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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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Virginia Republicans have been unsuccessful keeping a conservative candidate off the ballot in November. The state Board of Elections has rejected the Republican Party's bid to keep the name of Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode off the Virginia ballot. The board acted Tuesday after the GOP raised questions about some signatures Goode tendered to qualify f...
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Vaudeville is coming back to King Street in Alexandria, where the historic Old Town Theater is being renovated to restore it to its original 1914 appearance. The theater, which most recently served as a movie house mainly showing independent films, was slated to become a retail outlet earlier this year. But now it's getting a new lease on life, says new owner Rob Kauffman....
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The Republican nomination for president may have been secured by Mitt Romney this week, but the politics for the Republican nomination for governor in Virginia are still going strong. Now that Republican Party leaders in Virginia have given up on the idea of holding a statewide primary in favor of a convention to determine a candidate next year, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli...
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Former Alexandria Vice Mayor Andrew Macdonald says incumbent Mayor Bill Euille is avoiding a one-on-one debate in the campaign for mayor, which will be on the ballot in November for the first time in the city's long history this year. Euille disagrees, pointing to a Chamber of Commerce event that will feature both Euille and Macdonald in addition to all candidates for City ...
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Voters in Virginia have about six weeks left to update their registration if they have moved, because those who have moved and failed to update their registration risk being turned away from the polls. It happens after every federal election: thousands of voters are purged from the rolls because they are inactive voters. "We don't carry inactive voters indefinitely," s...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is in Tampa, Fla., and is scheduled to deliver a keynote address Tuesday night. McDonnell will speak for about eight minutes sometime between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., building on the night's theme: "We Built It." McDonnell addresses Virginia's importance ...
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At Alexandria's Fort Ward Park, visitors can learn about how Union soldiers were stationed there to defend the capital from Confederate attack. But they'll learn almost nothing about how the area became a freedman's village after the war, a neighborhood known as the Fort, where generations of African-Americans lived their lives — and were buried. Two years ago, the descen...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is set to deliver a keynote address Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention. McDonnell is seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, someone who was on the short-list for the vice presidential spot on Mitt Romney's ticket  and someone with a future of his own. There's quite a bit at stake for him in Tampa. "He has presented himself ...
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When voters head to the polls on Nov. 6, they will be facing new requirements for identifying themselves as legally registered voters. The "voter ID law" passed earlier this year. Start asking people exactly just what those requirements are, however, and you're likely to get a wide va...
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Alexandria's waterfront plan is back in court, but there's no resolution in sight. According to the scoreboard, supporters have won two legal victories: one several months ago involving adequate notice of a hearing, and the other last week, challenging the vote as arbitrary and capricious. Ultimately, however, the voters may have the final say in November. Last week, the Alexa...
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Everyone in the neighborhood along Cameron Run in Fairfax County has a story. Cars washed down the street as if they are toys. A pregnant woman rescued from the basement. Fish swimming along the sidewalk. Raw sewage. Mold. Mildew. Repair bills, and more repair bills. "This place was a mess, man," says resident Everald Harrison. "We lose everything." He says that many of his ne...
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The fiscal year that ended June 30 was the best on record for the Virginia Lottery, which launched in 1988. This year, the lottery earned a record $487 million profit. The previous record was $455 million, which was set in 2008. Lottery players collected $962 million in prizes this year, an $81 million increase over the previous year. But George Mason economics professor Bry...
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Voters in Arlington won't just be voting for president and Congress this November. In addition to a number of other local races on the ballot, they'll be confronted with four bond issues that run the gamut. Every two years, Arlington residents are asked to consider tens of millions of dollars worth of bond initiatives to help the local government build schools and roads. This ...
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Verizon is acknowledging widespread failures in its 911 systems in Northern Virginia during and after the "derecho" storm that struck the region in June, the Associated Press reports.  The company found large scale failures in its 911 emergency bac...
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Alexandria’s waterfront plan is back in court this week, and it's become the key point of distinction in the city's mayoral race. Opponents of the plan, which would allow more real estate development on several parcels along the Potomac River, have ...
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A few miles up the Potomac River from Mount Vernon, Collingwood was once the home of George Washington's personal secretary, Tobias Lear. These days, visitors can find something else. "We're here at Collingwood Library and Museum, located on the Potomac River on property that was once owned by George Washington," says Paul Frank, who launches into a tour of the collection....
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The Virginia Board of Elections has identified about 10,000 dead people on the state's list of registered voters, according to the Associated Press. The deceased voters were identified by comparing voter rolls with the Social Security Administration's master death file obtained from the National Technical Information Service, elections officials say. Names will be...
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School enrollment in Virginia is spiking, even as budgets are on hold or even in decline in many places. That could make for a difficult school year ahead. Concerned parents and school officials are nervously awaiting the first day of school this year, because enrollment projections are through the roof. In the last four years, some local elementary schools have seen a 200 per...
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A special election for Virginia's House of Delegates is pitting two very different candidates against each other. Voters will face a fairly straightforward choice on Sept. 5, when an election for the 45th District will determine who goes to Richmond next year. In one corner, there's Republican Tim McGhee, who says he supports the repeal of the one-per-month handgun restriction...
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One legislator from Arlington is seeking compensation for victims forced sterilization, the echoes of a part of a dark chapter in the history of Virginia. Nobody knows the exact number of people in Virginia forced to undergo sterilizations, although estimates range from 7,500 to 8,000. Democratic Del. Patrick Hope says thousands of those people may still be alive today, and he...