- The Washington Times - Friday, March 7, 2003

TODAY'S HEADLINERS
Role of faith-based groups all day The Independent Sector and the Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy host a spring research forum, "The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in the Social Welfare System." E.J. Dionne, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-chairman of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, and the Rev. Robert Franklin, former president of the Interdenominational Theological Center, participate. Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wisconsin Avenue at Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda. Contact: 202/467-6100 or 518/443-5014.
Bioethics council meeting 9 a.m. President's Council on Bioethics holds a meeting to discuss human cloning, embryonic stem-cell research, patentability of human organisms, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening, sex-selection techniques, inheritable genetic modification, international models of biotech regulation. Location: Sheraton National Hotel, 900 S. Orme St., Arlington. Contact: 202/296-4669.

PRESIDENT BUSH
Not available.

ECONOMIC REPORTS
8:30 a.m. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the employment situation for February. Location: 200 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/606-5902.

FEDERAL AGENCIES
8:30 a.m. National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Children's Study of Environmental Effects on Health Advisory Committee. Topics include: the measures of racism; recruitment prior to conception; life-course time line and study architecture. Location: NIH, 6100 Executive Blvd., Rockville. Contact: 301/451-6421.
8:30 a.m. Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards. Topics include: early site permit process; overview of the format and content of the Fort Calhoun license renewal application; future ACRS activities/report of the planning and procedures subcommittee. Location: 11545 Rockville Pike, Room T-2B3, Rockville. Contact: 301/415-0138.
10 a.m. Consumer Product Safety Commission holds a meeting to consider a petition submitted by the Consumer Federation of America requesting that the commission issue a rule requiring product registration cards with every product intended for children. Location: Bethesda Towers, 4330 East-West Highway, Room 420, Bethesda. Contact: 301/504-7923.

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

SENATE
In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES
9:30 a.m. Joint Economic Committee holds a full committee hearing to examine the U.S. employment situation. Kathleen Utgoff, commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Labor Department, testifies. Location: 628 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-5171.

HOUSE
Not in session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600

GENERAL AGENDA
Child welfare conference all day Child Welfare League of America hosts its 2003 National Conference on "Children 2003: Imagine an America," Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road. Contact: 202/942-0305 or 202/942-0308.
National Bike Summit all day League of American Bicyclists holds its 2003 National Bike Summit.
Highlights 8 a.m. Closing Plenary: America Bikes Taking the Message Home
2 p.m. Congressional Bike Caucus Ride
Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/822-1333.
State lawmakers all day National Conference of State Legislatures holds its "Leader to Leader" meeting. Location: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 202/624-5400.
Water forum 9:30 a.m. The World Bank's Water Media Network hosts a Water Roundtable forum to discuss the upcoming Third World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan. Topics include the main obstacles in delivering clean water to the poor while ensuring healthy environments, what has worked well and what hasn't and what lessons can be learned. Location: World Bank, WBI Studio 2, Room MC-C2, 1818 H St NW. Contact: 202/458-2736 or 202/473-4033.
Helping schools plan for emergencies 10 a.m. Education Department holds a tour of emergency vehicles and a roundtable discussion on helping schools plan for emergencies. Education Secretary Rod Paige and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge participate. Location: Montgomery Blair High School, 51 E. University Blvd., Silver Spring. Contact: 202/401-1576.
Agriculture Conservation 10 a.m. Northeast-Midwest Institute holds a briefing on "Agriculture Conservation." Topics include program cuts in the recently passed farm bill and the potential impacts of these cuts to states, regions, environmental and conservation communities, and strategies to fix the problem. Location: 2456 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/544-5200.
Transportation issues 10 a.m. Northeast-Midwest House and Senate Coalitions holds a briefing to discuss "On the Road: Will TEA-21(Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century) Keep America Moving?" Location: 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/226-9497.
Access to Higher Education 11 a.m. Howard University hosts its 136th Charter Day Convocation on "The Importance of Access to Higher Education." Topics include federal policy issues in higher education and providing leadership for America and the global community. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, chairman, Congressional Black Caucus, participates. Location: Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2400 Sixth St. NW. Contact: 202/238-2332.
Congressional City Conference 11 a.m. National League of Cities holds its Congressional City Conference. John DeStefano, mayor, New Haven, Conn., and president, NLC, holds the opening news conference. Location: Washington Hilton and Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/626-3003 or 202/626-3051.
Democracy discussion 11:30 a.m. The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and the Hudson Institute host a discussion on "Discourses on Democracy After Iraq: Can Lebanese Democracy be Revived?" Jeane Kirkpatrick, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, participates. Location: Hudson Institute, Suite 300, 1015 18th St. NW. Contact: 202/223-7770.
Petition event noon "Friends of Charles" holds public rally to rescue Charles Li. Delivery of petition signatures to State Department; presentation from U.S. Congress, NGOs, attorney, student groups and Charles' friends; dramatic readings and song. Location: In front of U.S. Department of State, 2201 C St. NW. Contact: 610/656-8281.
America's Role in the International Arena noon The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies holds a lecture on "America's Role in the International Arena." Topics include a specific conviction that the Bush administration is leading this country and the rest of the world in the wrong direction, not only in its policy toward Iraq, but on a wide range of issues. Location: SAIS, Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Kenney Auditorium. Contact: 202/663-5648
Columbia astronaut funeral 1 p.m. U.S. Army Military District of Washington holds a full military honors funeral service for Columbia Space Shuttle astronaut Lt. Col. Michael P. Anderson, USAF. Location: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. Please register at 202/685-4645.
Czech-American relations conference 3:30 p.m. National Press Club Newsmaker Program holds a news conference to discuss the "Czech American Relations in Light of the Iraq Crisis." Cyril Svoboda, deputy prime minister of foreign affairs, Czech Republic, participates. Location: National Press Club, Zenger Room, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 301/530-1210 or 202/662-7540; 202/413-7625.

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