- The Washington Times - Friday, February 25, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Exhibition opening 10 a.m. The National Geographic Society presents the opening of the exhibition "Antarctica," including models of ice features and objects used by people who have lived there. Location: Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. Contact: 202/857-7001.

McCaffrey speech 10 a.m. The Inter-American Dialogue holds a discussion featuring Barry McCaffrey, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, talking about his recent South American trip and the status of the Andean counterdrug assistance package. Location: Hilton Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/822-9002.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

12:45 p.m. Makes a statement on fiscal 2001 American Indian budget initiatives, South Lawn of the White House.

1:30 p.m. Presents the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Road NW.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product for the fourth quarter of 1999. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.

9 a.m. Energy Information Administration releases weekly coal report. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-8800.

10 a.m. National Association of Realtors releases report on existing-home sales for January 2000. Location: 700 11th St. NW. Contact: 202/383-1000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Health and Human Services Department advisory committee on genetic testing meets. Location: Polaris Ballroom, International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 301/496-9838.

8:30 a.m. Veterans Affairs Department, advisory committee on readjustment of veterans meets. Location: The American Legion, Washington Office, 1608 K St. NW. Contact: 202/273-8967.

8:30 a.m. Health and Human Services Department, Health Resources and Services Administration advisory council, advisory committee on infant mortality meets. Location: Wyndham City Center Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 301/443-2170.

9 a.m. Federal Trade Commission holds a meeting of its advisory committee on on-line access and security. Location: Room 432, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/326-3178.

9 a.m. Health and Human Services Department, national committee on vital and health statistics, subcommittee on privacy and confidentiality meets. Location: Conference Room 705A, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 404/639-8345.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Governmental Affairs permanent investigations subcommittee holds the second of two hearings to examine the day-trading industry and its practices. Location: 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4751.

10 a.m. Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, narcotics and terrorism subcommittee holds hearing, "Proposed Emergency Anti-Drug Assistance to Colombia." Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

HOUSE

Not in session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Energy outlook conference 8 a.m. The National Association of State Energy Officials holds its "Energy Outlook Conference." Jay Hakes, administrator of the Energy Information Administration, speaks at 8 a.m. on "The Outlook for Electricity Supplies." Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 703/299-8800, Ext. 14.

U.S.-Colombian relations discussion 8:30 a.m. The Hispanic Council on International Relations holds a discussion on U.S.-Colombian relations. The speaker is Colombian Ambassador Luis Alberto Moreno. Location: Dacor Bacon House, 1801 F St. NW. Contact: 202/776-1754.

National Congress of American Indians meeting 8:30 a.m. The National Congress of American Indians continues its "Executive Council Winter Session."

Highlights 9:45 a.m. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, Hawaii Democrat, vice chairman of Senate Indian Affairs Committee, congressional address.

10:15 a.m. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala.

1:30 p.m. Sen. Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat, congressional address.

2 p.m. Kevin Gover, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), "BIA Report."

Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/466-7767.

Gun lawsuits discussion 8:30 a.m. Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute holds a panel discussion, "America at Gunpoint: Lawsuits and the Politics of Responsibility." Location: fourth floor, 352O Prospect St. NW. Contact: 202/687-5374.

U.S.-Latin America policy discussion 8:45 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies' Americas Program and the Georgetown University Center for Latin American Studies hold a conference, "Agenda 2000: Priorities in U.S.-Latin America Policy." Sen. Paul Coverdell, Georgia Republican, delivers a keynote address, "The Century of the Americas," at 12:30 p.m. Location: 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242 or 202/775-3167.

Babitsky news conference 9 a.m. Thomas Dine, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president, discusses the seizure and disappearance of Russian Service correspondent Andrei Babitsky at a National Press Club Morning Newsmaker news conference. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Housing budget discussion 9 a.m. The National Housing Conference holds a panel discussion, "Housing and the Fiscal Year 2001 Budget: Housing At the Crossroads." Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/393-5772, Ext. 22.

Report release 10 a.m. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants holds a news conference to release its new report, "10 Ways to Simplify the Tax Code." Location: Capitol, Room SC-6. Contact: 202/434-9220.

Web site unveiling 10:30 a.m. James Madison Middle School hosts the unveiling of a congressional Web site. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, participates. Location: James Madison Middle School, 7300 Woodyard Road, Upper Marlboro. Contact: 202/225-4131.

Charitable choice forum noon The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a forum, "Is Charitable Choice a Good Way to Aid the Poor?" Carl Esbeck, Christian Legal Society; Michael Horowitz, Hudson Institute; and Michael Novak, American Enterprise Institute, discuss whether charitable choice proposals, which would channel taxpayer funds to religious institutions, would better help the poor. Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Film screening noon The National Archives presents a screening of the film "Family Across the Sea," a documentary on the remarkable connections between the Gullah of the South Carolina/Georgia Sea Islands and the people of West Africa. Location: National Archives, Constitution Avenue between Seventh and Ninth streets NW. Contact: 301/713-6000.

Bush visit 12:20 p.m. America Online hosts a visit and online chat with Texas Gov. George W. Bush. Location: Seriff Auditorium, Creative Center #2, America Online, 22000 AOL Way, Dulles. Contact: 703/265-1746.

Awards ceremony 12:30 p.m. Women Executives in State Government holds its "Excellence in Leadership Awards Ceremony" to honor the recipients' "leadership and achievements, and for assisting women to excel." Honorees include Christine Gregoire, Washington state attorney general; Mary Lou Affleck, director of the Agriculture Department's Rural Housing Service Program; Marna Whittington, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter; and Gov. Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin Republican. Location: West End Ballroom, Washington Marriott Hotel, 1221 22nd St. NW. Contact: 202/628-9374.

Honor cordon 1:30 p.m. The Pentagon hosts an honor cordon to welcome Minister of Foreign Affairs Habib Ben Yahia of Tunisia to the Pentagon. Location: Pentagon River Entrance, the Pentagon. Contact: 703/695-0169.

Colombia briefing 2:20 p.m. Reps. Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Democrat, and Jan Schakowksy, Illinois Democrat, hold a news briefing on the Colombian military's connection to right-wing paramilitary groups. Piedad Cordoba, Colombian senator and president of the Colombian Congressional Human Rights Caucus, participates. Location: Capitol, Room HC-6. Contact: 202/225-5635.

Exhibition reception 5 p.m. The George Mason University School of Information Technology and Engineering celebrates the opening of the exhibition "Beginnings and Endings," featuring artworks that represent the application of state-of-the-art technology to the creation of fine art. Location: Room 100, Science and Technology II Building, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Contact: 703/993-1520 or 703/993-8804.

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