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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, [...]

School board reconsiders athletic lighting at T.C. Williams

School board reconsiders athletic lighting at T.C. Williams

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Alexandria School Board members are poised to flip the switch on one of the city’s longest — and occasionally most contentious — on-and-off debates: Lighting up T.C. Williams’ football field. The [...]

Planning director warns Del Ray businesses of potential upheaval ahead

Planning director warns Del Ray businesses of potential upheaval ahead

By Katie Callahan (Photo/Erich Wagner) Del Ray’s shop-lined streets form the foundation of the neighborhood’s character, but owners of its many independent stores must keep pace with changes in the marketplace, cautioned Alexandria’s outgoing planning chief [...]

District man charged in animal abuse case

District man charged in animal abuse case

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) Alexandria officers charged a D.C. resident with a slew of crimes in connection with an abandoned dog found near Richmond Highway in Alexandria. Megan Webb, executive director of the Animal Welfare [...]

All-girls robotics team prepares for international competition

All-girls robotics team prepares for international competition

By Erich Wagner (Courtesy photo) For a group of girls in the Port City, Legos aren’t just for building pirate ships or a replica of the Millennium Falcon. Six girls hailing from several middle schools — [...]

Officials consider pedestrian-friendly proposals for lower King Street

Officials consider pedestrian-friendly proposals for lower King Street

By Erich Wagner (File photo) According to city planners, the people have spoken. And they want better access to lower King Street on foot. At a meeting held by officials in March, residents overwhelmingly espoused the [...]