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. banasy©

    OH, how I wish that smirking, ghastly Drew Peterson would go away, already!!

    July 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bloo

    They tore down that statue. good.

    July 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greek American

    The statue was moved away from the place it stood and into the stadium out of sight somewhere.
    And yes, good! I agree.

    July 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Put up a statue of a beaver.

    July 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Jeff Frank:
      That made me lmao!
      Random!
      Love it!

      July 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lmao @ JF! Why a beaver? Thats funny but....why?

    July 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Hey @ Greek American! How have you been? And are you back from your trip, now that the weather is somewhat more decent? Lmao.

    July 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    James Holmes? Tie him to a freshly sprouted bed of bamboo shoots, and make sure the bamboo is watered, and simply walk away.

    July 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Yeah, where have you been, GA?
    I've missed ya...

    July 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Omg you are on a roll tonite J F! Lmfao!

    July 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I see another Chicago story is being featured here, as well as Drew Peterson, he of the patented smirk.
    WHY does William Balfour think he's enti tled to a new trial?
    Because the convicted always do...the evidence was overwhelming the first time around, and he'd most assuredly be convicted again.
    Quit wasting taxpayers time, and give some measure of comfort to those you left behind after slaughtering an entire family, Balfour.
    Take your punishment like a man.

    July 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    Superman is off in 3 weeks to climb alpamayo just over 19,000 ft solo with 3 others 8hrs behind its a good one in the andes winter suicide? Absolutley not artistic yes its one hell of a trip before that i get to go to wichita kansas to dry wall a home for my couisin life is worth living and to all you good ones thoughts of you all all the time superman here gay superman

    July 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hey, Superman!
      Hope your climb is exciting, but uneventful, get my meaning? 😉

      July 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. All for one...One for all..

    first....Poster #1 "It's me" Dude what is name of the PSHYCO Ward you escaped from? Be agood boy take your Meds and go play out onthe Interstate highway....geez.....OK the shooting in Aurora and Olympics will be the top stories this week on what was listed.....I am awaiting to hear the Gun Control Crowd state their case...Once again a worthless bunch of Rhetoric....At the Olymics see who the stars will be this time if they have any energy after using up all the free Condoms they get...back to the studio..

    July 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    I believe in the right to bear arms, but ASSAULT RIFLES?? Only thugs or someone up to no good needs those. They need to tighten restriction on those types of weapons.

    July 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    A dissertation of self abuse is soon to follow banasy..hehe.
    I can't really talk now. Catch you on my break around 8p, OK?
    I said beaver cause I thought everyone at Penn State called the stadium "Beaver Stadium"

    July 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Try to remember I'm a blue collar Republican. Sorry if I offended you.

    July 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
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