Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
July 1st, 2012
12:01 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:

Mexico elects a new president

By Monday morning we should know who the next president of Mexico will be. Voting was taking place Sunday in the race to succeed President Felipe Calderon.

Calderon has engaged drug cartels in a bloody six-year war for control of parts of Mexico, mostly in the north near the U.S. border. More than 47,500 people have died in drug-related violence nationwide, according to government statistics.

Flesh-eating bacteria patient goes home

Aimee Copeland, the graduate student in Georgia who has been ravaged by flesh-eating bacteria, is expected to be released from the hospital on Monday. Copeland has lost her hands, one leg and her other foot to necrotizing fasciitis, which followed her fall into a creek in a zip-line accident May 1. Nevertheless, Andy Copeland says his daughter feels optimistic and "blessed to be different."

An All-American celebration

Wednesday is Independence Day, which means all federal and most state and local government offices will be closed, parades will be held, and Coney Island will host Nathan's Famous 97th annual July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Qualifying contests have been held in 12 cities across the country since April, according to the Nathan's Famous website. The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier will compete in Wednesday's final, starting at 11:30 a.m. for the women and noon for the men. ESPN will show the contests at the conclusion of its Wimbledon coverage that afternoon.

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California, has worn the wiener crown for five years and holds the world record for eating 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Sonya Thomas of Alexandria, Virginia, will defend her women's title. She wolfed down 40 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes in last year's contest.

Wimbledon winds up

The two-week-long tennis tournament known formally as The Championships, Wimbledon, will continue through the week and conclude with the women's singles final on Saturday and the men's singles final on Sunday. Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova were the singles champions at last year's event at The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon.

Report on Air France crash released

France's Bureau of Investigation and Analysis will publish its final report on the crash of Air France Flight 447 over the Atlantic Ocean. All 228 people aboard were killed when the plane crashed in stormy weather en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 1, 2009.

It took four searches and nearly two years to locate the bulk of the Airbus 330-300's wreckage, still containing many bodies, in a mountain range deep beneath the surface. More than 70 bodies were never recovered.

Court holds hearing on Philadelphia priest

Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn will be back in court on Thursday for a hearing on whether he should be placed under house arrest until he is sentenced August 13.  Lynn was found guilty on June 22 of one count of child endangerment, the first time a U.S. church leader not accused of improper contact has been convicted of such a charge.

Libya votes to build a new government

Libyans will vote Saturday for a national congress, which will appoint a prime minister and Cabinet, as well as a 60-member committee to draft a new constitution. The government and constitution will replace the National Transition Council, which has ruled the North African country since the NATO-backed revolution that overthrew longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    Hmm, almost time for the fireworks.

    July 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Woo hoo!
      Happy Birthday, Canada!

      Good night, all.

      July 1, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AlMorr

    Regarding the weather in the northeast United State, it is a bit extreme, all these thunderstorms and extreme heat, at least you are getting a summer, here in the U.K we seemed to have missed out on having one, all its been doing is having cool temperatures and more rain most days, perhaps we will get some heat soon, maybe September if we are lucky.

    July 2, 2012 at 4:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    I just viewed and heard on CNN(Out Front with Erin B.) that President Obama had made a Secret Dialing for Dollars phone call from Air Force One to large campaign donors.The call essentiality astked for campaign donations early(like right now) instead of late in the campaign.If I recall correctly, political office holders are not allowed per Campaign Finance Law to dial for campaign dollars from their government offices,Well HELLO ,AIRFORCE ONE has to be the largest flying government office in the WORLD.As I see it the President has violated the Government Campaign Finance LAW in a very visible way.This needs to be investigated and a Special Prosecutor appointed.But, we all know that will not happen!

    July 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
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