5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, August 6
August 6th, 2013
04:34 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Tuesday, August 6

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.”


Quiet town. Deadly attack: Ross Township in rural Philadelphia is the kind of place “that’s never in the newspaper.” That’s how one official describes it. Monday night changed that –- when a self-proclaimed junk collector with an 18-year grudge unleashed hell at the town council meeting. By the time he was subdued, he’d killed three people and wounded several others. Details are sketchy, but seems like his beef was over property rights. Two months ago, he made this ominous remark to the local paper: “If I lose this property, I have nowhere else to go. What they’re doing to me, what they’ve been doing to me for so long, it’s wrong.”

Poppy Harlow will give us the latest at 6.


In the lineup – for now: He batted fourth and took the fifth. At the plate, it was the A-Rod we’ve become used to seeing, a meaningless base hit, two promising fly balls that just didn’t have enough oomph and a late-inning strikeout. At the microphone, we saw a different A-Rod. He got emotional during a pregame session with reporters. “I'm fighting for my life,” he said with his eyes getting misty. Actually he’s fighting to keep playing a sport that pays him more than 100 grand a game. He’s facing a 211-game ban for PED use that’s supposed to start Thursday, but he says he’ll fight it. When asked yesterday if he’d taken steroids, he said now wasn’t the time to talk about that. Twelve other players were also suspended –50 games each. None will appeal.

CNN Sports reporter Rachel Nichols will have more at 6 on the A-Rod situation, and NPR’s Mike Pesca will discuss at 7 what’s next for the Yankees slugger.


‘Do something’: That was the message from al Qaeda’s boss Ayman al-Zawahiri to his top guy in Yemen. But before they could, U.S. spies intercepted the order – and we closed a bunch of our embassies  around the world, including the one in Yemen. This morning, the State Department asked Americans there to leave stat. And the U.S. launched a pair of drone strikes. We're guessing Nasir al Wuhayshi, the recently promoted al Qaeda chief there, is now winner of Most Likely to be Hunted by a U.S. drone.

Barbara Starr joins us all morning from the Pentagon, and Arwa Damon reports from Cairo.


‘His punishment will come’: 13 dead. 32 injured. 1 court-martial. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, whose murder trial begins today, will act as his own lawyer. Which means he’ll be cross-examining many of the people he allegedly wounded four years ago. That includes Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Royal. Royal, who still can’t go anywhere where there are crowds, says he has forgiven Hasan. “It’s not up to me to punish him. His punishment will come," he says.

Pentagon correspondent Chris Lawrence will give us a preview of what to expect as the trial begins, and CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin shares her insight at 7.


As they lay sleeping: It sounds like the Sherlock Holmes mystery where a snake crawls through the duct work in a house and attacks its victim. But this bizarre and tragic incident actually happened. Canadian cops say a 99-pound python, nearly 15 feet long, got out of its cage at a pet store, and they think the large python slithered into the ventilation system and strangled not one, but two kids having a sleepover in an upstairs apartment. The boys were only 5 and 7 years old.

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

–Motherhood and the invention of necessity: Some new moms in China who don’t produce enough breast milk for their newborns are finding it hard to get formula. So they’re turning to other new moms, those with a little extra milk they’re willing to part with. For a small fee. It’s turned into a booming online trade for the producers. One says, " I just need to wait for calls. I provide fresh and frozen breast milk. But you have to pick it up yourself."

- Lost in translation? Keeping up with the bands the crazy kids are listening to today takes a lot of work. Too much for some people it seems. ESPN asked a Japanese Little Leaguer who his favorite singer was. And then listed it as “Wandai Wrection.” Umm, that would be 'One Direction.'

- Driving me up a wall: Dude falls during a bike race in the Czech Republic. As his two opponents race ahead over rocks and stones and hills, he races to catch up. When he does, he makes the craziest pass you’ll ever see; riding up a wall and around the first two. You should watch it from several angles.

- At $330,000, it’s hard to swallow: There’s a guy named Ted Turner that has a restaurant that serves a $15 burger. $15! It’s mighty tasty though. Yesterday in London, scientists unveiled a burger made in a lab from cow stem cells. And it costs a whopping $330,000 (for which you could get a lot of Whoppers). But the proud inventors say it’ll be good for the environment and cows won’t have to die for us to be fed. But how’s that burger taste? Well, it has no fat, so you can guess...

–Who is that masked woman? Wherever evil tries to deny girls an education, she’ll be there. Wherever there’s discrimination or sectarian violence, she’ll be there. She’s the Burka Avenger! In Pakistan, a new cartoon features a woman who’s a teacher by day and a burqa-clad crime fighter by night. And beware, she’ll show you the pen is mightier than the sword!

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

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Alan

    its might be a tough job to feedback some comments that makes no sence at all or at list are out of the topic. So, if you don like the channel for the " 5 things to know for your new day" , just click on the links and topics of u best interest. It is not mentioning anything like " the best news today, or either" or either " get start looking to the bright side'. As writer of the articles pretty much epecify, this are the 5 most trend topic on the website.
    Alan Meireles – from Brazil

    August 6, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  2. Mark

    Have they really confirmed that a python killed those two little boys??? God rest their souls!!! Sad!

    August 6, 2013 at 11:22 am | Reply
  3. KJ

    I really like this recap! Perfect length, mix of news-news and interesting news. Enjoying the morning broadcast as well!

    August 6, 2013 at 11:21 am | Reply
  4. Heidi

    Hey lola,
    Have a great day, thanks for your commitment!

    August 6, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
  5. Julia

    I love "5 Things to Know for Your New Day", please continue report it everyday!

    August 6, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
  6. nick

    this is a horrible headline. here you think you're getting news to start your new day off right and it's all death and destruction.

    August 6, 2013 at 10:14 am | Reply
  7. Jack

    Very embarrassing piece of journalism... not only are half of the stories offensive, the Sherlock Holmes reference is just inappropriate.

    August 6, 2013 at 10:05 am | Reply
  8. Melody

    Regarding the Japanese Littler Leaguer, I find it offensive. There's something called accents. Not everyone speaks perfect English. Put yourself in a foreign country. If you don't know the language very well or practice daily, your pronounciation is going to suck. People need to respect foreigners. Just because they may not look like you or may not speak like you, doesn't mean that they're any less than you.

    August 6, 2013 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • Jeff B

      Since when does not understanding an accent mean you think someone is beneath you?

      You're assuming the interviewer knows every band that exists to know that the band they wrote down doesn't exist. You're assuming the person putting it up on the display said it out loud. You're assuming it was meant to belittle.

      You're assuming far too much to have a valid point. Being oversensitive is no worse than being insensitive.

      August 6, 2013 at 10:09 am | Reply
  9. Kristin

    Ross Township isn't in rural Philadelphia or outside Pittsburgh. There's more to Pennsylvania than those 2 cities. Ross Township is in Northeast PA, the town name is Saylorsburg. Try fact checking your articles next time.

    August 6, 2013 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Thank you for alerting us to this error, Kristin. We'll share your comments with the web master.

      Have a lovely Tuesday!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      August 6, 2013 at 9:33 am | Reply
  10. Allan

    1st story: "Ross Township in rural Philadelphia" This is an error. There is no such thing as rural Philadelphia... most likely you were referring to Pittsburgh?

    August 6, 2013 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Allan,

      Thank you for bringing the error to our attention. We'll let the web master know.

      Have a lovely day!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      August 6, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply
  11. snotfair

    You could have left A-Rod out in left field! All he cares about is the $$ he's going to lose. His tears are as phony as he is! How about a story of real heroism ie. Volunteers from Home Depot stores in Massachusetts who gave their time to rescue a VETERAN'S building by repairing,painting it,landscaping its grounds,etc...all for the big bubble- no mention of selfless stories such as that! A-Rod is STALE NEWS!

    August 6, 2013 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN


      This sounds like an awesome story for the "Good Stuff." Would you kindly send us the link, so we may share with the producers/

      Thanks and have a super day!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      August 6, 2013 at 9:00 am | Reply
  12. Marcia0916

    Can't we just get "Good Stuff" so we don't have to know about anything negative ever? Head in the sand makes me feel comfortable.

    August 6, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Marcia,

      Find the "Good Stuff" from New Day at this link: https://newday.blogs.cnn.com/category/headlines/the-good-stuff/

      Thanks for watching New Day!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      August 6, 2013 at 8:58 am | Reply
  13. Dodie

    The underlying story of the school bus beat down is being ignored. Why are the police relying on school aged children to be informants for drug cases. This tactic is becoming increasingly troublesome. Police in my small community have "arrested" and questioned kids as young as 10, threatening them with life-time detention if they don't give information about their own family, all the while knowing that no one will stand up to them, not the courts, not the lawyers, not the schools, not the parents, and not the community. People need to wake up as to the failed War on Drugs and the consequences it has caused.

    August 6, 2013 at 8:07 am | Reply
  14. Marko0916

    What a way to start your day with all these tragic events.

    August 6, 2013 at 5:58 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Good morning, Mark,

      Thanks for your feedback regarding "5 Things."

      New Day provides the positive news in our "Good Stuff" news section, which may be found here: https://newday.blogs.cnn.com/category/headlines/the-good-stuff/.

      We hope you'll check it out and send us your "Good Stuff" good news stories to share with others.

      Thanks and have a wonderful Tuesday!
      CNN Viewer Communications

      August 6, 2013 at 7:28 am | Reply
      • Nick

        You should make two categories and label the articles as such: "New Day: The Good Stuff" and "New Day: The Bad Stuff." For clarity's sake.

        August 6, 2013 at 11:42 am |
      • TeamCNNCNN

        Hi, Nick,

        While we wish that "5 Things to Know for Your New Day" were all positive, all the time, we strive to provide you with the top stories.

        Luckily, we have a section for the "Good Stuff," which may be found here: https://newday.blogs.cnn.com/category/headlines/the-good-stuff/.

        Hope this helps to give you some 'good news' for your day!
        CNN Viewer Communications

        August 6, 2013 at 12:03 pm |
    • Nick

      Haha, that's what I was thinking. What a tragically bad (and slightly misleading) name for a segment about death, more death, and A-Rod. Now that I've learned about a town-council shooting and a new Al Qaeda threat, I'm ready to make the most of my day!

      August 6, 2013 at 11:39 am | Reply

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