Welcome to a special Friday 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.”
Today, we’ll have special coverage in the 8 o’clock hour of the George Zimmerman trial, with the closing arguments
1. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL
Decision time nears: We're likely to get more verbal fireworks when Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman's lead attorney, makes his closing arguments today. We're pretty certain he won't close with a knock-knock joke. Yesterday, prosecutors painted Zimmerman as angry, armed and on a power trip. Today, O'Mara has three hours to try to convince the six-woman jury his client had to shoot. After that, the prosecution can offer a rebuttal. And then the verdict watch begins. We may get a decision tonight ... or not.
This morning, legal analysts Sunny Hostin and Jeffrey Toobin will join us to help break down Mark O’Mara’s final words to the jury.
2. ASIANA CRASH INVESTIGATION
"Mountains of information”: In a few days, the NTSB will head back to Washington and start to go through the evidence it has gathered. The head of the agency says the investigation will be a priority, but it will take about a year. They have “mountains of information.” Meanwhile, the San Francisco runway where the crash happened should reopen this weekend.
Miguel Marquez has more on the story at 6 and 7.
3. GAS PRICE SPIKE
You might want to fill up today: Or you might want to get that bus pass reloaded. Oil prices have been headed up recently, which means gas prices are about to jump. So if you don’t have $4 a gallon gas now, by mid-August ….
— Lady Little1 (@wench25) July 12, 2013
Christine Romans explains why the price of fuel is headed higher at 6 and 7
4. FACEBOOK BULLYING CASE
Mystery donor pays bail: Remember Justin Carter, the teenager who was thrown in jail for posting he was going to shoot up a school? His family said he was kidding. The cops said he wasn't. Anyway, an unnamed donor has paid his bail $500,000 money - and he's finally out after five months. There's still a long legal battle ahead.
Anonymous benefactor just paid Justin's 500,000 bail so he can go home until his court date. Wow. http://t.co/xSXojEModd
— Boogie2988 (@Boogie2988) July 11, 2013
Justin and his family will join us this morning for one of his first interviews since being let out.
5. WILD WEATHER
Road to recovery: It’s cleanup time for thousands of people hit by this week’s floods or mudslides. For some, it may be only temporary as the remnants of a tropical storm are headed toward the rain-soaked Southeast. They’d probably like that rain in the West, where wildfires are raging.
seems like tropical storm called Chantal is now upon us here in Florida, it is raining cats and dogs and French fries and jumping goats
— sidonie (@sid131313) July 11, 2013
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Don’t forget the tinfoil: The maintenance team at Death Valley National Park has a hard enough job as it is. I mean, it’s hot enough to fry an egg out there. The park thought it'd be a great idea to post a video on YouTube showing just that. Except ... they didn't quite count on people wanting to test it for themselves. So, what do you have now? Egg shells and trash all over the place. We’re sorry to say this, park folks. Yolks on you.
- Hedge funds get saucy: Have you seen this week's cover of Businessweek? Oh my! Strategically placed graphs shooting out from a man's ... um, man part region. It's stirring up quite the excitement on them Internets. Who knew an aggressively managed portfolio of investments that uses advanced investment strategies such as leveraged, long, short and derivative positions in both domestic and international markets with the goal of generating high returns could be so exciting? Businessweek has a story on their site about the making of the cover. We’re surprised the one with no pants wasn’t the final choice.
–Da Vinci would be proud: Way, way back in 1980, the American Helicopter Society threw down a challenge: $250,000 to anyone who can build a chopper that flies on human power alone. It's time to cash in. This little baby uses a modified bike and four rotors. Might not get you from Toronto to Montreal, but if you pedal as fast as you can, you can fly for just over a minute. Baby steps, people!
- Sharks? Tornado? It’s SHARKNADO!: You mean you haven’t heard? The SyFy channel, which has blessed us with such bizarre, campy originals, such as “Megapython vs. Gatoroid” and “Sharktopus,” has now given us SHARKNADO! It’s about sharks. In a tornado. Starring Tara Reid and Ian Ziering (from the original 90210.) It aired last night – as if you didn’t know. And from the looks of it, it was terrible – and great. So we have some suggestions for the next movies – Vol-canine-o! Zombees! Tsunanimal! Or maybe Ice Storm Zebra? Or sharks as a peacekeeping force – SharkNATO.
— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) July 12, 2013
Al Gore warned us about the #sharknado but you laughed at him.
— Raven Brooks (@ravenb) July 12, 2013
— Horatio Sanz (@MrHoratioSanz) July 12, 2013
- And the marriage proposals will roll in: Some of us are constantly changing our profile pictures on Facebook, while others don't think it's such a bad thing to keep the same one up for months. Who cares if it's from five years ago? Well, in India, some people want to make sure they have the perfect display image. So they are getting plastic surgery. Plastic surgery! Let that sink in. They say they want to make a good first impression that will lead to a romantic connection. OK, go on with your bad self.
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