Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
August 19th, 2012
05:25 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:

Mars rover on the move

The Mars rover Curiosity could go for its first, short test drive this week, roughly two weeks after landing.

The mobile science lab touched down on Mars early on August 6 and has been beaming back images of the surface of Gale Crater ever since. But it hasn't yet moved from its landing site. Controllers needed to execute a planned upgrade of its control software and make sure its systems operate properly.

Curiosity is on a two-year mission to determine whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting life.

Holiday travel forecast

AAA will release its forecast for travel over the upcoming Labor Day holiday on Tuesday.

The organization will look at how many people are planning Labor Day trips and what effect the sluggish economy will have on their travel plans. Numbers on road as well as air travel are expected.

One of the key concerns of travelers for the upcoming holiday weekend may be gas prices.

Last Sunday, the Lundburg Survey reported that the average price of a gallon of gas had jumped 18 cents over the previous two weeks.

The national average price was $3.69. Chicago had the highest price at $4.23 a gallon. Tucson had the lowest at $3.18.

Basketball stars support Obama

Some of the NBA's biggest stars, including Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo, will be on hand for a basketball camp in New York City on Wednesday to benefit President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

A shoot-around skills session with the players for one person goes for $2,000, while an autograph session with them will cost $100, according to the campaign's website.

Participants will also get to play in a game coached by the players, the website says.

Among other players, the camp also features women's stars Dawn Staley and Sheryl Swoopes and former NBA greats Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning.

Verdict expected in Norway massacre

A man who admits killing 77 people in a shooting and bombing spree in Norway last year is expected to hear a verdict in the case on Friday, with questions about his sanity being a key factor.

According to authorities, Anders Behring Breivik set off a fertilizer bomb outside the prime minister's office on July 22, 2011, killing eight people. He then took a ferry to Utoya Island, the site of a Labour Party youth camp, where more than 700 young adults were meeting. Authorities say he roamed the island shooting at campers, killing 69 people before members of an elite Norwegian police unit took him into custody

Breivik was put on trial this year. Prosecutors have asked that Breivik be acquitted on the grounds of insanity, in which case he would be held in a secure mental health unit. If he is fully acquitted on the grounds of "necessity," as urged by his defense, he could go free. If he is ruled sane and found guilty of some or all the charges, he would be sentenced to up to 21 years in prison.

Last week, an independent commission issued a report saying that security services could have done more to prevent the attack.

Air Guitar World Championships

Music will be in the air if not in any instruments in Oulu, Finland, on Friday for the finals of the Air Guitar World Championships.

Organizers call it the grand finale of the Air Guitar World Tour.

According to the U.S. Air Guitar Championships, the American representative will be Matt Burns, known as "AIRISTOTLE," who took the U.S. crown during a competition in Denver in July. He'll be matched up against championship air guitarists from two dozen other countries in Finland, according to the organization's website.

What the organization terms "dark horses" or wild cards, get a chance for a spot in the finals during a qualifying round on Thursday.

What does the winner get? A real guitar, of course.

soundoff (99 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    @ raven, NOW that almost sounds like the real Hope, but marys been trollin her for so long ya cant be sure. Anyway im really tired. Gnite.

    August 19, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope


      When you get a chance, give me the
      lowdown on those two.

      (I've been posting all weekend on the
      Canadian murder thread... that's ME)

      Love ya,

      August 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    On second thought maybe ill stick around for a bit. I just gotta see how this turns out, ya know raven? lmao!

    August 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Lol...yeah,do....I finally got this damn phone lined out. Sometimes ya gotta follow thru on your threats and Ive been TELLING it" Ok,phone, I'm about ready to take out your battery..." finally had to just DO it. Hurt me more than it hurt him tho...

    August 20, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. Hope

    So... from 1 to 10, how much damage
    did the troll do?

    August 20, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Thanks Hope...and have agood night.

    August 20, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hope

    I don't remember. But I remember Colvin got killed after doing an interview for CNN and BBC

    August 20, 2012 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Wouldn't that be for YOU to determine,hope? Since it was you that got jacked?

    August 20, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Ok, he wasnt a real reporter tho. He was a syrian citizen and they just would report on what he said. Then after awhile we didnt hear anymore and they never said if he was killed. Am i jogging your memory now?

    August 20, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      You mean the guy that was making U–Tube
      Videos? Was it Ray, or something like that?

      August 20, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      You mean the one whose brother made
      the video of him dying, receiving last rites.
      His brother was a doctor?

      I don't remember his name, but I remember
      looking up the video... let me check my utube

      August 20, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hope

    Sorry, Raven...

    I was hoping to get some sleep, instead
    of chasing trolls. Banasy knows me, so
    does Bobcat, Bongo and many others. I
    don't waste much time with silly games.
    But, I guess I'll have to read it before I post

    Thanks, anyway;

    August 20, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    No it wasnt a youtube guy, nor was he named ray. And bongo is new.

    August 20, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Rami al Sayyed was his real name.

      August 20, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    I guess youre best bet is to take this up with Mary and then EVERYONE will know its the real you. Both u/n mary and hope over the past several weeks have had the same ip addy ive been told.

    August 20, 2012 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hope

    Whatever, Philip...

    August 20, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy


    August 20, 2012 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope


      How could Mary and I have the same address?
      That's rediculous. No one but CNN would know that!

      August 20, 2012 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Yep, Daniel.


      But, his real name was Rami al Sayyed

      August 20, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Hope

    I love ya with all my heart. I'll blog to
    Banasy and see if I can patch things


    August 20, 2012 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    ok gnite. And that aint really Philip, he wouldnt be that sweet to us. lmao.

    August 20, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
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