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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 Board ponders 5-cent surcharge

The Metro Board on Thursday discussed a 5-cent surcharge for rail riders coming and going from some of the transit system's heavily traveled rail stations, especially Union Station in the District, in an effort to fund capital improvements. Published April 7, 2011

Airports authority OKs station underground at Dulles terminal

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on Wednesday approved plans for an underground Metrorail station at Washington Dulles International Airport that is $300 million more expensive than a rejected above-ground option. Published April 6, 2011

Chesapeake 'bridge walk' canceled again

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk appears to be making for a long goodbye, as Maryland officials citing cost concerns canceled the popular event for the fifth straight year. Published April 5, 2011

Walk across Bay Bridge canceled for 5th year

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Walk appears to be making for a long goodbye, as Maryland officials citing cost concerns canceled the popular event for the fifth straight year. Published April 5, 2011

Charges dropped against suspect in AU professor's killing

Montgomery County prosecutors dropped charges against an 18-year-old D.C. man identified as a suspect in the killing of an American University professor and plan to extradite him to the District to face charges there. Published April 5, 2011

Labor Department fines P.G. school system

The Labor Department on Monday ordered Prince George's County Public Schools to pay millions in back wages to more than 1,000 foreign teachers and fined the school system for illegally reducing the teachers' pay. Published April 4, 2011

Two say FBI employee drove her car into them

Two Voice of America camera operators say an FBI employee in her personal vehicle struck them and carried one of the men a short distance on her hood after she became agitated the men were blocking traffic on a busy downtown D.C. street. Published April 4, 2011

Metro vote on budget slashing postponed

Action on a series of proposed cuts to Metro's budget was postponed Thursday when a newly appointed member of Maryland's delegation to the board said it needed more time to study the plan. Published March 31, 2011

2 years of delays, detours on New York Ave.

The roughly 200,000 commuters, tourists and other motorists who each day make the frequent bumper-to-bumper trip into and out of Washington on New York Avenue Northeast soon can expect their ride to take an extra 30 minutes. Published March 30, 2011

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Washington Nationals' fourth Opening Day at Nationals Stadium is Thursday, but fans still don't have a vibrant neighborhood along Half Street Southeast where they can enjoy dinner, drinks or shopping. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

Nationals Park still surrounded only by potential

Washington Nationals fans clinging to the promise of watching a home game in their modern riverfront stadium, then perhaps spilling into the neighborhood for dinner, drinks or shopping, will have to wait for at least one more season. Published March 29, 2011

Fake roadside bomb in P.G. County halts morning commute

A suspicious package that closed Branch Avenue in Clinton for three hours Tuesday morning was harmless but intentionally built as a hoax device, Prince George's County fire officials said. Published March 29, 2011

PG's Baker to address budget woes

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III will deliver a State of the Economy address Tuesday night to garner support for his plan to trim a $77 million budget shortfall and spend $50 million to entice businesses to move to the county. Published March 28, 2011

PHOTOGRAPHS BY DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Bundled up with his hood covering his head, Leal Abbatiello, 3, rode on the shoulders of his dad, James, as they walked along the Tidal Basin to look at the cherry blossoms on Sunday. The pair live in Alexandria. Winds forced the postponement of the kite festival.

Cold doesn't chill cherry blossom fervor

The sub-freezing temperatures Sunday and dusting of snow was a surprise for many of the first of millions of visitors expected to come to Washington during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. Organizers were so concerned about snow and blustery winds that they postponed the kite festival. Published March 27, 2011

Gas prices a wild card in Metro ridership rates

The millions expected to ride Metrorail during the National Cherry Blossom Festival or attend Washington Nationals home games will have to share space with another group this spring — commuters trying to escape high gas prices. Published March 27, 2011

One dead, two injured in Md. shootings

Prince George's County police say two people were shot, one fatally, early Thursday, and the shooting of a third person could be related. Published March 24, 2011