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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

Population of crabs in Bay down one-third

Extreme cold temperatures this winter are being blamed for a 31 percent drop in the number of blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, officials said Tuesday. Published April 19, 2011

 On Sept. 9, 1981, then-Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer, dressed to amuse, enters one of the tanks of the National Aquarium in Baltimore to settle a bet. He is credited with rejuvenating the Inner Harbor.

Baltimore icon, former Maryland governor Schaefer dies

William Donald Schaefer, the voluble and flamboyant former mayor and governor who towered over Maryland politics for four decades, died Monday night at his home at the Charlestown retirement community outside Baltimore. Published April 18, 2011

D.C. woman found dead in Anacostia Park

Metropolitan Police said Monday they are investigating the killing of a Northwest woman found fatally stabbed in the parking lot of the Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion. Published April 18, 2011

2 convicted in D.C. shooting that stemmed from cookout dispute

A D.C. man and a Maryland man have been convicted of assault with intent to kill and other charges involving a shooting that stemmed from a fight over food and drinks at a family cookout, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District said Friday. Published April 15, 2011

**FILE** D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

D.C. law on officials' vehicles ignored

City officials for several years have ignored the letter and the spirit of laws governing procurement and use of "luxury-class" SUVs, a D.C. Council member said in a draft report issued Monday. Published April 11, 2011

Cuccinelli OKs guns in churches

Virginia cannot ban people from carrying guns for self-protection into churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship, Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said in an advisory opinion released Monday. Published April 11, 2011

City State: Morning Roundup

Va. lawmakers consider redistricting, novelist accused of campaign finance violations, D.C. breathalyzer concerns, D.C. special election, Md. Gen. Ass. winners and losers, rash of homicides in D.C., Construction on Constitution Ave. Published April 11, 2011

IN OTHER WORDS: D.C. residents favored for jobs?

No one disputes that D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. favors jobs for city residents. So it struck us as odd last week when Mr. Thomas — who in 2007 introduced the Jobs for D.C. Residents Amendment Act that required that D.C. residents receive increased preferences for employment in the city government — cited legal precedent to interpret the District's Human Rights Act as protecting out-of-state residents from employment discrimination in city jobs. Published April 10, 2011

D.C. records fifth killing since Wednesday

Metropolitan Police said Saturday that a Prince George's County man was found fatally shot in Southeast Friday night — the fifth homicide since Wednesday in the city. Published April 9, 2011

D.C. police investigate 4th killing in 24 hours

Metropolitan Police said Friday they were investigating the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Southeast boy — the fourth homicide in a 24-hour span this week. Published April 8, 2011

IN OTHER WORDS: Doors keep opening for Metro board

Some of Metro's rail cars are 30 years old and a handful of its train stations stood through the disco era. But many of the people making the tough calls on spending and service cuts this year have been with the agency about as long as it takes to get from Shady Grove to Glenmont in rush hour. Published April 3, 2011