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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers

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

Articles by Meredith Somers

Auto traffic for this Thanksgiving holiday is expected to rise, according to AAA. "The increase in holiday travelers can be attributed to a ... strengthening economy," the AAA says, but the increase will only be "slight." (Associated Press)

'8THEIST' plate denial sparks lawsuit in New Jersey

Calling it a case for religious and political freedom, a New Jersey woman is suing the state's Motor Vehicle Commission after her order for an "8THEIST" custom license plate was denied. Published April 22, 2014

Kelly Reilly and Connor Corum star in "Heaven Is For Real." The film, based on the best-selling book about a child's near-death experience, brought in $21.5 million at the box office in its opening weekend. (Sony Pictures via Associated Press)

Faith scores again at the box office

Even A-lister Johnny Depp is no match for this year's juggernaut of faith-based films, as the movie "Heaven is for Real" outearned the Hollywood star and ended Easter weekend as the country's third most popular film. Published April 21, 2014

Christian worshipers will be singing once again on Sunday from atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington for the 36th annual Easter Sunrise Service. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The sun also rises on Easter in the District

People of any faith are invited to attend this year's Easter Sunrise Service, one of many special events around the District to mark Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Published April 17, 2014

Higher Ground: Colbert the Catholic

Stephen Colbert has made it clear that when he takes over "The Late Show" from David Letterman next year, it will be himself, not "Stephen Colbert," sitting behind the desk. In an interview with The New York Times, Mr. Colbert, 49, said he would not use his satirical character from Comedy Central in his new job. Published April 17, 2014

Congregants pray as Cardinal Donald Wuerl leads noon mass on Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a 40-day liturgical period of prayer and fasting or abstinence. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Feeling taxed today? How about a prayer to St. Matthew?

Praying for an filing extention on your income taxes? Well, St. Matthew — the tax collector-turned-apostle of Jesus — might lend an ear. After all, he is the patron saint of accountants. Published April 14, 2014

From left, singer John Rotten Lydon throws bananas at the media, JC Chasez, Michelle Williams and Brandon Boyd look on, at the "Jesus Christ Superstar" arena spectacular press conference and press performance to announce a North American arena tour on Friday, April 4, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Higher Ground: Sex Pistol Superstar

What do a Sex Pistols' frontman, a boy-band heartthrob and a member of Destiny's Child who is "not Beyonce" have in common? This summer, they will be sharing a stage as part of the touring cast of "Jesus Christ Superstar," the 1971 rock opera that tells the story of the last seven days of Jesus' life. Published April 10, 2014

Father Francis Van Der Lugt, 72, was was shot to death Monday by masked gunman in the central Syrian city of Homs, where he served as a missionary for roughly 50 years. "Francis was a symbol of a dream for Syria, that there can be healing there, even be a home," said Father Thomas H. Smolich, president of the Jesuit Conference. (associated press)

Jesuits mourn well-loved priest, murdered in Syria

U.S. Jesuit officials said sacrificing security for service is something all of their missionaries are willing to do, pointing to the shooting death this week of a popular Jesuit priest in Syria. Published April 8, 2014

An man celebrates his victory over the competition during International Pillow Fight Day in DuPont Circle in the District in 2010. This year's Pillow Fight Day is Saturday. (Associated Press Photographs)

Pillow fights are no longer child's play

On Saturday, the sixth annual Pillow Fight Day will kick off at sites around world — from Abu Dhabi to Zurich, and the nation's front yard. Published April 3, 2014