July 18th, 2013
12:15 PM ET

Provocative "Rolling Stone" Cover Photo Sparks Controversy

Update: This morning on "New Day,"  CNN's Jason Carroll reports on dramatic new photos released of the Boston bombing suspect that a police photographer says shows "the real Boston bomber."

"New Day" is on from 6-9am ET on CNN.


Did Rolling Stone magazine make a rock star out of an alleged murderer?

That question is front and center this morning as critics on the Internet lash out against the magazine, saying the cover shot of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes him look like anything but the monster he is.

The 19 year old is accused of killing four people and wounding hundreds more. That charge is not lost on readers.

“In Boston and throughout America, a perception that Rolling Stone is equating Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with the likes of rock's biggest stars…is burning up social media,” CNN's Brian Todd reports. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)

But the magazine stands by what it published. “‘Rolling Stone’ touts its article as an in-depth investigation into how the alleged Boston marathon bomber went off-track in his life,” Todd reports.

“In a statement, Rolling Stone's editors said their hearts go out to the victims–but that they also felt it was important to ‘...gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.’”

Several big chain stores are siding with the critics and pulling the issue from their shelves.

“The economic fallout started with America's second-largest drug-store chain, CVS, saying it won't put the August edition of Rolling Stone on its newsstands,” Todd says. Walgreens, Stop & Shop grocery stores, Tedeschi food stores followed suit.

But according to some marketing analysts, the magazine may actually get a boost from this, as “consumers still talk about controversial magazine-covers like 'TIME's Man-of-the-Year', featuring Adolph Hitler and the Ayatollah Khomeini.”

They add that if advertisers pull their ads or threaten to do so, that could actually hurt Rolling Stone. “But so far, no word on whether any advertisers have done that and so far, Rolling Stone is not commenting on that.”

For Bostonian and CNN's National Security Analyst Juliette Kayyem, it's offensive.

“I think people have every right to be offended by it,” she says. (WATCH)

While Kayyem believes that Rolling Stone has a right to publish the cover and considers the accompanying article fabulous, she agrees with the outrage over it. “It was a bad call,” she says.

Christopher John Farley, the editor of "Speakeasy," Wall Street Journal's culture web site, agrees that the article is legitimate journalism, and thinks the cover plays a part in the point its making.

“It really challenges people's preconceptions of what a suspected terrorist looks like and that's part of the point of the story, too,” he says.

Kayyem believes the magazine may have glamorized Tsarnaev in that attempt, by putting a “sultry picture of him on the front” of what she thinks is genuinely good story that people should read.

“It's been all lost in what's really an immature move, I think, by Rolling Stone.”

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July 18th, 2013
11:29 AM ET

America's Nastiest Neighbor?

In the city of White Bear Lake, MN, it seems everyone has a story to tell about Lori Christensen. The 50-year-old has been called America's nastiest neighbor. Her antics have even attracted news crews from as far away as Australia, CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

Kim and Greg Hoffman say Christensen has been harassing them for years after an argument between their young daughters. It allegedly started with Christensen yelling obscenities and it only got worse.

"That's the way we learned to live. And that's the way we learned to raise the kids," says Greg Hoffman.

They started filming Christensen's behavior, showing her provocatively dancing in her driveway and drinking out of an over-sized beer bottle, seen as a way to taunt Kim Hoffman, a recovering alcoholic.

"It doesn't allow you to really heal completely because it's putting it in your face every day," says Kim Hoffman.

Christensen says she has lost her job and plans to sell her house because she is forbidden to return. In addition to 10 years probation, Christensen has been ordered to avoid all contact with the Hoffmans for a decade.

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July 18th, 2013
11:10 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, July 18th

Welcome to the Thursday 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.”


Growing fallout:  We heard again from Juror B37 last night. This time, she sent a statement exclusively to CNN saying she wants to see new self-defense  laws. She says the existing ones left her no choice but to find George Zimmerman not guilty.
Over at HLN, Trayvon Martin's friend was on air and she called Zimmerman's defense’s story “ridiculous.”
Then there’s B29, known as the silent juror. We learned a little bit about her: She's a mother of eight and a recent transplant to Florida.
We also found out that Trayvon Martin’s iconic hoodie goes back to the Sanford police, then back to the parents if they want it.  That Eliot Spitzer, the former New York state attorney general and governor, thinks prosecutors "overreached" in the case.  And that calls to repeal  Florida's Stand Your Ground law are growing louder - but the laws are likely here to stay.

Victoria Blackwell will have the latest updates throughout the show. And we'll also hear from Daryl Parks, the Martin family lawyer.


C’mon, baby: Even the queen is getting impatient!  At a public event yesterday, Queen Elizabeth told a little girl that she doesn’t mind whether the royal baby is a boy or a girl. She just wants it to get here soon - so she can go on vacay.  Let’s hope the little one listens to great- grandma.

Over on social media, some are already looking ahead to what's next for Will and Kate:

The uber-attention has obviously brought out the haters:

Max Foster will have updates on all things royal baby in the 7 o’clock hour. And check out our special, “Will and Kate Plus One,” Thursday night at 10 ET


It’s a cruel, cruel summer: We hate to break it to ya, but it ain’t over yet.  That lardy layer of humid, sticky heat oozing over the Northeast and Midwest will get hotter and spread out today. As the heat rises, so does the  grousing


Indra Petersons will give us the latest all morning, while Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Chris Cuomo hit Central Park in the 8 o’clock hour to show us how to safely exercise in this heat.


Principal on the run: What an awful, awful story. Kids in an Indian school took their first bite of rice and potatoes and started fainting and vomiting. Turns out there was insecticide in the food. And 22 kids are now dead. Another 24 remain in the hospital. And cops want to talk to the principal, but she's nowhere to be found.


"Biggest celebration ever":  That's what South Africa's president says the nation has planned for Nelson Mandela today. The ailing  icon turns 95 today - and it's also his 15th wedding anniversary. Mandela is still in the hospital with a lung infection. But today, we learned that his condition's  "steadily improving."


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

- Picture this …:  The government is tailing you as you drive. Well, sorta. So says a new report.  Cops in the U.S. have automatic scanners that snap and store digital photos of license plates of innocent motorists, the ACLU says.  The group adds: The information is stored for years with little privacy protection.

You'll see it here first: Alex Rodriguez  dishes out on his love for baseball, his "greatest gift" and why he needs his fans now more than ever in an exclusive interview with CNN this morning. Of course, he’ll be asked about performance-enhancing drugs and whether he’s made some sort of plea deal with the MLB. Should be interesting.

- My Spidey senses are tingling: This T-shirt may not get the government off your back, but it’s got your back.  It lets you know when someone – or danger – get too close. Wear it, turn on a sensor clipped at the back, and feel it tingle if someone comes within five feet. As if that’s not awesome enough, it has Spidey on the front.  You’re welcome.

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

July 18th, 2013
10:54 AM ET

Rob Lowe Dishes on 'New Day'

From the Brat Pack, to the popular sitcom "Parks and Recreation," to playing a doctor who performed plastic surgery on Matt Damon, Rob Lowe has had a very wide ranging career and now he is partnering with Dawn, the dish washing brand, to narrate a documentary series called 'The Big Picture.' He stopped by "New Day" to discuss it all. Here are some highlights:

Kate Bolduan: You've got a lot going on... You've got "Parks and Rec," a huge hit. You just had "Behind the Candelabra," huge hit. Two very different roles though.

Rob Lowe: Yeah, right? "Behind the Candelabra," I think, I'm never gonna live that one down. I mean that character has sort of lived on in infamy already. But it's great because I loved working with Matt [Damon] and I loved working with Michael [Douglas] and it ends up being the biggest movie HBO's ever done.


Michaela Pereira: Talk to us about this campaign that you're working on with Dawn, you sound really excited about it.

Rob Lowe: I am, Dawn Saves Wildlife is a 40 year commitment to wildlife rescue. I love the water. I'm a water man…I'm a surfer, I'm a fisher. So rescuing animals in the water is a big deal for me. So for 40 years, Dawn has been doing this with International Bird Rescue Marine Mammal Center and we have a documentary. You can go to dawnsaveswildlife.com, seven parts. It celebrates the heroes that work in the trenches every day to help save animals.


Kate Bolduan:  One story we have been talking about a lot this we, the death of a really young, fabulous star with such a future, Cory Monteith. I mean, he was really open with his struggle with addiction and his road to recovery. You've also been really open about it and how you got through it. How difficult is it not only to deal with your own recovery but to do it under the glare of the spotlight?

Rob Lowe: Well, look. It's hard…it can be hard for everyone. In my experience, and I'm 23 years sober, but all I have is today. Right? Just today. It's changed my life. Everything good I've ever gotten in my life is because I made that choice for me. It's very simple to do, but it's not easy.

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Rob Lowe and the "New Day" crew

Rob Lowe and the "New Day" crew


Dawn Saves Wildlife

Dawn Saves Wildlife

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