For our Morning Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from Alexandria, Virginia and around the area. Here are some news items that caught our eye.
In the News
Enjoy the warm weather today – it won’t last long One last burst of warmer weather today precedes a more wintry feel that stays dry until some weekend uncertainty arrives. (CWG)
Justin Wilson Steps into Mayoral Office Justin Wilson took Alexandria’s oath of office for the fourth time at the city council initiation ceremony on Wednesday night. It was his first time, though, being sworn in as mayor. As he makes the leap from vice mayor to mayor, Wilson said his initial focus will be on getting the new council, which has four newcomers, acclimated and through the nearly three-month-long budgeting process. (Alexandria Times)
Construction underway on new mixed-use development just south of Alexandria Combined Properties Inc. has started construction on the South Alex development in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. (Biz Journal)
New Aldi part of the South Alexandria development The $135 million, 502,000-square-foot mixed-use development will feature 400 apartment units and more than 43,000 square feet of retail, anchored by a 20,000-square-foot Aldi store. (Biz Journal)
The Other Alexandria – Conny Gray – Spanish/American War Veteran During April – August 1898, Private Conny (Connie) Gray participated in the Spanish American War with the USCT Company H, 25th Army Infantry. (Alexandria Gazette)
- Mayor Justin Wilson wants to quicken how government works
- Report: Chesapeake Hit Hard by Pollution After Heavy Rains
- Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell files for divorce
During the ongoing government shutdown, we all need a laugh. Check this kids reaction to eating a hot pickle. Twitter user @iamlaurans recently fed a hot pickle to her nephew who was begging to have a taste, only to have him collapse in agony.
I gave my nephew a hot pickle since he was begging😂😂 this was his reaction….💀 pic.twitter.com/geToGDHyG5
— Nique.🌹✨ (@iamlaurans) December 26, 2018