June 15th, 2010
07:39 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Meg Whitman

In June 2007, the current Republican candidate for governor of California allegedly became angry at an eBay employee and shoved her in an executive conference room.

The New York Times, after interviewing multiple anonymous sources with knowledge of the incident, reports that Young Mi Kim was preparing the eBay chief for a news media interview when the dispute began.

According to the newspaper, Kim hired a lawyer after the incident, but the dispute was resolved under the supervision of a private mediator, and the company paid Kim a six-figure settlement.

Kim, who is now an eBay senior manager for corporate and executive communications, said in an e-mail that she and Whitman had overcome their differences.

New York Times: Settlement was paid in Whitman shoving incident

Gary Brooks Faulkner

Police in northern Pakistan say they have detained an American who claims he was on a mission to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

London's Express newspapers report that the 52-year-old construction worker from California was found on Sunday in a forest in Chitral, a remote region close to the Afghan border, armed with night vision equipment, a pistol, a dagger and a sword.

Police were questioning Faulkner, who said he had visited Pakistan seven times.

Express.co.uk: Bin Laden mission 'Rambo' detained

Rep. Bob Etheridge

The North Carolina congressman reiterated his apology Monday after an online video surfaced showing he was involved in a physical altercation with two young men who approached him on a Washington street and asked the Democrat whether he supported President Obama's agenda.

"The truth is I had a long day, it was the end of the day, almost sunset," he told reporters on Capitol Hill.

The exchange was shown in an edited video posted anonymously online Monday.

"I've been spat at, pushed on and threatened before, and that's no excuse for my not walking on by," Etheridge said while declining to disclose if more words were exchanged. "Just no excuse."

The six-term congressman also said he still does not know who the young men are.

"Who are you?" a clearly frustrated Etheridge replies when the two men approach him with a camera on a Washington street. When the purported students don't answer, Etheridge is seen slapping the camera out of one man's hands.

"We are just here for a project," one replies.

CNN video: Congressman loses cool on camera

CNN: Congressman apologizes for on-camera confrontation

Ron Gettelfinger

The outgoing president of the United Auto Workers gave a fiery farewell speech at the union's national convention in Detroit on Monday.

He declared, "There is strong evidence that the worst is behind us and the industry is clearly rebounding."

According to London's Guardian newspaper, the former Ford factory chassis line repairman has led some 513,000 automotive employees for the past eight years. He faced the decline in union membership, job cuts, wage cuts, plant closures, and the government takeover of GM and Chrysler. But, the newspaper reports, he emerged as one of the most powerful leaders in Detroit.

"We faced these challenges and charted a course that led our great union down a path to survival," he told cheering conventioneers. "Leaner, yes, but stronger, wiser and more determined as well."

The Detroit News reports that Gettelfinger, 65, also urged UAW members to support union-friendly candidates in the November election. The UAW is scheduled to elect Gettelfinger's replacement later this week.

Guardian: Ron Gettelfinger: the man who conquered Detroit

The Detroit News: Gettelfinger led UAW into new era that redefined his union

Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier

Their eight-year partnership has taken center stage due to the ongoing debate on same-sex marriage in California.

On Wednesday, closing arguments are scheduled in the federal trial on a challenge to California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.  The case is being heard in U. S. District Court in San Francisco. Two couples - Perry and Stier, and Jeffrey Zarrillo and Paul Katami of Los Angeles - are at the heart of the case, arguing that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

They are asking Chief Judge Vaughn Walker to issue an injunction against Proposition 8's enforcement. The case will likely head to the U.S. Supreme Court no matter what the outcome. It is expected to set legal precedents that will shape society for years to come and result in a landmark court decision that settles whether Americans can marry people of the same sex.

For Perry and Stier - who have four sons together in Berkeley - and Zarrillo and Katami, the issue is simple. They say the case boils down to nothing more than equal protection under the law, and that their sexual orientation should not prevent them from getting married.

CNN: Courtroom showdown set to begin over same-sex marriage

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. watash60

    Amazing something that happened 3 years ago is now more important than something that happened yesterday according to CNN.

    And you liberal media still do not know why you just plain SUCK....

    June 15, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Moi

    It is so obscene to be that filthy rich. She needs to share the wealth. I want my piece of the pie.

    June 15, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. He he

    Breaking news: Meg Whitman has a double chin. Oh my gosh!

    June 15, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. willowspring

    We are not talking about Whitman here. Whitman was not a public servant of this country. Do not be distracted from the present situation. Etheridge is a U.S. congressman, therefore he is an employee of every American not just NC. The student DID answer him. He said he is a student and the question was for a project. He is not required to give his name! Public servants,i.e., employees of the American people can expect to be asked questions. The student was polite and did not even fight back when the congressman slapped the camera out of the way, grabbed his wrist and would not let go and let grabbed him by the neck! Personally, I think he had too much to drink at the fund raiser.

    June 15, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • ohpuhleze

      Shoving a camera into someone's face and badgering them with questions is not polite. "Excuse me sir, I'm so and so from OICU and I have some questions" would have been polite. I'm not defending Ethridge, but this alleged student was rude, also.

      June 15, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. willowspring

    To He he. And how many do you have?

    To Moi. Earn your own wealth. It's hard work. Are you averse to that?

    And to all the others that have been pulled in like fish to CNN's ploy, using Whitman's private encounter in a private company as opposed to a Congressman asked a question by a citizen, try to focus. There's an election in just 6 months. I can only hope you will be able to get the vote right...otherwise this country is in big trouble.

    June 15, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Moi

      It is called sarcasm plankhead.

      June 15, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      She must be thick today. You can tell by some of the comments that they were used in sarcasm, because this story is ridiculous.

      June 15, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. city guy

    A republican 'shoves' someone, CNN FRONT PAGE NEWS. Ethridge, a Democrat, assaults 2 people asking them questions, the story is buried. No bias here!

    June 15, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. RodRoderick

    What is he really hiding? I'm sorry, but someone doesn't get all offensive like that unless they are covering something up. My first guess is he's having an affair. Second guess is he's in bed with BP.... Hmm....

    June 15, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • RodRoderick

      ***Defensive...

      June 15, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. he he

    Breaking news: Sarah Palin forgot to flush her toilet yesterday. Headlines!

    June 15, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. he he

    Breaking headline news: Someone had flatuence yesterday. Isn't that just disgusting?

    June 15, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. willowspring

    To Moi. You must be liberal. It might have been sarcasm, but you resorted to name calling like every other liberal. It just shows a distinct lack of ability to get your message across without degrading yourself in the process.

    June 15, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Moi

      Sorry sweetie, but I am republican. Face it: there is no cure for stupid.

      June 15, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      It shows your lack of brain power Every person who insults anyone on here is obviously a liberal? Generalization at that.

      June 15, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. xinunus

    And Obama ALLEGEDLY had an AFFAIR with VERA BAKER.

    I DONT SEE THE MEDIA REPORTING ON THAT!

    THE MEDIA IS CORRUPT AND NOTHING MORE THAN A TOOL OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY.

    And the MEDIA wants to know why they are LOSING MONEY!!!

    THEY DONT REPORT FACTS ANYMORE.

    WHENEVER THERE IS AN ELECTION THE LIBERAL MEDIA GOES INTO SMEAR MODE AND STARTS DOING THEIR JOBS AS GOOD LITTLE NAZI DEMOCRATS AND ATTACK REPUBLICANS.

    WHEN A DEMOCRAT WOMAN IS ELECTED ITS HISTORIC!!

    WHEN A REPUBLICAN WOMAN IS ELECTED ITS NOTHING.

    HOW PATHETIC DO YOU PEOPLE NEED TO BE TO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE BEING PLAYED AS FOOLS!!

    June 15, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      Sorry, kid. Use of all caps + reference to Nazis = no credibility.

      June 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. xinunus

    THE LIBERAL MEDIA ARE NOTHING MORE THAN LITTLE NAZI IKEMANS!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dman

    This is why it's important to get your news from multiple sources. I've always thought of CNN as the most unboased news organization (which granted is like being the valedictorian at summer school) but this is slanted journalism pure and simple. A Dem congressman goes crazy on a public street and assaults two kids last week and CNN starts the article with a push that happened 3 years ago. No excuse for the push mind you but any truly unbiased person can see how yellow this is. BTW, I just went to Fox News website and there's nothing on the site about Etheridge. Bias....hum.

    June 15, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    I've read Mr. Etheridge's posted comment about the video and his comment of "...poor judgment...". My God, it's looks like a case of assault to me, and not just "poor judgment". If the man had any ethic, he'd resign.

    June 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. willowspring

    To Moi. Repubs are almost as bad as the dems. Now, if you said you were a conservative, I would have been concerned to be associated with you. Now, try to write at least one sentence without calling someone a name or making derogatory remarks. You are the type that gives the right a bad name. Don't get steamed over the criticism. Take it for what it's worth and try to do better.

    June 15, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
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