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. @ chriisy's troll

    You would know having lived in one your entire life.

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

    GMTA again lol!

    April 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dazzle ©

    At least a new thread is up but pretty much a regurgitation of the usual. My side of the family is having a family reunion gathering in NYV in May and 2 of my cousins are with the NYFD and will be taking us to Ground Zero. It will be sad to see that gaping hole in the skyline where the towers used to be. This will be my daughters first trip and I am thankful we will all be together for this.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    The story about the drunk driver millionair...my first fiancee was killed by a drunk driver. RIP Sherrie Richmond, Grand Jct., CO. And when i found-out taigaters account for 70% of all highway fatalaties, I asked you women why no Mothers Against Taigaters. I even made bumber stickers that said "Medicate Taigaters", and another one you folks would take offense at so won't mention.
    he he. And when this chart posted, it reminded me of getting back late to feed the sheep. As soon as the gate opened, zip! tang! they run in to feed. What? It's not as bad as my old farmer chicken coop analogy.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @Philip, I am sorry to hear about your fiance in the Grand Junction crash but the rest of your post makes no sense to me. Perhaps another blogger can shed some light on that for you as most have been here longer than I.

      April 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I would remind you that you found your way here quickly enough.

      April 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      He latest analogy is referring to whenever a new thread is posted, he and the rest of us start posting on it.

      April 29, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @dazzie. That "gaping hole" you refer to is called "the bathtub" by engineers. The substructure of the Tower ran deep into the ground, lower than ocean level. So a giant "bathtub" was built to keep the water out. Interestingly, the walls of the tub didn't fail from having an entire tower fall on them. Why? Because the towers were dustified. (youtube dr. judy wood 'where did the towers go?')

    April 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      TY @Philip, I will check that out. I grew up across the Hudson River and the skyline was so memorable and it will be unsettling to see the skyline without the towers especially when we are at Ground Zero.

      April 29, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dazzle ©

    Hey @chrissy!!

    April 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    not me @ 8:23 poser!

    April 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Hello dazzle! Personnally i have no wish to EVER see that. And i know everyone says we got closure when OBL was killed (although im not convinced yet) i dont feel any closure.

    April 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @chrissy, no with Bin Laden dead there is no closure for any of us.

      April 29, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    IF in fact he even is dead! Im not convinced.

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

    @ dazzle, EXACTLY! The whole scenario is rather fishy! Makes no sense at all in fact, not one bit of it!

    April 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @chrissy, no it doesn't,even more quetionable then these guests showing up on this blogs.

      April 29, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    Lmao dazzle, guests? Im thinking more like a fungus! And philip, im still waiting for an answer, wth is taigaters??

    April 29, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @chrissy, or a parasitic infestation. When T and I got sick last week, she said mine was the result of the "cyber pizza party." LOL

      April 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    OBL's death should have signaled us towards the exit. Alas it didn't.

    As for the dark day 9/11 – much has been said & written about that crime against America. I just hope someday we learn about the architects of this dark day in our lives. I go time & again to the 9/11 Commission summary and the researches of those with access to much we don't know and feel both saddened & frustrated.
    Good night everyone.

    April 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dazzle ©

    @chrissy, I'll be back shortly. I am going to throw together a quick dinner. Hopefully the Jihad war will be over. Bye Philip.

    April 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    lol cyber pizza DATE, tell her. And yea i was doin dishes sorry dazzle. And banasy, isnt that what youre sposed to do on a blog thread? Post i mean.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @chrissy, I'm back and all looks quiet. I did tell her that you originated the phrase and she said we are having too much fun on here. She is better off not being on here while she preps for her summer job. She didn't see the crazy chef, but at this point she would roar over that.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Well, @chrissy, of course that's what what's it's here for.
    Which is why that doesn't make any sense, but I tried to, anyway....lol...

    April 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      It sounds like the real @banasy! How are you girl?

      April 29, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yep, it's me, dazzle©.
      I'm doing well, how are you?
      I hope that you told your daughter happy birthday from her Tanté banasy©!

      April 29, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
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