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. Christian

    This makes me furious. I live in LA, and I didn't vote for this. This is a breach of government. I call for every other state and/or city govt. whose CITIZENS support the AZ bill (most cities) to boycott LA. Turn the tables on this idiotic political piece of shi%^.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nikki Sixx

    Reminds me of the South Park episode a few nights ago where Canada went on strike. Caul-i-fornia is a joke, I can't wait till the boycott comes back and bites them in the_ass. The whole country should boycott Caul-i-fornia!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bushpig61


    May 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    It makes sense for the council to support the boycott. If they don't, they may upset the illegals that are doing their landscaping, cleaning their house, watching their children, etc. If that were to happen they would have to either do it all themselves or start paying decent wages to legals who in turn will pay taxes which in turn will help the economy. If they can compare Arizona to Nazi Germany, then I guess it would be okay to compare them to the pre-Civil War South, where they support illegals (slavery).

    May 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sandy

    Comment # 460 you said it all! Let's boycott all these performers who are intruding into our business. I for one will never go to another concert, play another CD, watch on TV, etc.Ricky Martin, Shakira (who by the way is coming to Chicago I think we should demonstrate in front of her hotel and the Allstate Arena) and let her and all others like her know that she is here as a GUEST and needs to keep her nose out of Arizona state affairs and politics. If not, she should GO HOME - and I'm not talking about California or Florida. No country would allow us to behave the way she has behaved here. That goes for several other performers too. If they are residents or legal, then they should be glad they have the opportunities so many others want but that are out of their reach. Enough with this boycott Arizona crap. Arizona would probably rather you stayed home anyway.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

    Ive been reading all the comments, but theyre just all blogs. How come I havent seen an article written by any major news network supporting the AZ law? All the commentaries are supporting this! Internet polls support this! But I have seen articles that support this? We are seeing a lack of B@LLS from CNN and LATIMES. You'd think that a journalist would take both sides of the story so far theyve all been one-sided. Everyone is just to afraid to lose their job. Maybe its the ecomony. Im from Riverside CA and i support Arizona very much. Go AZ, though i do love the Lakers, GO Lakers!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. YK

    How many of you are actually of color?
    No surprise the white folks want colored folks out; we thrive on supporting stereotypes and if you're white as I am, you only know one side of the story... Become an illegal immigrant and that experience will shine much light that you are lucky to be a US citizen and ignorant of the rest of the world's perspective. Get out of your lil state and do some traveling, open up your minds.

    How many of you bashing LA, been to LA, rather than hearing about the crime in the media? Cali is America's future so abandon your narrow minded ways

    With that said, I am not in support of the AZ law or against it. I don't live there, so I don't know the particular situation; biased news only informs me of only 1 of many perspectives, the white American perspective. I merely wanted to point out the ignorance in many of these comments.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bud J

    I agree with Arizona despite not living there. My sts

    Legal US citizens ONLY...every else should not legally be here. Fact.

    If a Red Mustang was involved in a crime or incident, police have a right to profile red Mustangs. There is less value in profiling Blue cars. Why? Because profiling increases the statistical likelihood of positively identifying relevant cars. It works for situations involving people, too.

    A little 1955 sensibility might go a long way here....stop trying to call wrong the new right.
    I don't care how many so-called "essential" jobs and functions illegal aliens perform for America – washing dishes, landscaping, mowing lawns – we'll manage just fine somehow without them. Send them packing.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bushpig61

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for PRESIDENT in 2012!

    May 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zeno

    Nazi Germany? Wow, I think most if not all of our surviving Holocaust citizens would probably beg to differ. Do you think the AZ police have the power to enter your home at 3am with NO criminal evidence and NO warrant and just drag you out? You're a MORON if you think so. Can the AZ cops "disappear" you if they don't like your skin color? Do LEGAL citizens of our country have to wear a big yellow badge? Are there concentraion camps where we send these ILLEGAL immigrants to slave at until they are gassed or die of exhaustion?

    Mr. Reyes, do NOT compare a law in another state that you do not agree with to what happened in Nazi Germany. We are discussing ILLEGAL ILLEGAL – shall I say it again? – ILLEGAL immigrants into another state, and if YOU want to protest, fine, but don't punish your city by forcing your idiot views into the business world. Ask a concentration camp survivor about their experiences sometime; better yet, use those travel dollars to go to D.C. and tour the Holocaust museum...see if you think that's the experience illegal immigrants will have if they are stopped and processed by our law enforcement officials. And let me note again: ILLEGAL!!! Brown-skinned citizens of the U.S. will NEVER be deported. They will NEVER be physically harmed. They should NEVER be harassed – and if they are, we have a legal system that LOVES to make examples of law enforcement that goes too far.

    Think the Gestapo had a legal system looking out for German citzens' rights...their LEGAL citizens' ALL? We're not talking about the opinion of the man on the street...we're talking about a government being ok with mass murder and systemic torture and killing of its LEGAL citizens. You are a complete FOOL to think the treatment of lawbreakers – LAWBREAKING citizens of ANOTHER country – are being treated ANYTHING like German CITIZENS of politically undesirable groups were treated 70 years ago. It's amazing that idiots like this ever make it to public office.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pjlytle

    Mr LA I think what they are doing here monitoring illegal aliens. My advice to you is dont forget you drivers license DUMB-AS

    May 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rocco

    Mr. Reyes should be ashamed of himself. He doesn't know that to get a CA driver's license that you have to provide (1) a social security number and (2) proof of legal residency in the US...which means that his driver's license is enough to prove citizenship/legal residency. To assert that he somehow needs his passport or that the state police can deport him are 100% lies, and he should resign for making such lies.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Dark Lord Approach

    Just look at this. I actually laughed out loud. Are you really so out of control of you life that you needed to type:

    "I call for every other state and/or city govt. whose CITIZENS support "

    YOU CALL..Christian Calls..HEY EVERYONE Christian has called for a boycott...WE ARE ALL ON BOARD RIGHT?

    All of you do this in one way or another. You guys really need to see shrinks and talk about your anger. You need to get that crap out. It will eat you alive and make you think you are crazy and hallucinate during simple things like commercials. Dogs stare at you funny and people are always snickering in your direction. If you have any of these symptons do not post ridiculous things like our friend help immediately.

    I call for...what the this a congrssional forum or a blog on CNN!! LOL

    May 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jake



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  15. Meggie

    The Dark Lord Approach im not miserable..and please tell me what YOUR solution is? You have no idea how inpatiently I am waiting to hear it.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
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