Alexandria, VA

(Updated at 6:05 p.m.) After trying to kill herself in the Alexandria jail on Wednesday, Chelsea Manning was released from custody by a federal judge on Thursday.

Her Friday court date to plead for release has also been canceled.

Manning is recovering after the suicide attempt, according to Sheriff Dana Lawhorne.

“There was an incident at approximately 12:11 p.m. [Wednesday] at the Alexandria Detention Center involving inmate Chelsea Manning,” Lawhorne told ALXnow. “It was handled appropriately by our professional staff and Ms. Manning is safe.”

It is not clear how the 32-year-old Manning tried to kill herself or in which hospital she is recovering.

In her last tweet on Feb. 19, the soldier-turned-Wikileaks-whistleblower posted about the motion for her release.

Manning has been in the Alexandria jail for more than a year on civil contempt charges for refusing to testify against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, to whom she disclosed 750,000 classified documents in 2010.

In 2013, Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for espionage, and four years later her sentence was commuted by President Obama. She was released in 2017, and the following year unsuccessfully ran in the Democratic primary for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat, but was jailed again last May for refusing to testify before a grand jury.

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Morning Notes

Redevelopment Plan in North Old Town — “As the American Physical Therapy Association prepares for a move to Potomac Yard, its current headquarters in North Old Town Alexandria is now slated for a major mixed-use redevelopment.” [Washington Business Journal]

ACPS Teacher’s Harrowing Journey — “When Onelio Mencho-Aguilar was 13-years-old, he left his mother and siblings to embark on a treacherous journey through rural Guatemala to the U.S. alone…  against the odds, he found a home here in Alexandria and with the support he found, he thrived. First as a student at T.C. Williams High School and now as a teacher at the International Academy where new arrivals to the U.S. are educated and supported.” [Alexandria City Public Schools]

New Suicide Prevention Effort — “DCHS now offers two locations where Alexandria residents and employees can obtain free locking medication boxes and firearm trigger or cable locks as part of Lock and Talk Northern Virginia. This safety program is a collaborative initiative of the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia.” [City of Alexandria]

Community Services Board Marks Anniversary — “On Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., in City Council Chambers, Alexandria Mayor Justin M. Wilson will present members of the Alexandria Community Services Board (CSB) with a proclamation for 50 years of community service and support.” [Press Release]

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