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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 Alexandria Library is set to receive a significant gift of history today: a 1796 map and a ledger detailing early land ownership in the city.  Many people assume that Alexandria, Va., is named for Alexandria, Egypt — home of the ancient Alexandria library. But it's not. It's actually named for the Alexander family, who owned much of what's now the city of Alexandria...
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Arlington and Alexandria have struck a deal on the Crystal City Potomac Yard transit corridor. Since July 2011, the two neighboring jurisdictions have been working together to complete the environmental work necessary to document the impact of converting the Crystal City Potomac Yard bus transitway into a streetcar system. Last month, ...
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"Ok. (click) Alright. (click) Multiplier cell reference. (click) Then we need to auto-fill. Then we need to total." Gregory Miller is teaching a lesson on Excel spreadsheets at the Falls Church Drop-In Center. The Falls Church center is one of Fairfax County's four drop-in centers, where people with substance abuse problems, mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities ...
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Some incumbents and some former incumbents have won in the rare competitive Democratic primary for Alexandria City Council. The status quo won big time, as incumbents Del Pepper and Paul Smedberg and former incumbents Tim Lovain and Justin Wilson both received nods from voters. First-time candidates Allison Silberberg and John Chapman also won spots on the ticket.  ...
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  One of the hottest primary races on the Virginia ballot is in Alexandria, where 14 candidates are seeking six spots on the Democratic ticket for Alexandria City Council.  Many voters say they are trying to maximize their influence by engaging in a bullet vote -- also known as plunking. The idea is to vote for one or two candidates instead of all six. When t...
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It's primary day in Virginia, and the marquee race in today's primary features former Gov. George Allen (R) trying to fend off three challengers: Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson (R), Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke (R) and Prince William County Del. Bob Marshall (R). Also, in the 11th Congressional District, retired Army Col. Chris Perkins and traffic engineer Ken Vaughn are ...
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Fourteen candidates are seeking six slots in Alexandria's hotly contested Democratic primary for City Council. Alexandria Democratic Committee Chairman Dak Hardwick says it's the most competitive race in recent memory. "I'm seeing people that would have never participated in a local government election out knocking doors, out putting signs up, out talking to their neighbors," ...
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A new statewide poll shows that while Virginians are deeply divided on the issue of gay marriage, a majority say the issue won't affect how they vote in November's presidential election. A new Quinnipiac University poll of 1,300 registered Virginia voters shows 25 percent said same-sex marriage was extremely important or very important to them. When asked how President Barack ...
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Elected officials representing the Mount Vernon portion of Fairfax County have come out in favor of widening Route 1 where it is, rather than rerouting it to prevent encroaching on a historic property. Be careful what you ask for; you just might get it. That's the lesson in Fairfax County, where elected leaders pressed for money to widen Route 1 to deal with increased traffic ...
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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...