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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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A new poll shows incumbent Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner with a commanding lead over Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. The poll, conducted by Christopher Newport University, has Warner with 53 percent of Virginia voters and Gillespie at 31 percent. Even if the Republican were to pick up t...
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Virginia legislators are getting ready for a special session in Richmond to consider expanding Medicaid health insurance for 400,000 Virginians who live in poverty or with disabilities. Democrats are deeply skeptical that anything meaningful will happen during the session. "I'm not sure that the majority down there is interested in doing anything except for having a...
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A grand jury in Alexandria has charged Charles Severance with murdering Nancy Dunning, Ron Kirby and Ruthanne Lodato, three homicides that shook the quiet communities in which they occurred. The grand jury handed down a 10-count indictment against Severance today, alleging he murdered Dunning, Kirby and Lodato. Dunning, the wife of Alexandria's former sheriff, was killed in ...
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Lawyers for former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell are saying they'll appeal after a jury found the former governor and his wife Maureen guilty on most counts in their federal corruption trial. McDonnell was elected to statewide office with the reputation that he was a Boy Scout, someone who was so above board that he was beyond reproach. Now he's been convicted on 11 counts...
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Update, 7 p.m. A jury has convicted former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of corruption, fraud and bribery, after the couple accepted more than $165,000 of gifts and loans from a businessman. Both Bob and Maureen bowed heads and wept as a chorus of "guilty" was issued from the jury — a group who deliberated for three days a...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are playing the waiting game as members of the jury head back to federal court this morning to deliberate on 14 separate counts. What's happening inside the jury room on the seventh floor at the Robinson-Merhige Federal Courthouse? Only 12 people know the answer to that question, and they're not saying, at least not yet. ...
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A federal jury will be back in court this morning to determine the fate of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, who are accused of taking gifts and loans from a wealthy Virginia businessman in exchange for promoting his products. There's been no word yet from the seven men and five women who are now deliberating 14 separate counts against the McDonnells. ...
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The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is heading into week six. The coming week is likely to offer a dramatic conclusion. Members of the jury in the ongoing public corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell head back to the federal courthouse in Richmond to begin considering a verdict. "I have a strong feeling that there is go...
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Jurors in the ongoing corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife will hear closing arguments today. Everything is riding on the closing arguments, a time for all three sides in this case to pull together bits and pieces of information and testimony from the last five weeks and create a narrative. For prosecutors, it's a story about a gover...
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Testimony in the corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has concluded. Judge James Spencer has sent the jurors home for the day to allow the lawyers to haggle over jury instructions. That means closing arguments in the case are expected Friday m...
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The defense has rested in the ongoing corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Members of the jury are about the receive instructions on how they should evaluate the charges. Defense lawyers have finished presenting their case to a jury in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. They're charge...
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U.S. Attorney Michael Dry has finished his cross-examination of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in the ongoing corruption trial in Richmond. In a dramatic closing to two days of cross examination and four days on the stand, the prosecutor entered his final piece of evidence to the court. It was a copy of the McDonnell's inaugural speech, in which the governor said, "We liv...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected back on the stand today for a second day of cross-examination. The governor is pushing back against prosecutors who have brought corruption charges against him and against his own wife's lawyers. U.S. Attorney Michael Dry began his cross examination with a series of rapid-fire questions aimed at reminding jurors of the contours ...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is in the fight of his life, but this time it's not at the ballot box. It's facing federal corruption charges. The governor is expected back on the stand Monday morning, when he will finish with the direct examination from his lawyers, after which his wife's lawyers get their crack at the governor. And then, perhaps after lunchtime tom...
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On the stand today, former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell offered his side of the story in the ongoing federal corruption trial. One by one, the governor took aim at the accusations federal prosecutors are making against him. On the issue of selling stock and then buying it back, he testified he instructed his wife to sell the stock because he thought it was risky and spec...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected back on the stand this morning for a third day of testimony in the public corruption trial that has started to feel like a therapy session. Over two days of testimony, McDonnell has admitted to how he stayed late at work specifically to avoid his wife, who he is accused of conspiring with to accept gifts and money from Star Scie...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected on the stand again today for a second day of testimony defending himself against charges that he took more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his products. The governor is now engaged in the campaign of his life with a group of jurors. "This case i...
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A defense witness in the corruption trail against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, says the former first lady often traveled the state promoting state businesses, countering the notion she gave special treatment to the company at the heart of the corruption trial.   Agriculture Secretary Todd Haymore testified that he often traveled the state ...
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Democrat Rip Sullivan has won a special election for the Virginia House of Delegates with 62 percent of the vote. He beat out former Arlington School Board member Dave Foster, the Republican in the race, who scored 38 percent of the vote. Sullivan, whose district stretches from McLean through north Arlington into Crystal City, will have no honeymoon. In a few weeks, he will...
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Another defense witness in former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's corruption trial described McDonnell's wife as difficult and prone to angry outbursts on Tuesday. Kathleen Scott, a special assistant to one-time first lady Maureen McDonnell, testified that her ex-boss became increasingly volatile as she prepared for public appearances. Jurors have now heard from several wit...