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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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Leaders in Northern Virginia are celebrating a new $25 million appropriation for restoring Dyke Marsh in Fairfax County. Just a few miles north of George Washington's estate at Mount Vernon, environmentalists fear an ecological disaster. A 2010 report from the U.S. Geological Survey concluded that the wetlands are eroding to the point where, within a generation, there will be ...
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In Virginia, candidates for governor squared off last night in the third and final debate last night in Roanoke. Harry Wilson of Roanoke College asked the question that's on the mind of Virginia voters: "At the conclusion of your term, what do you hope that journalists and pundits will identify as your major accomplishment, your signature issue? And please limit yourself to ...
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In Virginia, one law firm is at the center of a brewing storm over the Alexandria waterfront. When Alexandria residents brought a lawsuit against City Hall to challenge the controversial waterfront plan, city leaders hired McGuireWoods to represent them in court. That same law firm is now representing a number of developers who seek to benefit from the controversial zoning ...
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A new poll finds Democrat Terry McAuliffe holding a strong lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli. The poll from Quinnipiac University has McAuliffe at 46 percent and Cuccinelli at 39 percent. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis has 10 percent, and the poll shows he has more support among Republicans than Democrats. Quinnipiac's findings are based on live telepho...
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School leaders in Fairfax County are trying to figure out how to balance the books next year, but the choices are divisive. Should class sizes be cut? Should employees be laid off? These are some of the difficult decisions before members of the Fairfax County School Board, who are meeting today in Merrifield to review a list of menu items that could be on the chopping block. ...
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At the top floor of the Shenandoah Parking Deck, 12 hives are buzzing with activity. More than 800 students are working there with professor German Perilla. "There is a crisis," he says. "Scientists call it colony collapse disorder." The professor and his students are trying to figure out why the honeybees are disappearing, what it means and what they can do to cha...
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A federal judge is rejecting a request from Virginia Democrats who wanted the State Board of Elections to reinstate nearly 40,000 voters who were recently purged from the voter rolls. Judge Claude Hilton of Alexandria says he believes elections officials across the state conducted the purge uniformly, adding that anyone wrongly purged could cast a provisional ballot. ...
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In Virginia, the race for governor has become a confusing barrage of scandals. First there was Star Scientific, a scandal hitting Republican Ken Cuccinelli. Then there was GreenTech a scandal that raised questions about Democrat Terry McAulliffe. But that was just the beginning. The latest development has to do with McAulliffe failing to disclose an investment in the ventur...
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The race for Virginia governor has become hot and heavy in the final weeks with a new set of allegations and counter accusations. The music is creepy. The pictures are creepier. And the narrative of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinnelli's latest television ad are gripping. "Terry McAu...
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In Virginia, leaders in Alexandria are about to consider the first development under the controversial new waterfront plan. Washington-based Carr Hospitality may be the first developer to take advantage of the new zoning on the waterfront. In the coming weeks, city leaders will be considering a plan to demolish a 1950s-era warehouse at the northeast corner of Duke Street an...
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An Arlington judge is allowing a lawsuit filed by a Falls Church abortion clinic over strict new regulations to go forward. The Virginia Board of Health, supported by Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli, asked the judge to toss out the lawsuit filed earlier this year by the Falls Church Healthcare Center. But the judge said he wants the lawsu...
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Alexandria city leaders are threatening to use eminent domain against the Old Dominion Boat Club. For years, city leaders have tried to acquire a waterfront parking lot owned by the Old Dominion Boat Club to build a park. Now City Manager Rashad Young has scheduled a public hearing to formally consider the use of eminent domain. "In our view, the goalpost has moved and...
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Should Arlington have the kind of housing authority that already exists in Alexandria and Fairfax County? John Reeder of the Arlington Committee to Save Affordable Housing says yes. "A majority of people who live in Arlington are renters," says Reeder. "We need to have a better housing assistance program in Arlington, and what we've done is an abject failure even though we a...
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The campaign season is in full swing in Virginia, as candidates enter the final push toward Election Day. Several statewide candidates made some familiar refrains at a Fairfax County forum Sunday night. The forum was hosted by a coalition of minority business groups — an unprecedented cooperation between blacks, Asians and Hispanics. But when the candidates arrived, voters h...
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Virginia state Democratic leaders are moving forward with a federal lawsuit they hope will prevent tens of thousands of voters from being purged from the rolls. The suit was filed in Alexandria federal court against Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and the State Board of Elections. Democrats are seeking to stop a purge of 57,000 voters because an ...
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In Virginia, government workers who have free time are hitting the Mount Vernon Trail. There's only one problem—it's closed because of the federal government shutdown. Yesterday National Park Service officials started to shuttering federal facilities across the country, including many local parks, memorials and monuments—none of which are in short supply in and around th...
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In Virginia, new standardized test scores show that students who live along the Route 1 corridor in Fairfax County are struggling to meet minimum standards. It's after 8 o'clock on a school night at Mount Vernon High School. Most of the students and teachers have left the building. But Parent-Teacher Association President Jeanette Kraynak is here. "We're holding pa...
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The political action committee of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce is endorsing Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor. It's the first time in more than a decade that NOVABizPAC has supported a Democrat for the state's highest office. The endorsement follows extensive interviews with both candidates as well as ...
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In Virginia, candidates for governor met for the second big showdown last night to duke it out—and it wasn't pretty. It was attack and counter-attack at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce debate in McLean last night, as Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli traded zingers and accusations. (See a full transcript ...
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In Virginia, candidates for lieutenant governor squared off in Arlington last night. Republican E.W. Jackson and Democrat Ralph Northam disputed each other a number of times throughout the debate, most notably when it came to social issues — God, guns and gays. But when mental health came up, the debate became personal for Jackson. "Look, I don't want to scare yo...