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5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, July 16th
July 16th, 2013
05:05 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, July 16th

Welcome to the Tuesday 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.”

A tale of two trials: If you watched the two CNN exclusives last night - one with Trayvon Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel on "Piers Morgan Live," and the other with a juror on "AC360" - it was quite clear how the same trial and the same set of events could be perceived in two entirely different ways. The juror said race didn't play a part. Rachel said the trial was all about race. The juror sided with George Zimmerman's version that Trayvon was acting "suspicious." Rachel said it was 7 at night - when people walk their dogs, not plot burglaries. They even had different ideas of what "cracka" meant. Rachel said it's someone who acts like a cop. The juror said it's an indication of "the type of life that they live."

As with all things Zimmerman, the Tweeters offered their immediate takes:

Throughout the morning, we'll play choice bits from the Anderson Cooper interview, talk with our legal expert Jeffrey Toobin, and bring you up to date on the fallout from the verdict.

Cops net really big fish: If you’re talking drug cartels, Los Zetas is the top of the line, and Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was its big kahuna.  No more. Mexican cops swooped down in a chopper yesterday on a pickup truck, cuffed him and tossed him in the slammer. He was carrying about $2 million.  By lopping the head off of the infamous drug-dealing and murdering gang, police put a big dent in the drug trade.

We now wait to see whether it'll make a difference, or will the beast just grow another head?

"I need help" ...: But I'm not going anywhere. That's San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who's only a year into his term and having a pretty bad run. He's been accused of groping women, forcibly kissing them, making passes at them. You know, un-statesmanlike conduct. His chief of staff's quit. His fiancee's left him. And his friend - an ex-city councilwoman - is beating the drum for him to step down.
This is his him Friday: "I'm clearly doing something wrong."
This is him yesterday: "I do not believe I am guilty of sexual harassment."

Twitter was not amused.

At 6, Stephanie Elam will tell us if the mayor can rebuild trust.

It's the heat and the humidity: It won’t reach Death Valley temperatures in parts of the Northeast and the Midwest this week, but it just might feel that way. High humidity will pile misery on top of temperatures that will already be in the high 90s. Time to schlep around some bottled water in the subways of Manhattan and Chicago and duck into air-conditioned rooms from Indiana to Wisconsin.

This morning, we'll be talking to Indra Petersons about this weeklong heat wave.

Mitt namn är Johan Ek: That’s what Michael Boatwright will tell you, if you ask him his name. It’s Swedish and means: “My name is Johan Ek.”  Boatwright was found unconscious at a motel in California months ago.  When he woke up in a hospital, the Navy vet remembered nothing of his past, didn't recognize his own face - and spoke only Swedish! It's now up to a social worker - who incidentally was an archaeologist - to dig up his past.

At 8, senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen will tell us more about this fascinating story.

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

- I'm lovin' questionin' it: McDonald’s is trying to show its employees how to live on low wages. (The average employee gets $8.25 an hour.)  So, it created a website  to teach them how to spend and save.  The thing is, the sample budget it posted is kind of out of touch with reality. For one thing, it asks you to budget $0 for heat, $0 for groceries - and get a second job!

- Going for broke: Remember Charles Ramsey? The guy who freed the captive girls in Ohio and became a viral star? Insta-fame meant insta-cash, which meant a brand new Beemer. Well, he's now broke, he told Britain's Daily Mail. Apparently, he's too famous to live like a regular guy and too regular to live like a famous guy.  At least he still has his free McDonald’s for a year. And we'll always have "Dead Giveaway."


- White rage: After Salon posted a post-Zimmerman verdict story called "Our real problem is white rage," Twitter went all-atwitter taking turns between the serious and the absurd with the hashtag #WhiteRage.

- It's a man's world: Kim O’Shea tried for months but couldn’t get a job.  Then he made a small change to his resume.  He added “Mr.” before his name.  In came the interview requests.  “It was like being hit on the head with a big sheet of unbreakable glass ceiling,” the Australian wrote on his blog.  Gender discrimination is alive and well, people. <SMH>

- Melting your heart like mozzarella: Take a look at this picture. That's 2-year-old cancer patient Hazel and her buddy at L.A.'s Children's Hospital noshing on some pizzas. After her mom taped a message to her hospital room window  "Send Pizza. RM 4112," Reddit users who love random acts of pizza went to town! Pizza after pizza showed up.  So much so, that the hospital had to issue a plea: Please, no more!

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 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET, join us at CNN.com/NewDay and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY.

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