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Editorial: Having the shoe on the other foot presents a learning opportunity

Editorial: Having the shoe on the other foot presents a learning opportunity

(File image) It is easy to view Alexandria’s government as an overly powerful entity that controls too much of our lives. After all, in addition to enforcing laws about big things like murder, assault and robbery, [...]

Residents question Dominion power line plans

Residents question Dominion power line plans

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Dominion Virginia Power officials still refuse to say where they would prefer to run a 230-kilovolt transmission line through Alexandria, but one offered a guess last week. “If there was a [...]

School board moves forward on T.C. lights

School board moves forward on T.C. lights

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) The Alexandria School Board voted last week to move forward with a controversial proposal to light T.C. Williams’ football stadium. Neighbors decried the decision as reneging on a decades-old promise and [...]

Couples laud lifting of same-sex marriage ban

Couples laud lifting of same-sex marriage ban

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) Dawn Turton was having a quiet Monday morning. She had the day off, and happened to check Twitter as the news percolated: the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear several cases [...]

A sneak peek into the lives of young doctors

A sneak peek into the lives of young doctors

By Terri Schlichenmeyer It took you a while to get the hang of things. But you did — eventually. It always is that way with a new job. Nobody is born knowing how to [...]

Donating blood is not just a human activity

Donating blood is not just a human activity

By Isabel Alvarez My dogs recently applied to become blood donors. Well, I applied on their behalf, but they patiently went through the process to ensure their blood is worth collecting so that they [...]

Tourism officials bank on Alexandria’s allure

Tourism officials bank on Alexandria’s allure

By Derrick Perkins The city’s “Extraordinary Alexandria” tourism campaign has been exactly that, concluded market research experts brought in to review the one-year-old initiative. For every dollar allocated toward advertising, the [...]

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

State lawmakers push for privacy rights

By Kathryn Watson The government is watching you. Local police in Virginia randomly collect and keep photographs of license plates. Virginia universities are testing drones and, as of next July, police and other authorities [...]

City council struggles with landlords who ignore voluntary rent guidelines

City council struggles with landlords who ignore voluntary rent guidelines

By Erich Wagner Officials with the city office of housing said last week that Alexandria’s voluntary rent control guidelines do not deter all major landlords from hiking rent exorbitantly. As part of a report [...]

Bashir found not guilty by reason of insanity

Bashir found not guilty by reason of insanity

An Alexandria judge found the former cab driver who shot and grievously wounded police officer Peter Laboy during a traffic stop last year not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday afternoon. Kashif Bashir, 29, was charged [...]