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Port City readies for anniversary of British occupation

Port City readies for anniversary of British occupation

By Jordan Wright (Image/Library of Congress) Two centuries have passed since the Royal Navy last invaded the Port City, but this time they’ll be here by invitation. You might think that after putting the Capitol and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Potomac Riverboat Co. christens new water taxi route

Potomac Riverboat Co. christens new water taxi route

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) A Potomac Riverboat Co. boat plotted a new course last week, casting off from Old Town on its maiden voyage to the National Mall. Willem Polak, owner of the local ferry [...]

Authorities break up regional drug ring

Authorities break up regional drug ring

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) Federal and local law enforcement officials Friday declared a regional prescription drug ring that included two city residents no more. The announcement followed the sentencing of two of seven of the [...]

EPA: Workers mishandled asbestos while renovating Hunting Point apartments

EPA: Workers mishandled asbestos while renovating Hunting Point apartments

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) Renovations at the Hunting Point apartment complex screeched to a sudden halt last week after the Environmental Protection Agency revealed workers were inappropriately handling materials containing asbestos. The agency announced the [...]