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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella is The Washington Times' Metro editor. He can be reached at

Articles by Matthew Cella

Two outgoing Republican House members are introducing a bill that would ban traffic cameras in D.C. The bill would also withhold federal highway funds from states where the state or local municipalities use traffic cameras. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

House bill to ban D.C. traffic cameras

Two outgoing Republican members of Congress are making a last-ditch effort to leave their mark on the District, introducing a bill that would outlaw the city's speed and red-light cameras. Published November 26, 2014

Mayor Marion Barry arrives at a meeting of the Financial Control Board at the headquarters on Thomas Circle in Northwest on June 10, 1996. (Kevin T. Gilbert/The Washington Times)

Marion Barry, former D.C. mayor, dies at 78

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who rose from the sharecroppers' shacks of Itta Bena, Mississippi, to the executive suite of the District's City Hall and overcame an embarrassing public drug arrest while in office to return as D.C. mayor and council member, died early Sunday. He was 78. Published November 23, 2014

A rendition of a now-scrapped Arlington streetcar line.

Arlington County Board scraps pricey Columbia Pike streetcar

The Arlington County Board voted Tuesday to cancel a controversial and expensive streetcar program amid concerns that the divisive fight over the transit project was distracting officials from other pressing issues. Published November 18, 2014

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Larry Hogan gets unprecedented win in governor’s race on public financing

Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan pledged to assemble a bipartisan administration after his defeat of heavily favored Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown — a victory made all the more stunning in that he became the first candidate in state history to win a gubernatorial race after accepting public financing. Published November 5, 2014

Republican Ed Gillespie, left, and Sen. Mark Warner, right. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Poll: Gillespie trails Warner by 20 points in Virginia Senate race

Ed Gillespie trails Sen. Mark R. Warner by more than 20 points in the Virginia Senate contest, according to a poll released Wednesday that suggests the Republican hopeful has made no progress closing the gap against the Democratic incumbent in the nine months since announcing his candidacy. Published September 10, 2014

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2014 file photo, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, is mobbed by media as he gets into a car with his son, Bobby, right, after he and his wife, former first lady Maureen McDonnell, were convicted on multiple counts of corruption at Federal Court in Richmond, Va. Now that the guilty verdicts on public corruption are in, attention turns to the McDonnells' Jan. 6 sentencing and subsequent appeal. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Poll: Virginia voters agree with verdict in McDonnell case

A majority of Virginia voters think a federal jury in Richmond got it right when they convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on public corruption charges last week, a new poll says. Published September 9, 2014

Plaintiffs in the federal suit over Virginia's ban on gay marriage, from left: Mary Townley, Emily Schall-Townley, Carol Schall, Tony London and Tim Bostic.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Supreme Court halts legalization of gay marriage in Virginia

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay Wednesday halting gay marriage from taking effect in Virginia this week, signaling the justices are inching closer to taking up a case that could definitively decide between the rights of states to recognize marriages and the federal government's guarantee of equal protection. Published August 20, 2014