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The right touch in a local spa

The right touch in a local spa

By Kaitlyn Schallhorn (Courtesy photo) Tatjana Misulic touts her spa as being “without frills” — and it’s an apt description. From the moment Theo, the larger man working as the massage therapist that day, walked through [...]

Fresh to the shopping scene

Fresh to the shopping scene

By Kaitlyn Schallhorn (Courtesy photo) Alexandria got a little more organic last month as The Fresh Market opened up its 12th store in the commonwealth. The market debuted with a “gourmet version of a ribbon-cutting ceremony” [...]

The collaborator

The collaborator

By Erich Wagner (Photo/Erich Wagner) Newly appointed Superintendent Alvin Crawley said efforts to bring struggling city schools back in line with state performance benchmarks are merely a means to an end. Academic excellence, not compliance with [...]

School budget gap could affect instruction

School budget gap could affect instruction

By Erich Wagner (File photo) When Superintendent Alvin Crawley unveiled his $252.8 million budget for Alexandria City Public Schools in January, he warned that the district’s belt was as tight as it could get. “If we [...]

Budget blues

Budget blues

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Suzanne Laboy, wife of Peter Laboy, the Alexandria police officer grievously injured in the line of duty last year, vividly described her husband’s daily struggles while arguing for preserving life insurance [...]

Police probe possible link in unsolved homicides

Police probe possible link in unsolved homicides

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Police revealed Thursday that a similar weapon was used in all three of the city’s most prominent unsolved homicides and they are now investigating them as a “series of cases.” Chief [...]

SOL reform receives passing marks

SOL reform receives passing marks

By Erich Wagner (File photo) State officials want public school students spending more time learning and less time preparing for standardized tests, a move that has parents and teachers hopeful. The House of Delegates last week [...]

Rethinking cat licensing

Rethinking cat licensing

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Once the cat got out of the bag that City Councilor Justin Wilson was combing Alexandria’s codes for outdated or unnecessary laws, residents started coming to him with ideas. And more [...]

Familiar face tapped as ACPS superintendent

Familiar face tapped as ACPS superintendent

By Erich Wagner (File photo) The Alexandria City School Board revealed last week that interim Superintendent Alvin Crawley will helm the public school district on a permanent basis. Crawley began overseeing Alexandria City Public Schools in [...]

City council backs local retailer’s bright idea

City council backs local retailer’s bright idea

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) David Martin’s quest to keep King Street’s trees lit up for an extra few months is a success story. Owner of the custom jewelry shop Goldworks, Martin has long campaigned to [...]