Friday's intriguing people
Sir Alex Ferguson could become the first coach to win three Champions League titles.
May 27th, 2011
04:09 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Sir Alex Ferguson

The coach of Manchester United leads his team into the biggest soccer match of the year seeking a title of his own greatest coach ever.

In his 25 years in charge of the club, Ferguson has won 12 league titles and countless other domestic trophies. If he leads United to victory Saturday, he will become the first manager to win three Champions League titles, reports CNN's Greg Duke.

The matchup Saturday between Manchester United and favored Barcelona will be played at one of the most famous stadiums in the world, Wembley in London, so the English side may have a edge in fans, but most experts favor the Spanish side on the field.

Sports Illustrated's Jonathan Wilson says Ferguson will have an interesting decision to make with his tactical formation: Does he play the same lineup or opt for the addition of a defensive-minded player?

Not everyone thinks Barcelona is certain to win. Gabriele Marcotti says Manchester United has an advantage at the end of this very long season.

Nathan Bootz

The Ithaca Public Schools superintendent reportedly wants Michigan's governor to put more money into schools.

Maybe the state should make them into prisons, he says in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder, originally published in the Gratiot County Herald on May 11.

In part the letter reads: "The State of Michigan spends annually somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 per prisoner, yet we are struggling to provide schools with $7,000 per student. I guess we need to treat our students like they are prisoners, with equal funding."

Bootz goes on to write that by providing more funding the state can help keep students out of prison.

The letter apparently was cheered but also booed by some in the state.

State Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican from Rochester Hills, called the letter “inflammatory rhetoric,” according to the Michigan Capitol Confidential, a news service that "reports on the public officials who seek to limit government, those who do not, and those whose votes are at odds with what they say."

The Michigan Capitol Confidential looked at the budgeting issue a different way, saying that prisoners are in state care 24 hours a day while students spend only eight hours.

"Students cost roughly $6.46 per hour to educate. Prisoners cost $5.92 per hour to house," Tom Gantert wrote.

Jack Scott

The mayor of Cordova, Alabama, has plenty of mad residents. Scott says a city ordinance passed in the 1950s doesn't allow for single-wide trailers as residences, reports say. But many people were displaced after a tornado hit the town April 27, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers the trailers as temporary housing.

So while some city bureaus are using trailers for offices, the mayor won't allow FEMA to give out the single wides, according to reports.

ABC 33/30 in Birmingham said it called the mayor to ask why, and he hung up on the reporter.

CNN affiliate WIAT-TV in Birmingham reports that some people have resorted to living in tents.

Luke Smith

The 8-year-old was upset the U.S. flag flying on a pier in Oceanside, California, was damaged, according to CNN affiliate KSWB-TV in San Diego.

"I was actually standing right under this pier at the starting line (of a 5-kilometer race). I looked up at the flag and noticed it was all ripped up and tattered," he told KSWB.

So he wrote the man in charge, according to the station.

"Dear Mr. Mayor,

"During my last visit to the pier, while I was looking around, I saw the American flag at the top of the pole waving in the breeze. I felt proud, then I was sad. The flag was all ripped up and tattered. I think it was disrespectful to our country and the people who fight for it. I would be pleased if you would replace it.

"Thank you, sir, for your attention.

" Your friend, Luke Smith, 8 years old."

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood said budget cutbacks made it harder for officials in the military town to spot such problems, according to KSWB.

Wood sent Smith a letter of proclamation and had the flag replaced, the TV station reported.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Ellis

    This 8 year old must have been coached. What a staged BS story.

    May 27, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ellis

    Stacey,will you marry me?

    May 28, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    As a resident in mich i have 2 applaud the superintendant in ithaca. So true about the prisons & they seem 2 have more priveleges than our children who are going 2 be left with this huge national debt. & shame on gov schneider taking away hot lunches!

    May 28, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ellis

    That's a lame joke Bob. Must match your lame sense of humor and lame personality. The life at the part you are NOT. I will not call you a name or this Chrissy chic will tell me something. Chrissy, why do you contradict your self. Free hot lunches are federally funded. Free lunches at public schools have been going on for over twenty years. This is one reason for a national debt. Helloooooooooooooo.

    May 28, 2011 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ellis

    Michigan is a rotten ugly state. It is stinky, smelly, yuky, blahy, and full of bad mean people. Detroit is inside that sewer. And those are its good points.

    May 28, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ellis

    Kiss mine antiEllis

    May 28, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey

    "Coached?"
    D right, taught, but not at the moment.
    When I was Luke Smith's age, every child in town would have been taught to do exactly what he did about the worn flag.
    Part of our elementary-school was proper folding of an American flag, and its proper display and disposal.
    Think about that, and then immediately think about why the economy of this country is in shambles.
    Now, many people in this country expect the American flag to salute them.

    May 28, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Ellis from Panama and the other trolls are all stupid and gay. Haahahahahaa

    May 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. James

    So much stuff to read.

    May 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dante

    Barcelona won!!!

    May 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dante

    I guess that Ferguson will get another chance soon. His team is the most popular in the world.

    IT'S ON, BABY!!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fot-suN0Fp8&w=640&h=390]

    May 30, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Erin

    wow this is the second time in one month some one from michigan has made cnn first its petosky batmann now it bootz!(bootz's story is a little more important though)

    May 30, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
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