May 3rd, 2010
08:27 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Wayne Rhatigan

The New York City police officer helped to avert what might have been a catastrophe.

At 6:28 p.m. Saturday, a police surveillance camera caught a dark green sport utility vehicle going west on 45th Street. About 6:30 p.m., a T-shirt vendor - a Vietnam veteran - noticed an unoccupied SUV on 45th Street and alerted Rhatigan.

The mounted police officer, now on the force for 19 years, saw a Nissan Pathfinder with its engine running and its lights flashing.

"I did a lap around the vehicle. The inside was smoking," Rhatigan told the New York Daily News. "I smelled gunpowder and knew it might blow. I thought it might blow any second."

Officers immediately evacuated the area, and firefighters, emergency medical personnel and the bomb squad soon descended on the scene.

CNN: Police may have video of possible car bomb suspect

New York Daily News: Cops evacuate heart of NYC after 'potential terrorist attack'

CNN This Just In: How the Times Square incident unfolded

Michael Ziccardi

The veterinarian and associate professor at the UC Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine is on the Gulf Coast helping to oversee wildlife rescue teams.

According to the website of the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, Ziccardi, the network's director, has coordinated oil response operations for more than 45 spills around the world.

As the first injured birds are washing ashore, Ziccardi has found time in 16-hour days to blog. He writes, "Our main goal in response, in addition to helping the oiled animals, is making sure that our workers are [as] safe as possible from the hazards of the oil (not to mention the pointy parts - note the medical term - of the animals themselves)."

Oiled Wildlife Care Network website

Mitch Landrieu

The last time New Orleans, Louisiana, had a white mayor was between 1970 and 1978 when Maurice "Moon" Landrieu led the desegregation of the city and appointed many African-Americans to top positions in City Hall. On Monday, his son, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, will assume the office his father once held.

The family knows politics. In 1996, Mitch Landrieu's sister, Mary, became the first woman from Louisiana to win election to a full term in the U.S. Senate.

According to Mitch Landrieu's official biography, he attended Catholic University in Washington, where he majored in political science and theater - obviously a useful combination.

The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune: Free festival to follow Landrieu's inauguration ceremony

CNN: Oil slick awaits New Orleans' new mayor

Louisiana Office of the Lt. Governor: Biography

Laurel Krause

The sister of one of the students killed at Kent State University 40 years ago wants to know the truth about what happened there.

Nineteen-year-old Allison Krause and three other students were fatally shot by National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970, during anti-Vietnam War protests on campus. To mark the anniversary, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Laurel Krause has helped to organize "Four Days in May, the Kent State Truth Tribunal."

Krause is calling on witnesses, former National Guardsmen, government officials, university administrators and others to gather at Kent State on Monday and Tuesday "to rectify the mistruths and wrongs as we correct history."

Kent State University: Dedication of May 4 historic site and walking tour

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Families still search for answers in Kent State tragedy

Mobile Broadcast News: Four Days in May, the Kent State Truth Tribunal

Grant Achatz

The award-winning chef has fought stage-four tongue cancer since July 2007 and is beating it.

The magazine Today's Chicago Woman reports that the chef and owner of Chicago's celebrated Alinea restaurant had lost his sense of taste for a time.

In 2008, Achatz won the James Beard Foundation outstanding chef in America award. On Monday, the fifth anniversary of his restaurant, the 2010 James Beard Awards will be presented in New York, and Alinea is nominated in the outstanding service category.

Achatz, who blogs about cooking, told the magazine that fame comes with caution.

"We have some notoriety and a great deal of spotlight on us," he said. "If we put a new dish on the menu tonight, I guarantee you four or more people will take photos or videos of it, putting it on their own blogs and trademarking it to Alinea."

James Beard Foundation Awards website

Today's Chicago Woman: Grant Achatz

Alinea Restaurant website

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Couptaker

    B.P. said they would pat to clean up the oil . You should be paid well very well. Buildings equipment cars every thing.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. ogsnoclaf

    To Couptaker: BP is saying that they'll pay for all "appropriate" costs. That, my friend, is "legalese" that leaves the door wide open for BP to control what they WANT to pay for. They continue to mishandle what will probably be our nation's worst oil spill.

    May 3, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. not all docs play golf

    Points up the importance of being more pro-active in making sure the infrastructure and crisis management options and contingency plans are adequate to the task if we are to enter the process of "drill baby drill," and that our long-term strategy should be to continue to evolve away from fossil fuels. Prevent baby prevent.

    May 3, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cheryl

    from the news i have watched on the Time Square coverage , a street vendor was the real hero here.
    Unless i am mistaken it makes better news if its a law enforcement officer?

    May 3, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |

    If u see something say something.
    (Supposed) sleeper cell/ Former inmate 75369-053

    May 14, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
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