- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 27, 2008

NATIONAL

Sunday, July 27: Barack Obama addresses Journalists of Color Convention

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama speaks at UNITY: Journalists of Color Convention in Chicago.

Thursday, July 31: Pretrial status hearing begins on O.J. Simpson’s robbery and kidnapping charges

Former football star O.J. Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas in 2007 by police investigating the armed robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer. Simpson pleaded not guilty to felony charges that include first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a deadly weapon. Three of Simpson’s co-defendants pleaded guilty to reduced charges and reportedly will testify against Simpson.

Friday, Aug. 1:Yahoo’s annual meeting of stockholders

The Yahoo board earlier this year rejected a $47.5 billion offer from Microsoft, which then withdrew its offer in May. Microsoft officials, however, said they could restart talks with a newly elected board. Billionaire investor Carl C. Icahn had put forward a list of nominees he wanted to replace Yahoo’s current directors, who were criticized for their handling of the Microsoft offer. Mr. Icahn and Yahoo have since reached agreement on the composition of a new board.

INTERNATIONAL

Wednesday, July 30: Quarterly congressional report due on Iraq reconstruction

Stuart W. Bowen, special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, presents the quarterly congressional report summarizing activities funded by the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund.

Thursday, July 31: Deadline for U.S. in Iraq security pact signing

The signing of the Status of Forces Agreement would establish a legal basis for a long-term U.S. military presence in the country after a United Nations mandate expires. Factional differences among Iraq’s political leaders have made reaching a consensus difficult. Potential sticking points include the ability of U.S. forces to arrest and detain Iraqi civilians in U.S. facilities, immunity of U.S. troops to prosecution under Iraqi law and length of occupation of larger U.S. military bases.

Friday, Aug. 1: Deployment lengths for U.S. troops in Iraq shortened to 12 months from today

Deployment lengths for U.S. soldiers in Iraq shortened from 15 months to 12 months from today. However, the change does not affect those already deployed there. Troops will also have at least a year at home between deployments.

Friday, Aug. 1: Rule by decree ends for Chavez

The period of rule by decree in Venezuela expires for President Hugo Chavez. Mr. Chavez signed a law in 2007 allowing him to rush through legislation unchallenged for 18 months.

Friday, Aug. 1: IAEA meets over India-U.S. nuclear deal

International Atomic Energy Agency board of governors meets to discuss the India safeguards agreement, which provides for regular, nonproliferation checks of India’s 14 declared civilian-nuclear reactors. Congress must approve the deal before effective deadline set by presidential elections in November for it to come into force.

SPORTS

Sunday, July 27: Tour de France ends on the Champs Elysee

The final stage of the drug-plagued, 21-stage Tour de France bicycle race ends on the Champs Elysee in Paris.

Sunday, July 27: National Baseball Hall of Fame inductions

Relief pitcher Goose Gossage becomes the 199th player inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Managers Billy Southworth and Dick Williams and executives Barney Dreyfuss, Bowie Kuhn and Walter O’Malley also are being inducted.

AND DON’T MISS …

Monday, July 28: President Bush meets Pakistani prime minister at the White House

President Bush meets Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani at the White House for talks on bilateral issues including counterterrorism, economic development and regional cooperation.

Saturday, Aug. 2: Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement

Former Washington Redskins greats Darrell Green and Art Monk are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Cornerback Emmitt Thomas, linebacker Andre Tippett, tackle Gary Zimmerman and defensive end Fred Dean round out the class of 2008.

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