May 12th, 2010
08:07 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Benigno Aquino III

The son of former Philippine President Corazon Aquino led contenders for the Philippine presidency Tuesday, as authorities tabulated returns from the country's national elections.

Aquino told CNN on Tuesday that politicians must be responsible to those who elected them.

"We are public servants," he said. "You're the public, you're the masters, you're the one with wants and needs that should be wanted and delivered. And we'll bring it back to that point."

That meant making it possible for people to improve their lives, he said.

Aquino, nicknamed "Noynoy," is the son of the former president and Sen. Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., who was assassinated in 1983 as he returned from exile to lead opposition to Cold War-era Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos.

Corazon Aquino, who died in August, took over the leadership of her husband's movement and became the country's first female president in 1986.

CNN: Aquino holds lead in Philippine vote

Jason Carter

The Atlanta, Georgia, attorney captured 5,559 votes and won the race for the state's Senate District 42 in DeKalb County on Tuesday. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Carter will serve the remainder of the term of former state Sen. David Adelman, whom President Obama appointed as U.S. ambassador to Singapore.

Although the General Assembly is no longer in session, state law requires the seat be filled, and Carter told the newspaper there's work to do now.

"There's a lot that can be done behind the scenes if I'm a state senator, especially with setting policy infrastructure, building relationships and getting ready to hit the ground running in the Senate," Carter told the newspaper.

Carter, 34, founded Democrats Work, a national organization involved with community service projects. Jason Carter is the eldest grandson of peanut farmer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter, himself a former Georgia state senator and the country's 39th president.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Carter wins state Senate race

Brenna Marie Reilly

The 29-year old woman admits she falsely claimed to be an FBI executive.

Reilly pleaded guilty in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, to impersonating an FBI employee, which could land her up to three years in prison.

According to court documents released Tuesday,Reilly began claiming to several neighbors in Arlington last summer that she was an assistant director of the FBI and director of the bureau's forensic division. By November she said she was looking to hire two assistants. Two neighbors filled out what appeared to them to be genuine FBI forms and were told they were hired.

"Some of the duties involved transcribing interrogations supposedly conducted by Reilly," the court document said. "Other duties included editing condolence letters to the families of CIA officers who died in the January bombing in Afghanistan; Reilly claimed the CIA officers were working for her." Peter Carr, the spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, said, "It was never clear why she did this."

CNN This Just In: Feds: Woman admits impersonating FBI exec, hiring

Ryan Murphy

The creator of hit TV shows such as "Nip/Tuck" and "Glee" is asking people to boycott Newsweek magazine.

In a recent article, Newsweek stated that "Glee" star Jonathan Groff seems like a "theater queen" on the show. The article also mentions Sean Hayes' performance in Broadway's "Promises, Promises:" "It's weird seeing Hayes play straight."

Hayes' costar, Kristin Chenoweth, also criticized the story.

Entertainment Weekly obtained Murphy's open letter, which reads, in part, "I would like to join my good friend Kristin Chenoweth on her condemnation of a recent Newsweek article written by Mr. Ramin Setoodeh, in which Setoodeh basically says that out gay actors should go back into the closet and never attempt to play straight characters. ... Today, I have asked GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios to stand with me and others and ask for an immediate boycott of Newsweek magazine until an apology is issued to Sean Hayes and other brave out actors who were cruelly singled out in this damaging, needlessly cruel, and mind-blowingly bigoted piece."

Entertainment Weekly: 'Glee' creator pushes for Newsweek boycott

Nola Ochs

On May 15, having already passed her comprehensive finals and turned in her 50-page research paper, she will graduate from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with a Master of Liberal Studies in history. Ochs is 98 years old.

According to the university, she will be the oldest person ever to receive a master's degree.

"I'm very gratified to have attained that distinction," she said. "I would like, in the long run, to encourage people to keep on learning. Our education is never complete."

A former teacher in a one-room school, Ochs got her bachelor's degree in 2007, and then-governor and now U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius personally handed Ochs her diploma.

She's expecting 50 relatives at this year's graduation. She plans to continue to take courses and may work toward a Master of Arts in history and, the university reports, compete for one of the three graduate teaching assistantships in that department that will be available in spring 2011.

Fort Hays State University: Oldest graduate finishing up graduate work

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. jeff

    It's Carter's grandson–not "son" as it says on the CNN home page...typical CNN

    May 12, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. K from AZ

    Hope he is nothing like this anti-semite grandfather.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alice

    RE: Ryan Murphy

    They should boycott Kristin Chenoweth and force her to get voice lessons, she sounds like
    Donald Duck. Leave Ramin Setoodeh alone, he just said what a lot of us think. Add another name to the list, that silly no talent Neil Patrick Harris.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. CATom

    Hopefully Carter's son will not garner the same reputation his father did as being the absolute worst US president in the recorded history of the US.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. bj

    Jimmy Carter is one of the greatest Americans to have ever lived or served as President of the US.
    All of you haters should be ashamed of yourselves.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Helen

      President Carter was too good for us at the time he served. He had to deal with a Republican controlled Congress and they destroyed him.

      June 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MAE

    Glee is a bad show and will be cancelled soon. The critics can't make a person like a show.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Me

    K from AZ: You mean have the balls to tell Israel the truth. Anti-semite? Define "Semite".

    May 12, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. bob

    This about Jimmy Carter: He used to be President, but he’s still an idiot.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rob S

    not sure what you're looking at Jeff but my homepage says Grandson.
    Carter is the best POST President we have ever seen. His diplomatic skills are incredible and I wish his grandson all the best.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Daniel

    When is Jimmy Carter going to be on Glee? Probably when Brenna Marie Reilly impersonates Benigno Aquino III.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Yinz

    Yes – he was the worst president ever, until George W took office.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hobie Burgess Lake Elsinore Ca.

    May 12th, 2010
    11:40 am ET Jimmy Carter is one of the greatest Americans to have ever lived or served as President of the US.
    All of you haters should be ashamed of yourselves.

    Posted by: bj

    I totally agree with you bj. Jimmy Carter has been short-changed all these years.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rich

    To the people that elected another Carter. You remind me of that poet-laureate of the South, Forrest Gump. "Stupid is, as stupid does."

    May 12, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Marketing

    It'll be intersting to see what he does – people either llike or hate Jimmy Carter but, like him or not, he still is a factor out there. I had not heard of Democrats Work and think I'll check into it. We need that kiknd of effort now. I wish him well.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Corey

    And let's remember that Carter's negative legacy had to do with the hostages, which were freed minutes after Regan was sworn in. Why then? Because Regan promised to give weapons to Iran (the hostage takers) if they promised to hold the hostages until after Regan was elected.

    May 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
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