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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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If you hear what sounds like chickens clucking in Arlington, someone is breaking the law. But some Arlington residents are willing to take that risk, including the owners of Henny Penny, Florence and Margaret, three hens kept kept behind a 1920s bungalow on a quiet suburban street in North Arlington. The hens are there in violation of current county regulations, which call f...
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A federal appeals court in Virginia has ruled that the commonweatlth's law prohibiting out-of-state residents from circulating petitions for third-party presidential candidates is unconstitutional. Wednesday's unanimous opinion by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a previous ruling that the residency requirement is an impermissible restrain...
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In Virginia, Democrats—and some Republicans—are calling attention to comments about abortion made by Republicans on the ballot this November. Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wants to focus his gubernatorial campaign on jobs and the economy. But Democrats are eager to talk about social issues like abortion—and now they're partnering with some Republican women...
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Republican leaders in Virginia are moving forward with a plan that could increase the number of felons who have their voting rights restored. When Republican Governor Bob McDonnell gave his State of the Commonwealth Address earlier this year, many were surprised to hear him pressing for restoration of voting rights for felons, not an issue that's traditionally associated wit...
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Opinions are divided as to whether Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli should step down as Virginia's top attorney during his run for governor. Current Gov. Bob McDonnell stepped down from his position as attorney general when he ran for governor in 2009, as did Jerry Kilgore in 2005; Mark Earley in 2001; Jim Gilmore in 1997; Mary Sue Terry in 1993: and Jerry Baliles in 1985. But...
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In Virginia, Republicans and Democrats are debating the debates in the race for governor. Back in 2009, candidates for governor participated in four debates. This time around, former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe called for five debates.  But Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli disagrees. Instead, he's calling for 15 debates, a tactic his s...
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In Virginia, voters are starting to learn more about the controversial Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. A native of Pennsylvania, Earl Walker Jackson Senior is a Harvard Law School graduate who has been making a name for himself in conservative circles for years. Back in 2010, he gained nation media attention for accusing the New Black Panther Party of voter intim...
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Now that Virginia Republicans have selected a slate of candidates, some are criticizing the ticket as too extreme.  It didn't take long for Democrats to start castigating the Republican ticket selected over the weekend in Richmond as too extreme for Virginia. That was expected. But what's surprising is that some Republicans have joined the chorus. Vince Callahan is a Repu...
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Republicans gathered in Richmond over the weekend to select a slate of candidates for state office. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is at the top of the ticket, after ...
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Firebrand conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is at the top of the ticket for the November election, but that was already established before 10,000 Republican delegates arrived in Richmond for a convention to determine the slate of candidates. The most ...
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Virginia's attorney general Ken Cuccinelli has won the Republican Party's gubernatorial nomination for governor. At the GOP's statewide convention, thousands of conservatives and tea party followers gave their support to Cuccinelli, who was unopposed for the...
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Republicans are gathering in Richmond for a convention to select candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.  More than 13,000 delegates are registered for the convention here in Richmond, a record number. At the convention, the delegates will formalize Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's run for the commonwealth's top seat, and select between seven c...
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Jefferson-Houston School is the lowest performing school in northern Virginia. It's a school where test scores are so low the state is about to take over operations. Meanwhile, Alexandria School Board members are getting ready to put on hardhats and grab the shovels for a ceremony next week -- the first step in demolishing the school and constructing a brand new $45 million...
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is recusing his office from representing Gov. Bob McDonnell in matters related to theft charges against the Executive Mansion's former chef. Attorneys from the Richmond firm of Eckert Seamans headed by Democratic former Attor...
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Leaders in Alexandria are taking steps to oppose the expansion of a hazardous materials facility near the city's border with Fairfax County.  Every day on the West End of Alexandria, Norfolk Southern Railroad has the authority to transfer 14 railcars of liquid ethanol onto tanker trucks. Now the railroad wants to more than double that amount.  "It's near rail...
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A Richmond judge is setting a new hearing in a politically-charged case that is overshadowing the race for governor. Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer is setting trial dates as well as modifying a gag order in the embezzlement case against a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef. The judge set a July 8 hearing date for motions, including one by Todd Schneider's lawyer to...
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Officials in Alexandria are taking a stand against expansion of a hazardous materials facility on the city's border with Fairfax County. Alexandria has already spent more than half a million dollars in an unsuccessful legal challenge against Norfolk Southern. The conflict centers around a translating facility that moves liquid ethanol —a class 3 hazardous material —from r...
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Norfolk Southern Railroad currently has the ability to offload 14 railcars of liquid ethanol from railcars to tanker trucks. Now the railroad wants to more than double that number, submitting an application to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to allow 30 cars a day. But neighbors in nearby Cameron Station say they are uncomfortable with a class 3 hazardous s...
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Every day, right around noon, the streets surrounding the Rosslyn Metro station are packed with food trucks. This is where the lunchtime crowd can find everything from burgers to baba ghanoush. County leaders are looking at ways to allow vendors to stay longer than two hours and later than 8 p.m. "We need more places to go," says Chong Lee, who sells kimchi tacos...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says 11 projects throughout Virginia are sharing nearly $250,000 in funds aimed at strengthening the state's agriculture and forestry industries. The grants are part of the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund to help improve local economic development efforts relating to agribusiness. Secretary of Agricultur...