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Shots fired calls in Alexandria down from last year according to Times information request

Shots fired calls in Alexandria down from last year according to Times information request

By Chris Teale (File photo) At last week’s community meeting at the Charles Houston Recreation Center after the homicide of Shakkan Elliot-Tibbs on July 2, Alexandria Deputy Police Chief David Huchler told those present that while [...]

Alexandria’s Confederate references come under fire after South Carolina shooting

Alexandria’s Confederate references come under fire after South Carolina shooting

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Chris Teale) As one of the biggest state-sanctioned reminders of the U.S. Civil War — the Confederate battle flag — was removed from the grounds of South Carolina’s capitol last week, the debate [...]

Local leaders bemoan potential WMATA funding cut

Local leaders bemoan potential WMATA funding cut

By Chris Teale (File photo) The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has come under fire in recent months for its poor safety record and a lack of improvement, and now Congress is discussing cutting $50 million [...]

New Alexandria City Public Schools principals reflect on challenges, hopes for the future

New Alexandria City Public Schools principals reflect on challenges, hopes for the future

By Chris Teale (File photo) Changes are afoot in the leadership of one elementary school and one middle school in Alexandria City Public Schools, as two individuals with strong ties to the school district take on [...]

Some Old Town parking meter time limits extended

Some Old Town parking meter time limits extended

By Chris Teale (Photo/Jennifer Powell) Those looking to drive and park in metered spaces west of Alfred Street in Old Town will have more time to browse the shops and boutiques and digest their meals at [...]

Alexandria rocked by first homicide of 2015

Alexandria rocked by first homicide of 2015

By Chris Teale and Erich Wagner (Photo/Chris Teale) The peace and tranquility of the Fourth of July holiday in Alexandria was shaken last Thursday as police investigated the city’s first homicide of the year, just blocks [...]

Police investigate homicide near Braddock Road Metro

Police investigate homicide near Braddock Road Metro

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Police are investigating a homicide that occurred Thursday night just blocks from the Braddock Road Metro station. Around 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the 700 block of N. Fayette St. after reports [...]

Literacy and preservation advocate Betty Wright dead at 90

Literacy and preservation advocate Betty Wright dead at 90

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) Betty Wright, a longtime advocate for local literacy, cultural activities and helping underachieving children. died in her Alexandria home June 20 at the age of 90. Wright was born Betty Rhoads [...]

City council endorses Alexandria schools long range facilities plan

City council endorses Alexandria schools long range facilities plan

By Chris Teale (File photo) It has been two and a half years in the making, but a joint city council-Alexandria City Public Schools framework to cope with rapid student enrollment growth is now in place [...]

Fire Station 210 to be fully staffed by December

Fire Station 210 to be fully staffed by December

By Chris Teale (File photo) Just months after coming under fire for an ill-conceived ribbon-cutting ceremony for a fire station with no firefighters, city council unanimously voted to release the $1.3 million set aside in the [...]