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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.

Articles by Meredith Somers

DC Brau chose to go with cans over bottles in part because cans are easier to take to picnics, concerts and other recreational events. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

DC Brau taps into craving for craft beer

In a nondescript warehouse along a hardscrabble stretch of Bladensburg Road in Northeast, two entrepreneurs have set up the District's first local brewery and off-site distributor in 60 years. Published June 19, 2011

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Nigerian charged in smuggling of heroin into D.C.

A Nigerian man was arrested at Washington Dulles International Airport on charges that he smuggled 3 pounds of heroin in his stomach, Customs and Border Protection officials say. Published June 15, 2011

Woman arrested in Metro 'kill you' threat

A Metro passenger threatened to blow up a train Monday at the Rockville station, sending passengers out emergency exits and scrambling along two miles of live track to escape during the busy morning rush hour, officials said. Published June 13, 2011

Region's golf fans Open-minded

The unmistakable whack of drivers striking golf balls was mingled across Montgomery County on Sunday with the more subtle sounds of opportunity and excitement, before the start of the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club. Published June 12, 2011

Vets lived the history students learned

Dressed in his Army-issue field coat and matching olive-green hat, Richard Graff told stories Thursday about his military service roughly 60 years ago in Nazi-occupied Europe that kept a group of Virginia middle-schoolers spellbound. Published June 9, 2011

Anacostia River cleaner, but could be better

Grimy water bottles, a muddy purse and a truck tire so heavy a bulldozer was needed to dislodge it were just some of the debris found in Anacostia Park on Wednesday during a river cleanup to recognize World Oceans Day. Published June 8, 2011

Korean ran escort service with illegals

An illegal Korean immigrant pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria to running a call girl service supplied with female illegal immigrants he stashed in his Northern Virginia apartment. Published June 7, 2011

Students at the Cinderella Ball let loose on the dance floor with friends and family at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel on Sunday. The event was hosted by the Woodbridge, Va.-based House, which offers lifestyle resources while helping its students learn life skills and work on athletics and academics. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

House children have a ball

It was like any other school formal, down to the satin dresses, untucked suits and thumping pop music. At first glance, the only sign the ballroom in the District's elegant Willard Hotel was playing host to something special Sunday was that, unlike an average dance, there were no wallflowers at the sixth annual Cinderella Ball. Published June 5, 2011

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