Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
May 22nd, 2011
07:26 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Talk show maven Oprah Winfrey’s syndicated show comes to an end this week after 25 years. Here is a look at this and other stories that CNN plans to follow:

Fans, stars turn out for Oprah Winfrey's big goodbye

After a quarter-century that has seen Oprah Winfrey become a pop culture icon, the Queen of Talk has decided to walk away on her OWN terms, as in devote herself full-time to her Oprah Winfrey Network.

But first there's a two-day sendoff - taped last week - that will be broadcast Monday and Tuesday and promises a solar system of stars, surprises, and of course, ratings gold. On Wednesday, the final "Oprah Winfrey Show" will air. Winfrey is reportedly producing the show herself and is keeping her plans secret.

Louisiana, Mississippi officials wait on the water

Louisiana officials are expected to reassess the need for a mandatory evacuation Monday for Butte La Rose in the face of forecasts that the Atchafalaya River will crest just below flood stage.

Many residents living in a swath of Louisiana's Atchafalaya Basin have left their homes in anticipation of high water after officials opened floodgates to relieve the state’s pumps and levee systems.

Several Mississippi communities have reported floodwaters while downriver in Louisiana, many residents are waiting and wondering  if the alarm was warranted.

Malaysians dig out after landslides

Rescue workers were expected to continue looking for children reported missing following two landslides that buried a Malaysian orphanage.

At least 16 people were killed and nine others injured in the landslides that were triggered by heavy rains, the nation's official news agency reported Sunday.

Rescue workers scoured the area for up to two dozen children believed buried in and around the orphanage near Hulu Langat, southeast of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, the Bernama news agency said.

The prime minister, who was attending meetings in the United States, said the government would rebuild the orphanage and provide payments to the victims.

Will the volcanic ash cloud in Iceland grow?

Officials in Iceland were expected to monitor the ash cloud that has formed after the Grimsvotn volcano under the Vatnajokull glacier erupted over the weekend.

The eruption forced flight cancellations and the closure of airspace over the country's four international airports, Keflavik International Airport spokeswoman Hjordis Gudmunsdottir said.

Officials will reassess the situation at midnight Sunday (8 p.m. EDT), she said.

Weather patterns this weekend have been very different from the northerly winds that swept through the region after last year's eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which spewed an ash cloud that disrupted air travel in Europe.

But the movement of an ash cloud is difficult to predict, a spokeswoman for the official United Kingdom weather agency said.

Ash could reach the United Kingdom and northern continental Europe Wednesday, she said.

Netanyahu set to address AIPAC in Washington

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected Monday to address the main American-Israeli advocacy group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington.

Netanyahu's visit comes after President Barack Obama on Sunday spoke to the U.S. Jewish lobby, softening his remarks after he said last week that Israel-Palestinian negotiations should start from pre-1967 borders.

Originally saying that borders based on Obama's remarks would be "indefensible," Netanyahu struck a conciliatory tone Sunday.

"I share the president's will to promote peace, and I value his current and past efforts to achieve this goal," Netanyahu said in a statement.

"I am determined to act together with President Obama in order to find ways to resume the negotiations for peace," Netanyahu's statement said. "Peace is a vital need for all of us."

'O'bama' heads to Europe, to the sound of Irish ayes

In search of relatives, President Barack Obama is expected to visit Ireland this week, where he may see children sporting "O'Bama" T-shirts and waving American flags.

"It was brought to my attention last year that my great-great-great-grandfather on my mother's side hailed from a small village in County Offaly," he said on the campaign trail in 2008.

To many of the residents in one small village, the presidential visit is a homecoming of sorts,  a gesture of solidarity and kinsmanship in troubled times.

soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Ellis

    I say ne-go...t/i..a..te. 4 peace.

    May 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RUFFNUTT

    by oprah... i'll miss that big old booty...

    May 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ellis

    Shut up Cesar.

    May 22, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ellis

    I have to potty. I ate too much cheese so I'll see what I can do. Shut up Stupid Cesar. Dufuss face. People don't like you cuz U suk.

    May 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      in more ways than one...lol

      May 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT

    this just in... 4 outta 5 trolls prefer "purina troll chow" over the leading compeditor...

    just feed your troll purina brand troll chow and watch his coat of hair glisten and shine... it's also good for there teeth..

    May 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Taco Joe

    TROLL CHOW ! LOL ! 🙂 I probably need some too : )

    May 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      -WARNING!!!- troll chow is not meant for human consupsion, purina will not be heald responsible for side effects of eating troll chow.

      side effects may include, vomiting, headaches, irritable bowls, fatigue, and explosive diharrea...

      and in rare cases, reports of flamable but-t crusties have been noticed..

      if these crusties appear seek immedaite medical attention.. and dont scratch as reports of spotanieous combustion have been reported..

      May 22, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    In search of relatives? Of course lets not leave out Tinamen Square and Beijing.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey

    RE Joey 7:46 post:
    Not my mother, and I didn't write it.
    I guess I'm becoming popular again.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fed

    Love oprah.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • NorthPhoenix

      and for what stupid reason would that be you idiot. Have you ever met her? How do you love someone you don't know.

      May 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank ( R-Ohio )

    Grimsvotn, Iceland – Harold Campings real-time proof the world going to pot.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    I am the real Joey and my mother turns tricks on the street corner next to the motel 6. For a dime bag of meth she will let you plunder her poop chute for 6 hours.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NorthPhoenix

    you would think she cured cancer. Off you go you fat ugly pig.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ken from FL

    The end can't come soon enough. Isn't it amazing that CNN considers Oprah's swan song to be on the same level as the crisis in US-Israeli relations, demonstrations in the Middle East, etc? Actually, I guess it isn't amazing at all. Unfortunately.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MURDER

      Journalism is a business just like the rest of them. Just putting Oprah in the article ensures a few more clicks, right? At least there is a chance that some Oprah fans will read the short segment on Israel/US relations and possibly get interested (?). Probably not though.

      May 23, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jennifer

    How many times have we had Oprah's "final show" at this point? 2? 5? 20?

    It's getting a little old. She can just go away now, thank you.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Good bye Oprah, the one women that knows everything about everything. You won't be missed. I finally don't have to come home to my wife watching this worn out crap every day.

      May 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      What a sourpuss..................

      May 22, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NorthPhoenix

    try some KY, works great

    May 22, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
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