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. Jerry

    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!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. gdawg5

    LA Council members you bunch of morons. You should be removed from your civic position for encouraging others to break the law!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |

    Legal Immiigration is fine, but not illegal immigration. Shame on LA for doing this. Boycotting American Businesses to support those who break the law is just stupid.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robin

    Wow!! CNN should do a poll on how many Americans are in support of this Law. Wait, they would never do that. They don't want to unite the American Population...

    May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Doc

    If you can't send the illegals back to Mexico then send them to L.A.

    Hey, whats the difference between Mexico and L.A.? – One is a dangerous, disgusting armpit stink hole where no one speaks English and drugs are everywhere. The other is a country...

    May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kate

    Hey LA I see what a good job your doing. Your state is broke and why, maybe it's because of all the illegals you have there.

    It kills me all these people from "Hollywood" and the government. They are only doing this for the votes. They don't want them living next door! They know dam well they couldn't afford to live in their areas. So it's ok to stay here, just live where I'm not living, because you can't afford it anyway. So the middle class gets their dirt!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. John B

    Gee what would happen if AZ decided to quit letting the dams flow cutting off precious water to california also how about the electricity that there dams provide I am a native californian I wish they would put the same law in place here all they are doing is pretty much copying federal law word for word we do not need more laws or embargos less laws less imigrants and less whining about racial profiling the latinos learned that one from the blacks get off it and go home

    May 13, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ken

    If the political parties in calif did something about the illegal iimmigrants back in the 70s and 80s calif wouldn't be so financially pathetic. They just couldn't pull their head out of their rear end and still can't.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Reyes

    Glad to see that my tio and our city are standing up against these injustices being brought upon the people of Arizona.....These new laws created by Arizona are racism at it's finest...If one wants to live each day in fear of being deported or not being able to take classes which he or she WANTS to take, then go ahead and live in the Middle East....That is not AMERICAN....That is not what AMERICA IS, and for those of you who say otherwise....get your head of out the gutter, or else stop calling yourselves AMERICAN. End of story.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Patty McAfee

    I have an idea, why not take all of the illegals to CA so they can support all of them, instead of taking them to ICE. We would save money by not having to feed and house them until their paperwork can be sorted out. Also, all of those that are picked up in the desert can be directed with maps to CA, we could even put up road signs. And let's hope that CA doesn't catch fire again this summer, yeh right! When they call for help to fight the fires, we can send all of the illegals over to help them instead of wasting our precious resources. We will all just stand at the border and wave as they burn down.

    Get a grip people, illegal means that it is against the law. Come into our state legally and we will welcome you with open arms.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. diane

    this is really getting out of hand. if we went to another country and were stopped because of our nationality there would be no questions. you do what they say or pay the consequences. what is so difficult about that?

    May 13, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Diane

    And Arizona would care because???

    May 13, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. lostagainLA

    Having lived in Az. for quite a number of years, they need to clean up the flow of drugs. Ca will never understand this. Ca welcomes and caters to the law breaking illegal immigrants from Mexico. I am now a Ca citizen and will purchase as much from Az as possible. Ca, you can kiss off and say goodbye to the sales tax I used to pay here. I have found that a good many of my neighbors will join me.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. youwho

    Are you serious this guy is a city council member. he thinks that if he comes to AZ without a passport he will be deported. i thought these people were suppose to make educated well informed decisions. i guess thats why CA is in the hole so bad they have people like this running it. i cant believe the ignorance people are showing. i guess in these cases ignorance is truly bliss. they know nothing about this law how its going to work. there adding their own spin on it. i wish they would just realize how much these people look like ideots.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Goin to AZ

    Boycott AZ? Hell no. I think I am actually going to take a vacation there. I am hispanic living in a border state and my great-great-great grandparents were "acquired" with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, so I am of Mexican Heritage. I do not fear getting stopped by Arizona's finest because I have not left home without a valid ID since I was 15! I think its damned time someone gets this immigration debate on the table because the politicians on both sides of the aisle are ineffective. The debate always seems to start around campaign time and ends with the swearing in and oath's of office, and it always seems to end with the next big looming crisis.

    Well, heres a newsflash...immigration is a crisis. Its on the table now deal with it.

    We should take our laws from another country. Question: In what country can you can be punished as a felon and serve 2 years in prison for being an illegal and this country also has a higher deportation rate than the United States and has deployed troops to defend its southern borders against illegal immigration? Ummm...ready for this....MEXICO!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
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