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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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The house and property that was home to Arlington County's last dairy farm may be up on the auction block. Reevesland was a dairy farm in a neighborhood, now known as Boulevard Manor, until 1955, when Nelson Reeves retired and began growing vegetables for his neighbors. By the time he died in 2000, he had become an object of neighborhood fascination, celebrated in a song his n...
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Virginia Democrats are still celebrating victories by President Barack Obama and Senator Tim Kaine in the commonwealth. As the dust settles, however, they may be facing a difficult challenge next year. It seems to happen after every presidential election, at least in recent years. The party that wins the White House loses the Governor's Mansion, a phenomenon that has repeated ...
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Democrats swept local races in Alexandria as two Republican incumbents — Alicia Hughes and Frank Fannon — were defeated and voters chose a wholly Democratic ticket for mayor and City Council.  Independent candidate for mayor Andrew Macdonald, a former Democrat, lost to Democratic Mayor Bill Euille.  "Well I think we showed there are an awful lot of people...
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Voter turnout projections in Virginia are on track to meet turnout statistics in 2008. Virginia's 13 electoral votes are up for grabs, and the outcome depends heavily on who shows up to vote, campaign officials say. If women and minority voters show up, President Barack Obama may win. But if white voters and men dominate the turnout, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney ...
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In-person absentee balloting has closed in Virginia, and a record number of voters may have taken advantage of the opportunity to cast a ballot early. The system is not the same as early voting in other states, like Maryland. To vote early in Virginia, a reason is needed — for example, ...
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When Arlington County resident Linley Mancilla was trying to decide whether or not to send her daughter to the local neighborhood school, she looked at the boundary map and examined the demographics. "Well, in my heart I wanted to send her to Carlin Springs," says Mancilla. But Carlin Springs Elementary has low test scores, and a high concentration of poverty. Mancill...
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For weeks, people have been speculating about the importance of Ohio in presidential politics, and it's true that Ohio is a key battleground state. But Virginia Center for Politics analyst Kyle Kondick says that's only true under certain conditions. "Assuming that Romney just automatically has Florida and Virginia in the bag is probably not right at this point," he says. ...
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A new poll in Virginia has Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney closing in on President Barack Obama. The Quinnipiac/New York Times/CBS News poll has President Obama in the lead in Virginia, but just barely. The survey has Mr. Obama's support in Virginia at 49 percent and Governor Romney at 47 percent, which is within the margin of error. That's a change from the last Quinnipiac pol...
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Leaders in Alexandria, Va. have rejected a sculpture because for a Freedman's Cemetery memorial because it contains religious symbols. Artist Ed Dwight was thrilled when he learned a selection panel had chosen his sculpture for the Alexandria Contrabands and Freedmen's Cemetery. But then, a few days later, the commission fell through. Dwight later learned the reason h...
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Residents of the Huntington neighborhood in Fairfax County are returning to their homes after being evacuated last night. When Fairfax County authorities ordered the evacuation of Arlington Terrace, Jonathan Street was worried, remembering as he did the dev...
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Artist Ed Dwight was thrilled when he learned a selection panel had chosen his sculpture for the Alexandria Contrabands and Freedmen's Cemetery. But then, a few days later, the commission fell through. Dwight later learned the reason he lost the commission was because his sculpture incorporated traditional African symbols that some could view as having a religious message....
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A new poll out today shows Democratic President Barack Obama leading Republican candidate Mitt Romney in Virginia, but Romney is closing the gap. The poll, released today by Old Dominion University, shows President Obama leading Gov. Romney by 7 points. That gap is above the margin of error, which is plus or minus 3.4 percent. But it's not necessarily good news for Democrats....
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Three Democratic congressmen from Virginia are calling on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation into voter fraud.  Reps. Jim Moran, Gerry Connolly and Bobby Scott want Holder to conduct a multi-state investigation of voter registration fraud connected to Strategic Allied Consulting and its subsidiary, Pinpoint. The three ...
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City leaders in Alexandria are about to consider a new policy to require developers to contribute public art. For many years, developers have donated public art to a variety of buildings in Alexandria — contributions that range from $10,000 to $10 million. The current policy requires the city to negotiate with developers for public art and affordable housing, two are...
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Voters in Virginia are about to decide the fate of a constitutional amendment that will determine when the General Assembly can call a "veto session," which is when the legislature responds to the governor's vetoes for that year. According to the Virginia constitution, legislators have to reconvene on the sixth Wednesday after the session for a veto session, when they consider...
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Voters will be considering the fate of an amendment to the Virginia constitution on eminent domain, and nowhere is the debate hotter than the intersection of King St. and The Strand. This is where the Old Dominion Boat Club owns land the Alexandria city government has threatened to take, using the powe...
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A suspect is under arrested in Arlington, accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail into the food court at Ballston Common Mall this afternoon during the lunch rush. Leon A. Traille Jr., 29, has been charged with reckless endangerment,  attempted malicious bodily injury by use of fire and use of a firebomb. Wearing a prison jumpsuit with a bushy beard, Leon Alphans Traille...
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The Board of Corrections in Virginia has approved new regulations that would allow pregnant prisoners to just be handcuffed in front when being transported outside the jail, unless they pose a danger or flight risk. Waist chains would be prohibited, and the use of restraints during childbirth also would be severely restricted. Inmate advocates and law enforcement offi...
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Prince William County officials are criticizing federal immigration authorities for moving to change the way illegal immigrants are investigated and detained in the county. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is pulling out if an agreement to allow local police to investigate the immigration status of people who are arrested. Next year, county officials will only be able ...
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The Alexandria Circuit Court has ruled against the Old Dominion Boat Club in its challenge of the city's ability to lease a public alley to a restaurant. Private virtue is a public good. That was the result of a decision this week from the court, which gave the green light to city officials who want to lease part of Wales Alley to a private restaurant called Virtue Feed &...