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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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In Richmond, Virginia, lawmakers assembled at the Capitol Friday to put the final touches on an ethics reform package crafted as the result of former Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction for corruption and conspiracy. The ethics reform package that emerged in the final hours of the General Assembly session back in February was a rushed job, written behind closed doors as the dead...
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In Richmond, Virginia, lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at cracking down on campus sexual assault — and now leaders in Fairfax County are also taking action. Despite the retraction of the Rolling Stone article about a University of Virginia fraternity, el...
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Virginia lawmakers have rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe's attempt to soften a bill that spells out how law enforcement agencies can use information from drones. The Democratic governor wants to ensure that law enforcement can get access to the information without a warrant, but on Wednesday both chambers of the General Assembly voted against his amendments. Republic...
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State lawmakers are assembling in Richmond Wednesday to consider a number of actions taken by the governor — everything from addressing campus sexual violence to ethics reform. Lawmakers will also consider requiring cops and prosecutors get a warrant before using a drone. Right now, law enforcement officials and regulatory agencies in Virginia are prohibited from using dro...
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CIT Trained Sheriffs Locality Total Number of DeputiesNumber of Deputies CIT TrainedPercent Trained Alexandria1697041.4% Arlington2174721.6% Prince William90...
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Members of the Virginia General Assembly will be gatherin...
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Thousands of people from across the globe are in Appomattox, Virginia this week to commemorate the Civil War. In some parts of the South, the Civil War is still called the "War of Northern Aggression" or the "Late Unpleasantness." Perhaps that's why it grabs the attention of people from across the globe. Joseph Sanderson, for one, who came from Guatemala for the events this...
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Updated 8:45 a.m., April 9 Something happened between 2012 and 2013 that caused heroin deaths across the country to spike nearly 40 percent in one year. During that same period in Virginia, the number of deaths spiked about 60 percent. Bill Hazel, the state's secretary of Health and Human Resources, says it's difficult to know why. "Joblessness, availability o...
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The pressures of trying to balance the books during a political season were obvious Tuesday night at the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. As soon as the microphones were turned on at the county's government center, sharp divisions emerged over taxes and spending....
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Local governments across Virginia are digging into their budgets, trying to determine how they are going to raise money and spend revenues. By contrast, one common theme this year in budget proposals now under consideration in Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria: none of them include a tax rate increase. "Well it tells me it's an election year," says Stephen Fuller at George M...
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In Fairfax County, Virginia, members of the Board of Supervisors will be hearing an earful from citizens soon about sound, and how much is too much. It's a story that starts about a decade ago, on a stretch of oceanfront along Atlantic Avenue in Virginia Beach. That's where a group of bars and restaurants got together and hired a lawyer to challenge the city's noise ordinanc...
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Standing at the top of a hill in a park at the dead end of Potomac Greens Drive in Alexandria, the sound of progress can be heard rolling by several times a day, freight cars and passenger trains and Metro lines whizzing by under the flight path of National Airport. "We're standing on a very small piece of property that looks like a park that was designated for a future Metr...
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The Virginia Department of Elections says the state should consider getting rid of its voting system. WinVote touchscreen machines were originally certified in 2003, and they're currently in use in 29 jurisdictions across the commonwealth. They are also a potential security risk, according to a new report from the Virginia Department of Elections. Leaders there a...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is siding with police and other law enforcement officials who say they should not have to get a warrant before using drone aircraft. But a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is pushing for more oversight. Right now, Virginia's skies are free from drones from police departments. A temporary moratorium is in place while state lawmakers and McAuliff...
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The legal cloud that has been looming over the controversial Old Town Alexandria waterfront plan is now lifting, thanks to a recent ruling of the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond. That means developers now have a green light to start demolishing a series of old abandoned warehouses and buil...
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How long can a police department keep information from a license plate snatched by a machine that can pick up hundreds of images a second? Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says 60 days, but the General Assembly wants to limit that to seven days. One of the jurisdictions that opposes the bill is Arlington, where the treasurer's office takes in revenue from delinquent taxpayers b...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is looking forward to an upcoming session of the General Assembly in April, a time when lawmakers will put their stamp of approval on a series of compromises the Democratic governor struck with the Republican majority. McAuliffe is also looking forward to another year as governor and hoping to make good on his central campaign promise. Expanding...
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The deadline for candidates to run in the Democratic primary for one Virginia House of Delegates has come and gone, and it saw a flurry of last-minute activity. The 45th District, which stretches from Crystal City through Old Town into Mount Vernon, has a storied history. It was represented for several years by a delegate who resigned in the wake of a sex scandal. ...
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Alba is an undocumented resident of Manassas, Virginia. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and started treatment. But she says she had to suddenly stop chemotherapy a few weeks ago because her insurer found out that she doesn't have a visa. "It's something that doesn't allow her to sleep," a translator says, speaking for Alba. "She's depressed. She gets head...
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The controversy swirling around Virginia's Alcohol Control Board is creating a new discussion about what kind of powers the agency has and whether lawmakers should change that. The latest debate comes after years of concern about the agency. Several years ago, the owner...