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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Typical ahead of the curve "story holders", never thankful for anything they have, and forever in a state of whinning, for everything life dishes out to them.

    April 30, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What are you talking about, Jeff?
      I see no "whing" going on here...clarification, please.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"


    April 30, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Good Night? It's good morning here in Colorado. Where do you live, Jeff Frank? On that floating ball of trash swirling in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? It is the size of Texas, though where Houston would be is mostly old Colt 45 cans.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I would venture a guess that Jeff Frank lives in Ohio, that being a part of his username, and all.
      He's probably a Reppublican, too, judging from the R in front of Ohio.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    ...and yer clock seems to be running 10 min. behind, though it is time that stands still relative to the people whom fly by.

    April 30, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I do not support the Occupy movement.
    This article states that Occupy protesters have rallied against, among other things, "income inequality."
    Incomes are not equal because human beings produce work in different amounts and of different value.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jihad

      Ha Ha, I actually agree with you Joey! 🙂 Good morning
      And Btw, to all some one has high jack my name, wonder if I hold the record for the FASTEST high jacked s/n in cnn history?

      April 30, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good Morninh, JIF.
      If this little blurb actually represented what OWS was actually about, on the surface, I would have to agree with you.
      It isn't; this sentence was, (IMO) deliberately written speciously.

      I support OWSJ one of the reasons is they want the Federal Reserve audited.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Please pardon the typos.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Arletha

      That is antiquated thinking from yesterday. You sound like a cold-hearted mean-spirited capitalist like Bush, Cheney, and Romney. Hello, did you notice that in trickle-down economics it did not trickle down? Occupy Wall Street protests that injustice. Our leader cares about ALL the people, not just the rich, and if you don’t want to pay your fair share he will make you or you can just get out.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ banasy:
    I have tried twice to reply to you, at the appropriate place after my comment. Two posts were rejected.
    I know that my opinion is not PC in this forum.
    Good morning anyway.

    April 30, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I was just saying that if one takes that one badly-written sentence as the reason to reject OWS,...
      I know that isn't the reason you don't support it.
      None of our opinions are pc in this forum.
      That's the nature of this board.

      It's spring; OWS will start up again, and there will be a lot of heated discussion about it.
      I support it, you don't; it's all good.

      How are you these days?

      April 30, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ banasy:
    My work is hectic right now. I'm not here often.

    April 30, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I can see that.
      Do not work so hard.
      I'd like to see you here, and healthy.

      April 30, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |

    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.

    and if he doesn't win....off to the glue factory he goes....
    every one in kentucky knows about the glue factory only 3 blocks from the race track...

    why else do the horses run so fast at that race...

    April 30, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, Ruffie.
      Hope this morning finds you doing well....

      April 30, 2012 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    I suppose one can't copyright the big J.
    I approve of your message.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©


    It also made me laugh out loud.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Jeff Frank? Check.
    Ohio? Check.
    Republican? Check.
    Living on a floatilla of trash in trhe Atlantic? False
    Do I necessarily believe someone lives in Colorado, just because they tell me they do? False. (A lot of people don't acknowledge thier real name or location, because they're running from the law.)

    No. I do not fully support the communists, simply because they just happen to be centerist when it comes to thier thoughts about increases in student loans.

    April 30, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Well, Jeff Frank, I didn't know that supporting OWS means one is a communist; kinda the same way I never thought that being a (R) means one supports Nazism.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      S/B false.

      April 30, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I've got words to share with you banasy. I tried to put things in three or four paragraphs, but CNN keeps bouncing it. I don't know if there's a 20 word "limit" or something like that.
    R=nazi? cute. Right wing insanity, not off the right side of anarchy...he he.

    April 30, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    banasy....Is it truw that your breath smmells like a Haitian sewer?

    April 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. "O"

    Maybe just maybe communism is something that we as americans need for a little while to wake us up to what we have now , theres so many right people in this country that it no longer matters whos wrong communism will and would open the eyes of those that complain about iur current government and there inability to run things right, does antone remember the saying of one bad apple does what ? Well welcome to the future of our country unless more people in this country stand up as one and fight for the good of the people instead of the big political cheese man our country will continue to dwindle in to the pits of well you know the rest

    April 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    @Jackin Thebeanstalk
    I don't beat my wife. But your probably guilty, of what you accuse others of being Jack Off.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
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