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Rhee Hasn't Ruled Out Staying In DC

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee hasn't ruled out staying on in a Gray administration. That word from her future husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson.

The former NBA star turned politician was speaking at his own press conference today. He compared his fiance to a basketball super star in great demand. "Everybody wants her in her or his organization." said Johnson.

Rhee, a star among education reformers, had no comment following her one and a half hour meeting in DC Councilman Vincent Gray's office today.

Gray said no decisions were talked about and no decisions were made. They discussed the schools, his education paper, that was introduced during the Democratic primary in which he defeated Rhee's boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty.

In California, Mayor Johnson says Gray and Rhee have agreed to meet again in a couple of weeks to talk about whether they could work together, if there is a fit.

Skip Lunch And Feed A Bunch

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Instead of buying yourself lunch Wednesday, you can take the same amount of money and buy dozens of people lunch. Rather than give the money to a cashier at a local deli or fast food restaurant, the Capital Area Food Bank hopes you'll donate the money instead.

Wednesday is the annual "Skip Lunch, Feed a Bunch" event. The Food Bank wants you to donate the $5 you would spend on lunch. It says it can take that $5 and feed 15 people in need. A donation of $10 helps 30 people, and a donation of $25 provides 75 meals.

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.

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.

Confusion and bedlam at Fenty HQ after a volunteer falls through a glass window

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tuesday evening, a volunteer fell and crashed through a plate glass window at Mayor Adrian Fenty's headquarters, where hundreds of people gathered to await election results.

It happened shortly before midnight Tuesday. Paramedics were tending to a young man who was bleeding badly from the head. The man was conscious and talking and walked to the ambulance under his own power.

A reporter at the scene was surrounded by shards of plate glass; his laptop computer had glass all over it. The window the volunteer fell through was about 9 feet by 9 feet.

A small ruckus ensued when Fenty supporters tried to block TV cameras from filming the aftermath of the accident.