Welcome to the Tuesday 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. TOWN COUNCIL SHOOTING
Quiet town. Deadly attack: Ross Township in rural Philadelphia is the kind of place “that’s never in the newspaper.” That’s how one official describes it. Monday night changed that –- when a self-proclaimed junk collector with an 18-year grudge unleashed hell at the town council meeting. By the time he was subdued, he’d killed three people and wounded several others. Details are sketchy, but seems like his beef was over property rights. Two months ago, he made this ominous remark to the local paper: “If I lose this property, I have nowhere else to go. What they’re doing to me, what they’ve been doing to me for so long, it’s wrong.”
— Dan Engle (@lazarus0530) August 6, 2013
Poppy Harlow will give us the latest at 6.
2. ALEX RODRIGUEZ
In the lineup – for now: He batted fourth and took the fifth. At the plate, it was the A-Rod we’ve become used to seeing, a meaningless base hit, two promising fly balls that just didn’t have enough oomph and a late-inning strikeout. At the microphone, we saw a different A-Rod. He got emotional during a pregame session with reporters. “I'm fighting for my life,” he said with his eyes getting misty. Actually he’s fighting to keep playing a sport that pays him more than 100 grand a game. He’s facing a 211-game ban for PED use that’s supposed to start Thursday, but he says he’ll fight it. When asked yesterday if he’d taken steroids, he said now wasn’t the time to talk about that. Twelve other players were also suspended –50 games each. None will appeal.
Can we officially start calling Alex Rodriguez "A-Roid" now?
— CRO-REBEL (@CRO_REBEL) August 6, 2013
CNN Sports reporter Rachel Nichols will have more at 6 on the A-Rod situation, and NPR’s Mike Pesca will discuss at 7 what’s next for the Yankees slugger.
3. AL QAEDA THREAT
‘Do something’: That was the message from al Qaeda’s boss Ayman al-Zawahiri to his top guy in Yemen. But before they could, U.S. spies intercepted the order – and we closed a bunch of our embassies around the world, including the one in Yemen. This morning, the State Department asked Americans there to leave stat. And the U.S. launched a pair of drone strikes. We're guessing Nasir al Wuhayshi, the recently promoted al Qaeda chief there, is now winner of Most Likely to be Hunted by a U.S. drone.
Barbara Starr joins us all morning from the Pentagon, and Arwa Damon reports from Cairo.
4. FORT HOOD TRIAL
‘His punishment will come’: 13 dead. 32 injured. 1 court-martial. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, whose murder trial begins today, will act as his own lawyer. Which means he’ll be cross-examining many of the people he allegedly wounded four years ago. That includes Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Royal. Royal, who still can’t go anywhere where there are crowds, says he has forgiven Hasan. “It’s not up to me to punish him. His punishment will come," he says.
Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence will give us a preview of what to expect as the trial begins, and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin shares her insight at 7.
5. SNAKE KILLS BOYS
As they lay sleeping: It sounds like the Sherlock Holmes mystery where a snake crawls through the duct work in a house and attacks its victim. But this bizarre and tragic incident actually happened. Canadian cops say a 99-pound python, nearly 15 feet long, got out of its cage at a pet store, and they think the large python slithered into the ventilation system and strangled not one, but two kids having a sleepover in an upstairs apartment. The boys were only 5 and 7 years old.
Is anyone else as confused as I am about that Python story?!? That is so sad but so confusing!! Don't they usually only kill what they eat??
— Sara Lynn (@SaraLynn03) August 6, 2013
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Motherhood and the invention of necessity: Some new moms in China who don’t produce enough breast milk for their newborns are finding it hard to get formula. So they’re turning to other new moms, those with a little extra milk they’re willing to part with. For a small fee. It’s turned into a booming online trade for the producers. One says, " I just need to wait for calls. I provide fresh and frozen breast milk. But you have to pick it up yourself."
— Ernie Diaz (@WebPresInChina) August 6, 2013
- Lost in translation? Keeping up with the bands the crazy kids are listening to today takes a lot of work. Too much for some people it seems. ESPN asked a Japanese Little Leaguer who his favorite singer was. And then listed it as “Wandai Wrection.” Umm, that would be 'One Direction.'
- Driving me up a wall: Dude falls during a bike race in the Czech Republic. As his two opponents race ahead over rocks and stones and hills, he races to catch up. When he does, he makes the craziest pass you’ll ever see; riding up a wall and around the first two. You should watch it from several angles.
- At $330,000, it’s hard to swallow: There’s a guy named Ted Turner that has a restaurant that serves a $15 burger. $15! It’s mighty tasty though. Yesterday in London, scientists unveiled a burger made in a lab from cow stem cells. And it costs a whopping $330,000 (for which you could get a lot of Whoppers). But the proud inventors say it’ll be good for the environment and cows won’t have to die for us to be fed. But how’s that burger taste? Well, it has no fat, so you can guess...
BRGR – Id rather eat a test tube baby than a burger – Even though it’s tantamount to murder...
— Dave (@vi079) August 6, 2013
–Who is that masked woman? Wherever evil tries to deny girls an education, she’ll be there. Wherever there’s discrimination or sectarian violence, she’ll be there. She’s the Burka Avenger! In Pakistan, a new cartoon features a woman who’s a teacher by day and a burqa-clad crime fighter by night. And beware, she’ll show you the pen is mightier than the sword!
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 NewDayCNN.com/ and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!