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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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Johnny (not his real name) is a 13-year-old student at an Alexandria school. City mental health officials report he's been acting out lately, running away and confronting other children on the playground. One day he punches another student in the nose and the parents of that student press charges. After he's found guilty of assault, Johnny reportedly becomes depressed and starts talki...
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Virginia is closing four of its five homes for the developmentally and intellectually disabled and will instead provide services in local communities under a 10-year, $2 billion settlement. The deal follows a three-year investigation by the Department of Justice that found Virginia violated federal law by needlessly warehousing disabled individuals in institutions instead of p...
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Members of Virginia's General Assembly are considering legislation that would require school administrators to notify parents before questioning students for serious violations.Nick Stuban, a 15 year old sophomore and linebacker on the football team, was considered a model student at Woodson High School in Fairfax County. That is, until school administrators caught him&nbs...
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Members of the Alexandria City Council have approved a plan that will drastically reshape the city's waterfront by overturning a longstanding ban on hotels and increasing the amount of development allowed there despite fierce opposition.  It's be...
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  Members of the Alexandria City Council will vote Saturday on a waterfront plan that has divided the city for a year. At least four of the seven council members have indicated they are leaning toward adopting the proposal, which would ov...
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One member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is trying to persuade the Federal Bureau of Investigations to move its headquarters from the J. Edgar Hoover Building in downtown D.C. to Springfield, Virginia.Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay has a deal for the FBI: abandon that old, inefficient J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW and move to Virginia ...
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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is striking a bipartisan tone at the start of this year's legislative session, as evidenced in last night's State of the Commonwealth address.  "To the members in the majority I say: 'Don't be arrogant. Don't overreach,'" McDonnell said, addressing the gathered members of the General Assembly. "To the members in the minority: 'Don't be angr...
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Harry Covert, left, who is retiring from his rol...
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Some political activists in Virginia are calling on the General Assembly to close a loophole in election law they say uses ballot petitions to open the door to voter fraud. Last year, an independent candidate who was trying to get on the ballot for a State Senate race forged a number of signatures and submitted the fake petitions to the local registrar. In the process of certi...
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The Arlington County Board has new leadership for 2012. Mary Hynes is now the new chairman of the smallest self-governing county in the nation, and she pledges to increase civic participation in the coming year. Gathering for their traditional New Years organizational meeting Monday at the Arlington County Government Center, board members unanimously elected Hynes as the new c...
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In Virginia, members of the General Assembly will soon be considering a proposal that would increase transparency for tax credits. The measure would allow the public to see every individual or business that gets a tax credit of more than $1,000. Lawmakers in Richmond create plenty of tax credits every year, usually at the behest of a bevy of special interests that descend on t...
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In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell is announcing some measures to improve the traffic congestion at the Mark Center in Alexandria, where more than 6,000 new Department of Defense employees are still moving into a building known as the Washington Headquarters service. To keep traffic moving during the morning rush on northbound I-395, the Virginia Department of Transportation...
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Neighbors in the Alexandria community of Arlandria are divided over a proposal for a massive new development, and many low-income residents in the area are concerned about gentrification. As customers browse up and down Mount Vernon Avenue in the working-class neighborhood straddling Arlington and Alexandria, anxieties are building about a proposal to knock down a 1940's-era s...
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Members of the Virginia General Assembly are about to consider a proposal that would raise the tax on cigarettes. The new revenue would go toward reducing the car tax. Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) introduced similar legislation last year, although that effort tried to use the $500 million in new revenue toward Medicaid. Legislators in Richmond viewed the proposal as a tax...
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In Virginia, longtime Arlington commonwealth's attorney Richard Trodden is preparing to step down when his successor is sworn in next month. Since 1992, Richard Trodden has been prosecuting pickpockets, rapists and murderers, and has many stories to tell from his 20 years on the job. "Well the funny thing about being a trial lawyer is when you have a case, you live and breathe...
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Northern Virginia Democrats are preparing to fight a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would expand protections against eminent domain. But they have a difficult battle ahead. The amendment, which must pass the General Assembly twice, has already cleared the legislature once, last year, when it had large margins of victory in the House of Delegates and ...
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The leisurely August days that Virginia students enjoy before they head back to school after Labor Day may be numbered. School leaders in the state are preparing for a fight in the upcoming General Assembly session as one legislator is preparing a bill that would allow schools to open before Labor Day. Currently, school districts are prevented from opening in August due to a state pro...
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Opponents of the Alexandria City Council's waterfront redevelopment plan  are considering bringing a legal challenge if the council moves forward with the proposal.  Council members are expected to finally vote in January on a long-delayed p...
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One Virginia elementary school is now offering middle school classes, and it's a trend that administrators say eases overcrowding and creates a sense of community. Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria was originally built in 1970 as an elementary school of the future -- a giant pod without walls where teachers could collaborate with each other. These days, walls have been co...