Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
April 8th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here is a look at some of the stories that CNN plans to follow this week:

Syria suggests it might not pull forces by deadline

A Syrian foreign ministry spokesman suggested Sunday that the government might not withdraw its armed forces from cities by Tuesday as agreed under a peace plan laid out by U.N.-Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan.

Jihad Maqdisi said Syria will not commit to the withdrawal only to have "armed terrorist groups" commit attacks once the forces are pulled. He said Annan "did not give written assurances that the armed groups would turn in their weapons."

Annan has said he expects rebel fighters to also cease fire after the Tuesday deadline, but the deadline itself was for regime forces to withdraw from cities. Meanwhile, opposition activists say government forces have stepped up their attacks ahead of the deadline, and that 40 people were killed across the country in fresh violence Sunday.

Throughout a more than year-long uprising against the regime, the Syrian government has consistently blamed violence on "armed terrorist groups." But U.N. and other world leaders have said the government is engaged in a violent crackdown.

Reports from Syrian opposition activists suggest government forces are slaughtering civilians in an attempt to wipe out dissidents seeking President Bashar al-Assad's ouster. Rebel fighters have taken up arms, but their strength has often paled in comparison to the better-equipped regime troops.

The United Nations estimates that the fighting in Syria has killed at least 9,000 people.

North Korea expected to launch satellite despite international pressure

This might be the week that North Korea launches a satellite using a long-range rocket, which some governments, including those of the United States and South Korea, see as a cover for a ballistic missile test.

International leaders have urged North Korea to cancel the launch, expected to happen between April 12 and April 16, but Pyongyang has refused to back down, insisting that the operation is for peaceful purposes.

South Korea has said it considers the satellite launch an attempt to develop a nuclear-armed missile, and that the launch would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution that bans the testing of the technology being used in the rocket-powered satellite.

Plans for the launch prompted Washington to suspend a recent deal to supply food aid to North Korea. In that deal, North Korea agreed it would not carry out nuclear or missile tests in return for the aid.

Part of the significance of this launch is its timing to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, who ruled the Communist state for more than four decades.

Grand jury might take up Trayvon Martin case

A grand jury that is expected to convene this week in Florida might take up the case of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teenager who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February. If it does take the case, it will consider whether to indict the volunteer, George Zimmerman, who told police he shot the unarmed 17-year-old in self-defense.

The shooting in Sanford, Florida, happened after Zimmerman called 911 to report a suspicious person in his neighborhood. Zimmerman says he killed Martin after the teen punched him and slammed his head on the sidewalk, according to an Orlando Sentinel report that was later confirmed by Sanford police. Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in connection with the case, though the state attorney's office is investigating the shooting.

Martin's family and supporters say Zimmerman, who is Hispanic, racially profiled the teen, who was black, and ignored a police dispatcher's directive not to follow him. Zimmerman's attorneys interpret the call differently, and say the operator did not order Zimmerman not to follow.

Parole hearing for Charles Manson

A California prison panel will meet Wednesday to consider whether notorious killer Charles Manson should be denied parole for a 12th time.

Manson initially was sentenced to death for the 1969 slayings of actress Sharon Tate and six others by a group of his followers as part of what prosecutors said was an attempt to incite a race war. His death sentence was changed to life in prison after California's death penalty was overturned for a period during the 1970s.

Manson has not been a model inmate. In the past five years, Manson was punished for threatening a peace officer and for possession of a weapon, the latter happening in October when Manson was found with a sharpened pen, California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said.

Manson was found to be in possession of a contraband cell phone — twice — the latest in January 2011. That incident is still under investigation.

Rescue workers try to reach trapped miners in Peru

A Peruvian official has suggested that rescue workers might be close to freeing nine miners who have been trapped below ground in southern Peru since Thursday.

It was not immediately clear what caused the collapse that trapped the miners at the Cabeza de Negro mine.

Miners have been getting oxygen, food and water through a tube, which has also allowed them to stay in contact with people above ground, the state-run Andina news agency reported.

Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys in Rock Hall of Fame

Cleveland will be rocking during Saturday's annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The event will be a reunion of sorts for the original members of Guns N' Roses, all of whom are expected to attend for the group's induction. It's not clear whether they'll be performing.

Also set for induction Saturday: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces/The Faces, Freddie King, Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns.

The ceremony also will mark the induction of six backing groups that didn't get into the Hall of Fame at the same time as their frontman. Those backing groups are the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent), the Comets (Bill Haley), the Crickets (Buddy Holly), the Famous Flames (James Brown), the Midnighters (Hank Ballard) and the Miracles (Smokey Robinson).

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  1. Dungho

    It's always Best to pull out early

    April 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Old Charlie isn't looking so Svengali-like these days.
    But he still likes bat s*h*!*t crazy...

    April 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      *LOOKS* bat.....
      Although maybe the slip is more accurate than I can know....

      April 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    i'm sure any parole hearing for him is a formality. even if he got out and *didn't* kill anyone else, what's he gonna do? get a job?

    and it just doesn't seem worth it to be a miner in south america..

    and guns n roses.. i'm a fan and don't see a place for them in the hall of fame. all their best stuff was on the first album. and shortly after that, they imploded. and axl was routinely an assad to the fans..

    letting them in cheapens it for anyone else already there or to come.. shows they'll let anyone in..

    April 8, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    @ Al-Assad, wait a minute, im sure i can muster up a surprised look! Ummm, nope i cant. Lol.

    April 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ron

    @ chrissey,*like*.

    April 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat8u

    Come One Come All my friends, Let's play Ahead of the Curve.

    April 8, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ron

    As for crazy charlie, lets hope he never sees the outside again. can you imagine pulling up to the drive-thru at mcdonalds and having "him" hand you your order. Um..no thanks. Sorry bout the e chrissy, not sure where that came from...

    April 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©


    GnR is all right...
    What's weird is that I was singing "Sweet Child Of Mine" to my daughter today....(as she was looking at me as if I were insane).
    I guess I forgot the bandana for the full Axl effect.

    April 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: i am a fan.. i karaoke that, paradise city, and patience.. i just think they're a little flash in the pan for the hall of fame.. like cinderella.. or poison..

      April 8, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Do you sway back and forth like Axl does?
      And, with or without said bandana?

      I sing mostly Garbage songs.
      Actually, I sing a lot of songs traditionally sung by men, too; my voice tends towards the lower end of the spectrum.

      Yeah, she does...her eyes roll a LOT!


      April 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: no bandana, but i.. i sway.. at least on sweet child

      April 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lmao @ banasy, she knows you so well my sista from anutha mutha! 🙂 and hey bobcat and ron, and dont worry bout the *e* i wasnt lol.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. citizen

    A missile returning from space is traveling near 20,000 MPH and so makes an effective conventional weapon sans special payload.
    In fact the US developed a version of the Trident to deploy tungsten rods and pulverize a 3000 square foot bullseye.
    The truth in this matter is more refined.
    North Korea is a bit player on the world stage at this critical juncture in our worlds history. What we should fear now is higher employment in this country. 5 years ago five and a half million more people were working than are currently employed in the US.
    If those folks had jobs now, gasoline consumption would be way up. In fact with that much increased demand the price of gas could easily exceed $5 per gallon right now.
    So don't worry about NK to much. This is how they get free food.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lol @ banasy, i remember that look so well! Give her l0 years tho, her *tune* will change, she will be tellin her friends about her cool mom!

    April 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Assad warns he might not pull forces by the deadline?
    Did he *ever* intend to pull the forces?
    Prolly not...they still haven't killed everyone yet...

    April 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Actually, she likes me now....it's just my singing that annoys her...I sing a *lot*! Lol....

    April 8, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    b0bcat8u ? What the hell is that ? WOW

    April 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    lol nope he didnt *promise.* The UN suggested it told him they *expected* him to comply. Well sorry UN, *expecta-tion leads to disapointment!*

    April 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
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