\r\nBREAKING NEWS: NEWZY Named Official Zebra Mascot!\r\nAnd Alexandria\u2019s newest mascot gives a rare exclusive interview.\r\nAlexandria, VA - After months of email exchanges and vote tallies, The Zebra Press\u2019 beloved mascot has been officially named... Newzy! Like most zebras, Newzy has unique stripes and sleeps standing up. While reading a newspaper, however, he prefers to sit in coffee shops and otherwise mostly hangs out at Alexandria parades, ribbon cuttings, sporting events, and other local gatherings.\r\n\u201cNewzy\u2026It\u2019s a good name and I\u2019m running with it,\u201d Newzy told The Zebra in a recent interview. \u201cThe \u2018Z\u2019 is a reminder that I can\u2019t spell, but can laugh.\u201d\r\nAn Alexandria native, Newzy, 9, was raised in the city\u2019s Zebra community in Del Ray, and recently made his breakthrough appearance at the St. Patrick\u2019s Day Parade in Old Town. Immediately after the parade, the Zebra Press\u2019s mail, both online and paper, became littered with name suggestions. The final top two were Ziggy and Newzy. After an intense period of people walking back and forth with bowed heads, stopping suddenly, walking again and bumping into each other, history was made. The Zebra Press finally decided on the name.\r\nNewzy\u2019s story is unforgettable, too.\r\n\r\nThe Interview\r\nThe Zebra:Congrats on the name! How\u2019s it feel?\r\nNewzy: Newzy\u2026It\u2019s a good name and I\u2019m running with it. The \u201cZ\u201d is a reminder that I can\u2019t spell, but I can laugh. It\u2019s better than my old name, which is Howard.\r\nThe Zebra: No doubt. Are you like other zebras? What does breakfast look like?\r\nNewzy: Some zebras like to eat grass for breakfast, but I prefer eating other local publications before running to the office.\r\nThe Zebra: That\u2019s ridiculous!\r\nNewzy: You asked! You see, to me words are as delicious as\u2026 As\u2026 Well, you know.\r\nThe Zebra: Like sugar to a horse?\r\nNewzy: I\u2019m a zebra. Yes, please, on the sugar. Stat.\r\nThe Zebra: Are you the first member of your family to be a mascot?\r\nNewzy: Yes. My father, the neurosurgeon, doesn\u2019t approve. Sure, I\u2019ve got extra steady hooves, but my love for Alexandria keeps me so busy, from ribbon cuttings to parades and birthday parties, that my schedule is completely packed. I really can\u2019t imagine myself doing anything else. I never have to pay for meals, either, since Alexandria has more than 20 community events with free food every day. In fact, that reminds me - I really need to get back on the treadmill.\r\nThe Zebra: Do you have brothers and sisters?\r\nNewzy: Of course! I\u2019m one of five, and when we get together we form a wicked basketball team. Maybe one of these days I can convince them to come out for an exhibition game. But they all have real jobs - two doctor brothers, a lawyer sister, and my other brother Harry is a camouflage expert for the U.S. Army and works in a tiny little office in the Pentagon with a single lonely light bulb hanging down in the middle that you can bat back and forth with your hand. Why would I want that? This is the life for me.\r\nThe Zebra: Is there a Mrs. Newzy in your life?\r\nNewzy: No, but I have to admit to having a giant crush. She\u2019s only the most famous zebra in Kenya, and that means the world. You\u2019d know her if you saw her. She\u2019s always featured in the best wildlife magazines.\r\nThe Zebra: What\u2019s her name? Can you give us a hint?\r\nNewzy: I probably shouldn\u2019t. Oh, all right. Her name is\u2026 Zaza.\r\nThe Zebra: Zaza?!\r\nNewzy: Ssh! Keep it down! Yes, ok. And I'll tell you now that it\u2019s true that we\u2019ve been friends for a long time, but that's all. It's not serious, but...\r\nThe Zebra: But now that you\u2019re a famous American zebra from Alexandria with a cool name\u2026\r\nNewzy: Don\u2019t say it! You\u2019ll jinx me! But yes, that\u2019s my dream, to get married to Zaza and bring her back to Alexandria where we can live like zebra royalty and watch our children as little mascots on the sidelines of T.C. Williams High School sporting events.\r\nThe Zebra: Strange and admirable.\r\nNewzy: That\u2019s me all over.\r\nThe Zebra: What else do you like to do? For fun.\r\nNewzy: I like to meet lots of people, so I go where it\u2019s crowded and where I can give kids and grown-ups high-fives. That\u2019s my favorite moment - seeing people in Alexandria smile when I\u2019m coming, and having my picture taken with them.\r\nThe Zebra: What\u2019s the best way for folks to get in touch with you?\r\nNewzy: Through email. Send me a note at Newzy@thezebrapress.com. Otherwise, I\u2019ll probably see you around town soon!