- The Washington Times - Monday, May 24, 2004

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Memorial exhibit — 11 a.m. — The American Friends Service Committee holds a news conference to open a two-day memorial exhibit honoring the lives of more than 800 U.S. soldiers and 10,000 Iraqi civilians killed during the Iraq war. Mary Ellen McNish and Michael McConnell of the AFSC and Fernando Suarez del Solar, father of a soldier killed in Iraq, participate. Location: Upper Senate Park, Constitution and New Jersey avenues NW. Contact: 202/822-5200.

Terror war discussion — noon — Heritage Foundation holds a discussion on the book “An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror.” Author David Frum and Jack Spencer of the foundation participate. Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Van Endel Center. Contact: 202/675-1752.

PRESIDENT BUSH

Discusses health care and community health care centers in Youngstown, Ohio.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

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

5 p.m. — American Petroleum Institute releases its weekly report on petroleum inventories. Location: 1220 L St. NW. Contact: 202/682-8000.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste to discuss proposed activities. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T-2B3, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-6805.

9 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting for public comment on Norvir (ritonavir), manufactured by Abbott Laboratories. Location: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Contact: martinm1@mail.nih.gov.

9 a.m. — National Foundation for the Arts holds a meeting of the Fellowships Advisory Panel’s literature section. Location: Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, room 714. Contact: 301/496-1518.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Not in session, Memorial Day recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Not in session, Memorial Day recess. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Navigating the globe — all day — The International Franchise Association and the International Franchising Committee of the International Bar Association Section on Business Law hold a conference, “Navigating the Globe.” Events begin at 8 a.m. Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 202/628-8000.

Pentecost conference — all day — Call To Renewal holds its Pentecost 2004 conference, “Call to Unity: Making Poverty a Religious and Electoral Issue.” Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlights — 10:30 a.m. — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson

Location: Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW. Contact: 202/328-8745.

Reducing health disparities — all day — The Health Policy Institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies holds a conference on community involvement in reducing health disparities. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 9:30 a.m. — Robert Ross of the California Endowment

12:03 p.m. — Nathan Stinson Jr. of the Department of Health and Human Services

Location: Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation Building, 1330 G St. NW. Contact: 202/789-6366, 202/331-4323.

Reducing tobacco use — 11 a.m. — National Academies’ Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention holds a meeting on “Reducing Tobacco Use: Strategies, Barriers and Consequences.” Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-1707.

Homeland security — 9 a.m. — Council for Excellence in Government holds a discussion on its report, “We the People: Homeland Security from the Citizen’s Perspective.” Participants include Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Angela Gittens of the Miami-Dade County Aviation Department, Karean Webb of St. Louis University Hospital, and James Schwartz of the Arlington County Fire Department. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, Pavilion Room, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/530-3270.

Women’s entrepreneurship — 9 a.m. — Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development holds a press briefing on a global forum, “Accelerating Women’s Entrepreneurship,” to be held in Istanbul in early June. Participants include Virginia Littlejohn of Project Tsunami, Sharon Hadary of the Center for Women’s Business Research, and Melanie Sabelhaus of the Small Business Administration. Location: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2001 L St. NW. Contact: 202/785-6323.

Kerry ceremony — 9:15 a.m. — John Kerry for President holds a ceremony, “Take Off to a Stronger America,” to launch a new John Kerry for President campaign plane. Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, participates. Location: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Signature Flight Support, General Aviation Terminal, Hanger 7. Contact: 202/712-3000.

Health savings accounts — 11 a.m. — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities holds two conference-call briefings on an administration proposal to allow people with health savings accounts to claim a tax deduction for the premium costs of high-deductible health insurance policies purchased in the individual health insurance market. Participants include Jonathan Gruber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Edwin Park of the center. The call repeats at 2 p.m. Location: None given. Contact: 202/408-1080.

FCC’s media ownership decision — noon — Cato Institute holds a discussion, “The FCC’s Media Ownership Decision One Year Later.” Andrew Schwartzman of the Media Access Project and Adam Thierer of the Cato Institute participate. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Economic platforms — noon — Cato Institute holds a discussion, “Bush and Kerry: Comparing Their Economic Platforms.” Participants include Gary Hufbauer of the Institute for International Economics, and Dan Griswold and Chris Edwards of the Cato Institute. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

Mold and health problems — 1 p.m. — National Academies’ Institute of Medicine holds a press briefing to release a report on whether mold and other factors associated with damp spaces inside homes and buildings cause health problems. Location: National Academies, Lecture Room, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2138.

Eritrea and the United States — 2 p.m. — The National Press Club holds a discussion, “Eritrea and the United States: Partners Against Terrorism.” Ambassador Girma Asmerom of Eritrea participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Zenger Room. Contact: 301/530-1210, 202/662-7540 or 202/393-4884.

New Medicare discount drug cards — 2 p.m. — KaiserNetwork.org holds a webcast on the implementation of the Medicare discount drug cards, effective June 1. Participants include Michael McMullan of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Patricia Nemore of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, and Julie James of Health Policy Alternatives. Location: None given. Contact: 888/524-7278.

Smoke-free workplace — 6 p.m. — Breathe Free D.C. holds a meeting to kick off its campaign for a smoke-free workplace. Location: 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 730. Contact: 202/661-5722.

Trade issues — 6 p.m. — The Electronic Industries Alliance holds a dinner program on U.S. trade issues. U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick and Carly Fiorina of Hewlett Packard participate. Location: Capital Hilton, 16th and K streets NW. Contact: 703/907-7792.

Book discussion — 7 p.m. — Politics and Prose Bookstore holds a book discussion on “The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership.” Zbigniew Brzezinski, author and former national security adviser, participates. Location: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/364-1919.

Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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