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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

D.C. firefighter wounds 3, kills self

A D.C. firefighter shot his girlfriend, who is also a D.C. firefighter, and her parents before killing himself Wednesday afternoon, police and fire officials said. Published February 5, 2009

ATF Special Agent Brian Swann shines a flashlight on a couple of suspects in the Creighton Apartments during a routine patrol of the Violence Crime Impact Team (VCIT) in Richmond on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008. (Barbara L. Salisbury / The Washington Times)

Justice League is watching

Every 45 days in a closed conference room here a handful of police officers, prosecutors, federal agents and bureaucrats gather to talk about criminals. Published January 11, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: D.C. EMS actions to get 2nd look

D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Dennis L. Rubin has asked for an investigation of a Northeast man's death after the man called 911 for chest pains but reportedly was told by paramedics that he probably was suffering from acid reflux. Published December 21, 2008

Obama crowds boisterous

The spontaneous outbursts of cheering, horn-honking and flag-waving Tuesday night continued long after the last polls had closed and Sen. Barack Obama had been declared president. Published November 6, 2008

Early voting another obstacle for unknowns

Democrat Rebecca Schneider is not going to unseat Rep. Jeff Flake in Arizona's 6th Congressional District on Tuesday. She concedes as much. Published November 3, 2008

Liberal group spends millions on Colo.

A secretive coalition of wealthy liberal political donors in Colorado has channeled millions of dollars this year to "progressive" causes and seeks to help turn over the swing state to Barack Obama, records show. Published October 28, 2008

Duncan Hunter's earmarks benefit his son

EXCLUSIVE -- Defense contractors who received millions in government earmarks arranged by Rep. Hunter are now helping fill the campaign coffers of his son, who is seeking the congressional seat being vacated by his father. Published October 13, 2008

7 dead over 9 hours in D.C.

Seven people were killed in five incidents in less than nine hours late Friday and early yesterday in the District in what Mayor Adrian Fenty called a violent night of historic proportions in the city. Published June 1, 2008

Prostitution ring suspected at firehouses

D.C. fire officials are investigating whether department employees have been running a prostitution ring out of several of the city's firehouses. Published August 31, 2007

Gambling rejection 5th for St. Croix firm

The failed effort to put a $500 million gambling hall in Northeast was the latest setback for an offshore firm whose associates have been unsuccessfully pushing gambling ventures nationwide in the past year. Published August 7, 2004

Student killed outside school

An 16-year-old Anacostia High School student was fatally shot yesterday afternoon outside the school just after classes ended for the day. Published October 30, 2003

Teachers union sees progress

The administrator of the Washington Teachers Union (WTU) said charges filed against a third person for stealing and laundering union funds may mark progress in the case, but the union is anxious to get past the scandal involving its former leaders. Published October 1, 2003

Fierce storms slam Washington area

Afternoon storms made for a harrowing commute yesterday, as fallen power lines closed the Capital Beltway in both directions, downed trees delayed rail service and more than 150,000 homes and businesses lost power in Maryland, the District and Virginia. Published August 27, 2003

The town of Thurmont, MD, sits in the shadow of Camp David, the Presidential retreat where President George W. Bush met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair earlier today, Thursday,  March 27, 2003.  National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, Superintendent J. Mel Poole sits in his office near Camp David. A photograph of Bush and Blair at the presidential retreat graces the wall outside his office in Catoctin Mountain Park.    (  Mary F. Calvert / The Washington Times  )

Camp David spared from war protests

Satellite television trucks were in place and security perimeters were extended around Camp David yesterday where President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met to discuss the ongoing war in Iraq. But there were no drumbeats, no anti-war chants, no alliterative slogans scrawled on signs, and not a single Nobel laureate taken away in plexicuffs. Published March 28, 2003

D.C. fire cadet fatally shot

A D.C. fire cadet who had witnessed a shooting between two cadets in the winter and who had been the victim of a stabbing in May was fatally shot early yesterday morning in a street outside a Northwest nightclub. Published July 29, 2002