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TUESDAY

While tobacco bigwigs furiously backpedal, another group of commercial lobbyists is actively courting controversy. Having recently relocated to the District from Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., AMATRAP, the American Association of Trappers and Pelters, promises that the “First Annual Mink-In on the Mall” won’t be the last. Disturbed by the amount of negative press the fur trade has received, industry spokesmen hope to woo the public with “From Cage to Couture,” a multimedia presentation that will be accompanied by the processing of live minks into elegant cloaks and stoles. Register to win a cropped swing coat made before your eyes today from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the south side of the Mall near the Smithsonian Metro stop. FREE. (202) 646-5669. (Leo Poil)