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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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School leaders in Alexandria are preparing for a new school year and a new start for a long-troubled school. The construction crew is hard at work building a new $45 million school facility for Jefferson Houston School, a facility that offers Kindergarden through eighth grade. Bea Porter has two grandchildren that attend the school, and she says hopes were high three years ...
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Democrats and Republicans in Virginia are at odds over the value of investigating the resignation of a state senator. House Democratic Leader David Toscano is calling for an investigation into the Virginia Tobacco Commission, adding his voice to other Democrats who want answers about the controversial resignation of state Senator Phil Puckett. But some Republicans say that's...
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Republican legislative leaders in Virginia are scheduling a special session in September to debate whether to expand Medicaid eligibility, something GOP lawmakers have already made clear they oppose. House Speaker Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment are planning to call a special session in late September. They said the special session was a fulfi...
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Voters in Arlington are facing three separate special elections this year, one for House of Delegates, one for treasurer and another for the school board. The first one will be on Aug. 19, when voters will head to the polls in a summertime special election to fill the seat vacated by longtime Delegate Bob Brink, who resigned to take a position in the McAuliffe administration...
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Now that Libertarian Robert Sarvis has qualified to be on the ballot in the U.S. Senate race across Virginia, some are wondering if he might play a decisive role in the election. If Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was able to secure about 40 percent of the votes that went to Sarvis last year's race for governor, he would have won t...
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A special election will be held next month in Arlington to pick a replacement for Del. Bob Brink, who took a position in the McAuliffe administration. This weekend, both parties picked their candidates. The Republican candidate in the race is Dave Foster, a former chairman of the Arlington County School Board. After securing the Republican nomination on Sunday, Foster vowed...
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Democrats in Arlington are organizing a lightning-fast caucus to select a candidate to fill a vacancy in the House of Delegates. Democrats packed the halls of a special meeting last night to hear from seven candidates in the lightning fast special election to fill the seat vacated by Arlington Delegate Bob Brink, who stepped down this week to take a position with t...
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Voters in Arlington and McLean will be heading to the polls next month in a special election to replace longtime Delegate Bob Brink, and the parties will be working overtime this weekend to name candidates. Last week, ...
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to announce a new commission to look into climate change today. The group will be formally known as the Governor's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. It's an update because the panel will build on work that began when U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine was governor, a time when a similar commission was created. It issued dozens of recommen...
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Leaders at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria are hoping to rebrand and launch a renovation, but the organization that leads the center is facing some obstacles. Walking into the Torpedo Factory, visitors are greeted with cracked tiles, banners with an outdated old logo and donated seating from an old movie theater. Some say...
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A federal judge is refusing to allow a former Virginia attorney general to testify as an expert witness in former Governor Bob McDonnell's corruption trial. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his products. Their trial is set for J...
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Prince William County Democratic state Senator Chuck Colgan will retire next year when his term expires. The 87-year-old senator has served in the chamber since 1976. Republicans currently hold a one-seat advantage in the Senate after former Democratic state Senator Phil Puckett abruptly quit the upper chamber earlier this month. The senator tells the "Ri...
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Virginia Republicans are preparing themselves for a potential court fight to stop Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe from expanding health insurance to 400,000 Virginians. The House Republican caucus has already spent $25,000 to hire Paul Clement, a former United States solicitor general, in their ongoing fight against ...
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The Virginia General Assembly has effectively prohibited Gov. Terry McAuliffe from moving forward with expanding health insurance for 400,000 Virginians who live in poverty or with disabilities — at least for now. McAuliffe ran on a platform of expanding Medicaid as pa...
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In Virginia, Republican House Speaker Bill Howell is ruling that one of Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe's key line-item budget vetoes is unconstitutional. That creates a new obstacle to expanding health insurance for 400,000 Virginians with living in poverty or with disabilities. ...
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is vetoing funding for a new ethics commission, even as former Governor Bob McDonnell is facing federal corruption charges. One of McDonnell's problems is that he failed to disclose he received a Rolex watch from a businessman seeking influence from stat...
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The FBI is investigating the circumstances of former Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett's departure from the General Assembly. Puckett's resignation gave control of the state Senate to Republicans and dealt a serious setback to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's p...
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Police officials in Alexandria are narrowing the focus of their investigation into three unsolved murders. Alexandria Police Chief Earl Cook doesn't want to call Charles Severance a "suspect" in the murders, and he's uncomfortable with calling him a "person of interest." But now that prosecutors in Loudoun County are moving forward with a firearms charge, the chief has a new...
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In Virginia, prosectors in Loudoun County are moving forward with charges against Charles Severance, a man Alexandria prosecutors say they want to question in connection to three unsolved murders. At the end of a three-hour hearing in Leesburg today, General District Court Judge Deborah Welsh certified the case to the Circuit Court, which means the case is headed for trial. ...
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Virginia Republicans have taken over the General Assembly and passed a state budget that does not include Medicaid expansion. But the battle over the budget is about to get even more intense. One provision in the new Republican budget makes it more difficult for Democ...