5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, August 27
August 27th, 2013
05:30 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, August 27

The U.S. says there is no doubt Syria has committed a "moral obscenity," a missing teenager is found dead in Oregon, and cops say they have broken up a huge dogfighting ring in the South.

It’s Tuesday, 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. SYRIA

Time for a decision nears: U.N. inspectors in Syria had a tough day. First there was an explosion near the site they were going to. Then they got shot at. Then there was the work of gathering evidence to see if there really was a chemical attack and who was behind it. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says there is no doubt the Syrian government gassed its own people. He calls it a "moral obscenity" that cannot go unanswered. Warships with cruise missiles are being readied, and the president will be given his options in the next few days, a senior administration official says.

Peter Beinart, a senior fellow with the New America Foundation, will analyze the situation for us at 7. And Frederik Pleitgen is in Damascus, the only Western correspondent reporting from Syria.

2. WILDFIRE

The battle intensifies: In the midst of what is some of America's most beautiful wilderness, huge flames continue to spread rapidly, haphazardly and dangerously through California. It is a monster fire, powered by strong winds, a lack of moisture in the air and super dry timber that acts as fuel for the inferno. Officials yesterday sent many more firefighters into the battle, which is nowhere near over. Those that have been fighting the fire – which has charred an area bigger than Chicago – are getting little rest. And the threat grew for San Francisco, even though it's well to the west, because the fire has gotten close to the area that provides water and electricity for the Bay Area.

Nick Valencia is keeping an eye on the fire and will have the latest for us from California this morning.

3. HASAN SENTENCING

Final chance to have his say: Many of the wounds remain that were suffered that day four years ago when Army Maj. Nidal Hasan killed 13 people. Widows fight depression and thoughts of suicide. The real impact of that horrific day is only now coming into full view. At Hasan’s trial, survivors and family members of the people killed are sharing their agonizing stories. Today, prosecutors will call more victims, and then we’ll see if Hasan uses his last chance to speak before his life falls into the hands of a military panel.

Ed Lavandera will recap yesterday’s testimony for us at 6 and 7 and let us know what is in store for today.

4. MISSING TEEN FOUND DEAD

A heartbreaking ending: His dad was worried but hopeful; worried because no one had seen his son in a more than a week and his Honda had been found Wednesday on a road in the Oregon countryside. But David Croom hoped his 18-year-old son, Johnathan, was just copying the main character from “Into The Wild,” a book (and movie) where a young man rejects society and disappears. Instead, the father got terrible news last night. His son is dead, found less than a quarter-mile from his CRV. Police say it looks like it was a suicide.

5. DOGFIGHTING RING BUSTS

Saving the pit bulls: Many lived in doghouses made from barrels with rotted sheets of wood for floors. They were kept from roaming by heavy chains tied to cinder blocks and car tires. They looked like they were starving. One of the mommas tended to her pups in a cage full of poop and trash. And when these dogs weren’t tied up, they were made to fight, police say. In all, nearly 370 were rescued, and authorities arrested 11 people in four states on dogfighting and gambling charges.

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

– “A final act of love”: They met in elementary school, began a romance during World War II and married not long afterward. They had a lifelong devotion to each other as husband and wife that lasted nearly 66 years, and one day earlier this month, they died, just 11 hours apart.

– Open 24 hours; well, not intentionally: The door to a store in Wayne, New Jersey, was open. So a few young men walked in and went shopping. Thing was, no one was working and the lock on the front door had malfunctioned. So what did the guys – with free rein of Buddy’s Small Lots – do? They got what they came for, figured out how much they owed, left the money on the counter and went on their way. Well done, fellas.

– And there was much rejoicing: You know at weddings in Russia, we break you. No, wait, we break DANCE!

– Do you “like” shock therapy? When you’re a student at MIT, there’s probably a better use of your time than, say, a certain social media site created by students years ago at another institute of higher learning in the area. So, what if you were to get a shock each time you overused that site, or any other? Would that stop you? Well, it’s kind of a joke between two geniuses trying to get their doctorates, but it's also helped them cut back. We give you the Pavlov Poke.

– K.I.T.T. car: We don’t know who this guy is or how much he spent over the past three years, but we applaud his work in building what every male child of the '80s wanted: K.I.T.T. from the TV show “Knight Rider.” You know, David Hasselhoff’s 300-mph, talking, indestructible Trans Am with flame throwers and ejection seats! How close is this guy’s replica? About all he’s missing is William Daniels to do the K.I.T.T. voice (and the flame throwers, we trust).

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 (5 Responses)
  1. Katie1970

    I pray that Best Friends gets the abused pits. They worked miracles with the Vick dogs. What the hell is it going to take to stop this disgusting, vile activity? Life sentences?????? Would that do it? How about cage the humans involved, starve them, and then put them in a 12 x 12 arena to fight to the death over a bologna sandwich? A girl, even a nice girl, can dream.....

    August 27, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
  2. Thomas O'Connell

    Dog abuse in America is such a tragedy, it's a sick and twisted mind that would keep and abuse animals like that. Unfortunately, it is a reflection of our society and the general aggression there is. Guns, knifes, dogs, rape; all featured daily in the news. Just sayin.

    August 27, 2013 at 8:57 am | Reply
  3. Nick

    #6 – Pork in the immigration bill: The Senate bill moving to the house contains a provision on page 1,181 which allocates $1.5 billion for a "Youth Jobs Fund" to give states money to "provide ... employment opportunities" for teens and young adults. The section was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who first proposed the idea in a stand-alone bill in June. His office did not respond to a request for comment about why the program is relevant to immigration. Can you say PORK!?

    Page 219 allocates $50 million plus "such sums as may be necessary" to non-profit "immigrant-serving organizations." The bill says the organizations are to use the money to help immigrants here illegally apply for legal status and citizenship, and to teach them civics and English. But there are no restrictions, so this could be more pork used for political advocacy (in support of those well-meaning Democrats, of course).

    August 27, 2013 at 7:17 am | Reply
  4. snotfair

    Morning CNN- Maybe I'm a bit uninformed, but if the US attacks Syria w/missles won't civilians be killed as well? Seems antagonist & provacative @ best, Foreign Policy is not my forte~. I continue 2 pray 4 the men fighting- & it's a monstrous fight- "The Rim" fire! Only 14% contained & a threat 2 infrastructure, drinking water & most importantly- human & animal life. What a wonderful story of love & true connectivity that after 65+ years together a married couple passes on w/in 11 hrs. of the other<3 Wish I could find my soulmate as they did. They were truly blessed! Pay it forward everyone whether it's paying 4 the car behind u in line @ Dunkin' Donuts drive-up or on the Pike tollbooth. You could make a difference in that person's day! Have a Great & Safe day CNN:)

    August 27, 2013 at 7:09 am | Reply

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