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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.


Articles Written by Michael Pope

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Everyone in the neighborhood along Cameron Run in Fairfax County has a story. Cars washed down the street as if they are toys. A pregnant woman rescued from the basement. Fish swimming along the sidewalk. Raw sewage. Mold. Mildew. Repair bills, and more repair bills. "This place was a mess, man," says resident Everald Harrison. "We lose everything." He says that many of his ne...
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The fiscal year that ended June 30 was the best on record for the Virginia Lottery, which launched in 1988. This year, the lottery earned a record $487 million profit. The previous record was $455 million, which was set in 2008. Lottery players collected $962 million in prizes this year, an $81 million increase over the previous year. But George Mason economics professor Bry...
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Voters in Arlington won't just be voting for president and Congress this November. In addition to a number of other local races on the ballot, they'll be confronted with four bond issues that run the gamut. Every two years, Arlington residents are asked to consider tens of millions of dollars worth of bond initiatives to help the local government build schools and roads. This ...
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Verizon is acknowledging widespread failures in its 911 systems in Northern Virginia during and after the "derecho" storm that struck the region in June, the Associated Press reports.  The company found large scale failures in its 911 emergency bac...
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Alexandria’s waterfront plan is back in court this week, and it's become the key point of distinction in the city's mayoral race. Opponents of the plan, which would allow more real estate development on several parcels along the Potomac River, have ...
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A few miles up the Potomac River from Mount Vernon, Collingwood was once the home of George Washington's personal secretary, Tobias Lear. These days, visitors can find something else. "We're here at Collingwood Library and Museum, located on the Potomac River on property that was once owned by George Washington," says Paul Frank, who launches into a tour of the collection....
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The Virginia Board of Elections has identified about 10,000 dead people on the state's list of registered voters, according to the Associated Press. The deceased voters were identified by comparing voter rolls with the Social Security Administration's master death file obtained from the National Technical Information Service, elections officials say. Names will be...
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School enrollment in Virginia is spiking, even as budgets are on hold or even in decline in many places. That could make for a difficult school year ahead. Concerned parents and school officials are nervously awaiting the first day of school this year, because enrollment projections are through the roof. In the last four years, some local elementary schools have seen a 200 per...
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A special election for Virginia's House of Delegates is pitting two very different candidates against each other. Voters will face a fairly straightforward choice on Sept. 5, when an election for the 45th District will determine who goes to Richmond next year. In one corner, there's Republican Tim McGhee, who says he supports the repeal of the one-per-month handgun restriction...
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One legislator from Arlington is seeking compensation for victims forced sterilization, the echoes of a part of a dark chapter in the history of Virginia. Nobody knows the exact number of people in Virginia forced to undergo sterilizations, although estimates range from 7,500 to 8,000. Democratic Del. Patrick Hope says thousands of those people may still be alive today, and he...
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Three more debates have been scheduled in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Virginia between former governors George Allen (R) and Tim Kaine (D), according to the Associated Press. Allen's campaign has agreed to a September 20 debate in McLean hosted by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. That's been a staple of every modern statewide candidate for years and often generates...
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Arlington and Fairfax counties have made it official; they're going to build a streetcar line along Columbia Pike connecting Bailey's Crossroads to Pentagon City. But along that corridor, opinions are mixed about how useful the new streetcar system w...
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Democrats in Virginia are scrambling to come up with a nominee for a lightning-fast caucus this weekend. The winner will face Republican opposition in September in a special election to fill the seat of former Del. David Englin (D). The Democratic ...
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Virginia Democrats are criticizing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's decision to hold a special election for the House of Delegates in September rather than November. For more than three weeks, Democrats and Republicans in Northern Virginia had been waiting for McDonnell to determine when to hold a special election to fill the seat vacated by Del. David Englin. He resigned in J...
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Construction vehicles trundle through the dirt along Beacon Hill, the highest point of Fairfax County. For many years, this hill was home to an aircraft beacon that helped pilots navigate up and down the East Coast. But next month, this area will look very different. "It's a beacon of development," says David Ben, a spokesman for the Southeast Fairfax County Development Corpor...
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A Pentagon official says civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive notices of potential layoffs four days before the election if automatic military cuts aren't averted. Frederick Vollrath says the potential across-the-board cuts would kick in January 2. He says Congress would be notified in mid-September and employees told of the possibility of job losses 60 d...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is calling for a special election as soon as possible for a House of Delegates seat that represents residents from southeast Fairfax County, Alexandria and Arlington. But the date of the special election comes as a surprise to many. McDonnell has called for a special election Sept. 4 to replace Del. David Englin (D), ...
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NASA scientists and engineers are hoping this week's rocket launch from Wallops Island in Virginia may be a sign of the commonwealth's increasing role in the space industry. The launch of a rocket Monday carrying an inflatable heat shield was a succ...
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In a graveyard atop the hill at Woodlawn Baptist Church, the sound of rushing traffic is an ever-present feature. "We're obviously right on top on the road, I mean, people driving by can see these beautiful monuments, very historic looking," says Pastor Travis Hilton. "They don't make tombstones like this anymore." More than 100 of these graves could be exhumed if the...
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New fundraising numbers in Virginia's highly competitive Republican primary for governor reveal a lopsided race. As it happens, the money in this race might not be as important as it often is. According to recent campaign finance disclosures, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has raised twice as much money against his rival for the Republican nomination for governor next year, At...