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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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Mr.X

    In Soviet Russia, puppy name you!!!!!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Runner

      Excellent answer!

      November 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rupert

    Putin Palin

    November 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mike

    How about George W

    November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jsanford

    How about A$$kisser? That's the current form of government in Russia, and the type Putin likes to have serve under him.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mike

    Maybe Gorbachev

    November 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Average American

    The dog's name should be oBAMA, since oBAMA after all is beadie-eyed putin's lap dog!

    November 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonable American

      Uhh, what? How do you figure?

      November 18, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. adad

    My dog was Putin

    November 18, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Keith

    How about "dlckhead's dog"?

    November 18, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. abby

    Name his dog? Seriously?

    Okay, let's be nice and offer these two suggestions:

    Male friend – друг (pronounced as droog) (more like "drook")
    Female friend – подруга (podruga, pronounced as pahdrooga)

    November 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    If its a girl Hillery ?

    November 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barking Alien

    Maybe he could call the dog the Putin-ator. His slogan could be "I'll be back to Poot on you"

    November 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. J

    How bout Chernobyl.....

    November 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    That is the cutest puppy, name him Pluto.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NN

    Call him "GULAG"

    November 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    It should be named Vladi Jr.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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