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AAA: It Is Back To School, This Time In All That Traffic

August 16, 2017

The school calendars are aligned in Virginia and Maryland, even as the largest school system in Virginia, Fairfax County, has been granted a waiver to start school before Labor Day. It will likely have a tremendous impact on traffic patterns, and traffic delays across the Washington metro area, home to three of the nation’s largest school systems, with a combined enrollment of 445,173 students.

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St. Rita Celebrates First Responders’ Mass

August 16, 2017

St. Rita Catholic Church hosted a First Responders' Mass in appreciation of local public safety personnel on Monday, Aug. 14. The Mass was held to pray for those who face danger for the sake of others.

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Call for Artists: 2018 Post-Graduate Residency Studio At Torpedo Factory Art Center

August 16, 2017

Now in its fourth year, the Post-Graduate Residency Studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is seeking applicants for the 2018 program via torpedofactory.org/artopps. The deadline is Sept. 10, 2017. This competitive program provides meaningful support for recent promising graduates who have, or will soon complete a bachelor’s or master’s art degree with an accredited

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Alexandria’s Silverback Strategies Makes Inc. 5000 List For Third Consecutive Year

August 16, 2017

Silverback Strategies, a digital performance marketing agency located in Alexandria’s historic Old Town, has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States for the third consecutive year. Silverback ranks fifth among advertising and marketing agencies from the Washington, DC metro region and is the 1325th company ranked overall, up ten spots from 2016.

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Police Investigate Stranger Abduction/Sexual Assault Of Young Girl

August 16, 2017

An investigation is underway after a five-year-old girl was abducted and sexually assaulted by a stranger in the 6700 block of Tower Drive in the Fairfax County section of Alexandria around 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. Fairfax County police have released the composite sketch and description of the man they believe is responsible.

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AG Coalition Asks Congress To Protect Authority To Prosecute Sex Trafficking And Child Exploitation

August 16, 2017

Attorney General Mark R. Herring joined a bipartisan coalition of 50 state and territorial attorneys general in urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act to clarify that states, localities and territories retain the authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online.

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Multi-million Dollar Rehabilitation Project Underway At The Iwo Jima Memorial

August 16, 2017

A multi-million dollar project to rehabilitate the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, and improve surrounding parkland began Tuesday, Aug. 15, temporarily limiting some public access through February 2018.

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ACPS Students Remain Behind Statewide Counterparts On SOL Tests

August 15, 2017

Student achievement on Standards of Learning tests during 2016-2017 was relatively unchanged statewide compared with performance during the previous school year, although black students made gains on five of the six elementary and middle school reading tests, the Virginia Department of Education reported today. Alexandria student pass rates remained generally lower than state averages with Hispanic students and students with disabilities showing poorest performances.

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On North Korea

August 15, 2017

To the Editor:
I grew up with two parents in the Army, and they raised me to believe that we owe our men and women in uniform the highest debt of gratitude for their service. As a liberal, I believe that the greatest form of gratitude is to keep our men and women out of harms way as much as possible, only using military force as a last resort when all other options have been exhausted, and the necessity of the desire is without question.

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Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Crash On Stevenson Avenue

August 15, 2017

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Stevenson Avenue and Yoakum Parkway. Two pedestrians were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. One pedestrian, Habibollah Behzadi, an 80-year-old City resident, died of his injuries on Aug. 13.

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