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Alexandria police: no homicides in 2012

Alexandria police: no homicides in 2012

By Melissa Quinn Last year Alexandria went without a homicide for the first time since 1970, and police officials believe the data eventually will show crime dropped to historic lows too. “We first have the tools [...]

Culture change propels Saints to new heights on the court

Culture change propels Saints to new heights on the court

Kaizen. For the St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes boys basketball team, the word is more than a marriage of three consonants, three vowels and two syllables. The Japanese word for continuous improvement instills the Saints with [...]

Comprehending 
the unthinkable

Comprehending 
the unthinkable

By Denise Dunbar Like most people, I still can’t comprehend what happened in Connecticut on Friday morning. There are places the human mind just can’t fully go, and visualizing a room full of slaughtered 6-year-olds is [...]

Ireton’s drive for perfection fuels players

Ireton’s drive for perfection fuels players

By Melissa Quinn For the Bishop Ireton boys varsity basketball team, perfection no longer falls into the category of something to strive for — it’s demanded. Every practice begins with perfection: a series of drills using [...]

Finding the perfect friend for the holidays

Finding the perfect friend for the holidays

By Isabel Alvarez As soon as the turkey is out of the oven Thanksgiving Day, we’re on the quest to find the perfect holiday gifts. We scour the Internet, catalogs and shops for that hallelujah moment [...]

Disqualifying memorial sculpture smacks of hubris

Disqualifying memorial sculpture smacks of hubris

By Ellen Latane Tabb, Alexandria To the editor: Regarding the Freedmen’s Cemetery sculpture controversy: A card laid is a card played. After the final designs were chosen, I remembered that the public was asked to vote for [...]

Political divisiveness has leapt from cable news to Market Square

Political divisiveness has leapt from cable news to Market Square

By Margaret Gerlach, Alexandria To the editor: I am deeply concerned about a troubling trend in political discourse, which I fear will continue past this election and negatively affect future contests. It is a trend of excluding [...]

Election 2012 Voter Guide

Election 2012 Voter Guide

With a fiercely waged presidential campaign, a hotly contested U.S. Senate race and a slew of other decisions on the ballot, it’s easy to overlook the bevy of mayoral, city council and school board candidates competing [...]

Monthly Chat: Interview with David Speck

By Denise Dunbar The Times is pleased to present “Monthly Chat,” a new opinion series featuring a conversation with different Alexandrians. We will introduce you to neighbors that perhaps you didn’t know — and offer new [...]

Alexandria weathers Hurricane Sandy’s arrival

Alexandria weathers Hurricane Sandy’s arrival

By Derrick Perkins and Melissa Quinn Updated 12:16 p.m. Tuesday Though the superstorm has come and gone, Alexandria residents may still be feeling her effects. An apartment building on the 4800 block of Kenmore Avenue underwent [...]