October 17th, 2010
07:03 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Preparation. It’s key to a successful life. Doing what you can to anticipate what's around the corner can help you step more confidently into the future. While meticulous preparation doesn’t always guarantee success, it gives you a better chance of feeling like these guys at the end of the day.

It's in that spirit that we introduce this new Sunday feature. In it, we hope to show you some of the things we expect to cover in the next week so you’ll feel up to speed as you wind down your weekend and prepare for your many dinner table and water cooler conversations ahead.

A few things to expect this week:

The Philippines is bracing for Super Typhoon Megi, a monster of a storm that is expected to make landfall with winds of more than 125 mph possible around midday Monday. The government is warning the storm could devastate the northern island of Luzon; we'll keep you up-to-date.

In Chile, we'll continue to follow the adjustments that 33 miners are making following their rescue from a mine where they were trapped for more than two months. We'll also be watching the search for survivors after mining incidents in Ecuador, where two were confirmed dead and two were missing after a Friday collapse, and China, where 26 miners were killed and 11 were missing after a gas leak and blast Saturday.

As early as this week, controversial whistle-blower website WikiLeaks could publish about 400,000 leaked military documents relating to the Iraq War. WikiLeaks published more than 70,000 secret military documents from the war in Afghanistan in July, and it's holding about 15,000 more Afghanistan documents that it is reviewing because they contain names or other sensitive information.

In Texas, the U.S. military's evidentiary hearing in the case of Maj. Nadal Hasan, who is accused in the shootings that left 13 people dead and dozens wounded at Fort Hood last year, will enter its second week. The Army colonel overseeing the hearing will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to a court martial with a possible penalty of death; the hearing began last week with survivors testifying that Hasan was the gunman.

In a Connecticut courtroom, the penalty phase for Steven Hayes - a man convicted of killing a Connecticut woman and her two daughters after invading their home in 2007 - is to start on Monday, with prosecutors looking for the death penalty.  Dr. William Petit, the woman's husband and lone survivor of the attack, has said he won't testify during this phase, citing uncertainty over whether state law would make his testimony grounds for Hayes to appeal his sentence.

With midterm elections about two weeks away, high-profile surrogates such as President Obama and Sarah Palin are getting ready to pump up voters and boost allies' coffers. On Monday, Palin will be in Reno, Nevada, to help kick off a Tea Party Express tour of the country. On Thursday and Friday, Obama will make his last major West Coast swing before the midterms, attending events for three Democratic senators in tough re-election campaigns - Patty Murray of Washington, Barbara Boxer of California, and Harry Reid of Nevada.

On Wall Street, earnings season is kicking into high gear this week. Expect to hear results from Citigroup, Apple, Yahoo, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America and others. Also, state-by-state unemployment reports are expected Friday.

On Tuesday, look for more findings on hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer, based on participants in the long-running Women's Health Initiative.

Wednesday will be six months since the oil-rig explosion that kicked off the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. We'll update you on the situation in the Gulf.

And we invite you to participate in a couple of iReport features this week: iReport Boot Camp - where you can work on your journalistic, technical and storytelling skills - continues at 3 p.m. Thursday with a live chat on covering a story from start to finish. Also, CNN is getting ready to interview actress-singer Mandy Moore and actor Zachary Levi - stars of Disney's latest fairy tale, "Tangled" - and we're giving you a chance to participate. Send in your questions for Moore and Levi by 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday.

If you're craving more info about the week ahead, here are a few pointers from CNN correspondents and others affiliated with the network:

Rewind to last week

Now, for those of you who missed the news last week because you were off looking at the fall foliage, here's a look at some of the more popular CNN.com stories in the past seven days:


Picture of the week: Mario Sepulveda celebrates early Wednesday after becoming the second of 33 miners to be lifted out of the collapsed mine near Copiapo, Chile.


About 69 days after a collapse trapped them about 2,300 feet underground - and about 52 days after rescuers made first contact with them - 33 miners were lifted out of the Chilean mine in a specially made capsule Tuesday and Wednesday. Television cameras captured all 24-plus hours of the final rescue phase; here is video showing the moments that each of the 33 emerged. Check out our special page on the miners' rescue for complete coverage, and be sure to read CNN writer/producer Eliott McLaughlin's breakdown of the 69 days it took to rescue the men.

The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl admitted to writing a fake ransom note, authorities said last week. Authorities searching for Zahra Baker spent days combing an area about 20 miles north of Zahra's home in Hickory, North Carolina, but have not found her. The girl was reported missing on October 9, and her stepmother was arrested October 10 on an unrelated charge of passing bad checks, prosecutors said. The last known sighting of Zahra by a nonrelative was on September 25, authorities said.

On Friday, a judge in Atlanta, Georgia, ordered rapper T.I. to prison for 11 months for violating his probation with a drug arrest. Two days earlier, he made headlines by helping police persuade a man not to jump off the roof of a high-rise office building in Atlanta.

Actress Barbara Billingsley, who dispensed pearls of wisdom as America's quintessential mom on "Leave It to Beaver," died Saturday at 94.

Mexican authorities last week suspended the search for the body of David Hartley, an American who was shot September 30 on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexican border. This came after authorities said the lead Mexican investigator in the Falcon Lake case, Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, was killed, his severed head delivered Tuesday in a suitcase to the Mexican military.

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, launched an investigation into the death of a British aid worker in Afghanistan after a failed rescue attempt.

A federal judge last week ordered the U.S. military to stop enforcing "don't ask, don't tell," but the Justice Department is seeking a stay of that decision.

And in France, tens of thousands of protesters took the streets during several days of nationwide strikes, rallying against a government proposal to raise the national retirement age to 62.

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  1. Joe

    Yes all the media specially CNN and FoxNews is under control by rich Republicans. Every thing will be cut once republican win the election as they already told they want 20% cut in the students loan also no extended unemployment. Clinton time was really very good people even dont know the word deficit.

    October 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChipH

      The Republicans have also openly declared their first act will be to have ZERO capital gains tax and ZERO estate tax, which will create the first New American Royalty in 235 years, and shift the $16 TRILLION of THEIR gambling debts and bailouts onto OUR childrens and grandchildrens' backs, as the New Royals' Perpetual Usury Serfs of America. And you will actually go to the polls and vote to put your children into those New Royal leg irons!! Sorry, kids, your Dah was protecting you from 'Turrists' and 'Imgrants'. We had to destroy your future in order to save it.

      October 18, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. A Poca Lypto

    Yellowstone supervolcano will erupt.
    Authorities don't know or tell what day of the week.
    Get your extra bottled water tonight and sleep well.

    October 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeffintx

    Doesn't anyone else find this a little arrogant? CNN (or anyone else) can _guess_ at the biggest news stories of the next 7 days (based on events already scheduled), but I _promise_ something will happen of extreme newsworthiness this week which no talking head could have predicted. (It happens _every_ week.)

    October 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Elise

    Wow! Did CNN add time travelers to it's staff? How could they possibly know what news will come up this week in order to give people a preview on Sunday nights?

    October 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dewann

    Whts good whom ever made the comment about media being controlled is right no real talk concerning whats really goin on this country has been soldout 2 the global elite

    October 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marvel

    To help CNN answer their question "are democrats abandoning the party"......CNN should have covered the speech to 35 thousand plus voters tonite. I am disapointed that the media blackout this very telling rally.

    October 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ChungLing

    I don't get why my comments aren't posting.

    October 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      UR too stupid blo.

      October 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kudu

    I am world weary of the racist, prejudice, ignorant remarks blaming either the democrats or republicans for the wrongs of the world. It starts at the neighborhood level and extends to through the congress and ends at the White house. Anyone that thinks they can place blame on one party alone is foolish in the extreme. One needs to be able to think for ones self, and not let a political party affiliation do their thinking.

    October 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mary adkins

    What is happening to us? Where is the informed electorate? Stop the bashing or the crazys will win! If you think it's bad now just wait. Please stop and THINK!!!

    October 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. vincent

    I think pamphlets showing naked Mexican girls should be dropped by plane all over the Muslim world.

    October 17, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sam

    Just for the record. That typhoon has winds of 185 mph with guests of 220mph. Not 125 mph.

    October 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nyclposter

    Anyone interested in whatever happened to that army doc that refused to serve?? Well, here you go....
    Gotta love it...

    October 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sofie

    This article is a bit of a stretch but your comments and opinions are great, especially regarding the media and its influence. We all have a political microphone these days....so I would like to play too.

    Fox News and MSNBC should be painted with the same brush, using different colored paint. The jury is still out on CNN etc. The problem, for me, is that it is the job of the politicians to try to get or sway your vote (and there are lots of crazy ads to do this)...it should NOT be the job of journalists, newscasters, news programs or the ladies on The View.

    In the good old days of Walter Cronkite, you got the facts....I still don't know what political affiliation he had and it shouldn't matter anyway. We don't want to hear what Beck or Maddow have to say when it is infused with their political spew.

    Voters need to know the important issues that affect the hard working American people, rich or poor, and where the candidates stand on them before deciding who to support. It is obvious how many follow these windbags though...you read and hear the same talking points repeated verbatim, sadly that must mean they are doing what they were hired for..

    The media over-emphasizes "gossip" and sensationalizes political topics. News presentations on Fox and MSNBC, are not 'just the facts', they are about their biased selection of information pertaining to the facts.

    News has been reduced to tabloid journalism. Objectivity with news reporting left the building with Walter and his pals and "journalistic integrity" is now an oxymoron.

    October 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TheTruth

    Your mom's an oxymoron.

    October 17, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sofie

    TheTruth – since you apparently don't understand what that word means, what exactly is your point? My post does not take either political side, and it is just an opinion.....why do you have to be insulting about that?

    October 18, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
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