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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

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 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

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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 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

Embassies open for Europe Week

A round-trip ticket to Europe normally has a four-digit price tag, but this weekend area residents were able to visit more than two dozen countries at no cost — though some entrance lines had a wait to rival the busiest airport security checkpoints. Published May 8, 2011

Couple badly hurt as gas blast levels house

A gas explosion that rattled the windows of nearby houses flattened a Rockville home early Wednesday and hurled its occupants from their beds into their backyard. Published May 4, 2011

Prince Charles visits farm in Northwest D.C.

England's Prince Charles began his first trip to the United States in four years Tuesday by stepping into a muddy, tangled community farm built on an abandoned urban baseball field. Published May 3, 2011