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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers

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

Articles by Meredith Somers

Spellers' v-o-c-a-b-u-l-a-r-i-e-s put to test in national bee

The personalities of the 41 semifinalists Thursday in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee were rivaled only by the range of words they faced to be the one holding the gleaming champion's trophy at the end of the night. Published June 2, 2011

Washington Nationals player Jerry Hairston, Jr., (left) walks with Monea Grier, 13, after having a catch during the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at Fort DuPont Park in Southeast. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Nationals team with D.C. for SE youth facility

On a day better suited for a refreshing swim, the Washington Nationals broke ground Tuesday on a project to bring the game of baseball and other life lessons to children east of the Anacostia River. Published May 31, 2011

Mark Baird paddles along the Potomac River near Jack's Boathouse in Georgetown. "This is so different," he said. "It feels like I'm getting away with something. The neatest thing is to go out somewhere in the middle of the river and sit down." (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Stand-up guys & gals paddle board on the Potomac

A recent weekday morning in Georgetown seems like any other hot and hectic workday in the District — cars are stacked bumper to bumper along the Francis Scott Key Bridge as pedestrians strain alongside the noisy traffic in the glaring sun. But less than 100 feet below, a very different scene is unfolding. Published May 30, 2011

Bikers in the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally ride across Memorial Bridge on Sunday. The 24th annual event, which saw thousands of military and civilian motorcycle riders rumble across the District, was held to remember American prisoners of war and support veterans. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Bikers journey for a day of Thunder

The death of Osama bin Laden, the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the 10-year anniversary of Sept. 11 were all perhaps suitable rallying cries for this year's Rolling Thunder event. Published May 29, 2011

Metro lowers performance goals

Metro has lowered its internal standards for on-time performance of rail service, buses and escalators. Published May 26, 2011

Charge dropped against man who tussled with Metro police

Prosecutors have dropped a charge of assaulting an officer that was filed against a wheelchair-bound man shown in an Internet video apparently being tackled by two Metro Transit Police officers. Published May 25, 2011

Metro carjacking related to earlier crime

Four men who brazenly carjacked a man and his daughter at a Prince George's County Metrorail station Wednesday morning appear to have used as a getaway car a vehicle they stole last week during a similar station assault, officials said. Published May 25, 2011

Gas prices likely won't deter holiday drivers

Gas prices $1-per-gallon higher than this time last year are not likely to deter area motorists from traveling on Memorial Day weekend, although estimates released Tuesday suggest they will spend less when they get where they're going. Published May 24, 2011

Metro Transit Police Department Chief  Michael Taborn

Transit police chief to investigate use of force

The chief of the Metro Transit Police Department initiated a formal investigation Monday into the actions of two officers who appear, in a video posted to the Internet, to have tackled a wheelchair-bound man outside a D.C. rail station, sending the victim to the hospital with a head wound. Published May 23, 2011

Metro to investigate officers who arrested wheelchair-bound man

Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn launched a formal investigation on Monday into the actions of two officers who appear in a video posted to the Internet to have tackled a wheelchair-bound man outside a D.C. rail station Thursday, sending the man to the hospital with a head wound after he resisted arrest. Published May 23, 2011

Metro poised to close $66M budget gap

Metro officials will now decide how to close a $66 million gap in the agency's operating budget, after a week of town-hall meetings across the region in which riders gave their input on such major cost-cutting proposals as ending bus lines and limiting weekend rail service. Published May 22, 2011

Metro holds forums on service cuts

Metro officials are hosting town-hall meetings in the District, Maryland and Virginia this week to discuss possible cuts to bus and rail service. Published May 16, 2011

Va. teen killed on road after leaving his car

Fairfax County police on Monday were investigating a fatal accident in Dranesville that killed a 19-year-old Herndon man and put the 39-year-old motorist who struck him in the hospital. Published May 16, 2011

** FILE ** Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Work to begin on Reagan Airport runway

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is scheduled on Monday night to begin work on a resurfacing of the main north-south runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Published May 16, 2011

Bike to Work Week to bring riders to city streets

Sporting a pressed charcoal suit and salt-and-pepper hair neatly smoothed to frame his bespectacled face, Arlington resident Tom Hogue looks every bit the polished federal employee. Published May 15, 2011

Metro set to roll out 152 new buses

Metro officials hope to improve rider satisfaction this month in part with the oddly appealing scent of glue and fresh plastic — otherwise known as that new-car smell — when they roll out 152 new buses. Published May 10, 2011