Thursday's intriguing people
Braylon Edwards is reportedly spending about $1 million to put 100 high school graduates through college.
June 9th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Braylon Edwards

The New York Jets wide receiver is picking up the college tuition tabs of 100 Cleveland high school students, according to The Washington Post. Edwards is keeping a promise he made to the students in the “Advance 100” program in 2008, when they were in the eighth grade. The former Cleveland Brown, in an apparent reference to LeBron James, tweeted over the weekend, "As the 2nd most hated man in Clev & a man of my word, today I will honor a promise made to 100 students in Cleveland years ago." Edwards’ arrangement with the students required each to complete 15 hours of community service and maintain a 3.5 GPA, in addition to demonstrating good conduct and avoiding unexcused absences. The students' tuitions are estimated to cost about $1 million.

Rafiq Habib

The Egyptian Coptic Christian and vice president of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party says it's impossible to separate religion from state in Egypt. In an interview with, he also accused former President Hosni Mubarak’s regime of " 'hijacking' and exploiting Copts to fight against the Islamic movement in the political arena," the website said. A researcher of Islamist movements, Habib writes about the relationship between politics and religion in his book, “Political Christianity in Egypt.” He further said, "The gap and rivalry between Copts and the Islamic movement in general is an unnatural phenomenon, and if it continues it will represent a danger to society.”

Maziar Bahari

The former Newsweek correspondent who spent 118 days in Iran’s Evin Prison after a June 2009 arrest talks about his experiences in his book, “Then They Came for Me.” Bahari, who covered Iran for Newsweek for more than 10 years, was accused by Iranian officials of being a spy for the CIA as well as for Israel and Great Britain. He was tortured during his incarceration, NPR reported. He was released on bail on October 17, 2009. In the book, Bahari recounts the morning when members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard came to his mother’s home: “I, like most Iranians, knew of far too many people — writers, reformists, activists — who had been woken up like this, and then taken somewhere and murdered. I thought of my father, my sister, each arrested and imprisoned by previous regimes. I thought of my mother, who had been forced to live through all this twice before. I could hear my mother's voice in the kitchen, and my fear was joined by an overwhelming sense of guilt. How could my mother go through this again? Why hadn't I been more careful? Why hadn't I left Iran sooner?”

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Cesar The Chorizo Champ of Chihuahua

    That's a lot of deniro 100 students' tuition. Count me out. Too much corner work for me.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. CSnSC

    Remember The Office ep where Michael gave the students laptop batteries ?

    June 9, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar The Chorizo Champ of Chihuahua

    Yes I remember. What about it?

    June 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar The Chorizo Champ OF Chihuahua

    Yes. So what about it?

    June 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pamela Sellers

    Here's the episode Cesar, called "Scott's Tots."

    Michael originally promised them all that he'd personally pay for their college education–and then of course–recanted with the batteries. A classic Michael School move!

    June 10, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |