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Looking Ahead | News to watch in the weeks to come

Issue: "The waiting game," March 22, 2008

Easter

March 23: Pilots for the UK-based airline British Airways are planning a strike to coincide with the busy travel weekend while Christians worldwide will be celebrating the earliest Easter Sunday since 1913.

Baseball

March 25: In a thank-you for the number of high-quality baseball exports to America, major league baseball opens its 2008 season with a game in Tokyo, Japan, between defending champion Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's. Stateside, the rest of the league goes to bat March 30 and 31.

Supreme Court

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March 25: The nation's highest court will hear two cases related to the War on Terrorism and just how far habeas corpus rights guaranteed by the Constitution stretch. Specifically, the cases of Munaf v. Geren and Geren v. Omar should help decide whether citizens alleged to have worked with terrorism groups overseas are exempt from judicial review from U.S. courts because they were apprehended by a multinational force.

Zimbabwe election

March 29: Despite an economic crisis featuring 150,000 percent inflation, those hoping Zimbabweans turn out to unseat authoritarian President Robert Mugabe will almost certainly be disappointed. As in 2002, military leaders including the head of Zimbabwe's army have threatened a coup if the 84-year-old Mugabe isn't reelected.

South Dakota

April 1: With exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother written into this edition of the measure, pro-life South Dakotans will need nearly 17,000 signatures from registered voters by this date in order to place the polished state-wide abortion ban back in front of voters as a ballot initiative for the general election in November.

NATO expansion

April 2: Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia will likely join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization after meetings in Bucharest, Romania. But most of the attention should be turned to how NATO's member countries regard Georgia's plea for entrance into the alliance. Russia stands in the way of the former Soviet republic's entry, pressuring European member states-especially France and Germany.

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