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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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Folks getting stuck in icy snow beware pic.twitter.com/CFThb1QBXZ— Armando Trull (@trulldc) February 17, 2015 ...
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Road crews from around the region are preparing for what looks like the biggest storm of winter thus far to arrive in D.C. and its suburbs. The heaviest part of the storm is expected to hit the area in the overnight hours, but Dave Buck of the Maryland State Highway Administration says drivers should try to be off the roads before then. "We've said that a lot. We'r...
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In the days following the death of 37-year-old inmate Natasha McKenna, the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office declined to answer basic questions or even share public documents. One of the first actions was to ...
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More details are emerging about the woman who died after being hit by a Taser stun gun at the Fairfax County Jail, including the fact that the woman suffered from a mental illness. The last few weeks in the life of Natasha McKenna were difficult, according to a trail of co...
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The sheriff of Fairfax County, Virginia, is reversing an earlier decision to withhold a document that outlines her department's policy on using Taser stun guns on inmates. Sheriff Stacey Kincaid declined repeated requests from WAMU to be interviewed for this story, but a spokesman for the sheriff agreed to an unrecorded interview after several requests. The spokesman says th...
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Update: The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office has reversed its decision to withhold the Taser policy, though specifics about the death of Natasha McKenna remain under wraps. Original Story: The Fairfax County Sheriff's Office is declin...
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The Fairfax County Police Department is launching an investigation into the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office because an inmate at the jail died after being hit by a taser stun gun. Sheriff's deputies were getting ready to transport 37-year-old Natasha McKenna to the jail in Alexandria when it happened. "In order to prepare her for the transport, she was asked to co...
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School leaders in Alexandria are hoping a new principal and a new school facility will turn around a troubled school. Walk into the newly opened Jefferson-Houston School, and it would be difficult to imagine that state leaders dubbed it a failing school last year. The gleaming new $45 million facility is a far cry from the drab 1970 building that was demolished last year. Bu...
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Virginia lawmakers are taking action on the Senate floor today to crack down on smuggling cigarettes. It's a controversial move in a state that was once the capital of the tobacco empire. You remember that video footage of New York police officers choking Eric Garner to death? They were trying to arrest him for sellin...
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Advocates for gun safety in Richmond are not having much luck creating new restrictions for firearms. At the same time, measures to increase the places where guns are allowed are also facing hurdles in Virginia's General Assembly. Should guns be allowed in schools? That's a question at the heart of a bill introduced by Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Buckingham) which would allow firear...
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A bipartisan coalition of Virginia lawmakers is trying to force police agencies to get a warrant before collecting data from your cell phone. It's called a Stingray — a device that tricks your phone into thinking it's a cell tower, then starts collecting all the data in your phone. It can also prevent you from making a call or send out a text message that looks like it cam...
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A Northern Virginia lawmaker wants to make sure renters have access to information about mold. Democratic Del. Rob Krupicka of Alexandria says he heard from a constituent about a troubling situation. His family recently had a child, and then found out that the baby's room had a problem with mold. The landlord took action and told them it had been fixed. "They wante...
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Bob McDonnell's priest says the former Virginia governor is hopeful that an appeals court will overturn his conviction for public corruption. McDonnell was supposed to report to a federal prison a week from Monday. But now that's not happening, thanks to a ruling from the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now those closest to McDonnell say they're hopeful that the ruli...
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As Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe makes a pushes for tougher gun control measures, Republicans in Richmond are fighting back. This week, advocates for gun control lobbied in Richmond, some of them sharing difficult personal stories of loved ones lost to guns. "In October of 2009, my husband of 21 years walked into our bedroom, declared his profound love for me. And ...
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Hundreds of taxicab drivers from across the commonwealth visited the Virginia Capitol in Richmond on Thursday to rally for new regulations for app-based, ride-hailing companies. Earlier this week, lawmakers struck a deal with a deal with Uber and Lyft to create new regulations for the companies. "Under the old rules, basically the taxicab rules, the ability to oper...
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Virginia's legislature is moving forward with a plan to change high school graduation requirements, as part of a larger effort to reduce the influence of standardized tests. The House Education Committee has approved a bill that would give local school divisions more flexibility in how they determine graduation requirements. The idea is to let administrators ditch standard...
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Is your neighborhood elementary school an A school? Or would it earn a C? Parents may never know because lawmakers in Richmond, Va., are moving forward with an effort to spike a system that would have issued a grade to each school. It's an idea that dates back two years ago, when the General Assembly passed the original effort. Then last year they postponed it. Now the House...
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A bipartisan coalition of Virginia lawmakers is trying to increase public access to the records of public colleges and universities throughout the commonwealth. The legislators want to spike a provision in the Virginia Freedom of Information Act that exempts working papers and correspondence of Virginia university presidents and other chief executives of public institutions ...
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Legislation to regulate Uber and Lyft is moving forward in Virginia's General Assembly. The bill, which passed the House Transportation Committee, requires app-based ride-hailing companies to screen drivers, ensure that all drivers are at least 21 years old and conduct background checks. Republican Delegate Tim Hugo of Fairfax County helped broker the compromise. "...
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A bipartisan coalition of state lawmakers wants to limit how long police officials can keep information about your whereabouts. If you've driven in Northern Virginia recently, you've probably seen the machines propped on the back of police cruisers. Scanners that read your license plate and track your whereabouts — photographing every plate they see, sometimes hundreds eve...