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. Tim

    I support AZ. What is it about "ILLEGAL" don"t these morons understand? I vote to boycott California. Can't wait till this crap slides off into the Pacific.

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

    I just dont get what the problem is how is this racist, if someone is over here from another country living illegally using our hard earned tax dollars to live it up free then why is it so bad to catch them and send them back..tehre are :white" colored skin people from other countries here too illegally ITS ALWAYS BEEN ILLEGAL TO BE HERE , if they werent here then we wouldnt have had to go to such extreme measure to "catch" them come on people theres nothing racist about it i was born here so i am legal so bring it on police go ahead and stop me i will be more then happy to prove i am here legally at least i am not going to another country to have my children so i will become a citizen just becasue i used my kids

    May 13, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. JUST ME

    TO WALT;

    Where do I send donations to? I would be willing to donate $100.00 to an organization that willl give these illegals a one-way ticket to LA? Any other takers?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. DedTV

    It's sad to see a city encouraging people to not support American Businesses in the name of supporting criminals who refuse to respect the laws of this country by entering illegally.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Stop listening to the Media and read the law.

    The Arizona Law is the same as the EXISTING Federal Law. It now makes being in the country illegally a State Crime as well as a Federal Crime. You should be outraged that the federal law is being continually broken and the Federal GOVERNMENT is doing NOTHING!

    Why does anyone care what laws other states have? Why not boycot states that have state income taxes? Why not boycot states that allow gambling?

    Enforcing an existing law should not be a reason to boycot.

    If you think about it, a boycot will actually help Arizona get rid of the illegals. Jobs will disappear and so will the illegals. Maybe they will go to your state and you can take of them!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. mrlewish

    I suggest that Arizona... instead of deporting illegals to Mexico just drop them off in downtown LA.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Karen K Baker

    By all means boycott the HARD WORKING LEGAL CITIZENS in Arizona. What has happened here? Any of these council members READ the bill? This bill does NOT PROMOTE harassment! All you are doing is IGNORANTLY punishing the Arizona taxpayers!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. ZakB

    I just saw a video clip on CNN about school children being sent home for wearing American Flag T shirts and red white and blue. This must have been in pro illegal LA?

    May 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Danny

    Instead of boycotting LA, those of you in support of AZ law should plan a trip to Arizona this summer. They have many great attractions including the Grand Cyn. In fact they're are probably some great deals and I am booking a trip today!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. PR

    @superfly73 AMEN!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mr. Tea

    "Real Americans are too proud to clean up their own houses, yards, and take care of their kids"

    That's funny, I don't have a housekeeper, gardener or nanny. In fact the only people who do are...celebrities and politicians. Interesting that those are the people against the Arizona law. I guess there is no interest like self-interest after all.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin in DBQ, IA

    I have an excellent idea... AZ needs to put on a huge PR campaign advertising CA's love for illegals!!! Then AZ (or some group in AZ) could give away free one-way tickets to LA to ANYONE who wants one!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Grayle

    Welcome to the tearing apart of our country...Thanks, it's slowly turning into Mexico.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Eric

    I go to Arizona all of the time and this certaintly isn't going to stop me.
    This will only hurt L.A. I would rather go to AZ anytime over gross L.A.
    AZ is showing some real kahonees, too bad other states have yet to follow thier lead!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bons

    Go Arizona!!! Way more people support this!

    The last time I was in LA, which was 25 years ago, it was a dump and I said I would never go back!!! I never will!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
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