5 things you need to know Friday

A visitor to One World Observatory looks over Manhattan.

1. New York skyline now open for your viewing pleasure.

It has been 14 years since New Yorkers and visitors have been able to gaze upon the whole city from a skyscraper in lower Manhattan, but Friday changes that with the opening of One World Observatory inside One World Trade Center. Besides panoramic views from one of the tallest buildings in the world, visitors will experience cutting-edge technology like gesture-recognition interactives and real-time videos of NYC in the floor.

As a bonus for NYC dwellers and visitors, Friday also is a Manhattanhenge date. The sunset will line up perfectly with Midtown Manhattan’s street grid Friday and Saturday.

2. FIFA president’s easy re-election becomes wildly more challenging.

Sepp Blatter still is a strong favorite in Friday’s FIFA presidential election but faces a legitimate challenge as those who have long backed him start to get twitchy. Blatter is up against Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, the only remaining candidate in the race. Before U.S. Authorities released their indictment of 14 people this week, before the multinational sponsors who fund soccer’s governing body got nervous, and before several FIFA members were dramatically arrested in Zurich, it was going to be business as usual for Blatter, who was expected to easily win a fifth term.

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3. Silk Road mastermind learns more about his 20-plus years in prison.

Convicted Silk Road darknet mastermind Ross Ulbricht is facing at least 20 years in prison and potentially far longer when he’s sentenced Friday. Ulbricht asked for mercy last week in a presentencing letter to the judge. “I’ve had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age,” he wrote. A jury in February found Ulbricht guilty of drug conspiracy and other charges for running Silk Road as an encrypted electronic bazaar for everything from heroin, cocaine and LSD to phony IDs and computer-hacking programs.

4. Nigeria gets a new leader after stunning election.

When Muhammadu Buhari won the presidential election in March, it was the first time a sitting president (Goodluck Jonathan) had been voted out of office in Nigeria. Ever. Now, Buhari is being inaugurated and officially taking power, which means the world will see if he makes good on a key promise that many say got him elected: snuffing out Boko Haram extremists.

5. Al Sharpton rallies Cleveland against criminal justice.

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton plans to issue a “call to action around criminal justice issues” at a Friday night rally in Cleveland. Sharpton’s appearance comes in the wake of the acquittal of officer Michael Brelo in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black residents and the plan to reform the police department after the Justice Department found a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations.

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And, the essentials:.

On this day in history: Danica Patrick became the first woman to lead the Indy 500 in 2005, and her racing career is still evolving a decade later.

Weather: Another soggy, stormy day is forecast for the Plains while heat and humidity envelops the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

Stocks:Futures were down following Thursday’s plunge of the Shanghai Composite.

TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch this weekend? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at Nightingale and Marilyn Monroe.

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