April 13, 2012

Santorum Drops Out & Zimmerman Charged

I-N R-A-P, that's right.
It's Flocab coming to you on the weekly,
With news in a rap on a beat outcha TV.

And here's a headline that's large,
George Zimmerman is gonna get charged,
For the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin
We'll keep you updated when the trial's starting.

Round 1, Rick Santorum,
Officially withdrew from the GOP forum
That pretty much gives it to Mitt,
I bet he's happy that so many others quit.

You heard about the educators who split,
A Mega Millions jackpot, now that's a trip!
When asked if they were gonna all quit the biz,
The three said, "Naw, we're gonna stay for the kids!"

In Virginia Beach you may have heard about the jet,
That crashed down to an apartment complex.
The Navy's trying to pay everybody it affected,
But sometimes it takes more than cash to correct it.

But check this, did I mention the North?
Korean missile launch people want to abort.
Korea says it's only for a satellite,
But some think they're testing weapons in case we had a fight.

Right, for everybody into baseball,
Coach Ozzie Guillen's got a hard thing to face ya'll!
Allegedly he was biggin up Castro,
But Cubans in Miami ain't trying to hear that yo!

So long to the homie Mike Wallace,
The star of "60 Minutes" his journalism was flawless.
Flocab is the crew you can call us,
Live from the studio to wherever ya'll is.

George Zimmerman in a mug shot

Six weeks after the death of Trayvon Martin, prosecutors announced on Wednesday night that George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder. The large public outcry of the past month has centered around the fact that Zimmerman was never charged with a crime. That changed this week. Now, if convicted, Zimmerman could receive life in prison. Despite the fact that Martin was unarmed, this case is complicated due to Florida's "stand your ground" law. This law allows people to use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first. Zimmerman's lawyer reported that he will enter a plea of not guilty. Do you think the media focus on this case will affect the verdict? Learn more.

Rick Santorum will be spending more time with his large family

Tuesday Rick Santorum officially suspended his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. In his speech, Santorum called for Republicans to defeat President Obama in the fall, but did not endorse Mitt Romney, the current GOP front-runner. One major factor in Santorum's decision to end his campaign was the hospitalization of his youngest daughter, Bella. This was the second time during Santorum's campaign that she has been hospitalized. The other factor was the difficulty of overcoming Romney's delegate lead. Santorum's race was, in his own words, "improbable." Do you think this will be the last we'll hear from Rick Santorum, or do you think he will run again? Learn more.

The largest jackpot in Mega Millions history has been claimed by "The Three Amigos"

The biggest jackpot in Mega Millions history has been claimed by three anonymous Maryland educators. After taxes, each will receive about 35 million dollars. The three have shown remarkable prudence in their plans to spend the money. They will be fulfilling dreams of travel in Europe, but also plan to make investments and pay off debt. In a heartwarming surprise, the three have also decided to remain in their current jobs. What would you do with 35 million dollars? Learn more.

An F/A-18D Hornet Navy jet destroyed this apartment complex

Friday a Navy jet crashed into a Virginia apartment complex. Thankfully no one died from the accident, although several people have reported injuries and many more lost their homes and valuables. The Navy plans to pay for the residents' food, clothing and shelter for the next few weeks. The crash was due to mechanical malfunction, not human error. Do you think that the Navy is doing enough for the residents? Learn more.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un

Despite international warnings, North Korea is moving ahead with a controversial long-range rocket launch. The country claims that this launch is for scientific purposes, but critics worry that the test could lead to North Korea developing long-range nuclear weapons. The U.S. and other countries say that the launch will violate U.N. resolutions that bar North Korea from engaging in nuclear and missile activity. Update: The rocket launch failed. Why do you think North Korea is launching this rocket? Learn more.

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen

Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has angered the Cuban-American community of Miami by claiming to love and respect Fidel Castro. Guillen has been suspended for five games and has publicly apologized for his words, saying he will do whatever he can to repair relations with those he angered. Do you think that Guillen deserves his punishment? Learn more.

Mike Wallace's career at "60 Minutes" lasted for almost fifty years

Longtime "60 Minutes" journalist Mike Wallace died Saturday at age 93. Wallace was famous for his interrogation-like interviewing style. He made his name on a black and white TV show called "Night Beat," that featured Wallace asking tough questions and smoking cigarettes like a detective in an old movie. Do you think the era of TV journalism is coming to an end? Learn more.

In the lab

This week we recorded a song about "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck with Donwill from Tanya Morgan. Coming soon!
What was George Zimmerman charged with?
the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin
What law will complicate the Trayvon Martin case?
Florida's "stand your ground" law
What Republican nomination hopeful withdrew his campaign?
Rick Santorum
What was one of the personal reasons that Santorum ended his campaign?
His daughter Bella was hospitalized.
Who won the largest Mega Millions jackpot in history?
three educators in Maryland, aka "The Three Amigos"
What is North Korea doing that is controversial?
planning a long-rage rocket launch
After the jet crash, what is the Navy doing for those affected?
offering them food, shelter and money
What state did the Navy plane crash in?
What dictator did Ozzie Guillen claim to love and respect?
Fidel Castro
What show did Mike Wallace interview on for almost 50 years?
"60 Minutes" - We'll see you next week (that's in 10,080 minutes)!

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