Looking ahead

Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Issue: "The other campaign," Feb. 9, 2008


Steroids hearing: Congress plans to grill baseball stars Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Chuck Knoblauch over steroid allegations when the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee convenes. A former trainer and a former clubhouse attendant also testify.


Valentine's Day: Millions are expected to celebrate in a very 21st-century way this year as the video-sharing website YouTube.com is offering prizes for web denizens who post "Will You Marry Me" or other romantic messages online before the holiday. Prizes include a year's supply of flowers and a diamond engagement ring.


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Africa: President George W. Bush, fresh from announcing that he wants to double funding to AIDS-ridden countries, heads to Africa. The itinerary: Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana, Liberia, and Benin-all places where the president's five-year emergency AIDS plan already has made him more hero than villain.


The Daytona 500: The winner of this year's Daytona 500 will come home not with the traditional silver trophy, but with a gold one commemorating the race's 50th anniversary as stock car racing's premier event. The 50th running with be the race's first with the new safety-conscious Car of Tomorrow.


Elections in Pakistan: Delayed after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistanis finally head to the polls to elect members of parliament in the volatile Islamic republic. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew to Pakistan in January to urge controversial President Pervez Musharraf to follow through on balloting.


Music award: Superstar Paul McCartney is scheduled to receive the BRIT Lifetime Achievement award. But pending a surprise settlement, the ex-Beatle's divorce hearings with estranged wife Heather Mills should hit courts about the same time.


Economic update: With the IRS scrambling to print out economic stimulus rebate checks during tax season, the Conference Board announces its checkup on the health of the U.S. economy, releasing an update on the nation's economic indicators. The biggest question for economists: Will the stimulus package put together by Congress and the president be able to stave off recession?


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