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    News Round-Up: November 12, 2013

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

    Typhoon Haiyan wreaks total havoc on the Philippines; North Korea publicly executes 80 people; and a bionic suit gives the gift of walking back to a paralyzed veteran. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Olsen joins the cast of Avengers, and Kelly Clarkson may be pregnant!!

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL 

    Typhoon Haiyan: Ships head to Philippines amid devastation,http://rtvote.com/1eHTU0x
    It has been five days since Haiyan struck the Philippines, and the super typhoon’s victims need help now more than ever. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 1,774 people have been reported dead, 2,487 reported injured, and 82 are missing. More than 580,000 people have been displaced, and 41,000 houses have been damaged. However, there are still many areas that cannot be reached; people fear the death toll has reached at least 10,000 people, and that number is expected to increase within the next few days. Survivors have lost family, friends, and now struggle to find food and clean water. International aid and relief efforts are being organized.

    North Korea executes 80, some for minor offenses, newspaper says,http://rtvote.com/1hCVxi8
    The daily JoongAng Ilbo, one of South Korea’s largest newspapers, has reported on the gruesome public executions of 80 people in North Korea. Authorities in Wonsan, North Korea, gathered more than 10,000 residents in a stadium and forced them to watch officials brutally execute the “condemned” with sprays of machine-gun fire. The 80 people were hooded and tied to poles as they awaited their impending deaths on stage. The minor offenses that led to these fatal punishments included watching South Korean entertainment videos, possessing a Bible, or disseminating pornography.

    A wounded warrior, walking tallhttp://rtvote.com/1cRwCFu
    Former Army special ops officer Gary Linfoot has been paralyzed below the waist since 2008 and has been in a wheelchair ever since. On Veterans Day, Linfoot stood tall and took a walk around the Statue of Liberty, thanks to a bionic suit created by Ekso Bionics. Linfoot is the first vetertan to receive the suit, which acts like a wearable robot, for personal use.

    Toronto Mayor Says ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’http://rtvote.com/1j20i02
    Despite mounting pressure from Toronto’s City Council, Mayor Rob Ford refuses to step down from office. A City Council member, Denzil Minnan-Wong, has filed a motion that asks the province of Ontario to pass legislation to remove the mayor if he doesn’t agree to take a leave of absence. If the motion fails, which seems likely, then Ford will continue to govern so long as he is not convicted of a crime.

    Details emerge in shooting death of woman seeking help,http://rtvote.com/1fz1nfX
    Renisha McBride, 19, was seen speeding down a street before she struck a parked vehicle, got out of her car, and fled the scene. More than two hours later, she was shot in the face by a man, 54, who told police he thought someone was breaking into his Dearborn Heights home. He claims his 12-gauge shotgun discharged accidentally. McBride’s family believes she was seeking help and was racially profiled. Dearborn Heights police said last week that there is no indication that race has anything to do with the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

     

    CULTURAL 

    Justin Bieber walks off stage – again, http://rtvote.com/1bmIUz1

    Kate Upton Up for Entourage Movie Role: Report, http://rtvote.com/1ank7gn

    Elizabeth Olsen Joins Cast of Avengers Sequel, Age of Ultron,http://rtvote.com/1hDaf8A

    Kelly Clarkson Hints She May Be Pregnant on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,http://rtvote.com/1dm9c7d

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    News Round-Up: August 3, 2010

    Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

    Hello Rockers!

    In today’s news we see California Democratic organizers reaching out to young voters while Pennsylvania Senate candidates reach out to moderate voters, and Obama calling the end to the Iraq War!

    CRUCIAL

    Dems in California scramble to organize the 1.1 mil who cast first-time ballot in 2008 for Obama. Will they succeed again in 2010? http://bit.ly/aBbuip

    Grassroots organizers are attempting to coax Obama voters to vote for the California Democratic candidates who support Obama’s agenda.

    Senators call to repeal 14th Amendment: http://bit.ly/dq64qN

    Senators Kyle and Graham want to repeal the “Equal Protection” Amendment, originally created to guarantee citizenship to former slaves, because they claim it rewards illegal immigrants in the States whose children are born US citizens.

    Mission accomplished? Obama says the war in Iraq is “nearing an end:” http://bit.ly/bsUll7

    Yesterday Obama said he hopes to have the number of troops in Iraq down to 50,000 by the end of August in order to bring the war in Iraq to a “responsible end.”

    But what will the homecoming for Iraq veterans be like? http://bit.ly/anRxGJ

    Writer Kinzer is afraid that Iraq War veterans will face isolation upon returning to American society because the majority of America is not emotionally invested in the war.

    Politicizing pot: Could marijuana legalization drive turnout in a key election? http://huff.to/bkSdTq

    Democrats are investing millions to find out whether putting the legalization of marijuana on state ballots in 2012 will result in reluctant Democratic voters to get out to the polls.

    Congrats, Florida! Juvenile crime is down in most central counties: http://bit.ly/ditfO6

    Crime is down in Central Florida counties, thanks to several programs aimed at reducing crime among youth such as summer camps.

    A race to the middle in Pennsylvania’s campaign for Senators: http://bit.ly/dCVMxd

    Are Senate candidates Sestak and Toomey responding to youth aversion to partisan politics? Regardless, both have begun to appeal to moderate voters.

    CULTURAL

    Did your university make the list? Princeton Review releases “top” schools by categories for 2011: http://bit.ly/dytiYn

    University of Georgia takes the gold medal for top party school whereas Tuskegee comes in first for “dorms like dungeons.”

    Gaga Goes Political! At her concert in Phoenix this weekend she encouraged her fans to protest SB1070: http://bit.ly/bnKfO1

    Lady Gaga wants all of her “little monsters” to protest any form of prejudice and injustice, like Arizona’s immigration law SB1070.

    LiLo was freed from jail and moved into rehab: http://bit.ly/c2yDrb

    After 13 days in the slammer, Lohan moved into a rehab facility at a UCLA medical center.

    Larger than life: Justin Bieber will star as himself in a 3D Movie! http://bit.ly/aBbuip

    Now everyone will be able to experience Bieber Fever up close! JBiebs announced that he will act in a movie about his life released in 3D.

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