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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

City State: Morning Roundup

McDonnell-backed pension-reform plan wouldn't save money; Senate hears rural gripes on PlanMaryland; Maryland sees increase in youth cigar smoking; Week of wrangling in store for D.C. ethics bill; Crucifix-Santa disassembler speaks; India trip garners Md. $60 million in investment; One City-One Hire moves to Phase 2; Gray preps environmental package; Schaefer's trains find a home; Bolling-Cuccinelli: Burgers vs. paintball Published December 13, 2011

City State: Morning Roundup

D.C. ethics bill pending, fundraisers roll on; Baltimore cedes residents, influence; D.C. losing patience with Occupiers; Arlington set for bleak session; Judge to rule on Bolling's power; Health study in Spring Valley; D.C. reining in promoters; Maryland DNR lost track of guns Published December 12, 2011

Virginia Tech police Officer Deriek Crouse was shot and killed on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, during a routine traffic stop on the school's Blacksburg, Va., campus. (AP Photo/Virginia Tech)

Va. Tech shooter changed clothes to evade detection

Authorities said Friday that a man who fatally shot a Virginia Tech campus police officer fled and changed clothes to evade detection before fatally shooting himself after he was spotted by law-enforcement personnel. Published December 9, 2011

Ross Truett Ashley (Virginia State Police)

Police ID Virginia Tech shooter

Virginia State Police on Friday said a 22-year-old student at Radford University was responsible for the fatal shooting of a Virginia Tech campus police officer. Published December 9, 2011

IN OTHER WORDS: Your move Mr. McDonnell.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley might have been on the other side of the world last week, leading a state trade mission to India, but that didn't stop him from getting in a playful dig at Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Published December 4, 2011

IN OTHER WORDS: No, Virginia, there won't be a tree lighting

The much-ballyhooed filming of Steven Spielberg's Abraham Lincoln epic starring Daniel Day-Lewis has been underway in Richmond for some time. For those in and around Capitol Square, it's hard not to notice, what with all the actors milling around in 19th-century garb. Published November 20, 2011

Sen. Richard L. Saslaw (Associated Press)

IN OTHER WORDS: Saslaw: Shermanesque?

Saslaw: Shermanesque? Last week was pretty good for Virginia Republicans. The GOP picked up seven seats in the state House and two in the state Senate in the Nov. 8 elections, and on Wednesday Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling declared that he fully intended to use his tie-breaking vote in the Senate so that Republicans would govern as an effective majority. Published November 13, 2011

P.G. teen who murdered after warrant foul-up gets 40-year sentence

A 19-year-old Capitol Heights man who fatally shot one man and wounded another in a domestic dispute after the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office failed for more than a year to arrest him on an open warrant was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison, Prince George's County prosecutors said. Published October 29, 2011

Autumn snow, cold temperatures hit D.C. region

A rare pre-Halloween snow fell on much of the D.C. area early Saturday, coating roofs and cars and dusting trees that have not yet shed their leaves. Published October 29, 2011

Crowds of people wait outside of Union Station on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 following a 5.9 earthquake whose epicenter was in Mineral, Va., east of Charlottesville, but whose effects could be felt up the entire Eastern seaboard, including Washington, D.C. All buildings downtown were evacuated. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Falling plaster closes Union Station's main hall

The main hall of the District's Union Station was closed Friday evening after plaster from the roof damaged in the Aug. 23 earthquake dislodged and fell to the ground. Published October 28, 2011

Ronald Moten (The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: GOP switch stirs up Ward 7 race

What do you get when you mix an incumbent D.C. Council member, the 26-year-old son of a former city lawmaker and an anti-gang activist who suddenly switches to the party of Ronald Reagan? Published October 23, 2011

Former D.C. cop sentenced for robbery, murder

A former Metropolitan Police officer was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for serving as a lookout in an armed carjacking and robbery that led to a fatal shooting. Published October 21, 2011


IN OTHER WORDS: Bartlett sets his sights on stink bugs

Maryland Democrats might want to push Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett out of office, but he could be the state's only hope against a foe that has terrorized Republicans and Democrats alike - the brown marmorated stink bug. Published October 16, 2011

19-year-old D.C. man sentenced for infant son's death

A 19-year-old D.C. man was sentenced Friday to three years in prison in connection with the death of his 7-week-old son, who died from head injuries after he was dropped and then left unattended, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District said. Published October 14, 2011

IN OTHER WORDS: Giving credit where credit may not be due

When D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Wednesday that language in Congress' short-term spending measure allowed the District to spend its local dollars in the new fiscal year "for the first time ever," it generated some interest in the way that anything might that has never happened before. Published October 2, 2011