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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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Authorities may be able detain a mentally ill individual for up to 24 hours in emergency custody under a bill approved by the Virginia Senate. The chamber voted 38-0 in favor of a proposal by Senator Creigh Deeds, a Democrat from Bath County. Deeds was attacked last year by his son, Gus, after the younger Deeds was released from an emergency custody order hours earlie...
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In Virginia, candidates in a special election for the Arlington County Board are sharply divided. Democrat Alan Howze supports the streetcar system on Columbia Pike, which is estimated to cost more than $300 million dollars, while Independent candidate John Vihstadt says the county should have other spending priorities. Opinions among residents are similarly divided. Cashier ...
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In Virginia, the crowded Democratic primary to replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran is starting to take shape. So far, nine candidates have announced they are running in the June primary. Here's the list so far: Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer, former Urban League CEO Lavern Chatman, state Senator Adam Ebbin, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Alexandria Delegate Charniele...
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Several Virginia lawmakers are accusing Governor Terry McAuliffe of a political payoff after he gave a job to the same GOP operative that he hired for consulting services. McAuliffe recently appointed Republican Boyd Marcus to Chairman of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board — a position that pays $130,000 dollars a year. According to campaign finance rec...
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In Virginia, two open congressional seats are attracting a wide field of candidates — and a lot of money. How much money does it take to run for Congress? For the two open seats in Northern Virginia, it will probably be in the millions. Take the 10th Congressional District, where longtime Republican Frank Wolf is retiring. University of Virginia Center for Polit...
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New IRS filings show the legal defense fund set up for former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell raised about $11,400 last year. The biggest donor is Stanley Baldwin, a Virginia Beach attorney who started the fund last July to help cover some of McDonnell's legal fees. The biggest expense was almost $1,900 for the fund's website. That website lists some o...
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Arlington County officials say that information that was previously withheld regarding construction bids for a new aquatics center should actually be part of the public record, and have released it. Earlier this month, Arlington County Manager Barbara Donnellan announced plans to construct a new aquatics center at Long Bridge Park had been shelved indefinitely. County official...
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Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio says a court case seeking his removal from office is a wrongheaded attempt to disenfranchise voters who elected him four times. Delgaudio opponents are petitioning to a Loudoun County judge to oust the county supervisor from office under a rarely used law that allows removal for neglect of duty or incompetence. "This is reall...
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Democrats are seeking to reshape the power structure of the Virginia Senate after winning two special elections that gave their party narrow control of the upper chamber. Minutes after the Virginia Senate's newest member —Lynwood Lewis — was sworn in as the 20th Democrat in an evenly divided chamber, Senate Democrats moved swiftly to take control of the chamber. ...
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After a recount of a hotly contested state Senate seat in Norfolk, Democrat Lynwood Lewis has been certified as the winner. The recount confirms the Democrat's victory over Republican Wayne Coleman in the January 7 special election. Lewis' win leaves the Senate evenly split, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam serving as the tie-breaking vote. Republicans have...
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Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds is pushing legislation that would extend emergency custody orders from six to 24 hours. Last night, Sen. Deeds appeared on CBS' "60 Minutes" to make the case for a number of mental health reforms, and chief among them is a provision extending emergency cust...
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Members of Virginia's General Assembly are debating the merits of a controversial therapy that aims to turn gay people straight. It's called conversion therapy, and Arlington Del. Patrick Hope wants to make it illegal for minors. A panel is set to cast a vote on his bill, which would threaten the professional standing of therapists who engage in conversion therapy with mino...
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Reaction is split along party lines for Attorney General Mark Herring's decision to not defend the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. When he was running for attorney general, state Senator Mark Herring repeatedly declined to say how he would re...
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Virginia Democrats have won two special elections for seats in the Virginia state senate, which is now evenly split between 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans. But even now that Democrats have a tie-breaking vote with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, they still have some obstacles to overcome. When Republicans took control of the state Senate in 2012, they created a rule that allows them ...
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Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, along with his wife Maureen, has been charged in federal court for accepting gifts from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. The 14-count indictment against McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, includes one count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud; three counts of honest-services wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to o...
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In Virginia, workers from the Department of Transportation are out in force working to pre-treat roads in advance of the coming snow. Transportation officials say more than 4,000 pieces of equipment are plowing and treating roads in Northern Virginia this morning. Plows loaded with salt and sand are be staged to handle all problem areas, but they're paying extra ...
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UPDATE, Jan. 21: Loudoun County officials say that voting will occur regardless of the weather, and encourage residents to cast ballots early. Election officials in Loudoun County are preparing to conduct a high-profile special election in the midst of a snowstorm. The temperatures may be...
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In Virginia, new money collected regionally as part of last year's landmark transportation agreement is starting to flow to local governments. Locally, the first big project might be a new Metro station in Alexandria. The Potomac Yard Metro station could cost anywhere from $200 million to $460 million, depending on where it's located and what design is selected. City leaders i...
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Newly inaugurated Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is preparing for an epic political battle — trying to expand Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians. McAuliffe campaigned on a platform of expanding health insurance for the poor and disabled, a key part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. But now that he's taken office, he has to move from campaign rhetoric...
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The outcome of two special elections may determine the fate of the Virginia state Senate. One of the special elections is headed to a recount, although the Democrat has been certified as the winner of the Norfolk seat. That means control of the state Senate may rest on the special election in Loudoun County next week to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Mark Herring ...