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. David from AZ

    Dan Sorenson Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Sunday, May 2, 2010 12:00 am | Comments

    Font Size:Default font sizeLarger font sizeBisbee bookstore owner Joan Werner, an opponent of Arizona's new immigration law, got an order last week from an Alaska woman who said she was trying "to help the people of Arizona who are under siege" by illegal immigrants.

    Werner, owner of Atalanta's Music & Books at 38 Main St., said the woman told her she did an Internet search specifically for a bookstore on the Arizona-Mexico border, then called to order two military history books.

    "Business is very slow," Werner said, "so I bit my tongue and I took her money."

    May 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bushpig61

    Let's all meet on the California border on Friday night, June 18, 2010 with shovels, chisels, and sledge hammers, and start chipping away at California until it falls into the Pacific. Hopefully with all the illegal aliens there, it'll capsize into the ocean!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bushpig61

    BOYCOTT Ramon F. Herrera and Jessica!

    May 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. pre

    I support AZ laws good work Gov.that the Amercian way do the right thing why have laws and people dont live by them.I love legal immigrantgraction 1/3 are the people live in the U.S.A. immigrant, FOR AS BOYCOTT AZ I will support them more then ever.and their one more thing Mr.Ail Shapton he is very mist leading CR leader to here him speak he sound like he more with profiling the AZ. this country did very well with out them here years ago and the U.S.are going to drive right so all you illegal get the steping apply the write to inter the country.people that live in the of state California need helpto begain Mr. Reyes
    say to all legal American we are going to take over your country in the never future.and that a wrap.

    May 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PR


    May 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bushpig61

    Patrick, let me remind you that Canada is ALSO a long-running joke here in the USA. You guys up there are nothing but cowards like France. Canada is useless and stands between Alaska and us just like the useless piece of skin between the b@ll$ and the @$$. Ey?

    May 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ZakB

    metzitans at 555

    This is exactly why English proficiency should be an immigration requirement. By the way I'm a English second language wanabee immigrant

    May 13, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ravx25

    "I travel internationally a lot and have for most of my adult life. The only
    countries that I know where you must carry your papers for fear of arrest
    are ones like China, North Korea, Iran, Nazi Germany, and Syria. Good
    company Arizona!
    Posted by: Jerry"


    You're a complete idiot. Take a look at the list you just made there. Who in the world wants into one of those countries??!! Oh an by the way, Germany is no longer a fascist country moron. As for the rest of you whiners, gripers and complainers California has this same law already on their books as Joe pointed out earlier ( I really don't see why anyone would be mad about this law unless, well, you are illegal or you know someone who is illegal. Yes, America is built on immigrants, but it was built on legal immigration. As for those who always say white folks came here and took it from the Indians, learn your history. Countries throughout history have taken land through war for centuries. That's the way the ball bounces sometimes. Not saying the treatment of Indians was correct though, because it clearly was not.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bushpig61

    A drivers license doesn't prove citizenship? Blame it on the LIBERALS for allowing ILLEGALS to obtain drivers licenses then! You idiots just keep putting yur own feet in your mouths, don't you? I love it every time you open your stupid mouths.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bushpig61

    Hey Greg, "You don't get government any bigger and anymore Fascist than this law."

    Unless of course you're CALIFORNIA.

    May 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TiredofMorons

    Dammit People Read The Law First !!! You fearful " brown " people need to stop being misled by misinformation and read the law yourself. NO WHERE IS THE WORD BROWN IN ANY OF IT. Your being manipulated for your vote. The opponents of ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION are not you enemy. Corporate America is your enemy. They want you instead of white workers because they can abuse you. It's not that white people wont do the work you do its that corporate America wont hire us for those jobs because we wont let ourselves be abused by them. When you are here illegally you cant really make waves and file claims with the labor dept. can you? This is the real reason the feds wont enforce the immigration laws already on the books because the corporations have too powerful a lobby group and have paid to get certain politicians elected. I welcome any and all immigrants to this country but just please do it legally like my ancestors did and contribute to the tax base and help prevent the welfare systems from bankrupting every state in America. Why boycott Az. when all they are doing is deciding to enforce the exact laws that the feds wont? ARIZONA YOU HAVE REVIVED MY LOST FAITH IN AMERICA! YOU ARE TO BE COMMENDED, THANK YOU FOR PUTTING COMMON SENSE BACK INTO POLITICS. I will be moving from Ca. asap just like thousands of other business have because you cant make profits here when your having to subsidize the entire welfare system. ARIZONA YOU ROCK FOR HAVING A BACKBONE !!!

    May 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fishfry001

    Those of you who are in support of Illegal Aliens need to see this. It explains very well why you illegal sympathizers are completely misguided.

    May 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TammyB

    Reyes #54...One would not have to live in fear of being deported if one came here LEGALLY. America was built on immigrants and LAWS. My ancestors were immigrants, and those who didn't do it right the first time, went back to the country they were from, until they went about the process LEGALLY. Why are you proud that your Tio and you are basically for LAWBREAKERS? I would never be proud of supporting a cause which breaks the laws of America. I see that you have a double standard, however....we are racists for wanting to uphold the laws of this great country, and you are great, right? Since when are criminals great, and those who support ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION of any sort, from any country, are as much a criminal as the ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT is. That makes you and your Tio CRIMINALS, Reyes!

    May 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TammyB

    To Jerry #46 Yes, and in MEXICO you can be arrested for not having your papers too. Ironic, isn't it? Get a clue Jerry and get a point. Read some of the other immigration laws, especially those from Mexico, and tell me who the real hypocrits are?

    May 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bushpig61

    83% of warrants for MURDER in PHOENIX are issued for illegal aliens. 86% of warrants for MURDER in Albuquerque are for illegal aliens. 75% of those on the most wanted list in Los Angeles, Phoenix and Albuquerque are illegal aliens. 24.9% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican NATIONALS. 40.1% of all inmates in Arizona detention centers are Mexican NATIONALS. 48.2% of all inmates in New Mexico detention centers are Mexican NATIONALS. 29% (630,000) convicted illegal alien felons fill our state and federal prisons at a cost of $1.6 billion annually. 53% plus of all investigated burglaries reported in California, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and Texas are perpetrated by illegal aliens. 50% plus of all gang members in LOS ANGELES are illegal aliens. 71% plus of all apprehended cars stolen in 2005 in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California were stolen by Illegal aliens or "transport coyotes". 47% of cited/stopped drivers in CALIFORNIA have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 47%, 92% are illegal aliens. 63% of cited/stopped drivers in ARIZONA have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 63%, 97% are illegal aliens. 66% of cited/stopped drivers in New Mexico have no license, no insurance and no registration for the vehicle. Of that 66% 98% are illegal aliens. 380,000 plus illegal's were born in the US to illegal alien parents in just one year, making 380,000 babies automatically US citizens. 97.2% of all costs incurred from those births were paid by the American taxpayer.

    May 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
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