Five things to know for your New Day
Welcome to the Friday edition of "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
Every weekday morning around 6, we'll hit the top five stories of the day and clue you in on a few other buzzy items.
1. ZIMMERMAN TRIAL
Decision time nears:
We're likely to get more verbal fireworks when Mark O'Mara, George Zimmerman's lead attorney, makes his closing arguments today. We're pretty certain he won't start or close with a knock-knock joke.
Yesterday a prosecutor painted Zimmerman as angry, armed and on a power trip. Today, O'Mara has three hours in which he'll try to convince the six-woman jury his client had to shoot. After that, the prosecution can offer a rebuttal to O'Mara's remarks. And then the verdict watch begin.
2. ASIANA CRASH PROBE
"Mountains of information":
In a few days, the NTSB will head back to Washington and start to go through the evidence it has gathered. The head of the agency says the investigation will be a priority, but it will take about a year to go through "mountains of information."
Meanwhile, the San Francisco runway where the crash happened should reopen this weekend.
3.GAS PRICE SPIKE
You might want to fill up today:
Or you might want to get that bus pass reloaded. Oil prices have been headed up recently, which means gas prices are about to jump. So if you don't have $4 a gallon gas now, by August ....
4. FACEBOOK TEEN FREE
Mystery donor pays bail:
Justin Carter still has a long legal battle ahead for his comments made on Facebook. But after five months in jail, the teenager, who police say threatened to shoot up a school, was happy to be out on bail.
5. WILD WEATHER
Road to recovery:
It's cleanup time for thousands of people hit by this week's floods or mudslides. For some, it may be only temporary as the remnants of a tropical storm are headed toward the rain-soaked Southeast. They'd probably like that rain in the West, where wildfires are raging.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
-- Don't forget the tinfoil:
So the maintenance team at Death Valley National Park has a hard enough job as it is. I mean, it's hot enough to fry an egg out there. And that's what people are doing after watching a video on the park's YouTube channel. Except ... people need to stop just cracking eggs on the sidewalk and leaving their trash behind. We're sorry to say this, park folks. Yolks on you.
-- Hedge funds get saucy:
Businessweek's cover for this week was stirring up some excitement on them Internets. Who knew an aggressively managed portfolio of investments that uses advanced investment strategies such as leveraged, long, short and derivative positions in both domestic and international markets with the goal of generating high returns could be so exciting! Businessweek has a story on their site about the making of the cover. We're surprised the one with no pants wasn't the final choice.
-- Da Vinci would be proud:
It might not get you from Toronto to Montreal, but a human-powered helicopter recently flew for just over a minute to win a $250,000 prize. Thing is, only one person can get on, and he had to pedal a bike as fast as he can. But it is cool to watch what this Canadian team did.
-- Sharks? Tornado? It's SHARKNADO!:
You mean you haven't heard? Following on the heels of other bizarre, campy original movies on SyFy such as "Megapython vs. Gatoroid" and "Sharktopus" comes SHARKNADO! It's about sharks. In a tornado. Starring Tara Reid and Ian Ziering (from the original 90210.) It aired last night -- as if you didn't know. And from the looks of it, it was terrible -- and great. So we have some suggestions for the next movies -- Vol-canine-o! Zombees! Tsunanimal! Or maybe Ice Storm Zebra? Or sharks as a peacekeeping force -- SharkNATO.
-- And the marriage proposals will roll in:
Some of us are constantly changing our profile pictures on Facebook, while others don't think it's such a bad thing to keep the same one up for months. Who cares if it's from five years ago?
Well, in India, some people want to make sure they have the perfect display image.
So they are getting plastic surgery. Plastic surgery. Let that sink in. They say they want to make a good first impression that will lead to a romantic connection. OK, go on with your bad self.
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