September 6th, 2010
09:36 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Phil Best

The Mayor of Dublin, Georgia may be opening up a debate on what should be considered indecent exposure after announcing that wearing saggy, baggy pants is a violation that could face fines up to $200. Best has been mayor of this town of approximately 16,000 residents for over a decade, while also serving as CEO of his own construction company. CNN reports that this week he will sign an amendment to the municipality's indecent exposure ordinance—an amendment that prohibits the wearing of pants or skirts "more than three inches below the top of the hips exposing the skin or undergarments." Some residents in Dublin, in central Georgia about 130 miles southeast of Atlanta, feel the rule will single out a specific group of citizens and lead to profiling, an accusation Best says is "ridiculous," claiming the ordinance has been “violated by all races and sexes.” Best is also not alone in his campaign.

Flint, Michigan recently passed a ban against sagging pants. So did Riviera Beach, Florida, only to have the legislation declared unconstitutional. "It's time we all have a mutual respect for each other ... what a person does in the privacy of their home is fine," Best said. "But if I had an 8-year-old daughter, I don't think she needs to be subjected to looking at someone's rear end."

Luis Urzua

It has been one month since Urzua and his colleagues became trapped 2,300 feet underground in the Atacama desert, after their mine collapsed around them. Since then, Urzua, a shift foreman, has assumed command and control of the underground world that he and 32 fellow miners now live in. While they await a rescue possibly months away, Urzua has reportedly emerged as more than just a foreman, gaining the respect and attention of his colleagues. The Guardian newspaper reports that moments after the collapse, the 54-year-old former football coach and trained topographer created a set of regulations that would enable them to survive, including food rationing, location mapping, and creating 12-hour shifts.

Urzua receives three briefings a day from above ground, including conversations with a doctor, psychologist and a miner with the rescue operation. “[He] is a leader in his field and has been for ages," said Dr. Andreas llarena with the Chilean Navy. "For a miner, their shift leader is sacred and holy. They would never think about replacing him. That is carved in stone; it is one of the commandments in the life of a miner."

CNN: 'Don't give up,' plane crash survivors tell trapped miners

Bill Keller

This internet evangelist’s response to proposed Islamic Center in NY is the “9/11 Christian Center at Ground Zero.” The New York Times reports that Keller presided yesterday over a group of 60 attendees at a hotel two blocks from Ground Zero for his center’s inaugural service. In it, he called the Islamic Center as “a great Muslim military accomplishment,” and characterized future worshipers at its mosque guilty of terrorism by association. Later in the sermon he suggested that both Glenn Beck of Fox News and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the proposed leader of the Islamic center’s mosque, were both followers of false faiths.

Keller hosts his own local television show in Florida, which was at one point carried nationally but then canceled after he called Islam a “1,400-year-old lie from the pits of hell,” the Times reported. Keller’s website, Liveprayer.com, claims it receives 20,000 daily hits, with over 2.5 million subscribers to his “Daily Devotional” email. His online biography states that in 1989, he was convicted of insider trading and spent 2 ∏ years in prison, after which he went into ministry. Keller has not yet chosen a permanent location for his center but plans to by move in by January 1st, he told the Times.

Chris Abdur-Rahman Blauvelt

The aspiring film producer who wants to open his own liberal arts Muslim prep school created a Facebook page that has enlisted nearly 4,000 people to send an Eid gift to “The Daily Show” host, Jon Stewart. Blauvelt converted to Islam at the age of 16 after reading Malcolm X’s autobiography, and is the Executive Producer of Beyond Blue Productions, whose first film, “Bilal’s Stand," will be releasing this fall. On the event page he writes, “In thanks to and recognition of Jon Stewart's sane, honest and hilarious commentary on the ground zero mosque controversy and defense of Muslims against the growing tide of Islamophobia, we encourage everyone of all faiths and backgrounds to send him a gift on the Muslim holiday of Eid…”

In an interview with Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area’s youth blog, he said, “I became Muslim just before 9/11 and have see all sorts of things said about Muslims and Islam over the past 9 years, but now it feels different.” He says the Facebook page aims to show support for those who believe in “justice and freedom of religion” because “somehow it’s acceptable for public figures and news outlets to be Islamophobic, and it’s quite frightening.”

Derri Velarde

Because the 41-year-old woman from Mesa, Arizona is the second victim of a random acid attack in one week. Velarde told CNN affiliate KPNX that an unidentified woman threw liquid into her face while in an apartment complex parking lot. "I saw... a woman, you know, walking up, with what looked like a drink of water in her hand," Velarde said. "It immediately just started to burn, I was on fire."

KSAZ’s Fox 10 reports that Velarde is a single mother of five and was attacked at her vehicle after coming home from working one of two jobs to support her family. Police are still searching for the suspect. A similar attack occurred last Monday in Vancouver, Washington when an unidentified woman threw a cup of acid on the face of 28-year-old Bethany Storro in a Starbucks parking lot. Storro was released from the hospital on Sunday evening, and police have not yet arrested a suspect in that case.

See more:

CNN: Victim: Sunglasses - and God's hand - saved my vision

CNN video: Acid victim: Find my attacker

soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. Ryan

    Isnt this America, land of the free? This is the dumbest thing i have seen in a long time and its a baaaaad idea. Makes me sick how everyone is trying to control out lives and gives me little hope for america's future.

    September 6, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • YouLookDisgusting

      Yup, land of the free. Free to make yourself look like a jerk by wearing clothes that are unappropriate. You look like trash in that get up, no matter what color you are. Every thing has to go straight to the racist card. Let them do what they want. After all, they're black and blacks don't have no rules or they'll hollar discrimination.
      The rest of the world can't help if your momma and daddy didn't bother to teach you anything, from respect for yourself, to respect for your fellow man.
      It's no wonder this nation is going to the bottome of a trash can.

      September 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ben

    If you're complaining about the saggin then you're old. Plain and simple. What if I'm waring gym shorts or board shorts and not boxers what then??

    Lets ban fat people waring tight clothes while we're at it or just being fat in general, nazi's.

    September 6, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DD

    Any group of people that support or commit control and torture – physically or psychologically to human beings in an inhumane way, regardless of religious label or belief, should not be tolerated. America is about freedom and having the freedom to live a peaceful and happy life. Practice religion all you want, but when inhumanity occurs in the name of the religion, there is something seriously wrong with that religion, and very much worth fighting against. Any religion that orders the believers to kill or torture the non-believers is inhumane, and should not be respected and should very much be considered a crime to practice in America. If the religion itself is not inhumane, but rather a person that labels themselves that way, then it shouldn't be the entire religion that is blamed, but that person or people who are committing the crimes. I honor greatly the men and women in America who fight for our freedom and keep us safe!! Stand tall and proud America, and never back down to anything less than freedom!!

    September 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scott B. Thompson

    The rule may be a little silly to younger Americans, but if it is anything, it is not racist. The vote was unanimous, black and white.

    September 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
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