May 17th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Rima Fakih

The 26-year-old from Dearborn, Michigan, was crowned Miss USA on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pageant-watchers say Fakih, of Lebanese descent, is thought to be the first Arab-American and Muslim to wear the crown, The Detroit Free Press reports.

According to TIME magazine, Fakih was raised in New York, attended the University of Michigan and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics with a minor in business administration. She won the Miss Michigan USA title in 2009. She told TIME, “I grew up watching pageants with my father, but never knew I can really do it. Possibly because I was picked on a lot in school, and had a very shy personality. I can proudly say that I don't think I would have reached so high and come such a long way had I not went through the pain I did growing up.”

Detroit Free Press: Detroit celebrates Miss USA's first Arab-American winner

Time: Miss Michigan USA Rima Fakih on serving others

Geno Auriemma

President Obama is scheduled to welcome the NCAA champion University of Connecticut women's basketball team to the White House on Monday. The president will honor the Huskies for their second straight NCAA Championship and back-to-back undefeated seasons.

According to the university, since Auriemma’s arrival as head coach in 1985, the Huskies have been transformed from a program with only one winning season into one with six national titles, 10 Final Fours, three perfect seasons in 1995, 2002, and 2009 - and 32 Big East titles. Auriemma, who moved from Italy to Pennsylvania with his parents at the age of 7, was elected to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. He also has been named head coach of the U.S. National Team, which will compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Geno Auriemma bio

Paul Sacco

The father of a missing Greeley, Colorado, hiker says he is ready to travel to Nepal today on a mission to find his 23-year-old daughter. "I'm not coming back without her," Sacco told The Denver Post. "Dad's supposed to protect her, and here I am 12,000 miles away. It's crazy."

On Saturday, Aubrey Sacco was scheduled to take a flight from Nepal to Sri Lanka, where she was to spend the last week of her six-month trip. But the newspaper reports she was last heard from on  April 20 when she e-mailed about plans to hike alone through Nepal's Langtang trail. Nepalese government officials, the Nepalese army and the U.S. Embassy began searching the park's 52 miles of trails almost a week ago but have been unable to find her.

Denver Post: Father heading to Nepal to search for missing daughter, 23

Jonathan Alter

There’s still more to learn about the most covered individual in the country. Alter, the Newsweek columnist and historian, reveals new details in his book “The Promise: President Obama, Year One,” which is scheduled to appear in bookstores on Tuesday. New York Times reviewer Michiko Kakutani writes that Alter “actually does give us a new perspective on the 44th president by providing a detailed look at his decision-making process on issues like health care and the Afghanistan war, and a keen sense of what it’s like to work in his White House, day by day.”

According to the newspaper, Alter reports that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was initially “too deferential to the president in meetings, just shy of obsequious”; that Defense Secretary Robert Gates, called “Yoda” by some White House staffers, was “almost certainly the most influential member of the cabinet”; and that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner bonded with the president because “they had the same ‘no drama’ style.” Obama reportedly read Alter’s 2006 book about FDR’s first 100 days before taking office.

New York Times: Penetrating the process of Obama's decisions

Zach Lipson

The Nashville, Tennessee, student is fulfilling his dream of being involved in the University of Kentucky basketball program. reports that Lipson has never played a minute of organized hoops. But he’s earned the position as a student manager on the Kentucky team. The senior at Christ Presbyterian Academy has overcome medical odds. He has a spinal deformity and will never be over 4 feet tall. Lipson told the website, "I want to tell people you don't have to fall and beat yourself up over your problems. You can take them and help them make you stronger. You can turn a losing situation into a winning situation." Perseverance pays off for student manager

soundoff (167 Responses)
  1. Mike

    UConn has 4 perfect seasons under Geno Auriemma, not 3. They've been undefeated the last 2 seasons, as well as 2002 and 1995.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marrk

    She should have been the asked the question about the new Arizonia law. Not about birth control. At least the Okie is a true american.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. sidrock23

    yea she is a true america, so she probably can't read

    May 17, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. dave

    Think of all the beauties that lie beneath those veils and burkahs. Oh well I guess we will have to wait 100+ more years before women from the middle east become liberated. This is turning out to be a great year for Lebanese descendants First the richest man in the world, now Miss USA, by the way how is Marlo Thomas? Hope she is having a nice year.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      "Think of all the beauties that lie beneath those veils and burkahs."

      Yeah...if you can get past the B.O.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Koula

      You are so stupid..go travel to the middle East first before u talk..Arab women are the hottest ones in the world..been like that for centuries..most aren't covered. Try n watch a black & white Arab movie.Youtube is full of them.

      May 17, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Isaac


    First we get a muslim president – now a muslim Miss USA. – This stinks!"

    Your comments are pathetic.


    they never consider themselves Arabs but they are. They speak Arabic like Arabs but they always classify themselves as Lebanese. Ive been around my fair share to know and see the arrogance of who they think they are. Personally MIss America should belong to People born in this country not naturalized. I'm surprised with her religion she was even aloud to strut her ass in a beauty pageant. So tired of the hypocrisy"

    People like you should not share their comments.

    This is America, land of the free. 80% of this country has come from other shores. Look into your own roots then speak.

    Hey CNN, it's Lebanese-American.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Koula

      When they come and work in a rich Arab country like UAE they say proudly that they are Arabs..hack even Salma Hayek said " I'm Arab" when she was in Dubai a few months back. I'm from Dubai so tell me about the lebanese lol

      May 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nhsays

    Oh oh when do the earthquakes begin???

    May 17, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lorelord

    Well this is no surprise at all. Miss Oklahoma gets runner up because of a question concerning Arizona's Immigrations Laws? Really? I wonder what the Arab chick was aksed? Prolly nothing as difficult or provocative I wager. Typical political crap shoved into our lives, faces by the liberal media and hollywood.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • ftb

      She was asked about her opinion on having birth control covered by insurance.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. ali

    wow this is amazing..


    May 17, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Col

    The fact that she wore bikinis, she is a free human being and a true American.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • david

      under that premise, this july 4th all mexican women in the usa should wear bikinis that day,ie making them true americans

      May 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. knows

    can anyone say "Nose Job"?

    May 17, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • OldGoat

      Yeah, she does have a bit of a honker, eh?

      May 17, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • RodentKing

      Bet she'd give you a quick BJ in the mens room

      May 17, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. RodentKing

    It's absolutely amazing that the low life Cesar Nunez ask Miss Oklahoma asked if she supported Arizona’s law.
    Woolard said she supports the law, saying she is against illegal immigration, but is also against racial profiling.
    Why did they allow this pig Nunez to ask this question?? They purposely did this because she's White,prettier and smarter.

    May 17, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Old Goat

      Same reason that pervert Perez Hilton was able to ask Carrie Prejean about gay marriage.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • RodentKing

      OldGoat, Maybe this Nunez and Perez Hilton are lovers. They are both disgusting enough.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Questions were picked randomly out of a fish bowl.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Nice charity victory.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. OldGoat

    What do politics have to due with a beauty contest? I though in beauty contests, women are judged on their looks, not their political opinions. In any case, I've yet to see an Arab woman who I found particularly attractive. I'm sure the winner was chosen based upon some political agenda.

    May 17, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • AK

      And your name chosen due to the reflection in the mirror.

      May 17, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |

    lol.......she aint white she's middle eastern and looks more hispanic than anything........what makes you think it was low life's cesar nunez's question to ask......obviously its racist, because no matter how much I dislike the United Nations....they called us to say were hypocrites............ennough said

    May 17, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |

    Polk would be turning in his grave with his manifest destiny.........i bet he didnt expect this

    May 17, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
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