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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella is The Washington Times' Metro editor. He can be reached at mcella@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Matthew Cella

**FILE** An officer removes police tape from a crime scene. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DYRS fails to assess, house, monitor D.C. youth in its custody

Widespread failures in the ability of the city's juvenile justice agency to assess, place and oversee youth in its custody are complicating efforts to prevent young offenders from going missing or to locate them when they do, the District's inspector general says. Published December 10, 2013

Construction cranes dot the horizon in NW Washington D.C., Tuesday, May 29, 2007. (Allison Shelley / The Washington Times)

Federal govt. expansion helped D.C. prosper through recession: CFO

The District's chief financial officer said in a memorandum Tuesday what pretty much everyone familiar with the city already knew — that federal government expansion during the recession contributed to a population growth that buoyed the D.C. economy and continues to be a boon for its finances. Published November 26, 2013

Virginia gubernatorial candidate, DemocratTerry McAuliffe, campaigns at a rally, Women for Terry, at the State Theater in Falls Church, Va. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. During the event former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally endorsed her family friend's bid for Virginia governor, marking her first public campaign event since departing the State Department in February. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Rasmussen poll gives McAuliffe a 17-point lead over Cuccinelli

A poll released Tuesday suggests Democrat Terry McAuliffe has pulled away in the campaign for Virginia governor, opening a 17-point lead against Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II two weeks from Election Day. Published October 22, 2013

Douglas F. Gansler (Associated Press)

Maryland lawyers argue new gun laws won't cause 'irreparable harm'

Gun rights activists who filed a federal lawsuit attempting to block stringent new gun restrictions in Maryland demonstrated neither a likelihood of success in the case nor irreparable harm they would suffer if the law goes into effect Tuesday and should not be granted a temporary restraining order, lawyers for the state say. Published September 30, 2013

Civilian paramedics to be hired in break with D.C. policy

The D.C. fire department is set to hire civilian paramedics to address dire shortages in its emergency medical services workforce — moving forward with a major policy shift that reverses decades of efforts to establish an agency whose employees are cross-trained as both medics and firefighters. Published August 15, 2013

Police to investigate two fires aboard D.C. ambulances

City officials have asked police to investigate two fires that occurred Tuesday aboard D.C. ambulances amid a series of embarrassing failures with the District's emergency medical fleet that has affected everyone from regular residents to the president of the United States. Published August 13, 2013

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Federal probe of D.C. campaigns snares another Vincent Gray aide

A longtime campaign aide of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to one count of lying to investigators in connection with a wide-ranging federal campaign finance probe — the fourth person affiliated with the 2010 campaign to plead guilty. Published August 12, 2013

Longtime Gray campaign aide charged with lying to investigators

A longtime campaign aide of D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is expected to plead guilty Tuesday to one count of lying to investigators in connection with a wide-ranging federal campaign finance probe — the fourth person affiliated with the 2010 campaign to plead guilty. Published August 12, 2013

The majority of District of Columbia ambulances needing repairs to air-conditioning units during a July heat wave were returned to service within hours.  A shortage of ambulances that can be put into service has led the District to do some outsourcing to cover special events, such as sporting events, however, at a cost to the city. (Andrew S. Geraci, The Washington Times)

Obama's D.C. ambulance has broken fuel gauge, runs out of gas

A D.C. fire department ambulance customarily accompanies a presidential motorcade as it departs from the White House. But when a motorcade left Thursday, the ambulance remained behind on the South Lawn. It had run out of gas. Published August 12, 2013

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is part of a delegation that traveled to Kuwait and Afghanistan this week to visit troops (Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense)

Virginia Gov. McDonnell travels to Kuwait, Afghanistan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has put some distance between himself and a scandal involving gifts and loans from a wealthy Virginia businessman — about 7,000 miles — to visit troops in Kuwait and Afghanistan.. Published July 24, 2013

McDonnell won't say if he plans to repay donor for gifts to wife

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he has repaid $124,000 in loans from a wealthy Virginia businessman, but what remains unclear is whether the governor also plans to reimburse his benefactor for tens of thousands of dollars in gifts given to his family. Published July 24, 2013

** FILE ** Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell apologizes, repays Jonnie Williams' loan

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday said he had repaid with interest tens of thousands of dollars in loans given to him and his family by a wealthy businessman and for the first time he apologized for the "embarrassment" the ongoing scandal has brought the state. Published July 23, 2013