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Forward thinking

An entirely subjective look at the week ahead

Published May 15, 2006


The Da Vinci Code opens the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday and hits theaters worldwide Friday. The Vatican's call for a boycott isn't going so well in predominantly Catholic countries such as Italy and Spain, where Code is selling out in advance. Another group has joined the boycott spree against the thriller based on Dan Brown's megabestselling novel: Ted Baehr, publisher of and chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, wants Christians to give Code the cold shoulder, calling the movie "blatantly false."


When the charges are read to the jury today in the trial of Enron ex-execs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, they are expected to include the "ostrich instruction": The judge will allow jurors to find the two guilty if they consciously avoided knowledge of wrongdoing within the company before its 2001 collapse. That means "We knew our staff was ruining Enron, but we stuck our heads in the sand so we didn't see them do it" is not a defense.


There's no dead celebrity more alive than Elvis Presley, and he'll be all over Tampa this week during the fourth annual Elvis Festival. The man first shook his hips in Tampa at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory 51 years ago, and at noon today, Nicko's Diner in Seminole Heights will dedicate the booth he sat in after the concert. The big Elvis event is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Franklin Street downtown, with tribute artists, memorabilia and, of course, karaoke.


Confirmation hearings for Gen. Michael Hayden, President Bush's nominee to head the CIA, are scheduled to begin Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. With new revelations about a massive National Security Agency database of billions of phone calls by American citizens, expect the hearings to focus on questions about Hayden's oversight of domestic spying programs while he was head of NSA.


Three generations of voices for liberal politics celebrate this week. Today, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is 69. On Tuesday, Studs Terkel, the grand old man of narrative history, turns 94. Author and Air America talker Al Franken is 55 on Sunday.

[Last modified May 15, 2006, 06:45:12]

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