Monday, March 19, 2012

News roundup
While I Was Out Edition


--> Jury finds spying in Rutgers dorm was a hate crime: Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, was convicted on Friday on all 15 charges he had faced for using a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, having sex with another man, a verdict poised to broaden the definition of hate crimes in an era when laws have not kept up with evolving technology. More at the NYT.


--> Army officials revealed name of suspected gunman who killed 16 Afghan civilians: Army officials gave a name and face Friday to the soldier alleged to have killed 16 Afghans on Sunday. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a 38-year-old Ohio native with a wife and two children, was known around town as a family man, neighbors near his Lake Tapps, Wash., home have said. Their words paint a picture of a kind father who was reticent to talk about the three tours of duty, totaling 37 months of combat-zone experience, he served in Iraq before being deployed again to Afghanistan. More at the Daily Beast.

--> Oprah cancels The Rosie Show:

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--> George Clooney arrested in Washington at Sudan protest:

Clooney was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington during a protest against attacks by the country’s government on its southern regions and blocking of humanitarian aid. Clooney, 50, was taken into custody last Friday and charged with crossing a police line, a misdemeanor, according to George Ogilvie, a Secret Service spokesman. He was taken to a Metropolitan Police Department station for processing, Ogilvie said. More at the WaPo.



--> And finally, the Obama documentary: The Obama campaign released a full 17-minute Tom Hanks-narrated documentary entitled The Road We've Traveled. It highlights the major calls he has had to make since becoming president. It's directed by Davis Guggenheim and features President Bill Clinton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, and Austan Goolsbee. It cost at least $345,000 to produce. Watch above.

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