Welcome to the Thursday edition of “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
Every weekday morning around 6, we’ll hit the top five stories of the day, clue you in on a few other buzzy items, and let you know about some of the must-watch stories coming up on CNN’s new morning show, “New Day.”
1. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL
Fight test dummy: George Zimmerman was about as talkative as the foam mannequin that made an appearance yesterday. Zimmerman said little, opting not to testify while lawyers used the dummy to show what supposedly happened the night he killed Trayvon Martin. Prosecutors tried to demonstrate how Zimmerman would have had trouble getting to his gun, while a defense lawyer slammed the dummy’s head on the floor in an attempt to explain how rough the altercation got. Today we’ll hear closing arguments in the case.
CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin and Danny Cervallos, a defense attorney, join us at 7 to talk about the trial. And Jeffrey Toobin gives us his perspective at 8.
2. SNOWDEN SAGA
Get here if you can: The Flight of Liberty apparently is under a ground stop. Edward Snowden didn’t get on an airplane yesterday, though it looks like he and Venezuela are trying to get him out of Moscow to Caracas. The cost of a private jet might end up being six figures. The other option could be to put him on a flight to Cuba and just hope no one notices – or cares.
Phil Black has more on the story at 6 and 8 live from Moscow.
3. BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING
Back in public: His hair long and shaggy, one arm in a cast, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev kept looking back into the crowd during his court appearance. He didn’t appear very interested in what the judge was saying, only in two women, thought to be relatives. The only time he spoke – and with an unexpected thick accent - was to plead not guilty to all of the 30 charges. Not everyone believes he should even get a date with justice.
Why does tsarnaev get a trial? Seriously he's a terrorist hang him and be done with it.you don't get due process for what they did to boston
— Tyler (@deadpan115) July 11, 2013
Deborah Feyerick was in court yesterday and is live from Boston all morning
4. ASIANA CRASH PROBE
New light shed on accident: A somber moment on the runway yesterday as relatives of the two girls who died and other victims visited the crash scene. They saw where the plane came to rest after crashing. The pilot who was landing the plane told investigators he was momentarily blinded by light. The NTSB says it isn’t sure what to make of that. And it is also still trying to figure out why there is evidence of more than one autopilot program being used.
Miguel Marquez has the latest developments from San Francisco
5. IMMIGRATION IMPASSE
We need more time: It now looks like new immigration laws will take months to work out. What some House Republicans want to do is take the 1,000-page bill passed by the Senate and break it up into smaller ones. While the debate goes on, the president wants all sides to come together.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 9, 2013
CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash will join us from the Capitol at 7 and 8
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Could you turn that down?: The reaction you have to the ice cream truck music depends on your age. Or at least the age you feel. True, it can drive you crazy, especially if the truck stops right in front of your house. So one California city is talking about getting drivers to pipe it down when trucks come to a halt.
I don't want to live in a world that would ban ice cream truck music.
— Michael Rusch (@weeddude) July 10, 2013
–Imagine the light bill: The New Century Global Centre in Chengdu, China, has its own sun. True, it’s not an actual star but a huge artificial light for what Chinese officials say is the largest building in the world. How big is the center? You could fit the Pentagon, Vatican City and Mall of America in there.
- Spidey got game: Some guys can make dribbling a basketball look like they have it attached to a string. Free agent superhero Spider-Man recently took to an outdoor court and showed a few young bucks how it’s done. Any of you NBA teams need a point guard?
- Bay of pigs: In the Bahamas, you can go swimming with the dolphins. Or you can get in the water with a bunch of pigs. [INSERT YOUR OWN TOURIST JOKE HERE]. No, literally.
Today on reddit I learned that there are pigs that live in the Bahamas that swim. Ohh Lordy!! I wanna see them swimm pic.twitter.com/rDRLlKS7GA
— Gabriella (@Gabadeli) July 11, 2013
- Might as well jump: If you told us this dog could drive a car, we’d believe you. Jumpy, an Australian Shepherd, can do just about everything else – wakeboard, ride a scooter, walk on his hands, er, front paws. I was proud when I got my dog to shake.
And he paints!
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
Be sure to tune in to "New Day," from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, join us at CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY