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. 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 vacuume 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 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    You don’t have to say Bernie Madoff to know that our economic collapse was caused by rich greedy guys not being regulated not by poor people working for substandard wages in fields.

    June 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    Hey, Hall and Oates... can you pretty PLEASE convince Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and any other celebrities that are an embarrassment to American culture to boycott entertaining Americans till all people on earth stop being racist??!!!

    June 8, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aspartamedamaged

    You know, when the U.S. does go totally broke and the gov can/will no longer cover social services, pogroms may lie just beyond the horizon. European history has many examples of what happens when a large section of the working class become upset.

    June 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scott

    Ridiculous – a couple of 80's has-beens trying to keep their name in the news over something they obviously have no depth of understanding about. As a former resident of Cochise County, I've seen first hand the daily stressor on resources that illegal aliens have on Arizona and specifically on border areas. I applaud in GOV Brewer's general direction!

    June 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Emo

    I actually think so too. I have been poking around the web for a while this week, and its really hard to find anything entertaining to read on blogs=] Maybe its because there are too many of those around =) But this place actually keeps catching my attention:P Great posts, and kawai design ^__^. Ill be sure to give it more visits now 😛

    October 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fluorescent Lamp :

    leg warmers will be more useful in the coming winter months, i gotta grab one on the local store`,-

    October 24, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. LED Torch

    i often use leg warmers during the cold months and specially this DEcember -,-

    December 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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