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I Read The News Today, Oh Boy! A Look Back at the Most Talked About Headlines in 2013

Whether through newspapers, television or internet, the news has always been a part of our daily lives and plays a vital role in understanding our world and human affairs. The importance of news has increased greatly in these last few years, especially with social media flourishing and becoming a source of nanosecond coverage for inquiring minds and the overall spread of education. By keeping in touch with the world through various news sources, we’re not only sharpening our curiosity and culture by events taking place in a far off place, but growing more literate about society as a whole and our roles within it; thus bringing everyone closer together.

Mass media has become an important part of our lives and we really cannot be separated from it. Either you’ve read about these stories briefly on Twitter, or been glued intensely to news networks, this year we saw many headlines–good, bad and in the middle. Here are just a few that were talked about heavily in the news:

Wowza-Wowza Washington | A Prince is Born | No Horsing Around | Celebs Gone Wild
Boston Strong | Relationship Whoa-No’s | Girl Power | Oh, Cana-d’oh!
The Zimmerman Trial
| The Syrian Chronicles | “S” for Snowden | Gone, But Not Forgotten

Wowza-Wowza, Washington:

JANUARY 21, 2013 // Image Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Washington, D.C. made quite the impression this year with the world. In January, the U.S. Capitol hosted President Barack Obama‘s inauguration in front of a crowd of 800,000 as he took his oath of office after winning his second term in November of 2012. He signed official documents, attended the inauguration luncheon and took part in the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House. Unfortunately the good news about the President’s second term was overshadowed by singer/songwriter Beyonce. The Grammy award-winning songstress–who states she is a “perfectionist“–was under fire for lip-syncing the American National Anthem during the celebrations. There was a social media outcry after she admitted to the act, claiming she did not have enough time for a sound check with the band and didn’t want to draw attention away from the President.  Of course, Beyonce wowed audiences a month later at the Super Bowl proving she’s got the pipes. The flames on that story died out quickly–as did the power after her performance in the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome, delaying the game to at least another half hour.

AUGUST 24, 2013 /// Image Credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

It was eight months later that the capitol would gather together and honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., marking the 50th anniversary of his “I have a dream” speech; a powerful declaration that economic inequality has left the American dream unfulfilled for many citizens. Thousands attended the March on Washington 50th Anniversary, also known as “Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action” at Lincoln Memorial. President Barack Obama stood at the very spot the enigmatic doctor once stood, paying tribute to the thousands who demonstrated in the March of Washington nearly five decades ago. The President spoke about MLK and the achievements made by those seeking justice and acknowledging their perseverance for equality, and how it did not just benefit African Americans, but all minorities today.

It was in the fall that things started going awry in Washington, starting with the US government shutdown in October that lasted sixteen days. Many began blaming the Republicans for attempting to defund and delay the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It’s been a fact that for years, millions in the United States lack health insurance while paying more for health care than any other country, but given less care because of such costs. Obamacare has been seeing trouble since the President signed the executive order in 2010, buckling under the pressure of technical glitches.  The federal government’s website debuted in mid-October after much discussion and debate, but didn’t go as smoothly as many hoped. Americans trying to enroll in insurance plans under ACA complained about web issues and error rates. Republicans immediately attacked the Democrats and the President for its problems, stating it was a waste of money and disaster. Since then, the response time has improved.

A Prince is Born:

Image Credit: Jason Bell/Camera Press

This summer the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine and her husband, Prince William welcomed their first child–a baby boy named Prince George Alexander Louis (let’s be honest, Bruno really would have been cooler). The tiny tot came into the world at 4:24 pm London time, weighing in at 8 lbs and 6 oz. The baby prince is third in line to the British throne and is the first royal born in 31 years. Nine months prior to Kate Middleton giving birth, the news outlets were going crazy with speculation regarding the baby–whether she’s having twins, whether it’s a girl or a boy, or what are they going to name the kid, and will he or she have their mother’s hair? Many questions were raised and much became tabloid fodder for months, keeping audiences entertained. Parliament even changed their rules of succession prior to the birth in order to make sure a female baby could still inherit the throne from her royal father. Finally the day arrived, and they had a healthy baby boy–a healthy baby boy, who had to unfortunately wear a dress at his baptism. Hopefully His Royal Highness can live that one down.

No Horsing Around:

Image Credit: Reuters/AP

This is a real nightMARE for many. NEIGH joke about it! Sure it’s funny to make countless jokes about this, but the horse meat scandal is becoming an on-going issue in Europe and causing great concern for consumers. It began in February when foods that were usually advertised as containing beef, were found containing undeclared horse meat. In some cases, it was as much as 100% of the meat content, with other undeclared meats such as pork included too. While horse meat isn’t harmful to eat, it is considered taboo food in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and falls into the principle of truthfulness in consumer goods. The utmost essential ingredient in our food today is trust, and once the public loses such a virtue, it not only takes a long time to get it back but harms a brand and their product’s development in the future. Studies found that 23 of 27 beef burger samples contained pig DNA, an item on the menu that is forbidden to eat by Muslim and Jewish communities.

Celebs Gone Wild:

JUNE 26, 2013 /// Image Credit: AP/New Yorker

What a year for some of these celebrities! And to think, they thought they could get away with it? Early in the year, Academy Award Winner, Reese Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct after trying to use her “star power” to get rid of her husband’s DUI charge. What made matters worse was that the officer’s dashboard cam footage made it to TMZ–ouch! For New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, he couldn’t tackle his way out of this mess: the tight end traded his #81 jersey for a pair of handcuffs after being ID’d for shooting and killing friend, Odin Lloyd. The NFL star has been indicted of first-degree murder, accused of gun-running and drug use, and has a trial set for 2015.

Amanda Bynes had a rough year and a half, but is thankfully on the mend. Many believe the actress had a meltdown after her first arrest in 2012. In January, she began broadcasting to the world her rants about being “ugly” or “ugly” people, and basically just calling people out and posting disturbing photos of herself either nude, with her piercings or showing off a newly shaved head. She was arrested in May on drug charges, and in July set fire to a stranger’s driveway. Bynes was then placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold and since then, has been in rehab and seen out and about with family while on the road to recovery. Who isn’t recovering though is the media, from Miley Cyrus‘ “twerking”. How are we still talking about the former Disney star’s controversial, deviant dancing at the MTV Music Awards from this past August? August! For crying out loud, that whole thing took place in August, and news outlets are still talking about it and the Oxford Dictionary even added the word “twerk” to their wordy catalog. Basically, the English language died this year. Miley’s twerking proves that any publicity is good publicity, but mainly that some record labels treat their artists like human commodities.

Read on to find out who’s been having major sexting problems this year, what’s ahead for the future of Syria, and which young ladies of 2013 have been making positive splashes in our world.

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