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Looking Ahead

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Issue: "Unstoppable?," April 20, 2013

Liberal Party elections  

Voting for the next leader of Canada’s Liberal Party will end April 14 when the left-of-center group announces its winner. Polls leading up to the contest show Justin Trudeau, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, leading. The next leader of the Liberal Party must find a way to strengthen the party after a disastrous 2011 parliamentary election.

Tax day  

As the IRS filing deadline arrives on April 15, many Americans will write a big check to Uncle Sam—but none bigger than the one Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will write. Because of Facebook’s initial public offering in May and Zuckerberg’s decision to exercise a massive stock option, the young billionaire will likely owe a massive sum. A trio of California CPAs told CNNMoney that Zuckerberg’s tax liability could exceed $1 billion.

Patented genes?  

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The Supreme Court on April 15 will hear a case about whether a human gene can be patented. Myriad Genetics, a Utah-based company, says it lawfully holds patents on several genes that correlate with higher risks of several kinds of cancer. The company says these patents allow it to work more efficiently on cancer cures. But the doctors and researchers who brought the suit insist the company has no right to exclude the scientific community from examining and studying these naturally occurring genes. 

Benedict’s birthday  

More than a month after resigning as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Benedict XVI will celebrate his 86th birthday on April 16—his first since becoming pope emeritus. According to the Catholic press, Benedict has spent the first few weeks of his retirement meeting with other Catholic officials, playing the piano, and resting.

Rock Hall induction 

 At long last fans of the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush will see their favorite band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rush joins female rock group Heart, singer-songwriter Randy Newman, Hip Hop pioneers Public Enemy, soul diva Donna Summer, and blues guitarist Albert King as 2013 inductees. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones are also slated to receive lifetime achievement awards during the April 18 event in Los Angeles.

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