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Food Truck Explosion; Soccer Frenzy; USA's Epic Finish; Black Student Accused of Mocking White Peers

Aired July 2, 2014 - 08:30   ET



MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: Here we go with the five things you need to know for your NEW DAY.

We start with number one. Of course, Tropical Storm Arthur, we're watching it. It's expected to become a hurricane by tomorrow. It could wash out your plans for the Fourth of July weekend and the plans for millions of people along the East Coast.

Team USA going home from the World Cup but with their heads held high. They lost in a thrilling much to Belgium, 2-1 in extra time in the tournament's knockout round.

Violence breaking out in Jerusalem after a young boy's body was found overnight. Israeli police say they're looking into whether it was retaliation for the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers.

In Washington today, a detention hearing for the suspected leader of the 2012 attack in the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Ahmed Abu Khattala has been charged in the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Protesters blocking three busloads of migrants from entering a federal facility in Riverside County, California, Tuesday. The border patrol is expected to fly more undocumented immigrants to California today to relieve crowding at border facilities in Texas that are overwhelmed.

We are always updating those five things to know. Be sure to go to for the very latest.



An unbelievable explosion on the streets of Philadelphia. You have to see it. The blast from a food truck, right there, captured on surveillance video. It sent 12 people to the hospital. Two are still in critical condition this morning. CNN's Miguel Marquez has been following it for us.

I just cannot believe that it didn't offer (ph) more injured.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It looks like something out of a war zone.


MARQUEZ: And authorities are concerned, obviously, because we all go to these food trucks. They are everywhere these days. And as horrible as that explosion looks, amazingly enough, no one died.


MARQUEZ (voice-over): Caught on camera, this food truck blowing up, sending massive flames and billowing smoke into the sky. It looks like something out of a war zone. It's not. The explosion of a food truck serving Mexican food taking place right around dinnertime, around 5:30 Tuesday evening. It took place here in Philadelphia's Feltonville neighborhood. The food truck parked in front of an auto repair shop.

LATOYA PAGE, FOOD TRUCK EXPLOSION VICTIM: I heard the boom first and then the fire just came out of nowhere.

MARQUEZ: Twenty-four-year-old Latoya Paige was one of the 12 blast victims rushed to the hospital.

PAGE: I was walking by and the truck just blew up. And I just saw the fire. And the fire just hit me and I started running.

MARQUEZ: She was released last night.

PAGE: I have first-degree burn on my whole left side.

MARQUEZ: Eyewitnesses say when this Laparriada (ph) Trapina (ph) food truck exploded, parts of the truck and the propane tank were sent flying.

CHIEF INSPECTOR SCOTT SMALL, FELTONVILLE POLICE: It appears, preliminarily, that the cause of this explosion was a propane tank.

MARQUEZ: A passing car even singed in the crossfire.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: That pole over there caught on fire, all the way up to the top.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: My whole house shook like an earthquake.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I was walking and I literally like missed a step one foot to another. I mean it rocked me.

MARQUEZ: According to CNN affiliate KYW, a mother and daughter were working inside the truck when it blew up. They are the two seriously burned. The cause of the explosion, under investigation.

SMALL: This lunch truck actually has two similar propane tanks in the rear of the truck. One of them is still intact. The other one exploded. (END VIDEOTAPE)

MARQUEZ: Now, one of those propane tanks ended up about 150 feet in someone's backyard and now all eyes turn to the two women who were in that truck when it exploded. Clearly burning so quickly that they did not die, but they have suffered burns and we're hoping for a good update from them later today.

BOLDUAN: Let's hope so. I mean what -- you just can't believe the video every time you see it.

MARQUEZ: Shocking. Yes.

BOLDUAN: Thanks, Miguel. Thanks so much.

MARQUEZ: You got it.

PEREIRA: Up ahead on NEW DAY, a racial controversy that everyone's talking about. If you aren't, you will be. A black student punished for mocking her white classmates in these photos. Did she go too far and did the school do the right thing? We'll break town this complex story.

But first, let's head to Brazil for a little more sunshine from our Chris.

CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: So here we are in beautiful Brazil, where something not so beautiful happened last night for the U.S. team. But, but, but victory takes many shapes. They already succeeded. Why? It wasn't just about the World Cup, it was about winning with you back home. And, boy, did they. Wait until you see how the U.S. embraced soccer like never before, in large part because of another man who wears number one on his chest, but he is a special man named Tim Howard, the man of the match. News coming up.


CUOMO: You know who they're cheering for? Themselves. One of the reasons I have a one on my chest is because America is now one nation with one team when it comes to soccer. It was never just about what happened here in Brazil. Was it? Wasn't it always about U.S. soccer finally winning over American hearts and minds? Because they have, like never before. All across the country, record numbers of viewers. Forty-two percent of people 18 to 29 say they followed the World Cup and the U.S. closely. This is the stuff of new territory for I guess we'll call it football number two in the U.S.? Take a look with George Howell, who was in Chicago, of what was going on all across the country in the love and pursuit of U.S. soccer.


GEORGE HOWELL, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Soccer watch parties around the country, in Chicago, the headquarters of U.S. soccer.

CROWD: USA! USA! HOWELL: They say some 25,000 people packed into Soldier Field to watch

the U.S. team take on Belgium. At AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, organizers estimate more than 10,000 soccer fans filled the stands. There were big crowds from Seattle to Washington, D.C., on Pennsylvania Avenue. And in San Francisco as well, where you could hardly find a bar or pub where people weren't glued to the screen.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It was one of the most exciting games I've seen so far. It was exciting until the end.

HOWELL: There was so much excitement, not just about this game against Belgium, but also about the sport of soccer in the U.S.


CROWD: I believe!

OBAMA: I believe!

HOWELL: Even President Obama weighed in with hopes for a win.

OBAMA: Go, go, go!

HOWELL: But no offense to the president, online people were tweeting, "Tim Howard for president," raving about the 16 saves he made on the field.


HOWELL: Then there was that goal scored by Julian Green, brought back the hope the U.S. might win this one. It made for a moment of celebration in the home of U.S. soccer star Clint Dempsey. But then, minutes later, when the game ended, collective sigh of disappointment. Even after this loss on the field, some say the country actually gained something here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think every four years we kind of see a huge peak in interest of the sport. A lot of kind of general sports fans come in, a lot of kind of just general people that aren't necessarily sports fans come in and I think a lot of them stick around once they realize how much fun the sport can be.

HOWELL: In fact, television ratings for the games have been the best for a non-football event according to ESPN. The game may very well have hooked America on what the rest of the world calls futbol.

George Howell, CNN, Chicago.


CUOMO: New to the U.S., maybe, but far from new. Well played, George Howell, bringing us the spirit of the country getting behind this team.

Let's bring in Lara Baldesarra. She is the anchor of "World Sport" on CNNI. You've been the man of the match for us here at the World Cup. Thank you for helping me down here. I look up to you, and not just because you're standing on top of a car. Now, let me ask you this. The U.S. and soccer, OK, it has been, you know, a slow going romance, but do you believe that this is more than a flash point, this is culture change?

LARA BALDESARRA, CNN INTERNATIONAL ANCHOR "WORLD SPORTS": Absolutely. Hands down, 100 percent, the numbers show it, the viewing shows it. The way the fans got into this World Cup, that absolutely shows it. And now U.S. soccer has a face. They have Tim Howard, a very heavily bearded face, I might add, but -

CUOMO: Handsome. Handsome.

BALDESARRA: Oh, sure, handsome. Your word. It's OK, I'll take it. But, yes. No, they have a face and that is who we'll be seen as the face of U.S. soccer for let's hope at least four more years moving forward to the next World Cup. It's actually kind of strange, though, because if you had asked me who could become the face of U.S. soccer ahead of the World Cup, I would have said hands down Clint Dempsey. Landon Donovan is no more. It was Clint Dempsey's time to break through and shine. But he didn't come through in the clutch. It was Tim Howard.

CUOMO: Absolutely. That's true. You've got to perform at the end of the day. You know, if you're in sports and you're going to be, you know, or let's say, I don't like the word hero, we use it too much, but if you're going to be a celebrated figure in sport, you've got to perform at the end of the day.

BALDESARRA: I'll call -- I like to call him a sports hero.

CUOMO: Sports hero?


CUOMO: All right. I'll go with that. That's good.


CUOMO: See, I would have said Tim Howard's a natural. Why? He's got the unique American look. You know, the bravado, the tattoos. But there's this big moral backstop to him as well. He's a big man of faith. He's a family man. All right, so the question then becomes going forward, seeing how he's 35, you know, I mean looks like Hercules, but maybe he doesn't want to keep it going. How does the U.S. get better? Why aren't we in the top five athletically in this sport like we are in every other?

BALDESARRA: There's actually a number of youngsters that are up and coming and Jurgen Klinsmann has been very, very good at recruiting all of those youngsters. We saw Julian Green really say hello to the world during this final game. We saw DeAndre Yedlin. But the keeper that was on the bench, who was Tim Howard's number two, that's Brad Guzan. He plays in the premier league, much like Tim Howard, so he could become the next goalkeeper in the next World Cup.

CUOMO: And now, hopefully, with the enthusiasm, you have all these kids like happened at my house. I just got off the phone with my son Mario, late for camp as usual, and he was saying that after the match they went out, he was kicking the ball, his brazuka (ph) that we brought him from down here.


CUOMO: And he wants to be the next Tim Howard.

BALDESARRA: Absolutely.

CUOMO: That's the real victory, isn't it?

BALDESARRA: And picture this, Tim Howard as a commentator during the next World Cup.

CUOMO: That's what I'm -- and maybe before the cup.


CUOMO: Maybe you get the MLS going.


CUOMO: Lara Baldesarra, she is the woman of the match for us here at the World Cup. You've been great. It's been great being with you here.

BALDESARRA: Thank you.

CUOMO: Back to you in New York.

PEREIRA: What a team in Brazil for us, CNN is so fortunate.

All right, next up on NEW DAY, quite a story that's going to get you talking. A high school class president forced to step down because she made fun of white culture. Who crossed the line, the student or the school in their reaction? We'll have more on that next.


PEREIRA: This one's sure to get you talking. A racial controversy you don't normally see. A black student under fire for mocking whites. Maya Peterson was the first black female class president of her elite private high school when she was forced to resign over this Instagram picture. She's dressed in preppy clothes, labeled the photo "Lawrenceville boi." She says it's meant to depict a typical male school at the New Jersey school, white and Republican, but she emphasized her point with hash tags like "Romney 2016" and "confederate." Students accused Peterson of insulting her white male classmates. She was then told to resign or face punishment. So she decided to step down.

Let's weigh through it all with Sunny Hostin. She's a CNN legal analyst and a former federal prosecutor and a parent.


PEREIRA: And just an all-around great lady.

HOSTIN: Oh, thank you.

PEREIRA: Got instinct on this right off the bat and then we'll dig into it?

HOSTIN: You know, I think it's wrong. Gut instinct is, in our culture, at this point in time, we have to have a zero tolerance for any form of disparagement based upon race. And so what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

PEREIRA: Fair point.

HOSTIN: Had it been a white student making fun of a black student, a white student in black face, a white student dressed in a typical sort of what -- stereotypical black cultural way, we would be up in arms, right? Everyone would be furious. And so the fact now that it's sort of been spun on its head, I think is wrong.

PEREIRA: I'm going to pull a little Chris Cuomo and do point, counter point. Let's talk about that intent. She said it was meant in fun.

HOSTIN: It doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. I mean it's not funny.

PEREIRA: She also -- if you just look at the images, they're just of average clothing, what have you. It's the hashtags that --

HOSTIN: It shows her intent.

PEREIRA: That shows more intent. If you just took the pictures, there's nothing disparaging about hockey playing and wearing a Yale T- shirt.

HOSTIN: Right. I think that's right. But I think when she sort of puts her intent out there by the hashtag -- and we know, we know, right, that we write what we mean -


HOSTIN: When we sort of hashtag it.

PEREIRA: The hashtag does it, right.

HOSTIN: The hashtag does it. It's really clear. She also, I think, hashtagged "peaked in high school." And so we know where her head was at and it's just - it's something that cannot be tolerated. And I think it's a really teachable moment, actually, not only for her, but for people in general, students in general. Social media, the power of social media, is really, really important. And bottom line is, employers, college admissions officers, I will tell you, I was a managing director -

PEREIRA: They watch.

HOSTIN: One of the first things I did was looked at someone's Instagram, looked at someone's Facebook page and looked at someone's Twitter account.


HOSTIN: And so there's no question that this will follow her forever. And what I am really disappointed in is her reaction.

PEREIRA: Peterson said that she actually reported other incidents of discrimination. Buzz Feed said - reports that other students have had racial incidents on campus, confederate flag being displayed in the boarding houses -


PEREIRA: Racist words being used kind of casually.

HOSTIN: Uh-huh.

PEREIRA: She says the school did nothing about it. So here's my question. Is this hypocritical of the school for not doing anything about these students' complaints, yet taking action here?

HOSTIN: I think absolutely. I mean I think if the school dropped - if this is true and the school dropped the ball and didn't address it, the school has a lot of work to do because, again, it has to be zero, zero tolerance for this kind of behavior.

PEREIRA: It's that fine line between social commentary and offensive commentary.

HOSTIN: I think so.

PEREIRA: Hopefully it will be seen as a teaching moment for (INAUDIBLE).

HOSTIN: I think so. It's such a teachable moment for our young people. And I think what was so disappointing for me in this situation is that her response was sort of, you know, whatever. It happens. And she has no remorse. And so I don't know that it's the teachable moment that it should be for this particular student, but -

PEREIRA: But maybe for someone else.

HOSTIN: But maybe for someone else out there.

PEREIRA: Sunny Hostin, we always appreciate you being with us. Thanks so much.

HOSTIN: Thanks for having me.

PEREIRA: We're going to take a short break, but we want to go back to Bahia, Brazil, with Chris to take a look back at Team USA's amazing run to the World Cup. We'll be back in a flash.


CUOMO: Oh, it's been great to be here in Brazil. One of the best things about the job is witnessing major events and helping give some perspective to what things mean. So, thank you for letting me be down here for you. And, ladies, thank you so much for keeping it down back at home. Appreciate it. love being here but miss you very much.


BOLDUAN: Well, it's been fun to watch you and share in the excitement with you down there. We really have all kind of gotten caught up in a very good way with all this World Cup fever. It's been really fun.


INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: Especially with the numero uno on the shirt there, buddy.

PEREIRA: Exactly. Very subtle. Great for U.S. soccer too. I can't wait to see where it goes from here.

BOLDUAN: No kidding. Let's hope it goes big! Go big or go home, that's what Chris always says, right?


PEREIRA: That's the big number on his chest.

PETERSONS: Thank you.

PEREIRA: Couldn't be a subtle one. No, not our Chris.

BOLDUAN: No, not in - not on our show.

PEREIRA: He doesn't do subtle.

BOLDUAN: Neither do we. That's all for us. Hope you had a great day and hope you have a good day. We've got a lot of news to cover, so let's get you over to the "Newsroom" with Carol Costello.

Hi, Carol.

CAROL COSTELLO, CNN ANCHOR: Hi. Have a great day and a great holiday. NEWSROOM starts now.