May 25th, 2010
07:56 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

David Byrne

The songwriter, artist and former Talking Heads band member is suing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for using the song "Road to Nowhere" in an online campaign ad without permission.

Bloomberg reports that Byrne said that he never licensed a song to be used in an advertisement and is seeking $1 million in damages.

"I'm a bit of a throwback that way, as I still believe songs occasionally mean something to people," Byrne said in a statement. "A personal and social meaning is diluted when that same song is used to sell a product or a politician."

Crist, once a Republican, is now running as an independent for U.S. Senate.

Bloomberg: David Byrne sues Crist for using 'Road to Nowhere'

CNN Political Ticker: No refunds, Crist campaign says

Rep. Joseph Cao

The Republican congressman from Louisiana says he is concerned about the desperate situation facing the Gulf fishing industry. WGNO TV reports that Cao and organizations like Volunteers of America are working to bring mental health workers to the area to help.

"I spoke to a group of fishermen, mainly Vietnamese-Americans, and a group of them came up to me and said, they told me that they contemplated suicide because they're in such despair," Cao said.

He says fishermen are feeling added stress on top of post-Katrina troubles.

"For some people, this is almost a boiling point where they can no longer handle it and they're going to crack."

Cao is the first Vietnamese-American, as well as the first native of Vietnam, elected to Congress.

WGNO: Louisiana fishermen contemplating suicide, need mental health services

Rep. Cao's website

Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr.

The 1975 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy will become the 24th Coast Guard commandant  Tuesday.

Papp, who replaces Adm. Thad W. Allen, previously served from July 2008 to April 2010 as commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, where he was the operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within the eastern half of the world. He also was commander of a unit during Operation Able Manner off the coast of Haiti in 1994, enforcing United Nations sanctions.

According to the Coast Guard, Papp will now oversee more than 34,000 enlisted men and women on active duty, more than 8,200 officers, about 7,860 civilians, nearly 7,000 reservists and 30,000 auxiliary members.

U.S. Coast Guard website

Jerry Nance

The Forensic Services Unit supervisor of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children never gives up.

On Monday, Nance told CNN, "I am here to say to the parents of missing children: We will never stop searching for your child, even when most have given up hope. Even when somebody has been convicted of the crime. We will not stop until we find them."

Nance investigates cold cases.

He said, "I have 800 unidentified and missing children in my files, cases that go back to the 1940s."

He said that 750,000 to 800,000 children go missing every year. Nearly 2,000 kids each day. Ninety-six percent, he says, will be found and not harmed.

Tuesday will mark the 27th National Missing Children's Day. First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan and observed by every administration since, May 25 is the anniversary of the day in 1979 when 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from a New York City street corner on his way to school.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website

Nikki Haley

The South Carolina gubernatorial candidate is forcefully denying a claim that she once had an extramarital affair with a prominent South Carolina political blogger.

Will Folks, the editor of what many consider the state's most influential political news website, wrote Monday that he had an "an inappropriate physical relationship" with Haley, who is married with two children, several years ago.

"I have been 100 percent faithful to my husband throughout our 13 years of marriage," Haley said in a statement issued by her campaign. "This claim against me is categorically and totally false."

The charge came just days after some polls indicated Haley vaulting to the front of the four-way Republican primary race. Sarah Palin has advised Haley to "hang in there."

CNN Political Ticker: Rising GOP star in South Carolina denies affair allegations

CNN Political Ticker: Palin to Haley: 'Hang in there'

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. cajr

    if obama had used the song im sure it would have been no problem. cause he is so great, not!

    May 25, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ACinRC

      You've completely gone off the point and I'll choose to ignore your irrelevant rant . As a songwriter myself, I am glad to see Mr Byrne standing up for his intellectual property. When he and his collaborators wrote the song they i doubt seriously that they intended to advance any political cause. For this reason he is perfectly justified in wanting to keep the spirit of his music pure.

      May 25, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Byrd

      Ditto, ACinRC.

      May 25, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. JasonInAtlanta

    Really?! I think the payment should be going the other way. Crist did David a favor, because now there is an excuse for putting the "Talking Heads" back into the headlines.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • J.Crobuzon

      Crist? The bassplayer from Nirvana? I wouldn't let him use my song either.

      May 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gregor Martin

    I think Mr. Byrne has stopped Making Sense several years ago.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. inchoate1


    That's why we have judges to decide matters of law, specifically intellectual property disputes (which are understandably probably not an issue for you), because your opinion is irrelevant.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |