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Virginia Cigarette Tax Remains Lowest in Nation

Opportunity for increase in cigarette tax blows up in smoke.

Dale Stein and the McLean Citizens Association couldn’t even raise a match before legislators in Richmond extinguished a possible increase in the cigarette tax for Fairfax County.

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Alexandria: Ethics Reform Roils Council

Progressive transparency or potential witch hunt?

One month into her term as mayor, Allison Silberberg got the process started on enacting a new set of ethics reforms. At its Jan. 28 meeting, the City Council voted to approve an Ad Hoc Study Group to examine ethics reform. It’s the first legislative step forward on an issue Silberberg had put forward as a centerpiece of her election last year. But on the rest of the council, feelings toward the new committee were a little more tepid, some even drawing parallels between Silberberg’s ethics reform and McCarthyism.

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Alexandria: Two Republicans Enter Race Against Beyer

Incumbent gains Republican opponents.

It’s been a little over a year since U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8) took office, and both the first term congressman and his political opposition have been busy in that time.

Alexandria History: Creating the PBS Civil War Series ‘Mercy Street’

An interview with Filmmaker and Executive Producer Lisa Wolfinger.

The Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in U.S. history with a death toll of 750,000, according to recent studies — more than twice the number of American troops killed in World War II and two percent of the population in the 1860s. If a similar number of Americans died in a war today, the toll would reach about 7.5 million. And two-thirds of Civil War deaths were from illness.

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Alexandria: NAACP To Honor Local Church Leader

The Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley to receive national award.

The Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) in Alexandria was recently named a recipient of the 2016 NAACP Chairman's Image Award, “an award presented to individuals and organizations using their platforms to be agents of change in their communities.”

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Alexandria: Shea Takes Helm of Chamber Board

Robert Shea of Grant Thornton LLP officially took over as chairman of the board of directors of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce at the annual Chairman’s Community Reception Jan. 20 at Blackwall Hitch Restaurant.

Alexandria: Beyer to Keynote Breakfast

Event kicks off Parade Day celebrations.

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8) will be the keynote speaker at the annual Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association breakfast Feb. 15 to kick off the citywide George Washington Birthday Parade day celebrations.

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Alexandria: Warehouse Sale Set for Feb. 6

Location moved to Westin Hotel.

The Old Town Boutique District will hold its annual Warehouse Sale Feb. 6 at the Westin Alexandria Hotel, a change in location from last year’s sale, which was held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial.

Alexandria: Tragedy and Charity For Deputy Sheriff

Hardships continue for deputy sheriff, while family and coworkers help.

People at the Alexandria Sheriff’s Department say good things about Sergeant Chris O’Dell, but one of the most telling stories about O’Dell is when he saved an inmate’s life in August 2014.

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Alexandria: Achieving ‘Passable’ Roads

On Wednesday morning, Jan. 27, the city announced that all streets in Alexandria were passable for emergency vehicles, but warned that “passable” may mean only one lane is clear.

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Alexandria Snapshot: New Deputies

The Alexandria Sheriff's Office welcomes three new deputies to it ranks. From left: Dwayne Rogers, Emily Morris and Morgan Garner were sworn in at the Alexandria Courthouse on Friday, Jan. 22, shortly before the courthouse closed early in advance of the blizzard. The three received their badges and Edward Semonian, Clerk of the Circuit Court, administered their oath of office. The recruits begin training this week.

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Alexandria Digs Out From Epic Snowstorm

"Obviously this was a historic event that pushed us to the brink."–Yon Lambert

After days of being at a standstill, Alexandria is slowly recovering after nearly two feet of snow paralyzed the city in the worst single storm to hit the area since the Knickerbocker Storm of 1922.

Alexandria Neighborhood Outlook: Developments Underway for Oakville, Eisenhower, Landmark

Incremental steps require time and negotiations.

With the approval of the Oakville Small Area Plan by the City Council in late 2015, that small corner of Alexandria is receiving a major facelift. The area referred to in council discussions as the “Gateway to Alexandria” will see expanded density and retail as the city braces for the opening of the nearby Potomac Yard Metro Station.

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Lorton Brewer’s Wife Dies from Cancer

One week after a special ale was brewed to support her medical and other related costs, Kerri Rose of Alexandria died from cancer.

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Cabrera: Automobile Detective of Alexandria

The case of the blinking AVS light.

Blink. Blink. The hood of the 2007 Toyota Highlander is propped open. Cristoper Cabrera, certified technician at Jack Taylor's Alexandria Toyota Scion, is sitting in the driver's seat, a bulky black machine on his lap, scanning the codes for a blinking AVS light. "It will give me some ideas on where to look."

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