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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 new commuters are coming as part of the Defense Department's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, which involves relocating employees to the Mark Center in Alexandria.The road into the Washington Headquarters Service -- the DOD agency set to move to Mark Center -- is a dusty construction zone, hazy in the morning heat and packed with construction workers. That's abo...
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The Arlington County public school system reached its peak in the early 1960s, a time when the tail end of the baby boom generation filled classrooms to maximum capacity. Enrollment trends have fluctuated since then, rising and falling with the decades -- mostly falling, until now.For the past few years, enrollment trends have increased so much, the county's schools have been f...
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The plan has no requirements, and there are no penalties if businesses and residents fail to reduce their carbon footprint. But community energy plan project manager Rich Dooley says reducing emissions is a goal that everyone should get behind."The whole community needs to rally around this and understand that if we are going to be an economically competitive community, we need...
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Wheeling into the Firehook coffee shop in Old Town Alexandria, Arlington bicycle enthusiast Allan Reiter says Alexandria should join Capital Bikeshare -- the service that allows paying members to borrow bicycles. He says he's not worried about criticism that the $400,000 program would be a waste of money."Of course it costs. But th...
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The lottery is a game of chance, a random letter pulled out of a tupperware bin. But for the 140 people here at the Arlington Free Clinic, it's much more than that."The next letter will be the last letter," announces Jody Kelly, director of clinical administration.Kelly conducts the lottery. When she pulls the letter "B,"...
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The effort is a response to more than 6,000 new commuters that are expected to head to the Mark Center, off Interstation-395 in Alexandria, later this year as part of the Base Realignment and Closure move.Neighbors of the looming Washington Headquarters Services, and administrative faces of the military that is relocating from Fort Belvoir to M...
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A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey documents a loss of 6 to 8 feet of shoreline each year for the last two decades, a time when 12 percent of the of the marsh eroded. What was measured at 187 acres in 1937 has depleted to 60 acres in 2006."One of the most important services a wetland provides is flood control," says Glenda Booth, president of Friends of Dyke Marsh....
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With three sites expected to be redeveloped in the near future, the stakes are high. At issue is a proposal to overturn a longstanding ban on hotels along the waterfront, increase density and raising height limits."We think the plan doesn't go far enough,” says Chamber of Commerce President Tina Leone.But many people are planning to speak out against the proposal, whic...
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The small-area plan would overturn a longstanding ban on hotels along the waterfront, increasing density at three sites.Critics of the proposal are planning to speak against changes at the public hearing. Former Vice Mayor Andrew Macdonald says increasing density along the waterfront and raising height limits would make the waterfront look like Crystal City: "High-density devel...
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Since the new Walmart opened at Kings Crossing on Richmond Highway last year, drivers have been frustrated by the traffic gridlock the development has created. Some have suggested that the county could have imposed an impact fee on the developer to get a turn lane, but Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay isn't so sure."I think it makes sense to further investigate," he says. "Bu...
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William Truesdale is the only Alexandria sheriff's deputy to have died in the line of duty. In 1981, he was shot by an inmate trying to escape while on the way from the jail to the courthouse.City officials dedicated the jail with Truesdale's name during a ceremony Thursday."This dedication will be everlasting, and certainly a great honor and tribute to a great person," ...
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William Truesdale was moving an inmate from the jail to the courthouse in 1981 when a 40-year-old inmate from North Carolina grabbed his service revolver and began shooting. Truesdale died that day -- the only Alexandria deputy sheriff to have died in the line of duty."Like other law-enforcement officers, he represented the thin blue line that exists between order and chaos," s...
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The new tax rate will raise the average residential property $107, an increase that council members initially said they were trying to avoid.But they also wanted to raise $110 million for transportation projects. So they struck a deal, setting aside 2.2 cents of the general tax rate specifically for line items such as constructing dedicated bus lanes near the Mark Center and wi...
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Alexandria's neighboring jurisdictions, Fairfax and Arlington Counties, already tax commercial properties at a higher rate than residential properties to pay for transportation infrastructure. Now, the city is considering implementing a similar tax.When members of the Alexandria City Council meet today to consider their annual budget for fiscal year 2012, the most controversial...
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The parking lot for the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria sits at the foot of King Street, a space that Planning Director Faroll Hamer wanted to transform into a new public park. But the club was unwilling to move its parking lot, so now she's scaling back her proposal."It does include a sort of reality check," she says.The new plan dumps a space Hamer once called the...
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"Children were aging out of the foster care system without the necessary supports," says Valerie Cuffee, chief of the division. "They didn't have families. They didn't have any connections to family or any adults."Over the past five years, the county has cut the number of children who are sent away by half."The alternative is for them to stay in the community, stay in th...
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Opening up an acid-free box and pulling out a pale blue file folder, Special Collections Director George Combs produces the library's latest acquisition: a letter from Feb. 14, 1862, written by Lee to his cousin, William Cazenove."It's so exciting, and it's great to be able to actually hold in your hands -- but very carefully -- something that was in the hands of Robert E. Lee ...
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"It's just a mindset I do not understand because once an investigation is over, there's just no reason to protect those people anymore," says Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.Dalglish says she'll push again next year to get documents in cases that are closed, such as the 2008 shooting of a 19-year-old who was pursued by Fairf...
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City Council members in Alexandria will soon be facing a stark choice that will radically change three industrial spots on the waterfront: Should the land become hotels with more than 600 rooms, or should that space be reserved for a maritime museum and parks?Boyd Walker, chairman of the Greater Alexandria Preservation Alliance, says allowing hotels would be a big mistake....
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Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan has proposed increasing the funding for the grants in 2012 by $630,000, bringing the total up to $6.6 million from the 2011 adopted budget for the housing program.Arlington is the only jurisdiction in Northern Virginia that offers such a program, which offers direct rental subsidies to those most in need.The Fiscal Affairs Advis...