- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 18, 2003

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Teen drug use — 12:30 p.m. — The Health and Human Services Department, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the National Institute on Drug Abuse hold a news conference to announce the results of the 2003 Monitoring the Future survey on teen drug use. John P. Walters of the ONDCP, Nora Volkow of NIDA, Karen Tandy of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Lloyd Johnson of the University of Michigan participate. Location: National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/443-6245 or 202/395-6618.

Saddam Hussein discussion — 12:30 p.m. — The Palestine Center holds a discussion, “Saddam Hussein: The Aftermath.” Clovis Maksoud of the American University participates. Location: Palestine Center, 2425-35 Virginia Ave. NW. 202/338-1290.

PRESIDENT BUSH

No public events are scheduled.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8:30 a.m. — Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness holds a meeting titled “Innovative Administration Systems for Vaccines” to discuss the latest scientific and clinical developments. Location: The DoubleTree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville. Contact: 301/228-3124.

9 a.m. — Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel Multilingual Initiative Issue Committee to discuss improving customer service at the IRS. Location: None given. Contact: 888/912-1227.

9 a.m. — Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, Workgroup on the National Health Information Infrastructure. Topics include: Report on NHII activities from HHS and from the Department of Veterans Affairs; update on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s NHII survey; plans and priorities for the future. Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 705A. Contact: 301/458-4245.

1 p.m. — National Mediation Board holds a meeting to discuss the administration of National Railroad Adjustment Board functions and activities. Location: National Labor Relations Board, 1099 14th St. NW, Room 11000. Contact: 202/692-5057.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Stands adjourned, to reconvene at noon on Jan. 20. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Stands adjourned, to reconvene at noon on Jan. 20. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Dependable software systems — all day — National Academies’ Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences holds a meeting, “Sufficient Evidence? Building Certifiably Dependable Software Systems,” Location: National Academies, 2100 C St. NW. Contact: 202/334-2605.

Afghan constitution — 9 a.m. — Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty holds a briefing on “What to Expect From the Constitutional Loya Jirga.” Sara Amiryar, Georgetown University; Zieba Shorish-Shamley, Women’s Alliance for Peace; and Michael Young, George Washington University Law School, participate. Location: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave. NW, fourth-floor Conference Room. Contact: 202/457-6949.

Teacher Ambassador Award ceremony — 9 a.m. — MetLife Foundation and the National Civic League host the MetLife Foundation 2003 Teacher Ambassador Award ceremony. Sibyl Jacobson, MetLife Foundation; Dorothy Ridings, National Civic League; Jack Giles, Northwest College Preparatory High School, Chicago; Cheri Wright, Career Education Center, Denver; Marsha Sakwa, Detroit School for the Fine and Performing Arts, participate. Location: Washington Hilton, Caucus Room, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 303/571-4343.

Flight certificate for Santa Claus — 9:30 a.m. — Transportation Department holds a ceremony to sign a flight certificate allowing Santa Claus to engage in air travel the night of Dec. 24-25. Media should arrive at the southwest entrance by 9 a.m. for escort. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta and Santa Claus participate. Location: Transportation Department, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh St. SW. Contact: 202/366-5580.

Memorial service for homeless — 11 a.m. — The National Coalition for Homeless holds a memorial service to mourn 10 persons who died without housing in D.C. Donald Whitehead, NCH, participates. Location: McPherson Park, 15th Street and Vermont Avenue NW. Contact: 202/737-6444, Ext. 20 or 202/737-6444, Ext. 19.

News briefing for journalists — 11 a.m. — European Union Delegation of the European Commission to the United States holds a weekly “Entre Nous” Friday news briefing for journalists. Location: EU-Washington Press Room, 2300 M St. NW. Contact: 202/862-9500.

Neighborhood revitalization# — noon — The National Neighborhood Coalition holds a discussion on its Neighborhood Voices report on revitalization. Michael Powell, The Washington Post; Anna Pasmanick, NNC; and Thomas Shellabarger, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, participate. Location: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1785 Massachusetts Ave. NW, second floor. Contact: 202/408-8553.

Structure of the securities market — noon — American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion on reforms in the structure of the securities market. Peter Wallison, AEI, participates. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

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