May 13th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Ed Reyes

The Los Angeles, California, City Council on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a boycott of Arizona-based businesses and governments unless the state repeals a new law giving police the power to question a detainee's immigration status. The city's legislative analyst reported that Los Angeles currently has $56 million in contracts with companies headquartered in Arizona.

According to The Los Angeles Times, during their debate on the resolution, council members compared Arizona's legislative behavior to Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust, as well as the internment and deportation of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

"Los Angeles is the second-largest city in this country, an immigrant city, an international city. It needs to have its voice heard," said Councilman Reyes, a resolution sponsor. "As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport. If I come across an officer who's having a bad day and feels that the picture on my ID is not me, I can be ... deported, no questions asked. That is not American."

CNN This Just In: Los Angeles passes Arizona boycott over immigration law

Los Angeles Times: L.A. council bans most official travel to Arizona

John Legend

The singer-songwriter-pianist is helping to raise funds for Gulf Coast fishing families and environmentalists facing the challenges of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Legend and many other top artists will perform May 14–16 at the Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Along with Legend will be such performers as Zac Brown Band, Alison Krauss, The Black Crowes, and Jakob Dylan.

Legend, the winner of six Grammy awards, is also scheduled to appear at the Gulf Aid benefit concert in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday.

Hangout Festival website

John Legend website

Robert MacLean

An administrative judge has ruled that the Transportation Security Administration was within its rights when it fired the federal air marshal for leaking sensitive information to the media.

MacLean was fired in 2006, two years after he told an MSNBC reporter that the agency planned to remove air marshals from flights that required costly overnight hotels. The disclosure embarrassed the agency, coming only days after the government had sent out a warning about planned terror attacks on U.S. aircraft.

MacLean said he will appeal the administrative judge's decision and that he hopes for a suspension, not termination, as the appropriate punishment for his actions. He told CNN in 2009 that he never had to make an arrest in five years flying missions as an air marshal.

"It was a well-paying job with enormous responsibility, yet extremely tedious and mundane," he said. "You did the same thing every day, there was nothing new. You sat in your seat and prayed that nobody would set off an IED or ambush you mid-flight."

CNN This Just In: Judge upholds firing of federal air marshal

Maryam Ali

The 16-year-old sophomore at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia, wants to race with her school's crew team.

In a moving Washington Post profile, reporter Annie Gowen describes the challenges facing Ali - asthma, overweight, lives in subsidized housing - and how tough it was to pay for her $260 uniform and the team's $750 fees. And because she's not strong enough to row with others, her coach found her a separate boat to practice in.

Ali, who is African-American in a sport dominated by white competitive rowers, told the newspaper that her goal is to get in a race before the end of the season.

"I just want to do the best I can ... and be an important part of the team," she said.

Washington Post: Rower confronts class barriers with spot on crew team

Piers Sellers

The British-born NASA astronaut is taking a small piece of Sir Isaac Newton's famous apple tree into space on Friday on his trip to the International Space Station.

According to the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the mathematician and physicist saw an apple fall in his orchard at some time during 1665 or 1666. Newton then hypothesized that the same gravitational force that made the apple fall also governed the motion of the moon.

London's Guardian newspaper reports that Sellers, who has dual UK-U.S. citizenship, said he will let the slice from Newton's tree float around in the Atlantis shuttle.

"While it's up there, it will be experiencing no gravity, so if it had an apple on it, the apple wouldn't fall. ... Sir Isaac would have loved to see this, assuming he wasn't spacesick, as it would have proved his first law of motion to be correct."

The Guardian: Isaac Newton's apple tree to experience zero gravity

Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences: Newton's life

soundoff (575 Responses)
  1. Bushpig61

    I hope Pennsylvania and New Jersey follows Arizona's lead soon. I'm so sick of driving behind white box vans with no side windows and seeing 8 or 9 heads through the rear window, and the driver is doing under the speed limit because he has a vanful of illegals sitting on 5 gallon buckets in the back, WITH NO SEATBELTS, and doesn't want to get pulled over by the local cops. And if I see this all the time, why don't the COPS see it? Why don't I see more cops pulled up behind these vans, lights a flashing, and the occupants sitting on the curb? This country has enough landscapers, house painters and crop pickers. My brother lived in the burbs and had a bunch of them living in a shed in someone's backyard behind his house, and they ran electricity to it and would stay up all night watching TV and talking that filthy language, and they had beds in there! They're just dirty. Let them stay in their own dirty country and clean IT up. Clean up the drugs and corruption too and maybe we'll stop reading about all the headless bodies being found every other day.

    And another thing.......take an Arab-Muslim-Islamic extremist, shave his beard, put a poncho and a sombrero on him, and what does he look like? Now, what if the Arab-Muslim-Islamic terrorists read about how f'd up our southern borders are, how wussified our liberal government is, and decide that the best way into this country isn't from JFK Int'l in New York or Philly Int'l in Phila., but through Mexico into Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California? Do you people have the slightest idea of the havoc that would be wreaked on this country?????? Wait till some towelhead figures THAT out, THEN you'll have REAL problems! They don't teach common sense in your yuppie-liberal-ass colleges. You're either born with it or you're not, and it seems liberals all follow the same pacifistic pattern of turning over and letting the world f&%k them in the a$$.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bushpig61

    Reyes. Isn't that a sqic name?

    May 13, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jlb554

    hey ummm metzitans...are your posts a joke? Lol first you need to learn some proper English, second you need to stop sounding so red neck because the fact that you think white is right well you are obviously uneducated. I am white and I never think I am superior. There are hard workers and there are moochers that is about it. Stop posting please you make Americans look dumb!

    May 14, 2010 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Spanish American

    Viva AZ!!! From a spanish AMERICAN living in NJ, hopefully this law makes its way here ASAP!

    May 15, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
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