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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

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

IN OTHER WORDS: O'Malley's Big Budget

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley appeared very proud of the proposed budget he submitted last week, expect for one little detail he seemed reluctant to discuss. Published January 22, 2012

IN OTHER WORDS: Judging Judge Gibney in Virginia

The outcome of Friday's ruling on Virginia's ballot access lawsuit couldn't have been too much fun for the campaigns of Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Jon Huntsman Jr. Published January 15, 2012

IN OTHER WORDS: Silence not golden for Cuccinelli, Bolling

Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will likely find themselves on the opposite sides of a debate stage at least once or twice as the 2013 gubernatorial contest eventually grinds into gear. Published January 8, 2012

** FILE ** Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder (Associated Press)

IN OTHER WORDS: Football fandom triumphs over all

A three-judge panel threw out a lawsuit last week against Maryland's new congressional map, brought by plaintiffs who argued it illegally diluted black voting power. Published December 25, 2011

IN OTHER WORDS: O'Malley goes Gaga against bullying

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley might be the state's chief executive, head of the Democratic Governors Association and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, but his name doesn't appear to carry as much weight in the music world. Published December 18, 2011