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Out of the Attic: Dedication of memorial marks 
end of long journey for cemetery

(Photo/City of Alexandria) The formal dedication of the Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery Memorial at 10 a.m. Saturday commemorates the 150th anniversary of the hastily prepared burial site for more than 1,700 black contrabands and freedmen that [...]

Filling in the blanks: A  busy summer of preparation for the new school year

Filling in the blanks: A busy summer of preparation for the new school year

By Karen Graf (File Photo) The first week of school is here! Hopefully summer was relaxing and restorative for families in Alexandria City Public Schools, but the district staff were hard at work. Teachers, administrators and [...]

My View: Reflecting on Alexandria

My View: Reflecting on Alexandria

By Sher Alam Shinwari When I arrived in the beautiful City of Alexandria more than two months ago, I found myself in a dreamland. The very look of the city spellbound me. The lush, green and [...]

Stopping for stop signs will end the criticism of cyclists

Stopping for stop signs will end the criticism of cyclists

By B. Marquis, Alexandria (File Photo)  To the editor: It has been amusing to read the recent responses to my letter “We must stop the ‘cycling anarchy’” (August 7), which recounted the behavior of a few bicyclists. [...]

Editorial: In remembrance of Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley

Editorial: In remembrance of Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley

(File Photo) War is messy. Armies move. Cities fall. Homes burn. People die. War is an unfortunate, but apparently unavoidable, part of the human condition. And it seems to us that — based on the tragic [...]

A friend (with a potentially dubious work history) in need

A friend (with a potentially dubious work history) in need

Dear Hobie & Monk, My friend recently was fired from her job. Though she says it’s out of the blue and doesn’t know why, I suspect she’s embarrassed about how things went down. She’s on the [...]

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Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

Out of the Attic: Remembering the British 
invasion of Alexandria

(Photo/Office of Historic Alexandria) Despite spending two years planning for the defense of Alexandria during the War of 1812, the city’s surrender to British forces on the morning of August 28, 1814 turned out to be [...]

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the new Jefferson-Houston

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the new Jefferson-Houston

By Jennifer Topping, Alexandria (File Photo) To the editor: As the new Jefferson-Houston school building gets rave reviews and prepares to open its doors to students, I watch with anticipation to see whether over the coming years [...]