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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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Virginia lawmakers are hearing from members of the public about the budget impasse, but the expansion of Medicaid remains a sticky point. State leaders still don't have a budget, even after concluding their regular session and a special session. Yesterday, Senate leaders convened a public hearing that featured sharp divisions about expanding health insurance for people who a...
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Virginia lawmakers are still at odds with each other over a budget, and the sticking point is Medicaid expansion. Expanding health insurance for people who live in poverty or with disabilities was at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care reform. And it was at the center of Democrat Terry McAuliffe's campaign for governor. Now it's become the dividing line between...
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An extradition hearing scheduled today for Charles Severance, the man police want to question about three high-profile killings in Alexandria, has been cancelled pending his decision on whether or not to fight extradition to Virginia. Severance, currently jailed in West Virginia, was served a warrant from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday of last week, seeking his e...
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Fairfax County police say they've charged a man with abducting a girl waiting for a school bus and sexually assaulting her. The 12-year-old girl was waiting for the bus at an apartment building on Janna Lee Avenue on Wednesday morning, when police say she was grabbed. Police say the girl told them a man pulled her into an apartment and touched her inappropriately, ...
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In Virginia, the unusually hard winter is taking a toll on local governments. Arlington budget officials say they've already spent more than $2 million even though they had budgeted only $1.1 million. And Alexandria spent $1.6 million on snow control, more than twice as much as they budgeted. Meanwhile, officials at the Virginia Department of Transportation say they s...
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In Virginia, a criminal investigation is delaying the release of a report on an attack on Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds by his son. The Office of the Inspector General's report on the attack on state Sen. Deeds was completed on March 10, but the Virginia State Police asked the inspector general to withhold the report from the public until it can complete a criminal inv...
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In Virginia, the long-simmering dispute between the Old Dominion Boat Club and the city of Alexandria may be heading to a conclusion. And it may not involve the use of eminent domain. Members of the Old Dominion Boat Club are taking the deal. That's the outcome of...
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In Virginia, members of the General Assembly met today for a special session to pass a budget. But they remain deadlocked over expanding Medicaid as part of President Obama's Affordable Care Act. Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe tried to broker a deal between the sides, offering the expansion of Medicaid as a temporary two-year pilot program. But the Republican-controlled...
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Members of the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria, Va., are on the verge of fighting the city government over eminent domain. Today is the final day of voting for members of the boat club, which has been at the center of a bitter debate with city officials about a parking lot at the foot of King Street. City officials want to transform the parking lot into a public plaza, ...
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The Supreme Court is expected to consider taking up a case today involving a Virginia woman who claims the state's sex offender registry law is unconstitutional. The woman was convicted in 1993 of unlawful sex with a teenager under 16 and served 30 days in prison. But in 2008, the state passed a new law that reclassified her as a violent sex offender. The reclas...
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In Virginia, there's still no sign of any compromise between Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders in the House of Delegates. The two sides are deadlocked over whether Virginia should accept federal Medicaid funds in order to expanded health insurance coverage to as many as 400,000 residents. McAuliffe and House Republican leaders say there's been no movement...
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There's still no sign of any compromise between Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican leaders in the House of Delegates. The two sides are deadlocked over whether Virginia should accept federal Medicaid funds in order to expanded health insurance coverage to as many as 400,000 residents. McAuliffe and House Republican leaders say there's been no movement on the issue....
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The man authorities say may be a person of interest in connection with three high-profile murders in Alexandria reappeared in court for a bond hearing this afternoon in West Virginia. Charles Severance will remain in a West Virginia jail unless he can produce a $100,000 bond. Ohio County Prosecutor Scott Smith told a Circuit Court judge today that Alexandria law enforcement ...
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Charles Severance, the man linked to an investigation into three high-profile murders in Alexandria, will be back in court today. Charles Severance is expected to appear today in West Virginia Circuit Court for a bond hearing. His defense attorney says he will fight extradition back to Virginia, where he is wanted on a weapons charge in Loudoun County. Prosecutors ...
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The man linked to an investigation into three high-profile murders that have made residents of a quiet neighborhood afraid to open their doors is being held without bond in West Virginia. Prosecutors say Charles Severance the suspect in three high profile murders in the City of Alexandria. He's being held without bond in West Virginia on an unrelated gun charge out of Loudou...
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Members of the Alexandria City Council have approved bike lanes for King Street. Now city leaders are considering creating a bicycle boulevard on another street in Old Town. The battle over bike lanes on King Street dragged on for months, and ...
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Federal agents are investigating whether a man in custody in West Virginia has a connection to three high-profile murders that have made residents of Alexandria, Va., afraid to open their own doors. That man was a mayoral candidate in the city. Charles Severance first ran for mayor in a special election in 1996, when Mayor Patsy Ticer was elected to the Virginia st...
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City leaders in Alexandria are considering a controversial proposal to remove parking spots on a prominent city street and install a bike lane in each direction. The proposal would remove parking on King Street from West Cedar Street to Highland Place, a four-block stretch near the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. It would remove 27 parking spaces that are used ...
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A clerical error by former Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration may void about 60 appointments to various state boards and commissions. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says McDonnell's office did not forward the appointments to the General Assembly for confirmation. Without legislative approval, the McAuliffe administration says it considers those board seats vacant....
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Virginia lawmakers are at odds over the budget. While most of the attention has gone to the debate over expanding Medicaid, that's not the only issue that's left unresolved by the impasse. This fall, a handful of failing schools are set to be taken ove...