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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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Democrats are engaged in a fierce primary campaign for the Alexandria City Council, and laborers and civil rights advocates are speaking out about the upcoming election. Hector Pineda is one of hundreds of hard-working Alexandria residents who are fearing for their future. City officials are working with a developer to demolish the apartment complex he lives in, and he says th...
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Across the United States and around the globe, protesters are taking to the streets for May Day, a renewal of the protests against economic inequality sparked by Occupy Wall Street last year. While activists clashed with police in Seattle and Oakland, gatherings in the D.C. area have been relatively...
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Black Virginians continue to lag far behind their white counterparts, according to a new study out of the University of Virginia. The report, released today by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA, concludes that the disparity between black and white has long roots...
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The leader of a Fairfax County gang accused of running a prostitution ring has been indicted by a grand jury. A federal grand jury has indicted 26-year-old Justin Strom of Lorton, also known as "J-Dirt", who is accused of running a sex trafficking operation. ...
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Leaders in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria are moving in different directions along a high-capacity transit corridor on U.S. Route 1, and it's causing some tension among lawmakers in Alexandria.  Two years ago, Arlington asked Alexandria to join an environmental analysis for the Crystal City-Potomac Yard transit corridor. Together, the neighboring jurisdiction...
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A national memorial to slain law enforcement officers in the District is adding the name of a Virginia Tech officer who was shot to death last year. Officer Deriek Crouse was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Blacksburg last year. Now, he and two other officers ...
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Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are declaring today "Tony Griffin Day" to honor their outgoing county executive. It's "goodbye, but not so long" for outgoing county executive Tony Griffin, who has served as chief executive of the sprawling county for the last 12 years. Griffin is taking a position teaching public administration at George Mason University, an...
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Civil rights advocates are calling on Republican Governor Bob McDonnell to veto a pair of bills that would require voters to bring identification to the polls in Virginia. A spokesman for the governor says McDonnell has not yet decided what he will do with two bills. The new...
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Buildings in Arlington are about to become green with envy. A new county program is now installing energy performance labels in the lobby of government buildings, and Arlington officials say they want to expand the program to private buildings on a voluntary basis. "We're trying to help people connect with the costs associated, as well as changing behavior, but really help ...
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One member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is calling on the school system to increase budget transparency. Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay says the budget for Fairfax County Public Schools needs work. He says the document doesn't always explain what happens to year-end balances, and it's not always clear how the money is being used. That's why he's calling on co...
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The Virginia General Assembly has accepted Gov. Bob McDonnell's (R) amendments to bills making sweeping changes to the public employee pension system, according to the Associated Press. The State Senate and the House of Delegates yesterday approved the governor's proposal to allow cities, counties and towns five years to phase in 5 percent pay raises for teachers and local employ...
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The city of Alexandria and the Old Dominion Boat Club are engaged in a fierce legal battle for control of an alley leading to the waterfront — one that's gone all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court. Inside the marble-walled chamber of the Virginia Supreme Court, justices are now considering the case. At issue is the use of Wales Alley, a public street named for Andrew Wal...
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As county leaders press forward with an urban agriculture initiative that would, among other things, allow backyard hens in Arlington, many residents say they are concerned about germs and disease. Specifically, residents wonder about what happens to all that chicken waste if fowl are allowed back into residential neighborhoods. Rules against keeping livestock in Arlington da...
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Most people don't think of the Virginia Department of Transportation as a landlord, but the state agency has owned Hunting Towers in Alexandria, two mid-rise apartment buildings, for several years -- part of a strategy to help facilitate construction of the Wilson Bridge. Now VDOT is ready to put the buildings on the market, a development that has many residents worried that their ren...
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Members of the Alexandria City Council have scheduled an emergency closed-door meeting on Saturday to chart a new course for the Alexandria waterfront, after a ruling from the Board of Zoning Appeals that could overturn the controversial waterfront plan. In a...
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Members of the Alexandria City Council are considering a proposal to expand trolley service into the Del Ray neighborhood. Unlike Arlington County, where planning for streetcars is well underway, Alexandria is setting a course for trolleys -- rubber-tire buses that resemble rail cars but can navigate traffic with the ease of a city bus. Now that more than 7 million people h...
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Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors have a new chief executive. After a six-month search, members of the County Board of Supervisors chose a familiar face -- Ed Long, a longtime county official who retired last year as deputy executive. Beginning April 25, he will replace outgoing County Executive Tony Griffin, who has served in that position for 12 years. Chai...
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As government leaders across Northern Virginia prepare their budgets for fiscal year 2013, many are considering another round of cuts to libraries. One jurisdiction, at least, has chosen to buck the trend. Arlington County is considering a plan that would add $605,000 and eight employees to the library system at a time when other jurisdictions are considering cutbacks. County ...
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Robert E. Lee High School sits in a bucolic spot in Springfield, Va., a quiet suburb where neighbors know each other by name and children walk to school. But court documents paint a different picture of this neighborhood, where three suspects involved in a gang-led prostitution ring attended high school. Unloading his equipment in the parking lot of the high school, Fairfax...
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Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are poised to hire a new chief executive during their meeting Tuesday, to replace outgoing county executive Tony Griffin, who is retiring after serving as chief executive of the sprawling county for the last 12 years. Griffin worked in Falls Church and Arlington County before taking the top job in Fairfax. The appointment fol...