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

    Zak Welcome to you and your family!!1 Nice to have a LEGAL IMMIGRANT in our United State of America!!!

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

    If LA is going to boycott AZ, that is further proof that what AZ is doing is the right thing to do...stick to it AZ, the legals support you 1000%

    May 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. East Coaster

    Just a thought.......take an Arab, Muslim Islamic extremist, shave his beard, put a poncho and a sombrero on him, and what does he look like? Now, what if the Arab-Muslim-Islamic terrorists read about how f'd up our southern borders are and decide that the best way into this country isn't from JFK Int'l in New York or Philly Int'l in Phila., but through Mexico into Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California? Do you people have the slightest idea of the havoc that would be wreaked on this country?????? They don't teach common sense in your yuppie-liberal-ass colleges. You're either born with it or you're not, and it seems liberals all follow the same pacifistic pattern of turning over and letting the world f them in the a.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. colo. kid

    Unite and BOYCOTT Arizona. Take your vacations elsewhere. Don't spend a single dime in this hate State.Thank you for your support.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. willieb

    "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."

    1. The law isn't in effect yet. 2. AZ doesn't deport. They turn the people over to the Feds to enforce Federal Law. Read the law. 3. AZ probably doesn't want ignorance like this in their state, so stay out anyhow.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Simon

    Spoken like a mayor who's city is going belly up in part because they support so many illegals. I'm sure he will be at the Cal-Mex boarder welcoming all those illegals that won't cross into Atizona now.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A Conservative

    Hey LA and California......you are near complete insolvency. You need to get your noses out of other peoples business and get your own house in order. Maybe if you got the crushing issue of illegal immigrants under control you could prosper....

    May 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tom

    can't wait for CA to fall into the ocean. I lived there for 8 years. most pathetic excuse for a state in the country. everyone there only cares about what they can screw you out of. no wonder, the politicians are no different.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Dark Lord Approach

    I am an illegal alien. I am from Mars.

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

    I hope all the states pass versions of this important law. It might make the Feds open their eyes and enforce their own, identical laws.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PItt

    Shadi,

    What part ILLEGAL do you not understand????

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

    What a joke - no wonder L.A. and California are in such dire straits. Nazi Germany? Please! Deported with no questions asked? Come on! Get a grip L.A.!

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

    Thats right LA is majority minority just a matter of time before the US becomes majority .... give it time....

    May 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve

    LA doesn't like the AZ law as they fear those previously in AZ will move to LA

    Hope they do. LA is broke already. This should sink them!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Dark Lord Approach

    I am tho scared of the Mexicans...Oh..I am tho scared!!!!

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