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. spellchecker

    I guess these supporters of these illegal immigrants won't mind if I just cut in front of them in line at Starbucks, at about rush hour in the morning, at 8:45AM, after they have already been waiting 20 minutes to order their drink.

    There are ten of thousands of people waiting in line, following the rules to become residents of this country. Why would you support the line cutters? The same buttheads that oppose AZ's laws, are probably the same buttheads who inch as close as they can to the guy in front of them in traffic so as to not let the guys coming onto the highway be able to join in on the traffic. Yet, when it comes to illegal immigrants, oh hell, they'll just let them all roll in the country illegally.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. spellchecker

    I am on twitter, http://www.twitter.com/sen8ter

    May 13, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GreatWhiteNorth

    The illegals from the southern borders are easy enough to spot. It's them Canadians that keep me up at night. I mean, jeez... they look like us and almost sound like us, the dang canucks could be here right NOW!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. The Dark Lord Approach

    Arizona rules!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Slappa Da Bass

    We should just completely obliterate Arizona off the map. Problem solved. No more borders to cross. Illegal immigrants – bye bye. No more idiots from Arizona to deal with. California won't have to do business with them EVER again. That sinkhole Phoenix will be gone forever. The Coyotes won't have problems moving/selling the team. And we won't have to fly all the way to podunk Arizona to go to the National Championship this year.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JUST ME

    DARK HORSE:

    You blast hate, yet it spews from your mouth on every blog you post. You are the hater whith all your name calling etc. You are a prime example of hate and shame on you!!!!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Justbhappy

    End the real problem in America – BOYCOTT DRUGS!!
    Hmm.. I hear the sound of silence.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Slappa Da Bass

    I guess these supporters of these illegal immigrants won't mind if I just cut in front of them in line at Starbucks, at about rush hour in the morning, at 8:45AM, after they have already been waiting 20 minutes to order their drink.

    Posted by: spellchecker

    I cannot believe you used your "20 minutes in line @ starbucks" example here. You truly are a D-bag waste of life American.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Slappa Da Bass

    Yeah, Shame on your Dark Horse. Ha!

    People need to quit pushing their morals onto others.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Slappa Da Bass

    LAKERS will lose to the SUNS!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. J. Sel

    I'm trying to wrap my head around this entire mess.....is it profiling if the police roll up to a crime scene and get id from witnesses (probable cause). Is this enforcement of the law giving police permission to kick in doors randomly to check immigration status? I thought I read "where there is probalbe cause". The police, as part of there duty to serve and protect, check out a bunch of teens hanging out; they investigate complaints; they respond to calls; check out a few drunk guys getting loud on the street corner. And where ever or when ever they show up, they can, and most often do, ask for ID. How, if within the scope of their duties, is this profiling? If I cannot produce ID, I've got a problem. If an illegal cannot produce ID, they have a problem. If they produce a green card or visa or whatever is considered ID, there is no problem. Illegal is wrong, be it Canadians, Dutch, Hispanics. Legal is ok, be it Canadians, Dutch or Hispanics. Is LA trying to make it exclusively Hispanics who will be "victimized'? Am I not seeing the point? I vacation in Arizona. Nice place. Plan to go back. And if for any reason the police request my ID, no problem. Ivacationed in Florida. Nice place. Plan to go back. And if for any reason, the police request my ID, no problem. Can someone tell me I am on the right path here?

    May 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Metizan Go

    JUST ME:

    I saw you looking at J-Lo like you wanted some of the juicy bottom. Are you denying the charges??? YOU lil Mexican Lover!!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. billy knows all

    JUST ME:

    IT IS JUST YOU JUST ME. Ignorant hilljack

    May 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. metzitans

    We need to take this here country back. We need to drop a few nuclar bombs on that there boordor. The boordor securty is a joke and obmana is to blame. He is colord like the mecxiscan. We need to rid all these tan fellers from the great goold ol us of a.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. metzitans

    also metzitians all do the drugs and the shotings in the big sities.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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