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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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Harry Covert, left, who is retiring from his rol...
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Some political activists in Virginia are calling on the General Assembly to close a loophole in election law they say uses ballot petitions to open the door to voter fraud. Last year, an independent candidate who was trying to get on the ballot for a State Senate race forged a number of signatures and submitted the fake petitions to the local registrar. In the process of certi...
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The Arlington County Board has new leadership for 2012. Mary Hynes is now the new chairman of the smallest self-governing county in the nation, and she pledges to increase civic participation in the coming year. Gathering for their traditional New Years organizational meeting Monday at the Arlington County Government Center, board members unanimously elected Hynes as the new c...
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In Virginia, members of the General Assembly will soon be considering a proposal that would increase transparency for tax credits. The measure would allow the public to see every individual or business that gets a tax credit of more than $1,000. Lawmakers in Richmond create plenty of tax credits every year, usually at the behest of a bevy of special interests that descend on t...
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In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell is announcing some measures to improve the traffic congestion at the Mark Center in Alexandria, where more than 6,000 new Department of Defense employees are still moving into a building known as the Washington Headquarters service. To keep traffic moving during the morning rush on northbound I-395, the Virginia Department of Transportation...
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Neighbors in the Alexandria community of Arlandria are divided over a proposal for a massive new development, and many low-income residents in the area are concerned about gentrification. As customers browse up and down Mount Vernon Avenue in the working-class neighborhood straddling Arlington and Alexandria, anxieties are building about a proposal to knock down a 1940's-era s...
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Members of the Virginia General Assembly are about to consider a proposal that would raise the tax on cigarettes. The new revenue would go toward reducing the car tax. Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) introduced similar legislation last year, although that effort tried to use the $500 million in new revenue toward Medicaid. Legislators in Richmond viewed the proposal as a tax...
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In Virginia, longtime Arlington commonwealth's attorney Richard Trodden is preparing to step down when his successor is sworn in next month. Since 1992, Richard Trodden has been prosecuting pickpockets, rapists and murderers, and has many stories to tell from his 20 years on the job. "Well the funny thing about being a trial lawyer is when you have a case, you live and breathe...
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Northern Virginia Democrats are preparing to fight a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would expand protections against eminent domain. But they have a difficult battle ahead. The amendment, which must pass the General Assembly twice, has already cleared the legislature once, last year, when it had large margins of victory in the House of Delegates and ...
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The leisurely August days that Virginia students enjoy before they head back to school after Labor Day may be numbered. School leaders in the state are preparing for a fight in the upcoming General Assembly session as one legislator is preparing a bill that would allow schools to open before Labor Day. Currently, school districts are prevented from opening in August due to a state pro...
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Opponents of the Alexandria City Council's waterfront redevelopment plan  are considering bringing a legal challenge if the council moves forward with the proposal.  Council members are expected to finally vote in January on a long-delayed p...
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One Virginia elementary school is now offering middle school classes, and it's a trend that administrators say eases overcrowding and creates a sense of community. Jefferson-Houston School in Alexandria was originally built in 1970 as an elementary school of the future -- a giant pod without walls where teachers could collaborate with each other. These days, walls have been co...
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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...