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This Weekend WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC Offering Tours All Over the City

This story about this weekend's WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC events comes to us from Pat Wheeler of the Cultural Tourism DC Board:

Cultural Tourism DC celebrates the history and heritage of Washington, DC with the Fall Edition of WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26. This two-day event of DC features guided tours in all eight wards of the city. Healthy for both body and mind, this weekend of more than 100 free walking and biking tours allows visitors and residents to explore both new and familiar places throughout the city. From the well-known to the unfamiliar, tour topics explore all things DC, including neighborhood history, art, community heritage, environmental initiatives, and much more. 

 

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:

Casting Announced For Sanctified at the Lincoln Theatre

This comes to us from Deb Fiscella: 

Casting has been announced for the Washington-area premiere of the award-winning new gospel musical comedy Sanctified, playing the historic Lincoln Theatre for a limited engagement, October 21 through November 14.

The cast of Sanctified features John McClure, Jr. as Pastor Harold P. Jones and Mary Millben as Sister Pauletta Denise Jones, with Almonica Caldwell (Clara), Jessica Frances Dukes (Thelma), Elllis Foster (Bobby), Ashley Jeudy (Monique), Joshua Nelson (Mister), William T. Newman, Jr. (Sir), Frederick Strother (Deacon), and Kasaun T. Wilson (Jamal).

Columbia Heights Firemen Re-assigned, Investigation Continues After Nude Photo Hits the Web

Here is a very bizarre and a somewhat troubling story out of Columbia Heights.

A photograph has hit the web that shows a nude man standing inside of what looks to be the Columbia Heights firehouse located on the 3400 block of 14th Street.  The photograph features the man standing in the nude in a kitchen, which is weird enough.  But wait...there's more. 

The Washington Examiner reports that according to their sources, the "incident occurred after a July 7 retirement dinner for an outgoing deputy fire chief", and that some of the firefighters went to local bars in the Columbia Heights area after the dinner. 

Certain firefighters that had gone to the bars then allegedly returned to the firehouse, which is where and when it is assumed that the nude photo was taken.

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.