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. Lorie

    Wow......is there anybody else here who thinks that Patrick needs to be invetigated by the FBI? See comments 125 and 128.

    To Patrick--we don't want you in this country...Keep you hate in Canada!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. willieb

    If these illegals were Conservative voters, the "Liberals" would have snipers and landmines at the borders. We'd deport everyone on bullet trains. They wouldn't think twice about it.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. USMC, SSgt, Company 24 / 5 Bravo

    Don't listen to Spanish American. 70% of all Americans DON'T agree with you. I hate it when people like Spanish American try to speak for everyone. it's unrealistic and unbelievable to believe that every single cop is NOT going to racially profile people.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fred

    Arizona needs to shut off the pipeline of water feeding LA from Lake Havasu then. They have blleeding that lake and the Colorado dry for decades.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lakers Fan

    I am with you man pathetic people here with so much ANGER ... wake up man ..... give your neighbor a hand it was given to your ancestors they were ILEGALS

    May 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. scott in thosand oaks

    These bozos should be focused on the state of the city of Los Angeles and the mess they have caused here. I am told we are having a financial meltdown and they are focusing on issues that they are not hired to deal with.....take care of your own household before you try to correct your neighbors!!!! Total morons.......by the way what Arizona is doing is legal and proper. THey have every right to protect their state from illegals who are trafficking drugs, kidnapping, murdering, basically committing crimes against our Sovereign Nation and innocent American citizens. Arizona has a right to protect American citizens. I think we might vacation in AZ this summer to support them...if the 70% of Americans who agree do the same AZ could have an economic boon!

    By the way, boycotting AZ will cause thousands of "good people", many of them illegal aliens, to lose their jobs! Hah, that wonderful cleaning lady who is working at the Motel 6 in Flagstaff is let go because shortsighted folks have boycotted AZ and the manager cannot afford to keep her. Talk about foolishness.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chris

    what's funny is that these liberals don't have any ideas for solving these problems, but they can sure protest and boycott

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Dark Lord Approach

    NEWSFLASH:

    THIS JUST IN...COPS RACIALLY PROFILE ALL OF US NOW!!!

    DING DING DING>>WE HAVE A WINNER FOR THE GUY THAT THINKS NOTHING WILL CHANGE BY THIS LEGISLATION IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM. THINK..IT HURTS GOOD!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JustPassingBy

    Here's the perfect solution.... When any illegals are caught, just send them to California and any other state which does not like the Arizonia law!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt

    This is why we moved out of SoCal. I love California but the population has gone to the dogs. Seriously thinking about moving to Arizona where they have decided to start cleaning house.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GQ

    In L.A. we recognize that this is a racist law. But at no time does this minimize the problems that Arizona has. We have the same problem in L.A. where illegal immigration has drained the school, health care, and welfare systems. We do not have the crime in L.A. resulting from illegal immigration like Arizona, but we have everything else. This is a failure of the Federal government. Hopefully, this racist legislation will spur the feds into protecting our borders. While we view this as a Mexican issue, eventually those that we picture as terrorists will take advantage of our lax borders, too. Also those of you wondering about the effect of the boycott on Arizona by L.A., just need to go to Lake Havasu one weekend. It's full of Angelinos.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Linda - St. Louis, MO

    1907 Theodore Roosevelt Quote:

    "In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." -Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. corey in pa.

    It is about time that this country stopped illegal immigration. You are not alone Arizona...way to have the courage to stand up and fight one of the longest running disputes in this country. I applaud you and so does 70% of America.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    Los Angeles city council are cowards and not very bright. Here is a state with a high population, a high state tax, a terrable infastructure, they can not figure out that the illegal people NOT paying taxes are draining the system and they are fighting hard to keep the illegals coming and safe from having to become legal. Not a bright bunch of people running the state. Just a bunch who want to stay in power so they know they have to fight for the illegals so that the realatives of the illegals vote for them. California should not be given away. BTW, I am a greencard holder and I would not mind at all if I had to carry a copy in my car or wallet.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jake

    Congratulations, Los Angeles City Council. In supporting a boycott of Arizona, you've now lowered the guillotine on thousands of jobs; the jobs of hard-working Arizona latinos who will be the first to feel the effects of the boycott.

    Some of them will, no doubt, be forced to turn to a life of crime thus exacerbating an already precarious state of affairs in Arizona. It would be helpful if politicians could see past the ends of their noses, but I'm afraid this trait is not normally something you would associate with people in municipal government and certainly not Mr. Reyes nor the mayor of Los Angeles.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
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