- The Washington Times - Friday, May 17, 2002

TODAY'S HEADLINERS

Afghanistan briefing 10 a.m. The National Democratic Institute holds a news briefing to release findings of public opinion research conducted in Kabul, Afghanistan, on the forthcoming loya jirga, the rights of women and the compatibility of Islam and democracy. Location: 2030 M St. NW. Contact: 202/728-5527.

Domestic-violence summit all day The D.C. Children's Trust Fund, the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Child Abuse and the Mayor's Commission on Violence Against Women hold a summit on "The Intersection Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse/Neglect." Location: Blackburn Center, Howard University, 2400 Sixth St. NW. Contact: 202/624-5555.


PRESIDENT BUSH

10:30 a.m. Meets with Prime Minister Janez Drnovsk of Slovenia, Oval Office of the White House.

1:05 p.m. Makes remarks to the Coalition for Medicare Choices, East Room of the White House.


ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Commerce Department releases its report on U.S. international trade in goods and services for March 2002. Location: 14th Street between E Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.


FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. Defense Department holds a meeting of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Location: Room D3001, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Bethesda. Contact: 301/295-3116.

10 a.m. Justice Department holds a meeting of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coordinating Council. Location: Main conference room, third floor, 810 Seventh St. NW. Contact: 301/519-6473.


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. Appropriations treasury and general government subcommittee holds a hearing, "What Happened to the Sacajawea Golden Dollar?" Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3471.


HOUSE

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


GENERAL AGENDA

Writers conference all day The Washington Independent Writers and the National Press Club hold the 2002 writers conference.

Highlight 7 p.m. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat; Vanessa Leggett, the Houston free-lance writer who served 168 days in jail for refusing to reveal confidential sources for a book she is writing, and recipient of the 2002 Washington Independent Writers President's Award; and Ken Reigner, Washington Independent Writers president, remarks.

7:30 p.m. Bob Woodward, assistant managing editor of The Washington Post, and author, keynote.

Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/347-4973.

National Association of Realtors conference all day The National Association of Realtors holds its 2002 midyear legislative meetings and trade expo.

Highlights 1 p.m. Greg Burge, Supra Products; Mark Lesswing, Center for Realtor Technology; Bruce Benham, Re/Max International; W. Michael Long, Homestore.com; and Laurie Janik, National Association of Realtors general counsel.

Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Park Road NW. Contact: 202/383-1192.

American Judicature Society symposium 7:45 a.m. The American Judicature Society (AJS) holds a symposium, "Selecting Federal Court of Appeals and District Court Judges: An AJS Symposium Examining the Role and Responsibilities of the Executive and Legislative Branches." Location: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. Contact: 202/973-5846.

Health care discussion 9:30 a.m. The Mercatur Center holds a round-table discussion for congressional senior staff on "What Drives the Cost of Health Care?" Location: B-354 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/993-4960.

Energy tour 10 a.m. The Energy Department holds a tour of its energy-conservation exhibits to mark the one-year anniversary of President Bush's national energy policy. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton, and EPA Administrator Christie Whitman participate. Location: 1000 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/586-4940.

U.S.-EU trade relations discussion 10 a.m. The National Press Club holds a Morning Newsmaker news conference featuring a discussion, "United States-European Union Trade Relations." The participants include: Stuart Eizenstat, co-chairman of the U.S.-European Business Council, and John Weekes, former Canadian ambassador to the World Trade Organization. Location: Murrow Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/662-7593.

Briefing on racial-data collection 10:30 a.m. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds a news briefing on the consequences of racial-data collection. Location: 624 Ninth St. NW. Contact: 202/833-9771.

Beaches news conference 11:30 a.m. The Clean Beaches Council releases its 2002 list of beaches certified for public safety and environmental health. Location: First Amendment Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 202/537-9166.

Pizza-study news conference noon The Center for Science in the Public Interest releases the findings of its study of pizza. Location: Third floor, Greeley Hall, 1875 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/777-8370.

Grant announcement 2:30 p.m. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta holds a news conference to announce a $250,000 grant to the New Markets Growth Fund, sponsored by the University of Maryland's Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and part of the Small Business Administration's new national program, which will provide $20 million in venture capital and technical assistance to small businesses in economically distressed parts of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat, participates. Location: Rouse Room, Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland, College Park. Contact: 301/209-3520.

Rangel program 2:30 p.m. The State Department and Howard University hold a news briefing to announce the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program at Howard University, designed to prepare minorities for foreign-service careers. The participants include Rep. Rangel, New York Democrat; Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; and Patrick Swygert, Howard University president. Location: Treaty Room, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 202/225-4365.

Health care discussion 6 p.m. Olin Frederick Inc. holds a discussion, "The Future of American Health Care: Profits or Patients?" The speaker is Dr. Rudolph Mueller, author of "As Sick As It Gets: The Shocking Reality of America's Healthcare" Location: Lisagor Room, National Press Club, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 716/672-6176.


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