Washington Life's Favored 100
Are you on the list? September's Washington Life released a "100 Most Invited" list as a "spotter's guide" to the metropolitan social scene.
So who made the glossy's cut? Jenna and Barbara Bush (oh, and their parents, natch), business couple Huda and Samia Farouki, Kevin Chaffee of the Washington Times, Queen Noor of Jordan and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, among others. And yes, Karl Rove, you still made the list.
Editor in chief Nancy Bagley said she, Women's Wear Daily writer Susan Watters and an otherwise anonymous panel picked the names. And their methodology? "We have a pretty good sense of who are the most invited."
Bagley said she's received thank-yous from people who made the cut -- and she's also heard from those who didn't. "I've heard either directly or through the grapevine that there were people who were unhappy." It's like high school all over again!
GWU Extends a Degree of Help
Clutching the classifieds in one hand while wearing a tentative smile, Benjamin Wowo looked like any new student in search of housing. But Wowo is living in a Chevy Chase hostel -- not a dorm or off-campus apartment -- and he's not exactly having the graduate school experience he had imagined.
Wowo was one of the 29 students invited to a George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services reception yesterday for students from Tulane and Louisiana State universities who were left without a school by Hurricane Katrina.
"I left all my stuff," said Wowo, who had started at Tulane in January. "I just took my laptop and very few clothes with me."
First-year graduate student Sarah Torrance arrived at Tulane two weeks before Katrina. The 24-year-old said she had left for a friend's wedding right before the storm hit with a "week's worth of clothes" and her laptop. She contacted GWU on Sept. 3, arrived in Washington on Wednesday morning and was in class by Wednesday night. An old Tulane professor helped her find a paid internship with PhRMA, which represents research-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and she's living with a friend.
"D.C. was always one of my favorite cities, but I thought I'd be here under better circumstances," she said.
Travel Group Offers a Welcome Site
KatrinaJobs.com launched yesterday as a career site where jobless Hurricane Katrina evacuees can find work -- fast.
Roger Dow, president of the Travel Industry Association of America, which founded the job bank, said his Washington-based nonprofit decided to start the site instead of creating a relief fund because "people do that better than we do."
Dow said the site, www.katrinajobs.com, will post openings for all industries, not just travel. "The listings will be from all over, because these people have been dispersed through the country," he said. "We'd love to give them jobs."
* Chalk up another one for the Kaput File: Actress Renee Zellweger and country singer Kenny Chesney are having their marriage annulled, People magazine reported yesterday. She cited "fraud" as the reason for the breakup but didn't elaborate, the Associated Press added. The couple has been married five (5) months (months!). No one saw it coming, and no one saw it going.
* Britney Watch: While Britney Spears did not release the name of her newborn son yesterday, she did release her new fragrance, Fantasy, created with "enchanting scents" including "lush red lychee" and a "hint of cupcakes, white chocolate and jasmine." And Us Weekly did release the name: Preston Michael Spears Federline. So there.
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff reports