Tuesday's intriguing people
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he would sign a bill requiring presidential candidates to prove they were born in the U.S.
April 19th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Gov. Bobby Jindal

The same day that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced she'd veto that state's "birther bill," her counterpart in Louisiana said he would sign similar legislation into law. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Louisiana bill requires candidates to qualify for a federal election in that state by providing an original or certified copy of a birth certificate. "I don't purport to be a 'birther,'" said the bill's co-author, Rep. Alan Seabaugh of Shreveport. "This is from the standpoint of cleaning up an area of the law where there appears to be a gap."

Grete Waitz

On Monday, the running world marveled at the performance of 29-year-old Kenyan George Mutai  for his record-setting time of 2:03.02 at the Boston Marathon. Tuesday morning that same community, and much of the world, is remembering Grete Waitz. In 1978, Waitz ran her first New York City Marathon, and shattered the existing women's world record by two minutes (2:32.30). The Norwegian went on to win eight more New York City Marathons. Her image appears on the current New York Marathon medals and many consider her the greatest champion the event has ever had. Waitz died of cancer this morning in Oslo, Norway, the Washington Post reported. She was 57.

Dan Glick

The former Newsweek correspondent and veteran independent journalist used his blog Monday to defend "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson, whose truthfulness was called into question in an online article by Jon Krakauer and a "60 Minutes" segment Sunday night.

Glick said he witnessed Mortenson's hands-on work with his Central Asia Institute in Pakistan and Afghanistan in 1998. On Monday, Glick called Krakauer's article, "Three Cups of Deceit", an online assassination of the controversial writer/humanitarian. Glick also charged that the "60 Minutes" segment lacked "basic elements of fairness, balance, perspective, insight and context."

Mortenson has likely blurred the lines of reality in his book, Glick acknowledged. Also, Mortenson is "probably ill-suited to run a $20 million-a-year nonprofit," Glick wrote. Yet Mortenson's "bridge building" to the Islamic world has been immeasurable, he wrote. Mortenson's travels to and investment in the isolated region, as well as his awareness campaigns, have done much more good than harm, Glick said. "The same cannot be said for a lot of NGOs doing development work around the world, " he added,  "much less our military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Don Most, Anson Williams, Marion Ross and Erin Moran

The four supporting cast members of the TV program "Happy Days" charge that the show's owner, CBS, has failed to pay royalties on merchandising items bearing their likenesses since the show's 1974 debut. A CNN/CNNMoney.com investigation reveals that the cast members - along with the estate of the late actor Tom Bosley - have not received payment for such items, particularly casino slot machines developed in 2008. "Someone came up to me and said, 'You must be cleaning up on those casinos,'" Ross said, describing how she first learned of the games. "He said, 'If you get five Marions, you get the jackpot."'

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Jazzzzzzz

    It's hard to take some one's word nower days but Obama's birth certificate was viewed last week in an article here. What ever u choice to believe , he is our president now and should have some form of respect. I believe this would only improve on the process in place. No harm in crossing all you "T"s .

    April 19, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzin Too

    yes, agree! and if we had more cab calloway's left in the world, all this political nonsense would just go away. and don't forget to dot your i's too!

    April 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzz

      I don't like "I"'s just like I don't like "Green eggs and Ham" HEHEHE

      April 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PoliticsISFUN

    REALLY > Donald Trump is an idiot with the best idea: Maybe Obama does have a secret: Is his Mom Laura Bush?

    It certainly does appear that way- On Saturdays... Mcristol and Colin Powell > whats the difference? Same body.

    One is masked and the other is naked.

    April 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. IKHAN

    What an intellectually enlightening debate this country headed by its politicos, respected and held in awe by the rest of the commoners world, is having.
    but then we can afford to waste time on non-issues since we are loaded with cash for health care, education, infrastructure, myriad essential services like policing and fire fighting, enviornmen, welfare projects, Social security, Medicare. Our States and counties don't know what to do with their surplus dough . and we don't even know what un-employment looks like.
    All thanks to those who want President Obama to be reborn so that they can witness his birth themselves and record it for posterity.

    April 19, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    The cast of "Happy Days" must really be hurting if they're doing this, if this is true. Where are Henry Winkler, Ron Howard and Chatchi (his name escapes me) in all this?

    April 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pamela Sellers

      Thanks for your question. CNN producer Scott Zamost attempted to contact both Winkler and Howard for response to the story. While they have not responded to my knowledge, Scott was told that Winkler and Howard have no complaint re: merchandising royalties. Baio is not part of the suit either.

      April 21, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Oh, yeah, Scott Baio.

    April 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George Dimitri


    Correction: Donald Trump is "a" idiot. You can scratch the "with the best idea" part.

    April 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ole Lady

    Where are you Fonz??

    April 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Micajah88

    Jindal is the sorriest governor in Louisiana history. Our state has received low ratings on most life issues. We flounder while Jindal travels the country raising money for Republicans. His administration has been a farce.

    April 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      ...and have the nerve and audacity to run for president...

      April 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    @George Dimitri: lmao! Too funny.

    April 19, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Senge Sering

    Please visit http://www.gilgitbaltistan.us to learn more about the region where Mortenson started his school projects. We the natives of Gilgit-Baltistan, a region of former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir do have lot of respect for him for providing education to girls in that area. The region has one of the lowest per capita incomes and one of the lowest literacy rates and without support of NGOs like CAI and AKDN, education would be a dream for the majority as more than half of the locals live below the poverty line. Since Pakistan government has failed to provide for the educational needs of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan, it is people like Mortenson who became the hope for us

    April 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |