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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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The three Democrats running for mayor of Alexandria are engaged in a hotly contested primary, one that's created a pitched battle for campaign cash. Incumbent Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille raised the most money by far during the first quarter, almost $100,000. "Yeah, it's a lot of money," says Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport University. "It's a lot of money when you thi...
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Leaders in Fairfax County will be assembling for a public hearing tonight — a rare opportunity for people who have concerns about the police department to air their grievances. One topic of conversation tonight is likely to be the rising tide of support for a citizen oversight board that would have the power to investigate the police department. "The people have ...
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June is a time when most people are thinking about summer vacations or weddings — just about anything else other than politics. If you've been checking your mailbox, you know by the glut of mail that it's election season, with a primary scheduled for June 9. Yet a new analysis by the Virginia Publ...
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Metro Connection Segments A Town Founded By A Former Slave Seeks To Hold On To Its Heritage ...
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The Mount Vernon District of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is up for grabs this year. Longtime Supervisor Gerry Hyland is retiring, opening the seat for the first time in a generation. Candice Bennett is a businesswoman who says she met someone on the campaign trail who told her that because of her experience opening a storefront on the Route 1 corridor, she would ...
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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was back in court today, this time challenging last year's conviction on charges he accepted gifts and loans in exchange for official acts. During a hearing, McDonnell's legal team said that Judge James Spencer made a mistake by instructing the jurors about what constitutes an official act. "It took the loophole and drove a ...
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Lawyers for embattled former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will be back in court Tuesday as they appeal last year's conviction for corruption and conspiracy. The stakes are high for McDonnell. The governor's two-year prison sentence is being suspended as the appeal moves forward, so tomorrow's oral arguments represent a make-or-break moment for the embattled McDonnell. The fir...
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After Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed the General Assembly's new limitation on the use of license-plate readers, the ACLU filed a lawsuit. Now the Fairfax County Circuit Court is being asked to consider an issue of privacy. Is the license plate on the...
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Men make more money than women. But where is the disparity the greatest? Census records show it's Loudoun County, where men have a $75,000 median income and women have a $40,000 median income for women.  That's a 47 percent disparity, the highest in the region.  Annie Rorem at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service says one of the reas...
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In Virginia, abortion policy is in the spotlight once again. The state's current attorney general is overturning a ruling from the previous attorney general that would have shut down most of the abortion clinics in the state, and the issue isn't just about regulations and politics. It's also about money. During the last statewide election in 2013, abortion rights g...
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The past, present and future of the Alexandria will be on the ballot as Democrats head to the polls June 9 to select a candidate for mayor, and the divisions among the candidates were on display Tuesday night at a debate in the Virginia city. Incumbent Bill Euille faces challe...
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A generation ago in Alexandria, Virginia, a popular vice mayor challenged a longtime incumbent mayor and ushered in a new era at City Hall. That was a guy named Jim Moran, who won a long-shot election against longtime Democratic incumbent Mayor Charles Beatley. That election back in 1985 divided the Democratic Party. Now, 30 years later, the Democratic Party is being divided yet again...
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Members of the Alexandria City Council have docketed a special meeting later this month to formally adopt a plan for where to build the Potomac Yard Metro station and what it looks like. Financing the $300 million station will require $200 million worth of debt, a plan includes ...
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A bipartisan coalition of Virginia lawmakers in favor of limiting police surveillance is celebrating a major victory. But they're also experiencing a major defeat. The victory is about the use of drones by police. Lawmakers insisted police get a warrant before using a drone to collect information in a criminal case. The defeat has to do with license plate readers — those m...
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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...