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. Dave

    Charles Said this:
    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.

    Charles, did you read the second law or anything about it? NO you didnt. Here is what it does:

    The measure prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity, that are designed primarily for students of a particular race or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group. The Tucson Unified School District denies its program promotes resentment.

    Read more:

    But boycott away on ignorance. Maybe you will see the problem with illegal aliens after you are in a car wreck with one and require hospitalization. That illegal wont show up to court and you will foot the bill for everything.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Betty

    I visited California a couple of times last year,but I won't be going back agan. It is a beautiful state that is going broke and being ran over by illegals, and then they have the nerve to boycott a state that is trying to uphold the law and solve their illegal immigration problems. The people in L.A. had better wake up and get these council members and mayor out of office quick, because this boycott is going to backfire on them. The majority support Arizona. I and many others will be looking for ways to support Arizona and not do business with California or any other state that boycotts Arizona.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tricia M.

    These leaders, who swore to upload our laws, are really undermining our country's sovereignty by supporting those who break them. We can blame them for the pit LA has become. Time to boycott LA and kick those bums out of office!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Diogenes

    I live in LA. I will make every purchase in the nearby non-LA cities so no tax goes to LA. BOYCOTT LA.
    The city probably does not want any employees being discovered to be illegal as that would be bad press. Our Mayor is a member of MeCHA and should be thrown from office. Unfortunately as they do not check legal status to vote he gets 100,000's of illegals voting for him.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. John

    This has got to be one of the dumbest decisions a politican has ever made. If we follow this logic, each one of us should boycott states that pass laws we disagree with and we'll all end up worse off, including the people Mr. Reyes is trying to help. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    i think we should boycott California for not allowing people to show their american pride. Califironia is a big disgrace, how do you tell some one they cant wear an american flag shirt? This is america, not mexico, and these are just the growing reasons why arizona's law will be embraced by the rest of the country. If your illegal, get out of my country!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. nona

    California needs to clean up their own act. They would be smart to follow Az. lead. Illegals have doomed their economy.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. JR

    What a bunch of coneheads. There are very few people in CA that make any sense. They attract the strange and wierdos that are misfits in other places. Once they legalize
    pot that will take care of a lot of their problems. Can you see it now! three million potheads driving 80Mph on the freeways with a joint in their mouth. Go AZ.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. James

    I think all other states and cities should boycot any city that boycots Arizona, keep up the good work AZ and don't be bullied by these knee jerk radicals in CA.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mr. Tea

    "Did the federal governemnt do enough in regards to illegals? Probably not. Is Arizona going way too far? Most definitely." -Matt@10:44

    This is proof that Matt has not read the law. The Arizona law is the SAME as federal law.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    Is Ed Reyes a compete baffoon or what? He is extreme left wing nut job who does the exact same thing he belittle the conservatives for doing, and this is spreading mis-information to scare the American people into thinking what he says is true and that we are all in for a rude awakening if this thing is not stopped.
    Well Ed, I don't trust you any further than I could throw you and I support 100% what Arizona is doing. Not because I believe it is the 100% right thing to do, but because Obama and the folks YOU helped put in office haven't done squat.
    Arizona is well within its rights to do this to protect themselves and if the people of AZ don't like it they can vote those out of office who voted for it.
    My guess is that won't happen since a vast majority of LEGAL AZ residents support this measure. Only those illegals and those who are family memebers/friends of known illegals oppose this. Why do you think that is?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. malo

    The motives of these politicians are incredibly transparent. My problem with this whole debate is that I have yet to hear an alternative from those outraged. Lots of "we need comprehensive reform" soundbites but no one has offerred an approach on how to enforce – unless the thought is that once you successfully sneak over the border you should be safe or protected from ever being questioned.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cruciblethorn

    Funny to see you Mexicants whining about his law. You sure kept your immigrant mouths shut when the Patriot Acts and Warrantless Wiretapping laws were passed that targeted most "White" Americans and their rights but now because the little brownies THINK they are being targeted especially since most of them are illegal and breaking the law already, then you get your sombreros up in anger since you and your 50 million long family tree because can't keep breaking the law.

    Don't like the law, don't like America, take your sorry butts back to Mexico. Oh I forgot, you're not wanted there either. So shut up and live by the law. Most cops in America target different groups of people so you little brownies don't have much of an argument. Some target rich people, rich white people, rich black people, people who drive clunkers, people who drive clunkers that are white, some who are black. Shut up with this racial BS and learn to live by American law. Again, if you don't like it, get your little browny butts back to Mexico and enjoy that country and stay out of here with your cry baby racial BS. This isn't Mexico. You want to live here and enjoy the fruits of this great nation, then stop being a Mexicant and be an American. Love it or leave it.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lee

    I was going to the LA area for my vacation this year. I was going to disneyland, hollywood,ect. But now I'm going to boycott LA and CA and go to Utah and Colorado. Hope alot of people do the same.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. JUST ME

    Matt, how can u say American's rights are not being jepardized?????? Are you kidding me?

    Illegal immigrants have taken over the south west and are depriving American's of tax dollars that are needed desperately. There are some that are committing crimes against legal Americans and we need to round all the illegals up and get them out. PERIOD!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
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