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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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Republicans in Alexandria may have played role in electing the Democratic candidate for mayor. That's because Virginia voters do not register as Democrats or Republicans. So when they show up to the polls, they either ask for a Republican ballot or a Democratic ballot. It's a system that has its roots in the conservative political organization that ran the state's politics for half a ...
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Metro Connection Segments When Mom Needs Rehab, What About The Kids? New D.C. Programs Offer Solutions ...
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Members of the General Assembly are having a tough time making summer vacation plans. Sometime between that trip to the beach or the escape to a cooler climate, they are likely to be summoned back to Richmond. That's because a three-judge panel of the Eastern District of Virginia ruled the Republican-drawn maps violate the Voting Rights Act by grouping African-Americans in one congres...
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After two high-profile environmental problems associated with coal ash in Tennessee and North Carolina, the Environmental Protection Agency is forcing Virginia to clean up an old problem. For about half a century years, Dominion Virginia Power dumped the byproduct of coal-fired power plant into five ponds near Possum Point Power Station in Prince William County. Now the feds are deman...
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For the last two weekends before Tuesday's election, volunteers associated with labor unions and minority groups were out in force. They were knocking on doors where registered voters live and asking them to vote for Arlington County Board candidates Christian Dorsey and Katie Cristol. None of the other candidates had that kind of field operation, and Dorsey and Cristol won even thoug...
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As a first-time candidate in November 2012, Allison Silberberg campaigned hard against Alexandria's waterfront plan. That's how she won more votes than any other member of the City Council, earning her title of vice mayor. Silberberg took that same message to voters this year in a race that culminated in a stunning defeat of longtime incumbent Mayor Bill Euille. It was also ...
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Voters in Alexandria, Virginia, rejected their incumbent mayor in Tuesday's primary election, and he wasn't the only incumbent around the commonwealth to go down. Michael Pope, the Virginia reporter for WAMU 88.5 News, talks with local Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey about Allison Silberberg's big victory over Bill Euille, what that outcome means for development in Alexan...
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Primary voters in Virginia rejected three incumbents Tuesday, resetting the table for the November elections in Alexandria, Winchester and Portsmouth. The most stunning upset was in Alexandria, where longtime Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille was ousted by primary voters Tuesday. Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg got about 300 more votes than Euille, a native of Alexandria who served...
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Voters are heading to the polls across Virginia Tuesday, selecting candidates in primary elections for everything from General Assembly races to seats for the boards of supervisors and mayors. Although turnout is expected to be about eight percent, the stakes are high. Here are some of the races to watch. House of Delegates District 28 Longtime Republican Speaker...
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Voters are heading to the polls across Virginia Tuesday, selecting candidates in primary elections for everything from General Assembly races to seats for the boards of supervisors and mayors. Although turnout is expected to be about 8 percent, the stakes are high. One of...
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Justices of the Virginia Supreme Court will be assembling Wednesday morning to consider a case about the death penalty. But the oral arguments won't be about whether the death penalty is right or wrong — they'll be about how much of it should happen with public oversight. "Much of this information is made available in other states, and I don't see why it needs to be a big ...
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The political consultants need to get paid, and that direct mail needs postage. Then there's the website and the campaign staff. Plus the fee to get on the ballot and buy the list of active voters. "The classic campaign expenditure that is probably worthless is yard sign...
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Virginia voters are almost a week away from heading to the polls to select candidates in a series of primaries across the commonwealth. Elections will include everything from the state Senate to races for local boards of supervisors. And many voters only know about the election because of what's in their mailboxes. Forget about email. Forget about social media. Candidates wh...
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In many cases, victims of sexual assault do not want to press charges. Many don't even want to give their identities when hospitals collect DNA evidence. That creates a quandary for law enforcement officials. How long should they keep evidence when the victim is anonymous? "In many evidences, the evidence may have been collected, but it was not retained, or it was not retain...
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Former President Jimmy Carter had just left the White House when Fairfax County acquired more than two dozen acres of open space along the Route 1 corridor in Hybla Valley. The property was purchased with community-development block grants, and hopes were high that government leaders would be able to provide affordable housing. Then nothing happened. Now more than ...
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Arlington was once a place dominated by dairy farms and a rural way of life. Now Metro stations and dense urban construction have transformed the county, leaving behind the site of only one dairy farm — a place neighbors call Reevesland. It's named for Nelson Reeves, the farmer who was known to introduce himself to neighbors and offer produce from his garden. He helped the...
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Updated 9:15 a.m., May 27, 2015 An international businessman's last-minute decision last month to focus on his work instead of his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates is opening one of the most competitive races in the region this year. It'...
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The Affordable Care Act is reducing the ranks of the uninsured across the county, but lagging behind is Virginia, which sports the largest percentage of people without health insurance of any state in the country. That's a trend not likely to change anytime soon. The main reason for that is how the Medicaid system works in Virginia, creating the region's strictest limits on ...
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In Virginia, candidates are heading into a campaign season that might not be attracting all that much attention. But it is attracting a significant amount of campaign cash. For almost half a century, Chuck Colgan has been in the state Senate, representing Prince William County, where he was a member of the board of supervisors in the early 1970s. Now his retirement is openin...
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Is a 12-year-old who didn't want to take a math test to blame for the some of the technical problems that have plagued school officials over the last week? That's more likely today than ever before, says professor Jim Jones at George Mason University. He says that's because of the culture surrounding multiplayer games such as Call of Duty. "They are playing a video ...