Thursday's intriguing people
December 2nd, 2010
11:26 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Ed Motley

The retired Federal Bureau of Prisons Warden and former deputy commissioner for the Indiana Department of Corrections is the first African-American Republican to be elected a county sheriff in Illinois, the land of Lincoln.

"Someone, I think probably a week before the election said, 'You know you're going to be the first African-American Sheriff in Illinois,'" Ed Motley told local media.

"After five years of living here, this is something I want to do.  Give back all my experience, all my training to the people of Edgar County,"

Walter C. Mays

Mays created this digital love letter in the form of a YouTube video called "I Hope This Gets To You" for his girlfriend, who moved across the country for grad school, in the hopes that it would find its way to her through tweets and viral sharing.

It seems to be working: The Village Voice picked up the story, followed by major media outlets. Singer Katy Perry even got in on it trying to pass along the tweet.

"My girlfriend got into an MBA program at Duke - she grew up in L.A., and I work in L.A. - so she's away for two years. It got me to thinking about how long distance isn't really long distance anymore," Mays told The Village Voice. "It seems like we're far apart, but we're living in a very different world these days, and we can feel close without having to be close every day. I wanted to show how we try to make the world a little smaller."

Judge Bernice Bouie Donald

President Obama has nominated Donald as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Judge Donald was born and raised in Desoto County, Mississippi. In the 1960s, she was one of the first students to integrate Olive Branch High School. In 1974, she graduated from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and in 1979 she received her law degree from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at Memphis State University.

“Judge Donald has shown an outstanding commitment to public service throughout her career and as a District Judge in Tennessee,” President Obama said in a White House statement. “I am proud to nominate her today for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals and I am confident she will serve the American people with distinction.”

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. brian

    A black sheriff...well, it worked in Blazing Saddles.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. indy

    Why does race EVER have to become an issue in ANYTHING. If an individual is competent and qualified let 'em serve in whatever capacity they can.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pension_Pirate

    Regardless of his ethnicity, once again we have a government double dipper getting two paychecks for one job while denying a job to someone else.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dumb Bass

      How is he getting two paychecks for one job, Pirate? He's getting ONE paycheck, for being Sheriff. Are you saying that he should not get the pension that he worked for and earned? What if he had earned that from a private company? Would you still feel the same way? Are you saying that a retired federal employee should never be allowed to run for office? I think you need to think things through a little more carefully.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sgt. Slaughter

    Double dipper???

    He gets welfare too?

    December 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kim

    They deny us for years and when we get a chance there always some racist hag saying its unfair to them. Dam why cant they just say congradulation its about time there might be hope for humanity after all. No instead just a bunch of haters.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Kim. Help me Kim, please. I don't know why, but I'm so attracted to women whose name starts with a K.

    December 2, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kelli

    Oh really?

    December 3, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @Kelly. Yes, really.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @Kelli. Yes, really, Kelli.

    December 3, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |