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. Mary Ellen Brooks

    I hope the LA Lakers will insist that all games against the Phoenix Suns will be played in LA or at least outside Arizona.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. Spanish American

    don't let these racist coucil members bring you down AZ 70% of all Americans support you, keep it going!! show them how its done.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Raul

    The ban makes sense. Businesses shouldn't send dark-skinned Americans to a state where they will be harassed by police and treated like foreigners for having dark skin.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      Actually Raul, ya might want to take a little harder look at what that law is saying.
      Bottom line. If you are in this state illegally, you are the breaking the law. This law applies to all those no matter what country or skin color you may have. What you are saying as far as the whole brown skin thing. Comments like that are exactly why this is being made a race issue. When it's not.
      Look, I respect your opinion. However, remember this is a country's build solely on immigrants.
      This law has nothing to do with any one specific group here. There is a wrong way and a right way to enter in this country.
      When those people don't enter correctly in this country you to consider this. Theirs a lot of bad people out there. Ya just can't have everyone come into your home so to speak, not knowing if they are a terrorist, has some kind of flu or be contagious , winch could spread and infect others, on a massive level Raul.. Ranging from what foods are brought in to this country, to arms to what ever. Ya have to check that stuff out. or if it ever happens, ya just can't go back after the destruction is done and simply say, ooops.
      Look, our government refuses to do anything ya know this. Arizona decided to say simply "Enough is enough" Some one has to do something. Again, you could be from Mexico, Russia or even from Canada. Breaking this law applies to all. Plain and simple.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. MJ

    Asking for proof of citizenship – then detaining those who are here illegaly is just the same as a cop asking for your licence and registration. It's call law and order folks. What frightenes me is just HOW many of you don't seem to want illegals to follow the same rules and laws that we ourselves have to.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. robkoz

    Ok let me get this straight, bankrupt California is going to boycott Arizona for a law that mirrors federal law? But get this, California sacntuary cities declined to comment wether or not they would take in illegal immigrants fleeing Arizona. Oh the hypocrisy! I thought illegal immigrants make billions of dollars for the economy so why would California decline them? I guess Not In My Backyard applies here..... BTW, MILLIONS in New York State support Arizona! 73+% nationally and climing too!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. USA First

    Keep sports out this and Arizona is doing just fine!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Francis Marino

    Why is that people insist on leaving out the Illegal part of the law.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Read The Actual Arizona Law

    Ed Reyes, a person in the United States cannot be deported with "no questions asked." There are databases that will allow for the Arizona Law Enforcement to determine whether a subject has the proper paperwork allowing them to be in the United States or whether or not that person is a citizen of the United States.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. cdOG3

    Good job Arizona, therre city/state is broke because of the illegals and this is how they respond. The whole country is behind you. Hopefully my state will do the same.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lynn

    I guess LA wants all illegals to come live in their county. Just put out the welcome mat and they will come. GO ARIZONA and thanks for wanting to keep LEGAL AMERICANS safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. fishfry001

    I will definitely be boycotting the city of Los Angeles. Every Illegal Alien sympathizer needs to see this:

    May 13, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. john

    I find it just a little wierd that Illegals seem to have more rights than leagls in this country. The United States is here for US citizens. There are ways to become a legal citizen and if you break the law you should be deported.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rod Donovan

    Way to go Arizona. As a Texan, we ourselves are getting run over by illegal immigrants, not to mention the crime. That is why Perry will not be Governor next election. Keep up the good work and don't let those "Joto Cabrones" in California or elsewhere change your resolve.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    Californians are anti everythingers. No matter what you do they are gonna complain. Arizona doesn't need California to survive and especially not L.A.. I support you Arizona

    May 13, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    LA needs to think like AZ, we have a much bigger problem with illegals and have had the problem much longer so you think LA would be like YES ! THIS COULD WORK FOR US TOO? AZ is doing what the White House cannot! You were given the chance to but failed the people and our rights to protection as our laws are written. GO AZ, BAD LA.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
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