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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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Details were still emerging about the killing of two journalists in Virginia Wednesday when Gov. Terry McAuliffe starting calling for gun control. The governor was unable to accomplish any of the goals he outlined in January during his State of the Commonwealth Address, a list that ...
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Will embattled former Gov. Bob McDonnell be able to stay out of prison while he pursues his appeal to the Supreme Court? That's an open question, one that may come into focus now that U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has filed a response to arguments subm...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Leaders in Fairfax County may be on the verge of taking a different approach to mental illness, especially how law enforcement confronts those with mental illness. That's an issue that has raised alarms after two recent deaths, one at the hands of a...
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Partisan warfare has paralyzed the state government in Virginia, where Republicans and Democrats are bitterly divided over what happened during a special session this week. They're even divided about whether the special session is still happening. Let's...
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A former Fairfax County police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge. The charge comes two years after Officer Adam Torres shot and killed John Geer at his house in Springfield, a case that attracted attention from federal investigators and encouraged county officials to examine how the police department works and what kind of in...
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The fighting started early Monday morning, when Republicans indicated that the court-imposed redistricting process would be limited to the Third Congressional District. That's the district a panel of federal judges says is unconstitutional because it unfairly packs African-Americans into one ...
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A special session in Richmond, for which lawmakers convened to fix the state's congressional map, became the scene of a bitter debate over a vacancy on the state Supreme Court Monday. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, wants Jane Roush to fill the vacancy. But Re...
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Lawmakers are in Richmond this morning to start drawing new congressional districts. That's because a federal court declared the current districts in Virginia unconstitutional because they cluster black voters into one area, a move the courts say is illegal because it dilutes their influence in other districts. But Republicans and Democrats are bitterly opposed over how to solve the p...
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Lawmakers in Virginia are about to gather in Richmond to start considering new congressional districts — a process that usually happens only once in a decade. But members of the General Assembly have to take a second bite at the apple because a federal court has declared Virginia's ...
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Knocking on doors has long been the province of candidates and political parties, which have traditionally dispatched volunteers armed with clipboards and bumper stickers. But now a new coalition of labor unions and organizations that represent minorities is hoping to redefine how the "ground game" works in Virginia and what kind of influence it might have in state and local elections...
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Lawyers for embattled former Gov. Bob McDonnell are trying to take every possible avenue of appeal, although they are running out of options. In July, a three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected an argument from the McDonnell legal team that his conviction was flawed because the judge hearing the case defined "official act" too broadly. The former gov...
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As the campaign season starts to heat up, money is flowing into a handful of key races for the Senate in Virginia. Democrats are hoping to seize control of the state Senate, which is closely divided with 21 Republicans and 19 Democrats. To do that, Democrats would need to maintain all their current seats and pick up one seat to create a tie on key votes, which could be brok...
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Across America, police officers and their leaders were out Tuesday night celebrating National Night Out, a celebration of police traditionally held on the first Tuesday in August. But a growing sense of distrust of Fairfax County Police has created a rival event in Fairfax County, a Night Out Against Police Crime. The idea is to call attention to a series of high-profile cases in Fair...
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Conflict is in the air, or at least it's in the fight for clean air. Now that President Barack Obama is moving ahead with his plan to crack down on air pollution, Republicans in Virginia are pushing back. Conservatives in the commonwealth say the effort to clear the air...
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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...