- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 19, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Gingerbread Smithsonian Castle donation 3 p.m. The Smithsonian Institution holds a ceremony to donate a gingerbread Smithsonian Castle to the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health. Location: Children's Inn, 7 West Drive, Bethesda. Contact: 202/357-2627, Ext. 121.

Barshefsky speech noon The Economic Strategy Institute presents a luncheon forum featuring Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. trade representative, sharing insights into events gained during eight years as a trade leadership team member in the Clinton administration. Location: Suite 750, ESI, 1401 H St. NW. Contact: 202/289-1288.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

8:45 a.m. Departs personal residence in Chappaqua, N.Y., en route to the White House.

10:50 a.m. Arrives at the White House.

11:40 a.m. Meets with President-elect George W. Bush, Oval Office.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Commerce Department releases report on U.S. international trade in goods and services for October. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

3 p.m. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board holds a meeting of the public rights-of-way access advisory committee. Location: Suite 1000, 1331 F St. NW. Contact: 202/272-5434, ext. 125.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Adjourned sine die. The 107th Congress convenes Jan. 3. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

djourned sine die. The 107th Congress convenes Jan. 3. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Blood drive 8 a.m. The D.C. government holds a blood drive in response to the Red Cross emergency call for donations of all blood types. Location: Room 1030 South, 10th floor, One Judiciary Square, 441 Fourth St. NW. Contact: 202/727-8001.

Awards ceremony 9 a.m. The State Department hosts a ceremony to present the State Department Award for Corporate Excellence to three U.S. firms for outstanding corporate citizenship, innovation and exemplary international business practices. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright participates. Location: Thomas Jefferson Room, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-2492.

"Better Together" forum 9:30 a.m. The National Press Club presents a forum on a Harvard University Kennedy School of Government report, "Better Together," documenting a "downward spiral of loneliness and civic apathy" in American society and providing recommendations for increasing community ties. The participants include Robert Putman, Harvard University, who led the study; former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith; and Andrew Shue, actor and founder of Do Something. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Catholic Charities news conference 9:30 a.m. Catholic Charities USA holds a news conference to release its annual survey showing that the number of people receiving emergency services rose dramatically in 1999. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/549-1390, ext. 147.

Film screening 9:30 a.m. The White House hosts a screening of "That's A Family," a film regarding diverse family structures. The participants include first lady and Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton; Debra Chasnoff, director of "That's A Family"; and Margorie Engle, Stepfamily Association of America. Location: 450 Old Executive Office Building, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/667-0901.

Diseases report news conference 9:30 a.m. The Global Health Council, RESULTS, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America hold a news conference on a new report from six U.N. agencies showing diseases can be successfully controlled. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/262-9823.

Weather briefing 10 a.m. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration presents a briefing on 2000 weather trends and significant events and the latest winter weather outlook. Location: Room 5430, Commerce Department, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 301/713-0622 or 202/482-1097.

Funding announcement 10 a.m. The National Institutes of Health hosts a news conference to announce fiscal 2001 federal appropriations for Montgomery County, including biomedical research funding. Rep. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, will make the announcement and discuss her legislative accomplishments in the 106th Congress. Location: Room E-1, Building 45, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda. Contact: 301/496-1767.

Consumer Product Safety Commission news conference 11 a.m. The Consumer Product Safety Commission holds a news conference to introduce new high-tech toy testing equipment and demonstrate how a test dummy and computerized "virtual baby" can be used to test products for choking and suffocation hazards. Location: Fourth-floor hearing room, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda. Contact: 301/504-0580, ext. 1189.

Nuclear-waste storage news conference 11 a.m. Nevada's congressional delegation and Public Citizen hold a news conference on an ongoing federal investigation into apparent bias in favor of nuclear-waste storage at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Location: Capitol, Room SC-4. Contact: 202/224-3542.

Indian gaming news conference 11 a.m. Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican, hosts a news conference on Indian gaming. Location: Capitol, House Radio-TV Studio. Contact: 202/225-5136.

Signing ceremony 11:30 a.m. The State Department and Howard University hold a ceremony to sign an agreement to work toward the goal of promoting a more diverse work force. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Howard University President Patrick Swygert participate. Location: Treaty Room, Harry S Truman Building (State Department), 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/647-2675 or 202/238-2338.

Politics of minority rights lecture noon The Woodrow Wilson Center presents a lecture, "Europe and the Politics of Minority Rights," by Stephen Deets, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland. Location: Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4016 or 202/691-4100.

No Gun Ri Massacre news conference noon No Gun Ri Massacre victims and their attorneys hold a news conference to denounce U.S. Army negotiators authorized to issue a final report on the massacre after a meeting Dec. 20 with Korean government officials. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 215/732-3244 or 215/888-7640.

Web-based Education Commission news conference 1 p.m. The Web-based Education Commission holds a news conference to announce results of a one-year study on the Internet and education. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/371-0696.

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