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Michael Pope

Reporter

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.


Articles Written by Michael Pope

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Members of Virginia's General Assembly are debating the merits of a controversial therapy that aims to turn gay people straight. It's called conversion therapy, and Arlington Del. Patrick Hope wants to make it illegal for minors. A panel is set to cast a vote on his bill, which would threaten the professional standing of therapists who engage in conversion therapy with mino...
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Reaction is split along party lines for Attorney General Mark Herring's decision to not defend the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. When he was running for attorney general, state Senator Mark Herring repeatedly declined to say how he would re...
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Virginia Democrats have won two special elections for seats in the Virginia state senate, which is now evenly split between 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans. But even now that Democrats have a tie-breaking vote with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, they still have some obstacles to overcome. When Republicans took control of the state Senate in 2012, they created a rule that allows them ...
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Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, along with his wife Maureen, has been charged in federal court for accepting gifts from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. The 14-count indictment against McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, includes one count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud; three counts of honest-services wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to o...
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In Virginia, workers from the Department of Transportation are out in force working to pre-treat roads in advance of the coming snow. Transportation officials say more than 4,000 pieces of equipment are plowing and treating roads in Northern Virginia this morning. Plows loaded with salt and sand are be staged to handle all problem areas, but they're paying extra ...
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UPDATE, Jan. 21: Loudoun County officials say that voting will occur regardless of the weather, and encourage residents to cast ballots early. Election officials in Loudoun County are preparing to conduct a high-profile special election in the midst of a snowstorm. The temperatures may be...
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In Virginia, new money collected regionally as part of last year's landmark transportation agreement is starting to flow to local governments. Locally, the first big project might be a new Metro station in Alexandria. The Potomac Yard Metro station could cost anywhere from $200 million to $460 million, depending on where it's located and what design is selected. City leaders i...
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Newly inaugurated Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is preparing for an epic political battle — trying to expand Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians. McAuliffe campaigned on a platform of expanding health insurance for the poor and disabled, a key part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. But now that he's taken office, he has to move from campaign rhetoric...
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The outcome of two special elections may determine the fate of the Virginia state Senate. One of the special elections is headed to a recount, although the Democrat has been certified as the winner of the Norfolk seat. That means control of the state Senate may rest on the special election in Loudoun County next week to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Mark Herring ...
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Virginia House Republicans say reducing the number of state Standards of Learning exams given to students from 34 to 26 is a key part of their education agenda this legislative session. Del. Tag Greason (R-Loudoun) says students are tested too often and too much time is spent teaching test-taking skills rather than critical thinking. Efforts to reduce the number of sta...
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Advocates for open government are celebrating a victory in Virginia, as the state Supreme Court has announced they will start releasing audio recordings of oral arguments. The new policy is an about-face change from last summer, when WAMU first reported that the court ...
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In Virginia, leaders in Arlington are trying to figure out how to move forward with a planned aquatics center that's costing more than expected. Long Bridge Park is a former industrial wasteland at the northern end of Crystal City, a spot that Arlington County leaders want to transform into a park and aquatics center. But how much will it cost to build and operate? Those nu...
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In Virginia, outgoing Governor Bob McDonnell delivered his final state of the commonwealth address last night to a packed House chamber in Richmond. Surprising many, McDonnell delivered an apology for the scandal that has engulfed his administration in its final year. Many people were expecting the governor to avoid the subject altogether, focusing on the traditional list of...
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The Virginia General Assembly is returning to Richmond for a 60-day session to deal with the state budget and a long list of other issues. Outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell will be delivering his last state of the commonwealth tonight. As he heads out the door, McDonnell is leaving lawmakers and Democratic Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe a proposed $96 billion budget. That will be o...
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In Virginia, members of the Alexandria Planning Commission are giving a green light to a controversial waterfront hotel — the first development in the city's new waterfront plan. Not one speaker supported a proposal from Carr City Centers to build a five-story, 120-room hotel on the Alexandria waterfront, a building that would be more than twice as large as the 1960s-era war...
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Members of the Alexandria Planning Commission are about to take up a controversial proposal to demolish a 1960s-era warehouse and build a waterfront hotel. This is the first hotel to be considered under the newly-adopted waterfront plan, which overturns a longstanding ban on waterfront hotels and more than doubles density at three sites compared to what's there now. ...
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County leaders in Arlington are going back to the drawing board for a new aquatics center at Long Bridge Park, as construction bids came in higher than expected. The Long Bridge aquatics center was expected to be an $80 million project. Operating it was expected to cost taxpayers about $2 million. But then county officials started crunching the numbers on the cost of staffing...
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Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe is naming former Virginia First Lady Anne Holton as his secretary of education. Holton is the daughter of former Republican Governor Linwood Holton and the wife of former Democratic Governor Tim Kaine, who is now a member of the U.S. Senate. She is a longtime child advocate and former Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge...
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Should Arlington put a streetcar line on Columbia Pike? Members of the Arlington County Board are about to start debating the bottom line of streetcars. ...
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Virginia governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has chosen Maurice Jones, a former newspaper publisher and government official, as his secretary of commerce and trade. Jones was publisher of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk for four years before becoming deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2012. At HUD, he was responsible for the day-to-d...