Skip to content

Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers

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

Articles by Meredith Somers

** FILE ** Peddrew-Yates Residence Hall, near Dietrick Dining Center, is locked down on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, on the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, Va., after three youths attending a summer camp on Virginia Tech's campus said they saw a man outside New Residence Hall East "holding what may have been a handgun," the university said. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Rebecca Barnett)

Report of gunman locks down Va. Tech campus

The Virginia Tech campus was brought to a panicked standstill Thursday as police investigated a report that a possible gunman had been spotted walking across school grounds. Published August 4, 2011


Dispute over spare change leads to ax attack

A late-night brawl over spare change ended with a flesh wound and a hospital visit after one combatant wielded a medieval ax against his adversary, Frederick, Md., police said. Published August 3, 2011

Beltway chain of crashes kills two

Police on Tuesday were investigating the cause of a six-car crash on the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County that killed two people, seriously injured two others and closed the Inner Loop through the morning rush hour. Published August 2, 2011

Two dead in Beltway crash

Police on Tuesday were investigating the cause of a six-car crash on the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County that killed two people, seriously injured two others and closed the Inner Loop through the morning rush hour. Published August 2, 2011

Retired baseball player Nomar Garciaparra celebrates a goal during a charity soccer match Sunday at Kastles Stadium in the District. The event was hosted by Mr. Garciaparra's wife, U.S. Soccer legend Mia Hamm.

Stars get their kicks in charity soccer match

Athletic royalty visited the District's Southwest waterfront Sunday for a charity soccer game to raise awareness about bone-marrow donations and give a boost to the growing business district. Published July 31, 2011

Walter Reed Army Medical Center set to shutter historic hospital

The maroon flag that's flown for more than a century above the Walter Reed Army Medical Center will be lowered for the last time Wednesday as part of a weeklong series of events marking the hospital moving its operations from the District to Maryland and Virginia. Published July 25, 2011

Union artillery units fire their cannons toward the Confederates during Sunday's 150th anniversary re-enactment of the Battle of First Manassas/Bull Run at Pageland Farm in Gainesville, Va. It was the first major land battle between the North and South in the Civil War.

Cannons boom at Bull Run in Civil War re-enactment

Cannon fire and troop movement began under a hazy sky Sunday morning, as thousands of Civil War re-enactors fought the Battle of Bull Run amid heat and a crowd similar to those that came out to watch the original battle. Published July 24, 2011

Dressed as Gen. Robert E. Lee for the weekend, Al Stone of Hinton, W.Va., stays in the shade under his tent to keep cool in Manassas on Thursday. Mr. Stone and his friends were camping out the entire weekend near the Manassas Museum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run.

150th anniversary of Battle of Bull Run remembered

The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run began Thursday much as the skirmish itself did in 1861 - with artillery men on a sparse Manassas field, ignoring the heat to focus on the boom of a cannon. Published July 21, 2011

Gabriel Carvajal of Cali, Colombia, dips his head into a sprinkler while 4-year-old Emmanuel Contreas of Boston rubs his head in Washington on Wednesday. "The heat is never as bad as this where I live in Colombia," Mr. Carvajal said. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Area officials sweat about safety of heat

Triple-digit temperatures are expected to hit the region Thursday and remain through Saturday, forcing officials to implement emergency-ready plans while residents scramble for air conditioning and outdoor workers move to survival mode. Published July 20, 2011

Ruff & Ready Furnishings in D.C. is holding a moving sale ahead of the store's shutting down at the end of August and pursuing a new location. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

Northwest's Ruff & Ready to move on

The eclectic collection inside Ruff & Ready Furnishings rivals Mary Poppins' carpet bag and perhaps some museum warehouses. But the longtime U Street Corridor fixture has served bargain-hunting shoppers no matter what their design taste. Published July 17, 2011

A final reunion for Harry Potter fans

Fourteen years ago, the door opened at No. 4 Privet Drive, ushering millions of people into the life and adventures of Harry Potter - arguably the world's most famous wizard. And Thursday night, as the credits begin to roll, the story of the boy who lived there will come to a close. Published July 13, 2011

Metro striving to keep up on escalators

At the top of the escalator Sunday at the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station, Justine Jayet paused in relief as she steadied her large suitcase and descended to the rail platform. Published July 10, 2011