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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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Metro General Manager Richard Sarles declined to say Thursday whether he prefers the design for an underground rail station at Washington Dulles International Airport or a cheaper above-ground alternative. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Officials diplomatic toward Dulles Metro

Metro officials avoided taking sides Thursday over a compromise proposal to move a planned underground rail station at Washington Dulles International Airport above ground to save money, but board members warned the final choice should not be at the expense of transit or customer service. Published July 7, 2011

Armed man stops traffic on parkway

A man dressed in a flannel shirt and wielding a shotgun and a hammer attacked a vehicle mounted with speed cameras that was parked along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway on Wednesday, causing major traffic delays and a manhunt that continued into the night. Published July 6, 2011

Son charged in father's killing

A Great Falls man has been charged in the killing of his father, Fairfax County police said Tuesday. Casey Emmer, 25, of 1223 Colvin Meadows Lane, was arrested in the killing Monday of 62-year-old Lawrence Emmer. Published July 5, 2011

The Palisades Pop Stars, including Lily Shafroth (center), 18, of Washington, dance their way down MacArthur Boulevard Northwest in Washington on Monday, July 4, 2011, as part of the Palisades July Fourth parade. The girls decided it would be fun to march, so they donned costumes and called themselves the Pop Stars. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Politicians in Palisades a July Fourth tradition

The annual Palisades parade in a tree-lined corner of Northwest is as much a local political scene as July Fourth celebration, and this year was no exception as a scandal-plagued D.C. mayor and City Council walked amid some of the city's most critical residents. Published July 4, 2011

Tab for Georgetown, GW, Catholic and AU tops $50,000 annually

Georgetown University is the most expensive college or university to attend in the Washington area, according to a new online tool developed by the Department of Education to help estimate the true costs of the undergraduate experience. Published June 30, 2011

Woman dies in Arlington parking garage fire

A 74-year-old Annandale woman was found dead Wednesday inside a burned car in an underground parking garage after she hit a wall and broke a natural gas line, causing a fire. Published June 29, 2011

Visitors make their way up a makeshift grass path across the Ellipse to the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. The entire area, also called President's Park South, is set to be revamped after the National Capital Planning Commission invited five architectural-design firms from around the country to present plans for a new design. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Designers pitch plans to upgrade the Ellipse

The National Capital Planning Commission is focused on making the open space adjacent to the White House more complementary to the landmark itself without sacrificing national security. On Tuesday, the commission presented the top five project designs from a nationwide search to find the best way to accomplish that goal. Published June 28, 2011

Travel likely to be down over July Fourth weekend

High gas prices will mean fewer people traveling by car this Independence Day weekend, according to travel estimates released Monday, but steep charges at the pump don't mean that highways won't still be jammed. Published June 27, 2011

Female giant panda Mei Xiang eats bamboo at the National Zoo. Zoo-goers hope she will give birth to a sibling for Tai Shan. (Associated Press)

Zoo-goers again hoping for panda pregnancy

Round-the-clock surveillance, spacious accommodations and a team of specialists available at a moment's notice, all for a potential panda no bigger than a stick of butter. Published June 26, 2011

Metro board considers employee fatigue

Metro employees who operate trains, drive buses and perform hazardous track repairs might be working too much, suffering from fatigue and posing possible safety hazards, Metro's board of directors suggested Thursday. Published June 23, 2011

Metro approves $2.55 billion budget

Metro's board of directors on Thursday passed a $2.55 billion fiscal 2012 budget, upholding a promise to avoid a bump in fares. Published June 23, 2011

Relatives and friends of nine people killed in the June 22, 2009, Metrorail Red Line crash attended a memorial ceremony Wednesday at the Fort Totten Station. A plaque placed at the station commemorates those who died. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Plaque marks D.C. Metrorail crash

A service on Wednesday marking two years since the Metro train crash that killed nine people near the Fort Totten station was partly an apology and partly a promise made by officials with the transit system that they had learned from mistakes. Published June 22, 2011

Firefighter OK after fall in Bowie house blaze

A Prince George's County firefighter was treated and released from an area hospital after he fell through a partially collapsed floor while fighting a house fire in Bowie, fire officials said. Published June 21, 2011

Man must pay $22,000 in Beltway sex case

A man accused of having drunken sex while speeding his car on the Beltway was ordered on Tuesday to pay $22,000 to the driver of a taxi he slammed into more than a year ago. Published June 21, 2011

**FILE** Craigslist says Metro stations are prime places for 'Missed Connections'
(Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Craigslist 'connections' take Metro's love train

People looking for love might differ on what catches their eyes, but when it comes to instant attractions, Craigslist says Metro is a prime spot for those chance encounters. Published June 21, 2011

Metro to enhance July 4 service

Metro plans to offer extra service on July 4 to accommodate crowds attending Independence Day events downtown and the Washington Nationals day game. Published June 21, 2011