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Meet Alexandria’s own Ebola expert

Meet Alexandria’s own Ebola expert

By Derrick Perkins (File image) Ebola has forced Alexandria’s chief medical expert to walk a tightrope. As the outbreak worsened in West Africa and eventually made its way across the Atlantic earlier this year, Dr. Stephen [...]

City, developer celebrate completion of James Bland redevelopment

City, developer celebrate completion of James Bland redevelopment

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) City officials and developers hailed the completion of the redevelopment of the James Bland public housing project as a prime example of using public-private partnerships to preserve affordable housing. Although the [...]

Warner secures Senate election victory

Warner secures Senate election victory

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Sen. Mark Warner (D) will represent Virginia on Capitol Hill for another six years, after Republican challenger Ed Gillespie conceded the close race last week. Warner declared victory on election night, [...]

Local social worker accused of child sex abuse

Local social worker accused of child sex abuse

By Chris Teale (Photo/Alexandria Police Department) Authorities have accused a former Alexandria social worker of sexually abusing a minor he had a supervisory relationship with during scheduled therapy sessions. Gary Hankins was a licensed clinical social [...]

A garden fit for the queen of Del Ray

A garden fit for the queen of Del Ray

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) A section of the neighborhood Nancy Dunning once championed may soon bear her name. Before her high profile murder, Dunning was best known for leading Del Ray’s revitalization. Then married to [...]

Residents outline ‘least objectionable’ power line routes

Residents outline ‘least objectionable’ power line routes

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Residents tasked with scrutinizing Dominion Virginia Power’s proposal to run a 230-kilovolt transmission line through Alexandria tentatively named routes that the community can live with last month. But it came as [...]

Celebrated policymaker dead at 88

Celebrated policymaker dead at 88

By Derrick Perkins (Courtesy photo) David M. Abshire, whose resume included co-founding a major think tank, serving as U.S. ambassador to NATO and repeatedly assisting former President Ronald Reagan, died Friday at age 88. Though a [...]

Digging into Alexandria’s food truck initiative

Digging into Alexandria’s food truck initiative

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Alexandria cautiously opened the doors to food trucks this summer, but few of the roving restaurants have taken City Hall up on its invitation to do business here. Just eight vendors [...]

Beyer cruises to victory, Warner holds narrow lead

Beyer cruises to victory, Warner holds narrow lead

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) It is now official: former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer (D) will succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) in Congress in January. The result was never really in doubt: the district [...]

Officials look to open up budget process

Officials look to open up budget process

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City Manager Rashad Young wants to give residents a bigger role in crafting the annual budget. When Young presents his budget to city council each year — usually in late winter [...]