Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
April 29th, 2012
05:09 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:

Occupy movement plans mass rallies for May Day

Occupy organizers say they plan to use the labor movement's International Workers' Day - also known as May Day - to make a public splash on Tuesday.

The Occupy movement, which stemmed from the Occupy Wall Street protests last year, is calling for large-scale demonstrations across the country on Tuesday, which is May 1. Occupy protesters have rallied against what they say is income inequality, corporate greed and the influence of the wealthiest 1% of Americans.

Other May Day demonstrations are expected around the world, as usual for every May 1. In Canada, two groups are encouraging Canadian workers to call in sick Tuesday as a protest against "the attacks of the 1%," the CBC reports.

One World Trade Center to be New York's tallest structure

More than a decade after a terrorist attack brought down New York's twin towers, their under-construction replacement will become the city's tallest building on Monday, The New York Times reports.

The placement of a column of the 100th floor will bring the new One World Trade Center tower to a height of 1,271 feet - 21 feet taller than the Empire State Building, the Times reports.

Built on what was once referred to as ground zero in Lower Manhattan, the building is expected to reach 1,776 feet when it is finished by early 2014. The Willis Tower in Chicago, formerly known as the Sears Tower, is the country's current record holder at 1,450 feet.

Time lapse video: New World Trade Center tower

Will housekeeper's lawsuit against Strauss-Kahn be tossed?

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn will learn Tuesday whether he's free of a civil suit brought against him by the New York hotel housekeeper who accused him of assaulting her last year.

Strauss-Kahn's lawyers asked a judge to dismiss the case in March, arguing Strauss-Kahn had diplomatic immunity. He resigned his position soon after his arrest by New York police in May 2011, when he was charged with criminally assaulting housekeeper Nafissatou Diallo in a Manhattan hotel suite.

Diallo accused Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her when she walked into his suite, and Strauss-Kahn abandoned plans to run for president of France because of his arrest. But New York prosecutors dropped the criminal case because of credibility issues they cited in Diallo's account.

Siblings accused of multistate crime spree face sentencing

A few court cases that have made national headlines are expected to resolve or begin the trial phase this week.

In one case, three siblings accused of robbing a bank and trying to kill police officers in a multistate spree last year are expected to be sentenced Monday for charges to which they pleaded guilty in Colorado.

The Dougherty siblings - Lee Grace,  and her brothers Dylan and Ryan - are accused of committing an armed bank robbery in Georgia and attempting to kill a Florida police officer on August 2. They escaped from Florida with police in pursuit after they shot out a police cruiser's tire, and they were arrested the next week after a high-speed chase in Colorado, according to authorities. The siblings still face federal charges in the bank robbery, as well as charges in Florida.

Millionaire who adopted girlfriend gets DUI sentence

Also Monday, a Florida millionaire who legally adopted his 42-year-old girlfriend after he was accused of drunken driving in a fatal wreck is expected to be sentenced. John Goodman, who founded International Polo Club Palm Beach, was found guilty last month of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

Authorities accused him of driving drunk, hitting another vehicle and running it off the road into a canal, where its driver was later found dead in his submerged car. The subsequent adoption of his girlfriend made her eligible for money from Goodman's children's trust fund, which is mostly shielded from punitive damages should the crash victim's relatives successfully sue Goodman.

Trial for serial-stabbing suspect

A man accused of stabbing 18 people - killing five - in three states is expected to face trial Tuesday in  one of the deaths in Michigan.

Elias Abuelazam is accused of stabbing people,  most of whom were African-American,  in Michigan, Virginia and Ohio between May 2010 and August 2010.  If convicted of murder in Michigan, Abuelazam could face life in prison without parole. The state does not have the death penalty.

Authorities say he was trying to board an international flight in Atlanta when he was arrested in August 2010.

Seven score and seven years ago ...

A piece of dark American history can be yours, if the price is right.

An online auction for President Abraham Lincoln's opera glasses, which he is said to have held as he was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington in April 1865, is set to end at 5 p.m. PT Monday (8 p.m. ET).

The glasses passed from a Washington City Guard officer to the estate of magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes in the late 1970s, though the current owner is anonymous, Bloomberg News reported. As of Sunday morning, the most recent bid on the site of Los Angeles-based online auctioneer Nate D. Sanders was $277,841.

Union Rags a favorite heading into Kentucky Derby

The next attempt at ending horse racing's 34-year Triple Crown drought begins Saturday at the Kentucky Derby.

Collectively, the experts at Churchill Downs seem to think Union Rags, a descendant of 1964 Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer, has the best chance of winning Saturday. The colt has finished in the top three at five preparatory races since August, including three victories.

The last horse to win the Triple Crown - meaning victories at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont - was Affirmed in 1978.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners.

    At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote 'Revelation 3:20' on the back of it and stuck it in the door.

    When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned.

    Added to it was this cryptic message, 'Genesis 3:10.'

    Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelation 3:20 begins 'Behold, I stand at the door and knock.'

    Genesis 3:10 reads, 'I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked.'

    April 29, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Powers that be are afraid that the OWS movement which is far from being a ground swell may turn into one. That it it may stir the discontent of the public to visibility. Wars, economic,financial woes, indifference of the law makers to America & Americans, ideological idiocy , a foreign policy in shambles & so forth.
    Time that those of the Congress who have played us for fools for far too long wake up & get their act together. Those that aspire to lead us come elections better be aware of the sentiment of the public.
    And the public better exercise their right to vote fully and being aware where we stand now & where we should be headed.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    May One World Trade Center be blessed & become a true symbol of peace, prosperity & humanism. Not one of arrogance, aggression & disdain for humanity-Amen.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Hi @bobcat . Oh, this was good. Put me back in the right mood, thanks .

    April 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ saywhat

    Sometime the news just gets and stays depressive. It's been quite some time now since we've had anything cheerfull to comment on. So I try to lighten things up.
    Hope you have a good evening.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I support OWS.
    I always will support them, and I hope that the faceof OWS is better represented in the media than it has been previously.
    I further hope that people will take a moment to find out exactly what OWS is truly about, but it isn't what most people's perception of it is.

    I echo your sentiments re: OWTC.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I have heard this gem before, and it still makes me laugh!
    It's a two-way street, my friend.

    April 29, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat) ©

      Ain't that the truth banasy ! ?

      April 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    lmao bobcat, i have too but it was perfect to hear it again today! And saywhat, EXACTLY! You always put things in perspective! Thank you! Hello banasy, GMTA!

    April 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    @ AMERICA lst, arent you just a bundle of cheerfulness today?

    April 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Member the big, slob of a guy who acted like a baby? The one who wore a diaper and drank from a bottle? Ewww. Maybe it's like that.

    April 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Not me @ 6:29

    April 29, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @banasy, I did and she was thrilled. Glad it is the real you. The jackers are getting very clever. How goes it?

      April 29, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @dazzle ©
      It goes, lol.
      I surely wish it would calm down here at chez banasy...I feel sometimes that I have a revolving door at my entrance!
      Ah, well...such is life.
      I tend not to post on weekends, for obvious reasons.
      I read, though...what a crazy weekend, although it seems that they are trying to get rid of trolly posts faster.

      How are you, love?

      April 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      Hey to my girl banasy, here its always a roller coaster ride but things always work out. Chez Banasy sounds like a happening place. Chez Dazzle is quiet for the most part as long the drunk dialing stops. Busy work week ahead!

      April 30, 2012 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Hey, chrissy!
    You posted exactly what I was think about little Mr.Sunshine.
    GM do TA!

    April 29, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    That was *really* disgusting.
    I know some guys don't want to grow up, but.....ew...he takes it one step further.....

    April 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning.

    The wife said, "You should do it, because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee."

    The husband said, "You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee."

    Wife replies, "No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee."

    Husband replies, "I can't believe that, show me."

    So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages that it indeed says:


    April 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      I *will* remember that one if I should have a mister around the house. Thanks Bobcat 🙂

      April 29, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ♚Mmmmm♛

    mmm...nottah a bad bucket list item...put on some union rags and head out to the kentucky derby...who can do better?

    April 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
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