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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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Mike McGrath was Politico's vice president and associate publisher. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/POLITICO)

Michael B. McGrath, 41, Politico vice president, dies

Michael B. McGrath, a trailblazing advertising executive at The Washington Times and doting family man to his wife and two daughters, died Monday after a long fight with lung cancer. He was 41. Published February 28, 2012

** FILE ** A Red Line train passes through the Farragut North Metro station in Washington. (Associated Press)

Metro to delay track work during cherry blossom season

Track work on Metrorail lines will be suspended during cherry blossom season, officials said, to avoid major delays for the thousands of additional riders expected to celebrate the District's unofficial start to spring. Published February 27, 2012

Vann Sorrell, of Buies Creek, N.C., the father of Bladensburg volunteer firefighter Ethan Sorrell, who was injured in a house fire in Riverdale on Friday, gathers his thoughts as he speaks to the media at Sunday at Washington Hospital Center. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Two volunteers recovering from Riverdale blaze

Two firefighters seriously injured during a house fire in Prince George's County are awake and recovering, family members speaking publicly Sunday for the first time said about the young volunteers overpowered by a blast of flames. Published February 26, 2012

Huguely

Jury deliberations begin in Huguely trial

Jury deliberations began Wednesday morning in the murder trial of former University of Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely V with the judge saying all of the proceedings could be concluded by the end of day. Published February 22, 2012

George Huguely V , left, is escorted into the Charlottesville Circuit courthouse  in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.  The jury found him guilty of second-degree murder and grand larceny.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Huguely guilty of second-degree murder

A jury Wednesday evening found former University of Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely V guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 death of estranged girlfriend Yeardley Love and sentenced him to 26 years in prison. Published February 22, 2012

George W. Huguely V arrives Feb. 8, 2012, at court in Charlottesville for the start of his trial. Mr. Huguely is charged with the murder of fellow University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love. (Associated Press)

Fate of Huguely in jury's hands

Jurors in the high-profile trial of former University of Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely V are to start deliberations Wednesday on whether to find the defendant guilty of first-degree murder or a lesser charge after two weeks of emotional testimony, graphic crime-scene pictures and challenging scientific evidence. Published February 21, 2012

With cherry-blossom time less than a month away, tiny buds are forming on the 1,678 cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Spring-blossom fever starting early in D.C.

The region's roller-coaster temperatures might be wreaking havoc with wardrobe choices, but they've done nothing to hurt or confuse the pink-and-white blooms of D.C.'s beloved cherry trees. Published February 20, 2012

Commonwealth Attorney Warner Chapman leaves the Charlottesville Circuit courthouse after another delay in the trial of George Huguely V in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Jury has options on charges against Huguely

The high-profile murder trial of former University of Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely V will go to a jury Wednesday, following a weekend of dramatic closing arguments. Published February 19, 2012

Defense attorneys Rhonda Quagliana, left, and Francis McQ. Lawrence, right, walk into the Charlottesville Circuit courthouse for George W. Huguely V's trial in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Norm Shafer)

Huguely murder case goes to jury Wednesday

Prosecutors in their closing arguments on Saturday portrayed George W. Huguely V as a hulking male athlete kicking in a bedroom door and scaring a young woman half his size into cowering on her bed in a corner before he killed her. Published February 18, 2012

George W. Huguely V arrives Feb. 8, 2012, at court in Charlottesville for the start of his trial. Mr. Huguely is charged with the murder of fellow University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love. (Associated Press)

Huguely trial delayed again

The murder trial of George W. Huguely V was delayed for a second day because of an ill attorney, setting up a busy Saturday in which the defense is expected to conclude its case before closing arguments. Published February 17, 2012

George W. Huguely V arrives Feb. 8, 2012, at court in Charlottesville for the start of his trial. Mr. Huguely is charged with the murder of fellow University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love. (Associated Press)

Huguely trial postponed until Friday

The murder trial of George W. Huguely V is postponed until Friday because one of his defense attorneys is sick. Published February 16, 2012

George W. Huguely V arrives Feb. 8, 2012, at court in Charlottesville for the start of his trial. Mr. Huguely is charged with the murder of fellow University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love. (Associated Press)

Friend says he saw change in Huguely

George W. Huguely V lied to friends about his whereabouts the night Yeardley Love was killed and had a "blank stare" on his face after he returned to his apartment, a close friend testified Wednesday. Published February 15, 2012

George W. Huguely V arrives Feb. 8, 2012, at court in Charlottesville for the start of his trial. Mr. Huguely is charged with the murder of fellow University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love. (Associated Press)

Expert: Love likely alive for hours after confrontation

Yeardley Love could have been alive for hours after a violent confrontation with her former boyfriend, an expert prosecution witness in the murder case against former University of Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely V said Tuesday. Published February 14, 2012

George W. Huguely V arrives Feb. 8, 2012, at court in Charlottesville for the start of his trial. Mr. Huguely is charged with the murder of fellow University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love. (Associated Press)

Huguely jurors see photos of Love's injuries

Prosecutors in the murder trial of George W. Huguely V presented crime-scene evidence and medical-examiner reports Monday, including gruesome and graphic descriptions of the victim's head and neck injuries, to build their case against the former University of Virginia lacrosse player. Published February 13, 2012

George W. Huguely V arrives Feb. 8, 2012, at court in Charlottesville for the start of his trial. Mr. Huguely is charged with the murder of fellow University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love. (Associated Press)

Witness: Huguely had 'arm around her neck'

A University of North Carolina lacrosse player testified Thursday that he responded to a cry for help and saw George W. Huguely V choking his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love, three months before she was killed. Published February 9, 2012

George W. Huguely V arrives Feb. 8, 2012, at court in Charlottesville for the start of his trial. Mr. Huguely is charged with the murder of fellow University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love. (Associated Press)

Huguely defense asks jurors for lesser charges of manslaughter

Former University of Virginia lacrosse player George W. Huguely V "had no intent to kill" his onetime girlfriend, his defense attorney said Wednesday, urging jurors to consider manslaughter charges instead of murder in the first day of the high-profile trial. Published February 8, 2012

FAMILY TRAGEDY: Sharon Love (far left) walks to the Charlottesville, Va., Circuit Courthouse on Monday with daughter Lexie (far right) on the first day of the trial of the man accused of killing daughter Yeardley. (AP Photo/Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Former U.Va. lacrosse player pleads not guilty to murder

A University of Virginia lacrosse player and Washington scion accused of killing a classmate and onetime girlfriend pleaded not guilty Monday, beginning a much-anticipated trial in a case that captured the attention of the nation. Published February 6, 2012

The murder trial of former UVa. lacrosse player George W. Huguely V starts Monday in the 2010 killing of his former girlfriend Yeardley Love. The case brought a crush of media attention to the quiet campus, which is now preparing to revisit the tragedy once again. (Charlottesville Police Department via Associated Press)

Charlottesville braces for trial of former U.Va. lacrosse player

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his one-time girlfriend two years ago in a case that drew national headlines and shocked the campus community. Published February 5, 2012

A raid on the Occupy encampment at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., turns ugly as Park Police officers try to clear protesters from sections of the park, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. Tents and camping equipment were removed by park police and maintenance officials, some dressed in hazmat suits. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Police raid Occupy D.C. camp

Police in riot gear and cleanup crews in hazardous materials suits began enforcing no-camping laws in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza over the weekend, resulting in intense — and often physical — confrontations with Occupy D.C. protesters who resisted their efforts. Published February 4, 2012

Martha Mulligan of Washington, D.C. sings a song she wrote called "We Need a New New Deal" at the Freedom Plaza Occupy encampment on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, the day that Park Police said they would begin to enforce the no camping laws. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Occupy D.C. denied anti-eviction ruling

A federal judge on Thursday denied a request by members of the Occupy D.C. protest for an injunction that would prevent police from seizing their tents and evicting them from camps they have established in city parks. Published February 2, 2012