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Michael Pope

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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.


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Former President Jimmy Carter had just left the White House when Fairfax County acquired more than two dozen acres of open space along the Route 1 corridor in Hybla Valley. The property was purchased with community-development block grants, and hopes were high that government leaders would be able to provide affordable housing. Then nothing happened. Now more than ...
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Arlington was once a place dominated by dairy farms and a rural way of life. Now Metro stations and dense urban construction have transformed the county, leaving behind the site of only one dairy farm — a place neighbors call Reevesland. It's named for Nelson Reeves, the farmer who was known to introduce himself to neighbors and offer produce from his garden. He helped the...
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Updated 9:15 a.m., May 27, 2015 An international businessman's last-minute decision last month to focus on his work instead of his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates is opening one of the most competitive races in the region this year. It'...
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The Affordable Care Act is reducing the ranks of the uninsured across the county, but lagging behind is Virginia, which sports the largest percentage of people without health insurance of any state in the country. That's a trend not likely to change anytime soon. The main reason for that is how the Medicaid system works in Virginia, creating the region's strictest limits on ...
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In Virginia, candidates are heading into a campaign season that might not be attracting all that much attention. But it is attracting a significant amount of campaign cash. For almost half a century, Chuck Colgan has been in the state Senate, representing Prince William County, where he was a member of the board of supervisors in the early 1970s. Now his retirement is openin...
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Is a 12-year-old who didn't want to take a math test to blame for the some of the technical problems that have plagued school officials over the last week? That's more likely today than ever before, says professor Jim Jones at George Mason University. He says that's because of the culture surrounding multiplayer games such as Call of Duty. "They are playing a video ...
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City leaders in Alexandria are moving forward with a plan to build the largest public works project there in a generation: a new Metro station at Potomac Yard. But some of the details about who will pay for it — and how it will look — are still to be determined. In the past year, hundreds of new residents have flocked to the million-dollar houses in Potomac Yard, a forme...
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Members of the Alexandria City Council will be assembling tonight to cast an official ballot moving forward with a new Metro station at Potomac Yard, a $300 million project that will leave the city with $200 million worth of debt. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille has been a longtime supporter of the idea, and he says he will gladly cast a vote in favor tonight. But the timing of...
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Has the mayor of Alexandria been effective? Since he was first elected in 2003, Mayor Bill Euille says, he's opened the waterfront to development, built new schools and presided over a 50-year crime low. But former Mayor Kerry Donley says the numbers don't add up. "One of the challenges that we've faced over the last eight years is a structural deficits where our expenses a...
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In Virginia, a coalition of labor and minority groups are combining their money — and their shoe leather — to influence five Democratic primaries this year, and the effort is aimed at three local races in Fairfax County and Arlington. The Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers, Mid-Atlantic Laborers, the Korean American Service and Educ...
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The three Democrats running for mayor of Alexandria are engaged in a hotly contested primary, one that's created a pitched battle for campaign cash. Incumbent Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille raised the most money by far during the first quarter, almost $100,000. "Yeah, it's a lot of money," says Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport University. "It's a lot of money when you thi...
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Leaders in Fairfax County will be assembling for a public hearing tonight — a rare opportunity for people who have concerns about the police department to air their grievances. One topic of conversation tonight is likely to be the rising tide of support for a citizen oversight board that would have the power to investigate the police department. "The people have ...
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June is a time when most people are thinking about summer vacations or weddings — just about anything else other than politics. If you've been checking your mailbox, you know by the glut of mail that it's election season, with a primary scheduled for June 9. Yet a new analysis by the Virginia Publ...
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Metro Connection Segments A Town Founded By A Former Slave Seeks To Hold On To Its Heritage ...
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The Mount Vernon District of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is up for grabs this year. Longtime Supervisor Gerry Hyland is retiring, opening the seat for the first time in a generation. Candice Bennett is a businesswoman who says she met someone on the campaign trail who told her that because of her experience opening a storefront on the Route 1 corridor, she would ...
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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was back in court today, this time challenging last year's conviction on charges he accepted gifts and loans in exchange for official acts. During a hearing, McDonnell's legal team said that Judge James Spencer made a mistake by instructing the jurors about what constitutes an official act. "It took the loophole and drove a ...
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Lawyers for embattled former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be back in court Tuesday as they appeal last year's conviction for corruption and conspiracy. The stakes are high for McDonnell. The governor's two-year prison sentence is being suspended as the appeal moves forward, so tomorrow's oral arguments represent a make-or-break moment for the embattled McDonnell. The fir...
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After Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed the General Assembly's new limitation on the use of license-plate readers, the ACLU filed a lawsuit. Now the Fairfax County Circuit Court is being asked to consider an issue of privacy. Is the license plate on the...
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Men make more money than women. But where is the disparity the greatest? Census records show it's Loudoun County, where men have a $75,000 median income and women have a $40,000 median income for women.  That's a 47 percent disparity, the highest in the region.  Annie Rorem at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service says one of the reas...
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In Virginia, abortion policy is in the spotlight once again. The state's current attorney general is overturning a ruling from the previous attorney general that would have shut down most of the abortion clinics in the state, and the issue isn't just about regulations and politics. It's also about money. During the last statewide election in 2013, abortion rights g...