Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
June 12th, 2011
07:25 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Eastern Arizona residents face serious health hazards as some of them return home days after a wildfire that continues to burn. Heavy smoke has permeated communities around the blaze, prompting New Mexico health and environment officials to issue warnings. Here's a look at this and some of the other stories we plan to follow this week:

Arizona fire enters third week

As firefighters continue battling a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona, authorities expect thousands to return home after a mandatory evacuation order was lifted.

"After consulting with fire officials, it has been determined that the fire risk has diminished enough that it will no longer be a threat to the citizens of the towns," said Cmdr. Webb Hogle of the Apache County Sheriff's Office.

But he said smoke from the wildfire "still poses serious health hazards" in Springerville, Eagar and South Fork. "If they return, they do so at their own risk," he added.

The fire broke out May 29 in the Apache National Forest and was less than 6% controlled, fire officials said over the weekend.

‘WeinerGate’: Will he stay or will he go?

Calls for U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to leave office are expected to intensify this week as more revelations about the sexting and explicit photos scandal come to light: On Sunday, TMZ published photos of Weiner in various states of undress that he apparently took of himself in a locker room.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Sunday that Weiner should consider resigning. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement Saturday calling for Weiner's resignation. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also called for him to step down Saturday.

CNN to host GOP debate in New Hampshire

Will Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s third bid for the White House be the charm? Can Michele Bachmann rise above the ranks? With the 2012 election a little less than a year and a half away, there are still prominent Republicans who have yet to make a decision on whether they'll make a run for the White House but other contenders have been running for months.

Call it the G(OP)7. CNN will hold the first Republican presidential debate in the critical early voting state of New Hampshire at 8 p.m. ET Monday.

Check out the Webby Awards

The Webby Awards ceremony will be held Monday at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. It will be up to host Lisa Kudrow to keep the winners within the awards’ patented five-word acceptance speech (Example: “Hey, is this thing on?”).

Now in its 15th year, the Webbys are the Internet's most widely recognized honors for websites, online music and videos, mobile technology and interactive advertising.

CNN, which was nominated in five categories, won in the video remixes/mashups category with "Walk Around the World," an interactive feature in which CNN.com asked readers to share a one-minute video of themselves walking.

Mideast, North Africa violence expected to continue

NATO said in a statement Sunday that anti-Gadhafi sentiment "is increasing in Libya as a growing number of Libyans demand the right to choose their own future." Citizens were openly challenging Col. Moammar Gadhafi's legitimacy along the nation's northwest coast between Tripoli and the Tunisian border, it said.

In Syria, an end to the bloodshed was nowhere in sight as Syrian forces surged into a northwestern city Sunday.

In a statement released Sunday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Syria's force against civilians: "The Syrian authorities have an obligation to protect their people and respect their rights. The use of military force against civilians is unacceptable."

In Bahrain, protests in the small, strategically important Gulf kingdom were expected to continue as part of the Arab Spring demonstrations.

At least two former Bahraini opposition lawmakers went on trial Sunday, as a military court sentenced a 20-year-old poet to a year in prison.

Obama bound for Puerto Rico

A mass demonstration on Puerto Rico's status  is planned for Tuesday  when President Barack Obama visits the U.S. commonwealth.

Nonetheless, Puerto Rico Gov. Luis G. Fortuño, in a statement released in May, expressed gratitude for the presidential visit.  "Since the beginning of my administration, we have been working in close collaboration with the president and his administration to make this historic visit a reality," said Fortuño.

The rally, by the June 14th Coordinating Committee, is to take place in San Juan.

Full Pentagon Papers to be released

On Monday, the federal government will release in full the Pentagon Papers, the secret government study of the Vietnam War.

While redacted and edited versions of the papers have been published before, most notably in The New York Times and other newspapers, this will be the first time the documents see the light of day in their complete form.

In 1971,  Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon official, leaked the papers, officially titled "United States-Viet Nam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense," revealing that the government had lied to Congress and the American public about the progress of the war.

Protests expected in release of officer in BART shooting

A former transit police officer convicted last year in the shooting death of an unarmed man on an Oakland, California, train platform will be freed from prison early Monday, according to a court order.

Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years in prison for the involuntary manslaughter death of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on New Year's Day 2009, but Mehserle will be released early. Technically he could be free to walk out of prison just after midnight Sunday, Los Angeles Superior Court Robert Perry said in an order signed Friday.

Business owners are boarding up stores in Oakland in anticipation of riots linked to Mehserle's early release from jail, according to CNN affiliate KTVU.

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  1. Lord Marshal Necromonger

    Many faces.. You keep what you kill...

    June 13, 2011 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    With the Middle East and North Afica (OPEC) holding nearly 80% of Oil reserves and 45% of Oil production, why wouldn't it be logical to create a viable reason to invade Iraq. First: Lets sacrifice 3,000 of our own people, then say a well known terrorist organization from the middle east did. Now you invade Iraq... get Saddam out and install a dictator who will satisfy the people while conforming to the U.S. polices on Oil prices, thus CONTROL. Oil price Control: Not too low, weakening middle east economy. Not to high stemming from too much demand... thus having to bringing more hands in, to get the oil out... creating higher prices. So how do we control the demand? U.S. taxes the lower and middle class causing them to stay at a certain level of consumption.

    No doubt the (Black Gold) is the catalyst for Wars and rumor of Wars... mentioned in the bible. It may be said, Oil=Power=Death. Death being WITHOUT God.

    June 13, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    BTW Cnn.. you didn't mention WHY he was being released early. HELLO. Something that makes you go Hmmmm. Grrrr... Cnn when will you learn to write a full article of facts?

    June 13, 2011 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. RuffNutt

    I have to go to the can. I'm constipated. Wish me luck.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. sunny troll

    Eureka riddle #1-what has herpes and a ton of hair in the buttcrack?...your mama.

    June 13, 2011 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Gollum Troll

      @Joey: I agree precious... Ruffnutt troll funny Sunny troll not so much. The troll isn't supposed to answer the riddle.. That's the whole point. Here's a riddle for all you preciouses. What's 40 years old, plays World Of Warcraft 24/7, Lives on Monster energy drinks and Doritos, Lives in a dark dungeon at their parents house, nor have they ever been with a member of the opposite gender?.. Answers please precious..

      June 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Sometimes the trolls do say funny things–things I would never say.
    I break up completely. The last "your mama" line was stale, but RuffNutt's troll at 5:34 AM was hysterical to me. Uh–that was a troll, wasn't it?
    Doesn't matter. I'm in a particularly good mood today. I had some super results from work recently, and I also have a little down time–vacation–coming soon. It's summer, and I could go to the beach if I didn't work so much. I'd rather have the career than the tan.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Regarding the "Tan" , that depend on how transparent you are. LOL

      June 13, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cosmotologist to the Stars

    I was outside all last nisht studying the cosmos so i can make astrological predictions.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. handiman

    I eated some cornfrakes. And tan lines burn my eyes Joey. I'll traded you my apple for your topato chips.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. whycantwebefriends

    I am soooo sick of all the vulture's that follow Mr. Werner each day with all the camera in is face!!. This man made a mistake !!! are you all going to push him over the edge??!!. the Bible said he who is without sin cast the first stone!! Remember the woman that was about to be stoned? and God said these words, then bent down, when he look up there was no one, and he said to the woman where are your accusers? they were all gone and he said neither do i condemn you go & sin no more.
    When President Clinton (& i am sick that every time something like this happen his name always come up ) had his problem he was hounded! Where are you all when the Republicans commit their transgression?? a few months ago one left congress after months working as if nothing happen ,he slept with his worker wife, broke up their marriage, payed them off and provide a lobbing job for the husband!!! where were all you self righteous people!! one of them is now running for President, after cheating on his cancer ridden wife ! did you all hound him??, Mr. Werner was wrong!!! but do not cause him to destroy himself ( he could kill him self) because of all the unwanted in your face wall to wall coverage 24 -7. & all the people that is releasing pictures they are just as disgusting!!
    Everyone should remember his wife & unborn child. The self righteous Republicans that circle the wagon when their members commit a crime, and the Democrats that ALWAYS throw their members under the bus make me sick!!!!

    June 13, 2011 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ellis-Panama

    I want a big gay man.

    June 13, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ooops, I meant "depends" not "depend". Sorry. I'm a big dummy today. He he.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    @whycant: i'm sure weiner can take it. He certainly talks the talk in congress, give him some credit..

    As for people hounding him about it, he knew what fame brings, he gambled and lost. In a tragicly stupid way. The wealth and power our country has afforded him is his to lose.

    I'm sure weiner has been through hard times before. He will again. And again.. Grew up with a name like weiner, didn't he?

    June 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gullum Troll

    I need and want a female les partner.

    June 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
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