- The Washington Times - Friday, December 13, 2002

Reptile exhibit 10:30 a.m. The National Geographic Society's Explorers Hall presents a Passport Friday live exhibit to introduce an assortment of reptiles from around the world and dispel myths about snakes, lizards, crocodilians and turtles. Location: National Geographic Society headquarters, 17th and M streets NW. Contact: 202/857-7027.
Pentagon Christmas tree 4 p.m. The Pentagon holds the official lighting of its holiday tree. Participants include Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Location: Pentagon's north parking lot. Contact: 703/697-5131.

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8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases its manufacturing and trade inventories and sales figures for October. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.
8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its Producer Price Index figures for November. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/691-5902.

8:30 a.m. President's Council on Bioethics holds a meeting on topics such as technologies to increase the human life span, overmedicating children and organ donations. Location: Hotel Monaco, 700 F St. NW. Contact: 202/296-4669.
9 a.m. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy holds a public-comment hearing on test rules and energy standards for air conditioners and heat pumps. Location: Energy Department, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Ave. SW, Room 1E-245. Contact: 202/586-9611.
9:30 a.m. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service holds a meeting to discuss the results of the 12th meeting of the international convention on trade in endangered species. Location: Interior Department, Sidney Yates Auditorium, 18th and C streets NW. Contact: 703/358-2093.
1 p.m. Transportation Department holds a meeting of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Private International Law to discuss international transport law. Location: Holland & Knight, Suite 100, 2099 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/776-8420.

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

Stands adjourned until noon Jan. 7. Contact: Republican cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

Stands adjourned until noon Jan. 7. Contact: Republican cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

State summit all day American Legislative Exchange Council holds its 2002 States and National Policy Summit.
Highlights 12:30 p.m. Sallie Baliunas, Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Location: Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/466-3800, ext. 235.
Surface transport all day National Academies holds a meeting on surface-transportation concepts. Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2941.
Telecommunications all day Practicing Law Institute holds the 20th annual institute on telecommunications policy and regulation. Location: International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 212/824-5710 or 800/260-4754.
Employment law all day The National Employment Law Institute holds its 23rd annual national conference on developments in the field. Location: Willard Inter-Continental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 303/861-5600.
SEC changes all day American Institute of Certified Public Accountants holds its 2002 national conference on current Securities and Exchange Commission developments.
Highlights 9:10 a.m. Session on certifications, disclosure controls and the duties of professionals
2:55 p.m. Michael Crooch, Financial Accounting Standards Board member, and Carol Stacey, chief accountant, SEC Division of Corporation Finance
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. Contact: 202/434-9220.
State legislature forum all day The National Conference of State Legislatures holds the NCSL Standing Committees fall forum.
Highlights 8 a.m. Special briefing, "Implementing the No Child Left Behind Act," Capitol Room, lobby level
9:30 a.m. Special briefing, "Implementing the New Federal Elections Reform Law: Will It Help America Vote," Congressional A, lobby level
Location: Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 303/364-7700.
Military recruitment 8:30 a.m. National Academies hosts a meeting of the Committee on the Youth Population and Military Recruitment, Phase II. Location: National Academies, 500 Fifth St. NW. Contact: 202/334-1759.
Intellectual property 9:15 a.m. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a panel discussion, "Intellectual Property: Is There a Positive Side for Developing-Country Business?" Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-5853.
Poor children 9:30 a.m. Population Resource Center holds a news briefing, "Children in Poverty." Location: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/467-5030.
U.S.-Brazil ties 9:30 a.m. U.S. Chamber of Commerce sponsors a discussion, "Outlook for a New Era in Brazil-U.S. Relations." U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Donna Hrinak participates. Location: St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.
Terrorism and human rights 9:45 a.m. Organization of American States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hold a news conference to release and discuss a report on terrorism and human rights. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW, Holeman Lounge. Contact: 202/458-6824.
Japanese politics noon The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion on Japanese politics in the age of coalition government. Location: SAIS, Rome Building auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/663-5816.
Child prostitution 12:30 p.m. Justice Department Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention hosts a national summit, "Protecting Our Children: Working Together to End Child Prostitution." Participants include Larry Thompson, deputy attorney general, and Deborah Daniels, assistant attorney general. Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW. Contact: 202/307-0703.
IPS book release 4:30 p.m. Institute for Policy Studies presents a holiday party to release four books. Participants include Cvijeto Job, author of "Yugoslavia's Ruin: The Bloody Lessons of Nationalism, A Patriot's Warning"; Phyllis Bennis, author of "Before and After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis"; John Cavanagh and Sarah Anderson of "Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World is Possible" and Martha Honey, editor of "Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice." Location: IPS, 733 15th St. NW, Suite 102. Contact: 202/234-9382, ext. 235.
U.S.-Russia ties 5:30 p.m. Russian Embassy holds a news conference with the chairman of the Committee on International Affairs of the Russian State Duma. Topics include Russian-American relations, bilateral cooperation in combating terrorism, Iraq, arms control and the Moscow Treaty. Location: Russian Embassy, 2650 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Contact: 202/298-5748.

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