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. GeoMax

    Lots of talent? Yes.
    Lots of intelligence? Apparently not.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Marine Mom

    "I can't go with that, no I, no can do I" I'm disappointed in Hall and Oates. Why does everybody come out to protest a solution, but no one ever comes up with a better plan??

    June 8, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • TE


      June 8, 2010 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. KRS

    Boycott AZ until this STUPID law is ruled illegal by the supreme court.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Just the opposite. Support Arizona who is doing the right thing. I know I will.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. MarkE

    your one stupid black man. your people are next dummy

    June 8, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jackie MD

      Like to stir the pot huh MarkE? Atleast it makes for good entertainment! You could back-off on the name calling though, don't you think that's a bit much, of course, I realize that someone with your mentality cannot think of anything else to resort to. Why don't you turn off your computer, put those headphones on and pop-in the 8-track of Hall & Oates. Now that would be good entertainment!

      June 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      Oh wait, I get it! You are one of those people who get online and post really unintelligent or inflammatory statements just to get a rise out of people, right? You like to throw in the words "dummy", "black man", "redneck" etc. but you really don't have a point.

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


    Thank you for your service. We are a much better nation because of people like you.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Patr!ot

    TE, is that all you can say.? I know, you spell check evrything first. You must be stupid too, you knew what I meant! LMFAO!!!! @@s Clown!!

    June 8, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    How cute... Wildcat gave our Mr. President a nickname... Did you do the same for your boyfriend

    June 8, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |

      Yes I did and his name is GETYOILLEGALACESOUTOFMYCOUNTRY. It really clicks doesnt it.

      June 8, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tina in Tempe

    Greg ""Dude, that's like, totally bogus, cause there's oil, and it sucks". Is that the best you can come up with in response to MarkE's "Arizona is a lame state"? I have to agree with MarkE. Instead of having civil discourse amongst the Arizona community, drastic and fear induced actions are being taken. Arizona will pay for it's scathing, uncalled for inhumane acts against it's society, through thier pocket books. The bottom line, Arizona will begin to see green rather than brown. Tina in Tempe.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |

    Come on MarkE. Why the name calling? Have you no dignity that you have to stoop to that level? Or maybe you dont have enough education to say anything smart.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |


    June 8, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Aaron

    Who cares what Hall and Oates do. They have been over for years.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Patr!ot

    My People? Now who is the racist? I rest my case! You are know better than those you are protesting.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • hatelovestohateloveandlovelovestohatehate

      Thank you for your service, tolerance, and civility–we need more people in this country like you.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barbara

    I was almost offended by MarkE's comment about the South....until I read his other posts. Idiots don't offend me.

    June 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Taylor Hicks

    I'm more famous that those two fossils. FACT!

    June 8, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      William Hung is more famous (and relevant) than them.

      June 8, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    Do they know it's the same law as the Federal law and do they know it's the same law that California has had on the books for 15 years? Do they know the Mexican immigration laws are much, much tougher than Arizona's? The federal government has done a pitiful job shutting down the borders? No they don't know anything about the problem; they heard it's unfair to arrest and deport illegal immigrants after they've been detained for breaking a law. Huh? Movie stars and musicians need to stick to music and stay the heck out of politics. Shut down the border and this all goes away,

    June 8, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
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