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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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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 ...
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Voters in Herndon, Virginia, will be choosing their town council members in November rather than May. But that's despite the General Assembly rejecting that proposal last month. Last year, a divided Herndon Town Council adopted a motion to ask the General Assembly to abandon the tradition of May elections. It was a 4-to-2 vote, a split that had Republicans in the General Ass...
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Embattled former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is receiving some significant support in his fight to overturn his conviction for corruption and conspiracy. The list of people who have signed their name to friend-of-the-court briefs reads like a who's-who of law and politics. That list includes "federal officials, state officials in Virginia, state officials outside ...
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A recent report from the U.S. Department of Justice on police in Ferguson, Missouri, is creating a renewed focus nationwide on how law enforcement agencies treat people of different races, and many communities are examining their own data. In Virginia,...
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Leaders in Fairfax County, Virginia, are trying to respond to complaints that their police department uses excessive force and lacks transparency. The chairwoman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Sharon Bulova, is putting together a new commission to review the department. "This is about taking ...
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In Virginia, where voters approved an amendment banning same-sex marriage a decade ago, the state attorney general is filing a brief with the Supreme Court in favor of gay marriage. The court will not be taking up the Commonwealth's ban, but it will be hearing arguments in separate cases later this year. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is joining the Republ...
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Members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are about to start earning more money, as the current members have approved a measure that will raise salaries for the next board. It's an election year, which means it's the last opportunity for outgoing members of the Board of Supervisors to raise salaries for supervisors that will serve in the next term. "It's t...
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Fairfax County Sheriff Stacey Kincaid faces a dilemma: Speak out and compromise the investigation into the death of a mentally ill inmate who was put on life support after being hit with a Taser, or remain silent and create a perception of stonewalling. She says it's a f...
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Lawmakers ended Virginia's General Assembly session with a last-minute compromise on ethics reform, but already the effort is being criticized as full of loopholes. Liberal advocacy group Progress VA says the legislation that emerged in the final hours of the General Assembly session would allow the vast majority of gifts that lawmakers accepted in 2014, including about 80 p...
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Why is the Fairfax County Sheriff's office withholding video footage of a fatal incident involving a Fairfax County Sheriff's deputy Tasing an inmate? The sheriff's office says Natasha McKenna was being uncooperative the day deputies arrived to transfer her to Alexandria ...
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A federal judge sentenced former First Lady Maureen McDonnell to a year and a day in federal prison Friday. Maureen McDonnell did not testify during the trial, and she maintained a public silence about her role in the scandal. Until Friday. Fighting back t...
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Update, 1:50 p.m.: U.S. District Judge James Spencer is sentencing former First Lady Maureen McDonnell to a year and a day in prison. The sentence is half of what former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell got last month, when Judge Spencer issued a sentence of two years to the former governor. At the time, he said Maureen McDonnell let the serpent into the garde...
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Should voters in Herndon elect their town council in May or November? That's a question being debated in Herndon, where the town council approved a motion to move the election on a 4-to-2 vote. Now the town needs approval from the Virginia General Assembly, where lawmakers have the final say. Although the bill got out of one house committee, the Republican leadership decided...