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Michael Pope

Reporter

Pope is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for WAMU, Connection Newspapers, the New York Daily News and the Tallahassee Democrat. A native of Moultrie, Ga., he grew up in Durham, N.C., and graduated high school in Tampa, Fla. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Pope is the author of Shotgun Justice (2012), Hidden History of Alexandria, D.C. (2011) and Ghosts of Alexandria (2010), all published by History Press in Charleston, S.C.


Articles Written by Michael Pope

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Republican leaders in Virginia say President Obama's clean energy plan would drive up energy costs and damage a struggling economy. Virginia's goal for the year 2030 is 934 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt-hour. That's about in the middle of the ...
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Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is calling Republicans leaders to Richmond to strike a deal on a new congressional map. That's because a federal court ruled the current map unconstitutional. But Republicans say they're not meeting with the governor. The governor wanted to start of this week by meeting with Republican leaders to hammer out a compromise in advance of ...
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Metro Connection Segments East Potomac Park: Hidden Gem, Neglected Greenspace? ...
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Want a copy of the incident report from the burglary that happened on your block? Forget about it it. The Fairfax County Police Department won't give you a copy of it because they don't have to. They have an exemption under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and they use it in all circumstances, regardless of what the case is about. Regardless of whether the case is open or close...
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Leaders of the Fairfax County Police Department are in for some harsh criticism. Tonight, they'll be meeting with critics who have written a pointed report outlining what they call a "crisis of confidence." The document is part of a commission created earlier this year to ...
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The Fairfax County Police Department has completed its investigation into the death of a mentally ill inmate who died earlier this year after being hit several times with a stun gun. No charges have been filed, but many questions linger. The case file is now in the hands of the county prosecutor, who will have the ultimate say in whether to take action. From the mo...
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Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine had some pointed words Tuesday night about the federal budget process and the potential for another government shutdown this fall — an outcome that would have direct effects on the economy of Northern Virginia. "This is a philosophy that no other organization would follow because th...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders of the General Assembly are clashing yet again, this time over whether to call a special session to debate a potential new set of maps for the state's congressional districts. A recent federal court decisio...
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Start asking about Jefferson Davis to people walking up and down the stretch of U.S. 1 that bears his name in Alexandria and Arlington, and you're bound to get a lot of blank looks. Thomas Shaw is one of those who had never heard of the president of the Confederacy, other than the fact that "Jefferson Davis Highway" appears on the address of his workplace. "Um, I mea...
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A three judge panel is wrapping up a weeklong trial in Virginia challenging Republican-created districts for the House of Delegates. Attorney Kevin Hamilton says the court does not need fingerprints or DNA to prove this crime because the Republican leadership admitted to it on the floor of the House of Delegates. At issue is the the 55 percent rule, a mandate that 55 percent...
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Back in the early '90s, crime was rising. People were afraid, and Republican George Allen campaigned for governor on a platform of ending the system of early release. After he beat Democrat Mary Sue Terry in 1993, he fulfilled his campaign promise and radically transformed the parole system. It was an effort that had broad appeal at the time, even from some Democrats. "I had...
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A federal three-judge panel has been hearing testimony and looking at evidence this week in a federal lawsuit that could have dramatic consequences for the state's politics. At issue is the map of House of Delegates districts, which a group of citizens says violat...
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Metro Connection Segments Amateur Photographer Brings Baltimore Protests To Life In New Exhibit ...
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When it comes to being governor of Virginia, the part of the job that Terry McAuliffe seems to relish the most is being cheerleader-in-chief, celebrating the state's economy and attracting businesses. That was the message he brought to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments this week, part of a ...
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In many states, all the candidates running for the president need to do is sign some paperwork or maybe pay a fee to get on the ballot. But Virginia requires 5,000 signatures of registered voters, 200 in each of the state’s 11 congressional districts. That’s one of the strictest requirements anywhere in America. "The controversy over ballot access is a function, in some ...
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How much animal dung belongs in the Chesapeake Bay? Is the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality doing enough to keep it out? Those questions are at the heart of a lawsuit that a judge in Richmond will hear Thursday. "Animal manure from cattle operations are a very big source of the bacteria that really prevents people, children and so forth, from playing safety in th...
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Since 1997, Virginia has had no state song. That's because the old tune "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" was officially discontinued because of lyrics that were widely considered offensive. But today is a new day in Virginia, and the Old Dominion now officially has two state songs. One is a sweeping ballad called "Our Great Virginia...
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Republican Party leaders in Virginia have opted to hold a statewide primary to allocate its delegates in the 2016 presidential race, rather than a convention. Ever since the tea party wing seized control of the GOP's State Central Committee several years ago, party leaders have ...
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In Virginia, Republicans from across the state will be gathering in Staunton this weekend to determine how they will pick a presidential candidate. The choice is between a primary and a convention. Two years ago the Tea Party wing seized control of the party's leadership and canceled the statewide primary to choose a candidate for governor. Instead they held a convention an...
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When Alexandria City Councilman Justin Wilson was going through the city code a few years ago, he came across an odd provision, one that was shocking. The code required new north-south streets to be named for Confederate generals. Wilson says he had a good laugh and then took action to strike the provision. Now he says it's time to think about moving a Confederate memorial statue from...