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. Janet Smith

    What is wrong with people! It's time we make EVERYONE follow the rules. If you don't like it– then please leave on your own accord! I have a driver's license and insurance papers to drive it. I follow the law and am a good citizen. I'm with all the americans wanting to cheer on Arizonia. Hang tough! We admire your convictions and gumption.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. BETTY

    WAY TO GO ARIZONA! IT'S ABOUT TIME THAT SOMEBODY STANDS UP FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE UNITED STATES CITIZENS.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. boca guy

    Now Iunderstand why the same area that sents high school boys home for wearing a America Flag T-Shirt and let other wear their Mexican Flags T- Shirts and paint their faceswith mexican colors,would do something like this. Maybe we should give California back to Mexico. Glad to see a state finally try to do something about all the Illegals

    May 13, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Craig

    It's working already....Anytime you can keep LA out of your area things will always improve.

    Keep it up Arizona!!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ramon F. Herrera

    "Asking for proof of citizenship – then detaining those who are here illegally is just the same as a cop asking for your license and registration. It's call law and order folks."

    I am appalled at the IGNORANCE displayed here. The writer of the above statement is kindly advised to go to his/her high school and ask for a refund.

    A cop CANNOT stop anyone based on his whim, mood, prejudices, etc. There are very specific rules, which if not followed will get the case thrown out of court.

    There are sheriff offices and the 3 largest AZ cities which intend not to follow the new law and/or sue the state. Meanwhile the above illuminated poster knows better?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. mishagothe

    Gee, how can Colorado get on the list of places Californians are boycotting?

    Now if the LA City Council (ska La Raza West) get their Mexican brethern to boycott Arizona and the rest of the United States.

    I have to laugh – California is headed for bankruptcy and your politicians are in a tizzy over a law in Arizona.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    AZ!! Yeahea Yeah–(in Ice Cubish)

    May 13, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. steve

    Arizona law mirrors federal law. Federal government won't enforce the federal law so Arizona had to take matters into their own hands. Way to go Arizona. Who really cares what a bankrupt state and city have to say. perhaps illegal aliens are part of the problem in California. This is all really about amnesty for illegals that the Democrats want to pass to buy votes. Smacks of dirty chicago and Illinois politics. HMMMM, who is in the WH and where is he from?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ramon F. Herrera

    What part of "illegal" don't I understand?

    The part where it says it has to be forever.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. MHumph2822

    Who needs California? Since when does this make a difference. Good luck with this one California, let's see who wins. Your state is already broke just give us another reason not to go to california.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. AsianMan

    I READ SOME OF YOUR COMMENT. SURE THIS COUNTRY COMPOSE OF MANY GENERATIONS OF IMMIGRANTS. TIME HAS CHANGED, YOU EITHER COME HERE LEGALLY OR YOU WILL BE SEND BACK TO WHERE YOU BELONG. LET ME ASK THOSE WHO SUPPORT THE ILLEGAL. WOULD YOU GIVE ME $20 DOLLARS TO BUY ME SOME GOOD MEAL? IF YOU CAN'T DO THAT, THEN THE TAXPAYERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO KICK OUT THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS BECAUSE THEY USE UP THE TAX MONEY. IF YOU HAVE A BRAIN, PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU MAKE A COMMENT, UNLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE HERE ILLEGALLY.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Those stupid liberals! They can go fly a kite. The rest of the US needs to take part in the anti-immigration laws that AZ has adopted! L.A is afraid that if this new law goes across the country 3/4 of LA will vanish back across the borders!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  13. RickS

    The last time I went to Arizona, I did not need a passport to enter the state. Mr. Reyes, you should check your facts before you start spreading lies about the Arizona law. The only thing that this law did was to make it illegal for an illegal immigrant to be in the country illegally.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bossman114

    Look for California to be the next state to enact the same law Arizona just has. Go Arizona!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    These people (city council) are so stupid it's embarrassing.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
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