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DC Education Group Receives Major Grant from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

This story was sent to us by Natalie Torentinos:

Local children and youth who have fallen behind in school will receive help under a new partnership between a local nonprofit group and a major law firm.

For Love of Children (FLOC) has received a grant of $45,000 in the first step of a multi-year partnership with the Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP Greater DC Community Foundation.  The partnership is being announced today at an ice-cream party with FLOC students, staff and volunteers, and Willkie attorneys and staff at the firm’s offices in downtown DC.

Trial Begins In Death Of DC Intern Chandra Levy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy nearly a decade ago, a case that derailed a California congressman's career and generated headlines around the world.

Ingmar Guandique, 29, is charged with murder, kidnapping, attempted sexual assault and other counts. Authorities say he attacked Levy while she was jogging alone in Rock Creek Park in May 2001.

Levy's disappearance -- her body was not discovered until more than a year after she went missing -- caused a national sensation when she was romantically linked to then-Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif. Authorities once considered Condit a prime suspect but no longer believe he had anything to do with her death.

National Zoo Launches Text-to-Give Campaigns for Elephants and Frogs

This story comes to us from the Smithsonian National Zoo:

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has entered the mobile-giving marketplace with its latest “TEXT ELEPHANT” and “TEXT FROG” fundraising campaigns. Aimed at visitors on the go, animal enthusiasts and citizen conservationists, the Zoo’s text-to-give efforts allow people to easily and inexpensively contribute to saving endangered species.

By texting the keyword ELEPHANT or FROG to the number 20222 via a cell phone, a donation of $5 will be made to the Zoo’s conservation programs for elephants and frogs. The $5 donation option runs for a limited time and appears as a charge on a donor’s mobile-phone bill.

Community of Hope Conquers Despair

   These days despair is often a lot easier to come by than it used to be, as people lose homes or jobs don't come through.  But when you're in the market for someone in the business of providing hope, you should remember this name: 

The Community of Hope.  It targets families on the verge of personal disaster, i.e. poverty and homelessness,  and provides services including housing and health care.  The goal is regaining independence.

  Two years ago, Sade Grey had a college degree but she was also pregnant and jobless and scared.

  My husband was in law school and we're doing everything on track. we're good to go. And no jobs are coming, and we're living with 5 roommates and we're trying to figure out how to get our own apartment and how to prepare for our first child," she said.

Urban Investment Partners Begins $4.8 Million Renovations of Two Apartment Buildings in Kalorama

This story was sent to us by Leslie of LHB Communications:

Urban Investment Partners (UIP), a Washington, D.C.-based real estate investment firm, has begun a $4.8 million gut renovation of two historic apartment buildings at 1801 and 1811 Wyoming Avenue, N.W. (The Warrington and The Wilmington) in the popular Adams Morgan/Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

Most of the 43 fully renovated units will be sold beginning next year as WY18 Condominiums, featuring modern, upscale amenities including rooftop party decks with misting sprayers and wet bars, GE Café series appliances, new energy-efficient windows and water-saving dual-flush commodes, iPod docking stations, and expanded closets and storage areas along with all-new heating, cooling, wiring, and plumbing.

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'Midnight in Marrakesh' Supports Washington's Start Ups

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports the Nest Foundation celebrates Morocco while helping local businesses and Crafty Bastards come to DC.