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The 43rd annual Scottish Christmas Walk was held Dec. 7, 2013 in Old Town Alexandria (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)
The 43rd annual Scottish Christmas Walk was held Dec. 7, 2013 in Old Town Alexandria (Photo credit: Drew Hansen)

Here are some of the week's important, interesting and fun stories concerning Alexandria and its people.

From Alexandria’s Patch sites:

Police Chief: Investigation into Nancy Dunning's Murder Remains Active — By Drew Hansen

Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook said Wednesday detectives continue to actively investigate the 2003 murder of Nancy Dunning a decade after it occurred, though there remain no viable suspects in the case.

“We made a promise to the Dunning family we would never put this case on the shelf,” Cook said. “The viability here is still existing for us. We continue to try and investigate and ferret out leads where we get them.”

Dunning was found murdered in her Del Ray home on Dec. 5, 2003. Three Alexandria detectives have been placed on the case over the years. With each transfer, the case has been reviewed from top to bottom and investigators continue to travel wherever they need to conduct interviews or examine evidence, Cook said.

Cook urged the public to come forward with any information, no matter how inconsequential it may seem. A $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case remains available.

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Alexandria Parents Hope for a Focused, Experienced New Superintendent — By Michael Alison Chandler, The Washington Post

Humble. Compassionate. Experienced. These are some of the attributes that Alexandria students, parents, and teachers said they are looking for in a new superintendent during acommunity forum Thursday night at T.C. Williams High School.

Some said they hope the new leader will bring focus to a system that has been overwhelmed by an onslaught of new programs in recent years. Some said they want an educator with a long history in the classroom. Others said they hope for a leader who understands how to work with diverse students and staff and who takes a collaborative approach to making decisions.

“We don’t want a top down kind of guy or gal,” said Kim Anderson, a parent who was one of about two dozen people to attend the evening meeting.

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