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Blood-Stained Hands in Alexandria

City marks 1899 lynching of Benjamin Thomas, who was 16.

It happened just after midnight. On Aug. 8, 1899, 16-year-old Benjamin Thomas was attacked at the city jail on Saint Asaph Street and dragged half a mile by an angry mob of white citizens in what would become the second lynching of an African American man in two years.

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Obituary: Bob Calhoun

Former vice mayor, state senator dies at 83.

Bob Calhoun, a political statesman who represented Alexandria in elected office for 20 years, died Aug. 6 at his country wildlife preserve in Berryville, Va., following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 83 years old.

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Obituary: James Breeding

Al’s Steakhouse owner dies at 52.

Like many Alexandrians, James Breeding was a frequent visitor to Al’s Steakhouse in Del Ray.

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‘Titan Oak’ in Danger in Alexandria

Residents rally to save 150-year-old tree at TC.

Concerned citizens and local activists gathered July 21 on the campus of T.C. Williams High School to protest the planned removal of a 150-year-old oak tree to make way for a new concession stand at the school’s Parker-Gray Memorial Stadium.

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‘Cancel Our Rent’ in Alexandria

Southern Towers residents protest eviction hearings.

Residents of Southern Towers apartments gathered July 15 at the Franklin P. Backus Courthouse in Old Town to protest for the cancellation of rent payments and demand an extension to a statewide moratorium on evictions, which expired last month.

Seniors to Protest Via Zoom

Online forum scheduled for July 27.

An online protest for older adults is being planned via Zoom to allow seniors to “gather in solidarity and bring attention to the need to end systemic racism and push for police reform,” according to the event organizers.

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City of Alexandria Employee Dies in Car Crash

Robert Bloom was Public Safety Systems Administrator.

Robert Bloom, the Public Safety Systems Administrator in the Department of Emergency and Customer Communications (DECC) for the City of Alexandria, died July 20 after his SUV struck a traffic pole at the intersection of North Kings Highway and Telegraph Road in the Huntington section of Fairfax County.

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150 Years of Service in Alexandria

APD marks founding of police department.

The Alexandria Police Department marked the 150th anniversary of its founding with an informal gathering July 15 at police headquarters.

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Alexandria’s Irish Walk to Close July 31

Economic uncertainty ends 50-year run.

The Irish Walk, a landmark shopping destination in Old Town for over 50 years, will be closing its doors July 31, a casualty of a string of recent economic challenges.

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Unsung Heroes

Rotary project raises $16k for local nonprofits.

The Rotary Club of Alexandria raised $16,000 for local nonprofits through its third annual Flags for Heroes program, a display of 200 flags along the George Washington Parkway at Cedar Knoll Restaurant.

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