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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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Members of Virginia's General Assembly met in Richmond Monday for a special session on transportation funding. Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) tried to lead a revolt that divided his party, threatening the major transportation agreement from last year that's already funding projects across the commonwealth. One of his amendments would have reinstated a "kill switch," e...
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Arlington Democrats were unable to defeat incumbent independent County Board member John Vihstadt after a campaign that focused attention on a controversial proposal to build a $333 million streetcar system on Columbia Pike. Now the debate about the streetcar system may be headed in a ...
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In Virginia, the hotly contested race for United States Senate has finally reached a conclusion three after the election, with Republican Ed Gillespie now conceding the election. Gillespie says he called Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Warner today to concede the election, one of the closest in the country, despite polls showing incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Warner with a ...
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Election officials across Virginia are seeing an increase in the use of provisional ballots because of a new law that requires a photo ID to vote. That means more work for them, even after the election is over. Election officials across the commonwealth are still working overtime to review provisional ballots, those cast by people who were not on the voter rolls or did not ...
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Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner has declared victory in Tuesday's election, but Republican challenger Ed Gillespie has yet to concede in the close race for U.S. Senate Warner stands at 49 percent of the vote and Gillespie has 48 percent. "The marg...
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The Republican victories extended even into the commonwealth of Virginia, where former Republican John Vihstadt has been reelected to the Arlington County Board. Democrats were confident that the thousands of Democrats who showed up at the polls to vote for Don Beyer and Mark Warner would be able to swamp incumbent Arlington Board member Vihstadt, the former Republican runni...
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Virginia House of Delegates member Barbara Comstock is headed to Washington, filling the term of retiring Congressman Frank Wolf. Comstock cruised to a double-digit victory, taking 56 percent of the vote to Foust's 40 percent. Democrats were hopeful that Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust would be able to offer a solid challenge to Comstock, but then the bottom f...
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Sen. Mark Warner came to Lyles-Crouch Elementary School in Alexandria to cast his ballot today, and he was not shy about sharing his decision for the U.S. Senate. "We all know that Washington's broken, and we've got a choice this campaign between somebody who has a proven record of being a problem solver, or one more partisan warrior," Warner said, referring to his Republica...
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A regional law enforcement initiative to gather and store personal telephone data collected in criminal investigations is drawing attention. The American Civil Liberties Union is raising concerns about the legality of the agreement involving five Hampton Roads localities. ACLU of Virginia lawyer Robert Poggenklass says that the agreement allows one agency to share legally ob...
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Candidates for the House and Senate in Virginia raised more than $50 million this election cycle, an amount that is likely to break records when all the numbers have been calculated. "This is an immense amount of money that's going to add up to about zero change come next January," says Stephen Farnsworth, a professor at University of Mary Washington. He expects all the incu...
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Virginia's Arlington County is now taking steps to eliminate questions about criminal convictions on employment applications. The county is joining dozens of jurisdictions across the country and several states to "ban the box," eliminating the space on employment applications that asks about criminal convictions. County leaders say the questions don't necessarily disqualify...
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A federal court in Virginia may be taking up the controversial name of the Washington football team. Friday, aederal judge Gerald Bruce Lee heard from the Washington Redskins, a group that wants the federal court system to overturn a ruling from the United States Patent Trademark Board...
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A new poll by Christopher Newport University shows Democratic Virginia Senator Mark Warner retaining a solid lead over Republican challenger Ed Gillespie. The poll, conducted by the Wason Center for Public Policy shows that Gillespie is gaining ground among undecided voters, increasing his standing from 39 percent in the last poll to 44 percent heading into Election Day. Bu...
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Virginia voters will soon be confronted with an amendment to the state constitution that may have drastic consequences for local governments across the commonwealth. When they head to the polls on Nov. 4, voters will decide the fate of a constitutional amendment that would give tax relief to families of servicemembers who are killed in the line of duty. The amendment would ...
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Click to see an interactive map of bike lanes in Fairfax Cou...
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Leaders from across Virginia are taking a second look at the state's infamous ethics laws, which became the focus of new concerns after former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted of extortion and conspiracy. Shortly after McDonnell was convicted of public corruption, current Govern...
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Time is running out for Virginia voters to cast absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 general election. "The phones have certainly been busier for the November election than they were for the June primary, but it does not approach the level of a presidential election at all," says Anna Lieder, Alexandria registrar. That phone will be probably be ringing a bit more today,...
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Virginia state officials are creating a new daily monitoring program to keep an eye on people for 21 days who arrive from countries that have seen outbreaks of the Ebola virus. All travelers who arrive in Virginia from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be put through the Virginia Department of Health's new monitoring program. State officials will work through their local ...
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Candidates in the hotly contested race for the Arlington County Board remain deeply divided over the wisdom of a streetcar line along Columbia Pike. When members of the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board assembled for a recent meeting, they received a letter from independent Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt. Along with Democrat Libby Garvey, he urged membe...