- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2008

NATIONAL

Sunday, Aug. 3: Teen Choice Awards 2008 hosted by Miley Cyrus

Fox’s Teen Choice Awards celebrate people who have made waves this year in film, television, music, sports and fashion. The event will be hosted by teen sensation Miley Cyrus, who has four nominations herself. “Gossip Girl” and its cast lead the nominations with 14. Other multiple nominees include Chris Brown, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Jonas Brothers and Lil Mama.

Tuesday, Aug. 5: Interest rate decision

The Federal Open Market Committee meets to decide whether to change interest rates.

Thursday, Aug. 7: The Police play last show ever

The Police play their last show ever, performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The B-52s also are performing. Proceeds from the show go to New York public television stations. Ticket prices range from $150 to $5,000.

Congress breaks for the summer and will reconvene Sept. 5.

Saturday, Aug. 9: DNC Platform Committee votes

The Democratic National Committee Platform Committee votes on the Democratic platform ahead of the Nov. 4 presidential election. The vote follows hearings in all 50 states and input from supporters of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama. The committee is co-chaired by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, former New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid and former Discovery Communications President and CEO Judith McHale. Mr. Obama is expected to accept the nomination as the party’s presidential candidate on Aug. 28 at the Democratic National Convention.

INTERNATIONAL

Wednesday, Aug. 6: Olympic Torch arrives in Beijing as soccer tournament begins

The Olympic Torch relay arrives in Beijing ahead of the opening ceremony for the 2008 Olympic Games, although the women’s Olympic soccer tournament opens today. The torch relay has been followed by anti-China protests against perceived human rights abuses by Chinese forces when putting down protests in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.

REGIONAL

Wednesday, Aug. 6: Freddie Mac releases second-quarter results

Freddie Mac releases its second-quarter results after the company’s share price fell amid fears it and fellow mortgage company Fannie Mae were running out of funds. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. has since announced plans to help both companies.

SPORTS

Thursday, Aug. 7: U.S. PGA Championship opening round

The final major golf tournament of the season begins at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hill, Mich. Last year’s winner, Tiger Woods, is recovering from knee surgery and will not compete.

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush visit South Korea. The trip follows widespread recent protests in South Korea over the government’s decision to resume American beef imports amid fears over mad cow disease. The protests caused South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to apologize twice and the entire Cabinet to offer its resignation.

The opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics is timed to begin at 8:08 p.m. local time on eighth day of eighth month of 2008, in keeping with China’s luckiest number. The Olympic flame used to light the torch in the stadium will burn for the duration of the competition. World leaders attending the ceremony include President Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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