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. Robcokc

    Looks like I will be vacationing in Phoenix this year as opposed to L.A. I saw a report that says 59% of Americans support this law. AMERICANS!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. JUST ME

    Glad to see Patrick is from Canada. He hates the USA so much.. wonder how many items from the US he is using each and every day!!! Wonder how much of his daily food intake is from America??? Stay up there Patrick... USA doesn't want or need people with your mentality here.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Justbhappy

    As a Mexican American, I sympathize with the protest of the AZ Bill and firmly believe that Russell Pearce is a racist. But, is a boycott the solution? Last time I checked this country was called the UNITED States, not the "Untied Stated". Division is a sign of weakness in the eyes of our enemies. Mr. Pearce, Our enemies are AlQaeda and Taliban, not migrant workers.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. itzjuswrong

    Good. We don't need their millions of illegals or illegal sympathizers in our state. And if you want the illegals so bad, just bring hundreds (make that thousands) of buses and you can ship them back to your state. They have already corrupted and bankrupted California, so come and get 'em. Arizona is a LAW-ABIDING state, if the feds won't enforce immigration laws, By God Arizona will.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. tbone

    Arizona ir racist

    May 13, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. demonfeed

    I lived in Arizona for awhile, and the illegal population there is pretty obscene. You could drive to Chandler and stop at any bus stop, and it would be packed with illegals who would hop in the back of your truck, lie down so nobody could see them til you got to your house, and they would do whatever work you wanted. That takes money away from contractors and people who SPECIALIZE in the work. You have to show proof of residency to even GET a job in the US, why is everyone so against presenting proof of residency if your driving a car or walking down the street? If the illegals weren't so prevalent, there would be no need for reform. I'm all for human rights, but no human rights are being violated. If your not a citizen, you can't legally work in this country. The biggest opposers of the law seem to be the people who take advantage of the illegals the most, or the family members of the illegals who are harboring them illegally. You can't just decide to come to the US to make a quick buck, then head back to Mexico to spend it, that isn't fair to the rest of the country. Again, I'm sorry, but this law should stay, and shame on California for turning it into a boycot issue.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. james

    the last major boycott i remember is the boycott of anything from Cuba, last time I checked it never changed anything and only made Cuban cigars even more famous

    May 13, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dave

    The rest of the country should boycott LA and stop tax dollars from going there.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Henry Miller

    Then I guess I'm boycotting L.A.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. The Dark Lord Approaches were going to take a Thanksgiving Cruise?!?!?

    I do not even want to know, but their truly is something for everyone in this world. REALLY..A Thanksgiving Cruise. That sounds like two things that just do not go together in any way shape or from.

    I guarantee it is not as good as when I eat way too much turkey, drink too much wine, and pass out watching Romo and his fat girlfriends on t.v.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Tea

    May 13th, 2010
    10:59 am ET Arizona ir racist

    Posted by: tbone
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    Mexico is racist too, just read their immigration laws. They will not let you immigrate if you upset the racial balance and/or purity of the nation.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. David Lough

    • Service Employees International Union
    • United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
    • National Council of La Raza
    • Asian American Justice Center
    • Center for Community Change
    • League of United Latin American Citizens
    • National Puerto Rican Coalition
    • Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

    Known cancellations of meetings or events planned in Arizona:
    • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American Greek-lettered fraternity, cancelled a July meeting at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. (with an estimated 5,000 attendees) Convention moved to Las Vegas
    • American Immigration Lawyers Association cancelled its fall conference at the Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley.
    • National Urban League. The group issued a scathing rebuke of the city and immediately suspended consideration of Phoenix's bid to host its 2012 annual conference.
    • National Autonomous University of Mexico has canceled its exchange program with the University of Arizona.
    • Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí has canceled its exchange program with the University of Arizona.

    Cities that have approved boycotts of Arizona:
    • Boston
    • St. Paul, Minn.
    • Oakland
    • San Diego
    • West Hollywood
    • El Paso (city and county)
    • Boulder, Colo.

    Pending decisions by cities
    • Los Angeles. Seven council members signed a proposal for boycott on April 27. A spokesman for the city controller identified at least 12 city contracts with Arizona companies that are worth an estimated $7.2 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.
    • San Francisco. Mayor issued edict banning travel. Board of Supervisors to consider boycott resolution May 11.
    • Milwaukee. Common Council was going to vote May 4, but resolution put on hold for more work.

    Public bodies that announced Arizona boycotts:
    • Denver Public Schools, banning work-related travel to the state.

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    May 13, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. George

    LA your on the verge of bankruptcy and your going to stop doing business because of a stupid law that eventually is going to get repealed.

    Impeach Villarigosa!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  14. gil

    Well, what would you expect? LA is Little Mexico and poor, poor, poor because of it! This is crazy stuff. All Arizona is trying to do is enforce our immigration laws. Build the damn wall and deport the criminals/ matter what their color. Hooray, America!!!!! By the way, no trip to Disney Land for my family. I think sunny Arizona is where we will enjoy our October vacation. Americans...boycott Mexico and LA!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. TY

    Tell me what makes you a real American compared to other Americans? What have you contribute to make America great?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
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