July 12th, 2010
08:28 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people


Alexander Zaporozhsky

The former KGB agent, convicted by a Russian court in 2003 of spying for the United States, may be headed back to Cockeysville, Maryland, where he once lived with his family. The Washington Post reports that Zaporozhsky, who had been sentenced to 18 years of hard labor, was one of four men Russia swapped for the 10 "sleeper" agents that the FBI had arrested in June.

U.S. officials told the Post that information provided by Zaporozhsky helped them catch Robert Hanssen, the FBI agent who spied for Soviet and Russian agencies for 22 years.

According to the newspaper, Zaporozhsky’s whereabouts are unknown, but his younger son, Maxim, lives in the million-dollar Cockeysville house and his older son, Paul, lives two miles away.

Ten years ago, auto dealer Scott Donahoo introduced himself to his Russian neighbor, who said he ran an import-export business out of his home.  "My guess was he was in the porn business," Donahoo said. "How else can you make dough like that?"

The Washington Post: Spy swapped in deal with Russia could return to house in Maryland suburb

CNN: Russian swapped for spies is in England, brother says

Moise Jerry Rosembert

Haiti's best-known graffiti artist is still painting his message on his country’s crumbling walls. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti six months ago, on January 12, killing more than 220,000 people and displacing some 1.5 million.

England’s Guardian newspaper reports that Rosembert responded to the disaster by creating a new emblem for his nation: a map of Haiti, with a weeping eye and a pair of praying hands, demanding, "Please Help Us."

In his report, The Guardian’s Peter Beaumont writes that the 25-year-old graffiti artist’s images now speak of “an angry frustration widespread among Haitians that, despite the huge emergency response in the wake of the catastrophe and the promises of billions, they have been abandoned.”

The Guardian: Haiti earthquake: Six months on

Dr. Sally Satel

The practicing psychiatrist and lecturer at the Yale University School of Medicine says that veterans should not be labeled easily as totally and permanently disabled. On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin making it easier for a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, to get the benefits he or she needs.

Current department rules require veterans to document events such as firefights or bomb explosions that could have caused the disorder. Under the new rules, a veteran need show only that he or she served in a war and performed a job during which events could have happened that could cause the disorder.

Satel told CNN on Sunday, “It’s a good thing for people suffering from chronic and irreversible PTSD - and who will probably not be able to enter the work force again - to be able to get the payments they deserve more easily. But when veterans apply for compensation, we need to know for a fact that they can’t benefit from treatment and rehabilitation. I am concerned that there could be a rush to judgment about whether or not a veteran is capable of working.”

She added, “It is extremely demoralizing for people not [to] work in this society. Work is one of the best therapies there is - you don’t want to deprive people of that.”

Satel, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said she understands that some of her writing and speeches have been controversial. She said, “I am not a lone voice. But it’s difficult for VA doctors to speak out.”

American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Satel's website

Thomas D. Costello

More than 90 years after his death, the U.S. Army private finally will be buried with full military honors Monday at Arlington National Cemetery.

Two years ago, U.S. military officials came knocking on Michael Frisbie's door asking for information on his family tree. They returned about a year ago, this time informing him that the remains of his great-great-uncle - a soldier missing in action since World War I - had been identified.

Frisbie, 43, said he had no clue Costello even existed. Frisbie's parents divorced when he was 6 months old and he never got to know his paternal relatives.

"I can't believe they went to all this extent to find me, which is good though, because I want to honor the soldier," said Frisbie, who lives in Stockton Springs, Maine.

On September 16, 1918, with World War I nearing an end, Costello - who was around 26 years old - and his fellow troops encountered heavy artillery and machine-gun fire near Jaulny in northern France. Costello died of a shrapnel head wound, Frisbie said. He was buried in France with two other soldiers.

In September 2006, French nationals hunting for metal in the area found human remains and World War I artifacts, U.S. Army officials said.

CNN: 90 years after his death, remains of World War I soldier found

Luther Campbell

The rap performer, record label owner and actor calls Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan his “homegirl” for her defense of a controversial 2 Live Crew album.

In a column for the Miami New Times, Campbell writes, “In 1989, Broward County Sheriff Nick Navarro banned the sale of our album, 'As Nasty as They Wanna Be,' and a federal judge backed him. We appealed. The next year, Kagan, who was working at a Washington, D.C., law firm, wrote a brief that the album ‘does not physically excite any one who hears it, much less arouse a shameful and morbid sexual response.’ In other words, my homegirl Kagan was saying people could not be aroused by the lyrics. …”

After Campbell, 49, also known as Uncle Luke, gives an example of those lyrics, he continues, “She did a great job of fighting on 2 Live Crew’s behalf, which lets you know that Kagan is not easily swayed by public opinion or by politicians with their own hidden agendas.”

Miami New Times: Kagan helped 2 Live Crew and blacks, so confirm her already

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Matt

    Luther Campbell calling Kagan a "homegirl" is not newsworthy and should not enhance her qualifications for the Supreme Court.

    July 12, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • kDOGG

      Yo Matt dog, what up? Pull yer head out and sniff the beans of change. This is news whether or not you decide to label it otherwise. No where in the article was it mentioned this was qualification enhancment, that's in your head homlz.

      July 12, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Poppy

    Matt, what is newsworthy in your opinion? Why are you not an editor somewhere that you can control the news as you see fit? Who cares

    July 12, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • styles

      poppy lmao your asking somoene lse what there opinion matters but what about yours/ loser

      July 12, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • bauer

      Styles, I have no idea what you were trying to convey. You should probably learn basic writing skills before trying to insult someone online.

      Poppy lmao, you're asking someone else why their opinion matters, but what about yours. Loser.

      Yeah, it's called basic high school writing, go educate yourself.

      July 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gwen

    Good for him, she should be on the Supreme Court and teach those guys a few things about being fair.

    July 12, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. kmguest

    The fact that she was able to keep an objective point of view through the eyes of the law when people were raising cain about this album speaks volumes about her qualifications to not be anyone's lackey. It is very news worthy.

    July 12, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. David

    I'm always amused by people who click on a story, read it, then post to say that it's "not newsworthy." Apparently it was "newsworthy" enough for *you* to read it.

    Sites like CNN are in the business of generating clicks. If a particular type of story generates clicks, then that's the sort of story we'll get. If you think that something isn't newsworthy, don't click it.

    July 12, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dana Bash

    People of Color are taking over the world. Finally!

    July 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |