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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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A Fairfax County judge who is presiding over a high-profile Alexandria case will allow a still camera into the courtroom for the murder trial of Charles Severance, who is accused of killing three people. She also left the door open to allowing television cameras for the trail next year. Fairfax County Judge Jane Roush says she believes cameras are no more disturbing to the c...
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A judge is ruling that one still camera will be allowed into the courtroom for pretrial motions in a high-profile murder case, but media outlets are still waiting to hear if television cameras can be inside the room during the trial next year. Judge Jane Roush says cameras are no more distracting that a clock on the wall. She will allow one still camera into the courtroom fo...
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This photo provided by the Alexandria (Va.) Sheriff's office shows a Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, photo of Charles Severance. Severance is charged in Alexandria in three separate killings d...
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As voters prepare to head to the polls this November, one race in the region is taking center stage as one of the most competitive House races in the country. Virginia's 10th Congressional district stretches from Fairfax through Loudoun and Clark into Frederick County. Longtime Congressman Frank Wolf has held the seat since Ronald Reagan was elected, but now his retirement ...
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Elections officials in Virginia are working overtime to make sure voters know the new requirements for voters on Election Day. General election registrars from across the commonwealth have this message for voters who want to cast a ballot on Election Day: "Bring a photo ID with you to the polls." The message comes straight from Arlington registrar Linda Lindberg. ...
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Jesse Matthews, the man charged with the abduction of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, is being indicted on new charges of rape, abduction and attempted capital murder. Police are still waiting on identification of the remains found over the weekend, ...
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What should Fairfax County focus on to fix congestion? Elected officials in Fairfax County are sharply divided over what kind of transit should be the goal for the traffic...
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Charles Severance is now at the Arlington Courthouse awaiting trial. Prosecutors in Alexandria say he murdered three high-profile residents there over the last decade. Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne says he decided to move Severance to avoid any possible conflict of interest. The sheriff says he is close personal friends with a retired judge who is the brother of one of th...
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Kashif Bashir has been charged with attempted capital murder and related counts stemming from a shooting in Feb. 2013. (Alexandria Police) Defense attorneys ...
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School officials in Arlington, Virginia, are considering a proposal to build a new elementary school in the county-owned Thomas Jefferson Park. The plan does not enjoy universal support among members of the neighborhood. The park is a quiet green space near the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and Glebe Road that includes a community center, a ball field and tennis courts...
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A majority of Virginia voters approve of President Obama's military campaign against Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria, according to a new poll. A recent statewide survey from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University shows 63 percent of voters approve of the strikes against the Islamic State. Only 28 percent disapprove. But voters also ...
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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe is putting together a new ethics commission and asking it to come up with concrete proposals on how to improve the state's image in the wake of former Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption conviction. The warning signs have been flashing red for years. Back i...
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Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust faced each other at a debate in Loudoun County last night in the most hotly-contested congressional race in the region. Comstock portrayed herself as a successor to retiring incumbent Frank Wolf, a longtime mem...
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Members of the Arlington County Board have approved a $26 million contract to start designing and engineering a streetcar on Columbia Pike. After hours of debate and conflict, a deeply divided Arlington County Board awarded the engineering contract to a Nebraska-based firm that has experience designing streetcars systems across the country. The vote was three to two. ...
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Remember "Remember the Titans?" That’s the Disney movie, set at Alexandria's T.C. Williams High School, about a football team that defies racial tension to have a successful season. The real story involves an African-American community that was displaced when city leaders decided to build the school. Lifelong resident Francis Terrell, who lives nearby, recalls the bitterne...
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Former Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is suing a conservative political action committee that he says raised large amounts of money by invoking his name in email solicitations but gave only a pittance to his actual campaign. The lawsuit charges that an Arlington-based political action committee called ...