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Driving Uber, Lyft out of the market

Driving Uber, Lyft out of the market

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) Just when you thought the Department of Motor Vehicles could not get any less popular, Virginia’s DMV officials sent cease-and-desist letters to passenger carrier companies Uber and Lyft, urging them to [...]

Food trucks roar into Alexandria

Food trucks roar into Alexandria

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Throngs of epicureans got a taste of the future of food trucks in Alexandria last week. Throughout much of the day, hungry gourmands funneled into the parking lot of Southern Towers, [...]

Euille handed first election defeat

Euille handed first election defeat

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) After two decades of going undefeated at the polls, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille got a rude awakening Tuesday night. The popular mayor garnered just 8 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s [...]

School takeover law ruled unconstitutional

School takeover law ruled unconstitutional

By Erich Wagner (File photo) A Norfolk Circuit Court judge ruled Tuesday that the controversial state agency established to take control of struggling Virginia schools is unconstitutional. The Norfolk City School Board filed the lawsuit against [...]

Beyer wins Democratic primary for Congress

Beyer wins Democratic primary for Congress

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer easily won the Democratic nomination for the 8th Congressional District on Tuesday night, securing more than 45 percent of the vote. Turnout was relatively low, with [...]

Port City resident shocked to learn extent of police surveillance

Port City resident shocked to learn extent of police surveillance

By Kathryn Watson (File photo) When 28-year-old Alexandria resident David Hotle read Watchdog.org’s story last month about the images the Alexandria Police Department had randomly captured of a reporter’s vehicle with automatic license plate readers, it [...]

Cyclists forced to make way for trash

Cyclists forced to make way for trash

By Erich Wagner (File photo) There were plenty of two-wheelers on the controversial new bike lane running along a stretch of upper King Street last week, but they weren’t bicycles. It was trash day, and many [...]

Crime rate a mixed bag in 2013

Crime rate a mixed bag in 2013

By Erich Wagner (File photo) While Alexandria police continued to see a dip in some of the city’s most serious crimes in 2013, authorities saw the rates of other violent offenses creep up from historic lows [...]

Prosecutors drop rape charge in inmate sex case

Prosecutors drop rape charge in inmate sex case

By Erich Wagner (File photo) City prosecutors said Thursday that they are dropping the rape charge in the case against an Alexandria sheriff’s deputy accused of having sex with an inmate at the city jail. Commonwealth’s [...]

Congressional candidate differences lie in priorities, if not policy

Congressional candidate differences lie in priorities, if not policy

By Erich Wagner (File photo) While the crowded field of Democrats in the left-leaning 8th Congressional District agree on most issues, examining each candidate’s top priority exposes distinctions between the seven remaining hopefuls. Tuesday’s Democratic primary, [...]