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. chrissy

    Lol it isnt as fun as she thinks at times. So someone is egotrippin because he wasnt the FIRST to post? Well big fat furry deal thats childish!

    April 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @chrissy, he then disappeared but is probably lurking.

      April 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dazzle ©

    @Superman, hello to you. Ignore the trolls and speak freely.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    You are, of course, free to post whatever you like.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Superman, speak as freely as you like.
    There is no one who can stop you, dear man.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dazzle ©

    @chrissy, are you referring to the one who was here before and seems to have just shown up on the scene.

    April 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Hey superman. This is the land of the free and the brave remember that. Thanks for clearing that up btw, dont know why he couldnt have just said it tho.

    April 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    @@@banasy@@@dazzle i just got tired of the bs here everyone who is a goodone is not the problem its those few that screw everything up ,,,,thank you for the kind words,,,,i hope every thing finds you goodones well!

    April 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yeah, it wears sometimes.
      Chin up; we adore you just the way you are.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I am fine.
    Just tired...but that comes with my advanced age of 106.

    How are you, love?

    April 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      This is not @banasy.

      April 29, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yes, daz, it is.
      JIF and I are 20 years apart in age, and he has joked in the past that he is 116...therefore, I am 106.
      I am, of course joking, but I AM tired.

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

    @ dazzle, no i was talking about philips post. Why didnt he just say tailgaters. I would agree with him about that. They should ticket them maybe then they would realize what a menace they are!

    April 29, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      Sorry guys, had to take an unwanted phone call. . Let me read thru what I missed.

      April 30, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Ah, I have a comment to @dazzle awaiting moderation.
    It will never see the light of day.

    April 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am going to bed.
    I'll see you soon.

    April 29, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    And mary, you dont know how lucky you are NOT to have one in your house! lol and i truly mean that! But you can have the one that resides here, hes even house broken.

    April 29, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    @@@banasy well , thank you i appreciate the comment unlike others now the bad ones will follow im sure to try and blemish the well wishers

    April 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Good nite banasy. Pleasant dreams! And @ jim, i thought you were going to recap the past 24 hours? Im game to hear it as long as you werent talking a replay of last nights conversation. And superman, how was your day dear?

    April 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ellen Kowit

    Interesting story!

    April 29, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
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