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. Marti

    Reyes and the council compare our immigration bill to Nazi Germany and the beginning of the Holocaust? Are you f-ing nuts! Do you forget this is AMERICA!! This is not just insane thinking, it's scary. I support the bill 100% and I'm disgusted and outraged to be compared to a Nazi. Reyes, get your facts straight and then go to hell.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wayne

    LA politicians are traitors. Taking the side of illegals over Americans. If I went to a different country, I would have to show my passport if asked, so what's the diff.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. jeo

    Time to ban L.A.!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. CamarilloSam

    So if UPS ships a package from LA to AZ does UPS get deported to AZ or to Germany? Maybe the LA city council will only deport the UPS managers (if they are white).

    May 13, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Randy

    To compare a state law, that attempts to control illegal imigrants, with Nazi Germany is pure ignorance, and LA should be ashamed for fueling this anti-American rederic. Those with any intelligence would compare it to President Herbert Hoover, President Harry Truman, or President Dwight Eisenhower who during their presidencies deported well over 15 million illegal aliens so that American citizens could find a job. If you were taught American history you would know these things...

    May 13, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    Really Reyes, I have been "boycotting" LA for 25 years. Who in there right mind wants to go to a place loaded with traffic, crime, gangs, pollution etc. Most of these post that talk about harrassing etc just shows you that most of the country has no clue as to what is going on in Arizona. Just keep your crap in CA and your crap in Mexicon and leave us the hell alone

    May 13, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. JUST ME

    Go Arizona!!!! Congrats for having the gonads to stop illegal entry into the United States. Illegal means you do not have a passport or anyother forms of legal entry into the USA. If you don't like our rules, illegal immigrants, then go back home. We are all tired of spending out tax dollars to support your behinds for subsidized this and that. Get a green card or a passport and enter here legally and we will be more than happy to have you pay your fair share of taxes that you should have been paying in the first place. Americans are tired of supporting you illegal, against the law, immigrants! PERIOD!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. September

    The only people that Ed Reyes cares about are Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. He doesn't give a $@*! about Americans.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
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  10. Willie12345

    All states with Illegal Aliens should consider buying the illegals a one-way ticket to San Fran. and give them $500 dollars, with the understanding that if they return (as an illegal) they will immediately be placed in on a road gang for 3 years. That will make everyone happy.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Rob

    Arizona boycotts illegal aliens, so LA boycotts law-abiding businesses. Yep.. that's why I boycott California, the further from insanity I live, the better.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    I think the city has alot bu=igger problems to worry about rather than passing a cerimonial resolution that will not have any effect on AZ. Naybe they c=should consetrate on their budget issues. I support the AZ law and think that California, NM & Texas should follow in their footsteps

    May 13, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joe

    The LA council are a bunch of morons.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ex-LA Tourist

    Hmmm, I'm changing my summer travel plans from LA to Tucson, Phoenix or perhaps Flagstaff! At least I'll feel safer there. BOYCOTT LA! Keep sports out of it. I can see the Lakers taking the court in Phoenix raising their passports or driver's licenses already. Guess what boys, I show my driver’s license anytime an Officer of the Law asks for it…it ain’t no big deal and my feelings aren’t hurt (possibly my wallet from the speeding ticket, but that’s my own damn fault!)

    May 13, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. doofus

    California: "No to gay marriage, yes to illegal immigrants!"

    And people say Arizona is bad? What part of California seems American anymore?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
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