Tuesday's most intriguing people
NYU professor Wafaa Bilal, shown here in 2007 as part of a Web camera exibit, says his body is rejecting the camera implanted in his head.
February 8th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Tuesday's most intriguing people

Wafaa Bilal

The Iraqi-born college professor who last year had a camera surgically implanted into the back of his head, underwent surgery Friday to remove a part of the device.  Despite treatments with antibiotics and steroids, Bilal's body is rejecting part of the apparatus, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education blog.

Once the wounds from surgery are healed, the photography professor, whose back-of-the-head camera sends an image every minute to his website, said he wants to implant a lighter device in his skull. “I’m determined to continue with it,” he told the Chronicle blog.

Diego Fagundez

The 15-year-old soccer phenom joins the New England Revolution, a Major League team, for practice this month, capping a whirlwind ride that will allow him to skip college and most of high school.

Fagundez, who will train against players twice his age on the first team, said that he is ready.

“I think it would be a fight for me and a challenge,’’ Fagundez told the Boston Globe newspaper. “But I think I would do good. Even if I’m on the floor 100 times, I’ll still get up, and I’ll keep fighting.’’

Carlene Firmin

The 27-year-old on Wednesday will become the youngest-ever black woman to be named a Member of the British Order by Queen Elizabeth, according to the Guardian newspaper. As a senior policy officer at Race on the Agenda. Last year she founded the Girls Against Gangs project, supporting women affected by gang violence.

"I am grateful and feel very privileged to be receiving the MBE award," Fermin told the Guardian. "It has been fantastic to see the impact my work has had on policy affecting girls' and women's issues and I am excited about what the future will hold," she told the Guardian.

Brian Delancey

The 19-year-old senior from Krop High School in Florida's Miami-Dade County helped lead his teammates to the basketball playoffs this year. Yet because he is a Bahamian native who came to the U.S. three years ago and transferred to Krop just this academic year, the Florida High School Athletic Association has decided to drop the team from playoff contention—and may strip them of their victories this season altogether.

Maria Rodriguez of the Florida Immigration Coalition will argue before a District Judge Tuesday that the ban is a federal violation.

A Florida high schools athletics official said the case is not about academics, but basketball.

“The educational part – sitting in the classroom, doing homework – is a right,” M. Denarvise Thornton Jr., associate executive director of the Florida High School Athletic Association, said to the Miami Herald newspaper. “This being an extracurricular activity, it (playing basketball for the school) is a privilege."

– CNN's Nicole Dow, Sara Pratley and Alicia Stewart contributed to this report.

soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Nate

    His head is rejecting a camera that was implanted in his head? Hmm, I wonder why...

    February 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wzrd1

      Lemme guess, he didn't get it made with the proper implant grade material?

      February 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mE

    Wafaa Bilal = idiot

    February 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Tony

    The sad part is the idiot is being paid to teach our youth.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fred

      Here, Here!!

      February 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      I think you mean "Hear, hear." Speaking of teaching our youth....

      February 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lipton

    of course he is a terrorist,middle eastern,camera in his head,do the math.
    PALIN/HUMPHRIES
    2012

    February 8, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sue

      Please put your tin-foil hat back on your head and resume mumbling to yourself.

      February 8, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Fred

    Who is paying for the surgeries for this moron? and the camera? ect. wonder if any of this is tax payer dollars ?

    February 8, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Reality

      From the photo above, it looks like Coca Cola is paying for it through free product placement.

      February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Probably him you turd?

      February 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reality

    How about just a baseball cap with a camera on it, and leave it at that?

    February 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. lwba

    Wouldn't wearing a cap or hat with a camera attached to it be simplier? Or am I missing something here?

    February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. maddawg

    typical iTard of today..........

    no wonder ...........

    February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jim

      I should implant a camera at the end of my c0ck so you can get regular updates about your mom.

      HEYY-ooh.

      February 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dale

    I just can't get past those photos of that dog Nacy Grace. Her voice makes you want to shoot your dog. What a whiney woman.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mike Firenze

    Wafaa Bilal's web site sucks, and if he was smart the camera would have been implanted in his forehead. Who wants to see pictures from the back of your head? No wonder the pictures suck so bad.

    February 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. raven

    Thats so repugnant ! Im all for avant garde art ,but double ick! wonder how he showered ?

    February 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Eydie

    Its about-damn-time queen lizbeth appointed a black woman member of the british order!!!

    February 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Harv Weinstein

    Hey Wafaal...Mazeltov!

    February 9, 2011 at 2:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. erik

    gangreen of the brain? That would mean that he would be dead, Gang green is a disease where the blood stops circulating, so he would be dead if he got it in his brain. If you read the first article, you would know what the camera's for. And he wouldn't even make it past airport security, and if they were uploaded to a blog, I don't think they'd be seen by Al Qaeda, because internet access in Pakistan is kaput to put it frankly. So.......in other words, you ignoramus, stop being intolerant.

    February 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jo

    I hope not! Then he'd end up like you. We've enough moronic bigots around. Do you really think they'd allow him to have a camera implanted if they thought there'd be any danger of "Espionage"? He's a brave guy trying something new for scientific purposes. You're just a child sitting on his butt calling people names. Who's the man on this page?

    February 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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