March 19th, 2010
08:01 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Lincoln Davis: The fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrat from Tennessee, who cast a “no” vote last November on the Affordable Health Care for America Act, is among a group of lawmakers facing intense pressure to reveal how they will vote now on the $940 billion compromise plan.

On his Web site, Rep. Davis writes, “Please be sure to email me to let me know how you feel about healthcare in our country. As always, I will continue to analyze all legislation using my independent Tennessee values as a guide.”

The congressman describes his upbringing and background as “pure Tennessee” and says, "I will take positions because they are right for the people of Tennessee's Fourth District, not because they are right for Democrats or Republicans alone."

CNN: Where does health care reform stand?

Office of Rep. Davis

John G. Peters: The university president released a report yesterday that began, “February 14, 2008 was the darkest day in the history of Northern Illinois University. On that day we lost five students — young people whose lives stretched before them with untold promise. Twenty-one others were injured, some seriously. Their classmates in Cole Hall that day were shaken to their core and the entire campus was traumatized by an incomprehensible act of violence.”

The report is an investigation into how the university responded when former NIU student Steven Kazmierczak open fire that day, then shot himself. Peters writes that the report has a larger purpose.

“We realize this report brings neither comfort nor closure, but by sharing what we learned while dealing with this tragedy, we add information to the body of research on mass shootings that seem to increasingly plague our society.”

The report lists the preparation and training that other colleges and universities might benefit from.

Northern Illinois University: Report of the February 14, 2008, shootings

Nawar Shora: The legal director of the Arab American Anti-Discrimination League told The Washington Post that he’s “finally practicing what I preach.” Shora is joining the Transportation Security Administration as a senior adviser on civil rights and liberties.

The newspaper reports that Shora, born in Syria and raised in Huntington, West Virginia, has spent a decade trying to bridge differences between law enforcement and Muslim- and Arab-Americans.

Washington Post: Shora takes battle for Arab and Muslim rights inside the TSA

Dan Rollman: The 36-year-old from Brooklyn, New York, came up with the idea of a “National Day of Unplugging.”

USA Today reports that Rollman, who never considered himself a particularly religious person, took his idea to a group called Reboot, a network of 300 Jewish technology entrepreneurs. They created a “Sabbath Manifesto” and are asking that from sundown on Friday, March 19, to Saturday, March 20, people stop using any technology — such as BlackBerrys, computers or cell phones — and “connect with loved ones, get outside, find silence, and give back.”

USA Today: Rediscover the Sabbath on 'National Day of Unplugging'

Reboot Web site

Mel Brooks: The director and composer who turned his movies “The Producers” and “Young Frankenstein” into Broadway musicals says that he’s thinking about crafting “Blazing Saddles” into the next one — and that he’s already written two songs.

Brooks, 83, told the Canadian Press that a stage version of the 1974 satirical Western, which starred Cleavon Little, Madeline Kahn and Gene Wilder, would explore racial prejudice.

We can’t wait to see if Brooks writes a song for all of those cowboys sitting around the campfire, eating baked beans and drinking coffee.

Canadian Press: Mel Brooks pens 'Blazing Saddles' musical

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. stanton cummings

    Another rich fat cat who dose'nt want the sick to survive because we can't afford health care so we can just dry up and blow away after we die.Isn't that right Mr.Lincoln Davis so that you and your fat cat friends can buy another summer home or vacation anywhere in the world at the tax payers expence!!!!!

    March 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Vic Gates

    Hold your good common sense ground Mr Davis.
    The poorist of the poor will get poorer, the ruling class will last only until the producing class runs out.
    Then our children will live in a situation like Haiti

    March 19, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. cel

    Mel Brooks is a genius, stay tuned, he'll figure out just the right music for the campfire scene...........

    March 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |