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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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Members of a Virginia task force are considering a proposal to put an armed resource officer at every school. About 47 percent of Virginia schools currently have school resource officers, mostly high schools and middle schools. One proposal now under consideration by a special task force created by Gov. Bob McDonnell would recommen...
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Members of the Virginia General Assembly are considering a controversial proposal to re-draw the state Senate districts. With no public notice and no opportunity for bipartisan debate, Senate Republicans approved a bill Monday that draws new district boundaries for the state senate. Sen. George Barker of Fairfax County currently represents parts of Prince William County and Al...
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The gun control debate became personal on the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates Thursday. Henrico Delegate and Democrat Joe Morrissey wanted to make a point about the gun debate and he chose to do it by holding up an AK-47 on the assembly floor. "So I brought an AK-47 with me," Morrissey said. "Here's the AK-47, pointed at the ceiling, unloaded." Members in the chamber ...
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Alexandria Democratic Del. Rob Krupicka has introduced legislation that would expand powers to allow law-enforcement officials to confiscate guns. The bill also creates requirements for health officials to report individuals who have threatened to harm others or themselves. "The way the bill is written, it doesn't take guns away indefinitely," he says. "There's a due proces...
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The abortion debate is about to heat up again in Virginia's General Assembly.  In Richmond, 2012 was the year of the transvaginal ultrasound. Republican efforts to require the invasive procedure for women seeking an abortion attracted the attention of comedy writers and headline writers from across the country. The leg...
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A survey of hundreds of business leaders in Virginia has found a slight majority opposes ending the state's moratorium on uranium mining.  While 60 percent of the business leaders were aware of uranium deposits in Pittsylvania County, few had a clear understanding of how the uranium would be mined, according to the survey released this week...
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Legislation to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons is barely alive after a Virginia Senate subcommittee hearing. A motion to recommend the bill failed on a 3-1 vote Tuesday. That means the measure will go to the full Privileges and Elections Committee without a recommendation. The action comes a day after ...
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What happens when the principles of smart growth collide with transit planning? That's the case on Jefferson Davis Highway in Alexandria, where a new affordable housing complex is planned, but it comes saddled with a paid parking lot. Land-use attorney Duncan Blair presented the application to council members as an unusual sort of "Easter egg." "Probably this is the nu...
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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is moving forward with an aggressive agenda for the General Assembly session, which he outlined in his 2013 State of the Commonwealth address last night. McDonnell used the speech to urge lawmakers to enact his education and transportation reforms.  "Please do not leave without approving a long-term transportation funding plan for Virginia," M...
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Virginia legislators gathered in Richmond Wednesday for an opening legislative session featuring debates on education, transportation, guns and ...
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Legislators in Richmond are considering a number of gun-related efforts in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Many of those efforts face strong opposition from more conservative parts of the state. Arlington Del. Patrick Hope wants to close the gun show loophole. "You can't have nearly half of all gun sales in Virginia subject to background checks, and the ot...
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Virginia's Coal and Energy Commission is recommending that the General Assembly consider overturning a longstanding ban on uranium mining this legislative session. The issue may become one of the hottest topics of the year. State Sen. Dick Saslaw does not mince words about his support for uranium mining. A Northern Virginia Democrat who is also the Senate minority leader, Sasl...
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Virginia lawmakers are about to consider a new program to train school officials and human service workers in mental health first aid. The bill is a reaction, at least in part, to the shooting tragedy in Connecticut last month. A few months ago, a woman showed up at City Hall in Alexandria and raised alarm bells. The city officials contacted adult protective services, and Sue ...
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The American Civil Liberties Union is supporting a Rhode Island attorney's lawsuit challenging a Virginia law that prohibits out-of-state residents from requesting documents under its open records law, reports the Associated Press. The Rhode Island ACLU announced Thursday that it has filed a "friend of the court brief" with the United States Supreme Court in support of Mark ...
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Virginia lawmakers are about to consider a constitutional amendment that would allow governors to seek reelection. The commonwealth is currently the only state where governors can not seek a second consecutive term. The role of governor began as a relatively powerless job in Virginia  — one that was subordinate to the legislature. Members of the General Assembly selecte...
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City leaders in Alexandria are moving forward with a proposal to allow automobiles to share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists on one street in Old Town. But not everyone's a fan of the plan to lose the curbs. The concept of the shared street has been used in Europe for decades as a way to create a greater sense of uncertainty for drivers, forcing them to reduce speeds b...
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Since 2008, the Peer Empowerment Center has been a place to go for people with mental disorders and substance abuse problems — a place to use the computer, watch television, participate in counseling, or just meet people. Chris Torbati suffers from bipolar disorder. When his Arlington caseworker suggested the Peer Empowerment Center might help him, he gave it a try. ...
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School leaders in Alexandria are moving forward with a plan to demolish the city's lowest-performing school. Test scores have plummeted at Jefferson-Houston in the past decade, which was originally constructed as an elementary school. Parents have increasingly pulled their children out of the school, prompting administrators to add middle school classes to the building. ...
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Legislators in Virginia are gearing up for the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Many are expecting the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. to shape priorities of the session, with both sides of the gun debate galvanized by the tragedy. Last year, the General Assembly overturned a longstanding ban ...
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At the graveyard of Woodlawn Baptist Church in southeast Fairfax County, Pastor Travis Hilton stands at the top of the hill and looks out over the graves as cars rush by on the highway below. He says the families of those who are buried there are relieved that a decision has been made to move the road to the south instead of widening it in its place. "That's something that we...