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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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Now that Virginia State Senator Phil Puckett has officially resigned his seat, Republicans are poised to take control of the chamber. Back in 2011, when every seat of the Virginia senate was up for grabs, the chamber ended up in an unusual spot: a tie, wi...
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Businessman Stephen Tyler sells toilet paper featuring the image of President Barack Obama. The product, made in China, retails for $7 a roll. (Michael Pope/WAMU) ...
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Control of the Virginia state Senate hangs in the balance now that a Democratic state senator is announcing his resignation. Republicans are poised to take control of the chamber as the deadline approaches for passing a budget. What will happen to 400,000 uninsured Virginians? That's the question now at the center of a fierce debate in Richmond, where Republicans and Democra...
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An Alexandria judge is dismissing rape charges against a former sheriff's deputy. Alexandria General District Court Judge Donald Haddock issued the ruling, dropping the rape charge against former Sheriff's Deputy Bryant Pegues. Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter a...
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In Virginia, Republicans from across the commonwealth are preparing to gather this weekend in a convention to select their candidate for U.S. Senate. The memory of last year's Republican convention is still fresh in the minds of party leaders as they prepare to gather at the Roanoke Convention Center this weekend. They believe that last year's convention offers a cautionary...
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Would you be interested in ice skating at the foot of King Street? City leaders in Alexandria are moving forward with a plan that will drastically redesign the...
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City leaders in Alexandria are about to move forward with a plan that will dramatically change the look and feel of the waterfront. It's a plan that has already generated its share of controversy. Most of the opposition to the plan was about density—how large the new buildings should be on the waterfront. The courts considered a number of challenges to the plan, all of whi...
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Virginia Republicans are getting ready to gather for a convention to select their candidate for the United States Senate. Four candidates will be vying for the nomination this weekend at the convention in Roanoke. Democrats use primaries to select statewide candidates. But Republicans have only used primaries to select statewide candidates eight times in the last 100 years. ...
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Candidates in Virginia's 8th Congressional District have raised and spent more than $2 million, according to campaign-finance documents. Documents recently released by the Federal Election Commission show former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer is head and shoulders above the competition, raising more than $1 million since launching his campaign earlier this year. He's raised a...
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A procedural change to may be the starting point of a compromise to end a months-long impasse over the Virginia state budget, one that could lead state government to shut down for the first time in history. Republican state Senator Emmett Hangeris is proposing to change how the Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission votes on whether to expand Medicaid eligibility. Under c...
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Leaders in Alexandria are ready to move forward with a pilot program that will allow food trucks at city parks and schools — but the debate continues about whether they should be able to use city streets. Food truck owners say that brick-and-mortar restaurant owners don't want the competition that the mobile vendors can bring. One of those is Amir Mohammed, who on a recent...
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A former Alexandria sheriff's deputy is behind bars this afternoon, facing charges that he raped an inmate at the city jail. In a brief court hearing this morning, Bryant Pegues was denied bond and assigned a public defender. Pegues, who is currently being held at the Arlington jail, participated in the hearing through a video hookup. Commonwealth's Attorney Bryan Porter to...
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Republicans and Democrats in Virginia are hopelessly deadlocked on whether or not the state should expand Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured residents. Both sides are trying to figure out what might happen if Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe steps in to resolve the situation using executive authority. "For Republicans, it's win-win. The Medicaid expansion in states where it occur...
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The Alexandria Seaport Foundation was fo...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring disagree over the need for the state to cover the legal fees of staffers to former Governor Bob McDonnell. McAuliffe's office began negotiating to rehire an outside law firm that had represented several McDonnell staffers in February, according to McAuliffe's spokesman Brian Coy. The move came after Herring had...
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Here at WAMU, listeners often hear what are known as "underwriting spots," which list the businesses and organizations that support the station. Among those businesses is one owned by Don Beyer, who is currently running for Congress in Virginia. Those spots are now being rewritten and moved to prevent any perception of a conflict of interest. If Beyer's name is fam...
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The corruption case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, is set to go to trial this summer after U.S. District Judge James Spencer tossed out a motion to dismiss most of the charges against the couple. The judge also ruled that...
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A possible $300 million gap is adding a new wrinkle to Virginia's budget impasse that threatens a possible state government shutdown. Gov. Terry McAuliffe met with key lawmakers at the Capitol to tell them about lower-than-expected tax revenues that could leave a $300 million budget hole for the current fiscal year. McAuliffe says he told lawmakers that the gap s...
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In the Virginia corruption trial against former Gov. Bob McDonnell, a judge is expected to rule Tuesday on key defense requests. U.S. District Judge James Spencer heard arguments today in Richmond from attorneys for McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. They are seeking to have most of the corruption charges filed against them dismissed. They also want separate trials. ...
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Business owners up and down Columbia Pike in Arlington are divided about the wisdom of spending more than $350 million on a new streetcar system. Now that leaders in Arlington County have increased the cost estimate for the controversial Columbia Pike stre...