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. Rick

    I will boycot every company in L.A. and will buy nothing from them. In fact, I'll extend that to the entire worthless state of California.

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

    This just in: I'm boycotting Los Angeles and any other organization that supports or enables illegal immigration.

    When Americans travel to other countries, we're required to carry our passports with us and provide them to local authorities if they request them. Why should it be different here?

    If 95% of illegal immigrants are of Hispanic descent, does it really make sense to focus our attention equally across the board? It's mathematically probable that an illegal immigrant is going to be HIspanic just as it is probable that a radical terrorist is Muslim. There are always exceptions, of course, but outliers are the minority.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. superfly73

    We need to boycott any city that is boycotting Arizona. We need to start deporting these lazy ass wetbacks to there own country. since all they do is bring crime and more trouble to America

    May 13, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bill - Dallas, TX

    I don't understand why Arizona would be upset by this...California can't pay it's bills anyway.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. Meggie

    First Im wondering if the name REYES might have something to do with his boycott of Az. Second Jessica wrote... I AM AGAINST THIS ARIZONA LAW, BECAUSE BROWN PEOPLE WILL BE TARGETED, QUESTIONED, ARRESTED AND DUMPED IN A SECRET CONCENTRATION CAMP....paranoid much? As so many people have stated before.. READ THE LAW!! Why would you be so opposed to having a birth cert. or passport in your purse IF your legal. People like need to educate yourselves before opening your mouth. You should really see a dr about that axiety disorder you seem to be causing yourself. If Fl. were to adopt this law and all the northern states that border Canada then what would your excuse be for it targeting people who are NOT brown skinned?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. J

    I am boycotting LA, I support AZ and I think that LA should step up and welcome all the Illegall's to their state instead of trying to tell other states what laws to follow. J

    May 13, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. PR

    L.A. FAIL

    May 13, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. David from AZ

    Thousands of individuals from foreign countries walk unchallenged across our southern border every day. We don't know who they are, where they come from, or their intentions. It is an invasion by definition, and our government condones it.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. JiminNM

    Arizona should close all state and local roads between Arizona and California. For Federal highways, close all entrances and exits to that highway within Arizona.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. mobadthangood

    OH NO!.
    The most gang infested, crime ridden cities in America is going to boycott Arizona and Arizona companies. Gawd I wish I could move to Arizona.


    May 13, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. fishfry001

    Every Illegal Alien sympathizer needs to see this:

    May 13, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mr. Tea


    It is not the fact that their opinion differs from mine, it is the fact that those who oppose the Arizona law are supporting the invasion of a foreign population in defiance of national soveriegnty. That is, by definition, treason.

    As far as the illegals contributing to America, considering they refuse to speak English, refuse to pay income taxes, send their money back to their country of origin, explain how they are demonstrating a desire to improve the United States.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tina

    Arizona has the right to preside over its own jurisdiction and enforce federal laws. Full support for Arizona!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. garysb007

    Give to "illegals Transfer Reform" which gives free bus passes to AZ illegals to go straight to LA for free services courtesy of CA. Please give generously. Lets see how that works out. LMAO

    May 13, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. superfly73

    Maybe we should bring all our troops back to the states and post them along the Mexican border and use them to fight the crime here in America that all these Illegals are committing.
    We need to fix AMERICA before we fix all the other Countries that we think we are fixing. Let them fix their own Country and we fix ours first.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
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