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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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The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has begun its second week. Former Star Scientific CEO Johnnie Williams, the prosecution's star witness, is done with his testimony after nearly three full days on the stand. But did he deliver everything that government prosecutors hoped he would? When defense attorney Bill Burck told members of the jury ...
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In Virginia, a defense lawyer is attacking the credibility of the key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife. Defense attorney William Burck is zeroing in on inconsistencies in what Jonnie Williams told investigators in several interviews about his association with former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. He also questioned Wil...
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In Virginia, Congressman Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected. Cantor spokesman Doug Heye says the congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately. Hours after ...
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In the corruption trial of former governor Bob McDonell, a wealthy businessman who says his relationship with Virginia's former governor was all about business, sent text messages or called the governor's wife more than 1,200 times over the course of two years. A defense attorney in the corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, rais...
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In Virginia, businessman Jonnie Williams is expected back in court for a third day of testimony, capping off a dramatic first week in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell — a trial expected to carry on for another four weeks. Corruption, power, romance, and lies. Week one had it all, and more. Now jurors are headed to the federal courthouse in Ric...
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Jurors in the corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell handled an important piece of evidence today in Richmond, Virginia. The seconds swept by on the personally inscribed Rolex watch as members of the jury took turns holding it, examining it and then p...
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Members of the jury in the corruption case against former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell are hearing from Jonnie Williams, the businessman at the center of the scandal. Was Jonnie Williams a lecherous scoundrel, out to seduce the governor's wife and use the Governor's Mansion as a launching pad for his nutritional supplement made from tobacco? Or was he the central figure...
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In Virginia, the assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has testified about arranging trips for the former first family. Jerri Fulkerson told a jury Wednesday that some of the trips she arranged were a McDonnell family vacation at a lake house owned by her boss, Jonnie Williams. She also ta...
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Prosecutors and defense attorneys have presented their opening statements in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. The lawyer representing the governor described his client as the kind of guy who eats Virginia ham and drinks Virginia wine. If he smoked, the defense attorney said, he would even smoke Virginia cigarettes. Maureen McDonnell's lawyer said h...
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In Virginia, the corruption trail of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has turned into a soap opera. Gasps could be heard in the courtroom as the lawyer for Maureen McDonnell revealed the former First Lady had a crush on Jonnie Williams, the businessman at the center of the scandal. It was an early moment of high drama in a trial that promises many moments of intrigue...
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Members of the jury have been selected in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond. Opening statements are expected this morning in the trial, in which Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping prom...
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A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that the state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. Carol Schall says the reason she brought suit against the ban on same-sex marriage was so she and her wife, Mary Townley, won't have to explain that they are different — that they will be just like all t...
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The corruption trial for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell starts today in Richmond. The proceedings will be unprecedented. Did the governor and his wife accept luxury gifts and travel accommodations as part of corrupt bargain by a Virginia businessman to buy power and influence? Or was McDonnell an innocent man caught up in a corrupt political system? That's the question t...
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The Old Dominion Boat Club and the city of Alexandria have struck a deal that resolves a decades-long conflict. The feud between the Boat Club and the city dates back for decades, a conflict that involved the city threatening the use of eminent domain and the Boat Club winning a case against the city at the Virginia Supreme Court. Now the two have finally come to a resolutio...
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In Virginia, former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell is in the midst of what is likely to be has last campaign—this one in federal court. Financial disclosure forms show an organization called the Restoration Fund is raising money to support the legal defense for embattled former Governor Bob McDonnell. In the first quarter of the year, the fund took in about $150,000; in...
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Federal prosecutors are about to stage a public corruption case unlike any other. The case against former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell reads like a cross between Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and Law and Order, a story about a Boy Scout who becomes an elected official tangled up in a public corruption scandal revolving around a wealthy Virginia businessman seeking to bu...
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In Virginia, elected officials from Alexandria and Arlington will gather today for a groundbreaking ceremony for a new transitway that will eventually connect the Pentagon City Metro in Arlington to the Braddock Road Metro in Alexandria. But the neighboring jurisdictions are moving in different directions. Alexandria is set to open its portion of the transitway next month, a...
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City leaders in Alexandria are about to open the region's first traffic lanes dedicated to buses. When the sleek blue Metroway buses start rolling up and down Route 1 between Crystal City and Braddock Road next month, they won't have to share the lanes with cars. That's because they will have their own dedicated lanes, a first for the region. "Because it's in dedic...
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In Virginia, Republican congressional candidate Dave Brat's campaign says it raised $400,000 in the second quarter with the majority coming from small-dollar donors. The campaign announced its fundraising totals today, the deadline for filing reports with the Fede...
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Charles Severance, the man wanted for questioning in three slayings in Alexandria, has been indicted on an unrelated gun charge in Loudoun County. A grand jury in Loudoun County is indicting 53-year-old Severance on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. If conv...