June 8th, 2010
08:21 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Daryl Hall and John Oates

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that the most successful duo in rock history has canceled its concert at Chase Field as a protest against Arizona's legislation to fight illegal immigration. USA Today reports that the performance had been scheduled to follow a game against the Dodgers on July 2.

Hall and Oates issued the following statement: "In addition to our personal convictions, we are standing in solidarity with the music community in our boycott of performing in Arizona at this time. We would like to emphasize that this has nothing to do with the management of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have been professional and cooperative throughout our dealings with them. This is our response to a very specific action of the state."

USA Today: Hall and Oates cancel concert plans in response to Arizona immigration law

Hall and Oates website

Beth Holloway

The mother of missing high school graduate Natalee Holloway is scheduled to be in Washington on Tuesday for the opening of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center.

The nonprofit center will be located at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment and will provide families of missing persons help with managing their crisis and to give students advice on traveling safely.

The center's website advises, "Please contact us for any of the following reasons: Did a loved one go missing and you aren't sure who to contact or how to proceed? Do you need help coordinating efforts of finding a missing loved one?"

Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen, was twice arrested in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway during a 2005 class trip to Aruba. On Monday, he confessed to the killing last week of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez in his Lima, Peru, hotel room, Peruvian government authorities said.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment: Natalee Holloway Resource Center

CNN: Van der Sloot confesses to murder, authorities say

Rabbi David F. Nesenoff

The Jewish religious leader and founder of the website rabbilive.com conducted the interview with legendary White House reporter Helen Thomas that led to her sudden retirement announcement on Monday.

Thomas, 89, was considered the dean of the White House press corps, as she was the longest-serving White House journalist, who covered administrations since 1960 for United Press International and the Hearst newspaper chain.

She came under fire late last week when a YouTube video surfaced, showing her interview with Nesenoff in which she said that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and that the Jewish people should go home to "Poland, Germany ... and America and everywhere else."

Nesenoff said Monday, "This issue was anti-Semitism, within 24 hours over a million views, we find out that someone who's been reporting for 60 years, this is what she's about."

The rabbi said that Thomas still owes the Jewish community an apology.

"My initial reaction is she can retire from her job but she can't retire from her responsibility to apologize for her comments," Nesenoff said. "There's a difference between telling your opinion and giving someone the finger, which is what she did."

CNN: White House correspondent Thomas retires amid controversial comments

Adrian Lamo

The former computer hacker says he did his patriotic duty and led federal officials to the arrest of a 22-year-old U.S. Army intelligence analyst who allegedly leaking classified military information, the U.S. military announced Monday.

According to Wired.com, Spc. Bradley Manning of Potomac, Maryland, leaked the classified 2007 video of an American helicopter strike that killed several civilians in Baghdad, Iraq, to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.com, which posted the video in April.

Wired.com reported that Manning confessed to the leak in a series of online chats with Lamo. The former hacker, who said in Twitter posts that he turned Manning over to authorities, defended his actions on his Twitter page.

"I outed Brad Manning as an alleged leaker out of duty," Lamo wrote in one post.

"Hackers confide in me all the time. I'd go to prison before I'd betray their trust. I didn't get Manning arrested. He got himself arrested," Lamo wrote in a separate tweet.

CNN: Soldier accused of leaking classified info

Wired: U.S. intelligence analyst arrested in Wikileaks video probe

Wikileaks.org

Stephen Strasburg

The first overall pick of the 2009 baseball draft makes his highly anticipated debut with the Washington Nationals at a sold-out game against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

The Washington Post reports that the pitcher's most significant achievement so far was winning four games for the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs during the past four weeks. But the newspaper reports that Washington, which waited 33 seasons for the return of a baseball team and has gone to the World Series only twice in 71 seasons, now has high hopes.

Adding to the anticipation, the Nationals on Monday selected 17-year-old power-hitter Bryce Harper, this year's No. 1 draft pick.

Strasburg, 21, said, "It's something I've dreamed about my whole life. And now it's going to become a reality."

The right-hander signed with the Nationals for a contract reportedly worth more than $15.1 million.

Washington Post: Stephen Strasburg debuts for Nationals, with the baseball world watching

soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Arizona

    If we knew that passing an aggressive immigration law would keep crappy has-been entertainers out of our state too, this would have been passed a decade ago!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. cr

    oh welll i am boycotting hall and oats

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. ownerccc

    Of course two over the hill washed up "musicians" are going to side with their "music community." Guess in their old age, their cohones have shriveled up into nothing, which explains why they can't take an independent stand and side with AZ and 70% of Americans who support the law.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steelstrings

    Way to go Arizona!!!!!! No one will really miss Hall and Oates. But they will miss America if we let it fall into the hands of the tyrannical globalists who want a North American union. Viva The USA!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Angry Vet2

    Say what you will but this "code" is cover for bigots and red necks. Sorry, I doubt any one of you has had an encounter with an illegal at all. Just more Faux and tea bagger b/s.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      This coming from someone who is probably milking the system as well as the illegals.........wait until they cut off your Free Ride Obama checks buddy you will change your tune....quickly

      June 8, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • mytictac

      Angry Vet2
      Did you see active duty? If so, did you risk your life for the people who feel they can milk Americans with no consequences? My husband is a Vietnam vet, and fought for Americans and their rights. Shame on you.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Marti

      If you've never come across an illegal, then you don't live in Arizona. I do. I pass them every day on the way to work hanging out in front of the Home Depot trying to get work. It was 112 degrees here recently. Where do you think they go when they pass out from the heat? WE pay for their emergency room care. Just one example of the drain on our economy. When people like you don't understand something, they tend it give it the "bigot" label. Now you can shut up unless you have any more misinformation to pass on.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • WILDCAT-MATT

      I can assure you that I am no bigot or racist. But I will not stand silent one more minute when all of these people are bum rushing our country illegally.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Never an encounter with an illegal? Boy, one can only dream. Where have you been?

      June 8, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Sorry buddy...you LOSE! I live in Arizona and come in contact with illegals everyday. They are extremely hard-working individuals and I don't really have a problem with them except they live in fear that they will be deported, so they need to come clean and follow the rules set forth to become a citizen! Along with the good ones, however, the bad ones come too, in droves here to Phoenix, because it's so easy to get here, because the Feds don't do their jobs and haven't for 20 to 30 years. I have lived here in Phoenix for more than 35 years. Don't tell me that we are racists and bigots and rednecks. We now live in one of the kidnapping capitals of North America because the Feds are continuously ignored border security. We let people ignore our laws and every 15 to 20 years we offer amnesty so that the rest of the world knows we have no grips on our own laws. You can say what you want, but I doubt if YOU know anything about this as I would bet you live in the midwest somewhere or in delusional CA.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rob H

    I would just love to know how many blacks and latino's support this bill not a lot i bet. Just white people making an excuss for being racist!! Thanks Hall and Oates you'll always have love and support here in Philly......

    June 8, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Robyouputz

      Someone negatively stereotyping a race to scream racism against another race…who didn’t see that coming?

      June 8, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      Even better Rob H. do a survey on how many Latinos/Immigrants that have come here the RIGHT way just as everyone else have andd are absolutely enraged about these illegals

      June 8, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyP

      I support the Arizona law. I also support US immigration policy that is disiged in the best intrerest of the United States. A flood of low-skill workers who's productivity is less that the government services they consume does not see to be much of a win for the US.

      I have been to southern Arizona, and some of the US citizens of Spanish decent do not want the flood of poor people coming to the US either.

      By the way, my wife is a Mexican national, my daughter has Mexican citizenship.

      Rob H – maybe it is you who is a racist.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Marti

      Hey, hear that all you illegals, Philly welcomes you. I only wish they had the money to migrate there. You don't know what the hell we're dealing with here.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      You can correct me if I am wrong, but I've known several people from Philly....and they are some of the most bigoted people I have ever met! I have heard racial slurs coming from fans in televised baseball/football games and such. Maybe you should clean up your own backyard before you make some assumptions on someone else's backyard. And if I am wrong then I stand corrected. However, your representation has not always been the best.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Good thing CNN did a story about H&O not coming to AZ. Nobody would have known otherwise.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Hahaha

      Nobody knew they were scheduled to perform till CNN did this story.

      June 8, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Loren

    I didn't hear whether they're cancelling California shows as well. But they shouldk, since the same law is on the books in California. The bandwagon they're on is full of holes.l

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Waffles

    Their time has passed anyway.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Randy

    who cares what they (Hall and Oates) do now. they're old news. Arizona did the only thing they could do, since the feds won't help with illegal immigration and border control

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. DH

    I guess they can't perform anywhere in the US since Federal law states the same thing as the AZ one but with even less restrictions on law enforcement officers.

    Clearly those who think it has anything to do with racism isn't interested in actually reading the law before parroting their favorite pundit.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Andy

    I think I will show my support for Arizona and the new law by planning a vacation there in the near future.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Marti

      Thank you, Andy. I wouldn't come in the summer! But if you do, drink plenty of water!

      June 8, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. JohnnyP

    I support Arizona!

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. AZ MAGGIE

    #1 the illegals are not the people that pay to see the ball games! #2 The taxpayers of Az (80% approve of the LAW) are the ones that paid for the DB Chase Field! #3 Who cares! Everyone that agrees with the Az law need to go onto congress.org and send a message to obama and all your represenitives only 3 words: CLOSE THE BORDER

    June 8, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      of course they are not at the ball games bc 90% of them are all in jail....oh wait and the taxpayers pay for that

      June 8, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. barbara

    Good riddance to bad rubbage for Hall and Oates! Who cares about hearing a bunch of has beens who don't respect Arizona's right to make whatever laws they deem necessary. Their law reflects the Federal Law. No one is complaining about the Federal Law until someone tries to enforce it. Send all the illegals back to their home country and stand in line to reapply. The illegal years spent in this country is how many years longer you have to wait to get back. Seems like everyone wants to boycott stuff, rather than respecting someone's opinion. Just agree to disagree and move forward.

    June 8, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
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