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Ford’s Reading Series Gives ‘State of the Union’

Ford’s Theatre will kick off its 2005-2006 Reading Series on Monday with the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “State of the Union.”

“State of the Union” portrays the road to the White House, complete with endless campaigning and raw political ambition. Written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, it won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1946. It will be read Monday by Tony Award-winner Judith Ivey, as well as D.C.-based actors Ted van Griethuysen, Rick Foucheux and Nancy Robinette.

Ford’s Reading Series is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 347-6262. The theatre is located at 511 10th St. NW.

Donate Phones to Help Domestic Violence Victims
To mark National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Congressional Legislative Staff Association last week kicked off a mobile phone drive to benefit the victims of such abuse, and several Members are offering their offices as drop-off points.

Deactivated mobile phones and chargers, as well as PDAs, can be left at the offices of Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), 230 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), 711 Hart Senate Office Building, Mike DeWine (R-Ohio), 140 Russell Senate Office Building, and Reps. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), 503 Cannon House Office Building, Tom Allen (D-Maine), 1127 Longworth House Office Building, and Jim Saxton (R-N.J.), 2217 Rayburn House Office Building. They are also being collected at the House Science subcommittee on energy (390 Ford House Office Building) and the House Homeland Security Committee (202 Adams Building). The drive concludes on Tuesday.

All phones will be donated to the Wireless Foundation’s CALL TO PROTECT program, which in turn uses proceeds from the phones’ sales to fund its education efforts and agencies that fight domestic violence. Some phones are also refurbished and used as “lifelines” for domestic violence victims in emergency situations, according to the foundation’s Web site. For more information, visit Protect/index.cfm.

— Amy Carlile and Bree Hocking

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