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    News Round-Up: Monday, April 21, 2014

    Monday, April 21st, 2014

    Repercussions for the captain and crew of the sunken Sewol ferry continue; a massive drone strike allegedly takes out 30 al Qaeda militants in Yemen; and a teen survives a flight to Hawaii in an airplane’s wheel well. Meanwhile, the White House responds to the petition to deport Justin Bieber; Lindsay Lohan reveals shocking news; and the White House Easter Egg Roll is under way!

    -Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Breaking News: Boston Marathon Updates: Kenyan Rita Jeptoo is the Women’s Champion; American Meb Keflezighi is the Men’s Champion.

    South Korean President: Actions of sunken ferry captain ‘akin to murder’: http://rtvote.com/1lvRxSM
    President Park Geun-hye of South Korea, said that some of the actions of the captain and crew of the sinking ferry Sewol to murder. Four arrests of crew members have already been made, although the captain of the ship, Lee Joon-seok, is defending his actions. He delayed the order to evacuate because he felt that people would drift too far away from the wreck to be rescued and might perish due to the frigid water temperature. Lee is being charged with the following: “abandoning his boat, negligence, causing bodily injury, not seeking rescue form other ships, and violating ‘seaman’s law’”. The death toll has climbed to 87, and 215 others are still missing. Most of the passengers were students and staff from a nearby high school on a field trip; they make up a majority of the dead and missing.

    Source: ‘Massive and unprecedented’ attack targets al Qaeda in Yemen: http://rtvote.com/1mrZQvX
    At least 30 members of the highly dangerous al-Qaeda sect in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, have been killed in drone strikes in Yemen. A few of the dead are believed to be high-value targets and “foreign nationals”. The massive strikes that began on Saturday are a direct response to the video of the unnerving AQAP gathering in Yemen that surfaced last week. An official has said that the drone strikes were part of a joint operation between the United States and the Yemeni government. DNA analysis of the dead will confirm their identities, which will then help the Yemeni government determine if any of the dead are civilians or if the strikes managed to kill a top AQAP official.

    ‘Incredible’ – teen apparently survives flight to Hawaii in landing gear: http://rtvote.com/1jqYDkp
    A 16-year-old boy hopped a fence at the Mineta San Jose International Airport and stowed away in a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767 landing gear chamber. The FBI has been called in to investigate the seemingly unbelievable story. The boy, who had no form of identification on him, allegedly survived a 5 hour flight in the cramped compartment at a 38,000 foot altitude with limited oxygen and temperatures reaching -80 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the story has not just created awe. People are now seeing that there could be major security breaches at airports. Although footage of the boy was caught on a security camera, he still managed to get past all security personnel. There was also risk for the people on board: the wheel well is filled with cables and wires and other technology, and the stowaway could have easily damaged something inside the plane, putting those aboard the flight at risk.

    Biden in Ukraine to show support as tensions rise: http://rtvote.com/PnthmK
    On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden began a visit to Ukraine to show the United State’s continued support of Ukrainian independence. He will meet with the government leaders that took over after pro-Russian Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was removed from office in February. Biden plans to announce new technological and economic reforms that could be implemented in the country. He will also discuss other means of United States support.

    CULTURAL

    Lindsay Lohan reveals shocking news: http://rtvote.com/1rfwOja

    The petition calling for Justin Bieber’s deportation gets a response: http://rtvote.com/1r9f0Ix

    Country singer Kevin Sharp passes away at 43: http://rtvote.com/1rfAJN6

    Mindy Kaling and Kate Middleton have similar tastes! http://rtvote.com/1gNAIuI

    Get the scoop on the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: http://rtvote.com/1msgDiw

    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: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

    A shipwreck in South Korea leaves nearly 300 missing; a large al Qaeda meeting video surfaces and unsettles United States intelligence; a cold case has been solved after over 40 years; and two backpacks wreak havoc at the Boston Marathon Commemorative Ceremonies. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus lands in the hospital; Paul Walker’s brothers will help finish filming Fast & Furious 7; and Pharrell shares a “Happy” moment with Oprah despite some tears.

    - Veronica + Maura

     CRUCIAL

    Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck off South Korea: http://rtvote.com/1t9Riha
    300 people are still missing after a ferry, charged with taking passengers to a South Korean resort, capsized and sank Wednesday. Rescue teams are still searching the Yellow Sea for potential survivors. Out of the 459 people on board, four people (three men and one woman) are known to be dead and 164 have been rescued. Most of the passengers were students and teachers from a high school in Seoul, who were on a four-day field trip to an island resort nearby. A loud bang was heard before the ship began to rapidly take on water. The crew told the passengers to put on lifejackets and jump into the ocean. Some survivors said they tried to help people get out, but were not able to in time. The cause of the accident remains a mystery.

    Unsettling video shows large al Qaeda meeting in Yemen: http://rtvote.com/1qJdDjo
    A video deemed authentic by the US government shows what has been considered the largest gathering of al Qaeda militants in years. What’s more, either the CIA or the Pentagon did not know the gathering was occurring or they could not get a drone there in time. US officials have yet to comment on their lack of action, but the video is being heavily analyzed by US intelligence. Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the group’s second in command leader worldwide, is depicted to be standing in the open greeting followers, completely unconcerned that he could be hit by a drone strike. He said in his speech: “We must eliminate the cross…. The bearer of the cross is America.” Experts say there is cause for worry, stating that the recent video means that a new round of plotting is at hand. The al Qaeda group in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the most dangerous sect of the terrorist organization.

    Case of missing South Dakota girls solved after 40 years: http://rtvote.com/1mcP4th
    Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller were on their way to a party in 1971 when they mysteriously disappeared without a trace. Authorities originally believed it was homicide, but were forced to drop the charges against the accused man due to false evidence. Since then, the case was considered a cold case. Last September, a car was found in a creek near the girls’ destinations. Inside were skeletal remains found in the cab of the car and Miller’s driver’s license, as well as personal items like notes and photographs. DNA analysis of the remains confirmed the identities of Jackson and Miller. There was no sign of alcohol, the keys were in the car’s ignition, the car was in gear, and a tire was damaged. 40 years later, the police are finally able to provide the families with a definitive answer: the girls’ deaths were an accident.

    Man with ‘hoax device’ frays nerves at Boston Marathon site: http://rtvote.com/1gANfSa
    Commemorative ceremonies for the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing had just ended when police found two backpacks and a suspicious person, forcing them to evacuate the area. The man was lurking with a backpack near the Boylston Street finish line and was “acting peculiarly”. The Boston Police Department called in the bomb squad and blew up both backpacks as a precaution. Police also arrested the man, the owner of only one of the bags, who said the bag contained a rice cooker. The contents of the other bag are unknown. The man was arrested and charged with possession of a hoax device, disturbing the peace, and disorderly conduct.

    Casual marijuana use linked to brain changes: http://rtvote.com/Qpuue1
    A study published in a neuroscience journal found that recreation marijuana use (as in, using a few times a week) is “enough to physically alter crucial brain structures”. Since there is little research on the effects of casual marijuana smoking, this study shed some light on the subject. Hans Breiter, the leader of the study, analyzed the brains of 20 light marijuana users and 20 nonsmokers. The brains of the smokers began to change in two major areas- the areas linked with emotion, motivation, and mental illnesses. The study parallels with the study of Staci Gruber, who focused on a batch of heavier marijuana smokers but found similar results. She said that the studies show that marijuana “is not quite the benign substance people thought it was.”

    CULTURAL

    Miley Cyrus lands in the hospital: http://rtvote.com/P5h4TE

    Paul Walker’s brothers to complete Fast & Furious 7 scenes: http://rtvote.com/1qJx0sP

    After a terminal brain cancer diagnosis, Valerie Harper says she is cancer-free! http://rtvote.com/1qJy3Ji

    Pharrell sheds tears with Oprah: watch the video! http://rtvote.com/1gGITfR

    Get the inside scoop on how Mila stays fit and healthy during her pregnancy: http://rtvote.com/1qJF0tD

    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, August 6, 2013

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

    George W. Bush recovers from surgery; tensions increase as people are told to evacuate Yemen; and the Washington Post gets sold to Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com. Meanwhile, ‘Glee’ begins Season 5 production; Lohan appears on Chelsea Lately; and Rihanna may soon top a Madonna record.

    -Ally + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    George W. Bush has heart surgeryhttp://rtvote.com/16rSuzs
    Former President George W. Bush is recovering from surgery Tuesday morning, after doctors found blockage in an artery on Monday. A stent has been placed to ease the blockage. The event came as a shock since the President was physically active and often seen biking or golfing regularly.

    U.S. and Britain Withdraw Personnel from Yemen, http://rtvote.com/19KYFDW
    Amidst a security and travel threat around the Middle East, many government personnel have been removed from Yemen, where Al Qaeda leaders are allegedly planning an attack. Travelers have also been advised to leave the country and reschedule travel plans to the area.

    Turkish Court Gives 19 Life Sentenceshttp://rtvote.com/16rSGif
    In a ruling decided Monday, 19 Turks were sentenced to life in prison for plotting to overthrow the government. All 19 have pleaded innocence. The case represents a broader conflict between “the Islamist-rooted government and the secularist-dominated opposition.”

    Washington Post Staffers ‘Stunned’ By Sale To Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Hopeful About Futurehttp://rtvote.com/16rSKys
    Staff and the public alike were shocked by the news on Monday that the Washington Post would be sold to Jeff Bezons, the owner of Amazon.com. The transition will be sentimental, as the Graham family has operated the Post for the past 80 years. However, Bezos’ $25 million net worth keeps staffers hopeful that he will maintain the paper’s integrity rather than “tinker the editorial product.”

    U.S., other envoys meet with detained Muslim Brotherhood official in Egypthttp://rtvote.com/16rSP5g
    U.S. government officials attempted, on Monday, to ease tensions between the interim Egyptian government and the ousted Muslim Brotherhood. While the U.S. aims to improve relations between the two groups, they also made clear that they would like to be distanced from Morsi. Meanwhile, Egyptians express anger over the lack of U.S. support during the crisis.

    CULTURAL

    Lindsay Lohan, Spectacular of ‘Chelsea Lately,’ Is Alive Again, http://rtvote.com/19KZtJ0

    Brawl outside Hamptons nightclub with Justin Bieber’s bodyguards stirs police probe, http://rtvote.com/19KZwV6

    Glee Starts Production on Season 5, http://rtvote.com/19KZBrP

    Kim Kardashian Makes First Post-Baby Appearance on Kris Jenner’s Talk Show, http://rtvote.com/16rTxzo

    Rihanna’s ‘Right Now’ Gives Her A Shot At Breaking Madonna’s Dance Chart Record, http://rtvote.com/19KZFYH

    Ally.f@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: MONDAY, March 5, 2012

    Monday, March 5th, 2012

    President Obama will hold his first 2012 press conference on Super Tuesday; the POTUS will also meet today with Israel’s Prime Minister to talk about Iran; Attorney General Eric Holder discusses the justification of killing American terrorists; San Francisco has been rattled by a 4.0 earthquake early this morning; and Romney and Santorum wage interesting battles in Ohio and Tennessee. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian will donate twice the amount of her wedding gifts to charity; Ashton Kutcher assists a local police force; and Vanessa and Nick Lachey are expecting a baby.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    (via Fox News) Obama to hold press conference on Super Tuesday: President Barack Obama will hold his first news conference of the year Tuesday, the same day his Republican rivals face off in 10 voting contests. White House spokesman Jay Carney announced the Tuesday afternoon news conference on Twitter. Obama held his last full news conference in November during the APEC summit in Hawaii. Tuesday’s news conference comes amid an uptick in the U.S. economy. But the Obama administration has found itself dealing with several pressing foreign policy concerns, including the violent government crackdown in Syria and rising tensions in the Middle East over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, http://fxn.ws/xm6ob7

    Holder expected to explain rationale for targeting U.S. citizens abroad, http://wapo.st/z6jUuM
    Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. will reveal details today on the Obama administration’s legal process for killing U.S. citizens abroad. The prime example in this case is New Mexico-born Anwar al Awlaki, who joined an al-Qaeda operative in Yemen and was killed in an airstrike this past September. Holder is expected to argue that killing an American terrorist is legal under the 2001 congressional authorization of the use of military force and that America’s self-defense is not only within traditional enemy battlefields.

    Barack Obama and Benajamin Netanyahu in Iran talks, http://bbc.in/wS1y2K
    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet at the White House  with President Obama this morning to “discuss a range of strategic issues of mutual concern.” Obama said yesterday at a pro-Israel conference that there has been too much “loose talk” of starting war with Tehran. Israel believes that Iran is developing nuclear weapons despite the Iranian government’s denial, leading Israel to discuss possible preemptive strikes against Iran’s nuclear development.

    Bay Area Wakes Up To Magnitude 4.0 East Bay Quake, http://cbsloc.al/Ajvf3H
    A 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:33 a.m. this morning. The quake was felt across much of the East bay, North Bay, and San Francisco, and only lasted a few seconds. The shallow quake was centered 13 miles from San Francisco City Hall. So far there are no major reports of damage, injuries, or power outages.

    Mitt Romney has the momentum in Ohio: Poll, http://wapo.st/w2BprE
    Quinnipiac University is giving Ohio to candidate Mitt Romney, showing him leading Rick Santorum by 34 to 31 percent. The poll cites that the lead is significant compared to Romney’s 10-point deficit last week. However, as always, another poll conflicts, with NBC/Marist projecting a dead heat between the candidates. Quinnipiac University surveyed a total of 753 likely Ohio Republican voters. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich comes in third with 15 percent; Texas Rep. Ron Paul follows with 12 percent. If Romney wins Ohio, strategists say the primary is over.

    (via CNN) Poll: All tied up in Tennessee: An American Research Group survey released Sunday indicates that 35% of likely GOP primary voters in the state are backing former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, with 31% supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 20% backing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 9% supporting Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Santorum’s four point advantage is within the poll’s sampling error, which means it’s basically all tied up. Fifty-five delegates are up for grabs Tuesday in Tennessee, one of 10 states to hold contests on Super Tuesday, http://bit.ly/yof70f

    CULTURAL:

    Egypt’s Islamist party sacks MP for getting a nose job, http://bit.ly/A57eOY

    Kim Kardashian will donate twice the value of her wedding gifts to charity, http://thedc.com/w87s2p

    Box Office: ‘The Lorax’ posts year’s biggest opening with $70.7 million, http://lat.ms/zX7KCc

    Ashton Kutcher: Child Porn Avenger, http://bit.ly/z6U6LM

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Patrick Dempsey And Ellen Pompeo’s Future In Question, http://huff.to/zeNEHc

    Vanessa Lachey Is Pregnant!, http://bit.ly/wehWKj

    Kelly Holleran
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

    Japan is providing compensation post nuclear meltdown, the CIA is expanding counterterrorism efforts in Yemen, and the stock market is on the rise.  Meanwhile, Maine has rejected a proposed voter ID law, Romney is still the GOP frontrunner after the New Hampshire debate, and Serena Williams wins after coming back from an injury.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRUCIAL:

    Japan cabinet approves Fukushima nuclear compensation, http://bit.ly/mp1PYH

    The Japanese government and nuclear plant operator Tepco have agreed to a $100 billion compensation package for those affected by the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Recently 6 more workers exceeded the annual legal dose of radiation, which experts believe increases their chances of getting cancer by 1%.

    CIA Plans Yemen Drone Strikes,
    http://on.wsj.com/mgO48B

    The CIA plans to expand counterterrorism efforts in Yemen with new drone attacks that target al Qaeda. US officials say the CIA’s smaller warheads will allow for more secrecy and fewer civilian casualties.

    Stocks rise on stronger-than-expected retail sales, http://usat.ly/jtz0VE

    Even as the government reports that retail sales have declined for the first time in almost a year, the stock market is on track to have its best day of the month today. The 0.2% decrease is not as bad as analysts had expected and show that “the consumer is hanging in there.”

    Maine Senate Rejects Bill Requiring Photo ID to Vote,
    http://bit.ly/ieMNyE

    The Maine Legislature rejected bill LD 199 yesterday.  This bill would have required Maine voters to show a state-approved photo ID card to the voting clerks when casting ballots.

    Republican presidential candidates attend New Hampshire debate,
    http://wapo.st/lc3vkl

    Seven leading Republican presidential candidates took part in the New Hampshire debate last night.  Rather than taking stabs at one another, the GOP presidential hopefuls focused more on President Obama, and what they believe he is currently doing wrong. Also, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced during the debate that she has filed paperwork to begin her campaign. Overall, Romney remained the front runner, Bachmann presented herself well, and Pawlenty struggled to attract attention and did not strongly attack Romney.

    In Reversal, 3 Democratic Senators Will Back Gay Marriage, http://nyti.ms/lOtGXN

    Three wavering Democrats have come out in support of same-sex marriage in New York, putting the measure on the brink of passage. Supporters believe that they can sway the three Republicans needed to tip the balance.

    Facebook denies losing users, http://bbc.in/kzD0qM

    One website says that Facebook lost 6 million American users last month, but the company questioned those numbers and noted that it was “pleased” with its growth. The firm noted that half of their “active” users logged on every day.

    CULTURAL:

    Serena Williams wins on return from injury lay-off, http://bbc.in/jqSAkS

    Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean Stabbed in Bar Brawl, http://eonli.ne/mvRL5K

    Candy Spelling Sells Highest Priced Home in U.S. to…a 22-Year-Old?!, http://eonli.ne/mC2CAh

    Soulja Boy: “I Was HACKED, I’m No Racist Homophobe!,” http://bit.ly/mo4RIn

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

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