July 26th, 2013
05:29 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, July 26th, 2013

Welcome to the 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.”

1. ZIMMERMAN JUROR SPEAKS

Feeling guilty: She says she hurts as much as Trayvon Martin’s mother. She says she owes Sybrina Fulton – and Tracy Martin - an apology. But she also told ABC there wasn’t evidence in George Zimmerman’s trial to result in a conviction. Maddy was the juror who almost caused a hung jury but she changed her vote to not guilty. “I fought to the end,” she told ABC.

Pamela Brown joins us all morning with more on the story.

2. WEINER’S OTHER WOMAN

Feeling manipulated: A woman who took part in racy chats with Anthony Weiner sees him in a different light these days. He once told her he was an "argumentative, perpetually horny, middle-aged man," she claims. Nuh uh, she said at the time. Now? Oh, he is, she says. Sydney Leathers told the TV tabloid show, “Inside Edition,” that the mayoral candidate is trying to pull one over on NYC voters.

At 7, CNN political analyst John Avalon joins us with political commentator Ana Navarro. Jim Moret of “Inside Edition” will be with us at 8.

3. DEADLY TRAIN CRASH

”It felt like a roller coaster”: Police are questioning the engineer of a fast-moving train that crashed on a curve in Spain and killed at least 80 people. Scary video of the accident and the words of one survivor appear to support the theory that the train was going way too fast. Another rider says one moment he was writing in his journal and the next, he was covered in blood.

Karl Penhaul will be live from the crash site in Spain at 6 and 7.

4. CLEVELAND KIDNAPPINGS CASE

Seeking a plea: Amanda Berry, Georgina "Gina" DeJesus and Michelle Knight don’t want a trial, where they would have to testify against Ariel Castro. And there’s a chance they won’t, if prosecutors and the defense team can work out a plea deal. A court source says Castro could avoid the death penalty if he pleads guilty. Another source says a deal could be in place by the time Castro appears at a pre-trial hearing today.

Gary Tuchman has the latest developments at 8.

5. O.J. SIMPSON PAROLE HEARING

Let me go; I’ve been good: O.J. Simpson says he’s one of the best prisoners ever. So those final 28 years of his sentence? He’s served enough time, he says. We’ll see in two weeks if the parole board that heard his case yesterday agrees with him. Simpson did admit that he brought the wrong people with him when he went to get items he thought belonged to him back from a memorabilia dealer. “That’s on me,” he says.

Ted Rowlands looks at what Simpson told the parole board yesterday.

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

–Now that’s our kind of car pool: Once before heading in to cover an event, I left the sunroof open on a hot day. And that hot day produced a terrible afternoon thunderstorm, which left several inches of water in the car. It was awfully unpleasant driving home. No one would ever intentionally do that, would they? Well, four guys in Germany took a cool BMW convertible and turned the interior into a cool pool. They ran off when police tried to question them, so no word on why they did it and if there was alcohol involved.

– Put a hex on You(Tube): YouTube posted a tweet (hint – it’s in hex) telling people to type the characters “/ geekweek” (don’t forget the space!) into the YouTube’s search bar. When you do, the site goes ‘retro’ to commemorate their upcoming showcase of nerdy channels and other content called Geek Week.

–Ice storm a brewin': There’s a raging cyclone in the Arctic. That’s right, in the Arctic. It’s ripping up sea ice, the Canadian Press reports, and while it may not be as powerful as last year’s big storm, the ice is more vulnerable.

– Tree-ting that itch: Bear. Itch. Tree. Cuteness. But he or she better hope the other bears don’t see this.

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

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Bob

    Really? These are the 5 things that should start my day? This is going to be one really crummy day then.

    July 26, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
  2. sumhayseed

    hey clyde, why can't ewe figure out how u spell you

    July 26, 2013 at 8:43 am | Reply
  3. DebbyJay

    Poor OJ. Let me get a box of tissues so I can cry for you. Never mind. I don't have any tears for armed robbers/murders.

    July 26, 2013 at 8:17 am | Reply
  4. anony

    Nice try, OJ. You get out as soon as you resurrect your wife.

    July 26, 2013 at 8:00 am | Reply
    • tom

      That is not why he is jailed. He was acquitted in the Nicole Brown case.

      July 26, 2013 at 8:14 am | Reply
      • mestizo69

        who cares Tom, he is guilty on that charge regardless of what the courts say....

        July 26, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  5. martina

    The Southampton Bathing Club which Chris Cuomo's wife is reportedly a member of, probably wouldn't allow Jeff Zucker (New CNN chief) or Michael Gershensen (Kate Bolduan's husband) to join because they're Jewish. Hate racism!

    July 26, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply
  6. Daily Llama

    O.J. probably has a shot at a reduced sentence. 33 years for what he and his buddies did is a bit steep but ... don't do the crime if ya can't do the time. 5 years served out of 33 years sentenced seems as if he's getting off easy – but the sooner he gets out, the sooner he can find a way to pay back the civil suit judgement against him for slaughtering Ron Goldman. Ha! Ha!

    July 26, 2013 at 7:43 am | Reply
  7. bobhamiltonchicago

    If OJ confesses to killing his ex-wife, he should be paroled for this crime, but sentenced to life in solitary confinement for their brutal murder. i haven't seen the black community complaining about the jury's verdict in this case for some reason.

    July 26, 2013 at 7:10 am | Reply
    • De Vastey

      i was wondering how long it would be before race is brought up. You people need a cure. Try traveling a bit farther.

      July 26, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • DebbyJay

      I like your thinking.

      July 26, 2013 at 8:19 am | Reply
  8. Clyde

    Gee Oj u would think u were smarter than go after your belongings with better ppl than that? Now the court have u were they want u. You could have went to court and the Court would have decided what to do with your stuff.

    July 26, 2013 at 7:06 am | Reply
    • sumhayseed

      hey clyde, why can't ewe figure out how u spell you

      July 26, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply

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