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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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Now that former Virginia's former Gov. Bob McDonnell has been convicted of corruption, legislators are about to start taking action to tighten Virginia's notoriously lax rules on taking gifts and making disclosures. But while leaders in both parties agree that something needs to be done, nailing down specifics is a bit tricker. "The problem is that it's tough to write a law ...
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Ever since Virginia created the Standards of Learning in 1995, teachers and parents have had a common complaint: that the system encourages teaching to the test. That could soon change. Members of the General Assembly and the Virginia Board of Education will consider 12 recommendations of a committee appointed by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year. The committ...
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Virginia drivers are about to start paying more for gasoline. It comes as an unintended consequence of the landmark transportation agreement from last year. It wasn't supposed to happen this way. When Republicans and Democrats struck a deal last year to fund transportation improvements, one...
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A Loudoun County pasture is set to become the Mid-Atlantic's first commercial-scale hop production and processing facility. Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Black Hops Farm will convert 15 acres into a hop yard and build a new processing facility in Leesburg. The company will invest about $1 million and create 11 new jobs. It also will source more than 60 percent of their...
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Five death row inmates in Virginia are filing a lawsuit challenging their solitary confinement. The plaintiffs are seeking the same expanded privileges won by another death row inmate who successfully challenged his solitary confinement on due process grounds. The new complaint says inmate Alfredo Prieto is now allowed to exercise in the prison gymnasium and have contact visi...
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For residents of Fairfax County, the recycling program is simple and convenient. Just throw all your recyclable materials in one bin: glass, paper and plastic. But there's one problem: single-stream recycling may be cutting into the county's revenue stream. "Single-stream recycling has affected the quality and value of recyclables," says Larry Zaragoza, vice chairman of the ...
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So the Arlington streetcar is dead. And despite what residents, advocates and officials may think of the demise of the $333 million project, they're all now asking: What's next? Almost half a century ago, leaders in Arlington and Fairfax counties were working to extend the Metro under ...
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Arlington County has pulled the plug on its streetcar plan for the Columbia Pike corridor. County Board Chairman Jay Fisette announced the decision today — a shocking turn of course for a system that a majority of board members defended even as public opposition grew. Fisette sa...
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Democrats and Republicans in Virginia have selected candidates for a January special election to fill the seat vacated by Representative-elect Barbara Comstock. The 34th District of the House of Delegates, which includes parts of Loudoun County and Fairfax County, is one of the few swing districts in Northern Virginia. Longtime Republican Delegate Vince Callahan held the se...
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Virginia's congressional delegation may soon be dealing with a new map now that a court has determined that the current congressional districts violate the 14th Amendment. But who will get to draw the new boundaries? If Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is unable to get a deal done wi...
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Voters and political analysts in Virginia are still trying to figure out why Republican Ed Gillespie was able to come so close to taking out Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Warner. One reason: the polling data that showed Warner with a comfortable lead was wrong. In the weeks and months before the election, the public polls showed Warner leading Gillespie by double digits....
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Voters in Northern Virginia will be heading back to the polls again in January to select a member of the House of Delegates to fill the seat vacated by Republican Barbara Comstock, who is headed to Capitol Hill. Longtime Republican Del. Vince Callahan held the 34th District of the...
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Members of Virginia's General Assembly met in Richmond Monday for a special session on transportation funding. Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) tried to lead a revolt that divided his party, threatening the major transportation agreement from last year that's already funding projects across the commonwealth. One of his amendments would have reinstated a "kill switch," e...
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Arlington Democrats were unable to defeat incumbent independent County Board member John Vihstadt after a campaign that focused attention on a controversial proposal to build a $333 million streetcar system on Columbia Pike. Now the debate about the streetcar system may be headed in a ...
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In Virginia, the hotly contested race for United States Senate has finally reached a conclusion three after the election, with Republican Ed Gillespie now conceding the election. Gillespie says he called Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Warner today to concede the election, one of the closest in the country, despite polls showing incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner with a ...
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Election officials across Virginia are seeing an increase in the use of provisional ballots because of a new law that requires a photo ID to vote. That means more work for them, even after the election is over. Election officials across the commonwealth are still working overtime to review provisional ballots, those cast by people who were not on the voter rolls or did not ...
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Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner has declared victory in Tuesday's election, but Republican challenger Ed Gillespie has yet to concede in the close race for U.S. Senate Warner stands at 49 percent of the vote and Gillespie has 48 percent. "The marg...
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The Republican victories extended even into the commonwealth of Virginia, where former Republican John Vihstadt has been reelected to the Arlington County Board. Democrats were confident that the thousands of Democrats who showed up at the polls to vote for Don Beyer and Mark Warner would be able to swamp incumbent Arlington Board member Vihstadt, the former Republican runni...