June 8th, 2010
08:21 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Daryl Hall and John Oates

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that the most successful duo in rock history has canceled its concert at Chase Field as a protest against Arizona's legislation to fight illegal immigration. USA Today reports that the performance had been scheduled to follow a game against the Dodgers on July 2.

Hall and Oates issued the following statement: "In addition to our personal convictions, we are standing in solidarity with the music community in our boycott of performing in Arizona at this time. We would like to emphasize that this has nothing to do with the management of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have been professional and cooperative throughout our dealings with them. This is our response to a very specific action of the state."

USA Today: Hall and Oates cancel concert plans in response to Arizona immigration law

Hall and Oates website

Beth Holloway

The mother of missing high school graduate Natalee Holloway is scheduled to be in Washington on Tuesday for the opening of the Natalee Holloway Resource Center.

The nonprofit center will be located at the National Museum of Crime and Punishment and will provide families of missing persons help with managing their crisis and to give students advice on traveling safely.

The center's website advises, "Please contact us for any of the following reasons: Did a loved one go missing and you aren't sure who to contact or how to proceed? Do you need help coordinating efforts of finding a missing loved one?"

Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch citizen, was twice arrested in connection with the disappearance of Natalee Holloway during a 2005 class trip to Aruba. On Monday, he confessed to the killing last week of 21-year-old Stephany Flores Ramirez in his Lima, Peru, hotel room, Peruvian government authorities said.

National Museum of Crime and Punishment: Natalee Holloway Resource Center

CNN: Van der Sloot confesses to murder, authorities say

Rabbi David F. Nesenoff

The Jewish religious leader and founder of the website rabbilive.com conducted the interview with legendary White House reporter Helen Thomas that led to her sudden retirement announcement on Monday.

Thomas, 89, was considered the dean of the White House press corps, as she was the longest-serving White House journalist, who covered administrations since 1960 for United Press International and the Hearst newspaper chain.

She came under fire late last week when a YouTube video surfaced, showing her interview with Nesenoff in which she said that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and that the Jewish people should go home to "Poland, Germany ... and America and everywhere else."

Nesenoff said Monday, "This issue was anti-Semitism, within 24 hours over a million views, we find out that someone who's been reporting for 60 years, this is what she's about."

The rabbi said that Thomas still owes the Jewish community an apology.

"My initial reaction is she can retire from her job but she can't retire from her responsibility to apologize for her comments," Nesenoff said. "There's a difference between telling your opinion and giving someone the finger, which is what she did."

CNN: White House correspondent Thomas retires amid controversial comments

Adrian Lamo

The former computer hacker says he did his patriotic duty and led federal officials to the arrest of a 22-year-old U.S. Army intelligence analyst who allegedly leaking classified military information, the U.S. military announced Monday.

According to Wired.com, Spc. Bradley Manning of Potomac, Maryland, leaked the classified 2007 video of an American helicopter strike that killed several civilians in Baghdad, Iraq, to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.com, which posted the video in April.

Wired.com reported that Manning confessed to the leak in a series of online chats with Lamo. The former hacker, who said in Twitter posts that he turned Manning over to authorities, defended his actions on his Twitter page.

"I outed Brad Manning as an alleged leaker out of duty," Lamo wrote in one post.

"Hackers confide in me all the time. I'd go to prison before I'd betray their trust. I didn't get Manning arrested. He got himself arrested," Lamo wrote in a separate tweet.

CNN: Soldier accused of leaking classified info

Wired: U.S. intelligence analyst arrested in Wikileaks video probe


Stephen Strasburg

The first overall pick of the 2009 baseball draft makes his highly anticipated debut with the Washington Nationals at a sold-out game against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

The Washington Post reports that the pitcher's most significant achievement so far was winning four games for the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs during the past four weeks. But the newspaper reports that Washington, which waited 33 seasons for the return of a baseball team and has gone to the World Series only twice in 71 seasons, now has high hopes.

Adding to the anticipation, the Nationals on Monday selected 17-year-old power-hitter Bryce Harper, this year's No. 1 draft pick.

Strasburg, 21, said, "It's something I've dreamed about my whole life. And now it's going to become a reality."

The right-hander signed with the Nationals for a contract reportedly worth more than $15.1 million.

Washington Post: Stephen Strasburg debuts for Nationals, with the baseball world watching

soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. lisa

    not heard from in 25 years? i don't think so.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris, MN

    I'm white but when tan have been mistaken for Hispanic. I would have no problem proving my citizenship if asked. The only reason LA called for a boycott in the first place is because they fear the illegals will overwelm LA in their exodus. If I were legitimately Latino, I would be screaming at the news stations, local and national, to put my face forth in support of Arizona's law as written. I pray that educated Hispanics/Latinos come forward to expose the way the Democratic Party/CNN is attempting to scare them into not come forward as they would be a "traitor to their race" as they have done to the Black (African American) community. One thing white people have is the ability to support either party vociferouusly. People of a darker complexion should claim that for themselves along with being judged based on the content of your character. Realize that the only thing that keeps you down in America is your perception of yourself. I appreciate the hardships south of the border. Let's set up refugee cities and welcome them legally.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Charlie

    I never liked Fall and Goates anyway, they are horrible. The did the State of Arizona a favor.Funny how the Hollywood types who employee these illegals cheaply are the ones against the crackdown.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jr

    Has-beens! Who listens to their crap anymore? Let's send them to Mexico!

    June 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Optimus Prime

    Genius promotion of their new album!

    June 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. toozer

    I'm so sick of Arizonans posting "I live in Arizona and you don't understand. BLAH BLAH...." Well *I LIVE* in Arizona too, and do Arizonans think they are the only state with illegal immigrants? No, but it's the only state that passed a stupid, racial profiling, unenforceable law. Sure there are ways to immigrate legally to the USA, if you are a well educated person from another country. If you just want to work in a field and make $3/hr there is no "path to citizenship" and your employer cannot afford to sponsor your Green Card. Our immigration laws suck! Re-instate Guest Worker Visas like Bush tried to do a few years back.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Thanks toozer. I haven't read everyone's post here but yours is about the most sensible and intelligent one I've seen so far.

      June 8, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Swift

      The problem with what you said is immigration is handled at the federal level and nobody there seems to want to do anything about it. Now here “we” all are in Arizona sharing an “open” border with Mexico. The Arizona legislature and governor did not pass this bill because they individually thought it should be passed. They passed it because they believed the citizens of Arizona wanted it passed. It’s called the will of the people. When was the last time you voted?

      June 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      I agree Toozer...a guest worker permit would be great, if the FEDS would let us do that, but as you can see, they oppose EVERYTHING we do, even the employer sanctions law we have. The problem with the entire situation is that there are many things that need to be done, the Federal government is NOT doing ANYTHING, so Arizona passed this law to get dialogue and attention of the Federal Government, and to do SOMETHING. Doing NOTHING is not helping, as we have seen for the last 25 to 30 years.

      June 8, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Duane W

    We can send a message back and boycott any radio station that plays their music. Maybe they need to understand that their lives are not impacted, but the rest of America is.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MarkE

    Az is gonna lose and i will be saying, "i told you so"

    June 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      What exactly are we going to "lose" MarkE?

      June 8, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Seabird1

    Too Hall & Oats, I see your boycott of Arizona and raise you 2 boycotts of you and the music industry. I suggest that you go perform in the latin countries. Arizona is right on! Looks like in the near future you will be boycotting a lot more of the states. By the way, get a hair cut

    June 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MarkE

    i laugh at all the hopefuls in here. az gonna lose.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MarkE

    az gonna lose

    June 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MarkE

    az will lose

    June 8, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrisaz

    And so Hall and Oates will not be coming to AZ. Well I guess I'm going to have to move out of AZ!!! NOT... Entertainers should stick to entertainment and not politics! This goes for Entertainers that are for this bill.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MarkE

    down with az

    June 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MarkE

    two thumbs down for az

    June 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JasonInAtlanta

      We get it already moron!

      June 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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