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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. "

National Book Festival Is This Saturday

(WUSA) -- The Library of Congress hosts the 10th annual National Book Festival Saturday, September 25th on the National Mall.  The event features over 70 authors from all over the country and the world.  There will be readings, book signings, and events for the entire family. 

The event runs from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, and will take place on the National Mall between 3rd Street and 7th Street.  The Library of Congress has more information on the Book Festival's website.

 

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

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. 

Will Gray Keep Rhee? Some Council Members Hope So

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee is in limbo after a primary mayoral election that cost her chief benefactor his job and essentially gave it, instead, to a nominee who has refused to say if he wants her to keep her position.

Democratic Mayoral Nominee Vincent Gray ducked the question again Wednesday, telling 9News Now's Bruce Johnson that he will announce no personnel decisions until after the general election in November.

As the Democratic nominee, Gray is virtually assured of election in November. Republicans are not fielding a candidate.

He said he phoned Rhee on Wednesday to talk abut said he was unable to reach her. "We will talk," he said.

City Councilman Tommy Wells wants Rhee to stay.