Construction

Don’t mind the construction on here for the next few weeks….we’re just getting read to unveil…

The Low Down

Randy and I are SO excited to be doing a blog together! We thought about waiting until we’re officially married, but it’ll just be so fun to blog about these few weeks before the wedding, together!

Watch out for Randy in bold and Maddy in normal font!

New URL: http://www.hereisthelowdown.com
Don’t worry, http://www.averagedayofaginger.blogspot.com will still get you here!

So again, don’t mind the mess for a few weeks while I reconstruct! If you have questions, suggestions, comments, or advice please let me know!

Happy Monday everyone!

Supreme Court Rulings

If you haven’t heard already, yesterday the Supreme Court overturned DOMA and Prop 8. Both of these pieces of legislation’s purpose was to keep marriage between a man and a woman in the United States. With the overturning of these rulings, states can now decide if they want to allow gay marriage or not.

Click here for more information.

News June 6, 2013

KSL Headline: Friends, family gather to remember BYU student after body found

After an extensive search of Y Mountain in Provo, 22 year old Tyler Mayle’s body was found last night. He had been missing since Saturday, though it hadn’t been reported until Monday. Experts think he was trying to climb a steep cliff and fell 60 feet or so. They are still looking into the details of the tragedy. Family and friends gathered to search, and then sing tribute, to Tyler. 

Click here to read the full story.

New York Times Headline: U.S. Is Secretly Collecting Records of Verizon Calls

The Obama administration is carrying out a new surveillance program which involves collecting American business communications, legal due to the Patriot Act. A senior official for the Obama administration said that this court order does not allow them to hear the conversation or even get the names, but rather allows them access to metadata, such as length of calls, for Verizon custoemrs.

Click here to read the full story.

News May 31, 2013

KSL Headline: US woman facing drug charge released in Mexico

Arizona mother Yarina Maldonado was released from the Mexican prison where she was being held today. Maldonado was accused of smuggling drugs after 12 pounds of marijuana were found under her seat in a passenger bus back to the U.S. She was held in a Mexican jail, but after her accusers failed to appear in court and a surveillance video showed her carrying only a blanket, purse, and water bottle, she was released and is now traveling home.

Click here to read the full story.

New York Times Headline: Universities Show Uneven Efforts in Enrolling Poor

Affirmative action opponents have found a new target of what they call “reverse discrimination”: money. These opponents argue that universities give a leg up to poor students. Educators however, argue with this, even presenting the evidence that getting poorer students to college costs more money. They point out the need to find, recruit, help them apply, and even after all this money of getting them to college, they still need financial aid to stay there. The Supreme Court will rule soon over a similar case, and both sides are eager to see the outcome.

Click here for the full story.

News May 30, 2013

New York Times Headline: A Deal That Could Benefit Mobile Users

A Japanese bank is looking to buy considerable stock and invest millions of dollars into Sprint communications company. This considerable increase of money would make the communications industry more competitive by making Sprint phones cheaper, and with higher broadband.

Click here for the full story.

New York Times Headline: Assad Says Syria Has Received Advanced Missiles From Russia

The President of Syria announced on a television news conference that Russia has delivered the first shipment of missiles to his country. This move implies, says the President’s opponents that neither Syria nor Russia were serious when saying they would like negotiations before a war broke out. 

Click here for the full story.


News: May 29, 2013

New York Times Headline: Anti-West Hard-Liner Gains in Iranian Race


Saeed Jalili has emerged as the front-runner in the Iranian presidential race. This is unsettling for Western countries as he has said he will have “no compromise whatsoever” with the West on matters such as nuclear weapons and Syrian involvement. 

Click here to read the full story.

KSL Headline: Family claims mother held in Mexico for smuggling pot was framed

An Arizona mother is being held in a Mexican prison after officials claim they found marijuana under her seat in a bus. First authorities claimed the money was under her husband’s seat, then changed the story to say the 12 lbs of drugs were under her seat. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake is monitoring the situation.

Click here for the full story. 

Breaking News

Sister Monson, beloved wife of LDS Church leader President Thomas S. Monson, passed away around 6:30 this morning. She was surrounded by her family in a Salt Lake City hospital where she had been checked in for several weeks.

Click here to read the Church’s official statement.

Breaking Sports News


End it like Beckham: Global superstar David Beckham retires



Soccer legend David Beckham announced his retirement earlier today. After playing for two continents and winning many trophies for each, the 38 year old is leaving the sport for good, giving up his salary of nearly $46 million a year. 

Click here to read the entire story!

News May 16, 2013

NBC News Headline: Search for Susan Powell’s Remains Underway in Oregon

A tip to Susan Powell’s father has reopened the search for Susan Powell’s body. An anonymous tip suggested that the search continue in Oregon where the family had rented a home and were staying around the time when Susan went missing. 

Click here for the full story.

Washington Post Headline: Groups that sought tax-exempt status say IRS dealings were a nightmare

The IRS has reportedly been targeting ultra-conservative groups involved with the Tea Party or other “patriotic” groups. This extra examination of these groups have made filing incredibly difficult for these groups, even driving them to spend more money on attorneys and fees than they would have on the taxes they were trying to get exempt from. The IRS’s dealings with these groups has sparked quite a controversy, and even the president has reprimanded the actions.

Click here for the full story.

News May 15, 2013

New York Times Headline: An Atrocity in Syria, With No Victim Too Small

As the war in Syria rages on, the destruction is becoming more frequent, and more viral. Different groups have filmed themselves committing atrocities and put them up for the world to see. A mass killing this month is just one of the many horrible episodes of war that have happened recently. There is no knowing how, or when, this will end.

Click here for the full story.

KSL Headline: 3 children hit by texting driver

Three girls were hit by a driver in Midvale who was supposedly texting, and didn’t even see the girls when he hit them. All of the girls survived, but were taken to the hospital in critical condition. Their conditions are said to be improving, and the hope is they will be able to come home soon. The parents are upset and hope that something is done to prevent further texting and driving accidents.

Click here for the full story.