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. Tom, Long Beach, California

    just another case of mexicans supporting mexicans regardless of results.....may of us in LA includsing legal American Mexicans, supoort Arizona and want illegal immigration and the scourge of problems it cuases ENDED......shame on Villlarigosa again...he's out when his term is up

    May 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. buccakenji

    Councilman Reyes, a resolution sponsor. "As an American, I cannot go to Arizona today without a passport....".

    This man is a f***** moron.............

    May 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Scarlett

    MJ, its NOT the same as asking someone for their license and registration. As an American, i have all the rights YOU have. If you dont have to prove anything neither should i!! It's that simple. You and I are 100% equal! Your rights are my rights, your laws are my laws. Protect the borders, do what needs to be done. Im not advocating for illegals, but this law is ridiculous. Compromises what America has always strived to be. I've alway wanted to visit AZ, but there's no way i'd go there now and carry around my AMERICAN passport just because im brown...I'd support any boycott of that state.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. NYC guy

    Who cares what Caul-i-fornia does, they're wierdos anyway. Bunch of liberalhippiefreaks.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Brandon R.

    I've seen a few comments on here from latinos talking about who builds houses and who cleans our houses and such. I guess a lot of you do, but if your legal than be my guest. But after working construction and seeing how a lot of these latinos build homes, I wouldn't be caugh dead living in one of them. and i've also, from the same folks, seen mention of where "we" came from and that the "indians" are the only true natives. 1st, to be correct, they are called Native Americans, not Indians. Go to India if you want Indians. Second, the Native Americans imigrated here too hundreds of years ago. Technically every last one of us is an imigrant. But guess what, this is present day in an official, government ran country, and we have laws. As I posted before, I don't have a problem with immigration, but if you're going to do it, do it legally, support this country and not the one you ran from, and learn to speak freakin English!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Fallout

    Hey San Andreas, wake up!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mr. Tea

    Dark Lord-

    Like I care what you think about my vacation plans.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tom, Long Beach, California

    do not worry America, these idiots do not represent Americaor LA and over 70% of real Americans support Arizona......i am a NATIVE Californian and will fight this to the death....we may need some of you loyal Americans to come help...ARE YOU IN?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. alexis

    OH COME ON ALREADY!! This is so stupid... Now GO TO MEXICO with out proper papers .. haha . yeah .. its a felony there... go to asia .. say NORTH KOREA with out papers .. you are locked up immediately!! or IRAN or any other country for that matter and NOT have a passport or valid id from that country .. you get locked up or deported. at least we are sending them back to mexico and not wasting my tax money on giving illegals three hots and a cot.. wake up people ... its a COMMON SENSE law .. .that EVERY OTHER COUNTRY HAS...

    May 13, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. JUST ME

    I wonder which state will be next in making 1600 Pennsylvia uphold the federal law regarding illegals in the USA. People in Illinois support Arizona 100% GTFO.... that is plain English... oh I forgot... guess someone will have to translate in Spanish for the illegals!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Melanie from NC

    Immigration issues started a looooong time ago and America has done a poor job of resolving the issue. That doesn't mean that everyone should get all angry and call human beings who have families, children and parents out of their names and classify them less than human.

    Come on America, stop being so damn hateful. Let's address the issues and do it with love and respect for the next human being.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Justbhappy

    Some of these posts are hilarious. Are some of you sure that you want boycott L.A. The Los Angeles Harbor is one of the world's largest ports in the world. That's where we receive goods from all over the world including vehicles, raw materials, etc Plus, if you aren't sure that you can stop watching t.v. and going to the movies, then boycotting L.A. is just talk. L.A. is very difficult to boycott.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. bailoutsos

    "Los Angeles City Council protested Arizona's much-debated new immigration law with a vote banning official travel and blocking new (business) contracts with the state." - CA politicians are going to punish AZ businesses because of what their fellow AZ politicians did?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. BG

    Since when is LA or any American local city government suddenly the watchdog for another State in the US, unless they are directly victimized with the questionable action?! For an individual of some intelligence to say that there is a mass witch-hunt just posed to act is without strong evidence or a foundation is totally irresponsible and adds to incitement. You have to give the AZ law enforcement community some credit that with the sensitive attention AZ is getting on this matter, level headed prudence will be exercised. I’m sure the AZ law enforcement community clearly understands that probable cause will be very carefully exercised when enforcing such a law. Not a full-blown “out of control” affair irresponsible leaders or celebrities are inciting. And I would agree with the comments of others that LA or other external cities need to make sure their own house is in order before they take the higher ground towards others.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lynn DeArmond

    Let's see.....A fiscally broke City in California boycotting Arizona??? I know more than a few states that would love for California to boycott us and just keep your lunacy on the west coast. Midwestern cities and states survive and thrive in spite of your ideas and morality you tend to feel the rest of us need to adopt. Clean up your own backyard and maybe someone will take you seriously

    May 13, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
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