October 11th, 2010
01:11 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Carolina Lobos

The 25-year-old is the daughter of Franklin Lobos, one of the 33 trapped miners in Copiapo, Chile. The elder Lobos is a former soccer star who, in 1980, led his home team - the Regional Atacama players - to championship victory and a promotion to the first division of Chilean soccer. Since the accident, Carolina Lobos has lived in a tent on the grounds of the mining site, smoking up to three packs of cigarettes a day.

Despite her concerns about her father, she said, this experience is allowing her to truly get to know him. Many of his former teammates are waiting in the campground with the Lobos family. And every night, Carolina sleeps with the Adidas t-shirt that was taken out of her father’s locker at the top of mine. She also wanted to send him a soccer ball, but it did not fit through the supply borehole.

According to an ESPN.com profile of Franklin Lobos, the incident made Carolina realize that she took family for granted. Once her dad is rescued, Carolina told ESPN, she is going “to give him all the love I never gave him. Help him. Take care of him. Protect him.”

Lane Sutton

Despite his age, Lane Sutton is pretty well-connected for a 13-year-old. The eighth grader from Framingham, Massachusetts, is a budding social media guru who networks with high-profile CEOs like Tony Hsieh of Zappos.com and has celebrities like Tom Cruise among the 2,500 people who follow him on Facebook. In tune with the entrepreneurial spirit, Sutton runs KidCriticUSA.com, where he reviews restaurants, films, gadgets and books.

A self-described geek, he was barely 8 the day his first Mac laptop came in the mail. Sutton keeps himself informed by reading newspapers and subscribes to magazines like Fortune and Inc. He also got a “young entrepreneur” mention on Forbes.com.

“I’m working to help small businesses and companies create their online web presence and build their brand and following to create [return on investment],’’ Sutton told The Boston Globe. “Social media is growing, and I’m growing up with it.’’

Yasir Afifi

It could have been a scene straight out of a Hollywood suspense thriller: A young man discovers that federal authorities are keeping track of him by planting a device on his car. But it actually happened to Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old student in Santa Clara, California, who noticed a wire hanging out of his car after he took it for an oil change last week. According to The Mercury News, the service shop's owner did not know what the device was but took it off, and Afifi brought it home.

He showed it to a friend, who posted a picture on the news site Reddit in hopes of learning more about the device, ABC News said. A reader identified it as a tracking device sold only to authorities.

Two days later, FBI agents came to Afifi’s apartment, where they asked him if he had engaged in any “abnormal activity” and then admitted planting the GPS tracker and asked for it back.

"I'm half-Arab, a young Muslim. ... I travel overseas for work and visit my brothers in Egypt," Afifi told the Mercury News. "It's their ticket to bother me forever."

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Moose

    always looking for a ticket to invade privacy

    October 11, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dexter

    Track him 24×7 – or next time he leaves, don't allow him back – Gitmo perhaps? Even better!!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ACinRC

      You scare me a lot more than he does.

      October 12, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jay

    It would be nice to know the whole story, the FBI would have a legitimate reason for tracking this person.

    October 11, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      it had to do with his father, who was some how loosely tied to a terrorist watch-list origination... not him. his dad. and the government thinks it's a-ok to tail him.

      October 11, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Brandon

    Thanks for showing us (readers) time and time again that people like you are the ones responsible for the decay of this country. Hate everybody and everybody is going to hate you. Good luck on your life "brah"

    October 11, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dhulfiqar

    The Afifi story reads like a comedy. All the FBI agents on that case should be fired for being idiots!

    October 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The Voice of Reason

    the FBI doesnt need a legitimate reason. if your muslim, to the FBi and CIA, your automaticaly suspected of being a terrorist

    October 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Faisal Jamal khan

    Chile miners ! I am sure Hollywood would be making a mega thrill movie out of it

    October 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    FBI? You all notice them trailing Muslims now YEARS after 9/11...but didn't care to notice FBI forensic evidence recovered from ground zero just DAYS afterward? hmmmm, that's odd.... "brah"

    October 11, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    Have even one of you reviewed the forensic evidence the FBI discovered at ground zero?

    October 12, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |