Friday's intriguing people
Vintage American cars are a common sight in Cuba, but that could change under reforms by Raul Castro.
April 15th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Raul Castro

For the first time since 1997, Cuba's Communist Party Congress will meet this weekend, marking the official debut of Fidel Castro's brother as its leader.

As NPR reports, Raul Castro is expected to propose radical reform measures. One, which may launch a real estate boom, will allow Cubans to buy and sell homes.

Also, the party is likely to lift the ban on the sale of automobiles made after 1959.  Such a move could trigger culture shock in a country where hulking American-made sedans from the 1950s are an everyday sight.

"These cars are part of our national identity - like beans, rice and pork," mechanic Jorge Prats told NPR. "We take care of these old American cars as if they were a member of our family."

Nathan Deal

Georgia's governor plans to sign into law what may be one of the nation's toughest anti-illegal immigration measures, his spokesman, Brian Robinson, said Friday.

Despite threats of boycott, lawsuits and the question of whether such laws are even constitutional, the Republican-dominated state House and Senate passed House Bill 87 on Thursday during the final hours of the 2011 Georgia General Assembly.

HB 87 requires employers to verify citizenship when hiring immigrants and gives law enforcement the right to question the immigration status of suspects in certain criminal investigations.

Deal, who was elected in November, campaigned on the promise to pass such legislation. Spokesman Robinson did not say when the governor would sign the bill.

In an interview Friday with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Deal said, "To try and craft legislation that is within the parameters of what a state can do without overstepping its bounds is difficult. And I commend the General Assembly for trying to put a product together that they felt like met that, and from what I have seen, I believe it does meet that."

Derrick Rose

With the close of the NBA regular season, attention is focused not just on the Chicago Bulls who may be the best team in the league but also on their 22-year-old guard, who will likely be the league's MVP, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Standing at just 6 feet 2 inches, the third-year player averages 25 points, eight assists and four rebounds per game.

"His athleticism is ridiculous," New York Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said this week after Rose and the Bulls visited Madison Square Garden, according to the paper.

Even more impressive is Rose's demeanor. In an NBA era that has seen some outlandish and outrageous behavior, Rose is sheepishly humble.

"The talent part is obvious," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told the Sun-Times. "But it's his makeup that's so special."

Mary Fallin

Oklahoma's Republican governor turned down a $54 million federal grant Thursday that would have given the state the ability to improve its health technology infrastructure, Politico reports. The move "stops the implementation of the president's federal health care exchange in Oklahoma," Fallin said, according to Politico.

The grant is one of the Obama administration's Early Innovator Grants, which budgeted $241 million to seven states. Oklahoma is one of three states the others are Wisconsin and Kansas to decline the grant, which would target improving health care information and access for patients in largely rural areas.

In February, Fallin embraced the grant but has now bowed to political pressure from fellow Republicans, Politico said.

Kate Middleton

The Boston Channel (CNN affiliate WCVB-TV) reports that the Concord, Massachusetts, bicycle shop manager has found that "having a royal name can be a royal pain."

For six years, this Kate Middleton has fended off jokes about riding in gilded carriages and doing princess duties with good humor until recently when Facebook shut down her page because the social network believed she was using a fake name.

Though she got the page back, she's stopped using business cards and looks forward to April 29, when the other Kate Middleton marries Prince William, just so the hubbub might be over.

What does she think of the future king of England?

"Not my type," she told the TV station.

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  1. Jazzzzzzzz - something fun for everyone

    PPL are a priceless commodity , you are blessed. There is a very personal reason behind not liking the word Hon. Sorry If I got everyone mad at me. Just think twice behind some ones actions next time... it maybe not them as a person being mean but deep wounds take longer to heal.

    April 16, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    No man has the right to be sorry for himself for the misfortunes that strike everyone.

    April 16, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    and an apology laden with self pity is hollow.

    April 16, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      If your the real Raven your no LADY.

      April 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Effrinsen

    Sept 17, 1996. I was abducted by space aliens. I was examined and probed. I did not like. I stole a small weird electronic gadget. It is black and grey with a glass in the front center. There are blue and green lights. Has anyone had the same experience please let me know.

    April 16, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Little Gray Space alien from Zeta-Reticula

    Quit LYING effrinsen !! U know you liked the probe procedure remember... The one in your ass....

    April 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    Well the first post was unladylike because I was quoting a man. The second was all mine but I dont think it was unladylike, I didnt bash anyone or call anyone names or try to dictate what or how anyone else posts or feels. not sure how anyone could find it anything other than oblique unless they were defensive about something .

    April 17, 2011 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Not being defensive , just calling it they u put it.

      April 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Not sure what that means. I made a generalized statement for all to interpret how they wanted, so either you got defensive because you thought it applied to you or you just randomly attacked me. You keep sayin you dont get angry but you sure do seem that way. A lot.

    April 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    yea riffraff i was wonderin the same thing!! for real they should want better for the ppl in their state, these are the ppl that voted them into their jobs & can just as easily vote them out. nothing like cutting off your nose 2 spite ur face. & hi raven

    April 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    Chrissy ! Hi ! banasy said she had seen ya ! Im glad youre back and hope ya stay !i hope your daughter is well.

    April 17, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    my daughter is gr8 raven thanks for askin, turns out it was the meds theyve had her on. but im exhausted today was my lst day off in almost a month and i only had that cuz i was sick. lol turnin into a workaholic. not bad for a lazy michigander eh? lol

    April 18, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    but i also noticed theres another chrissy on here earlier. wasnt me the posts from me always say hi to my friends that way they know its me.

    April 18, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Well Im relieved for you about your daughter and after a month you deserve more than a sick day,you deserve a medal. Or a raise!

    April 18, 2011 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
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