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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

Harry Thomas Jr.

IN OTHER WORDS: A lawyer for all politicians in D.C.

From the District's lawsuit against him to his plea to stealing public funds, former D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. has made few comments in public without a barrage of attorneys to insulate him from the heavy scrutiny of the media. Published April 29, 2012

** FILE ** Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist (Associated Press)

IN OTHER WORDS: Norquist goes after Saslaw

The indestructible force met the immovable object last week: Grover Norquist, the anti-tax advocate who presides over Americans for Tax Reform, dared to take on Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat. Published April 8, 2012

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: A whopper of a campaign story

Maryland state Sen. David R. Brinkley probably won't topple incumbent Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett in Tuesday's Republican congressional primary, but his campaign sure is going down swinging. Published April 2, 2012

A 6-foot fence installed in 2008 at the home of D.C. Council President Vincent C. Gray in the Hillcrest section of Southeast Washington. (The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: Revisiting 'cronyism' in D.C.

Forget Sulaimon Brown a minute. For us, the questions started with a fence — a 6-foot, black, aluminum fence built around D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's Hillcrest home. Published March 25, 2012

Delegate David B. Albo, Fairfax Republican (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

IN OTHER WORDS: A shoo-in for Richmond's TMI award

Virginia legislators took time from wrapping up the people's business on Friday, the penultimate day of the 2012 General Assembly session, to participate in the annual "Sensitivity Caucus Awards Day." Published March 11, 2012

911 service in D.C. restored

Metropolitan police said Saturday afternoon that the District's 911 system was restored after announcing earlier in the day that the call function was "temporarily inoperable." Published March 3, 2012

Marion Barry

IN OTHER WORDS: Were you supposed to say that, Mr. Barry?

A group of the District's finest high school seniors testified before a D.C. Council committee on Thursday in favor of a bill that requires city high schoolers to take a college entrance exam like the SAT and apply to at least one college. Published February 19, 2012

After the end of the General Assembly session in Annapolis, Gov. Martin O'Malley (center) signs a bill into law Tuesday with Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch (right) and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. in attendance. One new law gives Maryland first chance to buy the Preakness horse race to keep it in the state. (Associated Press)

IN OTHER WORDS: Not that kind of house ...

Virginia Delegate Scott A. Surovell, Fairfax Democrat, is no fan of House measure passed last week that would grant civil and criminal immunity to residents who use deadly force on those who break into their homes. Published February 12, 2012

Virginia state Sen. Janet D. Howell, Fairfax Democrat, took a novel approach Wednesday in an unsuccessful attempt to derail abortion-related legislation. (Associated Press)

IN OTHER WORDS: Introducing the Cialis amendment

After Virginia's Senate Education and Health Committee passed a bill requiring women to undergo ultrasound imaging before having an abortion, Sen. Janet D. Howell went back to her hotel room, admittedly angry. Published February 5, 2012

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer

IN OTHER WORDS: Jefferson-Jackson dinner, another bolo bash

Virginia Democrats on Friday made their long-awaited announcement of the keynote speaker for next month's 2012 Jefferson-Jackson dinner, the party's annual Richmond confab that draws everyone from elected officials to the party rank and file. Published January 29, 2012

MPD officer sentenced on stolen property charge

An eight-year veteran Metropolitan Police Department officer was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail on a charge of attempting to receive stolen property, the U.S. attorney's office said. Published January 27, 2012