Sunday, August 17, 2008


Sunday, Aug. 17: Americas Competitiveness Forum

The Americas Competitiveness Forum meets in Atlanta to discuss policies and strategies to attract investment and promote economic prosperity throughout the Western Hemisphere. The event is co-hosted by Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. Participants representing 33 democratically elected governments of the Western Hemisphere include Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom Caballeros, El Salvadoran President Elias Antonio Saca Gonzalez and Nicaraguan Vice President Jaime Morales Carazo.

Sunday, Aug. 17: 10th anniversary of President Clinton admitting Lewinsky affair

President Clinton a decade ago acknowledged in a televised speech to a grand jury that he’d had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Mr. Clinton told the American people that he took full responsibility for his actions, saying, “It was wrong.”

Wednesday, Aug. 20: Presidential candidates file July fundraising reports

Presidential candidates file monthly fundraising reports with Federal Election Commission, covering July 2008.

Wednesday, Aug. 20: Report states corporal punishment in public schools is ‘abusive and ineffective’

A Human Rights Watch report concludes that 21 states permit the use of corporal punishment against children in public schools, with 223,190 students beaten in the 2006-07 school year. Corporal punishment typically takes the form of “paddling,” whereby an administrator or teacher hits a child repeatedly on the buttocks with a wooden board, causing, the report says, pain, humiliation and, in some cases, deep bruising or other serious injuries. The report also claims that corporal punishment is used disproportionately against black students and those with mental or physical disabilities and that the punishment leaves students unwilling or unable to learn.


Tuesday, Aug. 19: Gary Glitter freed from jail in Vietnam

British rock star Gary Glitter, 63, whose real name is Paul Gadd, will be freed from Thu Doc Prison in Vietnam. The aging rocker was found guilty of committing obscene acts with two girls, 10 and 11. He was sentenced to three years in March 2006. Officials in the capital, Hanoi, ordered that Glitter serve his full term, less a three-month reduction granted last year. Glitter was convicted of possessing child porn in the United Kingdom in 1999 and served half of a four-month sentence before moving overseas.

Tuesday, Aug. 19: D.C. filing deadline for independent presidential candidates

Deadline for independent presidential candidates seeking ballot access for the Nov. 4 general election to file with D.C. Board of Elections.


Monday, Aug. 18: Nadal unseats Federer as tennis world No.1

The Association of Tennis Professionals World Rankings will have Rafael Nadal as the No. 1 player in the world, ending Roger Federer’s streak of 237 consecutive weeks at the top.

Saturday, Aug. 23: U.S. goes for hoops gold in Beijing?

The gold medal game in women’s basketball takes place late Saturday night in Beijing - that’s late morning to Washingtonians. The U.S. women are favored to take gold, as are their Kobe Bryant-led counterparts on the men’s side. The men follow suit the next afternoon in Beijing, which means the gold medal game takes place in the wee small hours on Sunday in this part of the world.


Saturday, Aug. 16: Redskins vs. Jets

The Washington Redskins face Brett Favre and the Jets in a preseason game at New York. The Jets acquired Favre this month following the legendary quarterback’s contentious split with the Green Bay Packers.

Sunday, Aug. 17: Bill Richardson hosts fundraisers to help Clinton ease campaign debt

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a former presidential candidate, hosts fundraising events to help Sen. Hillary Clinton retire her presidential campaign debt, which reportedly stands at $20 million. Mr. Richardson, who served as secretary of energy in the Clinton administration, withdrew from the Democratic primary campaign Jan. 10, then endorsed Sen. Barack Obama in March.

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