Dalai Lama Goes to Washington

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The spiritual leader of Tibet will meet with President Bush as part of a week of events planned to celebrate his visit.


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And the Dalai Lama is in Washington, D.C. today, where he'll have a private meeting with President Bush. And it's part of a week of events planned in D.C. to celebrate the visit by the Tibetan spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama is a frequent visitor to the United States, and his last visit was just two years ago.

Here is NPR's Jackie Northam.

JACKIE NORTHAM: This time, though, will be a higher profile visit than any time in the past. On Wednesday, he's due to receive the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor, which is America's most prestigious civilian award. The Dalai Lama will receive the award with President Bush standing alongside him. It will be the first time the president appears in public with the Dalai Lama.

China claims Tibet as part its territory, and resolutely opposes awarding the medal to the Tibetan spiritual leader.

MARTIN: That was NPR's Jackie Northam.

Today on Capitol Hill, civil rights leaders are expected to testify about the Jena Six case. That's the case of six black teens in Louisiana charged in the beating of a white student. The incident happened after two nooses were hung from a tree on a high school campus. The case sparked massive civil rights protests in the town of Jena. Reverend Al Sharpton will urge Congress to expand hate crime laws to deal with incidents like the one in Jena.

And finally today, the Ohio school where a gunman shot four people and then himself last week is scheduled to reopen today with tighter security. The Success Tech Academy High School has been closed since last Wednesday's shooting. When students show up today, they'll go through metal detectors, and at least one more armed security guard is expected to be walking the halls.

That's the news. It's always online at npr.org.

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