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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella is The Washington Times' Metro editor. He can be reached at

Articles by Matthew Cella

D.C. man sentenced for phone threats against Amtrak

A D.C. man was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison for phoning in bomb threats to Amtrak that resulted in train delays in November 2011 and January, prosecutors said. Published November 7, 2012

An arbitrator ruled Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe retaliated against the president D.C. firefighters union by transferring him to another job and seeking to manufacture a justification for the move. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. arbitrator: Fire chief guilty of retaliation

D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe unlawfully retaliated against the president of the city firefighters union by transferring him from his work assignment and seeking to manufacture a justification for the move, an arbitrator has ruled. Published October 30, 2012

**FILE** Jonathan Ogden retired after a 12-year career with the Ravens. (Associated Press)

IN OTHER WORDS: Threatening words in casino fight

Former Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden came under scrutiny last week from opponents of a Maryland gambling referendum after he appeared in a television ad supporting casino expansion. Published October 28, 2012

A traffic speed enforcement unit was set up in the Ninth Street tunnel in Northwest on Tuesday. D.C. Council members, citing constituent concerns, are considering lowering the fine from speed cameras to $50 per violation. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: Budgeting for lower speed camera fines

The fight over traffic cameras in the District took center stage last week, after a trio of D.C. Council members introduced a bill to cap fines at $50 for certain violations that currently put motorists on the hook for $100 or more. Published October 21, 2012

**FILE** Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson (Raymond Thompson/The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: Libertarian Gary Johnson still trying

Libertarian Gary E. Johnson, who is on the presidential ballot in more than 40 states, successfully got onto Virginia's last week as well despite a challenge from the state Republican Party. Published September 9, 2012

D.C. man sentenced for golf club assault

A D.C. man was sentenced Friday for attacking another man with a golf club during a dispute over a car blocking an exit to a parking lot, the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District said. Published September 8, 2012

WORDS: Date for MLK memorial words speeding up

We pointed out in a story by Tom Howell Jr. last week that the controversial "drum major" quote inscribed on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial had not been changed despite pledges from the National Park Service six months ago to fix it. Published September 3, 2012

** FILE ** Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: Game of ‘gotcha’ on Medicaid provision

The seemingly ever-escalating war of words between friendly rivals Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continued last week -- just in time to coincide with Mr. McDonnell's hosting of the National Governors Association's annual meeting held in Williamsburg, Va. Published July 15, 2012