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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

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

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This photo released by the Howard County Police shows shooting suspect Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of College Park, MD. Aguilar carried out  the Saturday Jan. 25, 2014, attack with a 12-gauge shotgun at a skateboard shop at the Mall in Columbia in suburban Baltimore before killing himself, police said. (AP Photo/ Howard County Police)

Maryland mall gunman said in journal he was prepared to die

A 19-year-old who fatally shot two employees at a Maryland mall before taking his own life mentioned killing people in his journal and wrote that he was prepared to die, Howard County police said Wednesday. Published January 29, 2014

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell takes a moment while making a statement as his wife, Maureen, right,  looks on during a news conference in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.  McDonnell and his wife were indicted Tuesday on corruption charges after a monthslong federal investigation into gifts the Republican received from a political donor.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Judge denies McDonnell motion to postpone arraignment

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a motion by lawyers for Bob McDonnell to delay for a week the former Virginia governor's arraignment on federal corruption charges because a key member of the defense team is out of the country and cannot attend Friday's scheduled court appearance. Published January 22, 2014

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, delivers his concession speech with his wife, Teiro, during an election-night party in Richmond on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Mr. Cuccinelli lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Cuccinelli says McAuliffe power limited on abortion clinics

Outgoing Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II has issued an advisory opinion saying Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe does not have the legal authority to follow through on a controversial pledge to keep open some Virginia abortion clinics slated for closure. Published January 7, 2014

**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