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Chancellor Rhee On Oprah

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- DC school chancellor Michelle Rhee took her education reform efforts to Oprah on Monday.

Rhee's appearance was on the Oprah Show was in conjunction with her star role in the film "Waiting for Superman", a documentary about the poor state of education in the country's public schools.

The taping occured before the September 14 Primary in which her boss Mayor Adrian Fenty lost to DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

Rhee has said she couldn't work for Gray. He says he wants a Chancellor who gets along with people.

The two could meet as early as this week.

Written by Bruce Johnson
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

DC Community Going Green: Capital Bikeshare Launches Several Stations Around the Area

Capital Bikeshare has launched new stations throughout DC, including several in and around the Columbia Heights community.  The Bikeshare program, which allows people to rent bikes from one station and drop them off at any other station, continues to expand.  There are several pricing options that are offered by Capital Bikeshare, including one day passes.

The new stations in Columbia Heights are set outside of the Giant supermarket, as well as on the corners of 14th and Harvard and 16th and Harvard.

Now Northwest DC residents will have their choice of dozens of stations including at the following locations:

Amsterdam Falafelshop of Adams Morgan Becoming a National Franchise

This story, about one of my favorite food spots in Adams Morgan, comes to us from Amy Bannon:

A restaurant in Adams Morgan, with word-of-mouth so strong it brings people from as far away as New York and Richmond to eat their food, officially announced today that it is franchising.

The Amsterdam Falafelshop is a fast casual restaurant located at 2425 18th Street NW in Adams Morgan that serves falafel sandwiches with the customers' choice of 21 different sauces and toppings, Dutch-style fries referred to as "frieten" and rich brownies. The shop with its edgy, international vibe was inspired by the falafel "street food" that is so popular throughout Amsterdam and other European cities.

Meet Community Heroes at this Adams Morgan Fire Station Openhouse!

 

Pete Piringer, Chief Spokesperson and Director of Public Information for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department, has been all over the news lately. Between the naked fireman photo and the firetruck and metrobus collission, the Fire Department has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons this week.  But here's something that Piringer sent us that seems to be a really nice cause:

This Saturday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m, there will be an Open House at the DC Fire & EMS- Engine Company 21, located at 1763 Lanier Place, NW in Adams Morgan. 

The Open House will give the public the opportunity to learn about the history of the Engine Company and service to the community, check out the 100 year-old fire station, and meet the local EMS & fire firefighters and ANC Commissioners.

Fenty Says This Is Likely His Last Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Mayor Adrian Fenty called Vincent Gray to concede and promised to work with him on the general election and the transition.

But the defeated mayor declined to look back much on how he lost -- or offer much insight on what he does next.
 
Fenty is not yet 40, and he's spent half his adult life in public service. He says he has no other job offers at this point, but insists he'll keep charging ahead for the next 106 days that he's Mayor of the District of Columbia.

By the time he finally conceded only the hard core supporters had the energy to come back to his campaign headquarters. "It's very probable that I would not be in elected office again. No one can predict the future, but I feel I've had my turn," he said.

Actor Attacking High School Drop Out Rate

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- There was a buzz at the Boys and Girls Club in Southeast. "I think it was pretty inspirational."

The kids saw Denzel Washington at the National Press Club Wednesday, adding his star power to the Boys and Girls Club of America's new campaign attacking the high school drop out rate. Only 69% of American teenagers finish high school compared to the club's 90% graduation rate.

"We need more programs like The Boys and Girls Club when our children are out of school," said Washington, "we need every American to do his or her part."

The actor, who has been the national spokesman for 18 years, said the club shaped him as a child. "He said young man with the smarts you have you can do anything you want to do and it was maybe a small thing to say but I never forgot it. I'm 55 years old and I never forgot it." Another famous alum threw her support behind the cause.

New Voting Machines Cause of Delays

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- A couple dozen voters waited until 2 a.m. for election results that they had hoped to have in their hands by 8:30pm.

All indications point to problems with pollworkers new voting machines and pollworkers using them correctly.  By 2am, election officials announced they would have to leave 15 precincts uncounted until morning because the ballot cartridges for those precincts were incompletely closed by pollworkers.  Most of those uncounted precincts were located east of the Anacostia River.

"We have partial results from those precincts," said Paul Stenbjorn, Chief Technology Manager.  "But we will not release them until we have all of the votes counted in those precincts."

Stenbjorn added that better training may be needed with the new voting system, a system that included final results posted for each precinct at that polling location after the last ballot was cast.