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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.

Articles by Meredith Somers

A protester who calls himself "Harmony" helps Lexi Ricciardelli, of New Jersey, add a folding table that will serve as an entranceway to her tent. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Occupy D.C. ranks thin as winter settles in

The Occupy D.C. movement, which for three months has been encamped in a downtown park, is facing a crossroads, with its numbers dwindling, federal officials questioning why its members have not been removed and its organizers attempting to recapture the momentum of its earlier days. Published January 2, 2012

**FILE** Metro buses. Nancy Pastor / The Washington Times.

Multiple-vehicle crash in Bethesda kills one

A multiple-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Bethesda involving a Metro bus killed one person and snarled traffic along Rockville Pike through the evening rush hours, officials said. Published December 28, 2011

In a letter dated Dec. 22 to Transportation Department Inspector General Calvin L. Scovell III, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat, requested the audit because there is no master plan to oversee the major changes at Union Station. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Audit urged for Union Station managers

Two members of Congress have asked the Transportation Department for "the first full federal audit" of the organization that manages Union Station, as major redevelopment at the historical site gets under way. Published December 27, 2011

Shoppers crowd Tysons Corner Center in McLean on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, for returns and after-Christmas sales. (The Washington Times)

No rest for the weary as post-Christmas rush to stores begins

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the crunch time of last-minute Christmas shopping are past, but retailers say they anticipate an equally busy Monday as shoppers take advantage of the three-day holiday weekend. Published December 25, 2011

Pat Troy, owner of Ireland's Own restaurant and pub, remembers that President Reagan had corned beef and cabbage along with a beer when he visited the pub in 1988. Mr. Troy's book, "I Have a Story to Tell," is the product of decades of experiences as an Irish immigrant and businessman. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Stories pour from Virginia pub owner at Ireland's Own

Pat Troy rattles off the names of famous hands he's shaken with the same matter-of-factness that the bartenders at his well-known Irish pub in Old Town Alexandria have when reciting the draft-beer list. Published December 25, 2011

Council considers one color for D.C. cabs

On most any day in the District, cabs of all colors are patrolling curbs, cruising hotel entrances and lingering at Metro stations for their next fare. Published December 22, 2011

**FILE** The Washington Monument. (Associated Press)

Firm wins pact to develop monument-repair plan

The engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates was awarded the contract to design a restoration plan for the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument, National Park Service officials said Thursday. Published December 22, 2011

Metro removes 16 rail cars after brake malfunction

The mechanical failure Tuesday that shut down a section of the transit agency's Blue and Orange lines and stranded passengers for hours underground was caused by brake equipment failure, Metro officials said Wednesday. Published December 21, 2011

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

Bail denied to suspect in Obama shooting try

A U.S. District judge on Monday ordered the man charged with attempting to assassinate President Obama to remain behind bars until his trial. Published December 19, 2011

Members of the Children of the Light Dancers, from Fairfax, including Sarah Runyon, Naomi Nero, Zoe Walker and Nathalie Vadnais (top, from left) perform Sunday for an audience gathered near the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Fairfax dancers step lively for Christmas

Holiday revelers bundled against the December wind enjoyed the dancing and twirling of young performers who performed as part of a month-long celebration near the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse Sunday. Published December 18, 2011

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

Preliminary hearing delayed for accused White House shooter

A preliminary hearing for an Idaho man accused of attempting to assassinate President Obama was delayed on Wednesday after lawyers for both sides continued to squabble over whether additional mental evaluations are necessary. Published December 14, 2011

Ross Truett Ashley (Virginia State Police)

Police: Va. Tech shooter obtained gun legally

The man who fatally shot a Virginia Tech police officer before killing himself legally obtained the handgun used in the shooting, Virginia State Police said Tuesday. Published December 13, 2011

Washington's Capital Beltway (Getty Images )

AAA: Beltway speed camera nabbed 21,100 in 3 months

A speed camera deployed along the Capital Beltway in Silver Spring — the first of its kind to be used on the highway — issued 21,100 tickets worth $840,000 since August, a motor association analysis showed on Monday. Published December 12, 2011

A police officer secures the scene where a gunman killed a police officer and another person after a traffic stop Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 on the campus of Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Va. The school said a police officer pulled someone over for a traffic stop and was shot and killed. The shooter ran toward a nearby parking lot, where a second person was found dead. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)

Virginia Tech: 2 dead in shooting on campus

A campus police officer and another person were found fatally shot at Virginia Tech, but authorities stopped short of confirming reports the second victim was the gunman. Published December 8, 2011