May 9th, 2014
09:42 AM ET

Boston Cop Stops Man From Jumping Onto Tracks

Sometimes fate intervenes.

That's what Detective Sean Conway said after he stopped a man from jumping on the tracks at Boston's Park Street station on Wednesday.

"It was just the right place at the right time, with a little bit of luck,"  Detective Conway told "New Day" Friday.

Surveillance footage from CNN affiliate WCVB shows a man attempting to leap off a subway platform before being snatched away mid-air at the last second.

The transit cop said he was on a different platform at the station when he "heard a commotion;" that's when he changed locations and became a hero.

“I made the decision to grab him," Detective Conway humbly said. "I just committed to pulling him as hard as I could and also committed to making sure that neither of us went into the pit.”

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Conway said he checked with the hospital Thursday and the man was still under observation.

Police said the next train wasn't due in to the station for several minutes, but there was a high chance the man could have hit the electrified third rail.

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May 9th, 2014
05:55 AM ET

Should the Benham Brothers Have Lost Their HGTV Show Over Their Remarks?

The twin brothers who lost their HGTV show after a recording surfaced of one's anti-homosexuality views are surprisingly not upset at the network that fired them.

Their beef is not with HGTV, but with the gay "agenda" that "bullied" the network, Jason and David Benham told CNN's "New Day" on Friday.

"I feel they got bullied," David Benham said. "There's an agenda that's out in America right now that demands silence, especially from men and women who profess Jesus Christ and hold to his standards."

Their dismissal from the show they were scheduled to host added fuel to the debate over people losing their jobs for what they say about their personal lives.

It's not a free speech issue, as both sides mostly agree that people have the right to say what they want, but a question of how severe the consequences for unpopular positions should be.

HGTV was within its rights to let the Benham brothers go, but maybe it shouldn't have, Ellis Henican, a Newsday columnist, told "New Day."

"Do they have a legal right? Yes. Should we be cheering it? No, we should not. We ought to be big enough people that we can see people we don't agree with, let them fix their houses, help the nice people. What are we scared of?" Henican said.

The brothers ran afoul of the network after the site Right Wing Watch published a post about the pair, labeling David Benham as an "anti-gay, anti-choice extremist" for reportedly leading a prayer rally in 2012 outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The site posted a recording of Benham talking to a talk show host about "homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation" and "demonic ideologies" taking hold in colleges and public schools.

Benham also discusses the fight for North Carolina's Amendment One, which involved a ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state constitution.

The Benham brothers were the planned stars of the HGTV show "Flip It Forward," set to premiere in October, in which they would have helped families purchase homes they otherwise could not afford.

"When the firestorm came in, we had an opportunity to speak with HG and the folks over there and explain to them who we were as people," Jason Benham said. "We sell to all people of all kinds, and that we would be glad to take a homosexual couple onto our show."

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, May 9
Twin brothers David and Jason Benham lost their upcoming HGTV show, "Flip It Forward"
May 9th, 2014
04:58 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, May 9

A new recording surfaces in the ongoing L.A. Clippers saga. The United States sends military officials to Nigeria to assist in the hunt for hundreds of missing schoolgirls. And Johnny Football is all the buzz on Twitter during the NFL draft.

It's Friday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day

1. DONALD STERLING

Another recording: It seems everyone is recording Donald Sterling these days. Another bit of audio attributed to the L.A. Clippers owner appeared yesterday on RadarOnline.com. In the recording, the man denies he's a racist and doesn't appear ready to sell the team. CNN cannot independently confirm that the speaker is Sterling. Sterling has been banned for life from the team's day-to-day operations and facilities, and was fined $2.5 million last week for racist comments that were recorded and posted online late last month.

2. HGTV SHOW CANCELED

Flipped: Twin brothers David and Jason Benham have lost their opportunity to host their own HGTV show. The show, "Flip It Forward," was set to premiere in October. On it, they would have helped families purchase homes they otherwise could not afford. The network pulled the plug after the site Right Wing Watch published a post about the pair, labeling David as an "anti-gay, anti-choice extremist." On CNN, Jason said, "David and I have no hate in our heart for anyone."

 

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