Welcome to the Wednesday 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.”
Night court: How late did court go last night? So late the lights, set to an automatic timer, went out. So late that the judge had to extend Zimmerman's curfew. So late that one defense lawyer said he's too old for this. This morning’s session will start an hour later (at 9 ) and we may get to see a 3-D cartoon recreation of the fight between Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.
As the verdict looms, cops in Florida are asking folks not to lose their cool.
Things were definitely not cool over at the other big trial, where reputed-mob-boss Whitey Bulger told a witness, “You suck.” And the profanities flew.
George Howell is in Sanford, Florida, with a recap of yesterday’s courtroom drama and what lies ahead in the Zimmerman case
2. ASIANA CRASH PROBE
The trainer was in training: We knew that the pilot at the controls was training to fly a Boeing 777. Now we’ve learned that the instructor guiding him was also a newbie in his role. The Air Line Pilots Association is not happy that so much information is coming out in dribs and drabs – “incomplete, out-of-context information,” it says. The NTSB dismissed the criticism. “We work for the traveling public.”
NTSB chief Deborah Hersman will join us at 8 o’clock.
3. CANADA RUNAWAY TRAIN
Suspicions abound:Police have made it clear they don’t believe this was just an accident. But what do they mean by the phrase “criminal act”? Well, they’re not saying. The head of the company that owned the oil transport train will visit the devastated town today. “I hope I’m not going to get shot,” he told broadcaster CBC.
Paula Newtown is live in Lac-Mégantic and will brief us all morning long about the latest in the investigation
4. SNOWDEN SAGA
Time to fly the coop?: They’re calling it the ‘Flight of Liberty’ campaign, which may sound like a U.S. military operation. But that’s how WikiLeaks is hinting that something will go down today.
Tomorrow the first phase of Edward Snowden's "Flight of Liberty" campaign will be launched. Follow for further details.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) July 9, 2013
Does this mean the NSA leaker, who’s been grounded at Moscow’s airport for 2+ weeks, is on the move? Another tweet yesterday, this one from a Russian lawmaker, said Snowden had accepted an offer from Venezuela for asylum. But then the pol took down it down, saying, My bad, I thought I read that somewhere.
Phil Black is live from Moscow each hour with the latest developments
5. BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING
Facing charges ... and victims: When last we saw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, he was covered in blood and strapped to a gurney. That was 11 weeks ago. Today, he’ll be wearing a jumpsuit and making a short appearance in a Boston courtroom. He’ll not only face 30 charges – four for murder - but also the families of those who died, and those who survived the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s a symbolic move to show they still are there for their loved ones.
Deborah Feyerick will cover the hearing and has a preview at 6 and 8
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–What tipped you off?: A Colorado man using the screen name “pervymcperv” has been convicted of child pornography possession. Apparently “pleasecomearrestmenow” was already taken. He was sentenced to eight years in prison.
— Miguel (@miggiesmalls) July 8, 2013
–Sweet tweets are a treat: Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has been clogging up a lot of people’s Twitter timelines with retweets, but not that anybody minds. Deitsch wondered out loud on Sunday if people had photos of the best moments of their lives. What followed was remarkable. Hundreds of people replied.
— Ryan Kaltenbach (@RyanKaltenbach) July 9, 2013
Stylish kid reporters interview Pres Obama at Kids State Dinner. Note photog who will have my job one day 🙂 pic.twitter.com/tvAQjnehZ8
— petesouza (@petesouza) July 10, 2013
–Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife: Stephen Amaral did what we’d all do if we had a naked woman swimming in our backyard pool for nearly a half hour. He invited the nude neighbor to church. She said she didn’t have time for that. And after she picked up her clothes and left, the 54-year-old ex-cop found some items in his home had walked away too. Police are now looking for the woman and her husband. “Warning:” The video does NOT include graphic nudity.
- She can see the Senate from her house: Sarah Palin says Sen. Mark Begich needs to go. Could she be the one to replace him? The Fox News commentator says she’s hoping “there will be some new blood, new energy.” Buuut, if someone were to twist her arm, she might do it. As with all things Palin, the Internet was divided.
I would support @SarahPalinUSA in a heartbeat for the Senate. She should do it!
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 9, 2013
If Sarah Palin and Liz Cheney become Senators, that would finally explain why the Prometheus aliens were coming back to kill us.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) July 9, 2013
–Atticus! Atticus!: We’re not sure we trust a baby names list that doesn’t have “Steve” on it, but the folks at nameberry.com (they claim they are “the unique baby name guide by the world’s leading experts”) say among the top searches for a boy’s name this year is Atticus. What is this, the 60’s? The 1860’s? Another big one for boys? Django. Yes, like the movie! Among the top ones for girls? Katniss. Yes, like the book! #oof
I thought it was a joke.. But django is really the fourth most popular baby name so far this year.. I can't
— Day Drinker (@TheOnePercent__) July 10, 2013
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
Oh, and one more thing. Make sure that you keep your smartphone away from the baby, lest you end up with a used car.
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