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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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Why is the Fairfax County Sheriff's office withholding video footage of a fatal incident involving a Fairfax County Sheriff's deputy Tasing an inmate? The sheriff's office says Natasha McKenna was being uncooperative the day deputies arrived to transfer her to Alexandria ...
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A federal judge sentenced former First Lady Maureen McDonnell to a year and a day in federal prison Friday. Maureen McDonnell did not testify during the trial, and she maintained a public silence about her role in the scandal. Until Friday. Fighting back t...
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Update, 1:50 p.m.: U.S. District Judge James Spencer is sentencing former First Lady Maureen McDonnell to a year and a day in prison. The sentence is half of what former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell got last month, when Judge Spencer issued a sentence of two years to the former governor. At the time, he said Maureen McDonnell let the serpent into the garde...
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Should voters in Herndon elect their town council in May or November? That's a question being debated in Herndon, where the town council approved a motion to move the election on a 4-to-2 vote. Now the town needs approval from the Virginia General Assembly, where lawmakers have the final say. Although the bill got out of one house committee, the Republican leadership decided...
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Virginia lawmakers are about to consider a bill that would allow drivers to carry a loaded shotgun in their vehicles. The bill is scheduled to be considered by the House of Delegates today after successfully making its way through the state Senate. It would allow anyone who has a concealed carry permit to carry a loaded shotgun or rifle on any public street, road or highway ...
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Virginia lawmakers are taking action to overturn a longstanding ban on selling blackjacks, brass knuckles, throwing stars and ballistic knives. Advocates of the effort say the bill overturns an unnecessary law that links possession of such exotic weapons to the intent to sell them. "The law that's being repealed is actually stupid," says John Van Cleave, president ...
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Virginia lawmakers are considering new unprecedented secrecy surrounding how capital punishment is carried out. In the coming weeks, the House of Delegates will take up legislation that's already passed the Senate aimed at making sure the state can continue carrying out capital punishment by lethal injection. The bill, introduced by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Dick Sas...
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Folks getting stuck in icy snow beware pic.twitter.com/CFThb1QBXZ— Armando Trull (@trulldc) February 17, 2015 ...
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Road crews from around the region are preparing for what looks like the biggest storm of winter thus far to arrive in D.C. and its suburbs. The heaviest part of the storm is expected to hit the area in the overnight hours, but Dave Buck of the Maryland State Highway Administration says drivers should try to be off the roads before then. "We've said that a lot. We'r...
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In the days following the death of 37-year-old inmate Natasha McKenna, the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office declined to answer basic questions or even share public documents. One of the first actions was to ...
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More details are emerging about the woman who died after being hit by a Taser stun gun at the Fairfax County Jail, including the fact that the woman suffered from a mental illness. The last few weeks in the life of Natasha McKenna were difficult, according to a trail of co...
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The sheriff of Fairfax County, Virginia, is reversing an earlier decision to withhold a document that outlines her department's policy on using Taser stun guns on inmates. Sheriff Stacey Kincaid declined repeated requests from WAMU to be interviewed for this story, but a spokesman for the sheriff agreed to an unrecorded interview after several requests. The spokesman says th...
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Update: The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office has reversed its decision to withhold the Taser policy, though specifics about the death of Natasha McKenna remain under wraps. Original Story: The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is declin...
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The Fairfax County Police Department is launching an investigation into the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office because an inmate at the jail died after being hit by a taser stun gun. Sheriff's deputies were getting ready to transport 37-year-old Natasha McKenna to the jail in Alexandria when it happened. "In order to prepare her for the transport, she was asked to co...
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School leaders in Alexandria are hoping a new principal and a new school facility will turn around a troubled school. Walk into the newly opened Jefferson-Houston School, and it would be difficult to imagine that state leaders dubbed it a failing school last year. The gleaming new $45 million facility is a far cry from the drab 1970 building that was demolished last year. Bu...
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Virginia lawmakers are taking action on the Senate floor today to crack down on smuggling cigarettes. It's a controversial move in a state that was once the capital of the tobacco empire. You remember that video footage of New York police officers choking Eric Garner to death? They were trying to arrest him for sellin...
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Advocates for gun safety in Richmond are not having much luck creating new restrictions for firearms. At the same time, measures to increase the places where guns are allowed are also facing hurdles in Virginia's General Assembly. Should guns be allowed in schools? That's a question at the heart of a bill introduced by Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Buckingham) which would allow firear...
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A bipartisan coalition of Virginia lawmakers is trying to force police agencies to get a warrant before collecting data from your cell phone. It's called a Stingray — a device that tricks your phone into thinking it's a cell tower, then starts collecting all the data in your phone. It can also prevent you from making a call or send out a text message that looks like it cam...
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A Northern Virginia lawmaker wants to make sure renters have access to information about mold. Democratic Del. Rob Krupicka of Alexandria says he heard from a constituent about a troubling situation. His family recently had a child, and then found out that the baby's room had a problem with mold. The landlord took action and told them it had been fixed. "They wante...
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Bob McDonnell's priest says the former Virginia governor is hopeful that an appeals court will overturn his conviction for public corruption. McDonnell was supposed to report to a federal prison a week from Monday. But now that's not happening, thanks to a ruling from the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now those closest to McDonnell say they're hopeful that the ruli...