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Alexandria ranked 5th most romantic city in U.S.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- One of the nation's most romantic cities is in our area, according to ProFlowers.com. Alexandria, Va., noted particularly for the downtown area known as "Old Town," was number five on its list.

"...the downtown area has a high concentration of shops and restaurants lining the enchanting cobblestone streets. The classic vibe of Alexandria certainly sets the stage for a romantic day-to-evening date," according to ProFlowers.

The business ranked cities used the following criteria for the top 200 most populous cities to come up with the top 10.

Suspect in custody after assault in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A suspect is in custody after an assault that happened in the 800 block of West Glebe Road, according to Alexandria Police.

Police say residents should expect police activity in the area.

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2 people, car sought in DC assault

Kevin Bacon supports No Kid Hungry efforts in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Beloved actor Kevin Bacon was in Northern Virginia to support an effort to get local children the nutrition and meals they need for the summer.

Friday, the actor teamed up with non-profit No Kid Hungry at a summer meals site at the William Ramsay Recreation Center in Alexandria. He helped hand out food to children in need.

Silence an issue with Alexandria homicide investigation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria police are investigating their first murder of the year after Shakaan Elliott-Tibbs was gunned down last Thursday.

The shooting happened in a busy area on North Fayette Street, near plenty of bus stops and the Braddock Road Metro. Police say there were certainly witnesses, but so far no one is talking. Silent witnesses are a problem many police departments face.

Crime Museum Expert,Wyndell Watkins, has seen that silence firsthand. Watkins is a retired deputy chief who worked with the Metropolitan Police Department for more than 20 years and was the commander of the homicide squad.

"The first case I had in homicide squad, we had a lady who was killed out on New York Ave," Watkins said.

Alexandria celebrates 266th birthday amid controversy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Alexandria celebrated it's 266th birthday Saturday with their annual party featuring music, food and fireworks.

But less than a mile from the party at Oronoco Bay Park, there's a statue dedicated to honoring the lives of Confederate soldiers lost during the war. And twice a year, Confederate flags are flown at the statue.

But with South Carolina taking down the Confederate flag at their capital, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille says the time has come for the city to stop this practice.

"This is an opportunity for us to come together and put all that behind us and unite and be inspired by and more forward in a positive way," Euille said. "And show the rest of the country that life is better afterwards."

Police looking for suspect in Alexandria double stabbing

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for the man they believe stabbed two people inside an Alexandria home Friday night.

According to police, two men were stabbed several times on the 8400 block of Richmond Highway at around 7:05 p.m.

The two victims were transported to a nearby hospital. One has been released, the other remains in stable condition.

Police believe the two victims and attacker may know each other.

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Drunken driver slams into Va. State Police vehicle on I-395

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police say a state trooper's vehicle was struck by a drunken driver in Alexandria while the trooper was assisting with another DUI investigation.

Police say the trooper was stopped along Interstate-395 early Saturday at 3:13 a.m. with emergency lights flashing. That's when a car ran into the back of the trooper's vehicle.

Police say Trooper Z.J. Koon suffered a minor injury to his head due to the crash. He was treated at the scene.

The driver of the car was not injured. He was arrested and charged with DUI and was taken to the Alexandria detention center. Police say additional charges are pending.