- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 15, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
State of business report 9:30 a.m. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosts a media breakfast briefing to present its report, "The State of American Business," featuring its 2002 pro-growth policies agenda and election outlook. Tom Donohue, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, participates. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682.
Pentagon rebuilding donation 10 a.m. The Pentagon hosts the presentation of the first donation to the Pentagon Rebuilding Fund from Moorefield Middle School students. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia Republican, participate. Location: Secretary's Dining Room, the Pentagon. Contact: 202/225-2711 or 703/695-0169.

PRESIDENT BUSH
Travels to New Orleans to discuss trade policy.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Census Bureau releases report on advance monthly sales for retail and food services for December 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
8:30 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency holds its 2002 Resource Conversation and Recovery Act national meeting, "Partnerships for Cleaner Communities." Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 703/308-8303.

SUPREME COURT
Meets at 10 a.m. to hand down decisions and hear oral arguments: Docket number 00-1595: Hoffman Plastic Compound Inc. v. NLRBl, and Docket number 00-1853: Swierkiewicz v. Sorema N.A. Contact: 202/479-3211.

GENERAL AGENDA
President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education meeting all day The President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education holds its first meeting. Location: Hotel Washington, 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Contact: 202/401-1576.
ComCARE Alliance news conference 9:30 a.m. The Communications for Coordinated Assistance and Response to Emergencies (ComCARE) Alliance releases a report, "The E-Safety Program Making Americans Safer," regarding recommendations to improve emergency communications for individual and mass emergencies. Location: Zenger Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/429-0574.
Thornberry speech 10 a.m. The Precision Strike Association presents a speech by Rep. William M. "Mac" Thornberry, Texas Republican, about transformation of America's national security infrastructure. Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington Ballroom, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington. Contact: 301/475-6513.
Race conference 10 a.m. The National Conference for Community and Justice and the Aetna Foundation present 2002 Voice of Conscience: The Seventh Annual Conversation on Race, Ethnicity and Culture, "The Increasing Pluralism of the United States' Religious Landscape and Its Impact on the Community, Workplace and Government" to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. Andrew Young, National Council of Churches president, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/682-2322, Ext. 23 or 202/682-8710.
Energy conference 10 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies presents a conference titled "North American Energy: U.S. and Canada." Location: B-1 Conference Level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/775-3242.
Homeless report news conference 10:30 a.m. The National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty releases a National Homeless Rights Organizing Project report showing an increasing national trend of criminalizing homeless people. Location: Suite 600, 1012 14th St. NW. Contact: 202/737-6444, Ext. 14 or 202/638-2535.
Veterans task force meeting noon The President's Task Force to Improve Health Care Delivery for Our Nation's Veterans holds its monthly meeting. Location: Mount Vernon Rooms A, B and C, The Madison Hotel, 15th and M streets NW. Contact: 703/696-9466.
Book forum noon The Cato Institute presents a book forum on "The Race to the Top: The Real Story of Globalization." Location: F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5229.
Teacher shortages discussion noon The Urban Institute holds its First Tuesdays discussion on "Absence Unexcused: Ending Teacher Shortages." Location: 2100 M St. NW. Contact: 202/261-5709.
Report discussion 1 p.m. The Working Group on Human Needs and Faith-based and Community Initiatives holds a panel discussion on its final consensus report. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/777-2231.
World Bank news conference 1 p.m. The World Bank presents a news conference to announce a report, "Transition: The First 10 Years," regarding a decade of transition in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Location: Room H1-200, 600 19th St. NW. Contact: 202/458-7321.
Study release 2 p.m. The Economic Strategy Institute holds a news conference to release a study, "Reconciling Trade and the Environment in the World Trade Organization." The speaker is the study's author, Peter Morici, University of Maryland professor and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute. Location: Holeman Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/326-8554.
Domestic policy priorities forum 4 p.m. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies presents a forum, "America In Transition: Rethinking National Policy Priorities," regarding the shift in domestic policy priorities after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/789-6366.
"Black Hawk Down" discussion 4:45 p.m. The National Press Club presents a panel discussion about the movie "Black Hawk Down," regarding the battle for Mogadishu, Somalia. The panelists include: Patrick Sloyan, director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, moderator; Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of "Black Hawk Down"; Ridley Scott, the film's director; Mark Bowden, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter and author of "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War"; Army Col. Thomas Matthews (ret.), military consultant; and Army Col. Lee Van Arsdale (ret.), military consultant. Location: First Amendment Lounge, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7516.
Reception 5 p.m. TelecomHUB presents a networking event and discussion, "On the Internet in the 21st Century." Vint Cerf, senior vice president of WorldCom and a founder of the Internet, participates. Location: Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corners, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. Contact: 703/242-9787.
Photojournalism seminar 7 p.m. The National Press Club Photo Committee presents a "New Directions in Photojournalism" seminar. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7500.
Book discussion 7 p.m. Politics and Prose Bookstore presents a discussion about Peter Hessler's book "River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze," regarding a Peace Corps volunteer's experiences in Fuling, China. Location: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/364-1919.
Town meeting 8 p.m. The Education Department holds a satellite town meeting on testing provisions in the No Child Left Behind Act. Location: WETA Studios, 3620 S. 27th St., Arlington. Contact: 202/401-2310.

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