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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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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...
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Virginia's attorney general is telling an appellate court reviewing a judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, and that homosexuals have just as much right to marry as interracial heterosexual couples. Attorney General Mark Herring is making that argument in a brief filed today at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. Arguments are ...
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Voters in Arlington may have just elected a new County Board member in a special election, but the winner of that election will now have to stand for election again in November. John Vihstadt will be sworn-in as the newest member of the Arlington County Board this afternoon. But...
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The search of a pond in Fairfax County in relation to three high-profile unsolved murders in Alexandria is over. Police officials say the FBI helped them with the search for evidence, but they won't say what they found, if anything. The pond is located near a home belonging to Charles Severance's parents. Police say they want to talk to Severance in relation to the murders, ...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is leading a state task force on mental health. Northam says he's especially pleased to be chairman of the task force because of his experience as a pediatric neurologist: "There's certainly a lot of overlap between neurology and psychiatry and I just live that every day." Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order this week exte...
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Arlington County Election Results Candidate Votes Percent Alan Howze (Dem.) 9,107 41.01% Stephen Holbrook (Ind.) 161 0.72% Janet Murphy (Ind.) 250 1.13% ...
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In Virginia, voting in today's special election for Arlington County Board is lighter than expected. Arlington Registrar Linda Lindberg says turnout this morning at the polls was very light, an indication that the number of people voting today may end up being smaller than expected. "I don't know if it had to do with the fact that it was sort of foggy and gray and ...
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Five former Virginia attorneys general will not be allowed to file court papers arguing that public corruption charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell should be dismissed. U.S. District Judge James Spencer is declining to exercise his discretion to accept the friend-of-the-court brief. He has already rejected a similar request by the National Association of Criminal Defens...