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. Diogenes

    I LOVE how 95% of the comments here on this board, where CNN leans way left anyway, are supportive of Arizona and are making fun of LA. The American People are not being cowards anymore and are standing up for their own interests. Support Arizona! And having spent three vacations there, I can tell you it is a great place to visit. Grand Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Chircahua, etc.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tricia M.

    This law will have positive results, which will lead to other states adopting similar measures. The boycotters/pro-illegals will just be fools.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tina Moody

    I am from California, and I now live in Arizona. I had planned on going to LA this summer. I will now change my plans and go to Nevada. I am ashamed to say I am from California. Get a damn grip here. If you are here illegally, you are breaking the law. I guess California's new motto is, you can come here illegally, and we don't care. Use up all of our resourses, we dont care. Go to our hospitals, don't worry about paying for it, the people who pay taxes will pay for you. Go ahead and get welfare, because the people here legally will take care of you. What a great plan they have! I can see why California has no money.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. 4Arizona

    Why do people post "who built your house, who cleans your yard, who cleans your yard or takes care of your pool....the latinos". what a bunch of crap. latinos are NOT the only ones with service jobs. plenty of LEGAL people perform these services as well – LIKE ME, a legal citizen. LA boycotting us, what a joke, like we care!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. Charles

    Good job LA! I mean, honestly, I felt a little guilty about being angry at AZ for it's laws, up until yesterday, where they passed a second law, this one one what in can be taught in schools. The second law is, on it's own, not worth a boycott, but after the first law, I think anyone who considers themselves a tolerant American should be boycotting AZ.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    A civil war is the only solution. These illegals, their offspring, and the people who hate america, will keep wanting millions of illegals to come this country every year. Those who still care for this country, will have to fight for it.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. LW3132

    Many people from Arizona travel to California for vacation. Boycotting can go both ways, we can go elsewhere for vacation. In fact, we just cancelled our CA trip and plan on staying at home in a beautiful Scottsdale resort!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Tea

    I hope some one is taking down names of people who are vocally opposed to the Arizona law (Suns owner, Reyes, MSNBC). Then these people can be tried for treason (giving aid and comfort to foreign invaders is treason) and executed.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. james

    i think this is ridiculous, whats the big deal, if you dont want to have to worry about someone asking for your papers then get them, this country doesn't make it hard to become legal. Also don't you think this law is hurting AZ enough of its own, how many illegals are going to stay in AZ won't most of them just move to say ... California??

    May 13, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. lekaz

    A majority of us in AZ don't care what you people in LA- CA think..... We don;t care about being boycotted..... seriously, we don't! ~ you are a bunch of liberal nuts. But hey, if you want we will post signs in spanish of course (lol) that all the illegals that are here in AZ should to Ca.....

    P.S. They are called Illegals for a reason.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Andrew

    LA is also overrun by illegals, SUPRISE!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. JR

    Great idea. It's about time that LA came up with something besides carjacking, gang wars and bank roberries with automatic weapons. Send all the illegals to LA and give the whole thing to Mexico. We would sove the illegal problem and end LA's fiscal irresponsibility. Maybe they do their accounting in a foreign language. Go AZ.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. ja stick

    I am from LA - not going to boycott squat, in fact i might make a trip to AZ just to make a point

    May 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. grant

    and one of the reasons LA and California are BROKE because they are OVERRUN with illegal immigrants. Polls show the majority of America supports local police to be able to enforce immigration law. The federal government can't do it by themselves, so why is it wrong to have local police be able to do it? People opposed to this law are completely off base and probably don't understand the law.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Les

    Give me a break! LA council, you are opening a can of worms. So now whenever a city, county or state doesn't like what another does you break contracts? Taking a stance such as that will only hurt you. If you think the jobs, contracts, etc will be filled by Californians you are mistaken. Why weren't those things contracted to Californians anyway? I hope you don't need me to answer that. California is being slowly bled dry by our open borders. I was born and raised here, and will probably die here but I can tell you things have gone downhill. Immigrants are what makes our country great but you cannot allow everyone who wants to come here in. Simple economics my friend. The malority will take and not give. The welfare mentality of the US, and specifically CA is well known and exploited. And if you do not know that you should not be in such a position of controlling our collective destinies! I see people everyday in the medical arena who come here from across the globe solely for the benefits given out for free. They then go back to their home country. And why don't business' want to come or stay in California? Because all these freebies cost those of us who make work and pay taxes a ton of cash. Keep the contracts and close the pure strings you morons. Quit trying to get a vote from an undercontributing population!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
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