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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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In the next few months, the Fairfax Board of Supervisors and the Arlington County Board will make an important decision -- where to locate a maintenance yard for the new streetcar system. Existing plans call for a facility in Crystal City, but the Alexandria campus of the Northern Virginia Community College has offered land there. That could bring the streetcar line into Alex...
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Colonial Village Shopping Center isn't what most people would consider a historic site. But Arlington County disagrees. "Arlington's history is so different than a lot of the history that surrounds us in the metropolitan area," says Cynthia Liccese-Torres, the county historic preservation planner. "What makes Arlington, Arlington, are these types of buildings: the ...
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Republicans are declaring victory in a tightly contested race for the Virginia Senate, pending a recount.  GOP members were almost ready to concede defeat Tuesday night until shortly before midnight, when several of the races tightened up. Republican challenger Bill Stanley was declared the winner of his race against incumbent Roscoe Reynolds (D) in the 20th District, and...
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Despite the fact that control of the Virginia State Senate hangs in the balance, turnout overall is expected to be low for tomorrow's elections. Turnout projections range from a high end of 35 percent in Fairfax County to 12 percent in Alexandria. That's because many voters don't think local and state elections are important, according to Michael McDonald, a professor of governme...
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Over and over again on the campaign trail, former Republican state party chairman Jeff Frederick has attacked long-time incumbent state Senator Toddy Puller as someone who wastes time conducting studies and fails to deliver. But the announcement this week that the ...
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Residents in the West End of Alexandria are worried about their neighborhood streets. Now that the Base Realignment and Closure process has brought the Department of Defense's Washington Headquarters Service to the Mark Center complex, many are petitioning the city government to create new daytime parking districts. Parking enforcement officer Cheryl Fuller has been patroll...
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  A proposed city plan for Alexandria's Old Town waterfront is ruffling feathers yet again. Opponents of the effort are preparing to release a report this weekend offering an alternative to the proposal. Several months ago, a group of res...
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When people who have business before the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors contribute campaign money, what do they expect in return? That can be a difficult question to answer, especially when it's not clear where the money came from in the first place. "I think what voters are really interested in is transparency, says Lincolnia Park Civic Association President Loretta Pre...
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Why do people give money to candidates for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors? According to George Mason University communications professor Stephen Farnsworth, it's a simple equation. "People give money in politics to get what they want, and if they weren't getting what they want, they wouldn't keep giving money," he says. The county's supervisors disagree, sayin...
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Candidates in the November election are divided over an amendment to the Virginia constitution regarding eminent domain. The amendment would allow business owners to collect money from local governments if they can prove lost profits and customer access. Imagine the scenario -- a business owner files suit against Fairfax County because a new median prevents drivers from turnin...
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Back in 1998, T.C. Williams high school teacher Kris Gulden was hit by a car while riding her bicycle -- paralyzing her from the chest down. Now students in the school's engineering class are working to make it easier for her to carry papers to the copier or write on the whiteboard. "It's very gratifying to know that there are not just teachers who care about me but students a...
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Kevin Peck's cell phone rings in his home in the Mount Vernon district of Fairfax County. He picks it up, and begins what has now become an all-too-familiar ritual.  "Hello this is Kevin. Can you hear me?" he says, repeating the phrase several times, before hanging up and waiting for the person to call back. Peck lives in Waynewood, south of Alexandria. Like many of ...
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There's no place like Crystal City. Envisioned in the '60s and '70s as a city of the future, the Arlington neighborhood has underground walkways connecting bleak concrete buildings set in a grid designed to facilitate automobiles rather than pedestrians. "Crystal City was very much reflective of the kind of you know space age, you know we're all going to live on space stations...
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City council members in Alexandria will soon consider expanding the Capital BikeShare program into Old Town. The cost of the first year of the program would be $400,000, money that the city has already set aside from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Funding Program. That would buy 54 bikes at six ...
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Officials in Virginia are concerned about traffic gridlock that could be created at Interstate-395 and Seminary Road when a new Department of Defense building is fully operational early next year, adding more than 6,000 daily commuters as part of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process.  But Alexandria firef...
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Some advocates for revitalization along Richmond Highway in Fairfax County are calling for drastic measures. And some county leaders will soon be faced with a choice - above-ground light rail or underground Metro. Advocates for underground Metro on the Silver Line seemed to have lost the day -- for now. But a new debate is about to emerge in another part of the county along Ro...
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If members of the Alexandria City Council have their way, the name of the King Street station on Metro's Blue line will be changed to King Street-Old Town. Vice Mayor Kerry Donley says adding "Old Town" to the name would help visitors realize that George Washington schlepped there. "I can understand why, you know, if you're a tourist visiting the Washington area, and you want ...
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Voters in Fairfax County might get the chance to voter on whether to fund a floodwall in the Huntington neighborhood. For more than 30 years, studies have shown that Huntington needs a floodwall. Last week's torrential rains once again forced the evacuations of streets that have experienced serious problems over and over again. Back in 2006, the Army Corps of Eng...
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Walking through the halls of T.C. Williams, principal Suzane Maxey says she tries not to think about the designation her school received last year -- that of a "persistently lowest achieving school." It's a category created to identify schools that consistently fail to meet federal standards but don't receive sanctions associated with taking federal money under No Child Left Behind....
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Administrators at Virginia's largest high school are working to change public perceptions, after T.C. Williams High was designated a persistently lowest achieving school last year.Principal Suzane Maxey says she tries not to think about the designation her school received last year -- persistently lowest achieving school. It's a category created to identify schools that consist...