The Veteran Affairs' chief faces friends of homeless veterans. Bill Gates' pal offers $2 billion for the Clippers. And two young spelling aces nail the national spelling bee for its first tie in 50 years.
It's Friday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day.
1. VA SCANDAL
Facing it head-on: With calls for him to resign hanging over his head, Veterans Affairs' Secretary Eric Shinseki will face representatives of people particularly vulnerable to his agency's medical failings today. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans has booked Shinseki as its featured speaker at its annual conference in Washington. While he stands before them, lawmakers consider whom to hold responsible for a scandal involving the treatment of ailing veterans that has cost some of them their lives.
2. CLIPPERS OFFER
Bill Gates, sort of: He's even wealthier than Donald Sterling and a whole lot more animated, too. But what else do we know about Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO who's poised to take over the Los Angeles Clippers? Unlike owner Donald Sterling, whose racist remarks hurled him into a vortex of public criticism, Ballmer flew under the radar in recent months before he laid down a $2 billion offer for the team.
3. SPELLING BEE TIE
Spellbinding: It was the first spelling bee tie in 50 years. But Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe wore the judges out. They correctly spelled so many words Thursday that the Scripps National Spelling Bee had to declare them both winners. The last word was "feuilleton" (roughly pronounced Fwooyetonh). Know what that is? Culture section of a European newspaper. Sujoe, a 13-year-old seventh-grader from Fort Worth, Texas, knew it and nailed it.
4. JAILED U.S. MARINE
Come home: A U.S. Marine who says he accidentally drove to Mexico with guns in tow is now tied to a bed in four-point restraints, a friend and fellow service member said. "I don’t think its right for any American to be in a Mexican jail treated like that. They are our neighboring ally, and it's inhumane," the friend told CNN's Nick Valencia.
5. NEW SPACE SHIP
Space cadet express: Space travelers, get ready for a new ride. The Dragon V2 got its grand reveal last night by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who showed off his company's new spacecraft in a live webcast. Dragon V2 marks a major milestone as SpaceX's first spacecraft capable of bringing humans to the International Space Station then back to Earth.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- Skywalking: One-man-band plays Star Wars theme.
- Hearing is believing: Check out these audio illusions.
- Underwater stampede: Is it a flock, a covey, a school or a herd - of manatees?
- Domino effect: It can be beautiful, when everything falls down.
- Baby, baby, baby!: One more time, 'cause they're just so cute!
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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TV icon Dick Cavett hosted "The Dick Cavett" show from 1968 – 1974. The Emmy-winning personality changed the face of television and brought a conversational style into late-night.
Tonight, the 10-part series The Sixties premieres on CNN at 9pm ET with an episode focused on the sitcoms, dramas, news programs and sporting events that shaped the nation.
We spoke with Cavett about an earlier era of television, ranging from black and white content to Carol Burnett.
Here are 5 things he misses about television from a time gone by:
#5) BLACK AND WHITE:
Cavett: When I think of the 60's, I know that I miss, strangely enough, black and white television. It might have to do that black and white in movies is more realistic than color – and you realize that as you mature.
#4) THREE CHANNELS:
Cavett: You only had 3 channels so it was easy to decide what to watch.
#3) LIVE PROGRAMMING:
Cavett: It was bloody live. When Jack Benny walked out, I knew that he was walking out at that instant at CBS ... in Hollywood and I was seeing him in Nebraska – live.
Cavett: I love the western series – there were 6 at once or 7. There aren’t any now.
#1) JACKIE GLEASON and CAROL BURNETT and NO KARDASHIANS
"What a heaven," Cavett said about the 1960's, referencing a time without these three famous faces.
SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW ABOVE
MORE: Name that 60's TV show!
In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a Florida police officer saves one boy's birthday after his mother is robbed. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.
A mom in Jacksonville, Florida, had her car stolen recently with a birthday present for her son inside.
Officer Derek Pratico was dispatched to the scene and decided to do something generous when he saw the woman couldn't afford to buy more presents.
The next morning, he bought the boy a toy police car, a cake and a card.
The officer also bought the mom a $100 gift card to help get her back on her feet.
"It's just the right thing to do," Officer Pratico said. "It's just the way I was raised."
See the full story at CNN affiliate WTLV.