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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers

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

Articles by Meredith Somers

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley delivers his speech before the state's General Assembly during his State of the State address in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

O'Malley approval rating sinks after Maryland gas-tax increase

Maryland voters support controversial initiatives passed by the General Assembly this year ending the death penalty and imposing strict new gun laws, but poll results released Wednesday show voters holding Gov. Martin O'Malley accountable for an unpopular increase in the gas tax. Published October 17, 2013

A woman takes a photograph of a mural at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. Barriers went down at federal memorials, National Park Service sites, as well as the Smithsonian Institution's network of popular museums and thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Crowds return to D.C. malls, memorials after shutdown ends

With the turn of a key and the click of a lock, the District's memorials, monuments and museums were back open Thursday, welcoming thousands of visitors who'd waited through the 16-day federal shutdown to gain access to the famous sites. Published October 17, 2013

Phillip and Molly Feliciano spent Sunday collecting litter and trash that has piled up on the Mall since the start of the federal government shutdown. (meredith somers/the washington times)

Couple married to task of cleaning Mall

Nearly 2 miles of Mall separate the Lincoln Memorial from the western foot of the U.S. Capitol, and this weekend a Montgomery County couple did their best to tidy up a few acres. Published October 14, 2013

A protester speaks to people gathered at a rally at the World War II Memorial in Washington Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, has leaders in the U.S. Senate have taken the helm in the search for a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avert a federal default. The rally was organized to protest the closure of the Memorial, subsequent to the shutdown, and lack of access to it by World War II veterans, who traveled there on Honor Flight visits. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Hundreds of protesters storm WWII Memorial, Lafayette Square

Hundreds of veterans and their supporters rallied at the World War II Memorial and outside the White House on Sunday, provoking what at times became angry exchanges between police and demonstrators protesting the federal government shutdown. Published October 13, 2013