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DC Mayors to Participate in 12th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience

This story comes to us from John Stokes:

Local politicians including former Mayors Marion Barry and Anthony Williams, Presumptive Mayor Vincent Gray and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander will join tennis celebrity Zina Garrison, area youth and their families for the 12th Annual Heart to Hart Tennis Experience, the fundraising event created by The Recreation Wish List Committee (RWLC) in partnership with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).  A full day of tennis and community fun will take place on Saturday, November 6 from 9:00am to 3:30pm, at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, located at 701 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C. 

Poll of the Week: DCPS Doing Enough To Keep Violence Out of Schools?

Last week, we wrote of a fight that began in the cafeteria of Anacostia High School that extended onto the streets of D.C.

Our poll of the week asks how you feel regarding DCPS' effort to keep violence out of city schools.  Chime in below! Write your own answer in the comments bar below.

DC Street Sweeping To End Oct. 29

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials with the  D.C. Department of Public Works said weekly residential street sweeping will end for the season on Oct. 29.

Parking restrictions will be lifted and motorist can park along posted, alternate-side daytime street sweeping routes without moving their cars on cleaning days.

Overnight sweeping on the District's major roadways, which include Pennsylvania, Georgia, Constitution and Independence avenues, will take place as usual all winter as weather permits.

Leaf collection season will run from November 8 through January 15.

Leaves will be vacuumed from each street at least twice.

Allegation Of Theft In DC Summer Jobs Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- DC City Councilman Michael Brown says he is about to ask the DC Auditor to commence an investigation of the Department of Employment Services to see if funds were embezzled from the city's controversial Summer Jobs for Youth program.

Brown has been tipped that a person or persons may have entered the payroll program at DOES and altered payroll records to increase the payments due several young people and at least one adult who had served in the jobs program.

Investigators will likely ask if that suspect or suspects then diverted the funds electronically to an account in North Carolina.

"That's what we're hearing and, frankly, it's quite disturbing. We hope that's not the case, but we want to make sure the taxpayer dollars are protected and that we do all of our jobs as overseers," Brown told 9NewsNow.

Teacher Inspires Students In DC, Part Two

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)--In Northeast Washington, a public charter school is now home to a young woman recently named Teach For America's elementary school teacher of the year.

Julia King was recognized for dramatically raising math and English test scores at her former school in Gary, Indiana. Now, she's inside one of the District's most successful schools.

At DC Prep, a public charter school in Northeast Washington, students are encouraged to dream... and dream big.

"In my future, I would love to go to Harvard Law School and this school has definitely pushed me," said Daeshawn Aulton, an 8th grader.

5th grader Orie Ulu wants to be a doctor.

Young Teacher In DC Inspires And Raises Test Scores

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Education in D.C. has been a hot button issue in recent weeks: President Obama said he didn't think his daughters who attend private school would get the same quality education at a D.C. public school. Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee resigned.

But there are some bright lights in a troubled city like Washington. Julia King is a young woman who was recently named Teach For America's elementary school teacher of the year. She increased reading and math test scores dramatically at her former school in Indiana and now she's teaching here at DC Prep, a public charter school.

In a former warehouse in an economically struggling quadrant of the city, 24 year-old King teaches lessons that will last a lifetime.

"She tells us to always try and never give up," said Orie Ulu, one of King's 5th grade students.

At DC Prep, character and compassion are as important as academics.

Increased Security at Anacostia High School After Brawl

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- DC Public Schools have increased security after a fight broke out among "rival crews" Tuesday afternoon, school officials said in a statement.

A multitude of fights broke out at around 1:30 p.m. during Anacostia High School's second lunch period, school officials said.

Police say the fights spilled over into neighboring communities and MPD police cruiser was damaged in the melee.

Two male juveniles were arrested for going after school staff members, police said.

Police are still investigating what started the fight.