5 things you need 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.
1. TRAYVON MARTIN'S PARENTS
Stunned by acquittal:
We finally heard from Trayvon Martin's parents for the first time since George Zimmerman was found not guilty. And they say the verdict was shocking and unexpected. "Does the system work? It didn't work for us," Trayvon's father, Tracy, told "AC 360" last night. Meanwhile, protesters who want Florida to nix its "stand your ground" law say they'll continue to camp out at the state capitol - even though the governor has said he's not going to call a special session to do it. And the Justice Department has asked Sanford police to hold all the evidence related to the case. What does this mean? We don't know.
The Midwest will finally get some relief from the heat today. But don't bring out the bubbly just yet. A cold front will sweep into the area, but it will also bring severe thunderstorms and some tornadoes. You folks in the Northeast? You'll be sweating through an extra day of heat today before a cooler front hits tomorrow.
3. DZOKHAR TSARNAEV
The not-so-glamorous shots:
Earlier this week, a Rolling Stone cover showed the Boston bombing suspect, tousle-haired and sultry-eyed, staring intently into the camera. Well, a police photographer who called that photo "an insult" released his own batch yesterday. His show Dzokhar Tsarnaev coming out of the boat that cops found him hiding in. His face is smeared with blood; his forehead's glowing red from the laser of a sniper rifle. The police photog says they show "the real Boston bomber." The Massachusetts state police are not happy. They say they didn't OK the pictures to be released.
4. ROYAL BABY WATCH
The lil' tot is not here yet, but paranoia is already setting in. Is the world's media camped outside the wrong hospital? A British newspaper says a contingency plan is in place for the duchess to give birth at a hospital in Reading, if she goes into labor while staying at her parents' home. Then there's St. Mary's Hospital in London, about 40 miles away, where everyone expects her to deliver. Prince William can handle a last-minute change -- he's a helicopter pilot and whatnot. Add the hospital to the other list of unknowns. Due date, boy or girl, name ...
5. DETROIT BANKRUPTCY
Sinking under billions of dollars in debt, the city filed for bankruptcy yesterday, making it the largest in U.S. history to do so. The move could slash pension benefits to city workers and retirees, and leave bond holders with only pennies on the dollar. Public workers are sure to demand that the city not be allowed to walk away from obligations made to employees and retirees.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Mean mower, indeed:
With a speed of over 130 mph, this ain't your granddaddy's lawn mower. Honda says its new mower hits 0-60 in four seconds. But don't expect to go all Flash Gordon on your lawn ... the so-called "mean machine" cuts grass at around 15 mph.
Fire at fireworks factory:
A fireworks factory is probably among the last places a fire crew wants to tackle. But they were forced to do just that Wednesday in Rochester, Indiana. Thankfully, no one was in the building and no one was hurt. But the sky lit up with plumes of flames and flashes of fireworks.
Beat of his own drum:
What's up with these Canadian drummers. You thought Rush's Neil Peart was awesome. Well, check out Tom Grosset. He can hit 1,208 single strokes in 60 seconds. That's about 20 smacks on the skins in one second!!!! He's so fast, the folks over at World's Fastest Drummer say he set a record.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.