September 19th, 2013
11:39 AM ET

Bullying and a Brother's Love

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff" – bullying and a brother's love.

A mom asked her 8-year-olds Ryan and Amber to write their letters to Santa early this year to get out ahead of any exorbitant requests. What her son Ryan asked for however, really shocked her. He wrote:

"Dear Santa – I wanted a remote control car and helicopter, but I don't want that anymore. Kids at school are still picking on Amber and it's not fair."

He adds: "I prayed that they will stop by, but God is busy and needs your help."

Mom, Karen, was heart-broken by the letter. She knew that Amber might get teased a little bit, but never knew the full extent of it until Ryan's letter. Karen shared the letter with her friend for advice, and one of them shared it with us at CNN through iReport.

amber letter

Ryan had just one more request of Santa. He writes:

"Can you ask Big Time Rush to come to Amber's Birthday Party, it will make her so happy."

Big Time Rush is a boy band for kids made popular by the Nickelodeon TV series. We're not Santa, but we were able to get one of the star's of the show – Stephen Glickman – to call in.


If you have #GoodStuff news, let us know! Submit your stories just like Amber's mom's friend to our new "Good Stuff" iReport page:

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Or you can always leave a comment, post on Facebook, or tweet to @ChrisCuomo & @NewDay using #NewDay. 

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September 19th, 2013
10:34 AM ET

Who Won the $400 Million Powerball?

A single ticket sold in Lexington, South Carolina, won the $400 million Powerball jackpot on Wednesday. CNN's Sara Ganim reports.

The ticket was sold at a Murphy Express gas station and has yet to be claimed. The winning numbers are:

7, 10, 22, 32, 35 and POWERBALL 19

Check your tickets everybody!

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September 19th, 2013
10:18 AM ET

Miss America Weighs in On Child Beauty Pageants

France's Senate has voted to ban all beauty competitions for kids under the age of 16. It still has to pass their lower house, but many are asking if the US should follow suit.

The anti-child pageant momentum in France was partly fueled by a controversial photo spread in French Vogue featuring a then 10-year-old in heavy makeup and sexy clothing. 

Critics say pageants sexualize and exploit girls at the youngest ages, while supporters say they lead to higher confidence and self, esteem, CNN's Kelly Wallace reports.

For example, Anna Berry says her 13-year-old daughter Ashley overcame extreme shyness by competing in pageants, and now Ashley gives speeches around the country talking about her experience with bullying.

Some psychologists are concerned about normalizing behavior for young girls that would once have been considered extreme.


The newly crowned Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, joined New Day in the studio to weigh-in. In her own experience, scholarship and service play a significant role:

"I started in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen Program and that's meant to be a feeder into Miss America, and I started when I was 16. Through the program I gained $25,000 in scholarship money, and with that and the help of my parents, I was able to graduate debt free from the University of Michigan. Right now I'm currently in the process of applying to medical school, and I just won $50,000 in scholarship money as Miss America…"

She goes on to say that the key component to dealing with all the pressure of pageants is maturity.

"I definitely do think that a maturity level has to be there before you can begin, and I made the conscious decision on my own because I knew that I had to pay for some of my education and this was a great avenue."


What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Miss America?

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September 19th, 2013
08:44 AM ET

Wheel of Mis-Fortune!

Contestant Paul Atkinson landed on the elusive million-dollar wedge and lost because he mispronounced "corner curio cabinet"! Atkinson stopped by New Day to discuss and is relatively calm about it:

"I had never seen that word before. I'd never heard it, never seen it written down. So I was so stressed out about pronouncing curio... so I was staring at that word when I said 'corner' and it came out, I cut the 'o' at the end."


What do you think? Did Paul get robbed? Leave comments below.


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