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. Walt

    As an Arizonan I am feed up with RACIAL EXTORTION.
    I'm for buying one way bus tickets for any illegal that wants to move to LA.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. PR

    California is already bankrupt and they want to boycott Arizona? They're not even spending money in their own state. LA will have no impact on Arizona.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Larry

    Considering that the parts of LA that aren't ran by Hollyweird are dominated by gangs and illegal immigrants, this is a surprise?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mr. Tea


    I appreciate the compliment. Thank you.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Duane W

    @ shadi- You are the reason we cannot get you to understand anything. No one said do not bring immigrants here. We do not want the ILLEGALS here, the lawbreakers, the ones that use the system instead of working in it. But you have such a narrow mind like the rest that you think it is a race issue, it is not!!!! It is about upholding the law of this land, period. Get a clue

    May 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Arlee

    Mr Tea what are you thinking, If you express your opinion and it happens to be different than your own you want those people to have their names written down and recorded. I thought your country was the land of the free and the home of the brave. Yet you are not free to express your own opinion, Sounds a little like Nazi Germany or the McCarthy era. I also think that when you are being invaded as you make it sound like, don't you think the invaders would bring more than just the clothes on their back and the desire to better them selves and their families. These so called invaders would go anywhere to better their situation, not just the U.S. so don't feel like your special, your just close. Perhaps a little understanding of their situation and a hand showing them what to do when in your country, how to be a legal immigrant, how to find a way to better themselves legallly and they then will be a contribution member of your community. Be brave, take a chance to better someones life and loose that it's us or them mentality, nothing is ever that black or white. Sure, desire change, but recording names of people that hold a different opinion than yours is too scary to even think about.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Umpire Sam

    Ok Arizona here his how you get California
    To just shut up

    Build massive water pumps on both sides of the
    Colorado river, where the Colorado is entirely inside Arizona.

    Then pump out as much of the water that you possibly can to Scottsdale or Phoenix or just go out and make some nice lakes.

    If California wants to boycott Arizona, and Arizona products, let them boycott Arizona water too..

    May 13, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. ZakB

    Good point garysb007. What is the legal status of these illegals if they all go to LA?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. buccakenji

    "A majority of Peace officers, like politicians, due their Job, and do it well!"

    Posted by: Raymond, Covina CA.

    Politicians do their job well ? ? ?

    Then why do we have an immigration problem, a $13 trillion national debt, a national health care problem that does not cover them as well and will bankrupt our nation and lots of free time to spend lobbying and campaigning on new ways to spend our money??

    That was a joke, right?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. shawn

    it is not the same as the nazi era or the camp in america during the war. these people are here ILLEGALLY. it is against the law folks. i understand alot of them are good, hard working people with good intentions. however – they have a process for this. i have no issues with the mexican people – just the fact that they need to be LRGAL.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. JB

    Wow, California is full of hypocrites.. If they are going to ban Arizona over this bill, then other states should ban them over Proposition 8.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Don

    I wonder if AZ needs any help checking green cards?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pat M

    I agree with comment from Brandon! I support the Gov of Arizona and her decision to
    enforce the law! You want to come to America, do it the legal way like our parents and
    grandparents had to do. I am tired of supporting the illegals and the poor that don't
    want to work. Why should they when they can get everything for free? I am 60 yrs old,
    and survived cancer, I worked everyday throughout my chemo treatments and the grueling
    radiation treatments – didn't want to, but I needed to – for the insurance! Which I have to
    pay for! Has anyone out there ever been to another country? Go to Mexico and Jamaca
    when they ask for your papers, you damm well better have them available. Isn't that
    racial profiling? Here's the thing, other countries don't care about what we think of them,
    or their laws, why are we so concerned with what everyone thinks of us? It's all politics people, the politicians are only worried about the $, and the vote. Stand up Americans!
    Before it's too late!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  14. TY

    Real Americans are too proud to clean up their own houses, yards, and take care of their kids; do you really think another real American going do it for minimum wage or less? If us lazy fat Americans got off our butts and did those things on our own; we be a healthier nation and wouldn’t need to hire immigrants to do it for us. We only have look at our fat faces in the mirror to find somebody to blame for this mess. Real Americans you know who you are.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. ukcreditcardcentre

    With the Los Angeles city council’s decision to boycott Arizona, I am writing this letter to let you know that I have officially commenced my boycott of the city of Los Angeles. This means that I will not do business with the city, I will not attend sporting events or concerts within the city, nor will I eat at your restaurants, and most importantly, I will not purchase any goods or services within the city limits.

    If you and your Bozo city council members renounce your boycott of Arizona, I will renounce my boycott of Los Angeles.

    It’s a two way street out there….

    May 13, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
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