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Meredith Somers

Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Eric Sponaugle of Olney packs up his blanket Wednesday morning after sleeping near McPherson Square as part of the "Occupy D.C." protest. The protesters' complaints - corporate greed, corruption and social injustice - are vaguely defined, but they attract a wide swath of disaffected supporters. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

'Occupy D.C.' takes up Wall Street protesters' cause

Lacy MacAuley of Adams Morgan signed on after hearing of the movement by word-of-mouth. Eric Sponaugle of Olney joined after seeing images of what he called police brutality. "Joe" from Frederick, Md., saw the handmade signs and wondered what all the fuss was about. Published October 5, 2011

Lt. Greg Dypsky (foreground) and Fireman Steve Muccino (center), members of the Rescue Squad 3 Collapse Task Force, search through the mock rubble of a fallen building in search of survivors and bodies at RFK Stadium on Wednesday. Government agencies and their nongovernment partners simulated a response to a Category 2 hurricane strike. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

Rescue workers test disaster plans in drill

The first 36 hours after mock-Hurricane Zoe pummeled the District were the hardest for the city. Evacuation attempts were blocked in Southeast. Thousands of residents were sleeping on cots underneath gymnasium roofs and officials were struggling to move 37 bodies from a flooded morgue. Published September 28, 2011

Dan Gach (left), Erik Shon (center) and Emma Cardini inspect the exterior of the Washington Monument for damage caused by last month's earthquake on Sept. 28, 2011. (Associated Press)

Engineers begin dramatic exterior inspection of Washington Monument

A four-member team of engineer climbers began a dramatic exterior inspection Wednesday afternoon of the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument, examining the landmark for earthquake damage in an operation delayed by the threat of thunderstorms. Published September 28, 2011

A 4-foot crack on the west side near the pyramid top of the Washington Monument and other earthquake damage will keep the monument closed to the public for some time. (AP Photo/National Park Service)

Damage report on Washington Monument due today

Engineers will provide an updated assessment today on earthquake damage to the Washington Monument. The 555-foot structure has been closed to the public since cracks appeared after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck the city Aug. 23. Published September 26, 2011

Census reveals offbeat data in single-year survey

Last year there were 290,508 kitchens in the District, more than 74,000 Maryland children spoke Spanish Creole and only 130 Virginians chose to heat their homes with solar power. Published September 22, 2011

Dinosaur fossil, found in Laurel, made plain by rain

Years of scraping away stones and sifting through loose dirt taught Dave Hacker some valuable lessons on fossil finding. So when the recent storms dumped nearly 10 inches of rain on the area, the Silver Spring resident grabbed his trowel and headed to the Dinosaur Park in Laurel to see what he could find. Published September 21, 2011

P.G. toddler finds gun, fatally shoots himself

Prince George's County police are investigating how a toddler got hold of the gun he used to fatally shoot himself in his family's apartment Monday night. Published September 20, 2011

"This is definitely my passion," D.C. Teacher of the Year Shira Fishman says of teaching. After working as a mechanical engineer, she changed careers and now teaches math at McKinley Technology High School in Northeast. "She has an uncanny ability to make the content come to life," says McKinley Principal David Pinder. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

McKinley's Fishman is D.C.'s top teacher

A former mechanical engineer who realized that her true calling was education is the 2011 D.C. Public Schools' Teacher of the Year. Published September 19, 2011

Man killed in P.G. hit and run

A unidentified male was killed early Sunday morning in a hit-and-run accident in College Park, according to Prince George's County police. Published September 18, 2011

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009  file photo, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, right, arrive at a State Dinner at the White House in Washington. Salahi, who gained notoriety with her husband by crashing a glitzy White House state dinner, says in a new book that she suffers from multiple sclerosis, a potentially debilitating disease that she says she has kept secret for years.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, file)

Salahi leaves husband, at least temporarily

The woman who made headlines for crashing a White House party was reported missing Tuesday night by her husband, but a police report Wednesday afternoon states she is safe and just needs time away from home. Published September 14, 2011

Arrest made in D.C. transgender shooting

A Northeast D.C. man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the shooting of a transgender woman, Metropolitan Police Department officials said. Published September 13, 2011