- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2008

NATIONAL

Sunday, Aug. 10: Jewish Holiday Tishah b’Ab

The Jewish holiday Tishah b’Ab is observed with prayers and fasting commemorating a series of tragedies, including the destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem in 586 B.C. and the Holocaust.

Friday, Aug. 15: Louisiana bans cockfighting

Louisiana, the last remaining state to allow cockfighting, bans the sport. Cockfighting remains legal in U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

Saturday, Aug. 16: Madonna celebrates her 50th birthday

Madonna, the most successful female recording artist of all time with estimated worldwide sales of around 200 million albums, turns 50. Her Sticky and Sweet World Tour opens at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Aug. 23rd.

REGIONAL

Tuesday, Aug. 12: D.C. Shorts Film Festival luncheon

The 2008 D.C. Shorts Film Festival holds a press luncheon in preparation for the event. Festival Director Jon Gann will show a selection of this year’s films and explains the new voting competition. The festival runs from Sept. 11 to 18 at the Landmark E Street Theater.

INTERNATIONAL

Sunday, Aug. 10: President Bush’s final day in China

On their final day in Beijing, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush will attend church service and have lunch with China President Hu Jintao. They will also attend the U.S.-China men’s Olympic basketball game.

Sunday, Aug. 10: U.S. can lift North Korea’s state sponsor of terrorism designation

The 45-day waiting period for delisting of North Korea from U.S. designation as a state sponsor of terrorism ends on this day. The rescission, along with lifting of application of the Trading With the Enemy Act, were announced on June 26 by President Bush after North Korea’s submission of its declaration of its nuclear programs.

Wednesday, Aug. 13: Fidel Castro’s 82nd birthday

It is Fidel Castro’s 82nd birthday. He retired as president of Cuba due to his continuing ill health in February, nearly 50 years after leading the 1959 Marxist revolution with Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara and his brother, Raul, who succeeded him as president.

SPORTS

Sunday, Aug. 10: U.S. men face China and Yao Ming in basketball at Olympics

The XXIX Olympics continue with the U.S. basketball team facing China in its first pool match. The Chinese team includes NBA star Yao Ming, the 7-foot-6-inch center of the Houston Rockets.

AND DON’T MISS …

Saturday, Aug. 16: Obama and McCain make first joint campaign appearance

Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, the presumptive presidential nominees for the Democrats and Republicans, respectively, make their first joint campaign appearance at the Saddleback Civil Forum in Lake Forest, Calif. The event will be moderated by Pastor Rick Warren, with each candidate interviewed separately on issues expected to include HIV/AIDS, climate change, poverty and human rights.

Sunday, Aug. 10: Final round of the PGA Championship

The final round of the final major golf tournament of the season takes place at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

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