Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
April 29th, 2012
05:09 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Occupy movement plans mass rallies for May Day

Occupy organizers say they plan to use the labor movement's International Workers' Day also known as May Day to make a public splash on Tuesday.

The Occupy movement, which stemmed from the Occupy Wall Street protests last year, is calling for large-scale demonstrations across the country on Tuesday, which is May 1. Occupy protesters have rallied against what they say is income inequality, corporate greed and the influence of the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

Other May Day demonstrations are expected around the world, as usual for every May 1. In Canada, two groups are encouraging Canadian workers to call in sick Tuesday as a protest against "the attacks of the 1%," the CBC reports.

One World Trade Center to be New York's tallest structure

More than a decade after a terrorist attack brought down New York's twin towers, their under-construction replacement will become the city's tallest building on Monday, The New York Times reports.

The placement of a column of the 100th floor will bring the new One World Trade Center tower to a height of 1,271 feet - 21 feet taller than the Empire State Building, the Times reports.

Built on what was once referred to as ground zero in Lower Manhattan, the building is expected to reach 1,776 feet when it is finished by early 2014. The Willis Tower in Chicago, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the country's current record holder at 1,450 feet.

Time lapse video: New World Trade Center tower

Will housekeeper's lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn be tossed?

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will learn Tuesday whether he's free of a civil suit brought against him by the New York hotel housekeeper who accused him of assaulting her last year.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the case in March, arguing Strauss-Kahn had diplomatic immunity. He resigned his position soon after his arrest by New York police in May 2011, when he was charged with criminally assaulting housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo in a Manhattan hotel suite.

Diallo accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her when she walked into his suite, and Strauss-Kahn abandoned plans to run for president of France because of his arrest. But New York prosecutors dropped the criminal case because of credibility issues they cited in Diallo's account.

Siblings accused of multistate crime spree face sentencing

A few court cases that have made national headlines are expected to resolve or begin the trial phase this week.

In one case, three siblings accused of robbing a bank and trying to kill police officers in a multistate spree last year are expected to be sentenced Monday for charges to which they pleaded guilty in Colorado.

The Dougherty siblings - Lee Grace,  and her brothers Dylan and Ryan - are accused of committing an armed bank robbery in Georgia and attempting to kill a Florida police officer on August 2. They escaped from Florida with police in pursuit after they shot out a police cruiser's tire, and they were arrested the next week after a high-speed chase in Colorado, according to authorities. The siblings still face federal charges in the bank robbery, as well as charges in Florida.

Millionaire who adopted girlfriend gets DUI sentence

Also Monday, a Florida millionaire who legally adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend after he was accused of drunken driving in a fatal wreck is expected to be sentenced. John Goodman, who founded International Polo Club Palm Beach, was found guilty last month of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

Authorities accused him of driving drunk, hitting another vehicle and running it off the road into a canal, where its driver was later found dead in his submerged car. The subsequent adoption of his girlfriend made her eligible for money from Goodman's children's trust fund, which is mostly shielded from punitive damages should the crash victim's relatives successfully sue Goodman.

Trial for serial-stabbing suspect

A man accused of stabbing 18 people killing five  in three states is expected to face trial Tuesday in  one of the deaths in Michigan.

Elias Abuelazam is accused of stabbing people,  most of whom were African-American,  in Michigan, Virginia and Ohio between May 2010 and August 2010.  If convicted of murder in Michigan, Abuelazam could face life in prison without parole. The state does not have the death penalty.

Authorities say he was trying to board an international flight in Atlanta when he was arrested in August 2010.

Seven score and seven years ago ...

A piece of dark American history can be yours, if the price is right.

An online auction for President Abraham Lincoln's opera glasses, which he is said to have held as he was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington in April 1865, is set to end at 5 p.m. PT Monday (8 p.m. ET).

The glasses passed from a Washington City Guard officer to the estate of magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes in the late 1970s, though the current owner is anonymous, Bloomberg News reported. As of Sunday morning, the most recent bid on the site of Los Angeles-based online auctioneer Nate D. Sanders was $277,841.

Union Rags a favorite heading into Kentucky Derby

The next attempt at ending horse racing's 34-year Triple Crown drought begins Saturday at the Kentucky Derby.

Collectively, the experts at Churchill Downs seem to think Union Rags, a descendant of 1964 Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer, has the best chance of winning Saturday. The colt has finished in the top three at five preparatory races since August, including three victories.

The last horse to win the Triple Crown - meaning victories at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont - was Affirmed in 1978.

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  1. Superman

    @@@chrissy bad here and tomorrow is worse because i have to service the MS KRATCHET walmart and she despises me because i wont take her crap,,,and how was your day girl?

    April 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Hello, everyone. I can't believe that maid is still going after Strauss-Khan. It's a slap in the face to real victims. She should be ashamed. But, just to hedge their bets, I bet they award her case.

    April 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    lol superman, well he certainly is broken of the notion that he can put his hands on me now! My bro in law taught me a thing or 2 on my last visit and i had hoped to never use that info. Unfortunately that hope died today. Anyway he learned his lesson.

    April 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    Im going back to texting would anyone like to join me?? Just text me!!!!

    April 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mr Dalloway

    Is Louis Farrakhan still living?

    April 29, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    @ raven, so true! Pure greed with that one! A trait i totally detest. And how are you today? Guess what i found today? A baby kitten, its eyes werent even open! And superman there hopefully more good days than bad.

    April 29, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • raven

      Awww, youre a new mommy, chrissy? Congrats! My cat was abandoned by its mother too.Found her under the neighbors porch. Eyes not open, either. Had to feed her with an eye dropper. Her names Melvin cuz she was so tiny, we thought she was a boy for weeks. By then, the name had stuck. And she is rotten. Doesn't like anyone but me and my guy.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lol nope raven, i already have 3, all males, but my neighbor has a mama cat so she took it. And art of conversation, was that a rhetorical question or did you really wanta say something? Ive been listening, since you accused me of not.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lol nope raven, i already have 3, all males, but my neighbor has a mama cat so she took it. And art of conversation, was that a rhetorical question or did you really wanta say something? Ive been listening, even tho you accused me of not.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @chrissy, Art or James moved on, thank God. You have 3 kitties? We had 7 a few years ago and during split time, he took 3, I have 2, and my baby has 2. They were all rescues and are siblings, 6 Females and 1 Male. Mine have kept me sane and in turn rescued me.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ my TROLL, put a cork in it!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    lmao dazzle, they arent really kitties anymore. In fact one is l7 yrs old. But yea 3 male cats , a male dog and a male monster! Im surrounded.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      You are surrounded by males. A lot of testerone in your house! Of course the lump doesn't count.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    not me @ l2:06, l2:09, l2:l3 and l2:2l

    April 30, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Jeez, I step away for five minutes and, well...little things amuse little minds I guess. Hey dazzle, and m.s! I know what ya mean: my guys OTHER daughter just moved back in and his dad is here to visit.so many people makes it hard to keep any kinda schedule. Just NOW had dinner. And now the whole moving thing...ugh..p.i.t.a! Just made that up, but I'm sure you know what I mean...

    April 30, 2012 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @raven, if it is truly you. Life sure is interesting. I hope you are on PST if you've just had dinner.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    The *lump* would be the monster i referred to. Lmao!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @chrissy, so the lump is the monster. LOL, that always gets me.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    Lol @dazzle...drunk dialing...I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I've actually done that. Way long ago memories, ahh..good times.Not!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Roflmmfao! Thank you superman! You truly are my hero! Omg ur killin me! Hey raven its as good as your ding ding comment huh? Lol.

    April 30, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
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