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 POST-TRIAL
Growing fallout: We heard again from Juror B37 last night. This time, she sent a statement exclusively to CNN saying she wants to see new self-defense laws. She says the existing ones left her no choice but to find George Zimmerman not guilty.
Over at HLN, Trayvon Martin's friend was on air and she called Zimmerman's defense’s story “ridiculous.”
Then there’s B29, known as the silent juror. We learned a little bit about her: She's a mother of eight and a recent transplant to Florida.
We also found out that Trayvon Martin’s iconic hoodie goes back to the Sanford police, then back to the parents if they want it. That Eliot Spitzer, the former New York state attorney general and governor, thinks prosecutors "overreached" in the case. And that calls to repeal Florida's Stand Your Ground law are growing louder - but the laws are likely here to stay.
Victoria Blackwell will have the latest updates throughout the show. And we'll also hear from Daryl Parks, the Martin family lawyer.
2. ROYAL BABY WATCH
C’mon, baby: Even the queen is getting impatient! At a public event yesterday, Queen Elizabeth told a little girl that she doesn’t mind whether the royal baby is a boy or a girl. She just wants it to get here soon - so she can go on vacay. Let’s hope the little one listens to great- grandma.
Over on social media, some are already looking ahead to what's next for Will and Kate:
The uber-attention has obviously brought out the haters:
I'm really looking forward to completely ignore the Royal Baby...I haven't been this excited since I ignored the Royal Wedding.—
Michael Kimmel (@mkimml) July 18, 2013
Max Foster will have updates on all things royal baby in the 7 o’clock hour. And check out our special, “Will and Kate Plus One,” Thursday night at 10 ET
It’s a cruel, cruel summer: We hate to break it to ya, but it ain’t over yet. That lardy layer of humid, sticky heat oozing over the Northeast and Midwest will get hotter and spread out today. As the heat rises, so does the grousing
Indra Petersons will give us the latest all morning, while Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Chris Cuomo hit Central Park in the 8 o’clock hour to show us how to safely exercise in this heat.
4. INDIA SCHOOL TRAGEDY
Principal on the run: What an awful, awful story. Kids in an Indian school took their first bite of rice and potatoes and started fainting and vomiting. Turns out there was insecticide in the food. And 22 kids are now dead. Another 24 remain in the hospital. And cops want to talk to the principal, but she's nowhere to be found.
5. MANDELA BIRTHDAY
"Biggest celebration ever": That's what South Africa's president says the nation has planned for Nelson Mandela today. The ailing icon turns 95 today - and it's also his 15th wedding anniversary. Mandela is still in the hospital with a lung infection. But today, we learned that his condition's "steadily improving."
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
– Picture this …: The government is tailing you as you drive. Well, sorta. So says a new report. Cops in the U.S. have automatic scanners that snap and store digital photos of license plates of innocent motorists, the ACLU says. The group adds: The information is stored for years with little privacy protection.
– You'll see it here first: Alex Rodriguez dishes out on his love for baseball, his "greatest gift" and why he needs his fans now more than ever in an exclusive interview with CNN this morning. Of course, he’ll be asked about performance-enhancing drugs and whether he’s made some sort of plea deal with the MLB. Should be interesting.
– My Spidey senses are tingling: This T-shirt may not get the government off your back, but it’s got your back. It lets you know when someone – or danger – get too close. Wear it, turn on a sensor clipped at the back, and feel it tingle if someone comes within five feet. As if that’s not awesome enough, it has Spidey on the front. You’re welcome.
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 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, join us at CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY