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. banasy©

    Jeff:
    Of course I don't think that you support Nazism because you are a (R) any more you think I am a communist because I support OWS.
    That *is* correct, right?
    And you didn't post that horrid post Haitian sewers, right?
    That would be somebody hijacking your name, right?

    April 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Hun...I don't cater to paraniod schizophenics (trolls), even though somertimes, they occasionally they will pull the wool over our eyes.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @banasy
    I guess I don't necessarily embrace the OWS's idea of a massive audit, for two reasons. The first being we're only human, and most people are confident the Federal Reserve probably has thier own internal audit (whether they do it or contract it to disinterested third party CPA organization), they probably would "have to do this anyways", being trusted as the stewards of the world's wealth.
    The second reason is who is going to finance this massive OWS audit...the OWS?
    Banasy, when was the last time you read an article, about an OWS member being happy, because they were fortunate to find a real paying job they could depend on?
    When was the last time, you read a positive article about one or even a few OWS members, starting thier own business on a shoestring to make ends meet? Come on...they do not have any more or less brains than what you or I do. Follow?

    April 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Wll, Jeff, right off the bat I can tell you two people who are happy with our current job situation; me, and chrissy, who has her own business.
      I guess I read different articles than you do; that being said, I can also tell you that neither chrissy nor I are communists.
      It is my personal opinion that, if the only defense people have against OWS is to call us communists, they really don't have a defense at all, and resort to name-calling.
      It isn't about welfare and "I want your wealth because I am too lazy to work", but that is what the MSM portrays it as...
      I have, in the past, posted several websites that give more information, but it is considered spamming, so they are promptly deleted.

      I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm not a coomie pinko. :)

      April 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      S/B 'commie', lol....

      April 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thomas

    You DONT hear positive articles about OWS simply because they are against CORPORATE government, which includes the media! You only hear what they want you to hear. Contrary to popular belief OWS is not about welfare, and isnt made up of lazy people!

    April 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Thomas

    I would also like to add that 85% of the OWS protestors are military veterans and what were once, before the recession, blue collar workers!

    April 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If the OWS isn't made up of lazy people, then where's the concerted effort to put them back to work?

    April 30, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    People who already have jobs look down their noses at those who want jobs, can't find jobs, who have lost their jobs and businesses, and are out protesting that there aren't any jobs.

    Don't lose your job.

    Many have already lost their compassion with this subject, and I've lost my patience with those who do not open their minds and their hearts.

    Just think of us all as lazy.
    We'll think of you in an equally flattering way, I do assure you.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yawn.
      That's all you have?
      Lame of hell.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      PS: I have a job.
      I like your sense of humor, however.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
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