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A jury found former Vanderbilt University football player Brandon Vandenburg guilty on eight charges of raping women in 2013. The charges mean the 23-year-old could spend between 15 and 25 years in prison.
Vanderbilt Rape Case: defendant Brandon Vandenburg guilty on all counts. pic.twitter.com/8OtHOXgDC9
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) June 19, 2016
BREAKING: Brandon Vandenburg GUILTY on ALL Charges
— Hayley Mason (@WSMVHayleyMason) June 19, 2016
— Jason Lamb (@NC5_JasonLamb) June 19, 2016
Reportedly, Vandenburg knew the woman who accused him of rape. In June 2013, the two had met at a bar, where she had a drink but then didn't remember the next few hours, until waking up in Vandenburg's room in serious pain.
During the rape, Vandenburg took videos and photos, which is why he was convicted on one count of unlawful photography.
— Areva Martin, Esq. (@ArevaMartin) June 19, 2016
There were three other men charged in the case and one of them, Cory Batey, was also found guilty back in April. The two other men still have to go to trial after pleading not guilty. Vandenburg and Batey had first been tried in January of 2015 but issues with a juror led to a mistrial.
Vandenburg's lawyer said they would appeal the ruling.
There's one person who's very thankful for Donald Trump and his campaign so far: Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
A lot of Republicans don't even like Trump very much, so why would a firm California Democrat be all for Trump? Well, she's pretty certain that Trump will give Republicans a bad rap, handing Democrats Congress and the White House.
"I think we could today win everything. Bless his heart. Donald Trump is the gift that keeps giving to us ... He has helped us enormously ... I think we can win it all.”
Cats Roundtable listen live 9am EST AM970 or https://t.co/pHKeEubgcl Nancy Pelosi: “Donald Trump is the gift that keeps giving.”
— John Catsimatidis (@JCats2013) June 18, 2016
Pelosi is on to something here. Trump has faced a lot of heat this month and recently even admitted he's behind Hillary Clinton in the polls.
He's also going to face issues like Arizona, where there's around 350,000 unregistered Latino voters who might vote this year just so they can support Clinton.
But the Trump we've known since his campaign started is still kicking. Yesterday, he made sure that everyone knew a picture The New York Times shared of an empty room where he delivered a speech was definitely not empty:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2016
How can the NY Times show an empty room hours before my speech even started when they knew it was going to be packed? So totally dishonest!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2016
Except, the room The New York Times photographed was a private meeting not open the public:
Trump is referring to an invite only speech that wasn't open to the public. Why is he measuring crowd size? https://t.co/iSrhbRgxpQ
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) June 19, 2016
It's been a week since the saddening Orlando shooting and people everywhere are still trying to deal with the tragedy. While mourners throughout the country have put up vigils, there are others expressing hate for the people who died at the gay night club.
Yesterday, a funeral was held for one of the 50 killed in the shooting: 32-year-old Christopher Andrew Leinonen. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church--which is known for its anti-gay beliefs and often protests funerals of LGBTQ people--said they'd be there.
Some of them did show up, but so did hundreds of people in support of Leinonen, his family, and the rest of the people who were killed in Orlando.
— John Mees (@JohnnyMees) June 18, 2016
One of the most noticeable groups in support of the funeral was the line of people dressed as angels. Although Westboro has a long history of being at LGBTQ funerals, so does the Angel Action Network, which has been offering protection to these funerals for almost two decades.
See the "angels" protect Leinonen's funeral from the hateful Westboro Baptist Church protesters below:
— Christa Pluff (@clpluff) June 17, 2016
— donna s. scott (@donnachronicles) June 18, 2016
— LGBT lake county (@SPlatman) June 18, 2016
— Laughing Squid (@LaughingSquid) June 19, 2016
— Loughlin O'Nolan (@loughlin) June 19, 2016
— Joey Flechas (@joeflech) June 18, 2016
Finding Dory came out this weekend and Disney is raking in the big bucks. The sequel to the super popular Finding Nemo had the biggest opening for an animated film in box office history, making $136.2 million.
— ET Canada (@ETCanada) June 19, 2016
Disney was expecting it to make around $100 million but they certainly overshot those expectations. It also got a super high score on the film review site Rotten Tomatoes, which gave it a 95% out of 100%.
People love it:
#FINDINGDORY WAS SO PERFECT AND I JUST WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.
THE #PIPER SHORT WAS SO CUTE TOO. I LOVED IT SO MUCH OMG.
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) June 19, 2016
Only few movies made me laugh and cry at the same time. #FindingDory is one of those. Such a heartwarming film! :D
— JE C.C (@ImNotthatScary) June 18, 2016
The previous opening week box office record holder was Shrek the Third, making $121.6 million in 2007. Finding Dory has also almost doubled what Finding Nemo made during its opening weekend in 2003.
Watch the trailer for Finding Dory below:
A storm that struck Lake Syamozero, which is situated in northern Russia's Karelia region, resulted in the deaths of 13 children and one adult.
13 children, 1 adult killed after boats overturn on Russian lake during storm, officials say - AP https://t.co/xISIejKbrd
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) June 19, 2016
The tragedy happened when a boating party of about 50 people went out on a tour. Around 10 of the children were from Moscow, with most of the children between 12 and 15 years old staying at a nearby summer camp. Police weren't aware of the incident until a 12-year-old girl was able to make her way to a nearby village and raise an alarm.
— Sputnik (@SputnikInt) June 19, 2016
So far three people have been arrested in connection with the accident for safety violations.
Both California and Canada are making big changes when it comes to assisted suicide. For California, June 9th marked the day that the End of Life Option Act went into effect. Governor Jerry Brown signed the act into law.
This revolutionary bill means that terminally ill people can know request that their doctors provide them with life-ending medication.
California will be the fifth state to allow end of life options, as Vermont, Oregon, Washington, and Montana have already passed similar bills. The terms of the bill are specific; Patients have to get approval from two doctors for the medication, they must have six or less months to live, and they have to be able to swallow the medication themselves.
— The Economist (@TheEconomist) June 14, 2016
This is important. https://t.co/o3u1YMM8fN
— Aniyia (@operaqueenie) June 12, 2016
At almost the exact same time, the entire country of Canada passed a bill allowing assisted suicide. The bill passed in the Canadian Senate with a vote of 48-22.
The bill is more restrictive than the Senate wanted. They tried to pass an amendment at the last minute expanding the assisted suicide option to people who aren't necessarily close to death, but it failed. The success of the bill is largely seen as a victory for the liberals in Canada.
Amended assisted-dying bill passes Canada's Senate, 44-28; bill now goes for royal assent- CBC News https://t.co/2zVu2KlohD
— Breaking Politics (@breakingpol) June 17, 2016
Canada makes doctor-assisted suicide legal but only in cases of the terminally ill https://t.co/H5VjZqf1Yg
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) June 19, 2016
The rocket company Blue Origin (founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) had their first live webcast of a rocket launch. This is the fourth time they've launched their New Shepard rocket--using the same equipment each time--all with the hopes that they can send non-astronauts into space.
Watch it below:
— Emily Calandrelli (@TheSpaceGal) June 19, 2016
— The Verge (@verge) June 19, 2016
If you're watching the video and noticed how one of the three parachutes failed to deploy, you may be wondering if all went well. Well, the whole point of the launch was to make sure everything went fine if one parachute that's supposed to bring the capsule safely back down to Earth doesn't deploy.
And, they proved that everything turns out alright, which is good news for anyone hoping to use Blue Origin for a space visit in the future.
Watch the Blue Origin rocket land:
— Miriam Kramer (@mirikramer) June 19, 2016
Hillary Clinton is having a pretty exciting June so far. Earlier this month, she made history by becoming the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States--which is definitely a big, big deal.
Then yesterday, her daughter Chelsea Clinton shared the birth of Hillary's second grandchild, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky.
Chelsea tweeted it on Twitter and--as these things do when you're one of the most talked about people in the US--the news blew up.
Here are the tweets:
Marc and I are overwhelmed with gratitude and love as we celebrate the birth of our son, Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky.
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 18, 2016
At 7:41 AM Saturday, our family and hearts expanded with Aidan’s arrival. We are blessed. pic.twitter.com/QKUMV3ls4N
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 19, 2016
Congratulations Chelsea & Marc!!! Welcome to this amazing world Aidan - can't wait to see you!!! @ChelseaClinton
— Ashish J. Thakkar (@AshishJThakkar) June 18, 2016
Chelsea had her daughter Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky with husband Marc Mezvinsky back in September 2014. Hillary has made a point to chit chat about Charlotte and being a grandma on the campaign trail, but she hasn't brought Charlotte to any appearances since she wants her to have a normal life.
And if you'll remember, Clinton isn't the only presumptive nominee who's had a grandchild come into the world during the election. Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump gave birth to her son Theodore Trump in March.
The hacker Guccifer 2.0 uploaded internal Democratic National Committee (DNC) files that, if real, prove what many suspected: the Democratic Party gave Hillary Clinton an unfair advantage against Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley.
Alongside donor data, internal memos, and research on Donald Trump, the alleged documents also show the DNC acted as though Hillary Clinton was the nominee in 2015. (O'Malley and Sanders were in the race at at this point.)
In fact, the DNC was already working to manipulate the media for Clinton in May 2015, according to one document:
— Kick (@MatthewKick) June 16, 2016
The documents imply Clinton won the nomination from the very beginning and highlight how the DNC kept ethical issues and violations by the candidate (such as her erupting email scandal and Benghazi) under the rug.
The mysterious Guccifer 2.0 claimed DNC Chairwoman Schultz lied about no financial information being compromised, saying it was "easy, very easy" to penetrate the DNC servers. They ended their post with, "Fuck the lies and conspirators like DNC!!!"
“Our experts are confident in their assessment that the Russian government hackers were the actors responsible for the breach detected in April, and we believe that today’s release and the claims around it may be a part of a disinformation campaign by the Russians.
We’ve deployed the recommended technology so that today our systems are secure thanks to a swift response to that attack and we will continue to monitor our systems closely.”
Crowdstrike, a private firm handling cyber security for the DNC, is investigating the Guccifer 2.0 documents and whether the release is connected to Russia:
"Whether or not this posting is part of a Russian Intelligence disinformation campaign, we are exploring the documents’ authenticity and origin."
Russians could well be behind the attack. The Russian alphabet was conspicuously buried in the Guccifer 2.0 website and files:
— (((davi - ??))) (@daviottenheimer) June 15, 2016
— Pwn All The Things (@pwnallthethings) June 15, 2016
As of now, journalists remain unsuccessful in getting the DNC to comment on the authenticity of the documents:
24 hours later, still no on-the-record denial from DNC as to authenticity of email showing clear collusion b/w it and @HillaryClinton
— Jordan (@JordanChariton) June 17, 2016
Arizona has been very Republican ever since President Obama came into office (Bill Clinton won the state in 1996). Yet, there's a huge factor that might change all that and blunt Donald Trump's path to the White House: 350,000 unregistered Latino voters.
Latino's presently make up 30% percent of Arizona's population, but only made up 18% of voters last election.
On top of that, there are around 400,000 Mormons in Arizona who could potentially vote against Trump or just not vote at all. (Remember: Mormon and former Republican nominee Mitt Romney is basically the leader of the #NeverTrump movement.)
Trump: "Right up we're up pretty big in Arizona. But we gotta win." So, about that... pic.twitter.com/qtkX6ginFT
— Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) June 19, 2016
Though there's not much polling in Arizona, private research from the Democrats and Republicans signal the race could go either way. (AKA, it's not going to be a definite Republican win.)
While Clinton isn't paying a ton of attention to Arizona--she has eight other swing states she's concerned about--she's hired a state director who has a staff of roughly 70 people.
Meanwhile, Trump's Arizona director is in Nevada and doesn't seem to be making much of an appearance in the state. But generally, Trumps team isn't worried considering how Arizona has been since Obama. People in Arizona generally want someone whose more "straightforward," as former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer noted:
"People in Arizona like straight shooters, no pun intended, and Mr. Trump speaks the simple truth in very straightforward terms. I don’t agree with everything that he says and the way that he says it, but in my opinion, he’s a breath of fresh air. ... Everywhere I go, whether it be at malls or at Costco, people come up to me and are very, very excited about Donald Trump."
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2016
Still, Trump is definitely not popular with the majority of the Latinos in the US. If Latinos turn out to vote, it could mean serious trouble if Trump wants to win the 11 electoral college votes Arizona has.
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Sydney is a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English-language literature. She served as a City on a Hill Press editor and an editorial intern at Good Times Weekly. She currently resides in Orange County, where she does her best not to spend all her money at the ridiculous number of malls. She loves watching Bravo reality shows and eating vegan food that isn’t too expensive (so, never).