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Alexandria library sit-in’s 75th anniversary commemorated

Alexandria library sit-in’s 75th anniversary commemorated

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) Patricia Timmons-Goodson, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, did not mince words when it came to famed Alexandria attorney Samuel W. Tucker and the five young black men [...]

ACPS stagnates on state test scores

ACPS stagnates on state test scores

By Erich Wagner (Image/Ashleigh Carter) While schools like Patrick Henry Elementary School made sharp gains on newly released Standards of Learning test results, many schools stagnated or saw their test scores drop. Alexandria City Public Schools [...]

Editorial: Labor Day provides a much-needed pause

Editorial: Labor Day provides a much-needed pause

This weekend marks the traditional, if not the calendar, end to summer. Though life is never slow in the D.C. area, in July and August the pace is more of a jog than a sprint. From [...]

C.J. Box’s shorter works make for an excellent way to pass the time

C.J. Box’s shorter works make for an excellent way to pass the time

By Terri Schlichenmeyer (Photo/Michael Smith)  You’re stuck — trapped in an elevator, an office or the front seat of a car — wishing you were someplace, anyplace, else. The people with you are getting on your [...]

Hobie & Monk: A house divided …

Hobie & Monk: A house divided …

Dear Hobie & Monk, My roommates and I have been living together for a year now. There are four of us in one house. At the beginning, we were all friends. Not the best of friends, [...]

Retired planning director looks back: Controversy ‘just comes with the territory’

Retired planning director looks back: Controversy ‘just comes with the territory’

By Erich Wagner (File Photo) If you ask retired planning director Faroll Hamer about the controversies surrounding two recent major redevelopment proposals — along the waterfront and in Beauregard — she’s quick to argue that not [...]

Editorial: Honoring a humble hero

Editorial: Honoring a humble hero

Most associate the launch of America’s civil rights movement with the momentous events of the 1950s: the 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education decision, Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her bus seat in 1955 and [...]

What are the issues in the race for the 8th District?

What are the issues in the race for the 8th District?

By Erich Wagner (File Photo) Party leaders and political experts say issues like the economy and foreign policy will be at the forefront of the campaign to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) this [...]

Samuel W. Tucker: A man ahead of his time

Samuel W. Tucker: A man ahead of his time

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) In 1939, quietly reading a book in a city public library meant risking arrest, depending on the color of your skin. One young, black Alexandria attorney pressed it to his advantage. [...]

By Derrick Perkins City scientists detected West Nile Virus in area mosquitoes last month, but say it’s a regular occurrence and not at a level they find concerning. Those tasked with keeping tabs on the local [...]