- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 13, 2008

NATIONAL

Sunday, July 13: Barack Obama to address National Council of La Raza annual conference

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama addresses the annual conference hosted by the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group. The conference in San Diego will include a town-hall meeting on “Providing Health Care for All: Making a National Priority Reality,” with Mr. Obama’sadviser on health care, Kavita Patel; presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s senior policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin; Garth Graham, deputy assistant secretary of health and human services for minority health; and Maria Gomez, Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care Services executive director.

Monday, July 14: John McCain addresses National Council of La Raza annual conference

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain speaks a day after Sen. Barack Obama addresses the conference. The conference will include a town-hall meeting on “Foreclosures and the Mortgage Mess: How Do We Save Latino Homeownership” with Rosario Marin, secretary of California’s State and Consumer Services; Alan Fisher, executive director of the California Reinvestment Coalition; and FDIC Vice Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg.

Tuesday, July 15: Britney Spears custody case hearing

Troubled pop-music star Britney Spears is scheduled to return to court for a progress hearing in her ongoing case to regain joint custody of her children, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. Spears in January lost visitation rights after a standoff with police when she refused to return the children to her ex-husband, Kevin Federline. She has since been allowed supervised daytime visits. The custody trial is set to begin on Aug. 25.

Tuesday, July 15: Spacewalk outside International Space Station

Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko go on their second spacewalk outside the Russian segment of the International Space Station to attempt to attach additional docking equipment and experiments to the hull of the Zvezda service module.

Wednesday, July 16: President Bush hosts all-star tee-ball game

President Bush hosts an all-star tee-ball game, bringing together players from all 50 states and the District. The U.S. Postal Service issues a commemorative stamp at the ceremony between innings, honoring the 100th anniversary of the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”

Friday, July 18: Billy Joel headlines final concert at Shea Stadium

Billy Joel is the feature act in the final concert at New York’s Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets baseball team. This second date was added after the first show, on July 16, sold out in 48 minutes. The Beatles were the first music act to perform at Shea, in 1965. Shea Stadium is scheduled to be replaced by Citi Field in 2009.

INTERNATIONAL

Friday, July 18: Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday

The former South African president celebrates his 90th birthday today with his wife and family in South Africa. The prominent anti-apartheid activist and African National Congress leader was imprisoned for 27 years before his release in 1990. He led negotiations to end white rule and was elected president in South Africa’s first fully democratic elections in 1994.

Friday, July 18: Obama visits London at start of Europe and Middle East tour

Sen. Barack Obama reportedly begins his tour of Europe and the Middle East in London meeting with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and opposition party leader David Cameron. Mr. Obama plans also to visit France, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Jordan and Afghanistan during his trip.

REGIONAL

Space Shuttle Discovery astronauts who returned to Earth last month - Mark Kelly, Ken Ham, Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Garrett Reisman and Akihiko Hoshide - visit NASA headquarters to share mission highlights with employees, families and reporters.

SPORTS

The 2008 British Open begins at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England. Last year, Ireland’s Padraig Harrington won, taking home $1.5 million.

Friday, July 18: Heath Ledger stars as the Joker in Batman sequel

“The Dark Knight” opens in theaters nationwide. The latest in the Batman franchise includes the return of archnemesis the Joker, played by Heath Ledger, who was found dead in a New York apartment after an overdose of prescription drugs. Christian Bale returns as Batman, and other stars include Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Aaron Eckhart.

Thursday, July 17: Pope visits Sydney

Pope Benedict XVI visits Sydney as part of World Youth Day international celebrations amid disagreement over whether the Vatican should pay for the $120 million public cost of hosting the pontiff. The amount includes $40 million in compensation to cancel horse-racing fixtures so Mass can be held at Randwick racecourse. Pope Benedict will send religious text messages to help him connect with his technology-savvy audience.

Tuesday, July 15: Yankee Stadium hosts MLB All-Star Game

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will for the fourth time be played in Yankee Stadium. But this year marks the final season before the Yankees move to new, $1.3 billion stadium next door. More than 40 Hall of Famers will be honored on the field as gesture to “the majesty and history of Yankee Stadium during its last year,” making it one of the largest gathering of baseball stars in history. Participants include Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, George Brett, Bob Gibson, Tony Gwynn, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt and Whitey Ford. The winner of the game determines home-field advantage for the World Series.

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