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Interweaving the story of his own experiences with those of people like Charles Warren, the British Royal Engineer who first began excavating Jericho in the 1860s, former Baltimore Sun Middle East Bureau chief Robert Ruby explains how the remains of this legend-shrouded, below-sea-level, 9,000-year-old city were unearthed. Using slides and anecdotes from his new book, the author of Jericho: Dreams, Ruins, and Phantoms will recount both fact and speculation about the history of a city whose significance is more than Biblical. At 6 p.m. at the Ripley Center Lecture Hall, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $13. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (MJ)