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Opinion: Commentary: Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys Voicing Support for Criminal Justice Reform

We are a group of Commonwealth’s Attorneys who represent and are responsible for the safety of over 40 percent of the population of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Opinion: Column: It's a Twofer

And not just Tuesday, either. All week in fact, I'll be waiting to hear the music.

Randolph-Macon Academy Fully Opening for Fall 2020 Semester

Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Virginia will open for on-campus operations for all students and staff for the Fall 2020 semester. All classes will be held in-person with full course schedules and teacher instruction.

A COVID-19 Summer Gives Time for Reading

From current events to mysteries, books can fill time and lead to lively family conversations.

During a recent 12-hour car ride to their summer home in Michigan, the Leland family finished two books, “Bridge To Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Let’s Have an Ombudsman in Alexandria

Former Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg tried during her one term in office to establish a permanent ethics commission. However her “cohorts” on the City Council, refused to support her initiative.

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Public Art Installation Opens in Waterfront Park in Alexandria

New exhibit frames 300 years of African American history.

Following delays of several months due to COVID-19 restrictions, the city has formally opened its newest public art installation at the Alexandria waterfront.

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All Aboard! The Tall Ship Providence in Alexandria

ALL ABOARD! The Tall Ship Providence, a 110-foot, 12-gun sloop of war, is a replica of the first ship authorized to serve in the Continental Navy and John Paul Jones' first American command.

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Racism Must Force Us as Individuals to Act

Over a century ago African-American educator and activist, W.E.B DuBois argued the dilemma, "Am I an American or am I a Negro ... does my black blood place upon me any more obligation to assert my nationality than German, Irish or Italian blood would."

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Racial Justice Applied to Traffic Enforcement

An open letter to Alexandria’s City Council Members, the City’s Manager and Alexandria’s Chief of Police: Subject: AFSS statement on racial justice applied to traffic enforcement

Opinion: Letter to the Editor: Change T.C. Williams’ Name

Twenty-two years ago, in 1998, Hopkins House asked the School Board to change the high school’s name, but the board declined. Today, we ask again.

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Health Care Heroes in Alexandria

#CAREavanChallenge visits assisted living facilities.

The gauntlet was thrown. ElderTree Care Management Services challenged care providers to get creative and show appreciation for health care aides at local assisted living facilities.

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Land of the Free: Alexandria

Homes across the city were adorned with displays of patriotism over a Fourth of July weekend that was more subdued than usual due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Living Legends of Alexandria: ‘Champions for Children’

Magaly and Tom Hirst

Passionate. Dedicated supporters. Generous. Inspirational. Humble. These are just a few words to describe Tom and Magaly Hirst’s philanthropic efforts to give back to Alexandria through the Mason Hirst Foundation.

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Food for Everyone During Pandemic in Alexandria

ALIVE! serves as the City’s basic food resource for people in need through many programs targeting specific populations.

Ann Patterson, Food Program Director for ALIVE!, says that the first week after the pandemic was announced, they packed for 400 in their regular food distribution but 1,100 families showed up.

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More for Enforcement, Less for Assistance

Since the recession, funding has increased for public safety but decreased for social services.

Since the recession, spending on public safety in Alexandria has increased year after year. According to documents from the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts, that category of government spending has increased 38 percent since 2010 as city leaders increased salaries for police officials and funded new positions at the city’s emergency communications center. But during that same time, spending on health and welfare programs has increased only 12 percent. Spending on social services has actually gone down since 2010.

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