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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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New unemployment statistics show the Virginia's northern suburbs are doing much better than the rest of the state. The Virginia Employment Commission says the Washington metropolitan region, which includes Arlington and Alexandria, has the lowest jobless rate in the state, at just 4.1 percent. Arlington County has Virginia's lowest jobless rate with 3.3 percent, followed by 3....
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Members of the Virginia General Assembly are considering a constitutional amendment that would allow the commonwealth's governor to run for reelection. Virginia is the only state where the governor is prohibited from seeking a second consecutive term. Former governors can run again later, as was the case when Mills Godwin returned to the Governor's mansion in 1974 four years...
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A Republican-dominated Virginia Senate committee has rejected legislation that would have made pre-abortion ultrasound exams optional, not mandatory. The hastily-convened Privileges and Elections Committee special meeting lasted only minutes as Sen. Ralph Northam's (D) bill failed 6-3 in a party-line vote. Committee chairman Sen. Steve Martin ® abruptly called a vote, stif...
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Virginia lawmakers are considering reparations for surviving victims of Virginia's forced sterilization program, which ran from 1924 to 1979. Under the proposal, each survivor would be given $50,000. How much should Virginia's dark history of eugenics cost? One estimate says it could cost as much as $73 million. For now, though, a bipartisan coalition is moving forward with a ...
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Virginia's House of Delegates gaveled into session Thursday at noon, only a few hours after the Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report, lampooned a Republican-led effort to redraw state Senate districts to benefit Republicans. Because the GOP waited until a Democratic senator was out of town for the inauguration, Colbert dubbed Virginia Republicans "Alpha Dogs of the Week." Charlotte...
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City leaders in Alexandria are moving to end longstanding regulations requiring bicycle owners to register their bikes with the city, and pay a fee. Back in 1963, city leaders adopted a city code that required all bicycle users to register with the city and pay a 25 cent registration fee. If that person sold the bike, a ten cent transfer fee applied. Deputy City Attor...
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Members of the Alexandria City Council are about to consider whether or not bicycle owners should be forced to register their bikes and pay a fee. Tucked away in the Alexandria city code is a provision, largely ignored, requiring bicycle owners to register with the city and pay a 25 cent registration fee. City Councilman Justin Wilson admits he is in violation of the policy....
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Members of a Virginia task force are considering a proposal to put an armed resource officer at every school. About 47 percent of Virginia schools currently have school resource officers, mostly high schools and middle schools. One proposal now under consideration by a special task force created by Gov. Bob McDonnell would recommen...
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Members of the Virginia General Assembly are considering a controversial proposal to re-draw the state Senate districts. With no public notice and no opportunity for bipartisan debate, Senate Republicans approved a bill Monday that draws new district boundaries for the state senate. Sen. George Barker of Fairfax County currently represents parts of Prince William County and Al...
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The gun control debate became personal on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates Thursday. Henrico Delegate and Democrat Joe Morrissey wanted to make a point about the gun debate and he chose to do it by holding up an AK-47 on the assembly floor. "So I brought an AK-47 with me," Morrissey said. "Here's the AK-47, pointed at the ceiling, unloaded." Members in the chamber ...
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Alexandria Democratic Del. Rob Krupicka has introduced legislation that would expand powers to allow law-enforcement officials to confiscate guns. The bill also creates requirements for health officials to report individuals who have threatened to harm others or themselves. "The way the bill is written, it doesn't take guns away indefinitely," he says. "There's a due proces...
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The abortion debate is about to heat up again in Virginia's General Assembly.  In Richmond, 2012 was the year of the transvaginal ultrasound. Republican efforts to require the invasive procedure for women seeking an abortion attracted the attention of comedy writers and headline writers from across the country. The leg...
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A survey of hundreds of business leaders in Virginia has found a slight majority opposes ending the state's moratorium on uranium mining.  While 60 percent of the business leaders were aware of uranium deposits in Pittsylvania County, few had a clear understanding of how the uranium would be mined, according to the survey released this week...
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Legislation to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons is barely alive after a Virginia Senate subcommittee hearing. A motion to recommend the bill failed on a 3-1 vote Tuesday. That means the measure will go to the full Privileges and Elections Committee without a recommendation. The action comes a day after ...
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What happens when the principles of smart growth collide with transit planning? That's the case on Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria, where a new affordable housing complex is planned, but it comes saddled with a paid parking lot. Land-use attorney Duncan Blair presented the application to council members as an unusual sort of "Easter egg." "Probably this is the nu...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is moving forward with an aggressive agenda for the General Assembly session, which he outlined in his 2013 State of the Commonwealth address last night. McDonnell used the speech to urge lawmakers to enact his education and transportation reforms.  "Please do not leave without approving a long-term transportation funding plan for Virginia," M...
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Virginia legislators gathered in Richmond Wednesday for an opening legislative session featuring debates on education, transportation, guns and ...
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Legislators in Richmond are considering a number of gun-related efforts in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Many of those efforts face strong opposition from more conservative parts of the state. Arlington Del. Patrick Hope wants to close the gun show loophole. "You can't have nearly half of all gun sales in Virginia subject to background checks, and the ot...
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Virginia's Coal and Energy Commission is recommending that the General Assembly consider overturning a longstanding ban on uranium mining this legislative session. The issue may become one of the hottest topics of the year. State Sen. Dick Saslaw does not mince words about his support for uranium mining. A Northern Virginia Democrat who is also the Senate minority leader, Sasl...
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Virginia lawmakers are about to consider a new program to train school officials and human service workers in mental health first aid. The bill is a reaction, at least in part, to the shooting tragedy in Connecticut last month. A few months ago, a woman showed up at City Hall in Alexandria and raised alarm bells. The city officials contacted adult protective services, and Sue ...