5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, September 18
September 18th, 2013
05:15 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, September 18

More questions about the Navy Yard shooter, more people waiting for relief in Colorado and one of the world’s smallest cars ...

It's Wednesday, and here are the “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 morning show, “New Day.”

1. Navy Yard aftermath

How did we not know?:  The more we learn about Aaron Alexis, the more people are asking that question. There were enough red flags. He was arrested in 2004 for shooting out someone’s tire. The Navy knew that. He was discharged as a Navy reservist in 2010 for misconduct. Eight cases of misconduct. The Navy of course knew that. And just a month before killing 12 people at the Navy Yard, Alexis told police that people were following him. He could not sleep. He was hearing voices coming through walls and floors. Police told the Navy that. Through all that, Alexis kept his “secret” clearance level that gave him access to the Navy Yard. Why? Here is what we know about the case.

Pamela Brown and Rene Marsh will give us the latest on the victims and the investigation throughout the show. Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rick Francona talks about military security at 7. And Sen. Susan Collins talks security at 8.

2. Colorado floods

Will the misery ever end?:  Last week's floods are still causing havoc this week. A Denver-area neighborhood was evacuated Tuesday. About 600 people were stranded in a nearby county. Some lucky people were allowed to go home this week after flood waters receded and found out they were not so lucky. Flood waters had pushed some homes around like furniture. Kelly Hunt said her Boulder-area home was crushed and pushed several feet by rushing water and mad."Today is our first day up here since we've been evacuated," Hunt told CNN. "And I feel like it's worse than I thought it would be. We lost absolutely everything we own." Here is the latest on the rescue effort.

George Howell reports live from Colorado throughout the show.

3. Georgia kidnapping

Where is Ayvani?:  That is what the FBI and police are asking after this stunning home invasion. The details are chilling. Two armed men stormed an Atlanta area home at two in the morning. A woman in the home frantically tried to hide her two children. But the men found them. They demanded cash and jewelry. When they didn’t get it, police say, they shot the family dog. They ran out of the home with 14-year-old Ayvani Hope Perez. That was Tuesday. An Amber Alert has been issued saying Ayvani may be traveling in a gray Dodge. When she was taken, the teen was wearing Star Wars pajama bottoms and a blue and gray superhero shirt. Here is what we know on this case.

Martin Savidge will be live throughout the show with updates on the search.

4. U.S. and Brazil meeting

Was it something we said?:  Or was it the reports of spying? Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's state visit to Washington was postponed. It was supposed to be next month but allegations that the U.S. spied on Rousseff's chats have complicated things. The spying claim came from information apparently leaked by Edward Snowden. This is not the first mess related to Snowden, the former agency contractor who previously admitted leaking U.S. surveillance information to reporters. Brazil was outraged by the claims. And President Obama vowed to clean this up by reviewing American intelligence activities. But that review could take months. And that is not quick enough, both leaders agreed, to save this meeting. The two presidents, the White House said, did not want the visit "overshadowed by a single bilateral issue.” Here is our report on this.

Shasta Darlington reports from Brazil at 6.

5. North Carolina police shooting

Forgiveness and justice:  This weekend, police shot and killed an unarmed man, only to find out that he may have been running to them for help after crashing his car. The details sparked outrage. After the crash, Jonathan Ferrell, a 24-year-old former Florida A&M University football player, had hobbled to the nearest home looking for help. But a startled woman inside called the cops, thinking someone was trying to break in. When the officers arrived, Ferrell ran toward them. One officer fired 12 times. Ferrell was struck 10 times. That officer is now facing voluntary manslaughter charges and the ire of civil rights leaders. Ferrell’s mother, Georgia Ferrell, says she forgives the officer but she wants justice. Here is what we know on this case.


Alina Machado reports on this throughout the show

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

- Now this is a compact: Of all the places to build the world’s smallest roadworthy car, Texas would seem an unlikely candidate, but Austin Coulson decided he would take on the challenge.  You can see Austin in his 26-inch-wide ride on the Guinness World Records video page. Try not to laugh


- Dancing with herself: But not anymore. Secretary Ellie Cole got some attention when she started grooving at a UK bus stop recently. She didn’t know that someone at the café across the street decided to record her gyrations and set it to the tune, “Dancing Queen.”  What could be mortifying for most actually turned out well for her: the former Musical Theater major has been invited to audition for an upcoming local musical.



- Let sleeping dogs lieHave you ever been in the middle of getting some good sleep only to get woken up by a baby elephant? This dog has. Enjoy.


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 (6 Responses)
  1. CommonSense

    The civil rights world is a joke. Civil Rights leaders have this habit of conveying "OUTRAGE" when the victim is a minority! Like the baseball player murdered for no reason, the WW2 Vet beaten to death, and so on! I dont care what color the skin was of these men, they were murdered! All the Civil Rights groups are going to do is politicize the tragic event for their own well being and income, while turning America against itself! When will people wake up to this fact?

    September 18, 2013 at 8:19 am | Reply
    • Scott

      I was going to comment about that, but you took the words right out of my mouth. Well said.

      September 18, 2013 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • So?

      What are the groups who stand for SPECIFIC people supposed to do when a member of their race/kind/creed has something terrible occur? That is why "Civil Rights leaders" are leaders. It is what they are supposed to do. That is Al Sharpton's job. Common Sense....Really? What was the point of your comment? This is a terrible story and it is your way of thinking that make people hold a lack of compassion for someone who are different for them. Grow up sir/ma'am.

      September 18, 2013 at 10:02 am | Reply
  2. snotfair

    Mornin CNN! Another missed opportunity w/ yet another tragic shooting by an alleged mentally ill Aaron Alexis. Newport,RI police had called & even faxed a report re: Alexis incident in which he moved 2 three different hotel rooms b cuz he heard voices & 3 individuals were preventing him from sleeping by using microwave rays through his body! The Navy Dept. did nothing in response & we see the carnage as a result. Boston Marathon Bombing, Aurora Colorado Theater, Newtown Connecticut Elementary School, et al. It has become almost routine & not surprising anymore 2 learn of yet another loss of life due 2 firearms being in the possession of the wrong individuals! And nothing will be done b cuz guns are $$$ makers! What a frustrating shame. Praying 4 the people of Colorado- that they stay resilient through their losses dumped upon them by Mother Nature's fury. HAVE A GREAT & SAFE DAY CNN!

    September 18, 2013 at 7:58 am | Reply
  3. lorimantegna

    I love this Blog. It's great because you can go over it before you go to work everyday and get a glimpse of the most important news going on at that time. Please keep this going.

    September 18, 2013 at 7:31 am | Reply
    • Painless

      Except the information is inaccurate. For example, On the clip about the Washington shooting, CNN is still stating that Aaron Alexis arrived at the Navy Yard with an AR-15. That statement might fit their agenda, but not the facts.

      September 18, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply

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