- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 21, 2008

NATIONAL

Sunday, Sept. 21: 60th annual Prime-time Emmy Awards

The 60th annual Prime-time Emmy Awards, honoring the television industry, will be hosted by the five nominees in the new category of “Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program”: Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest. HBO leads the field with 85 nominations, including 23 for the miniseries “John Adams.”

The NBC show “30 Rock” has 17 nominations in the Best Comedy Series category - a record for a comedy. It faces “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Entourage,” “The Office” and “Two and a Half Men.” Nominees for best actor include Gabriel Byrne, Christina Applegate, Tina Fey, Glenn Close, Sally Field and Holly Hunter.

Monday, Sept. 22: Jury selection begins in Stevens trial

Jury selection begins in the trial of Sen. Ted Stevens, 84, after his indictment on charges of lying about receiving gifts from Alaska-based energy company Veco Energy, who carried out renovations on his home. The indictment states Mr. Stevens, Alaska Republican and the longest serving Senate Republican in history, made false statements regarding the property on his Senate financial disclosure forms. He denies the charges.

Monday, Sept. 22: President Bush and Laura Bush in New York for U.N. General Assembly

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush go to New York for the United Nations General Assembly general debate, which starts Wednesday. In the morning, Mrs. Bush will host a White House symposium on advancing global literacy, then a luncheon for spouses of heads of state. That evening, the president and Mrs. Bush will host a reception for leaders of the U.N. delegation.

The agenda for the 63rd session includes discussion on Iraq, the Middle East, Cyprus, HIV-AIDS, international development, racism, terrorism and Afghanistan.

Monday, Sept. 22: Palin attends ‘Stop Iran Rally’ in New York

Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin, Alaska Republican, is scheduled to attend a “Stop Iran’s Nukes Now” rally in New York. Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was scheduled to attend, but reportedly canceled after aides claimed she was blindsided by Mrs. Palin’s invitation. The rally, to be held across from the United Nations building, coincides with the body’s General Assembly meeting, at which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak.

Wednesday, Sept. 24: Fed chairman testifies to Joint Economic Committee

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will testify at the Joint Economic Committee’s “Economic Outlook” hearing, after an unsettling week on Wall Street in which the Lehman Brothers investment bank filed for bankruptcy and the federal government saved the AIG insurance company.

Thursday, Sept. 25: “Equus” with Daniel Radcliffe in nude scene opens on Broadway

A major revival of Peter Shaffer’s play “Equus” starring “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe opens on Broadway. Radcliffe stars as disturbed horse groomer Alan Strang and appears nude on stage. Richard Griffiths, who plays Harry’s Uncle Vernon in the Potter series, is one of the play’s co-stars. Radcliffe starred in the production when it played in the West End of London last year.

INTERNATIONAL

Friday, Sept. 26: Bush meets Afghan president at the White House

President Bush meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the White House for discussion on security, expansion of the Afghan National Army, upcoming Strategic Partnership talks, and implementation of political and economic reforms.

SPORTS

Sunday, Sept. 21: Ryder Cup final round

The final round of the Ryder Cup pits Europe against the United States in the biennial golf tournament. The U.S. team is captained by Paul Azinger. The European team defends the trophy it won two years ago.

Friday, Sept. 26: Obama and McCain face off in presidential debate

The first presidential TV debate takes place before the Nov. 4 election. Sen. Barack Obama, Illinois Democrat, and Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, will put questions to each other in eight 10-minute segments. The debate, in Oxford, Miss., will focus on domestic policy and will be moderated by PBS “The NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer. Others debates are scheduled for Oct. 7 and Oct. 15. Vice-presidential candidates Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat, and Gov. Sarah Palin, Alaska Republican, debate Oct. 2.

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