Friday's intriguing people
Sir Alex Ferguson could become the first coach to win three Champions League titles.
May 27th, 2011
04:09 PM ET

Friday's intriguing people

Sir Alex Ferguson

The coach of Manchester United leads his team into the biggest soccer match of the year seeking a title of his own - greatest coach ever.

In his 25 years in charge of the club, Ferguson has won 12 league titles and countless other domestic trophies. If he leads United to victory Saturday, he will become the first manager to win three Champions League titles, reports CNN's Greg Duke.

The matchup Saturday between Manchester United and favored Barcelona will be played at one of the most famous stadiums in the world, Wembley in London, so the English side may have a edge in fans, but most experts favor the Spanish side on the field.

Sports Illustrated's Jonathan Wilson says Ferguson will have an interesting decision to make with his tactical formation: Does he play the same lineup or opt for the addition of a defensive-minded player?

Not everyone thinks Barcelona is certain to win. Gabriele Marcotti says Manchester United has an advantage at the end of this very long season.

Nathan Bootz

The Ithaca Public Schools superintendent reportedly wants Michigan's governor to put more money into schools.

Maybe the state should make them into prisons, he says in a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder, originally published in the Gratiot County Herald on May 11.

In part the letter reads: "The State of Michigan spends annually somewhere between $30,000 and $40,000 per prisoner, yet we are struggling to provide schools with $7,000 per student. I guess we need to treat our students like they are prisoners, with equal funding."

Bootz goes on to write that by providing more funding the state can help keep students out of prison.

The letter apparently was cheered but also booed by some in the state.

State Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican from Rochester Hills, called the letter “inflammatory rhetoric,” according to the Michigan Capitol Confidential, a news service that "reports on the public officials who seek to limit government, those who do not, and those whose votes are at odds with what they say."

The Michigan Capitol Confidential looked at the budgeting issue a different way, saying that prisoners are in state care 24 hours a day while students spend only eight hours.

"Students cost roughly $6.46 per hour to educate. Prisoners cost $5.92 per hour to house," Tom Gantert wrote.

Jack Scott

The mayor of Cordova, Alabama, has plenty of mad residents. Scott says a city ordinance passed in the 1950s doesn't allow for single-wide trailers as residences, reports say. But many people were displaced after a tornado hit the town April 27, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers the trailers as temporary housing.

So while some city bureaus are using trailers for offices, the mayor won't allow FEMA to give out the single wides, according to reports.

ABC 33/30 in Birmingham said it called the mayor to ask why, and he hung up on the reporter.

CNN affiliate WIAT-TV in Birmingham reports that some people have resorted to living in tents.

Luke Smith

The 8-year-old was upset the U.S. flag flying on a pier in Oceanside, California, was damaged, according to CNN affiliate KSWB-TV in San Diego.

"I was actually standing right under this pier at the starting line (of a 5-kilometer race). I looked up at the flag and noticed it was all ripped up and tattered," he told KSWB.

So he wrote the man in charge, according to the station.

"Dear Mr. Mayor,

"During my last visit to the pier, while I was looking around, I saw the American flag at the top of the pole waving in the breeze. I felt proud, then I was sad. The flag was all ripped up and tattered. I think it was disrespectful to our country and the people who fight for it. I would be pleased if you would replace it.

"Thank you, sir, for your attention.

" Your friend, Luke Smith, 8 years old."

Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood said budget cutbacks made it harder for officials in the military town to spot such problems, according to KSWB.

Wood sent Smith a letter of proclamation and had the flag replaced, the TV station reported.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Osama bin Laden

    Durka Durka

    May 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ellis

    Durka Durka neener neener

    May 27, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rebel Belle

    Good for Nathan Bootz. It won't help anything, but good for him.
    Of course State Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican from Rochester Hills, called the letter “inflammatory rhetoric”! That's what the GOP does when called to task for cutting funds for education; point fingers elsewhere.

    May 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Shut up Ellis.

    May 27, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    **********OBITUARY********** Ellis from Panama was found dead in his home Friday morning May,27, 2011 in his Panamanian home. He died from a heart attack watching dirties on the computer while touching himself. He leaves behind his wife, four children and one mistress.

    May 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    ************RIP Ellis. Your trolling skills will be missed. ************

    May 27, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stacey

    Let me fill you in folks. I live in th area & heard daily news findings for months. Why do you think this trial is outside Orange County? Because locals know too much. Defense will try hav mucht what we know ruled inadmisable. Here’s what came out before the family had legal council. Casey lived to party. Grandparents took care of Caylee much of the time. Mom Cindy tried to be firm with Casey & when they argued, Casey left taking baby for spite. When the month lapsed Cindy reported them missing saying she was worried bout baby. Investigation started. First found the car, registered to her parents, in impound lot. While tracing steps of the party life, police dogs were sniffing car. When rainy season dried up, much of swamp was dried up. Found garbage bag with remains where only 2 miles from the family home. The skull had 2strips duct tape round it. ONLY thing need proving is if killed her purposly. Probly left her to go party. Probly strangled/smothered frm mucus as she cried. Murder by neglect & torture.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey

    Stacey's report above sounds rational to me.
    It still has to be proven. Local newspaper reporting is not proof.
    Nothing is proven by gossip.
    The police must have heard all of that story. Let then get evidence and prove Casey and her parents guilty of these allegations.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jinx

    How lovely, Stacy. I was unaware that anybody in the Anthony case was one of today's. Intriguing People.

    May 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. stewie

    Anyone besides me think that Jack Scott's going to be filling out a resume come election time?

    May 27, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bob

    There's a joke in Texas that the one thing a tornado in Texas and a divorce in Texas has in common is some one's going to lose a trailer.

    May 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey

    Luke Smith is intriguing to me.
    What he did about the worn flag was what I would have done at that age, but, in my time, it wasn't as special as Luke Smith's deed is now: years ago, we respected our flag.
    We also respected our country.
    That was before the 1960s.

    May 27, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ellis

    Hey Joey baby,who the FK is Luke Smith?

    May 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pix

    Back in our day, the American Flag was changed as soon as damage was noted.
    Unfortunately, the same respect is not as prevalent today.
    Remember when a flag had to be destroyed when it touched the ground?
    I do, and the sight of a flag touching the ground today makes me cringe.
    So much has changed...Luke Smith is indeed a child who has been taught respect for the flag. His parents should be lauded for raising such a nice young man.

    May 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AntiEllis

    Luke Smith is one of the intriguing people in this story, ass!

    May 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
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