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. JUST ME

    Danz great information!!! Loved your post

    May 13, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Annoyed

    Way to miss the point, White America. The people against the AZ law aren't for illegals, they are against people who are legally being harassed by cops because of the way they look. This law means EVERYONE has to have proof of their citizenship. Do all the racist facists who posted here commending Arizona carry their passport and birth certificate on them at all times? Probably not. But now American ciitzens who have darker skin can be arrested for not being able to prove with they are not illegal because their drivers license doesn't prove citizenship.
    Illegal immigration is a problem, and illegals should be deported. But perhaps AZ should concentrate on stopping businesses from HIRING illegal immigrants instead of spending their tax dollars on harrassing people who pay taxes just like all the bigots who are using this as an outlet for their racism. If there are no jobs, they won't come!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greg

    Remember when 80% of Americans supported the Iraq invasion? Now that people know the truth it's below 35%These supporters of this law are as ignorant as the 80% who supported the Iraq invasion. Luckily 45% became educated. I suggest the same for this 70%. No one is saying that immigration isn't a problem. It's just AZ is nothing but a racist state. They were the last state to recognize MLK Day. Now ethnic studies in high schools are outlawed. Only thing missing in AZ is the fire hoses and German Shepards. Welcome to Nazi Arizona. Now show me your papers!!! What's funny is I'm sure most teabaggers who call Obama a Fascist and scream about big government support this. You don't get government any bigger and anymore Fascist than this law.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Red

    You know, It is just as easy to cross the colorado into California (from Arizona) as it is to cross the Rio Grande into Texas (from Mexico). Keep going Illegals, don't stop in Texes, New Mexico or Arizona. California wants you and California can have you! I for one am boycotting LA (including all of California for that matter) and that crap hole back east know as Boston.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rachel

    My husband is a carpenter. Unfortunately, he's white, so he can't find a job. Time to do something else I guess because god forbid we offend the illegal people living in our state that our taxes support.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PR

    @Alex Sanchez – You must be one that is uneducated, don't pay our taxes on time, probably live in L.A., maybe here illegally. You need to watch this youtube.com/watch?v=S_ylVIcoWRo

    May 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Schelin

    the Los Angeles city council and this reyes ass can all just go leap into a bucket of excrement as they are mostly comprised of what they call mexican -americans,,,here again we see a group of hopefully individuals who are supporting the illegal alien problem and these people are in city power,,when you look at it as a whole it comes down to " money-votes-power "......if california empowered this law they would most likely be able to pull themselves back into the black......but nooooo.....you have people like reyes and his cronies who want to spend tax payer money on illegals.....the business's in AZ will and can find other buyers for theiir products and services...L.A. is the one who will suffer in the long-run....

    May 13, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rich

    I avoid california products as much as possible. Also mexico as long as they have their terrible immigration laws.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TheEraser

    If LA supports illegals in this country, then we will boycott all of California. Sorry Kids, going to the movies is no longer an option. The vino we consume will be from anywhere but California. That's right, we are now paying particular attention to what foods we eat to make sure California gains nothing. Oh, and the trip we were taking to California in June is now going to be to Arizona! Way to back the criminals CA.

    Hang in there AZ! American Citizens support You!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dreeves

    You do that L.A. (and any other near-bankrupt town in Cali). And when you're crying for more money because you can't afford to pay for all those illegal kids, we'll return the favor by boycotting you.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CS

    BOYCOTT NAZIZONA! HOW ABOUT THE NATIVE AMERICANS TAKE BACK WHAT'S RIGHTFULLY THEIRS. THEY ARE THE REAL AMERICANS. YOU PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLING YOURSELVES " AMERICANS" CLAIM THIS IS YOUR COUNTRY. IT IS NOT! YOU PEOPLE SEEM TO FORGET WHAT THE SO CALLED "AMERICANS" DID TO REMOVE THE NATIVES FROM THEIR TRUE HOMELAND. AND YOU ALL SEEM TO FORGET WHO ARIZONA WAS PART OF BEFORE THE SO CALLED "AMERICANS" DECIDED GO TO WAR WITH MEXICO IN ORDER TO TAKE THE LAND. SO HOW ARE THEY HERE ILLEGALLY??????? SEND ALL THE ILLEGALS HOME IT WILL BE FUN TO SEE YOU SO CALLED " AMERICANS" BEGIN TO DO ALL THOSE JOBS THAT THE ILLEGALS ARE TAKING FROM YOU. AND FOR ALL YOU WHO THINK ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS JUST FROM ONE COUNTRY, YOU ARE JUST PLAIN IGNORANT! THERE ARE MANY OTHER PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY WHO ARE NOT JUST FROM MEXICO. SO BOYCOTT NAZIZONA!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mac

    L.A. you stink!!! What AZ. is doing is right. L.A. should or I mean Californis should of been the first to pass this kind of bill. These people are killing the state of California. That is the main reason this state is so far in debt. L.A county alone is a joke. I would move to AZ if I could. Most of our elected officles are afraid to step on some toes, for fear of getting someone mad. They may loose thier elected status. It's pretty bad when they let some of the school kids put the mexico flag above our flag and turn ours upside down. What is wrong with our people. It may be to late to save our state, with the number of illigals in this state. It is really sad. It has been said that of the illigals in this state only 3 % are pickers. What is the other 97% doing??? This state is really sad.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sandi

    This is not surprising; LA has a hispanic majorityper the 2000 Census, LA Times reported in 2004.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Trikis

    All you ignorants were ILEGAL at one point not long ago since most of the US territory was annexed I should say taken over give us back our land and we will leave you alone... Im with you Alex we should take back what was ours.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. workingman

    Annoyed,

    Read the law. Everyone must have an ID, drivers lic etc. If you have a passport, you better have it, that is the same way around the globe. If you dont have it, it is their duty to figure out who you are and not just issue a ticket for no proof of ID. Same law is on Ca books, just not enforced

    May 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
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