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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 [...]

MIT-educated scientist brings his love of microbiology to T.C. Williams

MIT-educated scientist brings his love of microbiology to T.C. Williams

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) When MIT doctoral student Tyler DeWitt finished a lesson on bacteria and mold-derived antibiotics, questions from local students rolled in. But most were not about the unseen organisms he had spent [...]

Minimum wage debate arrives in Arlandria

Minimum wage debate arrives in Arlandria

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) visited the Arlandria branch of MOM’s Organic Market on Monday to laud the company’s practice of paying workers above the federal minimum wage. Kaine toured the [...]

Local officials wait on Richmond’s budget talks

Local officials wait on Richmond’s budget talks

By Erich Wagner (File photo) While most of the Virginia General Assembly’s work is done for the year, many of the Port City’s legislative priorities remain tied up in the ongoing brinkmanship over the state budget. [...]

Animals rescued from breeding mill find new home in Alexandria

Animals rescued from breeding mill find new home in Alexandria

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) When the Humane Society of the United States asked local animal shelters for help caring for 180 neglected animals rescued from an Arkansas breeding mill, officials at the Animal Welfare League [...]

Campaign to patch up Port City potholes underway

Campaign to patch up Port City potholes underway

By Erich Wagner (File photo) As the Port City finally thaws out from a messy winter, city officials are taking stock of the cold weather’s toll on the blacktop. The city department of transportation and environmental [...]

Hamer, Spruill to depart Port City

Hamer, Spruill to depart Port City

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Planning Director Faroll Hamer, often the target of fierce criticism from residents during her tenure in Alexandria, is one of two high-ranking members of City Hall to announce plans to step [...]

Spring2ACTion enters fourth year with lofty goal

Spring2ACTion enters fourth year with lofty goal

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy image) In each of the three previous years that ACT for Alexandria has hosted a 24-hour online fundraiser for local nonprofits, the group surpassed its goals. So it’s easy to see why [...]