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. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    I am €Engleberthumperdink¥£. The world is a wildfire and I am its flame.

    June 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ¤.¤

    €: lol.

    June 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hugh

    Flame?

    June 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ¤.¤

    Engle bah blah blah and Hugh. Shut up and you both know where to stick that flame. Where the sun don't shine.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jazzzzzz

    I drink green peee from a bucket.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gollum Troll

      Yessss... Jazzzzz.. My precious...

      June 13, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. CSnSC

    Dang €, its like the trolls were just waiting. Almost as if they had nothing else to do with thier lives ! Its Sunday, go outside, call a friend, take the family on a drive something.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ***banasy***

    @CSinSC:

    I know, right? I guess the seventh day is fir rest doesn't apply to the trolls.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ?

    Englebert Humperdick is a flaming gay pedophile.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    @ ?: Your mother bi_tch hore mfer.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To: My personal troll. I shall need your ugly face in the morning as as-wipe. Just be ready. Thank you.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eureka!

      @Inglewoodhumperstinks: I think Cesar + Jazzzz's troll has taken a liking to you.. They like asking riddles... Ask us some riddles troll please?

      June 13, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    I just love the weekend.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    We should all have one weekend at least once a week. Hahahahahahaah

    June 12, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To my personal troll: Please cancel previous request. Your freaking face is so scabby and ugly that my as would prefer sand paper. Ta ta hahahahahahah

    June 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. hugh

    Sand paper?

    June 12, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. hugh

    Very ugly n nasty

    June 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
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