Tuesday's intriguing people
Danny Hayes says he's never considered leaving his two-room trailer in Bogota, Tennessee, despite rising floodwaters.
May 10th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Danny Hayes

The 61-year old retired construction supervisor lives in Bogota, Tennessee, a small farming community about seven miles from the Mississippi River. Hayes isn't budging from the flooding, even as his two-room trailer is more than 5 feet off the ground. "There's the possibility the trailer could shift, could turn. Could flip over," Hayes tells CNN's Patrick Oppmann, standing on the small porch to the trailer. "Then again, I am not worried about that because I will get out."

Amina Abdullah

The half-American, half-Syrian journalist who lives in Damascus has been gaining attention internationally for her blog "A Gay Girl in Damascus." Abdullah says her blog is an "out Syrian lesbian's thoughts on life, the universe and so on."

After repeated threats by the Syrian government, Abdullah has gone underground. "I have no desire to be a martyr, even to my own cause so I will do what I can to stay free," she posted last week.

 Abdullah is still blogging from her new location. Her most recent post appeared Tuesday morning.

Adra Gulley

The Pratt City resident lost her home in the April 27 tornado that swept through Alabama, according to The Birmingham News. Then she lost all her identification, medicine, eyeglasses and money last week when a thief stole her purse, the newspaper reported. Gulley has been trying to get the Federal Emergency Management Agency to process her claim, which she said the agency initially denied because she wrote her Social Security number down incorrectly. At the Mount Moriah Baptist Church on Monday night, Gulley explained her situation to U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, who had organized a disaster assistance meeting of local leaders and charity groups. A FEMA spokeswoman told the Birmingham paper that the agency is reviewing Gulley's case.

Rich Melman

The Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises owner from Chicago finally won a James Beard Award. Nominated the last six years for the culinary world's biggest honor, Melman was named outstanding restaurateur Monday night in New York. But he wasn't even at the gala to receive the award.

The owner of more than 40 restaurants in the Chicago area first learned about the honor when the Chicago Tribune called him to get his reaction to winning the prestigious award. For a list of other James Beard winners, check out CNN.com's Eatocracy blog.

Jim Moats

The pastor at Christian Bible Fellowship Church in Newville, Pennsylvania, reportedly spoke for years at the pulpit about his experiences as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He even gave an interview to a newspaper about his time as a SEAL. However, Moats came forward on Sunday admitting the stories were false and that he was never a SEAL, according to The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pennsylania. His tales appear to have been lifted from the Steven Seagal movie "Under Siege" as well as the Demi Moore film "GI Jane," retired SEAL Don Shipley told the newspaper.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Floria sigmundi

    How about Michelle Kwan


    May 10, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    "Patrolling The Border" Very Interesting CNN report. Good luck Danny on that levy flood.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oscar

      Yeah, I like how those Zeta guys are "wiped clean" on that "Patrolling The Border" blog report. Looks like an "inside" job to me.

      May 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasemin

      Wowza, problem solved like it never hpaneped.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • dlegrtnn

      u1w3Vx fmtobryfjhrp

      July 29, 2011 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    *whistle* *whistle* *whistle* Here fake Cesar. Come on girl. Troll me. *whistle/whistle/whistle*

    May 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ellis

    I am going for a swim in Panama.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    I hope we don't hear Danny Hayes whining about his house when he's had ample time to prepare. He says himself, "I'm not budging". Well, okay, that's your choice, sir.

    Adra Gulley is a victim of bureaucracy at it's worse. The poor woman loses her home, some ass steals the rest of her paltry possessions, and then she's denied because she's one number off on her SSN! I'd probably forget a number too, if I were in her situation! Jeez!

    I'll tell you why it took so many years for Rich Melman to win a James Beard award. I've been to a couple of his restaurants, and the food was overpriced and not all that great. But that's my opinion-a catchy name does not good food make.

    And Jim Moats is a disgrace. Shame on him! It's people like him who undermine the good that our Special Forces do. Bah!

    May 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ellis from Panama

    I'm sleepy.

    May 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Weitko

    I didn't see any story regarding patrolling the borders. Best wishes to the tornado and possible flood victim(s). The lesbian lady who's hiding wouldn't need to hi if she were in america.

    May 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ellis From Panama

    I love Panama.

    May 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ducky

      I'm quite pleased with the iofnrmaiton in this one. TY!

      July 30, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |