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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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Walking up to the King Street Metro today, pedestrians face an obstacle course. First they have to dodge buses that are double parked outside the station. They also have to wind their way around cars hunting for a parking spot. City leaders in Alexandria now want to redesign the station with pedestrians. "So they are not streaming through parked cars, moving traffic and parked...
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Candidates for mayor in Alexandria are on opposite sides of a debate about eminent domain. For years, city leaders in Alexandria have been trying to get their hands on a parking lot at the foot of King Street owned by the Old Dominion Boat Club. One of the key recommendations of the waterfront plan adopted earlier this year is that the city should create a new public park wher...
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Class is in session at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Fairfax County, but the planetarium in the school's building is dark. Principal Terrence Yarborough says it's been mothballed indefinitely. "The planetarium of not part of the seventh or eight grade curriculum," he says. Through the door, up the stairs and down the hall, Yarborough heads toward what was a planetariu...
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Virginia is one of the battleground swing states in this year's Presidential election and voters and politicos in the commonwealth were paying close attention to last night's debate in Denver between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. With both parties fighting ...
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With five weeks to go before Election Day, Republicans and Democrats in Virginia are targeting a small number of jurisdictions as key battlegrounds, including Henrico County and Virginia Beach to the south, and Loudoun and Prince William counties in Northern Virginia.   Voters in Loudoun and Prince William have already proven their politics can change. They helped elect b...
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Elected leaders are celebrating the end of an era in Alexandria as a decades-old, coal-fired power plant in the city officially closes. With the infamous smokestacks rising in the distance, elected officials gathered Monday in a parking lot near the Potomac River Generating Station to declare victory. After more than a decade of effort, the coal-fired power plant officially s...
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One elementary school in Alexandria is appealing its denial of accreditation. Jefferson-Houston Elementary School in Alexandria is the only school in Northern Virginia appealing a denial of accreditation. School administrator Mark Eisenhour acknowledges that performance has been dismal, but adds that they're working on it. "We've replaced about 50 percent of the teache...
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Education officials say 93 percent of Virginia's public schools are fully accredited after meeting state benchmarks. Just under 130 of Virginia's 1,800 schools failed to meet objectives on the Standards of Learning tests and other assessments in English, math, science and history. That's 3 percent more schools failing to make the grade this year compared to last year. ...
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Candidates in the tight race for Virginia's vacant U.S. Senate seat are taking opposing views on what to do about the looming threat of $1 trillion in budget cuts known as "sequestration." The cuts go into effect in January if Congress fails to make a deal to make the cuts themselves. Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine are both trying to appeal to voters in Norther...
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In the campaign for City Council in Alexandria, Va., the Base Realignment and Closure Commission is taking a central role. The five members of the City Council who were serving in 2008 and are now seeking reelection are being questioned about their role in endorsing the Mark Center as a possible location of the Washington Headquarters Service, also known as Recommendation 133...
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Virginia public school students are scoring above the national average on the SAT college admissions test. Test results released today by the Virginia Department of Education show public school students in the class of 2012 scoring 17 points higher than the national average in reading, 11 points higher in writing and 5 points higher in math. The average math score of...
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Arlington County is already down one judge in its General District Court because members of the General Assembly decided not to fill the vacancy earlier this year, and will soon be down another as Judge Karen Heneber has announced her retirement. The judge that next steps into the role may find it radically changed from her predecessors. "What might happen is that whe...
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Virginia candidates for Senate George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D) butted heads Thursday in a debate at the Capitol One Bank headquarters in McLean, Va. The two clashed repeatedly over taxes, gay marriage and how the federal government should handle the sequestration. The debate, which was the first of three the candidates will participate in during the next six weeks, began wi...
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Politics is making for strange bedfellows in Fairfax County, where the local government is joining Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in suing the Environmental Protection Agency. At issue is the way the EPA measures pollution from storm runoff — which was the primary factor cited when the agency ...
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Fairfax County is abandoning a zoning rule limiting electronic signs to two messages a day. Nobody at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Vienna, Va., expected a county code compliance officer to send a letter complaining about the new $30,000 electronic sign. That's what happened in July, when the church was given a choice: limit the number of messages on the sign or unplug it...
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Students in Arlington are headed back to school and to the county school system's newly renovated planetarium.  Space: the final frontier. That's what was on the minds of the leaders of the Arlington County School system when it constructed a planetarium in 1970. Alice Monet was a student at Washington-Lee High School at the time.  "It was the space age. It w...
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Members of the Alexandria City Council are calling on Norfolk Southern to notify them of any problems at a hazardous waste facility on the city's West End. Norfolk Southern officials say they were just following protocol last week, when 150 gallons of liquid ethanol spilled as it was b...
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Members of the Alexandria City Council are about to get a new member, after former Councilman Rob Krupicka was elevated to the House of Delegates last week, taking the seat vacated by David Englin. Those interested in becoming a member of the Alexandria City Co...
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Poll after poll shows that the race to fill Virginia's open Senate seat is at a standstill, with former Republican senator and governor George Allen in a virtual tie with former Democratic governor and Democratic Party chairman Tim Kaine. The race is even tighter than the presidential contest in Virginia, which is seen as a key swing state this year. President Bar...
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Buchanan Gardens on Columbia Pike was built in the 1940s to house federal workers for the rapidly growing federal government. In more recent years, development pressure along Columbia Pike has changed the neighborhood, increasing rents and property values and potentially threatening the ability of many current residents to stay. It's a problem that Arlington County is hoping t...