October 22nd, 2010
02:38 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Melissa Etheridge

The singer is vocalizing her support for California's Proposition 19, a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana. She says she used medicinal marijuana while recovering from breast cancer. Etheridge told The Los Angeles Times that when she underwent chemotherapy, she was given a choice of 10 drugs with side effects or a "natural solution."

Etheridge, who described herself as a medicinal marijuana user, said, "I don't want to look like a criminal to my children anymore. I want them to know this is a choice that you make as a responsible adult."  

Etheridge attended a news conference in Hollywood alongside actors Danny Glover, Hal Sparks and others to announce their support for the initiative.

Lillian McEwen

The former assistant U.S. attorney and Senate Judiciary Committee counsel has something to say about Clarence Thomas, and she has decided to break her silence after almost twenty years.

In an interview with the The Washington Post
, McEwen, 65, says that when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991 and Thomas denied the allegations, citing a steady relationship with another woman – Lillian McEwen was that woman.

She tells the Post that she was on good terms with Thomas during that time, and attended a White House state dinner with him in March 1985. McEwen was never asked to testify, and although she had been approached by several reporters over the years, she refused to talk, saying that "nothing good" would come of it. That changed when she heard that Thomas’ wife Virginia left a voice mail on Hill’s office phone seeking an apology. McEwen tells The Washington Post, “I have nothing to be afraid of."

The retired prosecutor, law professor, and administrative judge, who has been married twice and has a 32-year-old daughter, has written a memoir that she hopes will be published.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Frankly Speaking..

    "The retired prosecutor, law professor, and administrative judge, who has been married twice and has a 32-year-old daughter, has written a memoir that she hopes will be published."

    Who on earth would kill valuable time reading garbage?? considering most of us have a similar story to tell..married atleast twice, sons and daughters who wish we were dead...messed up life

    October 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Melissa Rocks. I liked her better bald tho, i thought she looked hot .

    October 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    *SNIFF*,, hmm,,, bait,, walks away,,,

    October 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bob

    Proposition 19 is a scam designed by a couple of rich businessmen in Oakland to make themselves more rich. Now people are starting to figure that out. It isn't even a real 'people's initiative', but a sad example of how money can be used to buy legislation; a misuse of the Initiative process.

    Personally, I favor legalization. But when you look at the dark underside of Proposition 19, you'll see that it is not only bad for the state's economy but also for individual marijuana users.

    An excellent website that explains what's wrong with Prop 19 and where it came from is http://no-on19.com. They're a group of pot users and even they don't want 19.

    Also, as of Oct 1, 2010, possessing an ounce of pot in California has ALREADY been decriminalized (no criminal charges, record or court). So who needs 19 now ? Other than big companies.
    Now you can wave an ounce in front of police and at worst they might give you a ticket.

    October 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ginger ale

    Good job mcewen! Gratefully you found the courage to stand up for what is right. Hope you anita hill stay strong. It is sickening te number of pervs that run our country and the degenerate mssg it sends when other "men" follow

    October 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |