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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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Candidates in the hotly contested Democratic primary to replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran are divided about national education standards. Most of the 10 Democrats running in the primary support Common Core, a system of national standards that outline what students should know in English and math from kindergarten through high school. But two candidates say they don't s...
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Turnout was light in the Fairfax County elections, but was actually a little higher than expected. Of Vienna registered voters, 16 percent showed up at the polls yesterday to vote for candidates in a town council election, way more than the 5 percent that was expected. And about 31 percent of Clifton voters showed up at the polls, slightly more than the 20 to 25 ...
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Voters in parts of Virginia's Fairfax County will be heading to the polls Tuesday. Residents of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna will select candidates for mayor and town council. At stake are issues close to home for residents in these Fairfax towns, including everything from transportation and public safety to sewer lines and garbage disposal. The election for mayor o...
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Despite a decades-long war against the use of single-occupancy vehicles, seven out of ten Virginia workers still get in their car and drive alone to work every day — and half of those drivers are alone in their cars for more than 30 minutes each day. The good news for Nort...
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The West Virginia Supreme Court is denying a stay of extradition for Charles Severance, the former candidate for Alexandria mayor who is wanted for questioning related to three unsolved slayings in Alexandria. A West Virginia judge ordered Severance extradited to Loudoun County, where a warrant has been issued on an unrelated firearms charge. Now that state's Supreme Court i...
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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says Virginia colleges will now be able to grant in-state tuition to students who were previously considered ineligible because of their immigration status. Until now, the attorney general's office has advised that stude...
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The war of words is heating up between Democrats and Republicans as the July first deadline approaches to come to some kind of agreement on the budget, currently at an impasse over whether or not Virginia should accept federal money to expand Medicaid to 400,000 people living with a low income or disabilities. Democrats are now openly talking about the prospect of shutting d...
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In Virginia, a new poll shows that the majority of residents oppose a plan favored by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe to use federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to low-income residents. A poll from Christopher Newport University's Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy shows Virginia voters oppose Medicaid expansion 53 percent to 41 percent. In February,...
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The location of a proposed Metro station at Potomac Yard in Alexandria is now in doubt. For years, city leaders have been planning to build a new Metro station on the Blue and Yellow lines between National Airport and the Braddock Road station. City planners have identified a site behind the Target store on Route One, although the ...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is successfully vetoing two religious expression bills and legislation that would have granted people who receive red-light tickets the right to contest citations in circuit court. The Virginia Senate is upholding McAuliffe's vetoes during a one-day legislative meeting commonly referred to as the "veto session." McAuliffe had vetoed a ...
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A man wanted for questioning in relation to three unsolved slayings in Alexandria over the last decade is appealing his extradition to the commonwealth on an unrelated weapons charge. A West Virginia judge is ordering Charles Severance, 53, extradited to Loudoun County, where a warrant has been issued on a firearms charge. But he will remain in jail in West Virginia as he ap...
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A West Virginia judge is set to hear arguments this morning on whether Charles Severance should be extradited to Virginia. Alexandria Police have never referred to Charles Severance as a suspect as they investigate three unsolved, possibly connected slayings in the city. But Severa...
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Candidates in the hotly contested Virginia Democratic primary to replace longtime Congressman Jim Moran are using campaign finance numbers to jockey for position. Former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer raised the most amount of money: almost $700,000 in the first quarter. But who came in second place? That depends how you tally the numbers. If second place means the candidate ...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated his administration's accomplishments during its first 100 days in office during a speech at the Library of Virginia on Monday. Speaking to state agency heads, the governor enumerated improvements Virginia has made in the economy, transportation, health care, education and other areas. McAuliffe says his administration has helped creat...
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Residents of a Henrico neighborhood are upset after finding Easter eggs containing racist notes on their lawns. Residents found plastic eggs Sunday morning containing typed paper notes that compared diversity to "white genocide," and listed links to two websites. Jim McCarty says he was stunned to find the messages on Easter. Brandon Smith says he's distu...
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Old Town has a total of four outfalls, three of which dump raw sewage into Hunting Creek. (Alexandria Department of Transportatio...
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In Virginia, the race to replace longtime Eighth District Congressman Jim Moran has become an expensive proposition. The 10 Democrats running in the primary have raised nearly $2 million in the first quarter. Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer leads the pack, raising almost $700,000 in the first quarter of this year alone. That means he's likely to raise more than a million ...
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Leaders in Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates are standing by their plan to oppose extending health insurance to 400,000 low-income residents. House Republicans sent a letter to Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) asking him to support their position on the budget. Last year, Warner condemned national Republicans for forcing a federal government shutdown over a failed ...
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In Virginia, Republican leaders in the House of Delegates are holding firm in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to 400,000 low-income residents. House Speaker Bill Howell says he's optimistic Democratic lawmakers will back down from their support of a proposed state budget that includes expanding Medicaid eligibility. "L...
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Low-income people in Virginia are facing a higher tax burden than anywhere else in the D.C. region, according to a study produced by the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis. Wealthy people face the highest tax burden in Prince George's County and Montgomery County, but people at the bottom end of the income scale face the highest tax b...