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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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Longtime Republican Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates Bill Howell is facing a primary challenge this summer. It represents the most serious challenge to his power in years. Bill Howell has been Speaker of the House for more than a decade, a position of power and influence that makes him one of the most powerful elected officials in the state. He's also facing a chal...
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Updated 6:20 a.m., April 30 Candidates for the upcoming General Assembly races are busy raising money for this summer's primary season, which features two hotly contested races. One is in the city of Alexandria, where freshman Del. Rob Krupicka (D-45) is throwing in the towel to focus on his new Sugar Shack doughnut shop in Alexandria. That race features fi...
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The intersection of Buckman Road and Route 1 in Northern Virginia is dangerous. Back in 2010, a 56-year-old man was struck by an automobile and killed here. One of the reasons this intersection is unsafe is because it has no crosswalk. One side of the street has no sidewalk. Terri Peters of Hybla Valley says she does not feel safe walking through here. "No," she says. "Not a...
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The Sully District is an area on the far western fringe of Fairfax County, 29 precincts that stretch from Centreville through the southern edge of Dulles International Airport into the suburbs of Chantilly. Although a majority of the precincts were won by Republican candidate Barbara Comstock during her race for Congress last year, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner ended up winning his four times...
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Records and data from Virginia school divisions can be difficult to get — even under public records requests — putting school leaders and parents in conflict with each other about what should be released and what should be withheld. Starting on July 1, all school divisions across Virginia will be required disclose all of their budgets line by line. That's because of a ne...
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In Virginia, members of the House of Delegates consider thousands of bills during each session. But the vast majority of them are dismissed without any debate or even a recorded vote. The House of Delegates is the oldest continuous legislative body in the New World. It's also one of the most opaque. "The House of Delegates, and in particular, certain committees in...
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In the last five years, Fairfax County, Virginia, has seen the slowest rate of population growth in its region. Newly released numbers from the Census Bureau show that the sprawling county, which is home to more than a million people, grew less than 5 percent from 2010 to 2014. Compare that to neighboring Loudoun County, which had 15 percent increase during that time. "Citie...
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In order to balance the books for fiscal 2016, which starts two months from now, government budget officials are forced to make assumptions. And because of changing demographics and economics, some of thos...
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Elected officials across the region are putting on their green eyeshades this week, approving budgets for fiscal year 2016. In Virginia, most of the votes have been unanimous, although members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are sharply divided. Three of the nine members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are rejecting the budget for fiscal year 2016. ...
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Today members of the Arlington County Board will be considering the future of the Artisphere — a building that had once been home to the Newseum. County leaders are expected to determine that their experiment to run an art center there was not a masterpiece. Currently on exhibit at the Artisphere: The End, a new installation piece that features an abandoned building. That'...
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Some members of the Virginia's General Assembly are throwing in the towel, deciding against seeking reelection. Some of them haven't been around for very long. When Gov. Terry McAuliffe hosted a farewell reception at the Governor's Mansion for retiring lawmakers, some of those saying goodbye had barely said hello. Delegate Rob Krupicka of Alexandria was first elected in 2012...
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Starting this summer, lobbyists in Virginia will have to live with new restrictions on how many gifts they can give to lawmakers — a legacy of the corruption scandal involving former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. When the McDonnells were convicted of corruption and conspirac...
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In Richmond, Virginia, lawmakers assembled at the Capitol Friday to put the final touches on an ethics reform package crafted as the result of former Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction for corruption and conspiracy. The ethics reform package that emerged in the final hours of the General Assembly session back in February was a rushed job, written behind closed doors as the dead...
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In Richmond, Virginia, lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at cracking down on campus sexual assault — and now leaders in Fairfax County are also taking action. Despite the retraction of the Rolling Stone article about a University of Virginia fraternity, el...
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Virginia lawmakers have rejected Gov. Terry McAuliffe's attempt to soften a bill that spells out how law enforcement agencies can use information from drones. The Democratic governor wants to ensure that law enforcement can get access to the information without a warrant, but on Wednesday both chambers of the General Assembly voted against his amendments. Republic...
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State lawmakers are assembling in Richmond Wednesday to consider a number of actions taken by the governor — everything from addressing campus sexual violence to ethics reform. Lawmakers will also consider requiring cops and prosecutors get a warrant before using a drone. Right now, law enforcement officials and regulatory agencies in Virginia are prohibited from using dro...
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CIT Trained Sheriffs Locality Total Number of DeputiesNumber of Deputies CIT TrainedPercent Trained Alexandria1697041.4% Arlington2174721.6% Prince William90...
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Members of the Virginia General Assembly will be gatherin...
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Thousands of people from across the globe are in Appomattox, Virginia this week to commemorate the Civil War. In some parts of the South, the Civil War is still called the "War of Northern Aggression" or the "Late Unpleasantness." Perhaps that's why it grabs the attention of people from across the globe. Joseph Sanderson, for one, who came from Guatemala for the events this...
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Updated 8:45 a.m., April 9 Something happened between 2012 and 2013 that caused heroin deaths across the country to spike nearly 40 percent in one year. During that same period in Virginia, the number of deaths spiked about 60 percent. Bill Hazel, the state's secretary of Health and Human Resources, says it's difficult to know why. "Joblessness, availability o...