Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
July 29th, 2012
04:24 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:

Olympic Games' first amputee runner takes to the track

The first amputee to compete in Olympic track events will make his London 2012 debut on Saturday.

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, whose legs were amputated below the knee when he was an infant because of a bone defect, will compete in the individual 400-meter run on Saturday before participating in South Africa's 4×400-meter relay squad later in the Games. He runs on blade-like carbon fiber prosthetics, from which his nickname "The Blade Runner" derives.

Pistorius' speed sparked a few years of debate over whether his prosthetics give him an advantage over able-bodied athletes. But Switzerland's Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that although the springy prosthetics gave Pistorius at least one advantage, Pistorius is at a net disadvantage because he has more  difficulty coming out of the blocks and accelerating during the first part of the race.

For more on the Olympics, including stories about China's quick start in the medal count, the ongoing rivalry between U.S. swimmers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, the U.S. men's gymnastics team qualifying for Monday's all-around finals, visit our London 2012 page.

Human to hero: Blade Runner's 2012 Olympic ambition

Why China will top the medal count

Suspect in Colorado theater shooting to be charged

A man accused of killing 12 people and wounding dozens of others in a July 20 shooting at a Colorado movie theater is expected to be charged in the case on Monday.

A judge also is expected to hear arguments Monday on a request by the defense team of suspect James Holmes for authorities to surrender a package he allegedly sent to a psychiatrist before the shooting.

Holmes is accused of shooting people who were watching the early morning premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, Colorado. He was arrested outside the theater shortly after the shooting.

The school where the psychiatrist works said last week that it received the "suspicious package" on Monday, and it described as "inaccurate" a Fox News report citing a source who said the packaged was received July 12 and sat in the mail room. CBS News reported that the package included a description of how Holmes was planning to kill people.

According to the request from Holmes' defense team, the package seized by authorities under a July 23 search warrant was a protected communication and should be handed over. Prosecutors are fighting the request.

Profiles of the 12 victims

How to help the victims of the Colorado shooting

Fight between rebels, Syrian government forces intensifies in Aleppo

A nine-day struggle for control of Syria's commercial hub of Aleppo looks to stretch into this week, with Syria's top diplomat vowing Sunday that rebel troops would not gain control of the nation's largest city.

About 200,000 people have fled shelling and heavy weapon fire in Aleppo and surrounding areas in the past two days of fighting, a U.N. official said Sunday, citing the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Tanks pounded Aleppo on Saturday, a sign that a much-feared government offensive in the critical city has started.

Meanwhile, the Arab League is backing the Syrian opposition's call for an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting over fighting in Aleppo. Officials from the regional body are planning visits to Russia and China as part of efforts to persuade those countries, which have vetoed several resolutions over Syria, to change their stance, the head of the Arab League said Sunday.

A Syrian uprising started in March 2011, after President Bashar al-Assad's regime cracked down on  protesters.

Postal Service to default on $5.5 billion bill?

The U.S. Postal Service has said that without congressional action by Wednesday, it will - for the first time in its history - default on its annual payment covering retiree health care.

The service is required to prepay health care benefits for retirees, and it next payment, due Wednesday, is supposed to be $5.5 billion. The service and its workers' unions want Congress to repeal the prepayment mandate and stop service cuts and plant consolidations.

The Senate passed legislation to help the Postal Service in April, but the House has yet to act. While default would be a first for the Postal Service, it's largely symbolic with few immediate implications. The service would prioritize bills, ensuring employees and subcontractors get paid, spokesman David Partenheimer said, CNNMoney's Jennifer Liberto reported.

Postal Service officials have said they also don't have the cash to make a required $5.6 billion payment on September 30. The Postal Service reported a $5.1 billion loss last year citing the recession, declining mail volume and the congressional mandate to prefund retirement health care benefits.

Culture war breaks out at chicken restaurants

After two weeks of outrage and counteroutrage over Chick-fil-A’s president saying he was against same-sex marriage, groups on both sides of the issue hope their supporters will make their positions known at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country this week.

Former Arkansas Gov. and ex-presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has called for a "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on Wednesday. A Facebook page for the event calls for supporters of the fast-food chicken chain to simply show up and eat at one of the 1,600 Chick-fil-As nationwide.

Meanwhile, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is backing a call for a National Same-Sex Kiss Day to be held at Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide on Friday.

The controversy took flight in mid-July after Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy gave an interview to the Biblical Recorder, on online journal for Baptists in North Carolina. In the July 2 story - picked up by the Baptist Press on July 16 - Cathy affirmed that his company backs traditional marriage. After proponents of same-sex marriage expressed outrage at the comment, the chain emphasized that it treats every customer and employee with respect, "regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

Drew Peterson trial gets under way

The murder trial of Drew Peterson, a Chicago-area police office accused of killing his third wife and is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth, is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Peterson, 58, is charged in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose passing initially was ruled accidental after her body was found in a bathtub. She had been divorced from Peterson for about five months when she died, and Savio was to receive part of Peterson's pension and other support.

Just eight days after his divorce from Savio, Peterson married Stacy Cales, then 19. After Stacy went missing in October 2007, her husband became the focus of a police investigation. Authorities exhumed Savio's body and conducted a second autopsy, this time ruling her death a homicide. Stacy Peterson still is missing.

The case was depicted in the Lifetime movie "Drew Peterson: Untouchable," which set a ratings record of 5.8 million viewers for the channel when it premiered in January.

Get caught up on the Peterson case in 3 minutes

 

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  1. Um, yeah

    Don't eat there. They aren't infringing of your happiness. Just don't eat there. Make a statement with your wallet, not a torch.

    July 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rkytky0323

    "My choice is what I choose to do, and if I'm causing no harm it shouldn't bother you. Your choice is who you choose to be, and if your causin' no harm then you're alright with me."
    -Ben Harper

    Enough said.

    July 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fescobeo999

    Just call gay marriage "gayrriage" or "marriagay". We will give gay people exclusivity over the name. Everybody would be happy then!

    July 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um, yeah

      Um, yeah, just make it legal. I don't think the name matters.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mypost

    i will go to Chick-fil-a more than before.
    Animals are better than gays/lesbians because they do not have such behaviours .

    July 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doonef

      Yep. I agree. I'm going to drive 30 miles out of my way August 1st to eat at a chic-fil-a. I wish there were more up here in Wisconsin 🙂

      July 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um, yeah

      Um, yeah, think again, and better yet, do a little research.

      July 29, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeah they do

      uh, actually animals do.

      July 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladyofargonne

      Most male animals will hump anything that stands still long enough.

      July 30, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. true follower

    i am straight and a jesus follower and you high minded chrisians make me sick ...good way to win souls!

    July 29, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ladyofargonne

    Is it me or do James Holmes and Drew Peterson resemble each other.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sinzu

    Am straight and its the way it is meant to be,Coming up to say lets have a'kiss day'for gay couples is sacreligeous

    July 30, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sinzu

    I pray for the 'blade runner' so so brave

    July 30, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. dazzle ©

    Healthcare Question- I received a 4 page letter in the mail saying that I am receiving a rebate for 2011 required by the Affordable Care Act-the health reform bill. I am trying to read between the lines as to what this is all about. Did anyone else get this letter? I called the Health Insurance Division of my former employer and sent an email. No response yet but it was the weekend. Can anyone explain what they think this means. Of course this rebate money is taxable.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Boogeyman

    @um yea so you have never seen a male dog trying to hump a male dog? How dam ignorant are you animals make the decision to do so and thats that ah yea ahhhdahhh

    July 30, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. power4things

    Expression of Faith, or publicity stunt? Going public on alternative marriage in the Bible Belt is guaranteed to get plenty of folks to show up, get bored, and finally just have a fil-a, fries and a Coke ...

    July 30, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. OutOfThisTime

    LOL chick-fil-a's president should just stick to selling chicken sandwiches, not making remarks towards the gay crowd. Live life, Love life, That is all.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. power4things

    This Peterson has been thumbing his nose at justice for nearly 10 years. He's an ex-cop and knows exactly what they can and can't do. He's so juiced-in he could likely deliver the bodies to the police station and they can't touch him.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. power4things

    Hasn't the USPS figured out how to start re-inventing itself in the internet age? They have a mature, nation-wide infrastructure, government subsidy and support, unlimited $$, they've watched this "computer thing" as it "sneaks up" on them for over 20 years, and still haven't figured out how to leverage the information age with internet-based services? Their website can't even track a package number properly. Meanwhile, UPS, FedEx, DHL, et. al., make billions – serving every little backwater town that the USPS claims to lose money on. Answer: don't let the government run things. P.S. – telephone carriers, Skype and VoIP has your number – you're next.

    July 30, 2012 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
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