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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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Federal agents are investigating whether a man in custody in West Virginia has a connection to three high-profile murders that have made residents of Alexandria, Va., afraid to open their own doors. That man was a mayoral candidate in the city. Charles Severance first ran for mayor in a special election in 1996, when Mayor Patsy Ticer was elected to the Virginia st...
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City leaders in Alexandria are considering a controversial proposal to remove parking spots on a prominent city street and install a bike lane in each direction. The proposal would remove parking on King Street from West Cedar Street to Highland Place, a four-block stretch near the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. It would remove 27 parking spaces that are used ...
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A clerical error by former Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration may void about 60 appointments to various state boards and commissions. Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says McDonnell's office did not forward the appointments to the General Assembly for confirmation. Without legislative approval, the McAuliffe administration says it considers those board seats vacant....
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Virginia lawmakers are at odds over the budget. While most of the attention has gone to the debate over expanding Medicaid, that's not the only issue that's left unresolved by the impasse. This fall, a handful of failing schools are set to be taken ove...
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Members of the Virginia General Assembly have packed up and gone home, although they will return later this month for a special session. Before adjourning, lawmakers reformed mental health laws, reduced the number of standardized tests for public school students and created a new ethics commission. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille says he's concerned legislators were n...
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Charges of corruption in the Virginia governor's office have sparked a number of ethics-reform efforts. But critics say the reforms don't go far enough. The General Assembly passed a law that limits gifts to $250. That doesn't apply to meals and travel, however. A newly created ethics commission would have some oversight, but Alexandria Delegate Rob Krupicka says he would ha...
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Federal prosecutors say former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is not entitled to more details on what they claim he did wrong. McDonnell's lawyers have complained that the 14-count indictment in his public corruption case is too vague. They're asking for a "bill of particulars" spelling out in more detail exactly how he allegedly broke the law. Prosecutors are urg...
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Members of Virginia's General Assembly adjourned without passing a budget, which means that a special session is on the horizon featuring an epic battle over expanding Medicaid. The state Senate's budget includes expanding health insurance for 400,000 people who are low-income or living with disabilities. But Republicans leaders in the House of Delegates are dead set against...
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Alexandria police released a sketch of the suspect in last week's shooting. Alexandria Police say the same gun may have been used in three unsolved murders, potentially linking th...
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There are divisions among Virginia Democrats over the governor's pick to lead the party — a mayor who's spoken out against same-sex marriage. Last fall, Democrats swept all three statewide offices and took control of the state Senate. Then they celebrated a major legal victory when a ...
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Members of the Virginia Senate are honoring the late U.S. Senator Harry Byrd, but not everyone is participating in the celebration. Most Senate sessions begin with a round of pomp and circumstance. Boy Scout troops are recognized, and resolutions are offered to celebrate high-school football teams or retired dignitaries. But yesterday's resolution to honor the late Harry Byr...
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Citing interference, Virginia's lead mental health inspector quits amid complaints about official meddling in the probe of events which preceded the attack on Sen. Creigh Deeds by his son. In a resignation letter to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, G. Douglas Bevelacqua wrote if he "were responsible for publishing the report it would have been issued weeks ago and it would have contained...
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Leaders at George Mason University are about to create new gender-neutral student housing, a policy that would allow all kinds of students to live together — male, female and students who don't identify with either gender. At Whitetop Residence Hall on the campus of George Mason University, some of the floors are assigned to male, and others to female residents — for no...
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In Virginia, 11 candidates have announced their intention to run for the Democratic nomination to replace retiring Rep. Jim Moran. Here's the list, so far: Former Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer, former Urban League of Northern Virginia president Lavern Chatman, Alexandria state Senator Adam Ebbin, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Alexandria Delegate Charniele Herring, Arlington De...
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In Virginia, city officials in Alexandria have released the 911 call in the Ruthanne Lodato murder. But police now say that was a mistake and they don't want the public to hear it. Alexandria police officials say the city attorney's office did not consult them when they received a Freedom of Information Act request for the audio of the 911 call ...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says evidence turned over by prosecutors in his public corruption case is incomprehensible. In court papers filed Wednesday, defense lawyers say the government has produced a mountain of computerized documents "in a chaotic format riddled with errors." They say it's the digital equivalent of dumping five million loose-leaf documents on the...
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Sundays will no longer be considered a day of rest for Virginia hunters or the wild birds and animals they pursue. The Virginia Senate is moving forward with the bill that would repeal the state's ban on Sunday hunting on private property. The bill had previously passed the House and a spokesman for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's says the governor intends to sign it into l...
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At least 16 state lawmakers in Virginia have investments worth more than $1 million, according to a new analysis by a nonprofit that tracks money in politics. The Virginia Public Access Project compiled personal finance forms of the 139 current members of the General Assembly. Lawmakers do not have to provide the ...
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In Virginia, leaders in the General Assembly are at odds with each other about expanding Medicaid to 400,000 people in the commonwealth. The Senate's version of the state's budget would provide publicly funded private health insurance coverage to Virginians who earn too much to qualify for the state's current Medicaid program but not enough to qualify for tax credits on heal...
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Supporters of expanding Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians have a new strategy — not calling it an expansion. Some Republicans in the state Senate are pushing a plan to use private insurers to expand health care to the uninsured — a plan known as the "Virginia Marketplace." But after Republican Sen. John Watkins introduced a bill outlining how it might work, House R...