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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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Voters in Alexandria will be given a choice next week, not just for whom they will vote, but on how they want to vote — with an electronic machine or with a paper ballot. Most other Northern Virginia jurisdictions have offered a choice to voters for several election cycles, but next week's election will be the maiden voyage of a new paper ballots in Alexandria. There, Democr...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is urging the Republican Party to stick with its plans to hold a statewide primary to select its nominee for the next gubernatorial election in 2013. Last year, Republican officials decided to hold a primary rather than a convention to select its nominees for governor. But now that the party's governing board has added several new members, some a...
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Everyone in the neighborhood near the Huntington Metro station has a story. Pregnant women rescued by firefighters in rafts. Waste-deep water. Mold. Mildew. "The water comes from both directions," says Ana Funes, describing what the floods are like. "It comes from the street, the sewers, and it comes from the back. So it's the worst watching it. You see the field get filled...
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Richmond-based SunTrust Mortgage has agreed to pay $21 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in its lending practices. The consent order was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Richmond. SunTrust Mortgage is a subsidiary of the nation's 11th largest commercial bank. According to the order, SunTrust Mortgage denies wrongdoing but agreed to the ...
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Local governments across Virginia are struggling to cope with a settlement agreement that will change how the state handles people with intellectual disabilities.  Ever since a federal judge issued a ruling earlier this year to close what Virginia calls "training ce...
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An investigation of the Fauquier County mid-air plane crash that killed two people Monday has been turned over to Canadian authorities after an initial report showed that the planes were associated with U.S. aviation regulator employees. The planes involved were a six-seat Beechcraft BE-35, which was registered to a National Transportation Safety Board employee, and a Piper PA...
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A case involving the use of an alley is headed from the Virginia Supreme Court back to the Alexandria Circuit Court. In a stinging dissent, Chief Justice Cynthia Kinser says remanding this case back to the Alexandria Circuit Court without deciding the key issue at stake is what she calls "a waste of judicial resources." At issue is Wales Alley in Old Town Alexandria, where ...
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The Old Dominion Boat Club has reached a settlement with the federal government after a legal dispute that dragged on for 40 years. In the early 1970s, the Nixon administration filed a series of lawsuits against property owners along the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria. The vast majority of those cases settled, opening up formerly industrial spaces for public use. One holdou...
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Members of the Alexandria Board of Zoning Appeals will not have legal representation in a case challenging their recent decision on the city's controversial waterfront plan. After receiving a request from members of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the city to hire a lawyer to represent them in Circuit Court, Council member Paul Smedberg proposed spending $5,000 for an attor...
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Virginia tourism officials are encouraging old-school road trips as part of a new travel campaign. The Virginia Tourism Corporation is launching it's "Go Old School" campaign, trumpeting what it calls "the small town pleasures and quirky roadside wonders of Virginia." The project, launched at Doumar's Barbecue and Cones in Norfolk, claims to have invented the ice c...
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As summer approaches, the Virginia Tourism Corporation has launched a campaign that highlights the state's "small town pleasures and quirky roadside wonders."  This project, dubbed "Go Old School,"  launched at Doumar's Barbeque and Cones in Norfolk, which claims to have invented the ice cr...
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The Federal Highway Administration is on the verge of making a difficult decision for Virginians about how and where to widen U.S. Route 1, also known as Richmond Highway, in Fairfax County.  Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) last year helped secure $180 million to widen the heavil...
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The stellar credit rating earned by the city of Alexandria, Va. may take a hit if the city takes on any more debt in the near future. Planned investments have virtually taken Alexandria to its limit and any additional borrowing in the short-term could compromise its credit, according to the city's budget advisory committee. From 2015 to 2020, Alexandria will exceed its own deb...
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Judges and prosecutors in Arlington and Alexandria are nervously awaiting the results of a study focusing on court caseloads throughout the commonwealth. At the center of the study, underway now, is the question as to whether judges in Arlington have the same caseload as judges in Fairfax County. Depending on the results, it could lead towards a move merging the Alexandria Cir...
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Residents in southeast Fairfax County are about to see some major changes to an area known as King's Crossing. At the Penn-Daw Shopping Plaza, opinions are divided about what the planned redevelopment should look like. Books-A-Million manager Jamillah Scott says custo...
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Two men associated with a Fairfax County gang that recruited and trafficked high school girls for prostitution pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday. Alexandria resident Donyel Dove, 27, also known as "Bleek," pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a juvenile. According to court records, Dove admitted to being an associate of the criminal street gang the Underground Gangster Cri...
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Police detectives in Fairfax County are investigating a homicide. The victim was found dead overnight near a vehicle after suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Neighbors at a sprawling Sequoyah apartment complex in Hybla Valley called the police last night to complain about noise from a revving engine. When officers arrived here at the edge of Mount Vernon Woods Park,...
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Fairfax County police are investigating the theft of a valuable antique coin and bank note collection. The Fairfax County Police Department is looking for a coin thief. The suspect took advantage of an elderly couple who returned home to Annandale Monday evening after attending a coin show in Charlottesville over the weekend.  After parking in their driveway, they...
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Mayoral candidates in Alexandria are squaring off about the environmental sustainability of the controversial waterfront plan. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille is one of the strongest supporters of a plan that would increase allowable density at three sites along the waterfront. He dismisses criticism ...
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A leading environmental group says growth and development in the region is causing some major problems for the Potomac River. In Alexandria, that report could have reverberations on the debate over the future of the waterfront. American Rivers is singling out the Potomac as the ...