Tuesday's intriguing people
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, has received a lot of praise as well as criticism for his controversial plan to overhaul Medicare.
May 24th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Paul Ryan

It's a big week for the House Budget Committee chairman, who is proposing a massive overhaul of the Medicare program. On one hand, he's getting such support among the GOP that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has suggested the Wisconsinite make a run in the 2012 presidential campaign. But Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is raining on his fellow Republican's parade. Brown authored a column on Politico this week called "Why I Don't Back Paul Ryan's Medicare Plan."

The House GOP budget, authored by Ryan, includes a plan to change Medicare from a program that directly pays for senior citizens' health care to one that would provide subsidies for people to purchase coverage from private plans.

Sharon Duncan

The grandmother of two graduating seniors from Joplin High School saw the front of the Joplin, Missouri, Walmart store destroyed as she and her granddaughters rode out the storm in her car in the parking lot, according to The Joplin Globe. After attending Sunday's graduation of sisters Melinda and Sabrina Duncan, Sharon Duncan was hoping to buy a cake at Walmart for the celebration, but the tornado struck, the paper said.

“There was hail, tree limbs and glass,” Sharon told the Globe. “Then we were buried among the other cars, and we had to crawl out through a window.”

The Joplin tornado was the single deadliest twister to hit American soil since the National Weather Service began keeping records 61 years ago. At least 118 people have died, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday.

Victor Whitmill

The tattoo artist sued Warner Bros for copyright infringement but failed to hold up this week's release of  "The Hangover Part II" over a replica of the tattoo he designed for Mike Tyson's face,  Entertainment Weekly reported.

In a scene from the expected summer blockbuster, Ed Helms' character wakes up with a replica of the famous ink job done for the boxer.

“Plaintiff’s failed attempt to enjoin 'H2' in order to try and extract a massive settlement payment from Warner Bros. was highly inappropriate and unwarranted,”  a studio statement said, according to the magazine.