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Michelle Rhee Resigns As DC School Chancellor

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Michelle Rhee announced Wednesday she will resign as DC Chancellor of Schools, answering the question on many peoples' minds after Vincent Gray defeated Andrian Fenty last month in the DC mayoral primary election.

"Reforms will continue," Rhee said, in a somewhat elated tone.

Deputy Chancellor Kaya Henderson will replace Rhee in the interim.

"I have known and worked with Kaya for the past three and a half years, and I can tell you, she is an unbelievable candidate," Rhee said.

Henderson thanked Rhee for the opportunity to continue what she called the "immense progress," they teamed up to make in the past three years.

"I've worked in the DC school system for the past 13 years and I never imagined we could reach such heights," Henderson said.

Community Breaks Ground on Matthews Memorial Terrace

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Matthews Memorial Baptist Church, city officials, community leaders, development and finance partners and residents broke ground on October 8, 2010, for Matthews Memorial Terrace, an innovative new affordable housing rental development for seniors, working families and individuals in Anacostia.

"Transformers 3" Filming in D.C.; Street Closures, Parking Restrictions Throughout City

"Transformers 3" will be filming all over the National Mall from October 11-October 15.  Because the production will be taking place, streets throughout Downtown will be closed, and additionally, there will parking restrictions in various locations.

Here's the entire list:

"Transformers 3" Filming Schedule

Parking Meter Relief?

WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA) - City Council Member Jack Evans wants to rollback the parking meter increase that was passed in Spring.

The Ward 2 representative is getting more complaints about the meters than any other issue. It costs $2 to park for one hour in premium parking zones. He wants to bring it back to when one dollar bought you an hour.

Evans said he also wants to allow for free parking after 6:30 pm. Currently, parking meter enforcement can dole out the expired meter tickets until 10pm in premium parking zones.

"I work around here and I see them giving out tickets all the time. It's outrageous and they're just preying on people like vultures," said JoAnn Slaight on a Friday night in Chinatown. "Last night at Massachusetts Avenue at 20 minutes before 10pm, I was going to my car and I saw a meter person giving out 10 tickets. "

Thousands Gather for Susan G. Komen D.C. 3-Day Cure

Today, October 8, thousands of women and men are embarking on a three-day, 60-mile journey to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. The 2010 Susan G. Komen Washington D.C. 3-Day for the Cure® begins at Washington Nationals Stadium and will travel 60 miles through the Washington D.C. area, concluding Sunday at the Washington Monument. The Washington D.C. community will provide encouragement by attending the Opening and Closing Ceremony and supporting walkers at official Cheering Stations along the route. More information on these locations can be found at The3Day.org.  

 

 

HIV Tests At DMV

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Next time you're standing in line at the DMV, take an HIV test while you wait.

Southeast resident Wendell Kiah said, "I want to know my status, but I'm nervous."

The screenings are offered by the Family and Medical Counseling Service: a non-profit in Southeast that tests up to 5,000 people annually. "We're estimating 3% of residents are infected some estimates say 5% so it's really time to pull out all the stops," said Angela Fulwood Wood the organization's CEO.

The year long program is a win-win. Not only is the test free, participants get money orders of up to $15 to help cover their DMV service.

"You got paid for getting tested," said Monet Drummond, "They informed you on how to prevent HIV, they asked you what you do to protect yourself, and they handed out condoms."

But Arthur Rice, a man who appeared at be in his 70's did not take the test, "because I don't have AIDS, I know I don't have AIDS."

Fight Song Changes DC Election Procedures

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- A plan to help DC voters who are in the military and stationed abroad, and other voters who are working abroad ,has just been de-railed by student hackers who have demonstrated security weaknesses in a computer program designed to allow those voters to cast their ballots online.

The DC Board of Elections and Ethics is testing a process that would allow absentee voters to download a ballot, fill it out, and file it, all online.