Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
July 22nd, 2012
04:08 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days

Here are some of the stories CNN plans to cover this week:

Colorado shooting suspect due in court

James Holmes, the man suspected of shooting 70 people in a movie theater early Friday in Aurora, Colorado, is scheduled to appear in court Monday morning. The court file was sealed, according to a court order.

Holmes allegedly set off a noxious gas canister and opened fire a few minutes into a midnight showing of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." Twelve people were killed and 58 wounded.

Funeral arrangements and memorials for the victims of the shooting are likely to unfold throughout the week as Aurora and the surrounding community come to grips with the massacre.

Drew Peterson jury selection begins

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for former Illinois police Sgt. Drew Peterson, who is charged with killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He remains under investigation in the October 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Savio's death originally was ruled accidental. However, after Stacy Peterson went missing in October 2007, Drew Peterson became the focus of a police investigation. Authorities exhumed Savio's body and conducted a second autopsy, and this time her death was ruled a homicide.

Peterson has consistently said he never harmed either woman.

NFL teams report for training camp

National Football League teams open training camp for the 2012 season this week. The New Orleans Saints, hobbled by season-long suspensions for head coach Sean Payton and linebacker Jonathan Vilma, report Tuesday.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton and Vilma in the wake of revelations that Saints coaches had offered players cash bounties for injuring star players on opposing teams. Saints defensive end Will Smith received a four-game suspension.

The man believed to have instigated the bounty program, former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, was suspended indefinitely. He's now with the St. Louis Rams.

Two former Saints players also received suspensions: Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, must sit out eight games; and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, will miss the season's first three games.

At least the Saints will still have the services of quarterback Drew Brees, who last week signed a five-year, $100 million contract to stay with the team.

Apple reports Q3 earnings

Apple Inc. will report its third quarter financial results after the markets close Tuesday. Sales of iPads could help the company bounce back from somewhat disappointing second-quarter figures, but the prospect of a new iPhone this fall may have put a drag on sales of the current model.

Apple is expected to launch the latest version of its operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, on Wednesday.

Penn State to learn officially of NCAA penalties

The National Collegiate Athletic Association will announce Monday how it will penalize Pennsylvania State University for the way it handled suspicions of child sexual abuse by longtime assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The NCAA will not levy the "death penalty" - complete suspension of the football program for a year or more - a source familiar with the case tells CNN, but there will be "significant, unprecedented penalties" that are "well beyond what has been done in the past."

The sanctions come on the heels of an investigative report prepared by former FBI Director Louis Freeh. The report held four top Penn State officials, including the late, iconic head football coach Joe Paterno, responsible for failing to stop the abuse. Sandusky, 68, was convicted in late June of 45 of the 48 sexual abuse counts he faced, involving 10 victims.

The school's board of trustees had a 900-pound bronze statue of Paterno removed from its prominent place outside Beaver Stadium on campus.

Some had called for the statue to be removed, saying Paterno chose to protect his football program's image rather than protect children from Sandusky. Others thought the statue should stay right where it was, either because of Paterno's otherwise sterling legacy as a mentor and humanitarian or because its continued presence on campus would serve as a catalyst for awareness and discussion of ethics.

Killer of singer's relatives seeks new trial

William Balfour, who was convicted in May on seven counts in the murders of singer/actress Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew in Chicago, will be in court Tuesday seeking a new trial.

Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson; brother, Jason Hudson; and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, were shot to death in October 2008. Balfour, 31, is the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, Julia Hudson.

If the judge denies the motion for a new trial, Balfour will probably be sentenced at the same hearing to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Olympic Games open in London

The 2012 Olympic Games will kick off Friday with an elaborate ceremony in London, which has been preparing for this event for seven years.

CNN is covering the London Games from all angles, including how Olympians arose from the Arab Spring, how a 16-year-old competes on the world stage in an obscure sport, how London is dealing with security issues and much more.

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

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    July 23, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Tomorrow show me another 5-letter word, other than "frank", that means truth. Good Night Sir.

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  3. Natas

    @ mary i know who you are i will chase you down through this electronic jungle blind as i am i can still see but you use the name KENNY ROGERS but why do you try to hide you can not run from your spiritual fate and your own person it follows you to the depths of your blessings in hell

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  4. james ainoris

    How can someone so insane not be noticed or helped before he acted out like this..... i had a nutty neighbor who collected all kinds of tatical stuff . he ended up being nutz and taken away before he hurt any one thank G-d.....but on the other hand there are alot of nutty eccentric people out there.. we dont want to become like Soviet Union and arrest anyone just because....? People with mental health issues fill our prisons and we warehouse them until released.... What should we do? if you out law guns only outlaws have them... this is true. But maybe make it more difficult to obtain Non hunting guns... assault guns are designed for one use... kalichnokov called the ak 47 the "golem" A giant which would come to protect Jews being murdered in europe.... now this gun is used alot for evil...and crazy people can get them cheap! nutz james ainoris

    July 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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