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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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Kiss and Ride, but don't park. That's the idea behind Alexandria's new $7 million plan to redesign the King Street Metro station. Under the plans, riders will say 'goodbye' to the 30 parking spaces and 'hello' to new landscaping, bicycle parking, larger bus waiting and layover areas. City officials say having a suburban parking lot is out of place in a metropolitan area, and ...
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Voters in Arlington have made their selection for a new member of the Arlington County Board in a special election. Longtime School Board member Libby Garvey won with 49 percent of the vote, or about 7,000 votes, to fill the vacancy created by Barbara Favola, who was elected to the Virginia state Senate in November. Although Republican Mark Kelly was able to take 18 precincts ...
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When it rains, it pours. That's why Fairfax County taxpayers may have to prepare for a flood of new taxes next year. Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland says the long list of stormwater improvements needed to meet federal and state demands is creating a flood of financial problems for the county. "Everything on that list is necessary for us to do, and it's -- if you'...
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Arlington voters will be presented with a ballot that's like Old Home Week in the special election for the Arlington County Board to fill the seat vacated by Barbara Favola, now a member of the Virginia state Senate. There's longtime School Board member Libby Garvey, who recently ran an unsuccessful campaign for the state Senate. Then there's Republican Mark Kelly, who has...
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Arlington County, with its super-low unemployment rate and consistent ranking as one of the 100 highest-income areas in the country, isn't the first place that comes up in a discussion of the effects of the economic recession on the D.C. region. Still, the economic downturn hasn't left the area unscathed. Since the recession hit, Arlington has experienced a dramatic spike in ...
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The budget of every local government across Virginia is at stake as a coalition of municipalities and school systems opposes a measure that would reorganize the state retirement system. The group is asking the governor to reject the bill, which passed in the General Assembly shortly before its legislative session ended on March 10. The Virginia Association of Counties, the Vir...
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In Virginia, members of the Alexandria City Council are considering a new marketing campaign to attract visitors to Old Town. Not everyone is charmed by the effort. Charming. That's how visitors to Old Town consistently describe the city, according to the Alexandria Visitors and Convention Association. That's why they're crafting magazine ads that call Old Town "Charm-ville," ...
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The chief of the Arlington County Police Department is under fire for threatening disciplinary action toward officers who don't meet performance measures. Arlington police deny they have a quota for officers, although Police Chief Douglas Scott says it was a mistake for  his administrators to circulate a memorandum threatening disciplinary actions for failing to meet what...
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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal to create a new tax on restaurant meals, and it's getting mixed reviews from county residents. Outside the Belle View Shopping Center in Mount Vernon, Keith Gray says he's taxed enough already. He doesn't want to pay another 4 percent of his tab at Roy Rogers for better roads and schools. "Yeah, I think ...
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New rules from the Department of Health and Human Services are designed to help states set standards for establishing health-care exchanges as part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Heath Care Act. By the beginning of 2014, all states will be required to operate health care exchanges. "It's [exchanges] kind of like a Travelocity for health insurance," says Brian Chigli...
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Members of the Alexandria School Board are standing by schools superintendent Morton Sherman, despite calls for him to step down in the wake of a scathing auditor's report.  The announcement came after board members emerged from a three-hour, closed-door e...
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Members of the Alexandria School Board are meeting to discuss the fate of embattled school Superintendent Morton Sherman on Thursday. Ever since Alexandria Vice Mayor Kerry Donley called on school Superintendent Morton Sherman to step down, speculation has been...
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Alexandria school superintendent Morton Sherman is fighting to keep his job in the wake of a scathing auditor's report. An independent auditor's report released Friday afternoon concluded that the budget office at Alexandria City Public Schools suffered from what it called a "dysfunctional environment," with contracts being approved that hadn't been budgeted and School Board m...
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Legislators in Virginia have come to an impasse over the budget. With a 20-20 split in the state Senate, Democrats and Republicans were unable to reach a compromise before the scheduled adjournment on Saturday, with potentially disastrous consequences for state services. The last time the General Assembly was unable to adopt a budget was in 2001, during the administration of f...
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Walk into the Centreville Library and one is confronted with an institution in crisis. Attendance is up and demand has increased, even as the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors slashed $5 million out of the library system's budget in the last four years. "We've reduced staff," says Sam Clay, director of the 21-branch Fairfax County Public Library system. "We've reduced the am...
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Virginia legislators have dismissed legislation that would have allowed residents to use lethal force against intruders without the threat of criminal charges.  Imagine the scenario -- a stranger bursts into your home and confronts you. You grab your gun and consider the options. Should you shoot to kill? Some say the laws of Virginia are too restrictive on this...
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Mitt Romney has easily won a poor turnout election in Virginia. With 99 percent of districts reporting, Romney's total stands at 59.4 percent to Ron Paul's 40.6 percent. Only 260,000 of Virginia's 4.6 million voters showed up at the polls for Super Tuesday, the smallest turnout that many voters say they could remember. Part of the low turnout was driven by the lack of ch...
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Voters are headed to the polls in Virginia today for Super Tuesday, but many voters feel the lack of candidates has given the state a diminished influence. Fairfax County voter Ricardo Piereck plans to vote in Virginia's presidential primary, but he's not happy about it. All the major candidates are not on the ballot this year, thanks to the commonwealth's onerous ballot acces...
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Alexandria city councilmembers got an earful on the proposed city budget Monday, as dozens of city government employees showed up to wearing red t-shirts that let members of the Council know they are listening. A spokesman for the employees says the organization is unhappy that city workers haven't had a cost of living increase in six years. Even though City Manager Rashad You...
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A Virginia State Senate committee has killed an effort to allow school systems to begin classes before Labor Day.  Named after the state's largest amusement park, it's called the 'King's Dominion law,' and it's a 30-year-old mandate that school systems across Virgin...