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 would that be that same lump as mentioned before? Superman here the real superman

    April 30, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Yeah, we are. And his dad is down from AK. Wish he came from the East coast so we could wear him out, but they are an hour behind, so Im always straining my brain to keep him entertained. This weekend was the little county fair. Lots ofcows, pigs, horses and pickups.woo hoo!

    April 30, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    @raven, being on the receiving end of a drunk dial is no fun. When I got this phone, it used to pocket dial which was embarassing. It took me forever to figure it out. I use this a lot for texting but with that I learned you can find yourself over texting and when you get no response, you get that a person just is not into you. Guilty I am but won't repeat that mistake.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    I'm not sure who is really who anymore. I don't mean to be rude. Just leery. I've been fooled a lot and it's irritating.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Superman

    @@@CNN,,, link is not available please try again,,nag nag nag,,,cant you guys fix this darn thing

    April 30, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Superman

    @@@chrissy,,,omg thats fricken halarious PLD syndrom

    April 30, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Yeah, I get that. I have only a select few I text for that very reason. It can get overwhelming when you have a lotta people texting you at the same time. Between the four kids, my guy and work, I had blisters on my index finger.lol!!

    April 30, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lmfao PLD! Are you catching this dazzle? Anyway time for me to call it a nite. Any posts after this time are not mine. Gn all.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • raven

      Night, chrissy! Sweet dreams.

      April 30, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @chrissy, I missed it...

      April 30, 2012 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    That was the real superman above superman here!!

    April 30, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Hey, superman! I thought I said hello to you, but I think I accidentally deleted it before I sent it.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    @@@chrissy,,,sleeeeepy you getting real sleeeeeeeeepy good night chrissy,,,tlk tommorrow and to the rest of the good people

    April 30, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    I'm having a hard time following the convo because all the comments are being jumbled up when they post. On my phone, anyway

    April 30, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    @@@raven,,,how you doin girl,,, hello! Im checking out here shortly but get back if you can im looking at alaska on the 8th to go climbing permitting is a big problem right now so maybe not we are fighting to get it so fingers crossed,,,,maybe spend 4 days on mt hood we will see

    April 30, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    You gonna try Denali/ McKinley?? I told you bout my friend right? The one who was killed on a climb? He lived there and hadn't done it yet. Was to be his next expo.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Superman

    @@@raven,,,and yes denali,,,,and you did tell me about your friend,,,my condolences to you raven even late as it is, its a prerequisite to the himalayas,,,but its in the blood,,,my daughters inlisting in the army so nows a really good time to do some hard climbing its just that time and take time to train my daughter and condition her else where mt hood for her if mckinley does not go,, ive done mt logan and it went,,,its a passion and it is in my life its saved my life and my daughters as well i cant explain it it just there im sure yiuve heard it before, its just there and always carefull so far and the mountains will always be there tommorrow

    April 30, 2012 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
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