- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2005

TODAY’S HEADLINERS

Student awards — 10:30 a.m. — The Washington Regional Alcohol Program presents its 13th annual Geico Student Awards, which recognize local high school student organizations promoting alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles. Washington Mystics players participate. Location: MCI Center, 601 F St. NW. Contact: 703/893-0461, 703/625-2303.

Spring spruce-up — 9 a.m. — World Wildlife Fund and the Fairmont Washington, D.C., join forces to help students at Francis Junior High School learn about plants and gardening. Location: Francis Junior High School 2401 M St. NW. Contact: 202/457-5019.

PRESIDENT BUSH



Tours the Cades Cove area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Townsend, Tenn. Travels to Crawford, Texas, for the weekend.

VICE PRESIDENT

Delivers the keynote address at the National Republican Lawyers Association’s National Spring Convention at the National Press Club in Washington.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

8 a.m. — National Institutes of Health holds a meeting of the National Library of Medicine’s Commission on Systemic Interoperability to discuss health care information technology standards. Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800, 200 Independence Ave. Contact: 301/594-7520.

11 a.m. — Department of the Navy holds a meeting of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel to report the findings and recommendations of the East Asia Strategy Study Group to the chief of naval operations. Location: Pentagon, Room 4E540. Contact: 703/681-4906.

11 a.m. — NASA holds a meeting of its Advisory Council and Financial Audit Committee to discuss the “NASA Financial Systems Overview.” Location: NASA, Room 9H40, 300 E St. SW. Contact: 202/358-4529.

SUPREME COURT

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

SENATE

Schedule to be announced. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

SENATE COMMITTEES

9:30 a.m. — Armed Services Committee holds a hearing on the U.S. Special Operations Command to review the fiscal 2006 defense budget. Thomas O’Connell of the Defense Department and Gen. Bryan Brown of the command testify. Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/224-3871.

HOUSE

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

HOUSE COMMITTEES

10 a.m. — Government Reform criminal justice, drug policy and human resources subcommittee holds a hearing, “The National Parks: Will They Survive for Future Generations?” Steven Martin of the National Park Service and Gretchen Long of the National Parks Conservation Association testify. Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5074.

GENERAL AGENDA

Lawyers conference — all day — The Republican National Lawyers Association holds its 20th anniversary Celebration & Conference. Events begin at 8:30 a.m.

Highlights — 10 a.m. — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson

5 p.m. — Private reception honoring former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft

Location: National Press Club, ballroom, 14th and F streets NW. Contact: 703/719-6335.

Legislative conference — all day — Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America holds its 29th annual National Legislative Conference. Events begin at 8 a.m.

Highlight: 8 a.m. — Sen. Ben Nelson, Nebraska Democrat

Location: Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW. Contact: 703/706-5428 or 703/706-5445.

Aging and employment policies — 9 a.m. — The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development holds a conference on aging and employment policies. Location: Chamber Room, ninth floor, 101 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/822-3873.

Social Security — 9:45 a.m. — IONA Senior Services Citizens Advisory Council and the Voice of Midlife and Older Women hold a discussion, “Our Social Security System: Will Changes Help or Hurt Current and Future Retirees.” Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat, Joan Entmacher of the National Women’s Law Center and Joni Lavery of the National Academy of Social Insurance participate. Location: Cleveland Park Branch Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: 202/895-9415 or 202/783-6686, Ext. 2.

Blacks and Social Security — 10 a.m. — The Senate Democratic Policy Committee holds a discussion, “African-Americans and Social Security” Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat; Sen. Byron L. Dorgan, North Dakota Democrat; Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat; Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat; and Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Ohio Democrat, participate. Location: Thurgood Marshall Center, 1816 12th St. NW. Contact: 202/224-2939.

Supreme Court — 10:15 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research holds a discussion, “The Supreme Court: Lochner at 100, Still Crazy After All These Years.” Davis Bernstein of the George Mason University School of Law, Jeffrey Rosen of the George Washington University Law School, Edward White of the University of Virginia School of Law and Michael Greve of AEI participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW. Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Book discussion — 11 a.m. — The Cato Institute holds a book discussion, “Saving Our Environment from Washington: How Congress Grabs Power, Shirks Responsibility and Shortchanges the People.” David Schoenbrod of the New York Law School and Jerry Taylor of Cato participate. Location: Cato Institute, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/789-5200.

South Korean POWs — noon — The Defense Forum Foundation holds a discussion, “Half a Century in the Hellish Nightmare: South Korean POWs Tell their Story.” William Middendorf and Suzanne Scholte of the foundation and Thomas Chung of the Committee for Rescue of Korean POWs participate. Location: B-339 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 703/534-4313.

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