Thursday's intriguing people
Journalist Tim Hetherington, killed in Libya, is remembered as a consummate war photographer, artist and gentleman.
April 21st, 2011
10:55 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Tim Hetherington

The veteran war photographer, admired internationally for years covering conflicts, particularly the Afghanistan war, was killed in Libya by a rocket-propelled grenade this week. He was reporting in Misrata, the epicenter of the country's civil war. Journalist Chris Hondros was also killed. Listen to Hetherington describe what covering the Afghan war was like, and view his photographs, here. CNN's Peter Bergen wrote a personal remembrance of the journalist Thursday, describing him as humble and modest, an artist without airs. While he and Bergen were embedded with a group of Marines in Afghanistan, he said, Hetherington never mentioned that he had studied literature at Oxford University. Hetherington's film "Restrepo," about what it feels like to be a soldier, was nominated for an Oscar this year. "He felt a great affinity for these soldiers," Bergen told CNN. "He was a wonderful human being, and a very thoughtful one."

Kelly James

The Rock Hill, South Carolina, sociology professor received hate mail after urging her gay students to "act straight" after a mob attack on a local gay teen. In a WBTV interview, James was first quoted as saying: "I've got to let my students know [about the attack], so that when they're out and about in Rock Hill, that they, you know, act straight." These comments, which James insisted were out of context, sparked outrage. WBTV officials have agreed. This week, the network clarified the story and published James' entire comments. "My first thought was, you know, 'I've got to let my students know,' so that when they're out and about in Rock Hill, that they, you know, act straight," she said. "And that's a sad lesson in 2011 to be teaching young people. I mean, [homosexuality has] been off the books as a mental illness since 1973."

Frank McCourt

He has owned the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2004 and now stands to have it sold out from underneath him. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced that the league will take over the Dodgers and name a trustee to oversee it amid the team's financial struggles. It is the third setback for McCourt in the past year. His high-profile divorce from co-owner Jamie McCourt centered on the team's ownership. Also, last month, Dodgers security was called into question when a San Francisco Giants fan — and father of two — was severely beaten by men in Dodgers attire in the Dodgers Stadium parking lot.