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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's Republican governor and attorney general are denouncing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli panned the decision, saying: "This is a dark day for the American people, the Constitution, and t...
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The practice of exorcism has a long history in many religions — expelling demons from people believed to be possessed. One woman in Arlington says she was possessed by something much more secular. She's suing the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, claiming that a priest molested her during a two-year exorcism. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Arlington County Circuit Co...
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A fifth member of the Underground Gangster Crips is pleading guilty to strong-arming and pimping underage girls as part of an illegal sex trade business. Prosecutors at the federal courthouse in Alexandria describe 26-year-old Justin Strom as the ringleader of the gang-led prostitution ring, a cunning criminal known on the street as Jae or J-Dirt. He is the fifth ...
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Civil rights groups in Virginia say they are deeply disappointed with part of the Supreme Court's ruling on immigration Monday. Opponents of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigration hailed most of the decision, but several civil rights groups in Virginia say they are concerned the Ar...
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In December of 2008, the Fairfax Police Department chased 19-year-old Hailu Brook across the county line into Arlington and shot him dead. A press release from the Arlington County Police Department said he was holding a handgun, a fact that later turned out to be untrue. "It was a weapon that appeared to be a handgun," says Arlington County Police Chief Douglas Scott. ...
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A four-term Northern Virginia legislator is resigning his seat from the House of Delegates after acknowledging he was unfaithful to his wife. Back in April, four-term Delegate David Englin appeared before the Alexandria Democratic Committee and made an unexpected announcement: "Political life has affected me in ways that I never expected. In my public role I've worked hard to ...
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A court ruling that gives members of the public access to Virginia's voter registration applications could have national implications, according to the advocacy group that filed the lawsuit. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week unanimously upheld a lower court's ruling that a federal law mandating openness of voter records trumps a Virginia la...
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Members of Virginia's Commonwealth Transportation Board are set to consider a proposal today that would change how state transportation funding is distributed. For almost 40 years, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation has allocated money to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, which has distributed the funds to local governments. Today, the Com...
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One of the nation's most politically-active labor unions is targeting voters in Virginia. The Service Employees International Union will focus its resources on turning out voters in Virginia, one of eight battleground states it has identified as crucial in its effort to reelect President Barack Obama. In 2008, the union targeted twice as many states. The 2.1 mill...
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The Alexandria Library is set to receive a significant gift of history today: a 1796 map and a ledger detailing early land ownership in the city.  Many people assume that Alexandria, Va., is named for Alexandria, Egypt — home of the ancient Alexandria library. But it's not. It's actually named for the Alexander family, who owned much of what's now the city of Alexandria...
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Arlington and Alexandria have struck a deal on the Crystal City Potomac Yard transit corridor. Since July 2011, the two neighboring jurisdictions have been working together to complete the environmental work necessary to document the impact of converting the Crystal City Potomac Yard bus transitway into a streetcar system. Last month, ...
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"Ok. (click) Alright. (click) Multiplier cell reference. (click) Then we need to auto-fill. Then we need to total." Gregory Miller is teaching a lesson on Excel spreadsheets at the Falls Church Drop-In Center. The Falls Church center is one of Fairfax County's four drop-in centers, where people with substance abuse problems, mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities ...
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Some incumbents and some former incumbents have won in the rare competitive Democratic primary for Alexandria City Council. The status quo won big time, as incumbents Del Pepper and Paul Smedberg and former incumbents Tim Lovain and Justin Wilson both received nods from voters. First-time candidates Allison Silberberg and John Chapman also won spots on the ticket.  ...
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  One of the hottest primary races on the Virginia ballot is in Alexandria, where 14 candidates are seeking six spots on the Democratic ticket for Alexandria City Council.  Many voters say they are trying to maximize their influence by engaging in a bullet vote -- also known as plunking. The idea is to vote for one or two candidates instead of all six. When t...
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It's primary day in Virginia, and the marquee race in today's primary features former Gov. George Allen (R) trying to fend off three challengers: Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson (R), Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke (R) and Prince William County Del. Bob Marshall (R). Also, in the 11th Congressional District, retired Army Col. Chris Perkins and traffic engineer Ken Vaughn are ...
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Fourteen candidates are seeking six slots in Alexandria's hotly contested Democratic primary for City Council. Alexandria Democratic Committee Chairman Dak Hardwick says it's the most competitive race in recent memory. "I'm seeing people that would have never participated in a local government election out knocking doors, out putting signs up, out talking to their neighbors," ...
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A new statewide poll shows that while Virginians are deeply divided on the issue of gay marriage, a majority say the issue won't affect how they vote in November's presidential election. A new Quinnipiac University poll of 1,300 registered Virginia voters shows 25 percent said same-sex marriage was extremely important or very important to them. When asked how President Barack ...
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Elected officials representing the Mount Vernon portion of Fairfax County have come out in favor of widening Route 1 where it is, rather than rerouting it to prevent encroaching on a historic property. Be careful what you ask for; you just might get it. That's the lesson in Fairfax County, where elected leaders pressed for money to widen Route 1 to deal with increased traffic ...
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Voters in Alexandria will be given a choice next week, not just for whom they will vote, but on how they want to vote — with an electronic machine or with a paper ballot. Most other Northern Virginia jurisdictions have offered a choice to voters for several election cycles, but next week's election will be the maiden voyage of a new paper ballots in Alexandria. There, Democr...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is urging the Republican Party to stick with its plans to hold a statewide primary to select its nominee for the next gubernatorial election in 2013. Last year, Republican officials decided to hold a primary rather than a convention to select its nominees for governor. But now that the party's governing board has added several new members, some a...