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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

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

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In this Sunday Nov. 30, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Rams players, from left; Stedman Bailey (12), Tavon Austin (11), Jared Cook, (89) Chris Givens (13) and Kenny Britt (81) raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo.,  as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

Rams tight end Jared Cook says he's gotten threats over 'hands up' gesture

St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook said Thursday he has received threats since he and four teammates took the field Sunday in a "hands up" gesture to express solidarity with demonstrators protesting the grand jury decision in the police shooting death of Michael Brown. Published December 4, 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)

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78, leaves complicated legacy

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

D.C. Council members Muriel Bowser (left) and David A. Catania, and former council member Carol Schwartz, candidates for mayor of the District, took swipes at each other during a debate Wednesday. The three, each hoping to succeed Mayor Vincent C. Gray, will debate again Thursday, in advance of Saturday's start of early voting. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

D.C. mayoral hopefuls spar on education, homelessness

The District's mayoral candidates showed rare distinctions on policies over education and homelessness Wednesday during their third debate, which featured several jabs but fewer sharp exchanges than their previous encounters. Published October 15, 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)

Virginia voters agree with verdict in McDonnell case: poll

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