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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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Chin Sok Wells of McKinney, Texas, kisses his 10-week-old baby, Cristian, on his wife, Cathy's lap as they gather around the memorial bench of his sister, Army Spc. Chin Sun Pak Wells, who was killed in the Pentagon attacks, as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks are observed at the Pentagon outside Washington on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

At Pentagon, smiles mix with tears for 9/11 victims

The ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon began long before the more than 1,000 survivors, family members and others would arrive, when organizers in the early dawn unfurled a U.S. flag next to the spot where the hijacked plane hit the building. Published September 11, 2011

Beatriz "Pat" Hymel Lipinski, who was widowed when her husband Lt. Col. Robert J. Hymel was killed at the Pentagon, searches the attic for a photograph of him at her home. She married Ed Lipinski in the years since the attack and they live in Mathews, Va. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Life goes on, but memories remain fresh for 9/11 survivors 10 years later

When the constant rewind of the airplanes slamming into buildings, fireballs and faces stricken with grief became overwhelming, most of the world could at least turn off the TV or put down a newspaper. But for those directly affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, those images remain as constant and vivid as the warm, sunny day on which they occurred. Published September 8, 2011

A crane collapses at Washington National Cathedral causing one injury and damage to a nearby building and crushing parked cars in Washington, DC, Wednesday September 7, 2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

Crane falls at Washington National Cathedral

A 350-foot heavy-duty crane fell at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday morning, crushing cars and damaging two buildings on the campus, officials said. Published September 7, 2011

Days of heavy rain will produce 'a mess'

The Washington area is looking at a week's worth of dark skies and wet weather that could threaten already saturated ground, according to forecasts. Published September 6, 2011

Top-seeded Andrew "the Boss" Reynolds of Hollywood, Calif., is on his way to victory during the final rounds of the Maloof Money Cup skateboarding competition at RFK Stadium in Washington on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. He won $160,000 for placing first. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

Contest over, skateboard park here to stay

Skateboarders from around the globe rolled into Washington on Sunday to compete for one of the sport's biggest cash prizes and properly scuff up the city's newest skate park. Published September 4, 2011

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A sign in a window of Shaw's Tavern in the District notes the restaurant has been shut down until it is able to obtain a liquor license. The tavern's management team reportedly failed to acquire basic business, occupancy and liquor licenses from the city.

Shaw residents rally for terminated tavern

Residents of the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest hailed the arrival of an upscale tavern that would rival those in the neighboring U Street corridor and in Columbia Heights. But a month from its opening, Shaw's Tavern last week closed its doors after several missteps in its efforts to obtain permits from the city. Published September 1, 2011

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Judge denies postponement of Lululemon murder case

Attorneys for the woman charged in the killing of a co-worker at a Bethesda yoga store failed Tuesday to persuade a judge to delay the trial so they could learn more about their client's "major mental illness," including whether concussions she may have suffered as a collegiate soccer player were a factor. Published August 30, 2011

King's dream comes true

The long march toward universal freedom and equality that has become the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. made another historic stop in Washington, D.C., where a memorial to the civil rights leader on the Mall this week began receiving visitors from around the nation. Published August 25, 2011

** FILE ** The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Mall. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Hurricane delays King dedication

An impending storm threatening to be the worst to hit the region in nearly a decade has prompted evacuations and declarations of emergency and forced the postponement of the Sunday dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on the Mall. Published August 25, 2011

** FILE ** "It's a long time coming," said Davie Feaster, a Washington, D.C., native, about the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which opened to the public on Aug. 22, 2011. "It's breaking down walls," he said. Mr. Feaster, who was 3 when the March on Washington took place, says even though he was young, he remembers it. His uncle came down to the Mall and handed out chicken to the masses, so as a tribute, he brought chicken on Monday. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Crowds get early peek at MLK memorial

Hundreds of D.C. residents, employees and tourists took advantage of August's "soft opening" of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, the last of its kind to be built on the National Mall and the only dedicated to someone who was not a former president. Published August 22, 2011

Roy Cox (right) and the Free Lancers jousting team from Nashville, Tenn., rehearse Sunday for the Maryland Renaissance Festival, which starts Saturday in Crownsville. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

Full-contact jousting draws crowds

The clanging of armored knights atop thundering horses can still be heard in Maryland on most weekends, as jousting draws hundreds of spectators and preserves its position as the state's official sport. Published August 21, 2011

Brittany Norwood is a suspect in the murder of her co-worker. (Credit: Montgomery County Police.)

Mental heath defense emerges in Lululemon case

Attorneys for the woman charged in connection with the killing of her co-worker at the Lululemon Athletica shop asked a Montgomery County judge Wednesday for more time to arrange for an expert, mental-health witness. Published August 17, 2011

GOING GOURMET: Executive chef Richard Cook (above left) and market manager Sergio Rarujo arrange the main display case at BlackSalt in the Palisades, one of many new restaurants that have enlivened the D.C. dining scene. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

D.C.'s culinary stature continues to rise

Some of the country's best and most famous chefs are eschewing New York and other big U.S. cities to open restaurants in Washington — the result of what some say is a near-perfect setting of a stable economy and deep-pocket patrons eager for first-rate food experiences. Published August 15, 2011

Sara Shannon, of Columbia Heights (left), and her friend Reann Anderson look over clothing on the racks at It's Vintage Darling in Columbia Heights on 14th Street in Northwest on Sunday. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

D.C. retailers say it pays to be thrifty

This Wednesday marks National Thrift Shop Day, an effort to help spotlight the small-business owners across the District and around the country who are offering affordable and unique alternatives to merchandise usually found in chain stores. Published August 14, 2011

Felony warrants in P.G. catch up with suspects up to 39 years later

The Prince George's County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men on felony charges dating back more than 30 years as part of the department's increased efforts to erase a backlog of crimes nearly 50,000 warrants deep, officials said Wednesday. Published August 10, 2011

Dmytro Solomatin

Fight at Germantown gas station ends with gunfire

A Reston man was charged with attempted murder for shooting at another man after an altercation while the two were pumping gas in Germantown, Montgomery County police said Monday. Published August 8, 2011

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Tour shows Mount Vernon's role in Civil War

A new tour of Mount Vernon is showing visitors how the Northern Virginia estate has a history beyond being home to George Washington, including a role in the Civil War. Published August 7, 2011