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. Michael

    Bush, it sounds about right.

    November 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dont Change it!!!

    to BAILOUTSOS, i am lauging so hard it hurt...... DWTS is chick tv.....LMAO so much i need to go potty -

    November 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tina

    Pavlov

    November 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandy

      Like that one too!!! Very much in fact.

      November 18, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pootin

    How about Pu-Pu

    November 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Steven

    Gulag

    November 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Skeptic

    I suppose Dmitry is out of the question?

    November 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. I JUMP IN IT -

    SNICKERS

    November 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Really?

    Putin wants the dog to have a russian name? Name it Vodka!

    November 18, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Xasthur

    NATO

    November 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Belarusski

    Khodorkovsky

    November 18, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Shamrock6

    How about Fido-ski.

    November 18, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandy

      That's hysterical! Love your sense of humor. But I think it would have to be Fido-Sky if it were Russian. I think the -ski would make it Polish. Not sure about that though.

      November 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AZLib

    I vote for "Palin"

    November 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Ed Sr

    How about.....Little Put-Put............

    November 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. AZLib

    i vote for the name palin

    November 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandy

      Name it Pelosi. And by the way . . . apparently you stutter.

      November 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ed Sr

    I live in Alaska and I can see Russia from my backyard.........

    November 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emma

      Oh, goody..

      November 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
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