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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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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...
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Legislation keeping the names of concealed handgun permit holders secret is headed to Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's desk. State Sen. Mark Obenshain's (R-Harrisonburg) original bill allowed for the names of permit applicants shielded by a protective order to be kept secret. Then, the House of Delegates expanded the bill to cover all concealed carry permit holders. ...
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Members of the Virginia House of Delegates and the State Senate are often in conflict with each other politically, but the rivalry also extends outside of the Capitol chambers to an annual basketball game. Del. Tag Greason (R-Loudoun County) took the floor to gloat. The House basketball team trounced the Senate team 35-25. It's part of a longstanding tradition in a General ...
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The campaign for governor of Virginia is already in full tilt headed into the spring, spawned, in part, by the release of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's new book, The Last Line of Defense. Cuccinelli is the likely Republican candidate for governor in the 2013 ra...
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A low-slung cluster of garden apartments clings to the rolling hills on the West End of Alexandria, just short of the traffic gridlock at Mark Center. Thousands of low-income residents, mostly foreign born, live there in some of the last affordable units in the Alexandria.  Many of those residents are now worried about being displaced as the city gentrifies. The Alexandri...
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Neighbors in Fairfax County are calling on Walmart to help clean up Little Hunting Creek. One of the biggest offenders for creek pollution? Shopping carts that get lose from the super store's parking lot.  Betty Scutt pushes her shopping cart through a ragged parking lot of the Walmart on Richmond Highway in Hybla Valley. "Sometimes they are good, and sometimes th...
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If Virginia's attorney general needs to appeal to moderate Republicans in his campaign for governor, his new book probably isn't going to help. "The Last Line of Defense'' targets what Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli contends is federal government overreach....
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Arlington County Police officials are willing to share some information some of the time, but it comes at a cost. Want a mug shot of a government official? That's $24. Arlington police officials refuse to release a 2009 report clearing several Fairfax County officers after they shot and killed an unarmed teenager. But if you want a six-line summary of that report? Tha...
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A Virginia state Senate committee is backing a two-year moratorium on the use of drones by police and government agencies. The measure approved by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee is similar to one pending in the House of Delegates. The bills originally would have imposed regulations on the use of drones, including a requirement that authorities obtain a warrant before ...
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The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 11 to 3, rejecting the legislation to close the gun show loophole. Under current law, only licensed dealers are required to obtain background checks on buyers at gun shows. Proposals to extend that requirement to private sellers have been rejected several years in a row in the General Assembly. The Senate Courts Committee rejecte...
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Want to see documents outlining the process that created regulations in Virginia for utilities or railroads? Forget about it, because the State Corporation Commission operates in the dark. Its documents are exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act as the result of a 2011 Virginia Supreme Court case. Fairfax County Del P. Scott Surovell wants to change that. "I think...
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Residents in the Huntington neighborhood of Fairfax County dodged a bullet with Wednesday's storm, avoiding any of the major scale flooding that has plagued the area for years. Even so, Huntington neighbors say they are not pleased. Everyone in the Huntington neighborhood has a story about flooding. Fish swimming along the sidewalk. Cars washed down the street. Raw sewage. Mol...
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Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell is celebrating a major victory for his education package. The House Education Committee voted 14-6 to advance legislation that would direct the Virginia Department of Education to develop a system of grading public schools on an A-F scale. Del. Tag Greason (R-Loudoun County), who supports the bill, says an easy-to-understand way of rating schoo...
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New unemployment statistics show the Virginia's northern suburbs are doing much better than the rest of the state. The Virginia Employment Commission says the Washington metropolitan region, which includes Arlington and Alexandria, has the lowest jobless rate in the state, at just 4.1 percent. Arlington County has Virginia's lowest jobless rate with 3.3 percent, followed by 3....
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Members of the Virginia General Assembly are considering a constitutional amendment that would allow the commonwealth's governor to run for reelection. Virginia is the only state where the governor is prohibited from seeking a second consecutive term. Former governors can run again later, as was the case when Mills Godwin returned to the Governor's mansion in 1974 four years...
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A Republican-dominated Virginia Senate committee has rejected legislation that would have made pre-abortion ultrasound exams optional, not mandatory. The hastily-convened Privileges and Elections Committee special meeting lasted only minutes as Sen. Ralph Northam's (D) bill failed 6-3 in a party-line vote. Committee chairman Sen. Steve Martin ® abruptly called a vote, stif...