- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 24, 2000

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Minority education news conference 10 a.m. The Educational Testing Service, members of Congress, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and higher-education leaders hold a news conference to release an ETS report on the record number of minority students preparing for college. Location: 2257 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/659-8056 or 202/737-7733.

Awards ceremony 2 p.m. King Features and the Defense Department hold a ceremony to present the Distinguished Civilian Service Decoration. Army Secretary Louis Caldera participates. The honorees include Mort Walker, "Beetle Bailey" cartoonist. Location: The Pentagon, Press Briefing Room. Contact: 703/697-5756.

PRESIDENT CLINTON

7::50 p.m. Makes remarks at a Democratic National Committee National Tribute Gala held in his honor, MCI Center, 601 F St. NW.

VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE

10 a.m. Joins Diane Rehm for a special edition of WAMU-FM's "The Diane Rehm Show."

SENATE

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

SENATE COMMITTEES

9 a.m. Judiciary administrative oversight and the courts subcommittee holds a hearing on the investigation into 1996 campaign finances. Location: 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5225.

9:30 a.m. Foreign Relations Committee holds a hearing on the nomination of Marc Grossman to be director-general of the Foreign Service. Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-4651.

10 a.m. Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee marks up pending legislation, including the Competitive Market Supervision Act, the 2002 Winter Olympic Commemorative Coin Act, and a bill awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to Pope John Paul II. Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-7391.

HOUSE

Meets at 10 a.m. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

HOUSE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Banking and Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on mortgage-lending abuses. Location: 2128 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-7502.

10 a.m. Budget Committee education task force holds a hearing, "Education Department Fails Accounting 101: The Department of Education's Unreliable Financial Records." Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-7270.

10 a.m. Government Reform national security, veterans affairs and international relations subcommittee holds a hearing on the Defense Department's management and oversight of its chemical and biological-defense program. Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

10 a.m. International Relations Committee holds a hearing on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's first annual report. Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

10 a.m. Small Business Committee holds a hearing to examine the new market possibilities for small music labels and entrepreneurs created by the Internet. Chuck D, of the rap group Public Enemy, and founder of Rapstation.com, testifies. Location: 2360 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5821.

10 a.m. Transportation and Infrastructure Coast Guard and maritime transportation subcommittee holds a hearing on the disposal of obsolete Maritime Administration vessels. Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-9446.

2 p.m. Science space and aeronautics subcommittee holds a hearing on U.S. bilateral space-launch trade agreements. Charlene Barshefsky, U.S. trade representative, testifies. Location: 2318 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-6371.

GENERAL AGENDA

Economic forum 7:30 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a "World Economic Forum USA Meeting 2000." The speakers include Defense Secretary William S. Cohen; Senate Majority leader Trent Lott, Mississippi Republican; U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky; and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Motor-vehicle crashes news conference 9 a.m. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater joins representatives of Ford Motor Co., Fairfax Hospital and Fairfax County at a news conference to announce a partnership to study motor-vehicle crashes and injuries. Location: Fairfax Hospital Emergency Department lawn, 330 Gallows Road, Fairfax. Contact: 202/366-5565.

Music-education program 9 a.m. The Grammy Foundation holds a program to promote music education. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, and Education Secretary Richard W. Riley participate.

Highlights 9 a.m. John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a recording studio featuring digital recording, editing and CD-burning technique demonstrations, South Capitol Street between C and D streets SE.

2 p.m. Connie Britton, "Spin City" actress, news conference, 1309 Longworth House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4131.

Campaign-finance reform news conference 9:45 a.m. The New York University School of Law Brennan Center for Justice holds a news conference to release five new campaign-finance reform recommendations created by a committee of leading scholars, former members of Congress and other practitioners of law and politics. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/667-0901.

Drunken driving news conference 11 a.m. The Century Council and Recording Artists, Athletes and Actors Against Drunk Driving hold a news conference to announce a public-service announcement campaign featuring Latino entertainers to educate the Hispanic community about the dangers of drunken driving. The participants include Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater and actor Edward James Olmos. Location: 311 Cannon House Office Building. Contact: 202/637-0077.

PlanetGov.com news conference 11 a.m. PlanetGov.com holds a news conference to announce the creation of PlanetGov, a comprehensive, vertically integrated portal created specifically for current and former government professionals. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/279-5433 or 202/326-1799.

Snowmobiles news conference 11 a.m. The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association hold a news conference on the Park Service ban on snowmobiles. Location: 708 Hart Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/585-2127.

Awards ceremony noon The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C., holds a ceremony to present its Year 2000 Washington Distinguished Citizen Award to D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey. Location: Washington Room, Roof Level, Hotel Washington, 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/638-3555.

Awards presentation 12:30 p.m. The Freedom Forum's Newseum presents its third annual Courage in Student Journalism Awards. Location: 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/284-3713.

Notes news conference 1 p.m. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summer joins Treasurer of the United States Mary Ellen Withrow at a news conference to introduce the new paper currency, steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall. Contact: 202/622-2960.

Media Most office-raid discussion 3 p.m. The National Press Club holds a discussion on the recent raid on the Media Most office in Moscow and the threat to a free press in Russia. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.

Community and state relationships presentation 5 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research hosts a presentation by Irving Louis Horowitz, Rutgers University, on "Miami vs. Washington, D.C.: Community and State Relationships in Light of the Elian Gonzalez Affair." Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Exhibit opening 6:30 p.m. The Library of Congress opens an exhibit, "Living and Reliving the Icelandic Sagas." Education Secretary Richard W. Riley participates. Location: Mumford Room, Madison Building, First and Independence Avenue SE. Contact: 202/707-2905.

Author dinner 7 p.m. The National Press Club holds an author dinner featuring B. Smith, TV personality, restaurateur, magazine publisher and author of "B. Smith: Rituals and Celebrations." Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500. Note: Reservations required.

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