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. Dianne

    imran

    first off, my children cannot legally go to Ireland, get a job and live like a citizen....so why should those born in Mexico have it any differently?

    The biggest racists in this country are no white. They are the ones that play the race card to excuse their bad decisions.

    Illegal is Illegal it doesn't matter where you were born or what color your skin is.

    BTW, Mr/Ms Native American, I dare you to "illegally" cross the border INTO Mexico and see how they treat the "real" natives of the America's (who, btw, came over on the Bering Strait....)

    May 13, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scarlett

    PS, anyone saying "real Americans" and is STILL just referring to WHITE people....look around you...you've LOST. This land is MY land, this land is YOUR land...lol..

    May 13, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ponchai

    I support you Arizona and there are many others like me.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. buccakenji

    Thanks you Sheila. A logical and well-reasoned post.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Martinez

    AZ is taking steps to lower the population of illegal immigrants. however the law is a bit much ( just as california threat to boycott LA is a bit much). maybe the immigrants are taking jobs and robbing america of tax dollars but it could be a lot worse. imagine if they were coming across the border with bombs strapped to em. then we would be in some serious trouble. so for now dont cancel your travel plans to make a point. because your kidding yourself if you think you are going to "Boycot" LA or california for that matter. ignorance is riddled throughout this comment section... its disapointing.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. ZakB

    I'm a greencard holder. Seems to me that apart from the right to vote, non citizens have more rights than citizens. I might just keep my status as a permanent resident without applying for citizenship

    May 13, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Scott

    Hmm. Our governments are now blackmailers and extortionists, which is tantamount to what California is doing to Arizona. I love immigrants and illegals the same, they are people, and people are the most important thing on the face of this planet. But loving them is not just letting them run amok in our country, which is what the illegals are doing. We need law and order to maintain a society. Once those laws are thrown out, the law of man will have become lawlessness. I want our children to grow up in a safe and orderly world, not a land of lawlessness. So CA and Illegals, get a a clue and get right. Then I will not only call you brother but welcome you into the house next door.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Tea

    Imran's post dissected

    "...almost all of them were annihilated or marginalized by the illegal immigrants from Europe."

    True, the English killed the tribes in the USA and the Spanish destroyed Mesoamerica.

    "And how come Mexicans are illegal in Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexica, and Colorado weren't these states part of the Mexico..."

    They were...in 1840. So unless you know a 160 year old Mexican...

    "The new generation of Mexicans is just coming back to the land of their ancestors."

    Yes, illegally. You cannot move into an occupied house just because your grandparents lived there once.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. JOHN SOMERVILLE

    This is no different than any other disagreement. LA feels strongly about this and is doing what they thiink makes sense; just like Arizona. However, a boycott only goes half way in measures of support. How about inviting all of those unwelcomed by Arizona to LA?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. JUST ME

    Jeesh Louise I am so looking forward to the November elections!!! So many of the so called "lawmakers" should be shakin' in their boots.... Their golden goose days are numbered and I for one can hardly wait to get the pork heads out of office!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Don Tyrrell

    Good. I'm glad the L.A. council did that. We don't need anymore of their illegals, or anymore illegals from Mexico for that matter, to support here in Arizona. Also, glad Mexico is asking their people to boycott Arizona. Maybe that will slow down their illegals coming in. The feds are unable to stop the illegals, but Arizona can. Go Arizona!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. GW

    I think Im moving to AZ

    May 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. ZakB

    Mr Tea, you have made my day. By far the best and most logical post so far. Great Job

    May 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. garysb007

    I am boycotting CA– no wine,fruit, or movies from this misguided place. Also please give to "LA illegals Transfer Fund" which will give free bus passes to AZ illegals to go straight to LA. Illegals can get the free services they deserve. Please give generously. HAH.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pedro

    Illegal immigration is a slap in the face to all of us who immigrated legally. We should change the birth right laws so the illegal baby factories willreturn to their original countries. Arizona is right the Feds are wrong. Please enforce our immigration laws. Illegals should not have more rights that legal citizens or access to free healthcare and education.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
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