May 19th, 2014
12:21 PM ET

Student Paralyzed in Football Accident Graduates, Signs With the Saints

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," the New Orleans Saints sign a former Tulane safety who was paralyzed after an accident on the field. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Devon Walker was the starting safety for Tulane and a leader of the team until he took a bad hit in 2012.

That injury left him paralyzed from the shoulders down, but Walker demanded to stay with his studies and continue supporting his team.

"I've always been a person not to start something and not finish it," he said.

Over the weekend, Walker graduated and the Saints signed him to the team.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was at the graduation ceremony to get an honorary degree and he spoke about Walker.

Brees said: "He's just one of those guys who's so special, so inspirational, you know that he is destined for so many great things in his life and I'm just blessed to know him."

See the full story at CNN affiliate WWL and if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know!

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California Chrome's Team Might Have to Choose Between Belmont, Nasal Strips
May 19th, 2014
04:55 AM ET

California Chrome's Team Might Have to Choose Between Belmont, Nasal Strips

Update: Racehorse is allowed to use a nasal strip at the Belmont Stakes, racing officials say.

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BACKGROUND:

California Chrome has worn nasal strips during victories in the first two events of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, but he might have to compete at the Belmont Stakes without one, if he competes at all.

Trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, might be held from the race if the 3-year-old horse is not allowed to wear the strips across his nose that help improve breathing.

When asked about a reported New York rule against it, Sherman said, "The horse has been on a six-race winning streak with nasal strips. I don't know why they would ban you from wearing one, but we'll have to cross that bridge when we get there, I guess."

The New York State Gaming Commission, which regulates horse racing in the state, said the decision would be up to officials at the state's racing association.

"Neither the New York State Gaming Commission nor the stewards at the New York Racing Association have received a request to use nasal strips in the June 7 Belmont Stakes," the commission said in a written statement. "If a request to use nasal strips is made, the decision on whether to permit them or not will be fully evaluated and determined by the stewards."

In 2012, I'll Have Another also won the first two legs of the Triple Crown but his owners were told the nasal strips were prohibited in New York, several media outlets reported. The horse was unable to run because of a leg injury that ended the colt's career.

Sherman said the decision would be up to co-owner Perry Martin.

"He might not run if they say you can't run with a nasal strip. He's very funny about things like that," Sherman said.

Nasal strips keep a horse's airway from becoming smaller during strenuous activity, the Flair Equine Nasal Strips website says.

"By reducing airway resistance during exercise, Flair strips help prevent fatigue related injuries, help protect the lungs from injury and bleeding and promote optimal athletic performance," the site says.

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, May 19, 2014
The late king of pop, Michael Jackson, appeared via hologram at the Billboard Music Awards.
May 19th, 2014
04:42 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, May 19, 2014

AT&T prepares to gobble up DirecTV, California Chrome's Triple Crown bid could get sidetracked, and hologram Michael Jackson struts his stuff at the Billboard Music Awards.

It's Monday, and here are the 5 things to know for your "New Day."

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Photo of the Day: See Skyline Over NYC's Central Park
May 19th, 2014
03:53 AM ET

Photo of the Day: See Skyline Over NYC's Central Park

In today's photo of the day, we see the view from a CNN newsroom in New York City.

CNN's Anthony Morrison shared this picture on Sunday, writing:

"It's really not work at all when this is your view."

If you have pictures you'd like to share, send them to us!

Post on Facebook, or tweet to us @NewDay using #NewDay.

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