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¥£

    To my troll: You were so ugly as a baby that the delivery doctor told your mama, "Mam, the vetenarian's office is down the road. Bow wow."

    June 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To my troll: You were so ugly as a baby that your parent's photographer refused to take a family album without a bag over your face.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To my troll: You were so ugly as a baby, that a pit bull mistook you for her "baby dog."

    June 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To my troll: You were so ugly as a child, that a child pedophile ran off and died of a heart attack after he saw your face.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To my troll: You were so ugly as a baby, that a novelty shop offered your mama $50 to use a mold of your face as a Halloween monster

    June 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To my troll: You were so ugly as a child, that a farmer borrowed you from your mama to use as a scare crow.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To my troll: You were so ugly as a baby, that a picture of your face was used by Rid O Bug. The pic of your face chased all the roaches from any house.

    June 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To my troll: You were so ugly as a child that the dentist told your parents, "Sorry lady, we don't do arangatangs. Take this monkey to the zoo."

    June 12, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. €Engleberthumperdink¥£

    To my troll: You were so ugly as a baby that after they kidnapped you, the kidnappers took you back and said, "No thanks. Blahh."

    June 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hugh

    Zoo does not accept h omo monkeys

    June 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. awww

    You hurt his feelings!

    June 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    I'm for making puerto rico a state. Hell, bring in mexico, too, and be done with the immigration problem.

    At least, from the southern border.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eureka!

      @lee: Respectfully.... That's a great idea. Let's just absorb more poverty, drugs and let's just add donkey shows while we're at it. I'd rather have a great wall of America fitted with machine gun turrets and a shark filled moat. I work with and generally like the hard working people that come here, but at some point we need to stop eating tacos.. We've already got stretch marks... Same with PR.. Beautiful country with some nice cultural aspects, but we'd absorb their problems too. Let them become independent completely.

      June 13, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jazzzzzzzz

    Although Communism would yield a positive out come for those in poverty, it would also eliminate each individuals responsibility for their own actions who are considered middle class and up. A non-communist society would co-inside with the judgement that will come for all of us by Jesus in the end. For this reason the Viet-nam war could be justified... But for those who lost loved ones... both in south Viet-Nam and the U.S, it's of little comfort. The full disclosure of the pentagon papers can only be of value if it should reveal a clear knowledge of what was buried in those (Orange Drums). yet according to the article above it is only about the "progress" not about what was done wrong to those still suffering today from psychological and physical effects of the war so many decades ago.

    My deepest sympathy to those still live that horror even today.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Eureka!

    Ever notice the intelligent, moderate and free thinking comments get ignored, while the partisan sniping, race baiting, and name calling gets all the responses. You are pretty much goaded into being argumentative, or you are completely ignored. Gee I wonder why progress is moving so slow...

    June 13, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  15. Weinergate

    I am the key master... Where is the gate keeper?

    June 13, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
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