2008 began as it is ending with dire predictions of economic declines ahead for Alexandria, Virginia and the nation.
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The Alexandria City Council has authorized City Manager Jim Hartmann to sign an agreement terminating the City’s agreement with EarthLink to provide citywide wireless access. Under the original agreement made in December 2006, EarthLink would have invested $1.9 million in the initial capital deployment of the wireless network.
morning at 102 South Whiting Street. Wednesday, around 12:00 A.M. police were called for the report of a shooting.
After years of negotiation and months of court delays, the Alexandria Sanitation Authority has taken ownership of a ten-acre parcel of land adjacent to the facility through imminent domain.
Governor Timothy M. Kaine announced Monday that grants totaling $4,317,551 have been awarded to enhance public safety services statewide. Specifically, the grants were provided to localities to improve services for victims of crime and violence, to educate and reform juvenile offenders and to upgrade internal criminal history record systems.
The Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) Board of Directors approved a plan in November that addresses how ATC, which operates the DASH bus system, will meet the reduction in City transit subsidies due to declining tax revenue and current Citywide financial challenges.
Gohar J. Mirza, age 29, of Annandale, Virginia, was sentenced today to 63 months in prison, followed by a term of three years supervised release, and ordered to pay more than $3,000,000 in restitution. Mirza pled guilty on September 23, 2008 to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme.
Peter W. North, age 54, of Alexandria, Virginia was sentenced to 78 months in prison for receipt of child pornography. North will also serve a ten year period of supervised release after his prison term and be required to register as a sex offender.
On Dec. 19, 2008, Reps. Jim Moran (D-VA) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) led a group of Members of the House and Senate today in sending a letter to the President urging that he incorporate relief for WMATA and 31 other transit agencies as part of the President’s auto rescue plan.
The T.C. Williams High School Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Drill Team and Color Guard, honored with an invitation to march in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade on Jan. 20, is seeking the community’s help to purchase winter coats, gloves and a new banner, as well as snacks and water for the long day. Approximately $6,500 to $7,000 will be needed to pay for the items for the 56-cadet group.