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Jefferson-Houston ready for its close-up

Jefferson-Houston ready for its close-up

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) The new Jefferson-Houston School building may incorporate architectural elements from the surrounding historic Parker Gray neighborhood on the outside, but its innards are designed with innovations intended to maximize learning. Just [...]

Space of His Own mentors teach fifth graders life lessons

Space of His Own mentors teach fifth graders life lessons

By Katie Callahan (Photo/Katie Callahan) Mentoring is like two-person kayaking: Sometimes mentors paddle against the current; other times, they go with the flow. In a few cases, that analogy takes on a very literal meaning. For [...]

Edmond hopes shoe-leather campaigning will lead to November upset

Edmond hopes shoe-leather campaigning will lead to November upset

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) When asked about his odds of victory in a heavily Democratic district against a well-funded opponent, Republican congressional candidate Micah Edmond said you don’t have to look further than this year [...]

City mulls big changes for Alexandria’s prestigious boxing club

City mulls big changes for Alexandria’s prestigious boxing club

By Jim McElhatton (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) One evening last summer, Mayor Bill Euille honored a straight-A T.C. Williams student and champion boxer named Iesha Kenney, who trains at the Alexandria Boxing Club. Congratulating Kenney on an [...]

Alexandria police await autopsy report on dead body recovered from city hotel

Alexandria police await autopsy report on dead body recovered from city hotel

By Derrick Perkins (File Photo) City police are waiting on an autopsy report from the state medical examiner’s office, but say there so far are no signs the death of a woman found in a local [...]

City Hall beset by recent staff departures

City Hall beset by recent staff departures

By Erich Wagner (File photo) As Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services Director Rich Baier became the latest high-profile city staffer to depart the Port City this month, officials sought to dispel any notion that [...]

Businesses remain mixed on extended meter hours

Businesses remain mixed on extended meter hours

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Nearly a month after city council extended parking meter hours to 9 p.m. across the city, the business community is still mixed on the change. Old Town shop owners and restaurateurs [...]

Four Mile Run advocates launch crowdfunding initiative

Four Mile Run advocates launch crowdfunding initiative

By Katie Callahan (File photo) Neighbors of Four Mile Run Park want to spruce it up with a few new trees and are taking an innovative approach to their fundraising efforts: crowdfunding. Residents across Alexandria were [...]

McAuliffe will not appeal OEI ruling

McAuliffe will not appeal OEI ruling

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced last week that he would not appeal a Norfolk judge’s ruling that the controversial Opportunity Educational Institution is unconstitutional. The agency, created by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell [...]

Bringing ‘The Voice’ into the classroom

Bringing ‘The Voice’ into the classroom

By Katie Callahan (Courtesy photo) After getting turned down at an audition for a hit reality show like “The Voice,” most people would throw in the towel, but not James K. Polk Elementary School music teacher, [...]