5 Things to Know for Your New Day -- Monday, December 9
CNN — (CNN) -- A lingering winter storm dumps more snow and ice, world leaders gather to honor Nelson Mandela, and a New Jersey waitress loses her job in a possible tip hoax.
It's Monday, and here are the "5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. WINTER STORM
Ice, ice, baby:
Texas got it over the weekend, and the East Coast gets it today. The National Weather Service says the worst will be from central Virginia to southeast New York. Some areas might see a quarter-inch of ice before temperatures rise late Monday morning and the storm system moves on. Any fallout? Sure, just look at all stranded travelers who're now living at airports. The nasty wintry weather canceled thousands of flights - a good number of them at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
2. MANDELA MEMORIAL
Remembering a titan:
Dozens of world leaders are on their way to Johannesburg to mourn anti-apartheid leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela. President Barack Obama and the first lady will be joined by former Presidents Bush, Clinton and Carter. With 91 heads of state (and counting), this expected to be the largest gathering of leaders in Africa's history. It'll be held at a 90,000-seat soccer stadium, but even that may not be enough to accommodate everyone.
3. WAITRESS HOAX
Remember Dayna Morales, who got lots of online love - and some serious cash donations - after she said a family stiffed her on her tip because she was gay? One problem: That's not exactly what happened. And now the restaurant and Morales have gone their separate ways. It was a joint decision. At least that's what the restaurant said. We haven't heard from her yet. A TV station revealed that the family had indeed left her a tip - almost 20%.
4. THRILL KILLING
Cops say newlyweds Elytte and Miranda Barbour were just looking for someone to kill together. They say the couple tried it before, but the plan didn't pan out. Troy LaFerrara was the unlucky one. He answered a Craigslist ad that Miranda allegedly placed -- one looking for "men who wanted companionship." And, police say, he met his death in her red Honda CR-V, stabbed repeatedly by Miranda Barbour while her husband strangled him with a cord. After that, the couple allegedly dumped the body, cleaned up the SUV and headed to a strip club. After all, it was Elytte's 22nd birthday.
Off a cliff:
Another case involving a newlywed couple heads to trial today. Jordan Linn Graham faces first- and second-degree murder charges in the death of her 25-year-old husband, Cody Johnson. Prosecutors have accused her of murdering her husband by shoving him off a cliff at Glacier National Park in Montana. Her federal public defender says Johnson's death was an accident.
5. FORMER SAN DIEGO MAYOR
Paying the price:
It's sentencing day for former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. Under a plea deal, he'll get his punishment for kissing or grabbing three women at campaign events or City Hall. The 71-year-old pleaded guilty in October. There's no prison time, but Filner will get three months of home confinement, three years of probation and mandatory mental health treatment. Fines, court fees and restitution will also be tacked on. This year, 19 women accused him of offensive behavior during his tenure as mayor and 20 years as a congressman.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Silent Night, crazy night:
The students at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, have this fun tradition. It's called Silent Night. At the annual basketball game on the Friday before final exams, the students fill the gym, but stay dead quiet - not a peep - until the 10th point is scored. What happens next, you ask? All you-know-what breaks loose. Students cheer, storm the court, dance ... You get the idea.
What's more patriotic than pasta and Pearl Harbor? Nevermind. The SpaghettiOs PR folks got into some hot water over the weekend, using a certain circular noodle to honor the memory of those who died in the 1941 attack. Perhaps folks thought they weren't taking it seriously enough.
Things that make you go hmmm:
New York Times political editor Carolyn Ryan has folks in the Twitterverse curious this morning. She's posted a series of cryptic tweets previewing a "groundbreaking story." Twitter went into a guessing frenzy. Of course, lots of folks guessed at what it might be. Some serious, some not. One says the story involves Mick Jager confessing to "getting a lot satisfaction since 1966." But, in any case, there was enough interest to prompt the hashtag #nytguesses.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.