Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, July 24, 2014
It took Joseph Wood nearly two hours to die during yesterday's lethal injection.
July 24th, 2014
12:13 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Thursday, July 24, 2014

A botched lethal injection raises questions in Arizona. The U.S. presses diplomacy in the Middle East. And the GOP and White House can't get together on immigration reform.

It's Thursday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."


Botched? Another lethal injection and with it more questions about whether it was carried out humanely. During Arizona's execution of Joseph Wood last night, he snorted and struggled to breathe during the nearly two hours it took him to die, his attorney said. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has directed the Department of Corrections to review the process, saying she's concerned about the length of time it took to carry out the lethal injection. A federal judge ordered local officials to preserve all physical evidence in Wood's execution.

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In mourning: Another 74 coffins are expected to arrive in the Netherlands today as recovery teams continue the grim task of transferring the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 from Ukraine. The Boeing 777 with 298 people aboard was shot down a week ago over the nation's east, where separatist rebels are in control. Of the victims, 193 were Dutch citizens. The transfer of remains is expected to be completed by Friday.

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Diplomatic efforts: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is burning up the diplomacy trail, trying to secure a cease-fire in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas. "Over the last few days, Secretary Kerry has been engaged with the Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Europeans, the UN, the Arab League, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and the UAE to determine how to achieve an end to the current violence and build a process that can create a sustainable path forward," White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz said. About 700 Palestinians and 35 Israelis - 32 soldiers and three civilians - have died in the conflict.

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A billion here, a billion there: House Republicans and the White House are far apart when it comes to paying for the country's immigration crisis along the southern border. The $1.5 billion funding package they offered yesterday is almost $1 billion smaller than the version introduced by Senate Democrats a day earlier and is less than half of the $3.7 billion President Barack Obama requested. Republicans want changes in policy before they kick in any more money.

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In treatment: A doctor who has played a key role in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone is infected with the disease, according to that country's Ministry of Health. Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan is being treated by the French aid group Doctors Without Borders at a hospital in the capital city, Freetown. Until falling ill, Khan had been overseeing Ebola treatment and isolation units at a government hospital, about 185 miles (298 kilometers) east of Freetown. Sierra Leone has had 427 confirmed cases of Ebola and 144 deaths.

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

- Kid talk: These baby goats seem to have a lot to say. Get down with your baaaad self.

- That was close: Check out this near miss between a motorcycle and cyclist. They were only inches from disaster.

- Summer band camp song: Who says chorus kids can't be cool? Listen to this great version of “Royals” by Lorde. And it's in Irish.

- Cardboard stories: Homeless folks in Orlando share their sagas on bits of cardboard.

- Oh deer: This curious four-legged friend gives the camera a lick.

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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  1. Tobias de Vlamingh

    How on earth can I start a day with 5 sick stories? Probably selected by someone very SICK!!

    July 24, 2014 at 10:27 am | Reply
  2. Kenya S

    As for the figure skater, model and football player...whos to say that was the REASON they became homeless??? They were given a small piece of cardboard to "sum up" their life. With so few words to spare maybe they just wanted to show something they were PROUD of about themselves and not just focus on what people already know or may think they know about them. I think the point of the video is to say hey I didnt plan on being homeless. Once upon a time I was successful. No one deserves homelessness. Anything can happen to anyone.

    July 24, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  3. Stacy

    As for Joseph Wood – I don't care how much he suffered. Was it as long as his ex-girlfriend and her father suffered when he shot them? I say 2 hours isn't nearly long enough.

    July 24, 2014 at 9:55 am | Reply
  4. BillMac

    Maybe Mr. Kerry would have better luck in the Mid-east if he burned up the diplomatic TRAIL and not the diplomatic trial!

    "U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is burning up the diplomacy trial"

    July 24, 2014 at 9:38 am | Reply
  5. RCP

    Kathy, WADR, your post is sad. I'm an Accountant who lives paycheck to paycheck, primarily because I have chosen to work for a Non-Profit that feeds/shelters the homeless. By your reasoning, I should quit, and get a "real" job with a "real" firm and make lots of money. But then, where, pray tell, would the less fortunate be? While I do find the amounts that some pro athletes make to be obscene, the arts and other entertainment fields (including pro sports) are part of what separates humanity from non-sentient species and make life worth living. The world has enough money grubbers.

    July 24, 2014 at 9:37 am | Reply
  6. Sue

    I think the point that people are missing is that many homeless people also have mental illnesses that prevent them from holding a job, even with schooling or training.

    July 24, 2014 at 9:18 am | Reply
  7. Raging Dragon

    @Kathy There but for the grace of God, indeed. Try "Judge not lest ye be judged." What you call a "fluff" careers are among those that often make life worth living, or give enjoyment to those who have what you call "REAL" careers. The truth of the matter is that society doesn't need more MBAs. It doesn't NEED more CEOs. It doesn't NEED more bankers, stock brokers, politicians, lawyers or executives. Those "REAL" careers are worthless to society because it will survive without them. But artists, figure skaters, singers, musicians, and even models... These people are or make beautiful things upon which we can reflect and find peace, serenity or just contemplation. They are much more meaningful to society, because without them, we don't have a society, we have a highly technological ant hill.

    July 24, 2014 at 8:32 am | Reply
  8. Glenn

    "...during the nearly two hours it took him to die..."
    Who cares? Where is the sympathy for his victims... for what got him the lethal injection to begin with? Who's to say how many people have suffered as a result of his CHOICE to violate laws against humanity?

    July 24, 2014 at 8:30 am | Reply
  9. robin

    I love my "5 things to start your day". Thank you.

    July 24, 2014 at 8:12 am | Reply
  10. Kathy

    Sometimes I think about how I and so many other people I know are one paycheck away from being homeless. I know quite a few people who became seriously ill (cancer, serious car accidents, MS, Parkinson's) and were let go from their jobs after they exhausted all of their FMLA and disability time at their jobs. All I can say is "There but for the grace of God".

    But....I have a little trouble feeling sympathetic for the figure skater, the girl who went to "modeling school", and the guy who was on the practice squad of the Buffalo Bills. All I can say to those people is.....maybe. ..MAYBE if you would have sought out a REAL career that contributed to society instead of just giving people something to look at.....MAYBE you might still have a good job. I have no sympathy for people who go for what I call "fluff" careers, things a society really doesn't NEED to survive. All they did was give other people something to look at. Big deal.

    July 24, 2014 at 7:55 am | Reply
    • Emily

      If everybody in the world went to law school, medical school, or engineering school, there wouldn't be ANY figure skaters or models, and there would be a whole lot of unemployed doctors, lawyers, and engineers. Do you have any idea how an economy works? Did you know that there are doctors that specialize in treating dancers? Where would their jobs be if there weren't people in "fluffy" careers? What about magazine corporations that cover photoshoots? Also not necessary for an economy, right? But where would all the people in HR be? IT? The legal department? Or are those not "real" jobs either? The modelling industry, along with supporting media and clothing companies, which I guess people like you don't believe are a part of society, also supports camera manufacturers. They contract architects to build their studios, electricians to wire their lighting, piping manufacturers. Who do you think builds football stadiums, leprechauns? Those are real people doing a real job to feed their families. There are so many more components to those industries than just the performers, but golly gee, wouldn't you know that in order to have a successful business, they NEED to have performers.

      The fact of the matter is, the job market is terrible right now. While you may not think that society "needs" careers like that, society does need jobs, and fields like that open up so many. How dare you say that someone deserves to be homeless because they didn't pick a good enough job for you? If anything I have even more respect for these people, because they dared to try and follow their dreams, put as much time into college as you did, studied as hard as you did, worked as hard as you did, and they still have to face people like you telling them it was their own fault for not picking a better career.

      July 24, 2014 at 8:54 am | Reply
      • Stacy

        Well said Emily. But, I will say if you are going for one of these types of careers, you should plan for what happens if you don't make it big. Faith in yourself is a great thing, but so many try and so many don't succeed.
        A football player should at least consider what he might want to do if he receives a career-ending injury. A dancer may want to think about a back up plan if she gets sick. Nothing wrong with a little planning ahead.

        July 24, 2014 at 9:49 am |
      • Andrew

        Couldn't have said it better myself. These people are entertainers and without them, our world would be a boring place. Props to them for doing what they love. Too many people focused on money nowadays

        July 24, 2014 at 9:52 am |
    • Iris Tso

      Who are you to decide what constitutes a "real" career and what doesn't? If those people were chasing their dreams they already had a better life than half the working people in America. Most people work from paycheck to paycheck in a job that they hate, and because these people didn't wish to do that they get less sympathy than the next person? In that case, who needs your sympathy! Who cares if they didn't contribute in the way that you think they should have? For thousands of people those jobs are fun to see and entertaining to watch. That's how they contribute. Same with music, books, and technology. None of it is really needed but it is here to stay.

      July 24, 2014 at 9:03 am | Reply

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