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Michael Pope

Reporter

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.


Articles Written by Michael Pope

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Thousands of low-income families on the West End of Alexandria, Va., are facing a new sense of uncertainty about their future after the Alexandria City Council voted 6 to 1 last weekend to rezone the area to make way for luxury apartments. Many of the families in residence don't know what the future holds. Hazam Khammash, 15, is from Jordan, one of many residents in the area f...
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A Texas educator has been selected to head one of the largest public school systems in America. Karen Garza, 50, will succeed Jack Dale as superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools this summer. Garza is currently superintendent of Lubbock Independent School District in Lubbock, Texas. Dale has been at the helm of Fairfax schools for nine years. A Texas nativ...
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New details have emerged about the shooting of Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy. Suspected shooter, Kashif Bashir, is charged with malicious wounding of a police officer. Alexandria General District Court Chief Judge Becky Moore ruled that t...
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Hundreds of residents of a low-income apartment complex in Alexandria, Va., are worried about the the future. The twin buildings of Hunting Towers rise above a spot south of Old Town once known as Broomilawn. It's a spot known in the 19th century as a pleasure garden. These days the area is home to an affordable apartment complex, one of the last spots where residents can sna...
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When 20-year-old Brian Henriquez was a student at Herndon High School, he was part of a championship step team. The group performed a rhythmic dance style that involved clapping and stomping. He's since given it up because he has asthma, and perhaps more importantly, no health insurance. "My lungs require a lot more oxygen, and I can't do that because of my asthma," Henriquez....
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The race for Virginia governor is already picking up steam, with both sides going on the attack. Republicans have begun taking it to former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, who has resigned from his position as chairman of GreenTech, an electric car company he founded that decided to build a factory outside of Virginia. "The Cuccinelli folks are ...
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Members of the Alexandria Planning Commission approved a rezoning plan late Tuesday night that would clear the way for a massive redevelopment project in Alexandria's West End. The measure now awaits the vote of City Council members later this month, but already the hundreds of families who stand to lose their market rate affordable housing are voicing their frustration....
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Neighborhood residents in southeast Fairfax County are celebrating a decision by big-box retailer Walmart to install wheel locks at its Hybla Valley location. State delegate Scott Surovell has been hearing from his constituents for months about shopping carts from Walmart ending up in Little Hunting Creek. Volunteers who conduct cleanup operations say about half of the carts t...
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The debate about streetcars is reaching a fever pitch in Arlington, where newly elected county board member Libby Garvey says bus-rapid transit would accomplish all the goals of a streetcar line at 20 percent of the cost. "In fact, it can do it better because when you do not have a dedicated lane, as on Columbia Pike, and there's an accident on the tracks or something happens...
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Do you know enough about the major candidates for Virginia governor to make an informed decision? The race for Virginia governor is in a dead heat, according to the latest Q...
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With potential belt-tightening in the future, leaders in Arlington, Va., are considering the future of the Artisphere art center in Rosslyn. When one walks into Artisphere, it's easy to forget that it's a government facility. After the Newseum left Rosslyn for the District years ago, the space laid vacant. Arlington Coun...
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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...