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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 House Republicans say reducing the number of state Standards of Learning exams given to students from 34 to 26 is a key part of their education agenda this legislative session. Del. Tag Greason (R-Loudoun) says students are tested too often and too much time is spent teaching test-taking skills rather than critical thinking. Efforts to reduce the number of sta...
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Advocates for open government are celebrating a victory in Virginia, as the state Supreme Court has announced they will start releasing audio recordings of oral arguments. The new policy is an about-face change from last summer, when WAMU first reported that the court ...
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In Virginia, leaders in Arlington are trying to figure out how to move forward with a planned aquatics center that's costing more than expected. Long Bridge Park is a former industrial wasteland at the northern end of Crystal City, a spot that Arlington County leaders want to transform into a park and aquatics center. But how much will it cost to build and operate? Those nu...
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In Virginia, outgoing Governor Bob McDonnell delivered his final state of the commonwealth address last night to a packed House chamber in Richmond. Surprising many, McDonnell delivered an apology for the scandal that has engulfed his administration in its final year. Many people were expecting the governor to avoid the subject altogether, focusing on the traditional list of...
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The Virginia General Assembly is returning to Richmond for a 60-day session to deal with the state budget and a long list of other issues. Outgoing Gov. Bob McDonnell will be delivering his last state of the commonwealth tonight. As he heads out the door, McDonnell is leaving lawmakers and Democratic Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe a proposed $96 billion budget. That will be o...
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In Virginia, members of the Alexandria Planning Commission are giving a green light to a controversial waterfront hotel — the first development in the city's new waterfront plan. Not one speaker supported a proposal from Carr City Centers to build a five-story, 120-room hotel on the Alexandria waterfront, a building that would be more than twice as large as the 1960s-era war...
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Members of the Alexandria Planning Commission are about to take up a controversial proposal to demolish a 1960s-era warehouse and build a waterfront hotel. This is the first hotel to be considered under the newly-adopted waterfront plan, which overturns a longstanding ban on waterfront hotels and more than doubles density at three sites compared to what's there now. ...
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County leaders in Arlington are going back to the drawing board for a new aquatics center at Long Bridge Park, as construction bids came in higher than expected. The Long Bridge aquatics center was expected to be an $80 million project. Operating it was expected to cost taxpayers about $2 million. But then county officials started crunching the numbers on the cost of staffing...
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Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe is naming former Virginia First Lady Anne Holton as his secretary of education. Holton is the daughter of former Republican Governor Linwood Holton and the wife of former Democratic Governor Tim Kaine, who is now a member of the U.S. Senate. She is a longtime child advocate and former Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court judge...
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Should Arlington put a streetcar line on Columbia Pike? Members of the Arlington County Board are about to start debating the bottom line of streetcars. ...
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Virginia governor-elect Terry McAuliffe has chosen Maurice Jones, a former newspaper publisher and government official, as his secretary of commerce and trade. Jones was publisher of the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk for four years before becoming deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2012. At HUD, he was responsible for the day-to-d...
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In Virginia, Democrats and Republicans are focusing their attention on Loudoun County, where a special election for the state Senate this month may have drastic consequences. The chamber is evenly split 20/20, with a Democrat set to take over as Lieutenant Governor. If Democrats are able to keep the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General-elect Mark Herring, they will be abl...
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In Virginia, voters in Loudoun County are about to go back to the polls to select a replacement for State Senator Mark Herring (D-Loudoun), who was elected attorney general. In order for newly elected Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam to be able to break ties in the Senate, Democrats will need to win two special elections now underway — one to fill the seat vacated by Herring, whose ...
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In Virginia, Democratic Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe is reappointing the state secretary of agriculture and forestry. He is also appointing a new a new natural resources chief. McAuliffe says Todd Haymore is staying on as agriculture secretary. He's the third holdover from Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's Cabinet. Haymore previously served as commissioner of the state D...
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Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe is retaining his Republican predecessor's health and human resources secretary. McAuliffe said at a news conference that Bill Hazel is the best person for the job. Hazel has been a member of Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's Cabinet for the past four years. Hazel enjoys bipartisan support in the General Assembly, where he will...
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Republican Mark Obenshain has conceded the race for Virginia attorney general, making the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. "The recount is almost over. And in this contest for attorney general that I was frankly starting to think was never going to end, it’s apparent that our campaign is going to home up a few votes short," Obenshain said. O...
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In Virginia, the recount in the hotly contested race for attorney general is heading into day three, and Democrat Mark Herring has widened his margin of victory over Republican Mark Obenshain from 165 to 866 votes. Herring's lead jumped to just over 300 votes after Monday's recount in Fairfax County, Alexandria and Chesapeake, and Democrats say that the additional jump in vo...
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In Virginia, longtime Republican congressman Frank Wolf says he will not seek reelection next year. Wolf first came to Congress in 1980. Even as Washington grew hyper-partisan over his seventeen terms representing Northern Virginia, he maintained the respect of lawmakers in both parties. Now, the 73-year-old congressman says it's time to step aside and let a new gener...
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In Virginia, a recount in the hotly contested race for attorney general starts this morning. The recount will start in Fairfax County because it has more votes than any other jurisdiction, a massive undertaking that will probably take two days. The recount will also start today in Alexandria and Chesapeake, two cities that will have to hand-count all paper ballots because t...
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Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe is turning to a one-time rival to fill one of his key cabinet posts. Former delegate Brian Moran will lead the Department of Public Safety. Moran and McAuliffe faced each other in a bitter primary fight four years ago, an election that was ultimately won by state Sen. Creigh Deeds, who lost to Republican Bob McDonnell in the general election. ...