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. Sofie

    TheTruth: since you obviously don't understand the meaning of that word – what exactly is your point? My comment makes no political statement for either side and it is just an opinion, why do you have to be insulting?

    October 18, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Sofie

      sorry folks, for the double post

      October 18, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. steven santos

    While smoking anything is potentially harmful, it should be stressed that marijauna is not necessarily smoked. It can be baked, steeped for tea, directly eaten with different results. Smoking it is probably most concentrate. It is journalistically irresponsible to report or imply that it is only smoked.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
    • myk c

      you can also mix (marijuana)it with your crap and sip it using a papaya stalk as straw.

      October 18, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. danw

    The bottom line is that Obama's NOT going to be reelected. It all comes down to that.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. wand

    says WHO?!

    October 18, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • dawn

      Are you kidding?!?! Even a small child at this point can see what's going on. It's obvious what went on behind the scenes. He was propelled in by special interests groups, mainly health insurance companies. They LOVE this healthcare reform. It might look like it's hostile to insurance companies making a profit on the surface, but it isn't. They are going to make a killing off of this, because of the law stating that EVERYONE has to have health insurance.

      Hasn't anyone noticed that NONE of the health insurance companies advertised or campaigned AGAINST this?? We haven't heard a peep from ANY of them! You would think with all the massive profits they reportedly rake in that they would spend some money on a t.v. ad here and there, or at least a billboard sign. Nothing.

      Oh, and all the other reasons he's not going to be reelected. People don't like him. Many who voted him in are feeling cheated and disillusioned. The poll ratings now are at around 44% in favot. Once ANY president has gotten down to 41%, the he's never been reelected. EVER. Why should history not repeat itself in this?

      October 18, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. dawn

    History repeats itself evey 40yrs or so. Obama WON'T be reelected. We'll vote in Republican for awhile, fight another huge war to stimulate the economy. See economic prosperity after what we thought we kicked out the most socialist president in history. The powers that be like to arrange for big wars to bring down the populations, which is due right about now. I think the next one will be a religious war. Or possibly with china when they call us on our debts and we can't pay them, and refuse to sell our land to them.

    Why do Americans never think the economy should have a slump? Where did this thinking come from that if an otherwise healthy economy has the usual ups and downs that it must mean something is wrong and call on govt. to come in and "fix" it, thereby making it worse? And we have so made it worse. Capitalism will ALWAYS be like that. It will have it's slumps, but as long as the govt. keeps their fat noses out of it, it will recover. If you want a long line of predictability, and security, then go with socialism, but be warned it is also stagnant, with countries that don't seem to rise much above mediocrity. We're very spoiled and are poor in character because we DEMAND and EXPECT to never suffer, yet live the good life at the same time. What collossal arrogance!!

    October 18, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. tim

    Why is it anytime someone criticizes the current president the left's reaction is to point out the flaws of the past president. As if somehow saying the guy 2 years ago was a jerk wipes away flaws of the current president and negates the fact that we have a turd in the white house and the country is in a mess. A different kind of idiot is still an idiot.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. causes of high blood pressure in women

    High blood pressure is a killer well it can be. And while I think they're still a trend for women to think that more men get high blood pressure (Hypertension) than men; the hard facts are not proving that the case. In addition women need to be aware especially if there pregnant will wanting to get pregnant that condition by itself many times will cause hypertension. Just be aware.

    June 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
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