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. Damian

    Poll: Americans back Arizona approach

    A new poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of those questioned think police should be able to question those they believe are in this country illegally. And 67 percent say police should be able to detain anyone unable to verify their legal status.

    Here is the link:

    These people(illegal immigrants) are being used as a slave labor class by Americas corporations. Cheap labor and more consumers for the corporate machine. The corporate media wants you to believe that Americans are outraged by this AZ law, but the above poll shows that is just propaganda!!! Remember we have LEGAL immigration for people.

    Wake up America this is not about right/left, Dem/Repub or any other false paradigm! This is about a Government owned by corporations trying to lie to us once again.

    On another note racial profiling has been a major tool of the DRUG WAR and where is the media outrage about all the blacks in jail for drug use compared to the white population.

    Learn to think for yourself America!!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. The last American


    May 13, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rich

    Boycott the boycotters. Who would want to visit LA anyway, or California for that matter. California should fix its' own problems before worrying about Arizona. By the way, boycott Boston too, the city council passed the same type of resolution.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. AZTrooper

    If LA is boycotting AZ does that include the electricity they buy from Palo Verde nuclear plant in AZ?

    May 13, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. James


    May 13, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. dlh34

    I would agree that 70% of the people agree that we need to secure are boarders and that something should be done with those who chose to come here illegally regardless of what ethnic group they are.However, profiling a specific ethnic group is wrong and that is exactly what will happen with this law.
    Unless, they intend to id everyone regardless of race. However, office would no longer have time to protect it citizens from law breakers because they would be to busy verifying that everyone was in the state legally.
    If anyone think this law is going to stop criminal they are foolish, just like making guns illegal prevents criminals from obtaing drugs, it doesn't.This is just racist attempt to harrass a specific ethnic group.
    I get so sick of all ingnorence.It is time to have some common sense.
    The first thing that needs to be done is to secure our boarders whether it be with a fence, a wall, with buried land mines or all three it needs to be done.The second is to assist people who want to come here to work to do so, although there must be limits put in place and fee should be charged.
    Not only to we need to protect the boarder from the south but also the boarder to the concern here is that terrorist will come through Canada into the US.Is they US going to rely on Canda to keep Terroist out of thier country.I don't have answer to securing our boarder with Canada but something needs to be done.Also are we protecting our shores from criminals, illigals and terrorists?Are screening foreigners who fly to this country?
    I think there is more to worry about than just people comming to this country illigally from Mexico.
    It's time to stop goverenment to stop wasting tax payer dollars, at all levels and come up with common sense solutions.It's is time for tolerance and compassion.
    Being a Christian is more than going to church on Sunday.
    In my bible tolerance and compassion, I am not sure what bible those who say you are Christians are reading,maybe they are from Nazi Germany.
    It is time for those of with common sense to stand up against all the hate,intolerance and racism and demand that goverenment come up with common sense solutions and stop wasting our tax payer dollars.It is time to for goverentment to work for ALL THE PEOPLE not the special interest groups.
    The division of the American people must stop and we must work together to make this country great agan!!!It is time to get of the couch and do something that will benefit all Americans regardless of race and religion.It is time find common ground.
    Stand up against the racist tea partiers who are spewing hate that is not America!!! Stand up against the liberals that what goverenment to control are lives!!!It is time for common sense to prevail!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. monty of mesa

    Right, like Ed Reyes will get stopped and asked to prove his immagration status if walking around any AZ town. Look at him. He is as Caucasian as I am Asian. If I am not afraid in walking, living, working, driving in Mesa, AZ, why anyone should be afraid IF they are legal?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. cj

    california has a 54 billion dollar budget deficit, this is a stupid move and only increases segregation between states. So whoever wants to enforce the law against illegal immigration is bad. Ship those councelmen to mexico and let them live with their people if they dont like America.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    No more disneyland for my kids. It's clear that the idiot Reyes has not even read the law. He states that he needs his passport to travel in Arizona. NO YOU DONT IDIOT, YOU ARE A LEGAL CITIZEN.

    Try traveling in any other country in the world without valid ID and see where you end up. IN JAIL.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jessica

    BOTTOM LINE – TARGET THE BUSINESSES, NOT THE ILLEGALS. NO JOBS, NO ILLEGALS. Its really not a hard concept, unless you simply only care about harrassing and deporting illegals, while keeping your white illegal business operating neighbors safe from the very law you are purporting to be following. This isnt about LAW and whats right, this is plain and simple about getting rid of mexicans, and I cant support that. Immigration is what this nation is and always will be, legal or illegal...we are all decendants of immigrants. Very few can honestly say that their ancestors without a doubt came here legally. Many came on visa's and never left. Just like todays mexican immigrants.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. AsianMan

    Hey Councilman Reyes, what is American then? Let thugs running the streets look like you? You stupid yourself. I am from Arizona and I support all the way. If i have to join Arizona to clean up the illegal immigrants and I will. You are on the other hand boycott? This earth is still as good and healthy without you.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Wendy

    You are not an immigrant city. You are a city full of people that broke the law. Calling yourself something different than illegal aliens doesnt make it anything different than what it is.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Josh

    I'm glad LA boycotts AZ.. I'm sure we will see all the illegals moving to California now.... Good get them on the other side of the country!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. dlh34

    MJ, it is not the same a cop does not pull you over unless you have committed a violation.At least in my state. The only time I have been stopped and asked for my license and registration is when I was commiting a traffice violation(speeding).The last time I checked being Hispanic is not a violation of any law, at least not in my state.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Caroline Stone

    My guess is none of the L.A. City Council even bothered to read the law in Arizona. I find this ignorance on their part. Who can blame a state for trying to protect their citizens? I support Arizona and I'm from L.A.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
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