July 23rd, 2010
08:30 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Zack De La Rocha

The ever-outspoken "Rage Against the Machine" lead singer will reunite with the band after a 10-year hiatus to urge other artists to boycott performances in Arizona because of the state's immigration law.

The legislation is scheduled to go into effect July 29 and is being challenged by the Obama administration and the ACLU.

De La Rocha and other stars will perform Friday night at the Palladium in Los Angeles, California, under the banner "The Sound Strike Stop SB1070 Benefit Show." On The Sound Strike website, De La Rocha, who was born in Long Beach, California, said the concert is a necessary protest against a law which encourages racial profiling of the Latino community.

"SB1070 is part of an entire state campaign to criminalize an entire population," De La Rocha said. "I think its intent is to create a state of constant fear, constant intimidation and by using this legal wording of 'reasonable suspicion' [to] clearly open the door for the police and state agencies to go after people because they are Latino."

He added, "We as artists have to intervene."

The Sound Strike website

Joe Griffit

The assistant professor of coastal science at the University of Southern Mississippi walked away from a consulting position with BP.

The website Inside Higher Ed reports that Griffit was taking water samples from the Gulf of Mexico within three days of the massive oil disaster. He said lawyers from BP asked him and his colleagues to help the oil company assess the damage and offer ideas on how to restore the area.

"If we were on the inside, we knew we could have some effect on BP," says Griffit, who works at the university's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. "And after talking with some of the lawyers involved, we all saw it was a nice idea."

But the website reports that Griffit and several other professors met with BP representatives several weeks ago and resigned as consultants. The professors became uncomfortable about the possibility of appearing to side with BP, whose officials mentioned that the academics would probably be called to testify on BP's behalf in lawsuits against the company.

Griffit now thinks he was perhaps a bit "naïve" when he first signed on for what became a very short consultancy.

"We're all employees of the state of Mississippi, and none of us really felt comfortable about testifying on the other side - even if what we said was scientifically accurate," Griffit says.

Inside Higher Ed: Oil debate spills into academe

Lynne Engelbert

The disaster dog search handler from Saratoga, California, says that the oil disaster in the Gulf is one of the toughest situations she has faced.

Engelbert told CNN that she and her dog, Lucy, worked on the recovery at the World Trade Center in September 2001. She was also part of the efforts after Hurricane Katrina, the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery mission and the Oklahoma City bombing.

She's part of California Task Force 3 in Menlo Park, one of nearly 30 Federal Emergency Management Agency teams that comb through debris to save the lives of victims trapped when structures collapse during disasters.

Engelbert has been working in the Gulf with the International Bird Rescue and Research Center, and when CNN caught up with her, she was constructing food slurries to help feed rescued birds.

"This is the most intense deployment I have ever been on," Engelbert said. "I have never worked so hard in my life."

Engelbert appears in the special program "Rescue: Saving the Gulf" which airs Saturday and Sunday. CNN news and weather anchor Rob Marciano takes viewers inside the biggest cleanup job in the world.

CNN: Complete coverage of Gulf Coast oil disaster

International Bird Rescue and Research Center website

Frank Williams, Jr.

The Boston, Massachusetts, police officer is using tennis to help youngsters stay off of the streets and out of trouble.

Friday and Saturday nights, some 25 officers bring vanloads of children from the city's housing developments to play at a local tennis club.

Williams told the Boston Globe, "All these kids are at risk of being involved in gang-related activity. They want to be part of something. Some of them don't have the family unit others have."

Williams, 47, came up with the idea while riding his bike on patrol through South Boston last year. Seeing a lot of kids on the street, he asked his captain if he could teach them tennis, a sport he began playing 15 years ago.

Although getting the children to show up at a police station was not easy at first, now about 100 youngsters, from toddlers to teens, line up at neighborhood stations, eager to play. In addition to learning about forehands, backhands and volleys, the children also get encouragement and help achieving their goals.

"We live in the projects, and there's a lot of fighting," Tayleece Young, 14, said.

"It's nice hanging out, being good at something, being safe, instead of out in the streets," Tayleece said.

"They're not what people think: They're kids, and they just want to be seen, to be noticed," Williams told the newspaper. "I tell these kids: Treat yourself like you're special, or no one will."

The Boston Globe: With tennis, hub police get youths off city's streets

Kevin Macdonald

The Oscar-winning director will create a video time capsule to mark YouTube's fifth anniversary.

"Life in a Day," will include the best clips captured by people around the globe on July 24, 2010. The date is symbolic of the 24/7 theme the production team wants to achieve.

Macdonald, who directed the 1972 Munich Olympics documentary "One Day in September" and the drama "The Last King of Scotland," and executive producer Ridley Scott,  who made such films as "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise" and "Gladiator," will fashion the expected 10,000 entries into a feature-length movie. The cinematic experiment will result in a documentary that is scheduled to debut at the Sundance Film Festival next year.

Macdonald told USA Today that the goal of the film is "to lose the digital divide." Cameras will be given to folks as far away as South America and Asia. Submitters will have 24 hours to capture what they deem as an important part of their day.

Macdonald says he has high expectations for the documentary, hoping that submitters will give a transparent look at their everyday lives, "from the banal to the important."

"It could be a journey to work, brushing their teeth, bathing children at night - something of significance to those who are filming."

USA Today: Macdonald, Scott make 'a time capsule' on film for YouTube

YouTube: Life in a Day

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Joshua Moore

    These kids need Discgolf

    July 23, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • GroovyGoober

      You read stuff like that and you no longer have to wonder why we have the politicians we have....these fools believe anything they are told by them. They apparently can't read and apparently don't comprehend even when it is explained to them.

      It's funny you don't see these same libtards crying about police nabbing someone who resembles the bank robber in the 11:00 news video. Instead they want to try and cry racism (which is funny because mexican isn't a race) and all other sorts of idiotic crap. Illegal is illegal, it doesn't matter if you are mexican or swedish. The fact that in southern U.S. states it is primarily mexicans wouldn't be just a big fat coincidence since mexico is right there now would it? Naaaahhhh...idiots.

      Why do you morons not consider the issues that opening the door to the illegals causes the entire country and all the other immigrants that came here legally? Do you think it would be fair to them to just hand out amnesty like candy? You'd be some of the first to scream BS if this happened to you.

      We have aprocess to immigrate. No one is saying NO to immigration. We're just saying if you want in the country, then do it legally, just like you;d have to do for any other country in the world.

      July 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. conservative thinker

    "SB1070 is part of an entire state campaign to criminalize an entire population." Hey moron, it only applies to people who came here illegally. You're already a criminal if you are here illegally.

    BTW, what about all of the law abiding legal immigrants (from all over the world – not just of latino descent) who went through the process and paid money to the government to do it the right way? Guess what. When they get pulled over for a traffic violation and the officer ask for "their papers" (like they do in basically every country south of our border), the driver will hand them over. The cop will give them a traffic violation ticket, and both parties go on their merry way. They won't be persecuted as you seem to think.

    Please go away.

    July 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason Arnold

      we concur.

      July 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason Arnold

    Wake up you free loaders, the people are awake. Your free ride is over.
    And to all you lame duck, puppet, politicians...Please fight AZ on this issue as it will make it easier to identify those who need to be replaced.

    July 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      What free ride are they getting? They risk their lives crossing the desert so that they can work in manual labor jobs like picking crops. Only a twisted individual would call hard work a "free ride." Personally, I think they should all be legalized. Obama needs to grow a pair and get this done.

      July 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Legal Immigrant

    Why does the latino community assume that they are the only illegals? Just so they can cry racist? Illegals come in all races.
    It is time to end illegal immigration.Get serious about enforcing the law. Create more jobs for Americans.

    July 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TheEraser

    Looks like it is time to trash all my Rage materials. Damn. I did not think they, of all groups, would support federal criminals over US citizens. I am hugely disappointed. Go AZ. Thank you Gov. Jan & Sheriff Joe for fighting to save our country.

    July 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Legal Immigrant

    Obama wants to increase export. Let's help him. Export all illegals.

    July 23, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TexVet

    I wish Texas had the guts Arizona does. We have a HUGE problem here too. I am all for immigrants...but do it LEGALLY!!!

    July 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SynFul

    It's a sad sad day when the topic of ILLEGAL immigration makes the US Citizens the bad guys. I'm tossing all my Rage CD's . When are people going to get a clue. NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT RACE! I want my country back. I want the LEGAL immigrants to stay. I want the ILLEGALS OUT. that makes me evil? fine... De La Roche, get a clue. The only ones that are making this about race are the ignorant and the ones that have something to hide!!! The only thing that needs to be changed in the law is, ASK EVERYBODY, not just suspected illegals... that would take away the idiot excuse of "racism" that everybody seems to be complaining about.

    July 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tehahn1

    It unbelievable that the 'Rage Against The Machine'....doesn't have balls enough to have the concert in Arizona.
    What's SB1070 have to do with California. We don't tell California how it should be ran; They shouldn't dictate to us, how we should to run Arizona. Wait till all the illegals here go to other states. That will be something to follow in the news.

    July 24, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • tehahn1

      woops...i gues s tthey were in arizona...my bad

      July 24, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mardz

    Go ahead and toss your CD's. If you were truly a Rage fan than you would know that they would have been against it.

    I don't understand what you people mean by, "take our country back." Take it back from what?? Immigrants?? Come on. Immigrants aren't taking over you fear driven people. The reason that Mexico is so messed up is because the we can't get a handle on our drug addiction problem. The reason that Mexicans are fleeing their country is because it is so corrupt that it can't create jobs or properly educate its people. Why is the country corrupt?? DRUGS!!! We need to check ourselves and speak to young children so they don't use drugs. There is no need for supply if there is no demand.

    As for jobs, I seriously doubt that any of you on these comments would bust your buns doing the hard labor that immigrants do.

    July 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Perskaya

    Zack couldn't be less "intriguing" if he tried really, really hard. He falls more into the idiot category at this point.

    It's becoming more and more clear who NOT to give my money to. If you support ILLEGAL immigration, keep talking please! The more you open your mouth, the more stupid you look.

    We support you Arizona!

    July 28, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jason in AZ

    Hey Rage Against the Machine, you band sucks and no one cares. Read the law if you even know how to read. I guess you are going to have to find some other way to get your drugs now that we have more tools to fight the drug runners here in AZ.

    July 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |