November 26th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Matt Chandler

The Dallas, Texas, pastor has turned his yearlong battle with a brain tumor into sermons and video journals that talk about his struggles. Chandler is the pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, which averages around 8,300 people for Sunday services.

Before his surgery to attempt to remove the tumor he recorded a video for his congregation reminding them not to be angry - that even people of faith must deal with struggles.

"My hope would be that you would see that [God] is good in all things and that he would never send to any of us things that he does not provide strength for," Chandler said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

According to the Morning News, Chandler's sermon podcasts on some occasions have reached 250,000 downloads for the month. And his inspirational story earned him invitations to speak at Christian conferences and inspire others.

"Among young evangelical pastors, I think you've got to put Chandler in the top five most influential," Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, part of the Southern Baptist Convention, told the newspaper.

Luis Perez

The undocumented immigrant is the first to graduate from UCLA's law school. Perez plans to take the bar exam in January.

His parents came here illegally, but he says he's done everything, by the book and the Constitution, which he says is what inspired him to become a lawyer. Still, he's not yet an American.

"Why go to college if you can't get a real job when you graduate,'" Perez told the Los Angeles Times his critics said. "If I had listened to those people, I wouldn't have done anything with my life."

Perez is another example of someone whose entire life perhaps hinges on the Dream Act, a bill, which if passed would help him and others become legal residents if they serve in the military or complete college.

"Most students experience law school as a trade school," Saul Sarabia, an administrator at UCLA's School of Law told the LA Times. "They learn doctrines, rules and apply them to a set of theoretical situations. But in Luis' case, his entire future turns on whether a law can become reality."

For Perez, it isn't about what he's owed, but instead what he's worked so hard for.

"I'm not asking for anything," he said of his hope for legal status. "This is something I've earned. I've graduated from school, served my community and tried my best to reach my potential."

Cam Newton

The star quarterback of the Auburn Tigers has been the center of a pay-for-play investigation by the NCAA and FBI. His life gets no easier this afternoon, as he and the Tigers head to Tuscaloosa to take on the defending national champion and their biggest rivals, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Newton, who began his college career at Florida and left amid an arrest for receiving a stolen computer, is also the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy, but many Heisman voters are waiting to see what the outcome of the investigation is before casting their vote.

soundoff (187 Responses)
  1. buccakenji

    Every other comments section on every other news site I go to either displays comments in descending date/time order or has an option box to select the display order.

    ARE YOU PEOPLE SO LAME THAT YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THAT ? ? ? ? ? ?

    November 26, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. PARROT

    DAVID BURLESSON IS JEALOUS BECAUSE HE IS A FAT TOOTHLESS REDNECK THAT HAVE BEEN LIVING HALF A CENTURY IN A TRAILER TRASH PARK CASHING WELFARE CHECKS......SHAME ON YOU DAVID BURLESSON!!

    November 26, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      I am not your Dad Parrot,so go back to your trailer park boy.

      November 26, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Adam Smith

    Garbage. Send him back to wherever he came. Pack his family up to. This country is going to hell.

    November 26, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. chas

    Seriously people u r hateful! I'm an american and my fiance and the father of my 4 beautiful children is a mexican who came here to better hisself n I hope they do pass that law cause just think of all the children that would be without their daddys if they deported all its not right n they take nothin from white man they do tha jobs white men r too lazy too do so blah just need shut ur faces

    November 26, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      What part of illegal do you not understand?.A thief is a criminal,the same as an illegal,who breaks the law,steals because an illegal is forbidden by law from working,so look up and read the Simpson/Mazzoli act,as well as the rest of the immigration laws.People can come here legally,but if they do not,they have no right to be here.You and your worthless criminal made your choices,so deal with them,and follow the laws.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • peggy357

      Hello !! Are you completely ignorant? What part of illegal, as defined by breaking the law, did you not understand? There is nothing racist, you poor pitiful, ignorant nitwit, about deporting illegal aliens. There is a huge difference between immigration and illegal aliens.Why don't you open a book and educate yourself. Hiding behind a bullsh** racist rant is cowardly.

      November 26, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. steven

    Let him take his law degree and the rest of the illegals who served in the US military back to that 3rd world country (mexico) and take it back from the criminals that run it.. If all of the illegals crossed back at the same time it would look like an invasion. Put them in uniforms and let take their country (mexico) back.. I'm sick of them changing the landscape and the quality of life here.. They're dragging this country down!!! GET OUT

    November 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sagebrush Shorty

    The Dream Act will only make the nightmare worse.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stejo

    I'm almost amused by all these hateful rednecks who have probably never contributed anything to this country other than spouting their right wing vitriol worried about this guy taking their trailer trash babies' scholarships that they'll never "git" anyhow. I personally would rather live in a country dominated by hard-working, smart college graduates who have worked their a**es off, and may have been brought here illegally as small children than by the likes of you xenophobic people. And yep, I'm a bigot, too. I'm a bigot against you, JoeBobBillyJay. You're destroying this country.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      It is Illegal for Illegals to be here,work here,and you fail to understand that.Deport all of the illegals,and help out Americans and legal immigrants,to help our Nation.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ratkartz

    If the current president had an ounce of intelligence, he could "create" 500,000 jobs by deporting 500,000 criminal aliens, and reduce the crime rate at the same time. Of course that is too much to expect from the present administration.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • srsly

      this administration has done more to secure our border with mexico by sending down national guard troops than GWB did in 8 years, all you have to do is look it up and find some facts before making a baseless assumption.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      Someone believes that sending National Guard troops, with zero power or authority to arrest or enforce the laws, is a meaningful gesture, rather than a public relations moment. The point is not whether of not previous administrations have failed, as indeed they have, but whether the present Obama administration might have the cojones to restore needed employment through large-scale deportation, which is indeed a missed opportunity.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      The issue in the comment is not "secure the borders" but to remove the present criminals who are employed in the place of legal residents, and thus bolster employment. Some commenters fail to follow the meaning of a thread.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. steven

    Hey chas when they send your "baby daddy" back why don't you go with him so your babies won't be without their daddy.. You are a criminal to.. He came here illegally and you knew it when you shacked up..

    November 26, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alexamat

    To David Burleson: Do you know that the U S Govt who makes and upholds these laws are the biggest culprit of hiring illegals? What is humurous about all of these posts is simply the following. Fact – the illegals here in America are not going away and no, they wont be shipped out either. Right or Wrong. So lets come back to reality and find out what the solution is. The govt cannot and will not deport them, so what is the solution? These posts should talk about real solutions, not silly emotional opinions and statements that bear no merit.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      America has been deporting over 500,000 a year,so do some research.Illegals are criminals,and need to be deported,have all they own seized,and sold off,so all of the illegals can understand they will not profit from breaking our nations laws.Our Government has enforced the laws,at times,and need to do a better job of it,and may do it again sometime.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. insanity

    You people are stupid,why can't you idiots just give them a chance,God said we are all BROTHERS AND SISTERS so we should all be treating each other with respect YOU PEOPLE DISGUST ME!!!!

    November 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      Enforce all of the laws,and,as for all all of us being brothers,I know my brothers,and you are not one of mine.Our Nations laws are also not as strict as Mexico's,so maybe we shoulduse theirs,since no person of non Mexican citizenship may go to school,get medical help unless paying for it,and if illegal,may be jailed for along time.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Leave them alone, while yes there are hard working illegal immigrants that have no criminal record other than being here illegally, a lot of the illegals caught here have extensive criminal records to include multiple (3, 4, or more) DUIs, child abuse, spousal abuse, molesting children, drugs, assault, to name a few.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • yoi

      To David: I have been in Mexico since 1991, about ten years "legally" and about ten years "illegally". I got an M.A., was in the hospital twice (didn't have to pay) and I never have been in jail. Right or wrong, legal or illegal, I just wanted to let you know that what you say about Mexico's laws being stricter than those in the U.S. is not true.

      November 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. alexamat

    There are millions upon millions in our country right now. Why such a huge focus on them and not the millions who have been on welfare for 20 years and those on unemployment for the last 99 weeks. Respect, Honor and Responsibility to our fellow man and country is destroying this country. Its sad but Americans dont respect one another anymore and this country is going down a one way road to towards disaster

    November 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAVID BURLESON

      Illegals are criminals,and all of them need to be deported,as well as have all of the laws enforced.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Solomon

    That's weird the article mischaracterized Perez as an "immigrant" when he is actually an illegal alien. The law is the law – we didn't let the Unabomber off because he had outstanding academic achievements. Why is this situation any different?

    November 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. alexamat

    David, if we enforced all of the laws we wouldnt have a congress anymore as many dont pay their taxes and have criminal backgrounds. Hence, their would be a good place to straighten out the country.

    November 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. steven

    my grandmother is mexican and was born here.. her parents came here legally she is 84 years old and she thinks they should all be deported... but mexicans are not the only people here illegally... ALL ILLEGALS should be deported...

    November 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
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