November 21st, 2013
05:25 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, November 21

U.S. Rep. Trey Radel’s headed to rehab instead of jail, Afghan tribal leaders are deciding the fate of U.S. troops there, and a tiny airport has a big plane and a big problem.

It's Thursday, 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.”


Mea culpa: First, U.S. Rep Trey Radel was busted for buying cocaine. Last night, he apologized, promised to donate his salary to charity and went on a leave of absence. His “wake-up call” has helped him dodge some big metal bars.  He was looking at donning an orange jumpsuit for 180 days, a $1,000 fine, or both.  Instead, he’s on probation for a year. The Republican from Florida says he’ll enter an inpatient drug treatment program. Are you taking notes, Rob Ford? 

Alina Machado will be live all morning with the latest.



Pulled off a plane in North Korea: It was a trip of a lifetime for Merrill Newman.  But the war veteran’s visit to North Korea did not end well. The 85-year-old was buckled up and ready for takeoff when he was escorted off a flight in the capital of Pyongyang.  The incident happened a few minutes before departure. He’s been incommunicado since that day late last month, and his family’s worried about him. North Korea, no surprise there, has not publicly acknowledged whether it detained him, let alone why.

David McKenzie will bring us the latest details at 6.



Deal or no deal?: The fate of American troops in Afghanistan is in the hands of thousands of tribal elders. In a giant tent in Kabul, they’re discussing what role American forces will play after next year. Among the sticking points: Should U.S. soldiers get immunity from prosecution in Afghan soil if they commit a crime?

Michaela Pereira has news headlines throughout the morning.’s Ben Brumfield has an informative Q&A here on the implications of the gathering.


They tried to make me go to rehab:  The pop singer is going to a treatment facility … again. And this time, it comes with a bunch of new rules. But more on that later. Brown was booted from rehab this month after he allegedly smashed his mother’s car window. His reason for being in rehab in the first place? He allegedly punched a man while he was on probation. For yet another incident. That probation for a felony charge in the 2009 attack on Rihanna requires he stay out of legal trouble. Anyway, back to the new rehab rules. They include drug tests and eight-hour shifts of community labor. Stay tuned for the next exciting chapter.



Help, I’ve landed and I can’t take off: A Boeing Dreamlifter landed at the wrong airport in Wichita, Kansas - one with a runway apparently too short.  The Atlas Air 747 Dreamlifter is a beast of a plane. It's a modified passenger jet that can haul more cargo by volume than any airplane in the world. It was bound for McConnell Air Force Base, missed its mark by 12 miles, and ended up at the much-smaller Jabara Airport. Boeing sent a tug to the airport to move the jet. But, alas, it broke down on its way.

Speaking of airports, have you checked out the amazing project documenting 24 hours at the world’s busiest airport? You don't know what you're missing!

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

Holyfield, meet your ear:  For a few minutes, the world is one big, content place. Just in time for Christmas, Mike Tyson returns Evander Holyfield’s chunk of ear that he bit off during their 1997  fight.  He hands over the  ear in a small box, apologizes and they hug it out.  Not to be outdone, Dennis Rodman is headed to North Korea. One-way ticket, he tells an airline worker. And the world lets out a gasp of excitement at his departure, never to return. Just watch the Footlocker ad. Maybe there’s hope in the world after all.

High note: This video brought our tough, seen-everything journalist hearts to tears.  Musicians canvassing the nation, visiting sick kids in hundreds of hospitals, and bringing a little sunshine into their world. The fact that they sing “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” is an added bonus.

You gotta be kitten me: Of all nine lives, this will be the most luxurious for felines Frisco and Jake. Their former owner left them $250K and a 4,000-square-foot home in a gated community. We wonder if the furry creatures need cat rubs. We know of a great journalist who’d help them unload some of that cash in exchange. Holler, kitties!

Man is what's for dinner: Speaking of cats, let’s just say if there was no glass, this man would have made one fine meal for this tiger.

Social media experiment: Before you post that selfie of you wolfing down chicken at a nearby joint, watch  this video. You’ll be pretty freaked out. And informed.

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 and go and have a GREAT NEW DAY!

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Ed, that's what happens when you pass legislation that no one has read, using a parliamentary trick, and with no bipartisan support that involves 20 percent of the economy and is being managed by a bunch of amateurs who have never run a business in their life!

    November 21, 2013 at 8:31 am | Reply
  2. Otter

    In the city of Wichita, Kansas, Population, 385,577 in 2012; Do we really need 6 big airfields? If you count the neighboring city if Augusta there are even more. These people like to fly, A LOT! I can see why a pilot would be confused. Where the pilot landed at Jabara airport and where he was supposed to land at MConnell Air Force Base which is only ten miles away, there is actually ANOTHER large airfield in between, the Beach Craft Airfield. Cut the pilot some slack, this whole city is one big airfield.

    November 21, 2013 at 8:21 am | Reply
    • MikeyD74

      Oh, i think the pilot deserves a boatload of credit for putting that big a** plane down on that small a** runway

      November 21, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
  3. doglover

    Freak out that is why I don't have a any of those things everyone BEWARE

    November 21, 2013 at 7:54 am | Reply
  4. FV

    That's two important things to start my day. A plane on the wrong flight path, a celbrity's immature behavior and likewise for yet another irresonsible politician are not important.

    November 21, 2013 at 6:14 am | Reply
  5. Jooooooet

    No mention of the huge train-wreck that just happened? Nothing on your site at all.. It's called obamacare.. You should really look into it.

    November 21, 2013 at 6:02 am | Reply
    • Ed

      It's interesting. On days when Obamacare is reported, people complain. On days when it isn't, people complain. I'm sensing a trend.

      November 21, 2013 at 7:38 am | Reply
      • Ken

        Ed, that's what happens when you pass legislation that no one has read, using a parliamentary trick, and with no bipartisan support that involves 20 percent of the economy and is being managed by a bunch of amateurs who have never run a business in their life!

        November 21, 2013 at 8:32 am |
      • mikeyritter

        I think you hit the nail on the head. Some People have so much hate built up that it really has reached the level of absurdity. However, sooner than later, much of it will die down. Like with Medicare Part D, the ACA will rollout, people will get insurance. Many people complaining today have actually benefited by the ACA. With no caps on insurance, to kids staying on policies toll 26, to the elimination of preexisting conditions. So many of the loudest are "christians" who believe helping one's brother should not put any burden on themselves. "I have mine, don't bother me about your problem" should be their motto..

        November 21, 2013 at 8:47 am |

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