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Putting license plate readers to the constitutional test

Putting license plate readers to the constitutional test

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) The widespread use of automatic license plate reader technology by local police departments is not only unsettling — it’s unconstitutional, one civil liberties advocate argues. “One problem is it bypasses the [...]

Braddock Road Metro station selected for overhaul

Braddock Road Metro station selected for overhaul

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) City officials recognized Braddock Road Metro station’s potential for redevelopment years ago. It took convincing, but they’ve finally got the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority seeing it their way. The transit [...]

City Hall removes prior conviction question from job applications

City Hall removes prior conviction question from job applications

By Erich Wagner (File photo) As the Virginia General Assembly hotly debated dropping questions about potential employees’ criminal convictions on applications for jobs at state agencies, city leaders made a decision of their own: It’s time [...]

EDITORIAL: Honest government requires full disclosures

EDITORIAL: Honest government requires full disclosures

(File Photo) Most politicians take office promising high standards for transparent and ethical behavior. Unfortunately, when this promise becomes politically or personally inconvenient, as it inevitably does, the standard often isn’t met. President Barack Obama’s White [...]

Beyer leads fundraising race

Beyer leads fundraising race

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) To say that former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer got his congressional campaign off on the right foot would be an understatement. The Alexandria Democrat took in $668,498 in contributions between January [...]

Local nonprofit leaders tout economic benefits of charitable organizations

Local nonprofit leaders tout economic benefits of charitable organizations

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) Nonprofit organizations are quietly fueling the Port City’s economy, according to a recently released study commissioned by the Alexandria Council of Human Service Organizations. The council’s member groups raise an estimated $206 [...]

Local sports doctor has seen injuries change over the years

Local sports doctor has seen injuries change over the years

By Jim McElhatton (File Photo) For decades, Stanford Lavine was the dean of sports medicine in the Washington area, treating a few of the biggest names in professional sports, including members of Washington’s professional football team. Naturally, [...]

Long Live You: Avoiding the allergy blues naturally

Long Live You: Avoiding the allergy blues naturally

By Dr. Marie Steinmetz (File Photo) As spring allergy season arrives, it is time to take stock of your natural medicine cabinet. There are many natural remedies that have been proven useful for offsetting allergy symptoms. [...]

ACLU campaign against police license plate readers rolls on

ACLU campaign against police license plate readers rolls on

By Kathryn Watson (File Photo) They’re watching you. At least, they sure could be. Local police departments in Northern Virginia are still randomly scanning license plate data — including the date, time and exact location where [...]

Waterfront hotel project heads back to City Hall

Waterfront hotel project heads back to City Hall

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) City councilors overwhelmingly backed Alexandria’s first boutique waterfront hotel earlier this year. But they’ll be asked to do it again next month. Critics of Carr City Centers’ planned five-story, 120-room lodging [...]