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. John

    California has done a great job of running business out of their own state with high taxes hopefully this stunt will backfire on them and tourism will suffer in California as well. I know I will not spend one single dollar there.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Dark Lord Approach

    I think Mexicans should boycott working for a day!!!

    See how everyone likes that?!?!?! I will organize it. I am just a white boy but i think it would be hilarious...omg...so funny if all Latinos just decided to quit work for a week.

    America would be a trash pile 10 miles high. We would starve and of course nobody would mow our lawns for us. WE ARE SO LAZY WE PAY FOR YARDWORK THAT WE OWN!!

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

    As a Resident of Los Angeles County let me congradulate AZ for doing what here in Southern California they wont do. Notice it is city councilmen saying this and not actual residents. Remeber our Mayor is Mexican they are feeling pressured by him to say this.

    I hope my leaders in Sacramento follow your lead and do the same, and I hope the Federal Goverment finally understands what we want. A wall 12ft high and 12ft underground with guard towers, razor wire, and guard dogs, Just like every other country in the world does.

    Then we can swiftly exit the current illegals that are here or non- resident Aliens that have been here for more then 5 years.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mabbie13

    Hey all you people in LA, are you reading these comments? I agree with most legal Americans who stand for Jan Brewer and her state!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fishfry001

    Every Illegal Alien sympathizer needs to see this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=S_ylVIcoWRo

    May 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. E.C. Sullivan

    Let me get this straight, LA is in debt and educated people and companies are leaving California in large part because of illegal individuals, public unions and high taxes –

    AZ, with some cities having a 20% illegal population, want to limit its illegal LIABILITIES. My question to those against any "illegal laws", (1) "what percentage of illegal population is too much?" (2) "How poor do our cities have be (open sewers, bad or limited water, non-functioning schools)?" What is your answer?

    By the way, did you know that there is a 1956 Federal law that requires ALL aliens in the USA to have and produce residence information when asked by a public official.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CitizenA

    Ponder this by Theodore Roosevelt–
    "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."
    “The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.”
    AMEN!!!!!

    Go figure – All California knows how to do is spend money and efforts on BS like this instead of focusing on fixing its economy for the people who live there. What a novel idea huh? Hell, they are considering legalizing pot just to save the state from bankruptcy. What does that tell you about the morals and ethics of those running this state. Desparate, pathetic and immoral.

    God only knows how many illegals make up LA now but that is the only reason for this. This is what happens to a state that gets overrun by illegal immigrants – expecially whining,lazy immigrants who want everything handed to them on a silver platter.

    America would be soooo much better without LA (and NY) anyways. They are the ones leading the way to the destruction of American's liberties and freedoms. Check out the stats folks. Pass laws daily that take away our right and hand over control to the governement. I don't know about you but I don't want to live in state like that.

    YOU GO ARIZONA! It about time we take back America and put her back on her feet again!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nikki Sixx

    The only good thing about LA was the metal scene during the 80's. After that it went drastically downhill. I'm glad I'm rich and OUT of that cesspool.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dale

    Mayor V and the City Council has bankrupted the city. Raised Cell, Trash, Parking, heck almost every fee. Given Unions raises and pension hikes no private business could afford. Now wants to double the electrical rates. They are simply pandering to the latino vote in LA to stay in office. It is all shameful and tragic that they are on the verge of destroying this once great city.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. World traveler

    Screw L.A. that place is a bunch of meth'd out fools who haven't a clue about world history and how illigal immagrion is a massive drain on or enconomy. This is what happens when uneducated, cultureless actors/actress are allowed to have their own useless thoughts posted. Do us a favor, stay with the script in the movies, you only look like fools when you allow your thoughts to leave your mouths.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sn13

    I didnt realize how many sad pathetic "waste of life" angry people there are out there! Cruciblethorn you are racist, yes you are! I agree with Melanie from NC & dlh34. I agree that there are too many illegals of ALL color from all over the world. Something has to be done. But it seems to me that you sad pathetic people & you know who you are, are only targeting Mexican people. There are gangs of all color, there are homeless of all color & purposely unemployed lazy people of all color wasteing our tax money to live their lazy lives. You know that war that is being fought right now and past wars, I dont know if youve noticed, but quite a few (lots) of those soldiers are of hispanic race! They are fighting for our freedom, for your racist' asses! So sad...if only we can all be wise with our words...America can be a beautiful lovely place unlike those other countries where you racist people belong.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick

    colo.kid, you have zero, nil, nada support. Idiot!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    @USA First...Since you believe that politics should be left out of sports you should be just as angry to know that the Diamond Backs CEO Earl "Ken" Kendricks, bankrolls Republican politicians campaigns. You know, Republicans, the people who passed this racist law. Goes both ways doesn't it. People will quit asking for the Allstar game to be moved, spring training camps to leave etc...when Kendricks keeps his greasy mitts out of politics.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    CNN hosts a very biased and lame blog. What a waste of time to participate. CNN deleted all of my comments because I listed the consumer catagories to boycott in California? What gives?

    May 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Dark Lord Approach

    Let me congradulate...What the Deuce Chris...Did someone annoint you to a position that none of us fully understand?! The ego of the American is so out of control right now. Everyone has the ansewr for everything yet THEY WORK IN A CUBICLE, POP PILLS FOR EVERYTHING, AND WEIGH AS MUCH A SMALL HONDA!!!

    You guys really take yourselves and your thoughts to be the only solution to a massive issue. YOU ALL SCARE ME. Where has this level of ignorance come from. I thought our generation was supposed to be the caring, technological advanced, smart, fair, just generation. GUESS NOT!

    -Embarrassed to be white and 33 in America! You get mind fu38#D every day by a bunch of hypocrites and wonder why you are miserable. LESS HATE...MORE LOVE!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
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