For our Afternoon Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from Alexandria, Virginia and around the area.
In the News
Hermine passed by Alexandria and left us with some GLORIOUS skies The storm presented stunning sunsets, 22-degree halos and awesome wave clouds. (CWG)
Labor Day weekend rape has West End Alexandria community troubled An abduction and rape of a lifeguard in the middle of the day at a condominium pool has an Alexandria community rattled. (Fox 5 DC)
Virginia Tech getting set to take on Tennessee at a major motor speedway As Virginia Tech and No. 9 Tennessee prepare to set college football’s all-time attendance record when they play Saturday’s Battle at Bristol, the staff at Bristol Motor Speedway is finishing the monumental job of turning a racetrack into a football field. (WaPo)
New ODBC clubhouse under construction After decades of legal wrangling and the threat of eminent domain, the Old Dominion Boat Club moved a step closer to its new clubhouse with a groundbreaking ceremony last week. (Alexandria Times)
The Historic city of Petersburg, Virginia is on the verge of financial collapse This city of 32,000 just south of Richmond is facing a financial crisis unusual for fiscally conservative Virginia — or any state. In at least the past four years, the city spent all of its reserves and then kept spending money it didn’t have. It took out short-term loans based on anticipated tax revenue to keep paying bills. (Virginia Politics)