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New York City Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott answers reporters' questions Thursday after he was hastily appointed to the position of schools chancellor by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Initial reaction to Mr. Walcott, who attended the city's public schools in his youth, was largely positive. Mr. Walcott's predecessor lasted fewer than 100 days before she was forced out. (Associated Press)