November 18th, 2010
11:14 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shows off his new pup.

Putin's puppy

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is asking Russians' help in naming his new puppy.

The dog was a gift from Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov in celebration of an agreement to build a gas pipeline between the two countries.

The Bulgarian shepherd has a Bulgarian name, Yorgo, but Putin wants to give it a Russian moniker, the Sofia news agency Novinite.com says.

Widely circulated photos of Putin nuzzling the fuzzy puppy could soften the ex-KGB agent's judo-wrestling, tough-guy image, for whatever reason, the Globe and Mail of Toronto, Canada, noted.

"Russia's man of deeds hugged it affectionately and kissed it on the nose," the official RIA news agency dutifully reported.

Among the names tartly suggested by the Village Voice: Clifford the Red, Krazy Ivan, KGB, Chernobylite, and Absolut.

Pedro Ramirez

The student body president at Fresno State University revealed a personal detail this week that he didn't mention when he was campaigning for the position: He's an undocumented immigrant.

"For me it's a big relief. I've been holding this in for the majority of my life since I found out in high school," Ramirez told CNN affiliate KFSN.

Ramirez said his family moved to California from Mexico when he was 3, and he never knew of his illegal status until he started applying for financial aid for college.

His status was revealed in an article in The Collegian, Fresno State's student newspaper.

He is attending college under a state law that allows undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition, and he is serving his presidency without pay, The Collegian reported.

Cole Rojewski lost the election to Ramirez.

"He misled the students, he wasn't up front about it, and no one knew about it," Rojewski told KFSN. "So I think he should step down and have a re-election."

Shakiah Mason saved five other children from a fire.

Shakiah Mason

The 9-year-old girl in Hilliard, Florida, is credited with saving four toddlers and a 4-month-old infant from their burning home.

"I grabbed the baby and I grabbed the other kids and I got them out the house so Momma and them could get the fire out," Shakiah told CNN affiliate WJXT. "The important part was getting my brother and my sisters and cousin out."

The family lost everything they owned, including the children's Christmas presents, but Shakiah's mother, Shakerra Mason-Rollo, isn't complaining.

"I am so blessed. She is my hero," Mason-Rollo said. "I just want to thank my daughter, because if it wasn't for her, it could have been worse."

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  1. Quincy9

    What is this... a pedantic and pathetic stretch at trying to be a likable person? Mr. Putin, you really need to generate better press for your establishment than this. It's not even cute. Try naming the pooch " I'm trying to gain a few points in global opinion".

    November 19, 2010 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mikhalych

    The name should be Medvedev or RASPIL (to steal budget for corruption purposes)

    November 19, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
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