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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers

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

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The gardens surrounding the British ambassador's residence can be viewed in Northwest this weekend as part of the European Union open houses, Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 10, 2012 (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

EU embassies open doors to visitors Saturday

A royal marriage that touched the hearts of romantics, a diamond jubilee that has captured the minds of nostalgics. It's been a remarkable year for Great Britain, and with the Summer Olympics in London, the excitement is still going. Published May 10, 2012

Drivers injured in school bus crash

A collision between a school bus and van early Monday injured 12 students and sent both drivers to the hospital, Prince George's County Police said. Published May 7, 2012

10-year-old in car shot in leg

A 10-year-old girl was shot in the leg by an errant bullet fired at the car she was riding in, D.C. police said. Published May 7, 2012

A speed camera on Iverson Street in the Hillcrest Heights area of Prince George's County stands ready Wednesday to catch motorists who exceed the posted speed limits. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Speeders accelerate cash flow for P.G.

Prince George's County issued 200,000 speeding tickets to lead-foot drivers under its eight-month-old Automated Speed Enforcement Program, a number that county officials said is good for safety - but critics argue only benefits the bottom line. Published May 3, 2012

 Union Square, which includes the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, will have more "hardscape space" rather than lawn, to make the area more sustainable for when large crowds gather, designer Rodrigo Abela said. (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol & Davis Brody Bond)

Mall redesigners show 'real passion'

Caretakers of the Mall on Thursday announced their selection of firms to give America's backyard some much-needed improvements. Published May 3, 2012

** FILE ** Prince George's County Council Vice Chairman Eric C. Olson

Hot issue: 'Town center' amid houses near UMd.

Scores of Prince George's County residents slogged through a marathon public hearing on Monday during which county leaders considered a zoning change that could pave the way for a new shopping area near the University of Maryland. Published April 30, 2012

Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church, right, and his wife Victoria stand for the National Anthem prior to a Washington Nationals baseball game against the Houston Astros in Washington, Monday, April 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Osteen draws 40,000 to Nationals Park

Joel Osteen, the youthful megachurch pastor with a bright smile and slick style, performed at least one miracle while he was in Washington this weekend: selling out Nationals Park. Published April 29, 2012

Metro OKs increases for rail, bus, parking

Metro's board of directors on Thursday approved fare hikes for bus and rail and raised parking fees as part of an effort to close a $103 million budget gap. Published April 26, 2012

Albrecht Gero Muth has often donned a military costume and claimed to be a secret agent and Iraqi army general. Mr. Muth, 47, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Viola Herms Drath. (Mai Photo News Agency)

Judge orders further mental evaluation for Muth

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered an additional two months of mental health treatment for Albrecht Muth, based on the recommendations of doctors tasked with determining whether he is competent to stand trial in the killing of his 91-year-old wife, Viola Drath. Published April 25, 2012

Investigators walk into an Oxon Hill home where bodies were found. Five people are dead of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Five killed by carbon monoxide poisoning in Oxon Hill

Five people in an Oxon Hill home died of carbon monoxide poisoning Monday night after the toxic gas leaked out of a rusty heating pipe, Prince George's County fire department officials said. Published April 24, 2012

Viola Drath, seen here in 1987, died under mysterious circumstances last year at the age of 91. (The Washington Times)

Drath murder case exposes bizarre lifestyle of Georgetown couple

For two decades, Viola Drath and her husband, Albrecht Muth, lived among the relatively secluded houses on a quiet Northwest Washington street. It wasn't until police threw open the door of their Q Street home on a night in August that the eccentric — and at times abusive — life of the bizarre couple was thrust into the spotlight. Published April 24, 2012

Witness heard Marine say, 'I'm going to stab somebody'

A Marine charged with fatally stabbing a fellow Marine during a late-night brawl had a history of drug use and belligerent behavior and had been heard by witnesses about an hour before the crime saying he was looking to stab someone, prosecutors said Monday. Published April 24, 2012

Arlington priest once in charge of child protection investigated

A Catholic priest formerly in charge of the Diocese of Arlington's child protection and safety office was placed on administrative leave while police investigate whether he was involved in sexual misconduct with a boy in the late 1990s, officials said Wednesday. Published April 18, 2012

The space shuttle Discovery arrives by 747 carrier aircraft at Washington Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Va., Tuesday, April 17, 2012. After completing 39 missions and spending 365 days in space, the historic spacecraft will make its final destination at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, a Smithsonian museum, located in Chantilly, Va. on Thursday, April 19th. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Shuttle Discovery flyover dazzles D.C. area

The space shuttle Discovery passed low over the D.C. area Tuesday morning, drawing spectators to gathering spots atop buildings and aside roads for a glimpse of the onetime workhorse of NASA's orbiter fleet before it is delivered to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Published April 17, 2012