Welcome to the Monday 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.”
This weekend was one of tragedy, and the week ahead will help give us a clearer picture as to why a plane crashed in San Francisco, how a train in Canada lost its brakes and killed at least five people, and the impact a fatal fire has had on an Arizona community.
1. SAN FRANCISCO PLANE CRASH
A tragic turn, then another: This morning, we learned that one of the 16-year-old girls killed in the Asiana Airlines crash may have been run over by a rescue truck. She was coming to the States from China for a summer camp to improve her English. We also learned that the pilot had never landed a Boeing 777 at that airport.
Deborah Hersman, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board, will join us at 7, and the chief of surgery at San Francisco General Hospital will talk with us at 8.
2. CANADA TRAIN EXPLOSION
Scrambling to find loved ones: The engineer had parked the train and gone to a motel to sleep. Somehow, the 73-car train took off. When it derailed, the crude oil it was carrying exploded - cutting a small Canadian town like a knife. Five are dead; 40 missing. A woman tearfully told a CNN affiliate that she hasn’t heard from any of her friends. Another said she had lost her dog, her home, everything.
Hard to believe that train with 73 tankers full of crude could be left parked on hill unattended. Is this common? http://t.co/UHp5GE7fAK
— Richard Lorello (@richardlorello) July 7, 2013
Paula Newton has more from the scene in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, during the 6 and 7 o’clock hours.
3. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL
Nearing the end: Week two of the trial ended with two moms saying it was their son they heard screaming for help on a recording of a 911 call. Both Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and George Zimmerman’s mom, Gladys Zimmerman, told the all-female jury they were positive the voice on the tape was their son calling out. This week, the defense is expected to call George Zimmerman’s friends to testify on his behalf as well as some police officers.
CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin will help us preview the week ahead at 7.
4. ARIZONA FIRE
Relief for some: There were poignant photos yesterday of a procession of 19 white hearses taking the remains of fallen heroes home. One, on Flickr, showed the line of cars as it passed a road sign 19 miles from where the firefighters were killed. As the community grieves, there is a bit of good news this morning. Residents will be able to return to their neighborhoods in Yarnell to start the recovery and rebuilding process.
— Tom Kelly (@ToMSturf) July 8, 2013
5. SPITZER’S POLITICAL FUTURE
Back in the ring: Somewhere Gary Hart is saying, “What the hey?” Eliot Spitzer became the third formerly disgraced former politician to climb back into the political ring this year. We say formerly disgraced because it appears that sexual impropriety is not quite the political resume killer it used to be. OK, Mark Sanford and Anthony Weiner, you guys might want to give the former governor some pointers on what comes next as Spitzer runs for comptroller of New York City.
Eliot Spitzer announces run for NYC Comptroller. PLEASE run on ticket with Anthony Weiner. Twitter will love you forever. #WeinerSpitzer
— Mo Rocca (@MoRocca) July 8, 2013
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Bloodshed in Cairo: The crisis in the Mideast’s most populous country seems to be deepening. Witnesses said scores of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy were killed when soldiers and police opened fire on the crowd this morning. Military officials said they were responding to an armed attack outside the facility where Muslim Brotherhood leaders believe Morsy is being held.
- Extra, extra, read all about ... our divorce: These days so many people tell other people important news through Twitter, Facebook or text message. It is, um, refreshing to see some go the more traditional route of sending the bad news through a newspaper. Nigella Lawson's husband, Charles Saatchi, says his wife won’t return his calls so he told her through The Mail on Sunday that he wants a divorce. Considering that she had moved out after he allegedly put his hand on her neck last month, we think that may be OK with her.
I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way - Charles Saatchi
- Will it be a king or queen?: We’re betting its name won’t be North or Blue Ivy or Apple. As royal watchers anxiously await the offspring of William and Kate, bookies are taking wagers on what the name – or rather, names - they will give the baby. Some of us are partial to Christopher, while a girl could take the regal names of Katherine or Michaela. Or perhaps a British hero?
Kate Middleton Required To Name Baby Andy-Murray.
— Sabrina Jalees (@SabrinaJalees) July 7, 2013
- Her prison education begins: She didn’t pay the tax man so Ms. Lauryn Hill goes to prison this morning for 90 days. We hope Hill, who hasn’t produced a studio album since the “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in 1998, uses the time to work on finishing up some new tunes.
Let Wesley Snipes, Lauryn Hill, and many others pay their fines and get out of prison. Isnt it their first offense many of them?
— John Laurich (@JohnLaurich) July 8, 2013
- The business of unmentionables: Edward Snowden has some interesting admirers. There’s Anna Chapman, sexy spy-turned-TV hostess, who tweeted a marriage proposal. And now a lingerie company in Germany is using his name to help sell its products. Maybe his prospective bride would like some new lingerie – she apparently likes the ones with a place for a firearm.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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