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Byline: Ellen McCarthy
Lee Betton estimates that nearly 50 kids a day play games and use the Internet at the Alexandria community center he manages. The 16 computers at that center -- and at 67 centers like it in Maryland, Virginia and the District -- were provided by PowerUp, a McLean organization that was founded to help bridge the "digital divide" but will close its doors today.
PowerUp spent more than $50 million, using contributions from the Case Foundation, the AOL Time Warner Foundation, Cisco Systems Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and the Waitt Family Foundation, to help familiarize children with computers by providing …