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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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Standing at the top of a hill in a park at the dead end of Potomac Greens Drive in Alexandria, the sound of progress can be heard rolling by several times a day, freight cars and passenger trains and Metro lines whizzing by under the flight path of National Airport. "We're standing on a very small piece of property that looks like a park that was designated for a future Metr...
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The Virginia Department of Elections says the state should consider getting rid of its voting system. WinVote touchscreen machines were originally certified in 2003, and they're currently in use in 29 jurisdictions across the commonwealth. They are also a potential security risk, according to a new report from the Virginia Department of Elections. Leaders there a...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is siding with police and other law enforcement officials who say they should not have to get a warrant before using drone aircraft. But a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers is pushing for more oversight. Right now, Virginia's skies are free from drones from police departments. A temporary moratorium is in place while state lawmakers and McAuliff...
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The legal cloud that has been looming over the controversial Old Town Alexandria waterfront plan is now lifting, thanks to a recent ruling of the Virginia Supreme Court in Richmond. That means developers now have a green light to start demolishing a series of old abandoned warehouses and buil...
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How long can a police department keep information from a license plate snatched by a machine that can pick up hundreds of images a second? Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says 60 days, but the General Assembly wants to limit that to seven days. One of the jurisdictions that opposes the bill is Arlington, where the treasurer's office takes in revenue from delinquent taxpayers b...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is looking forward to an upcoming session of the General Assembly in April, a time when lawmakers will put their stamp of approval on a series of compromises the Democratic governor struck with the Republican majority. McAuliffe is also looking forward to another year as governor and hoping to make good on his central campaign promise. Expanding...
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The deadline for candidates to run in the Democratic primary for one Virginia House of Delegates has come and gone, and it saw a flurry of last-minute activity. The 45th District, which stretches from Crystal City through Old Town into Mount Vernon, has a storied history. It was represented for several years by a delegate who resigned in the wake of a sex scandal. ...
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Alba is an undocumented resident of Manassas, Virginia. Two years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and started treatment. But she says she had to suddenly stop chemotherapy a few weeks ago because her insurer found out that she doesn't have a visa. "It's something that doesn't allow her to sleep," a translator says, speaking for Alba. "She's depressed. She gets head...
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The controversy swirling around Virginia's Alcohol Control Board is creating a new discussion about what kind of powers the agency has and whether lawmakers should change that. The latest debate comes after years of concern about the agency. Several years ago, the owner...
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Leaders in Fairfax are about to start spraying a controversial insecticide across 66 acres in wooded parts of the county. They say the effort is aimed at curbing defoliation of trees, but environmentalists say the chemical they are using will be harmful to the county's ecosystem. A sticky band is wrapped around a skinny young willow oak here at Sherwood Regional Library. Th...
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Police officials in Fairfax County are hearing from citizen groups who have become increasingly uneasy about the department's use of force and lack of transparency. Monday night was the inaugural meeting of the Police Practices Review Commission. "My name is ...
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Police officials and prosecutors will meet community members and journalists tonight to talk about growing concerns over policing in Fairfax County. The issue came to the forefront when a Springfield man, John Geer, was shot and killed in the doorway of his home and police refused to release almost anything about the incident. While that incident brought the issue into the s...
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Transparency Stories Why Is It So Hard For Virginians To Access Public Records? ...
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Transparency Stories Why Is It So Hard For Virginians To Access Public Records? ...
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Transparency Stories For Fairfax County School Officials, Not Every Disclosure Is Public ...
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Transparency Stories For Fairfax County School Officials, Not Every Disclosure Is Public ...
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Former Richmond, Virginia, mayor and ex-convict Leonidas Young is running to replace a Virginia lawmaker who was jailed recently after a sex scandal involving a teenager. And the place Young made his announcement may come as a surprise.Young, an ordained Baptist minister who was convicted on fraud charges in 1999 and served as Richmond mayor from 1994 through June 1996,...
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Transparency Stories For Fairfax County School Officials, Not Every Disclosure Is Public ...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are putting their suburban Richmond home on the market. It's got six bedrooms, six bathrooms, 6,000 square feet and one heck of a story to tell. That's the Glen Allen contemporary home on Leabrook Way, now listed at $944,000. Henrico ...
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Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan, chief executive of one of the region's most prosperous governments, is stepping down at a time when it has become embroiled in controversy. Donnellan and her deputies stood by the streetcar program, even as public opinion was eroding on the issue. That changed after the election last year, when the Democrats ...