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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 [...]

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 [...]

WAMU OKs tweaked Don Beyer Volvo spots

WAMU OKs tweaked Don Beyer Volvo spots

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Just days after pulling corporate underwriting spots for District 8 congressional candidate Don Beyer’s car dealership, WAMU released a revamped version of the sponsorship message. When the public radio station started [...]

Controversial food truck pilot program lacks benchmarks

Controversial food truck pilot program lacks benchmarks

By Derrick Perkins (File photo) Food trucks have until October 2015 to prove their viability, but just how city officials will determine whether the grand experiment is a success or failure remains a mystery. A narrow [...]

Red-light cameras don’t deter scofflaws

Red-light cameras don’t deter scofflaws

By Erich Wagner (File photo) Although city leaders repeatedly assert that the justification for red-light cameras in Alexandria is based solely on safety and deterring motorists from running red lights, statistics continue to suggest that, at [...]

WAMU drops Don Beyer Volvo ads

WAMU drops Don Beyer Volvo ads

By Erich Wagner (File photo) If you tuned into the local NPR affiliate WAMU last week, you probably heard the name of Democratic congressional candidate Don Beyer. But it wasn’t related to any news out of [...]