August 22nd, 2013
05:16 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day - Thursday, August 22

A school worker with a calm and loving voice gets a man with a gun to surrender. The White House has some thinking to do on how to handle two huge crises in the Middle East. And we're learning more about the suspects in the killing of an exchange student from Australia.

It’s Thursday, and here are “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. SCHOOL SHOOTING HERO

Armed with compassion and kindness: She’s never been so scared in all her life. We don’t blame her. Faced with a gunman who had an AK-47 and told her he had mental issues, Antoinette Tuff acted calm and is the reason no one was killed this week at an Atlanta area elementary school. As we learn more about the man with the gun, we are in awe of Tuff, who acted as a go-between on the phone for the shooter and police. “We not going to hate you, baby,” she tells the suspect near the end of the call. “It’s a good thing that you’re not giving up, so we’re not going to hate you.” We do love you, Antoinette.

Martin Savidge has more on the 911 call from Antoinette Tuff.

2. MIDDLE EAST

Major decisions ahead: The deadly violence in Egypt and Syria puts the White House under pressure. What should it do with aid to the Egyptian military, which has continued to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood and protesters in the streets. And what about help for the Syrians fighting to overthrow the al-Assad government, where accusations are flying after social media was flooded with reports of a chemical attack? A chief problem has been identifying those rebels the United States would happily deal with versus elements said to be militants, including some with ties to al Qaeda. “We've got some work to do in both of these areas, and this is something that we're actively working on,” a White House spokesman says.

Sen. John McCain will join us to talk about Egypt, Syria and other topics.

3. SAN DIEGO MAYOR

Will he stay or will he go?: On Friday afternoon, the city council meets in private and top on the agenda will be a discussion of a settlement reached between Mayor Bob Filner and San Diego. A lawyer for the city says the two sides have reached a deal, but if the mayor is out, Jan Goldsmith isn’t saying. Neither is Filner’s attorney. And since it was a new day, yet another woman – No. 18 – accused the mayor of bad behavior.

Casey Wian has the latest details on the newest accuser at 6 and 8.

4. EXCHANGE STUDENT KILLED

It could have been anyone: Sarah Harper and Chris Lane had only been back in the United States for a couple of days from his homeland of Australia when her boyfriend was shot and killed. She told Anderson Cooper that Lane, whom she had dated for four years, loved to travel and he had big dreams of living in a foreign land after he graduated. She is still stunned by his death. “You can’t make sense of it,” she said. “It just is so surreal that anybody could do something like this.” Police say one of the three teens arrested in the case told them the boys picked the victim at random.

At 7, Randi Kaye is in Oklahoma and has shocking new details on what the suspects said on social media before the killing.

5. SHARK VICTIM DIES

She “fought hard to stay alive:” She was celebrating with a vacation in Hawaii after a year working as an au pair. Her family remembered her as strong and forever laughing. Jana Lutteropp died yesterday, a week after a shark tore her right arm off. The company the 20-year-old worked for said her family had come from Germany and was with her when she passed. Shark experts are saying attacks are up across the world this year, and this was the fourth near Maui since February, but for someone to die is very rare.

Tory Dunnan will join us at 6 and 8 with more on this tragic story.

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

–Watch out for the giraffe, Mr. President!: We’ve seen all sorts of images of commanders-in-chief playing golf, but here’s a new one from President Clinton, in what seems to be a decidedly less competitive round than the former leader of the free world is used to.

– If a tree sinks in a forest: You hope there’s a man with a video camera to record it. A parish official in Louisiana captured this amazing video of cypress trees being swallowed by a sinkhole. According to the Advocate, the hole has been growing since early this month.

– The only good hangover is a movie: Oh, the morning after a few too many beers. Sucks to be you. But what if hangovers were a thing of the past? Fret not, researchers in Australia are hard at work on a solution. Electrolytes are the key, says researcher Ben Desbrow.

– It’s amazing what you’ll find in a beard: Newspaper photographer Ben Garvin has had photos included in Pulitzer Prize-winning work. We feel somewhat safe in saying this next piece from his catalog of images will not win anything as prestigious. But give it time and it will make you laugh, maybe even snort.

If I ever lose my phone, I hope these kids find it. See skateboarders aren’t the punks they are often made out to be. So says Kim Ho, who thinks the boys who found her friend’s phone and posted a video to his Instagram account are “brilliant.” We do too.

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!

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Jack 63

    Brain pellets for liberals. Here's to moderate conservatives making sure cnn moderators earn their paychecks.

    August 22, 2013 at 8:35 am | Reply

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