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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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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...
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Up and down Richmond Highway, the business of car title lending is booming. The idea is simple. Hand over the title of your car and get a loan. But some people say the terms of those loans are predatory. "They are able to charge loans that have an exorbitant interest rate, as much as 200 percent or 300 percent on the original loan," says Sharon Bulova, chairwoman of the Fair...
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Virginia state leaders are considering ways to open up a government that's notorious for concealing documents and information. The process will include examining each and every exemption of the state's Freedom of Information Act. Want to get the police report for a crime that happened on your block? Forget about it. That's a secret document shielded from view, even after the...
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Republicans in Alexandria may have played role in electing the Democratic candidate for mayor. That's because Virginia voters do not register as Democrats or Republicans. So when they show up to the polls, they either ask for a Republican ballot or a Democratic ballot. It's a system that has its roots in the conservative political organization that ran the state's politics for half a ...
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Metro Connection Segments When Mom Needs Rehab, What About The Kids? New D.C. Programs Offer Solutions ...
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Members of the General Assembly are having a tough time making summer vacation plans. Sometime between that trip to the beach or the escape to a cooler climate, they are likely to be summoned back to Richmond. That's because a three-judge panel of the Eastern District of Virginia ruled the Republican-drawn maps violate the Voting Rights Act by grouping African-Americans in one congres...
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After two high-profile environmental problems associated with coal ash in Tennessee and North Carolina, the Environmental Protection Agency is forcing Virginia to clean up an old problem. For about half a century years, Dominion Virginia Power dumped the byproduct of coal-fired power plant into five ponds near Possum Point Power Station in Prince William County. Now the feds are deman...
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For the last two weekends before Tuesday's election, volunteers associated with labor unions and minority groups were out in force. They were knocking on doors where registered voters live and asking them to vote for Arlington County Board candidates Christian Dorsey and Katie Cristol. None of the other candidates had that kind of field operation, and Dorsey and Cristol won even thoug...
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As a first-time candidate in November 2012, Allison Silberberg campaigned hard against Alexandria's waterfront plan. That's how she won more votes than any other member of the City Council, earning her title of vice mayor. Silberberg took that same message to voters this year in a race that culminated in a stunning defeat of longtime incumbent Mayor Bill Euille. It was also ...
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Voters in Alexandria, Virginia, rejected their incumbent mayor in Tuesday's primary election, and he wasn't the only incumbent around the commonwealth to go down. Michael Pope, the Virginia reporter for WAMU 88.5 News, talks with local Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about Allison Silberberg's big victory over Bill Euille, what that outcome means for development in Alexan...
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Primary voters in Virginia rejected three incumbents Tuesday, resetting the table for the November elections in Alexandria, Winchester and Portsmouth. The most stunning upset was in Alexandria, where longtime Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille was ousted by primary voters Tuesday. Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg got about 300 more votes than Euille, a native of Alexandria who served...
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Voters are heading to the polls across Virginia Tuesday, selecting candidates in primary elections for everything from General Assembly races to seats for the boards of supervisors and mayors. Although turnout is expected to be about eight percent, the stakes are high. Here are some of the races to watch. House of Delegates District 28 Longtime Republican Speaker...
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Voters are heading to the polls across Virginia Tuesday, selecting candidates in primary elections for everything from General Assembly races to seats for the boards of supervisors and mayors. Although turnout is expected to be about 8 percent, the stakes are high. One of...
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Justices of the Virginia Supreme Court will be assembling Wednesday morning to consider a case about the death penalty. But the oral arguments won't be about whether the death penalty is right or wrong — they'll be about how much of it should happen with public oversight. "Much of this information is made available in other states, and I don't see why it needs to be a big ...
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The political consultants need to get paid, and that direct mail needs postage. Then there's the website and the campaign staff. Plus the fee to get on the ballot and buy the list of active voters. "The classic campaign expenditure that is probably worthless is yard sign...
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Virginia voters are almost a week away from heading to the polls to select candidates in a series of primaries across the commonwealth. Elections will include everything from the state Senate to races for local boards of supervisors. And many voters only know about the election because of what's in their mailboxes. Forget about email. Forget about social media. Candidates wh...