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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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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has offered a compromise, after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli raised concerns about a provision that would have levied higher taxes against specific areas of the Commonwealth, including Northern Virginia. The bill members of ...
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Do citizens of Alexandria have the right to file a protest petition challenging changes to the text of the city's zoning code? That's at the core of two legal challenges, one in the Alexandria Circuit Court and another in the Virginia Supreme Court. Now city council members have changed the city code to clear up any confusion — citizens do not have the ability to force a super major...
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The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office says a homeowner fired a warning shot before fatally shooting a 16-year-old neighbor who drunkenly entered the wrong home by mistake. Caleb Gordley of Sterling died from a gunshot to the back of his shoulder Sunday morning. His family says he snuck out of the house Saturday night and went drinking with friends. Walking home, he mistakenly...
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Tension may be growing between state Republican leaders in Virginia and the Republican National Committee. Recommendation Six of the document the national Republican Party calls the Growth and Opportunity Project discourages the use of conventions and caucuses to allocate delegates for the national convention....
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Commuters in southeast Fairfax County are hoping that the historic state transportation agreement might bring some much-needed funding their way. If Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell signs the package, and if the ...
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When the Alexandria City Council gaveled into session Saturday morning and approved the controversial zoning change that will almost triple the density at three waterfront sites, the fate of the plan was already sealed. After the election, when two Republican opponents...
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Alexandria city leaders are moving forward with a controversial proposal to increase density on the waterfront and allow hotels. After more than two years of heated discussion and debate, the Alexandria City Council has finally approved the plan, but only after hearing hours of testimony from neighbors in Old Town who say the plan allows too much density at three sites slat...
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On the Alexandria waterfront, old warehouses and chain-link fences stop pedestrians from walking along the Potomac River — a lingering concern for city leaders who have wanted to transform this space to a grand pedestrian walkway for generations. Now, some say that goal is finally coming into focus with a development plan that would almost triple density at three sites compared to w...
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Local governments in Virginia are getting ready to increase residential property tax bills, as the specter of sequestration casts doubt on the bottom line. "The last decade, I think they saw everything growing," says George Mason University professor Frank Shafroth. "Now I think they are with Rod Serling in the Twilight Zone."Sterling says 82 percent of funding pro...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced Tuesday in a statement that he will not be pursuing an independent campaign for governor, citing a number of factors influencing his decision. For months, Bolling has been publicly hinting about an independ...
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EnviroCab general manager Rick Vogel loves to show off the fleet's electric taxicab, which hooks into a power outlet behind the business' Columbia Pike headquarters in Arlington. It's not quite ready for the road yet, but he hopes it will be soon — the latest addition to the fleet of all hybrid taxicabs. "We're the only 100 percent hybrid cab company in the area, or for that...
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More than two dozen people testified at the latest in a series of public hearings on Thursday regarding Virginia's new abortion clinic regulations, reports the Associated Press. The State Board of Health held yesterday's hearing, and another is set for Tuesday in Alexandria. Former state Health Commissioner Karen Remley testified at the hearing. She resigned in O...
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Shop owners in Old Town, Alexandria saw anything but business-as-usual during the predicted snowstorm on Wednesday. Store owners say the weather that never was had a clear negative effect on business. The fierce winter weather predicted for yesterday turned out to be much ado about nothing for much of Northern Virginia, saving the truly impressive snow accumulation for the hig...
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City leaders in Alexandria are moving forward with a controversial zoning change that could have drastic consequences on the waterfront. In a late-night vote, the Alexandria Planning Commission unanimously approved a plan that would almost triple density at three sites on the waterfront slated for redevelopment, compared to what's there now. Currently, the sites have 300,000 ...
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City leaders in Alexandria are finally ready to move forward with a zoning change to the waterfront. The controversial plan is two years in the making. The Alexandria Planning Commission will vote on the waterfront plan tonight, which would almost triple density compared to what is there now. It's a change that has angered many residents in Old Town, but it's a long overdue st...
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The playground swings squeak in the distance at Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria, which has failed to meet performance standards 10 out of the last 11 years. Now state leaders are threatening a takeover because, they say it's a failing school. Israel Richardson attended the elementary school in the late 1990s. He says the record of failure at Jefferson-Houston is justifi...
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In a two-way race, a new Quinnipiac poll has Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli deadlocked at 38 percent. But if Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling enters the race as an independent, McAuliffe has a slight lead over Cuccinnelli. If Bolling enters the race, says George Mason University professor Toni-Michelle Travis, it could split the Republi...
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The Alexandria Police Department is declining to release the incident report from a fatal police-involved shooting. A press release from the police department says officers responded to a domestic call Monday and encountered a suspect with a weapon. But police in Alexandria, Va., are refusing to provide further details about the incident. "It doesn't matter what type ...
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A decade of turnaround attempts has failed at Jefferson-Houston School, the long-troubled former elementary school that now offers kindergarten through eighth grade. None of the reforms have worked, and now Alexandria School Board Chairwoman Karen Graf says she's worried about a state takeover. "I think this board is against the idea of having the state come down to the loca...
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Leaders in Alexandria are moving forward with a zoning change that could allow a new hotel on the waterfront. Even though the controversial waterfront plan is still tied up in the courts, City Council members are poised to pursue the change, which could reshape Old Town for decades to come. All of the legal challenges revolve around whether or not a supermajority was n...