Thursday's intriguing people
Tareke Brhane, once a refugee, is an international humanitarian worker.
June 2nd, 2011
01:03 PM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Tareke Brhane

Six years ago, the native of Eritrea survived 10 days crossing the Sahara Desert, a failed trip to Italy by sea, and months in Libyan jails — including time in the notorious Kufra prison — before he finally found refuge in Italy. Today, he works for Save the Children on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where he and other humanitarian workers have greeted an estimated 30,000 African refugees in the past three months. Brhane recalled his journey from refugee to humanitarian worker to CNN's Ivan Watson.

Richard Covino

The Boston paramedic is a lieutenant with Boston Emergency Medical Services and a full-time firefighter for the Massachusetts Port Authority, a double duty that caused his suspension from his positions. Now, he will head back to work after both agencies reinstated him. Before his April suspensions, Covino was working up to 100 hours a week and earning about $200,000 a year, according to the The Boston Globe. Last year, there were at least five occasions where he was paid for working both jobs at the same time. State officials say that although he has been reinstated to both roles now, Covino is no longer allowed to swap shifts, which made it possible for him to work so many hours.

Joshua Kaufman

An enterprising crime victim from Oakland, California, says he got his stolen laptop back with the help of Tumblr, Twitter and a photo-taking app. The day that his computer was stolen in March, Kaufman says, he told the Oakland Police Department and started tracking his laptop using Hidden, a program that identifies a computer's location and allows owners to secretly take pictures of users. Weeks passed, and Kaufman wasn't satisfied with the slow pace of the police investigation, so to get some attention, he set up an account on the blogging service Tumblr titled "This Guy Has My MacBook." There, he posted pictures of a man using his laptop. Kaufman also began to tweet about his predicament, which attracted media attention. Finally, on Tuesday, Oakland police reportedly told Kaufman they were on their way to apprehend a suspect. Kaufman used Twitter to give a play-by-play of his detective work, at one point tweeting, "ARRESTED! An Oakland police officer just called me to let me know that they arrested the guy in my photos! BOOYA!" Kaufman says he got his laptop back Wednesday.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Johnson Mcremus

    Mr. Covino Is an American hero. He did not steal, he swapped shifts with other members. Stop slandering a hard working American who works two jobs!! SHAME ON YOU CNN!!! America needs more Covinos

    June 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzz

    I don't put out. At least not without a gentleman buying me a candle light dinner first. Thank you very much.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    To everyone who read the post at 11:16 Ellis you and everyone else DO NOT KNOW WHO I AM *** A LADY**** Nothing more Nothing less, NO MAN WILL EVER HAVE ME. I am really tired of you and Good bye everyone. and to the one Gentleman ..... you are a beautiful person and always will be, Thanks GOD IS GOOD

    June 3, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    $200 a year working double shifts? Well, enough of that, at least now he can have some sleep and R&R.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. jim

    Alright CNN idiots what's wrong with this post?

    June 3, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. jim

    You didn't read the article he was being payed for working both jobs at the same time-that's physically impossible. It's called stealing time and most companies fire you for it.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. amybradley

    Seems you can have the same problems you do with any security system, from a lock and key (lock yourself out, key breaks, key is lost) to an alarm system (waking up the whole neighborhood at 4AM with a false alarm) to a gun (one family member uses it against another). This piece should've covered whether there are any safeguards against this kind "boomerang" problem

    June 12, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. desalegn negash

    ana fekur fik yahakuy

    June 18, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
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