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ALXnow’s top stories this week in Alexandria

The Mandalorian at the Del Ray Halloween Parade, Oct. 29, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

This reporter’s got a six-hour drive ahead of him, so we’re going to keep things snappy on this recap.

It was Halloween this week, unquestionably the best holiday in Alexandria, and the city did not disappoint this year. Thousands turned out for Del Ray’s acclaimed Halloween Parade and took over Lee Street with some spectacular costumes.

There was also a petition to cancel ACPS classes the day after Halloween. While ACPS didn’t cancel classes on Wednesday, a bomb threat forced students to evacuate Alexandria City High School early that day, forcing an early dismissal while police swept the school. No bomb or other ordinance was found.

Next week is a fairly quiet election day for Alexandria, and intrepid reporter James Cullum will be leading the site for the first half of the week while this reporter is away.

The most-read stories this week were:

  1. Former Bishop Ireton High School student performed on SNL this weekend (21129 views)
  2. Petition to cancel ACPS classes the day after Halloween raises nearly 1,200 signatures (7895 views)
  3. Alexandria man allegedly beaten, robbed and forced to strip naked at knifepoint in West End (6986 views)
  4. BREAKING: Alexandria City High School evacuated due to possible bomb threat (5499 views)
  5. Former manager of Hanks Oyster Bar in Old Town pleads guilty to embezzling $680K (4997 views)
  6. BREAKING: Thousands of Alexandrians from Seminary Hill to Del Ray hit with power outage (4621 views)
  7. Lost Dog Cafe hosting special adoption event this weekend for a litter of puppies (3874 views)
  8. Sweeping City Hall renovation plans could also reshape Market Square and nearby parking garage (3583 views)
  9. Alexandria police investigate alleged stabbing Sunday night in Arlandria (3476 views)

On the ALXnow podcast this week, Jo DeVoe, James Cullum and Vernon Miles discussed some of the stories above. Subscribe on AppleAmazonSpotify or iHeart.

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