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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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Visitors to county-owned buildings in Arlington are about to start seeing something new -- labels documenting energy use and carbon consumption. The county is planning to start installing the signs in October.Walking into the Arlington County government center, visitors are immediately confronted with a sign directing them to use the revolving door rather than the conventional ...
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One of the most historic buildings in Old Town Alexandria has been damaged by Tuesday's earthquake and the extent of the damage is still being assessed.The intersection of Cameron and Royal streets has been closed to traffic in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. A large chain link fence is keeping people away from Gadsby's Tavern -- a building from the 1790s where Thomas Jeffers...
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Yesterday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled voters in Virginia as they were headed to the polls Tuesday, and election results may shake things up in Richmond.Supporters of Virginia Del. Adam Ebbin (D) gathered at Los Tios restaurant in Del Ray, Alexandria to watch election returns Tuesday night.When it became apparent that Ebbin beat rivals Rob Krupicka and Libby Garvey...
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Environmentalists in Virginia are divided over what should happen to millions of dollars that have been set aside to clean up a coal-fired power plant on the waterfront in Alexandria.There's $32 million set aside to reduce particulate matter emitted by the Potomac River Generating Station, a coal-fired power plant originally constructed in 1949.The funding is part of a s...
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In Virginia, voters will be heading to the polls on Tuesday for primary elections, but turnout is expected to be low.Primaries for General Assembly races usually happen in June, but this year the balloting has been pushed back to late August because of redistricting.That means that candidates in the Democratic and Republican parties are trying to get out the vote in a ve...
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In Virginia, officials in Fairfax County have launched an investigation to find out why some properties in Mount Vernon are not assessed property taxes. The effort stems from an expansion of Mount Vernon Inova Hospital.When members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors were considering the application, tax attorney Patrick Rea sent a letter asking why the Department of Tax...
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In Virginia, less than 40 percent of schools met federal standards this year compared to 61 percent last year.Like many schools across Virginia this year, T.C. Williams failed to meet federal standards under the 'No Child Left Behind Act.'"T.C. Williams had a phenomenal year," says Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Morton Sherman. "You see the numbers there?"...
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In Virginia, more than three-fifths of Virginia's public schools and 97 percent of districts failed to meet annual benchmarks in reading and math under 'No Child Left Behind.'Standardized test results released today by the Virginia Department of Education show that 697 of the Commonwealth's 1,838 schools made adequate yearly progress -- that's less than 40 percent of the school...
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Should the Alexandria waterfront have hotels or parks? That's at the heart of a debate now playing out at City Hall, where members of an advisory panel are expected to issue recommendations Nov. 1.The work group has conducted only two meetings so far, yet members have set an aggressive time line so the Alexandria City Council would be able to hold a final vote on the waterfron...
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The first wave of employees being relocated to the Washington Headquarters Service at the Mark Center in Alexandria is moving in this week as part of the Base Realignment and Closure process.Related LinksAll...
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In Virginia, city leaders in Alexandria have hired a facilitator to help craft a plan for three sites slated for redevelopment. The move comes after months of disagreement.Members of the Alexandria City Council hoped to pass a plan for the waterfront before the summer...
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will get some help in Virginia from one of the state's top party leaders. Lieutenant Governor Bob Bolling (R) will serve as the chairman of Romney's Virginia campaign.Bolling endorsed Romney back in 2007, and now he's taken a central role in helping Romney win the state's presidential primary which is scheduled for March.In ...
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Low-income seniors now have a new place to live in Alexandria: an affordable housing complex opened by a historically African-American church and located on a block that was once a slave pen.A few months ago, Barbara Bradley was facing homelessness. She had little money and nowhere to turn. Then she found Beasley Square, a new affordable housing complex for low-income seniors. ...
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Fairfax County is one of the five districts that are seeking the waivers, which would allow teachers and principals to select specific students to take English or math tests early. It would also allow students to take the test more than once."Those that pass it can move on and don't need to keep drilling and prepping," says Virginia Board of Education member Rob Krupicka. "Thos...
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The cows are long gone, and the house is shuttered. Yet from the top of a hill at the edge of Bluemont Park, it's easy to see how this could have been a dairy farm."The really unique thing about this place is that when you're sitting on the front porch looking down towards the park, you can still understand Arlington as a rural area," says Arlington historic preservation coordi...
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Members of the boat club and the city of Alexandria have been locked in a dispute about a series of properties near the waterfront for the last 30 years. The issue has come to a head more recently as the city plans a dramatic redevelopment of the riverside land.Now, C...
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"It appears to the Old Dominion Boat Club that the city of Alexandria is moving toward an eminent domain action to take some of the club's properties,” says Ely."Eminent domain is only going to be something of a last resort," says city attorney James Banks. If all settlement discussions with the boat club break down, only then would the city council even consider eminent doma...
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If you build it, they will drive. That's the concern of West End residents who are opposing a plan to widen Beauregard Street."You keep building lanes, they're all going to be full," says Lynn Bostian, a nearby resident in the Seminary West neighborhood."If they're really trying to reduce SOVs -- single occupancy vehicles -- there's only one way to do it: You have to tak...
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The Public Safety Spectrum and Wireless Act was designed to deploy a nationwide interoperable broadband network for first responders. The system is one of the last major recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to be implemented.But members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are raising objections about a provision of the bill ...
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Since the 1930s, Arlington County has operated the Water Pollution Control Plant along the northern edge of Four Mile Run, a stream that forms part of the county's southern border.But something's changed this year. The plant has something new: nitrogen-eating bac...