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. Here are five (5) news items that caught our eye.
In the News
Grey skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face With the government shutdown in our area, now is a good idea to get outside and enjoy the WARM temperatures while they last. (DMV Weather)
LIVE blog: 1st day of government shutdown 2018 CNN has been following the latest right here. (CNN)
Are government shutdowns that unheard of? President Trump and Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending plan by midnight Friday, triggering a partial shutdown of the federal government. Government shutdowns are unusual, but they’re not unheard of. (CBS News)
Alexandria City Councilman Willie Bailey Announces Bid for Reelection Two years into his first term as a city councilor, Willie Bailey said he spent a lot of time debating whether to run for reelection. In his considerations, however, he said there was a deciding factor he kept returning to – it’s worth it. (Alexandria Times)
The Basilica of St. Mary reflects on legacy of faith The Holy See, or the Vatican, named the historic St. Mary a minor basilica earlier this month. Founded in 1795 on South Washington Street with the help of a loan from George Washington, the church relocated in the 19th century to its current building at 310 S. Royal St. The church announced the designation during mass on Sunday. (Alexandria Times)