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Letter: Too Much Talk of Lawsuits

Letter to the Editor

Can you believe it? Mayor Euille has declared another legal war.

Leibig of Alexandria Teaches Digital Evidence in Jamaica

Local attorney to lecture in Wales and Canada later this year.

In the fifth in a series of lectures at foreign law schools, local attorney and former Alexandria public defender Chris Leibig traveled to Kingston, Jamaica to speak at the Norman Manley Law School about digital evidence.

Norfolk: Transloading Changes

By letter on March 19, Norfolk Southern Corporation advised the City of Alexandria that it plans to make changes to its ethanol transloading facility in the West End area of Alexandria.

News Brief: Arrest in 7-11 Robbery

The Alexandria Police Department arrested a 30-year-old Washington D.C. man on March 18 for a robbery that occurred at the 7-11 convenience store located in the 4600 block of Kenmore Avenue on Dec. 11, 2014. He is currently awaiting extradition from Washington D.C.

Brief: Quintanilla Sentenced To Serve 21 Years

On March 19, in the Alexandria Circuit Court, Jose M. Quintanilla, 44, was sentenced on one count of forcible sodomy, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of production of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

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Alexandria: Negotiation for Budget Funds

Schools and city clash over continued budget gap.

The deadline for proposing a tax rate increase for fiscal year 2016 passed on March 17 without any update from the city, meaning the funding in the current budget is all of the funding that will be available. For Alexandria police officers and city employees, that means a pay increase and additional career opportunities inside their departments. For Alexandria public schools, who were hoping a last minute decision to raise the tax rate might be enough to cover the $3 million gap between the school’s budget and the city manager’s proposed budget, the news means budget discussions between now and May are going to be tense.

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Marking International Women’s Day in Alexandria

Ten Thousand VIllages sales benefit Alexandria’s domestic abuse program.

Thirteen-year-old Sage Boucher knew it was International Women’s Day on March 8. She alerted her family to the fact when she checked her social media in the morning: “Tumblr had it, and I always check Google graphics first thing because if something is going on, the graphic will hint at it.” They were going to get cupcakes to celebrate.

Elizabeth Kluegel and Lewis Freeman In Concert

Elizabeth Kluegel and Lewis Freeman sing Donizetti: Don Pasquale duet, at the Rock Spring Concert series on Feb. 8 entitled “What is This Thing Called Love?"

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Alexandria: Getting Ready for Best Bib & Tucker Ball

This year the Gadsby’s Tavern Museum Society is putting on Gadsby’s Best Bib & Tucker Ball - Black & White Masquerade on Saturday, April 11. The term Best Bib and Tucker refers to one’s best clothes and was first used in 1747 in the translation of the Marquis d'Argens' “New Memoirs Establishing a True Knowledge of Mankind:” "The Country-woman minds nothing on Sundays so much as her best Bib and Tucker."

Alexandria Delays, Costs In Severance Trial

Motions and delays continued in the ongoing pre-trial for Charles Severance, accused of three murders in Alexandria.

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Notes from the Producer: ‘The Island’ Returns to MetroStage.

I have wanted to bring “The Island” back to our stage since 1991 when it was first produced in our little storefront on Duke Street. Original cast member Doug Brown has returned to the role of Winston 24 years later. In the theatre, time really does fly.

Pennies for Patients: Alexandria's MacArthur students raise $8,443.17.

MacArthur students raise $8,443.17.

With the support of family, friends, and teachers, the students of Douglas MacArthur Elementary were able to raise $8,443.17 during their three-week Pennies for Patients campaign. MacArthur students collected pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to benefit the work of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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People at Work: A Day of Cleaning Teeth

A Day of Cleaning Teeth — and bringing down blood pressure.

"Open wide." Sidney Siewert offers her patient sunglasses because the light is bright and “so that the minty grit doesn't get in her eyeballs.” Siewert is a dental hygienist for Dr. Daniel Cassidy on Duke Street. She begins with a periodontal exam. "I'm checking her gums. We do this every couple of years so we can keep track of patterns." Cassidy stops by for a short chat. "How are her gums?" So far, so good. Siewert proceeds to the scaling of Tiny Colby's teeth that she says takes most of the hour appointment. "This is to clean the tartar from the teeth," Siewert said.

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Alexandria: Fighting Fires Without Firefighters

Fire Station 210: No firefighters until 2016?

Fire Station 210 is one of the newest and nicest buildings around the Van Dorn Metro area. It is full three-story building with four operation bays and a training tower. Except it doesn’t have any firefighters. Currently the facility is staffed by emergency medical technicians. Acting City Manager Mark Jinks said that, while the original plan was to have the facility be fully staffed by the end of 2015, “that process could be pushed back to the end of 2016.”

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Alexandria: Fun with 18th Century Science

The Virginia Society for the Promotion of Useful Knowledge met on Sunday, March 22, at the Apothecary Shop in Alexandria. The society is led by science educator and living history instructor Dean Howarth and is comprised of students attending McLean High School. Each student studies the life and work of an 18th century thinker and reenacts that individual.

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