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Royal Baby Watch; Telltale Signs: Is It A Boy or A Girl?; Teens Return $3,600 to Taco Bell; First Crossfit Trainer with Cerebral Palsy; Duck Gets Prosthetic Foot; George Zimmerman Trial

Aired July 2, 2013 - 08:30   ET



CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back, everybody, to NEW DAY. It is Tuesday, July 2nd. I'm Chris Cuomo.

KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, everyone. I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor Michaela Pereira. Coming up this half hour, royal baby watch is on, folks. Could there be a way to correctly guess if the Duchess of Cambridge will have a boy or a girl? I don't know, we're going to find out.

CUOMO: Plus, a little creativity goes a long way for this fella. This is a little 3D printer that gave this duck a second chance. We've got amazing video but we also have a lot of news, so let's get to Michaela for the five things you need to know. Hello, my friend.


All right, here's number one. Today, jurors in the George Zimmerman case will hear more from the lead investigator who interrogated him the night after Trayvon Martin was killed.

Fort Hood shooting suspect, Major Nadal Hassan, will be in court today. He's expected to enter a plea in his court martial for the deaths of 13 people and injury of 32 more.

Same-sex couples may have an easier time getting green cards. Immigration officials say they will now consider visa applications for same-sex spouses. It follows the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage.

The City of Boston set to host its biggest event since the marathon bombings. The annual Harborfest is expected to attract more than 2 million people.

And at number five, nearly eight months after Hurricane Sandy battered Liberty Island, the Statue of Liberty will reopen to the public for the first time, appropriately enough, on the Fourth of July. How about that?

CUOMO: That is great. I was in a fishing tournament; I was watching the island. There are so many people who are all over working to get it ready. It's going to be great.

PEREIRA: It'll be good to see her.

BOLDUAN: All right, it's going to be real great. You know what else is great? The royal baby countdown. It is great. The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth this month and speculation is rampant about whether she'll have a little prince or princess, a little boy or a little girl. But is there a science behind the guessing game?

CNN's senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, you went all the way to London to figure this out.


BOLDUAN: Is there an answer, or are we just guessing?

COHEN: There is an answer about which might be more likely. There's actually science that says that there's some telltale signs and, in the case of the royal baby, it looks like they're going to have a -- I'm not telling, you've got to watch.


COHEN (voice-over): Will Catherine give birth to a boy or girl? A prince or princess? Londoners love to guess.

(on camera): What do you think, boy or girl?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's gotta be a girl.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think she would have a boy.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Looks like a very elegant, feminine bump. So.

COHEN: So most people think pretty much just 50/50 chance either you'll have a boy or girl. Totally random. But apparently that's not true.

DR. FIONA MATHEWS, REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGIST: No, absolutely it's not true.

COHEN (voice-over): Biologist Fiona Mathews is an expert on the science of sex prediction. She says there's real evidence that the royal couple is likely to have a daughter. First, there's Catherine tiny pre-pregnancy waistline. Mathews' own study shows women who eat less are more likely to conceive a girl.

MATHEWS: One idea is that maybe boy babies or boy embryos need to have much richer food supply.

COHEN: Then there's Prince William's daring rescues as a royal Air Force pilot.

PRINCE WILLIAM: It's emotional, it's physical, it's very demanding.

MATHEWS: High-stress job, those are more likely to have girl infants than boys.

COHEN: And perhaps, most telling of all --

RICHARD QUEST, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The duchess has been admitted to hospital. She is suffering from very severe morning sickness.

COHEN: That means she's 80 percent more likely to have a girl, according to one study.

(on camera): So, girl, girl, girl.

MATHEWS: That's right.

COHEN: Are these all old wives' tales or is it real science?

MATHEWS: No, this is all real science.

COHEN (voice-over): Of course, it might be too soon to paint the royal nursery pink just yet. We'll find out the baby's gender for sure when it's posted in the Buckingham Palace courtyard, just like when Prince William was born.


BOLDUAN: All right, we were talking throughout this entire piece, because we have so many questions. I mean, so there's a way to guess the likelihood of one sex or the other, but still, there's no way to engineer it.

COHEN (on camera): No, no, no. There's no way to engineer it. There isn't. I have four girls, and on the last one, we thought what can we do to get a boy? And it didn't work. We love her so much --

BOLDUAN: You're not a mistake, sweetie. We love you so much.

So the morning sickness thing is one that I've always heard, that if you have more morning sickness, or it's more serious, then it always means a girl. Why is that?

COHEN: Yes, that is the strongest. Of all the things we talked about, that was the strongest. I think it's because the female fetus actually produces hormones of her own. So you've got your hormones as the mom, double hormones. So yes, that's really quite clear. Bad, bad morning sickness, much more likely to have a girl.

CUOMO: My grandmother was always right. She predicted the correct sex of every baby in the family. She'd write it down on a piece of paper, put it in her pocket, baby was born, she was always right.

COHEN: Oh wow, so she wouldn't tell anyone until the baby was born.

BOLDUAN: Maybe she changed what she wrote down.

CUOMO: She'd never show us what was on the paper.

COHEN: Maybe she changed it.

PEREIRA: That's how she kept her record.

CUOMO: You know her, you weren't going to argue.


BOLDUAN: She's right. Grandma Cuomo, you're always right.

CUOMO: Leave my ears alone. All right, it is time now for "The Good Stuff". You're going to want to hear this. Take a listen.

All right, this is our one for today, OK, you ready? This is great. Young people, they eat their fast food, they like to go. OK, drive- through Taco Bell, they get more than they thought when they go through. This group of guys in Kentwood, Michigan, they go through, take a listen.


KENNIDI RUE, RETURNED $3600 TO TACO BELL: It ended up being three bags of money, a lot of money, and then another wad of another of ton of 20s. We added it up and it was, like --

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was like $3,600.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, bags of cash, $3,600.


CUOMO: Right, they go there, they order their food, they get the bag, they leave. What's in the bag? Not their food, all this money. Free and clear. They could have kept it, but guess what? These kids, they think someone's going to lose their job over this. They go back to the Taco Bell, they give it back to the employee, who's crying, because she realized her mistake, and they say the best thing about going back and giving the money back, the satisfaction, but also they finally got their food.

PEREIRA: Free tacos for a year.

CUOMO: That's how good the chalupa is.

BOLDUAN: How did that money end up in a bag?

PEREIRA: I've seen them do that sometimes to disguise it not as a deposit, they'll put it inside a bag inside one of the to-go containers to make it not look so obvious.

CUOMO: It's called a gross mistake, that's what it's called, but they did the right thing. It's "The Good Stuff." Tell us more of the stories that are going on in your community like this. You tweet us @ChrisCuomo, @KateBolduan, @MichaelaCNN. You go to Facebook, use the #newday, or go to Leave us a message. We want to keep telling these stories.

BOLDUAN: Yes, let us know what you think.

So here's another one. You have definitely heard of this. Have you heard of crossfit? That's what he does. It's a highly intensive, fairly difficult workout routine. It's tough for anyone to get through just a single session. Well, now imagine doing it with cerebral palsy.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has that in this morning's "Human Factor".


SANJAY GUPTA, CNN CHIEF MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Kettle bells, pull- ups, sit-ups, squats. Just completing a crossfit workout is impressive for everyone, but for Steph Hammerman, the feat is more than impressive. It once was inconceivable.

STEPH HAMMERMAN, ADAPTIVE ATHLETE: I was born three months premature. I lost a lot of oxygen and a bunch of blood through that process.

GUPTA: Steph has cerebral palsy. That develops after trauma to the brain during or after birth. Now, people with the condition are often unsteady on their feet. They have impaired motor function, muscle coordination problems, and all of this can make crossfit training dangerous. But for Steph, it's just another obstacle to overcome.

HAMMERMAN: All of my other brothers and sisters are completely able- bodied and growing up in that world, there was no other way to live.

GUPTA: She was always active, but the inevitable freshman 15 in college made her really want to get in shape.

HAMMERMAN: And so I found a gym. I walked in, I said, "I want to become stronger, I hear crossfit's awesome, would I be able to do this?"

GUPTA: Within an hour, she was hitting the mats. With each push-up, she got stronger. Each pull-up, more intense.

HAMMERMAN: I'm determined to prove not only to the world but to myself that I'm good enough to do this.

GUPTA: Not only is she good enough to do it, she's now good enough to coach.

HAMMERMAN: Fight for it, guys. Let's go.

GUPTA: Earlier this year, she became the world's first certified crossfit trainer with cerebral palsy.

HAMMERMAN: There's no reason in this world people have to say they can't do something. If somebody really wants to do something, they're going to find a way to make it work.

GUPTA: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, reporting.

(END VIDEOTAPE) CUOMO: Tell you what, she's the good stuff. And you know what, I'm not surprised with crossfit. You know why? It's not just an exercise; they're a real community. And I bet you they brought her in and now she's one of the coaches there. Good for them.

BOLDUAN: What a rock star. That's awesome.

CUOMO: Good stuff. Got another one good for you. We're going to take a quick break. When we come back on NEW DAY, call him the $6 million duck. The fowl born with a deformed foot, aww, very sad, now fixed, very happy. Impressive technology, as well. We'll tell you about it.


CUOMO: A NEW DAY everybody. This is pretty incredible. Take a close look at this duck. This little guy was born with a backward left foot and now thanks to some very forward thinking, he doesn't miss a step.

CNN's Pamela Brown joins us with this one. This is a good one.

BOLDUAN: Duck tales.

PAMELA BROWN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This is the -- there are so many -- I don't even want to get that started right now.

This is certainly the feel good story of the day. The little duck that could, all right, I had to say that. Buttercup was born with a birth defect -- an inverted foot that made it nearly impossible for the little guy to walk, so it had to be amputated. But after a little creative thinking and some amazing technology, Buttercup is now able to walk on his own two feet.


BROWN (voice over): This little guy is no ordinary duck. Take a look at this amazing video of Buttercup taking his first steps on a prosthetic foot, created in part by a 3D printer.

MIKE GAREY, OWNER, FEATURED ANGELS: Oh look at him go. Oh my gosh look at him.

BROWN: Mike Garey has been rescuing and caring for dozens of ducks and geese at the Feathered Angels Sanctuary in Tennessee for seven years, but he's never had a duck like Buttercup before. When Buttercup was hatched as part of a biology project at a local high school, students noticed a crippling birth defect. That's when Garey took Buttercup under his wing.

GAREY: Buttercup is unique. It's worth doing you know it's worth doing to -- to help him out.

BROWN: The misformed foot was causing Buttercup so much pain, it had to be amputated, leaving Buttercup with a peg leg that he barely managed to hobble around on, but Garey had a plan to fix that.

GAREY: I just kind of thought let me think out of the box and come up with -- why can't I just make him a real foot?

BROWN: Using Buttercup's sister many foot as a model Garey created a 3D computer image, he sent it to Noble Copy a 3D printing company in Nashville, which donated its services to create an identical plastic replica. Garey and a team then worked tirelessly to recreate a hard plastic foot and softer, easier to use silicone version and finally proving he's no chicken, Buttercup bravely walked around on his own two feet.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at him go, oh, my gosh.


BROWN: He's really getting the hang of it. Isn't he?

CUOMO: The good news is they fixed his foot, the bad news is he ran away and they haven't seen him since it happened.

BROWN: That's true and he's -- they're trying to find him.

CUOMO: Not true, not true.

BROWN: Well there have been other examples, by the way, of animals with prosthetics. Remember the dolphin movie of 2011.



PEREIRA: That's right.

BROWN: With a prosthetic fin, but he's the first, Buttercup is the first with a prosthetic made from a 3D printer.

PEREIRA: 3D technology is amazing.

BROWN: It is really.

BOLDUAN: I think it's a little terrifying how they do that.

PEREIRA: If you're a duck you wouldn't.

BOLDUAN: I mean if I was a duck, I would think that was awesome. Sorry to the duck population.

Thank you so much. Chris is holding himself back. That's actually very good and unusual.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, what the heck is this?

CUOMO: We're going to do this.

PEREIRA: This is fun.

BOLDUAN: This is coming up on NEW DAY, you don't want to miss it.

CUOMO: We are going to do this.

BOLDUAN: Bubble soccer, bubble football.



CUOMO: Welcome back, everybody. John Berman, NEW DAY award of the day award. What do you got?

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: We're going to do something a little different today. I'm going to give you one of the runner ups here. And I want to show you something it's going to be hard for you to believe that this did not win, but take a look at this.

What is this, you ask? It is bubble soccer, or a football. Because it's most recently (ph) a European thing, they are much more into plastics and inflatables than we are apparently.

CUOMO: Really?


BERMAN: But this is what happens when people get dressed up as giant beach balls and try to play soccer. It is ingenious this video is from the Netherlands. This sport has been around for a while and they're apparently teams and games and they really do this. And I know what you're thinking, what can possibly be more impressive than this?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Introducing Perfect Polly the pet parakeet that chumps the light when you enter the room. This life-sized replica mimics the sounds and movements of a real parakeet in the wild.


BERMAN: All right that's right this is a fake pet parakeet. Now you might be wondering why would anyone want a fake pet parakeet. Well, apparently there is an answer. Listen.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Parakeets are the most popular pet bird in the world, but they require a lot of care. Now Perfect Polly brings you all the joy and none of the mess.


BERMAN: So like all of you, apparently, I'm a firm believer of the free market and capitalism. And this speaks to the greatness of America.

BOLDUAN: Yes. BERMAN: If someone is selling a fake pet parakeet, there must be a market for a fake pet parakeet. Someone out there who wants a fake pet that makes loud annoying noises, doesn't fly, requires batteries, but at least doesn't go to the bathroom. So Perfect Polly is today's winner of the "Bird in Hand Award."

CUOMO: Very nice the (inaudible) parakeet.

BERMAN: How much is a bird in hand worth, you might ask?

CUOMO: How much?

BERMAN: Not more than $200, it's worth $14.99.

BOLDUAN: There you go. That's all you need to know.

BERMAN: Thank you.

CUOMO: John Berman, thank you very much. Think on that over this commercial break. See you in a second.


CUOMO: That's it, everybody, for Michaela, Kate, and I; thank you for watching NEW DAY.

"CNN NEWSROOM" with Carol Costello begins right now.

Good morning, my friend Carol, how are you?

PEREIRA: Hey Carol.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning, thanks to a great start to a NEW DAY. I appreciate it.

CUOMO: Any time.

COSTELLO: "NEWSROOM" starts now.


COSTELLO (voice-over): Breaking right now: Serino on the stand.

BERNIE DE LA RIONDA, PROSECUTOR: I call investigator and officer Chris Serino --

COSTELLO: The man you saw in George Zimmerman's re-enactment video --

CHRIS SERINO, LEAD INVESTIGATOR: You're still in this position here basically laying down here --

COSTELLO: -- back on the stand in just minutes. The night, the route of Zimmerman's car, the moments before the attack.

GEORGE ZIMMERMAN, ON TRIAL FOR DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN: He walked past me and he kept looking at my car. COSTELLO: Must-see testimony straight ahead. Will the defense have another banner day, courtesy of the prosecution?

MARK O'MARA, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: Do you think he was telling the truth?