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. Slappa Da Bass

    RED

    WHITE

    BLUE

    BROWN?

    May 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greg

    Okay Roger, Boycott all things Cali. Turn your TV off. Almost all television production comes from California. Use your brain for a change.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. metzitans

    one last thing..dont you nevr forgit that white is right. we are suprior race and no metzianans or colords evr fought for this here land. so they need to go back to wher they came from.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justbhappy

    Well I guess the Taliban and AlQaeda are a little relieved right now. We're at each others throats and not on their's instead. The good Lord said "a kingdom divided itself cannot stand." Quit all this boycott lunacy already. I hate the Bill, but it is what it is. Best regards to Pedro and all the good people...you are Juan in a million.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. metzitans

    Justbhappy,

    you must be a metzitans yurfels. what you talking talyban for. we aint go not metzitans fighting in that there part of the wordl. Think you dumb bimbo

    May 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. metzitans

    metzitans are the root of all that is evil. that is from the good book the bible. reed it sometime yu igonorint folks.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. metzitans

    white is right. cant you tell i am right and i am white

    LUKE 4:22

    May 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Justbhappy

    to mertzitans

    Yesterday while shopping at La Cantera, an upscale shopping center in S.A. Tx, my daughters and I saw a couple and the woman was dressed in a full length black burka. It was "extremist" clothing at it's best. Don't tell me that this jihad extremist crap isn't in this part of the world. It's just like a disease. It's incubating right now and it's just a matter of time before it breaks out. So, shut the hell up.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. metzitans

    i cant wait to vote out this colord boy obmana. got to get these felony charjes dropped though. he is just a colord. he went to some fancy skool that they say taught him. i say it taugt him to be colred. thatabout it.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nomoreillegals

    I live in Arizona, I am a native. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of you that support this bill and are in support of Arizona. The illegal population have ravished our state and it is time to take it back. For the people and for our nation.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Slappa Da Bass

    Arizona stinks anyway!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. metzitans

    well thse tallybans is there cuz of the metzitans you ding bat. gotta keep all the colrds out and the white in.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Slappa Da Bass

    JustBHappy, you saw someone in a Burka so now there's a Jihad? You are ridiculously funny.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. metzitans

    you al lknow that the colr of yor skin is the measure of how good you is.

    watch the news whits dont do bad only the colords do.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Justbhappy

    mertzitans

    I picture you as someone living in a grass hut in a god-forsaken saharan outpost.
    hmm...You must have wireless.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
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