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

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Getting a last look at Space Shuttle Enterprise are (from left) Jonathan Featherstone of Oakton, his children Emmie, 4, and Luke, 2, and his brother, Michael, at the Smithsonian's Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Space shuttle Discovery ready for final flyover

The space shuttle Discovery, carried on the back of a jumbo jet, will fly over Washington on Tuesday as the onetime workhorse of NASA's orbiter fleet is delivered to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Published April 16, 2012

P.G. officer shoots at burglary suspect

Prince George's County police are investigating a second departmental shooting in this week after an officer fired on a burglary suspect outside a Temple Hills apartment complex early Thursday. Published April 12, 2012

(Associated Press)

Maryland's Mega Millions winner comes forward

Maryland Lottery officials confirmed on Monday that a person holding one of three winning tickets in the March 30 record-breaking Mega Millions drawing has come forward to claim the prize. Published April 9, 2012

Stephen Martino, director of the Maryland Lottery, outside the Baltimore County 7-Eleven store where the record-breaking $656 million Mega Millions jackpot was sold. (Associated Press)

Mega drama unfolds in search of Maryland's winning ticket

Aside from the bizarre drama unfolding over the ticket to a record-breaking jackpot that may or may not be hidden in a Baltimore McDonald's, lottery officials on Thursday said nothing much has changed in the week since three winners were chosen in a Mega Millions drawing worth a half-billion dollars. Published April 5, 2012

Employers differ on online applicant checks

Sharing personal information on social networking websites has become commonplace. But with more employers considering a person's online presence as part of their resume, the practice is raising questions that recently prompted the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia to take action. Published April 3, 2012

(Associated Press)

Baltimore County jackpot winner stays in the dark

The millions of jackpot hopefuls who fantasized about the adventurous trips they would take, the luxury cars they would buy, and the family and friends they would help with their Mega Millions winnings have only one thing to imagine now - the faces of the people who will be splitting the $656 million prize, none of whom by Sunday had come forward. Published April 1, 2012

A customer buys Mega Millions tickets at the Exxon station at the base of the Key Bridge in Georgetown on Wednesday, hoping that little piece of paper will become hundreds of millions of dollars. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Mega Millions' $500M lottery payout has players dreaming

What would you do with $500 million? That's a question millions of people across the country are asking themselves as the clock ticks down to Friday's record-breaking Mega Millions lottery drawing. Published March 28, 2012

Staff member Rene Gonzales (right) helps Matt take photographs before Matt returned to the computer lab at the Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children in Montgomery Village for editing. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Autism provides a different view through the camera in Md. program

The InFocus Project, an photography initiative of a Montgomery County-based agency that serves children and adults living with autism, is part of the agency's supportive employment program and began three years ago when several of the adults "expressed an interest in the arts." Published March 25, 2012

Gasoline prices of more than $4 are seen at a gas station on the south end of The Strip, Tuesday, March 20, 2012, in Las Vegas. From all corners of the country, Americans are irritated these days by record-high fuel prices that have soared above $4 a gallon in some states and could top $5 by summer. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Rising gas prices may curb summer trips

High gasoline prices that are expected to continue rising will force motorists to shell out more at the pump and may have many people reconsidering summer travel plans to save money. Published March 22, 2012

Arlington County chief denies quotas for cops

Arlington County Police Chief M. Douglas Scott on Tuesday denied that his officers are encouraged to meet quotas for writing speeding and parking tickets - but only after an embarrassing intradepartmental memo outlining "proactivity expectations" was made public. Published March 20, 2012

Cate Summers of Arlington takes a break from her bike ride to read at the Tidal Basin as others stroll through and photograph the cherry blossoms, in full bloom in time for the festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of the trees. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Peak cherry blossom-viewing days

Cherry trees nearing full bloom hung heavy on Monday, drawing a steady stream of admirers to the paths around the Tidal Basin on the last official day of winter. Published March 19, 2012

Seagulls fly near cherry blossom trees along the Tidal Basin, in Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 27, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

D.C. cherry blossom peak time moved up

The peak bloom time for the District's cherry blossoms will come a week earlier than expected because of warm nights in the forecast, National Park Service officials said Wednesday. Published March 14, 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)

Doctor: Muth could be faking psychosis

A D.C. Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered further psychological testing to determine whether a man who says his 91-year-old wife's August death was the result of a "hit by the Iranian Army" is competent to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge. Published March 14, 2012

On Sunday, March 4, 2012, a priest stands outside St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, the church where Barbara Johnson was recently denied communion at her mother's funeral because she is a lesbian. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Priest who denied Communion placed on leave

A Catholic priest who denied a lesbian Communion at her mother's funeral Mass was put on administrative leave for engaging in "intimidating behavior," officials of the Archdiocese of Washington said. Published March 12, 2012

Man shot during argument at D.C. IHOP

A man was shot during an argument at the IHOP restaurant in Columbia Heights, Metropolitan Police Department officials said Sunday. Published March 11, 2012

In fiscal year 2011, the District raked in $92.6 million for 1.6 million issued parking tickets. The city is on pace to surpass those numbers this year, according to a report issued Monday by AAA Mid-Atlantic. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

D.C. set to break parking fines record

The District raked in $31 million in parking ticket fines from October to January, putting the city on track to break its previous annual revenue collection records for at least the second fiscal year in a row, according to a report issued Monday by AAA Mid-Atlantic. Published March 5, 2012