- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 7, 2008

NATIONAL

Sunday, Sept. 7: MTV Video Music Awards

This is the 25th anniversary of the MTV Video Music Awards. The event returns to Los Angeles after a 10-year absence and will be hosted by British comedian Russell Brand. Nominees for Video of the Year include Chris Brown’s “Forever,” the Jonas Brothers’ “Burnin Up” and the Ting Tings’ “Shut Up & Let Me Go.”

Sunday, Sept. 7: “Rent” closes on Broadway

The final performance before the musical closes on Broadway after a 12-year run. “Rent” has won several awards, including the Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize for author Jonathan Larson. It is the seventh-longest-running play in Broadway history. The musical was due to close on June 1 but was extended due to increased ticket sales.

Monday, Sept. 8:O.J. Simpson on trial on robbery and kidnapping charges

The former football star was arrested in Las Vegas in September 2007 by police investigating the armed robbery of a sports memorabilia dealer at the Palace Station Casino. Mr. Simpson has pleaded not guilty to felony charges, including first-degree kidnapping, which carries a possible life sentence, and robbery with a deadly weapon. Four of Mr. Simpson’s co-defendants have pleaded guilty to reduced charges and will reportedly testify against him and the others involved. Mr. Simpson stood trial in 1995 on charges of the murder of his wife and a male friend. He was found not guilty.

Monday, Sept. 8: North Carolina area switches to digital TV as test before national transition

The Wilmington, N.C., market will be the first to switch to digital television as a test before the nationwide transition Feb. 17. Commercial broadcasters serving the TV market have voluntarily agreed to turn off their analog signals.

Tuesday, Sept. 9:Barack Obama policy book published

“Change We Can Believe In: Barack Obama’s Plan to Renew America’s Promise” is scheduled to be published and include a foreword written by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in which he details his policy stances and the importance of the election. Members of his campaign staff have written chapters detailing Mr. Obama’s proposals on health care, energy and national security.

INTERNATIONAL

Sunday, Sept. 7: Condoleezza Rice concludes North Africa trip in Morocco

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice concludes her North Africa tour in Morocco, after trips to Algeria, Tunisia and a historic trip to Libya, the first visit by a U.S. secretary of state since John Foster Dulles in 1953. In Libya, Miss Rice met President Moammar Gadhafi to discuss the war on terror, the conflicts in Chad and Sudan, and human rights

Wednesday, Sept. 10: $5 billion big bang re-creating particle accelerator starts up

The Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator starts up in Switzerland after testing its “beam injection system” last month. The machine was cooled to its operating temperature of minus 271.25 degrees Celsius - just 1.9 degrees above absolute zero, the lowest temperature theoretically possible. The $5 billion project is designed to re-create conditions in the universe as they were immediately after the big bang to try to prove the existence of the Higgs boson, which is thought to give all other matter its mass. The device uses superconducting magnets to accelerate matter to within a fraction of the speed of light in two underground concentric rings, each 16.8 miles in circumference at maximum. Scientists hope smaller, subatomic particles, including the Higgs boson, will appear when the particles collide and destroy each other.

Saturday, Sept. 13: Pope leads pilgrimage to Lourdes

Pope Benedict XVI will lead a pilgrimage to the Roman Catholic shrine of Lourdes in southwestern France to mark 150 years since an illiterate peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous said she had visions of the Virgin Mary. During his three-day stay at the shrine, Pope Benedict will take part in processions and celebrate Mass with pilgrims.

REGIONAL

Monday, Sept. 8: Congress reconvenes

Members of Congress return from their summer break.

Thursday, Sept. 11: Pentagon Memorial to 9/11 victims dedicated

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates hosts the ceremony to dedicate the Pentagon Memorial, commemorating those killed in the Sept. 11 terror attack on the building. A $22 million memorial has been built along the southwestern corner of the Pentagon and is the first national memorial to those killed on 9/11 to be dedicated. It consists of 184 individual memorial units honoring the 59 people aboard American Airlines Flight 77 and 125 in the Pentagon who lost their lives.

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