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. Schooschoo

    I bet that some hate the Mexicans that bad do not realize, that Mexico helped and supported the US in the second world war. Of course, they say, that was long time ago and times have changed. True, very true, but I thought it would be interesting just to mention it. Here more details:

    El Escuadrón 201 was a Mexican fighter squadron, part of the Fuerza Aérea Expedicionaria Mexicana (FAEM — "Mexican Expeditionary Air Force") that aided the Allied war effort during World War II. The squadron was commonly known, apparently coined by members of the squadron during training, by the nickname Aguilas Aztecas, or "Aztec Eagles".[1]

    The squadron was attached to the 58th Fighter Group of the United States Army Air Forces during the liberation of the main Philippine island of Luzon in the summer of 1945. The pilots flew P-47D-30-RA "Thunderbolt" single-seat fighter aircraft carrying out tactical air support missions.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MrpoliceMan

    They look like girly men

    June 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 2boys

    they must be from the 60ties their brains are fried by now and their thinking from that time has us in the mess we are in now

    June 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      “Illegal aliens are responsible for our economic collapse.” Illegal aliens repealed the Glass-Steagall Act? This is a GOP planted fantasy. The GOP trusted industry to regulate it’s self and that is a pipe dream that would only work in a vacuumed without the reality of greed. Why don’t you right wingers grow up and accept some personal responsibility for your problems caused by your own decisions.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sunny

    long time fan and spender on your cds.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dave

    What has John McCain done in the past thirty years? Why is Arizona not represented? Instead of usurping federal law how about working within the system?

    June 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Larry

    I have an easy solution that's fair to everybody: make it a requirement to check the status of EVERYONE being investigated for a crime, in every state. If they are illegal, ship 'em out!

    June 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      That would be legal and acceptable and that makes sense. Good idea Larry!

      June 8, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MIKEG


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  8. sunny


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  9. Bill

    Haulin' oats...sounds like a wagon full of ....whatever!!

    June 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pigs

    One thing you got too applaud the illegals for...they are helping to show Americans how irrelevant you make the word "racist" when you abuse the word.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Don't forget "Nazi" and "fascist" which can also apparently be applied to anyone with any opinion that contradicts your own!

      June 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CINDY


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  12. Bill

    LMAO!! I haven't even heard their names in 15 years. I listen to a lot of rock and hard rock and had no idea they were even still together.

    Just another far reach for people to get their anti-Arizona propaganda out there. Maybe Boy George and Vanilla Ice could weigh in on this too.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ed

    chrisaz – Politicians are the ultimate entertainers. Let's face it, what has been more entertaining over the past few weeks than watching this nation consume its own flesh over this issue. The vitriol displayed here regarding the decision of two guys with decent falsettos and their decision to otherwise abstain from takin' the band to Phoenix is really captivating. Really, how did we get here? Who's producing this show? Is there a political equivalent to an Emmy? I mean, does the Carlyle group have an annual trophy handout? How is it that it's more interesting to target the straw man south of the border than taking down the real root cause, real men on Wall street? I know, I jumped ahead. I'll digress. Both sides of this issue really need to step back, wipe away the froth and apologize. You're being played. Come on gang, let’s go after the real illegals.

    June 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jimthedo, Phoenix, AZ

    Who cares? They are not welcome here anyway as WE are boycotting THEM!!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Eric

    Why doesn't the gov't want immigration reform? Have any of you heard of the North American Union? The treaty's have been signed with the intention of dissolving borders in much the same way the EU has. The amero will replace the dollar, and country citizenship will not matter.

    Talk about racists, you morons do realize that most of the people coming over the border illegally aren't actually from mexico. Quick geography lesson, there are countries south of mexico and they want to come into the U.S. as well. Quit calling illegals 'mexicans' you show your ignorance when you make a blanket statement like that.

    Here's some info for you people about California. Drove from PHX to SD and had to go thru 3 border checkpoints in CA, none of them stopped me because Im white. However the AZ border patrol checkpoint stopped everyone. Now who's the state that profile's?

    June 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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