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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at msomers@washingtontimes.com.

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Cpl. Simran Preet Singh Lamba is the first enlisted soldier to be granted a religious accommodation for his Sikh articles of faith since 1984. (Associated Press)

Pentagon rules under scrutiny by religious rights proponents

Religious rights advocates are scrutinizing a Pentagon directive that allows service members not only to wear beards and turbans as expressions of their faith, but also gives chaplains the right to refuse practices that violate their beliefs, such as performing same-sex marriages. Published January 30, 2014

State Rep. Lenar Whitney of Louisiana, left, joins thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators at a rally at the annual March for Life on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, January 22, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Pro-life marchers begin trek to Supreme Court

Thousands of pro-life supporters have gathered on the Mall, braving Arctic temperatures and drifting snow to rally at the 41st annual March for Life. Published January 22, 2014

Gerard Murphy, president and CEO of the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, says the District still has space that would allow for dealer services. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Death of the urban salesman: D.C.'s 'auto row' only a memory

The automobile industry's best and brightest new models will be on display beginning Thursday at the Washington Auto Show, but you would be hard-pressed to find a dealer that sells these cars within the city limits. Published January 21, 2014

President Obama gives a thumbs up to a supporter at a campaign rally at the Community College of Aurora in Aurora, Colo. on Nov. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

March for Life expands to new cause: Obamacare

Over the course of 40 years, laws have changed and society's perceptions have shifted beyond a simple division between pro-life and pro-choice. Issues such as the death penalty, assisted suicide, "do not resuscitate" medical orders and euthanasia frequently enter the right-to-life debate these days. Published January 20, 2014

City vehicles loaded up with salt wait for their snow plows to be attached as they prepared on Thursday for the arrival of snow in Alexandria, Va. (andrew s. geraci/the Washington Times)

D.C. to dodge bulk of snow, but not wind, cold

The D.C. area might miss the brunt of a powerful storm predicted to dump nearly a foot of snow on Boston and New York City, but the District won't dodge strong winds and plummeting temperatures that are accompanying the precipitation. Published January 2, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor pushes the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year's Eve Ball in Times Square on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Ruling by Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor sets off another battle over Obamacare

Advocates for a Denver-based congregation of Catholic nuns on Wednesday applauded an eleventh-hour order by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to temporarily block a requirement under the Affordable Care Act to insure birth control procedures, but attorneys and analysts agreed the fight is far from over. Published January 1, 2014

Signs reading "no guns permitted" are displayed on the front doors to Toby Keith's I Love this Bar & Grill, Woodbridge, Va., Sunday, December 29, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Gun ban at Toby Keith restaurant draws ire

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Woodbridge, Va,. has been open two days but already made national headlines after the owners decided to prohibit firearms in the restaurant. Published December 29, 2013

Defrocked pastor tells Methodists 'change' is coming

A Methodist pastor defrocked for officiating his gay son's wedding urged District churchgoers on Sunday not to abandon the denomination, even as the same-sex marriage debate threatens to further divide it. Published December 22, 2013