Ahead of the curve: The next 7 days
Police in Pakistan determined Rimsha Masih, 14, is innocent after being framed by an imam for desecrating the Quran.
September 30th, 2012
03:17 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:

Obama, Romney square off in Colorado

The first debate between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney happens Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, and the economy is expected to be the topic for about half of the 90 minutes.

Though the topics could change because of news developments, the other half is expected to focus on health care, the role of government, and governing, according to the organizers of the debate at the University of Denver.

iReport.com: What questions would you like to ask the candidates?

Debate preview: Both sides trying to manage expectations

Last Thursday's CNN Poll of Polls, an average of five national polls of likely voters conducted over a week and a half, showed Obama with a 49% to 45% lead over Romney.

Blasphemy case against Pakistani teen could be nearing end

A juvenile court in Pakistan on Monday is expected to consider a police investigators' determination that a 14-year-old girl is innocent of allegations that she desecrated the Quran.

Pakistani police told CNN their investigation concluded Rimsha Masih is innocent and was framed by an imam. The girl faced life in prison on allegations that she burned pages of the Quran to use as cooking fuel. But Rimsha's lawyers said the accuser wanted to settle a personal score with the girl because the two didn't get along.

The teen's case sparked international outcry against the Pakistani government, some saying that its blasphemy laws are used to settle scores and persecute religious minorities.

Will Pennsylvania voter ID law stand?

A Pennsylvania judge is expected to rule by Tuesday on whether the state's new voter identification law disenfranchises voters.

The judge upheld the law earlier this year, but the state's Supreme Court sent it back to him to reassess whether alternative forms of identification are sufficiently available. The law requires that most voters show photo identification before casting ballots.

The law's opponents said the measure undermines the ability of registered voters to vote and that it was passed without sufficient evidence of prior identity fraud. Its backers argue the law strengthens voting procedures and protects against fraud.

Ex-Cub getting long-delayed major-league at-bat

Seven years after Adam Greenberg was hit in the head by a pitch in his first Major League Baseball plate appearance, he's finally going to get a chance to get a complete MLB at-bat.

Greenberg, who hasn't been to the majors since that injury with the Cubs in 2005, is expected to take an at-bat for the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night, during their game against the visiting New York Mets.

The Marlins - the very team that knocked him out of his July 2005 game - signed him to a one-day contract last week so that he could bat in Tuesday's game, the penultimate match of the regular season. A filmmaker's campaign, including an online petition, helped persuade the Marlins to give Greenberg the chance.

Greenberg, 31, last played professionally for Bridgeport in the independent Atlantic League in 2011, but has been working out and served as a reserve outfielder for Team Israel in World Baseball Classic qualifying games this month.

Who wants James Bond's 2008 Aston Martin?

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first James Bond film "Dr. No." What better to celebrate than to buy Bond's 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V12 DBS two-door coupe?

The car, used by actor Daniel Craig in "Quantum of Solace," is expected to attract up to £150,000 at an auction at Christie’s action house in London on Friday. Friday's event will sell the car and nine other items relating to the films. Forty other items are being auctioned online through October 8.

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  1. Greek American

    Romneys already done for and going to lose this election, but after this first debate, he will lose even more percentage points in the polls. Just my opinion though.

    September 30, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO ©

    Rush concert tonight. I am PUMPED.

    September 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nance

      I bet Banasy will be stoked! Doesn't she love RUSH Lumbaugh?

      September 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Rush the band, yes.
      Rush Limbaugh the blow hard, no.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Have a good time, as I know you've been looking forward to this for a long time.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO ©

      They do have an instrumental piece called Limbo.

      September 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Like, Duh

      Limbaugh is a has been. Nobody with any sense listensto that motor mouth.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I listen to Rush every day on the radio when I am driving to work. Rush rocks.

    September 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • chinaman03

      rush, please stop posting comments on cnn blogs. stick to your radio paid job.

      September 30, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO ©

    At my age, this might be the last concert I ever see. Unless Jethro Tull or Tool come here again. I missed each of them the last time they were here.

    September 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, yeah, BOMBO, you're *ancient*, lol.
      Are you going to be sitting on a park bench soon?

      September 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kenny Rogers

    Everybody knows President Obama is going to win the this election. Obama Biden 2012

    September 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dandy Seroquel

    YoU amS a ClerK? cLerK *Is* heLpeR.
    anD I stiLL hAve tHE liNk tO yOur iNfaMouS "pArtY iN mY paNtIEs" anD mExiCaN pooL bOy iF tHinGs gET rEaL uGly. 🙂

    September 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dandy Seroquel

    ..and yOur StaTe doEs NoT eVen cHecK yOuR I.d. anD No waY tO cHecK hOW mAny xaNaX yOu tOok or sEroQueL toO.

    September 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dandy Seroquel

    SO i gESS tHaT maKEs mOnicA LeWinsKi a PonY iNstEaD oF A doG?

    September 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dandy Seroquel

    I hoPE mY MEds doN t nEed aDjusTed oN voTe daY. I geT aLL wobBly aND bLurrY viSioN anD sTarE @ waLL foR loNg tIMe aNd @ dUst danCeinG iN sunLighT oF wiNdoW.
    tHeRE aR abOuT ThirTy miLLion A meRicaNs LiKe mE whoO voTe foR GuEss wHaT pArtY.

    September 30, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kenny Rogers

    I am the one and only Kenny Rogers and not a fake one. Who dares to challenge the master! Would you like me to bring back Patton? I already have but you fools haven't noticed.

    September 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny Rogers

      Mymy, such Tea Party Lingo! You must be a fan of Michelle Bachman or Sarah Palin. There is no room on this forum for that kind of language. It's as simple as that.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny Rogers

      Good post Kenny Rogers,thank you.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kenny Rogers

    Philip and Mary stop picking on banasy. Why dont you go to AA?

    September 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Takeanotherlook

    On a closer look the Auction of Bond items is NOT being auctioned by Christies, but being auctioned by a 3rd party using the Christies name as a front.. WTH?
    They wish to charge you Americans $50.00 US currency just to have a copy of the catalogue.. Oh for some people like Romney there is no recession on..so a fool and his money are easily parted.
    Romney will wake up November 7th saying those same words. We won't elect a POTUS without 10 years disclosure on tax returns fella...

    September 30, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dandy Seroquel

    HeDdo. mY namE iS daNdY.
    MarY, WhaT Is youR naMe?
    i aM voTe foR baRracK HusSeiN oBaMA oF becAusE miTt RomnEy iS foR cuT ofF hanDOutS. AmD i Don T knOw miTt s mIddLe naMe dO yOo?

    September 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dandy Seroquel

    FauXes aRE HArd tO trAp amD sO amS coYotEs.
    ObabMna biDEn! yay

    September 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    A clerk is a clerk, not a helper, much the same way as a mechanic in your shop isn't a helper.
    Clerks have to train, and reitrain to maintain their clerk qualifications.
    You are showing once again the very ugly side of you, which of course you will try and excuse as a result of your abuse.
    No, Philip, being abused does not give you an excuse to transfer all of your aberrant mother's behavior to others, but what it does do is show exactly what ignorance looks like.
    My panties, that you are so obssesed with, have not been in this thread at all, but have been brought up again and again,...by you.
    Disparaging others is apparently exactly what you like to do; I laugh at the thought that you are under the impression that you follow Jesus's teachings at all.
    I highly doubt he brought up strange ramblings about a person he doesn't know...
    If you want to keep talking about my panties, you go right ahead, but you are starting to look rather strange...or ill.
    I don't know what fired up your latest tirade, but please bank your self-righteous fire and either go sleep it off or just talk about things you actually know...one of which ISN'T ME.

    September 30, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
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