Rock the Vote Scorecard. The state could improve it score by allowing online voter registration and same-day registration.

    Rick Perry scouts 2012 bid,
    http://politi.co/kRjT57

    Rick Perry, Governor of Texas since George Bush left to become president, is scouting out a possible presidential run of his own. His closest political adviser saying the chances are 50-50. Perry, popular with the Tea Party, would be an “instant contender” for the nomination.

    Not only .coms as Internet body throws open domain names, http://reut.rs/iAIrxI

    Today there are only 22 “top level domains” online, like .com, .gov, or .edu. Soon anyone starting a website will be able to use whatever domain he or she would like, provided this said person has $185,000 to spend on it. Corporations will likely be the first to register their brand names, such as .toyota or .coke, but communities could follow with names like .nyc or .london.

    CULTURAL:

    A Fresh Young Star Easily Wins the Open, and the Fans’ Affection, http://nyti.ms/jgMXfJ

    21-year-old Californian wins Miss USA crown, http://yhoo.it/m2F5UD

    CNN’s Ed Henry Jumps To Fox News To Become Chief White House Correspondent, http://bit.ly/mFWuBO

    50 Cent Working On Anti-Bullying Novel, http://bit.ly/kum4Q1

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

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