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Meredith Somers

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

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A man walks past Shaw's Tavern on Florida Ave. NW in Washington, D.C., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. The tavern, which opened July 29, does not have a liquor license, so it has shut down until they are able to procure one. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Shaw tavern hopes dim as liquor license denied

The hope among Shaw residents that a new, upscale tavern would spark business development has been dealt a major and perhaps final blow now that city officials have denied owners a liquor license after keeping them in limbo for months. Published November 3, 2011

Frederick Ryan Jr. (left), chairman of the board of trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, unveils a bronze statue of Ronald Reagan at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 1, 2011. The statue was unveiled as part of a dedication ceremony on the centennial of the former president's birth. Also attending the event were former Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole (second from left); Charles Snelling (second from right), chairman of the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority; and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Reagan statue unveiled at National Airport

A towering bronze figure of President Ronald Reagan was unveiled Tuesday at the Washington-area airport named in his honor, the last of four statues built around the world in celebration of the late president's 100th birthday. Published November 1, 2011

Leeya Mehta, of Washington, with her daughter Mae, 3, wears what she called a "timely costume" while walking along McPherson Square on Monday. But Occupy DC protesters, for the most part, kept focused on activism during the trick-or-treat day. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Occupiers are veteran marching zombies

The Occupy movement that has filled city parks with camping gear and streets with marching "corporate zombies" has had no shortage of theatrics in the six weeks since protesters first sat down in Wall Street. But on Halloween, a day when the outrageous is ordinary and disguises are encouraged, Washington's local occupiers were strictly business. Published October 31, 2011

Man charged with murder in slaying of Howard U. student

A D.C. man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested over the weekend and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the slaying of a Howard University freshman, police said. Published October 30, 2011

Search party volunteers prepare to fan out from along Doswell Road in Doswell, Va, Thursday, October 27, 2011, into the woods near North Anna Battlefield Park in search of nine year-old Robbie Wood, Jr., who is autistic and disappeared from a family outing at the park on Sunday. (photo/Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Search for missing Va. boy enters 6th day

Hundreds of volunteers returned to a rural stretch of central Virginia on Thursday to join officials in a search through tall weeds and bramble for an 8-year-old autistic boy missing since Sunday. Published October 27, 2011

D.C. man pleads guilty to murdering wife in front of children

A D.C. man pleaded guilty Tuesday to murdering his wife in front of their children, a crime the woman had predicted weeks earlier when she pleaded with the court system for a restraining order, the U.S. attorney's office in the District said. Published October 25, 2011

1st. Lt. Raziel Amar (top), a chaplain with the New York Army National Guard, salutes during the singing of the National Anthem during Monday's dedication of the Jewish Chaplains Memorial (above) at Arlington National Cemetery. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Jewish chaplains' faith set in stone

A memorial to 14 Jewish chaplains was dedicated Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, a welcome milestone despite a bittersweet feeling that the day was a long time coming. Published October 24, 2011

The D.C. Record Fair was created by DC Soul music company founder Kevin Coombe, Neal Becton of Som Records in Northwest, Vinyl District blogger Jon Meyers, and trade associate Chris Knott. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

Old is new again at D.C. Record Fair

In a time when shiny, compact gadgets seem to be the focus of music listening, a steady number of local music dealers, collectors and fans are promoting vinyl records - a medium that isn't necessarily superior but is certainly unique. Published October 23, 2011

Rabbi Alexander Goode died on the torpedoed USAT Dorchester in 1943. He and three other Army chaplains gave their life jackets to save others on board the sinking ship. A total of 14 chaplains will be honored at the Jewish Chaplains Memorial dedication ceremony on Monday at 1 p.m. in Arlington National Cemetery. (JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF GREATER WASHINGTON)

New memorial honors valor of Jewish chaplains

On a bitter winter night in 1943, four Army chaplains stood on the deck of the torpedoed and foundering USAT Dorchester while hundreds of American soldiers around them prepared to slip into the icy depths of the North Atlantic. Published October 20, 2011

"Difficult access team" engineers Katie Francis (left) and Emma Cardini check the National Cathedral on Monday for potential unseen damage caused by the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the District in August. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

High-flying engineers set sights on National Cathedral

Peering into the shadows of stone gargoyles and conquering 300-foot bell towers for a living is a job most people only dream about. But for the engineers tasked with inspecting the Washington National Cathedral, it's only the second-most thrilling job they've had in the past month. Published October 17, 2011

Referee Philip Yunger reacts as "Scarlett O'Scara," aka Ann Marie Wilson (left) of Silver Spring, and "Amy Smackhouse," aka Andrea Kavanagh of the District, prepare to arm-wrestle during the D.C. Lady Arm Wrestlers league event. The arm-wrestling competitions raise money for charity. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Lady arm-wrestlers clash for charity cash

Amid the sweaty palms, gritted teeth and clenched biceps of the Washington D.C. Lady Arm Wrestlers league, one rule ranks above all others: the one-butt-cheek rule. Published October 16, 2011

Christine King Farris, a sister of Martin Luther King, greets Herman "Skip" Mason, general president of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, after Sunday's memorial dedication. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

MLK memorial the culmination of a dream

Thundering applause and swelling cheers signaled the official dedication Sunday of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, as thousands of supporters joined King family members, friends and local leaders in honoring the slain civil rights leader. Published October 16, 2011

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is seen ahead of its dedication this weekend in Washington, Monday, Aug. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Time arrives for delayed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication

Colder weather is forecast, less fanfare is planned, and half as many people are expected to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial dedication Sunday, but organizers say enthusiasm for the event remains the same as it was before weather concerns forced the ceremony's postponement in August. Published October 13, 2011

The National Zoo (Associated Press)

Teen in Zoo stabbing gets 6 years, 10 months

A District Superior Court judge on Tuesday sentenced a 16-year-old to spend the rest of his childhood behind bars for stabbing a fellow teen six times during an Easter Monday event at the National Zoo. Published October 11, 2011

People start to move about Freedom Plaza in Washington, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, among protest signs, as part of a protest against the war and corporate America. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

D.C. protesters allowed to stay

Protesters occupying Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Avenue after their permit expired Monday accepted a deal from U.S. Park Police allowing them to stay an extra four months, averting a potential clash and keeping alive the anti-war and anti-corporate demonstrations taking place across the country. Published October 10, 2011

Cindy Kane, of Arlington, on Sunday practices her storytelling skills, relating an unnerving experience she had on the Philadelphia subway about 13 years ago. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Storytelling takes center stage at SpeakeasyDC

SpeakeasyDC encourages area residents to step up to the microphone and tell their stories. Audience members include storytellers and everyday people looking for offbeat entertainment. Published October 9, 2011