- The Washington Times - Friday, April 26, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Frontiers of Freedom briefing 8 a.m. Frontiers of Freedom holds a news briefing on campaign finance reform. Kenneth W. Starr, former independent counsel, and Malcolm Wallop, Frontiers of Freedom, participate. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/246-0110, Ext. 101.

Post-communist societies briefing 8:30 a.m. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on "People in Need: NGOs in Post-Communist Societies." Simon Panek, People in Need Foundation, participates. Location: Fourth-floor conference room, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/457-6949.


PRESIDENT BUSH

In Crawford, Texas.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases the gross domestic product for the first quarter (advance estimate). Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/606-9900.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the President's Bioethics Council. Location: Hilton Crystal City at National Airport, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 202/296-4669.

8:30 a.m. National Science Foundation holds a meeting of the biological sciences advisory committee. Location: 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Contact: 703/292-8400.

9 a.m. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission meets. Location: Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/653-7220.


SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


SENATE

Not immediately available. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the nominations of Adm. Thomas Fargo, to be admiral and commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Command, and Lt. Gen. Leon LaPorte, to be general and commander in chief, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/Commander U.S. Forces Korea. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

10 a.m. Health, Education, Labor and Pensions children and families subcommittee holds a hearing to examine the funeral industry, focusing on the government's role in protecting families. The witnesses include Rep. Mark Foley, Florida Republican; Sen. Max Cleland, Georgia Democrat; Eileen Harrington, Federal Trade Commission; Diana Kurz, National Funeral Directors Association; Lisa Carlson, Funeral Consumers Alliance; Barbara Osborne, consumer; and Rev. Henry Wasielewski, Interfaith Funeral Information Committee. Location: 430 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5375.


HOUSE

Not in session. No committee meetings are scheduled. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


GENERAL AGENDA

Education Writers Association seminar all day The Education Writers Association holds its 55th national seminar. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, speaks at 12:30 p.m. Location: Wyndham City Center, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact: 202/452-9830.

Cyberculture studies meeting all day The University of Maryland sponsors a meeting on "Cyberculture Studies: Mapping an Evolving Discipline" to consider how technology affects culture.

Highlights 9:30 a.m. Joan Korenman, Center for Women and Information Technology, "Women Online: The 52 Percent Minority," keynote speaker.

10:45 a.m. "Political Action in Cyberspace."

Location: Frances Scott Key Hall, University of Maryland College Park. Contact: 301/405-2680.

Special education hearing 8 a.m. The President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education holds a public hearing. The topic is the role and function of the Education Department's Office of Special Education. Location: Wyndham Hotel, 1400 M St. NW. Contact: 202/219-1582.

Zoellick speech 8:30 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a breakfast discussion on trade promotion authority and the Senate's upcoming debate on the subject. The speaker is Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. trade representative. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.

Social Security discussion 9:15 a.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on "Do Democracies Bankrupt Social Security Programs?" Location: Wohlstetter Conference Center, 1150 17th St. NW. Contact: 202/862-5800.

Volunteer event 10 a.m. The Manna Food Center holds a volunteer event to recognize National Youth Leadership Day. The participants include: Rep. Constance A. Morella, Maryland Republican, and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman. Location: 614 Lofstrand Lane, Rockville. Contact: 301/424-1130 or 202/226-4073.

U.S.-Venezuelan relations discussion 10 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on "U.S.-Venezuelan Relations." Lino Gutierrez, deputy assistant secretary of state for hemispheric affairs, and Luis Herrera Marcano, charges d' affaires, Embassy of Venezuela, participate. Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Book forum 10:30 a.m. The Woodrow Wilson Center sponsors a book forum on "Vernon Can Read" by Vernon Jordan, managing director of Lazard Freres and Co. LLC, and former president and CEO of the National Urban League. Location: Joseph H. and Claire Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-4140.

Smithsonian-AARP partnership briefing 11 a.m. The Smithsonian Institution holds a briefing on a new partnership with AARP including special programs and discounts that encourage AARP members to visit Washington and the Smithsonian museums. The participants include: Mayor Anthony A. Williams; Lawrence Small, Smithsonian Institution secretary; and Bill Novelli, executive director and CEO of AARP. Location: Enid A. Haupt Garden, in front of the Smithsonian Castle. Contact: 202/357-2627, Ext. 108.

Awards ceremony 11 a.m. The Washington Regional Alcohol Program holds its 10th annual 2002 Geico Student Awards cermony honoring District-area high school groups for promoting alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles to their peers. Location: Acela Club Restaurant, MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. Contact: 703/893-0461 or 703/625-2303.

Awards luncheon 11:20 a.m. American Women in Radio and Television sponsor the 2002 Capital Leadership Awards Luncheon. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/429-5416.

Financial privacy briefing noon The Cato Institute holds a briefing on "Financial Privacy and the War on Terrorism." The participants include David Burton, Prosperity Institute; J. Bradley Jansen, Free Congress Foundation; and Veronique de Rugy, Cato Institute. Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/789-5229.

Rally and informational picket noon The American Federation of Government Employees holds a rally and informational picket to urge the Labor Department to issue an enforceable ergonomics standard that protects federal employees and other workers in the United States. Location: Labor Department entrance, 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/639-6419.

Congressional luncheon 12:15 p.m. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation sponsors the Public Service Seminar Congressional Luncheon. The keynote speaker is Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Florida Democrat. Location: True Reformer Building, 1200 U St. NW. Contact: 202/675-6739.

Entrepreneur Corps discussion 12:30 p.m. The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) sponsors a discussion on "Building Leaders for Our Future: The Entrepreneur Corps." The speaker is Chris Gergen, president, chairman and co-founder of Smarthinking, and a consultant to AmeriCorps/VISTA. Location: First-floor reception room, Rome Building, SAIS, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Professional women discussion 3 p.m. The D.C. Bar Computer and Telecommunications Law Section's Telecommunications Committee and the Women's Bar Association of the D.C. Law Forum sponsor a discussion on career and observations about the experience of women in the profession. Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy, Federal Communications Commission, participates. Location: Promenade Room, Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/626-3463.

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