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Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella

Matthew Cella is The Washington Times' Metro editor. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Matthew Cella

Autumn snow, cold temperatures hit D.C. region

A rare pre-Halloween snow fell on much of the D.C. area early Saturday, coating roofs and cars and dusting trees that have not yet shed their leaves. Published October 29, 2011

P.G. teen who murdered after warrant foul-up gets 40-year sentence

A 19-year-old Capitol Heights man who fatally shot one man and wounded another in a domestic dispute after the Prince George's County Sheriff's Office failed for more than a year to arrest him on an open warrant was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison, Prince George's County prosecutors said. Published October 29, 2011

Crowds of people wait outside of Union Station on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011 following a 5.9 earthquake whose epicenter was in Mineral, Va., east of Charlottesville, but whose effects could be felt up the entire Eastern seaboard, including Washington, D.C. All buildings downtown were evacuated. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Falling plaster closes Union Station's main hall

The main hall of the District's Union Station was closed Friday evening after plaster from the roof damaged in the Aug. 23 earthquake dislodged and fell to the ground. Published October 28, 2011

Ronald Moten (The Washington Times)

IN OTHER WORDS: GOP switch stirs up Ward 7 race

What do you get when you mix an incumbent D.C. Council member, the 26-year-old son of a former city lawmaker and an anti-gang activist who suddenly switches to the party of Ronald Reagan? Published October 23, 2011

Former D.C. cop sentenced for robbery, murder

A former Metropolitan Police officer was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for serving as a lookout in an armed carjacking and robbery that led to a fatal shooting. Published October 21, 2011


IN OTHER WORDS: Bartlett sets his sights on stink bugs

Maryland Democrats might want to push Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett out of office, but he could be the state's only hope against a foe that has terrorized Republicans and Democrats alike - the brown marmorated stink bug. Published October 16, 2011

19-year-old D.C. man sentenced for infant son's death

A 19-year-old D.C. man was sentenced Friday to three years in prison in connection with the death of his 7-week-old son, who died from head injuries after he was dropped and then left unattended, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District said. Published October 14, 2011

IN OTHER WORDS: Giving credit where credit may not be due

When D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced Wednesday that language in Congress' short-term spending measure allowed the District to spend its local dollars in the new fiscal year "for the first time ever," it generated some interest in the way that anything might that has never happened before. Published October 2, 2011

IN OTHER WORDS: A trip down the political rabbit hole

Halfway through the D.C. Council's heated debate last week on a tax hike for the city's highest earners, council member Jack Evans said, "You feel like you're in 'Alice in Wonderland' sometimes listening to people up here." Published September 25, 2011

Stephan Antwain Pittman

Vince Young impersonator arrested in P.G.

A man accused of impersonating Philadelphia Eagles back-up quarterback Vince Young throughout the D.C. area and beyond has been arrested, Prince George's County police said Friday. Published September 24, 2011

Postal employee pleads guilty in connection with mail theft

A Hyattsville woman working as a postal service mail processor pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to a charge stemming from the theft of 900 pieces of mail that were addressed to charities and contained cash and checks worth $9,000. Published September 19, 2011


IN OTHER WORDS: One ruling, differing reactions

A ruling last week by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II's lawsuit was a setback for opponents of President Obama's health care reform. But with more than half of U.S. states challenging the law, people on both sides of the issue agree the final step will likely be the Supreme Court. Published September 11, 2011

City State: Morning Roundup

Lottery contract faces further review, hiring for online gambling moving forward, Aruba keeps Giordano detained, Irene relief emerges as political issue, 'legacy legislators' reflect D.C. political scene Published September 1, 2011