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Usually it’s the Supreme Court justices who get to ask the tough questions. But every so often, prominent public figures come to Georgetown, and undergraduates glean the rare opportunity to ask questions in return.

Last Wednesday, those who attended Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s lecture received an index card where they could write one question for Sotomayor to answer during the standard post-lecture question-and-answer session — a Gaston Hall standard that usually fosters a candid discussion and enriches university programming. In Wednesday’s case, however, the questions were screened and posed by a university official, rather than the student or event attendee who originally wanted an answer.

Multiple overnight break-ins reported in Montgomery Co.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Four break-ins that happened in Montgomery County overnight are under investigation, police said. 

One incident was reported around 2:50 a.m. at the Dunkin Donuts store in the Cabin John Shopping Center located in the 1100 block of Seven Locks Road in Potomac, according to Montgomery County police. 

Shooting at Md. motel leaves 1 injured

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man is recovering after he was shot at a motel in Silver Spring, Md., Montgomery County police said. 

The shooting happened around 11 a.m. at the Travelodge Motel at 8040 13th St. 

One man was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Police do not believe the shooting was random. 

The investigation continues. 

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Silver Spring & DC attempted robberies may be linked

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two suspects are believed to be responsible for two separate attempted bank robberies that happened in Silver Spring and D.C. late January. 

The first attempted bank robbery happened in D.C. on January 27 about an hour before the second robbery happened in Silver Spring around 2:30 p.m., Montgomery County police said. 

Detectives say the two men tried to rob the BB&T bank located at 3101 14th Street in Northwest, D.C. Later the suspects tried to rob the Capital One Bank located at 8676 Georgia Ave in Silver Spring. 

Flower shops prepare for Valentine's Day

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- Valentine's Day is this weekend. The rush is on to get everyone their flowers on time. 

WUSA9's Nikki Burdine went to the Potomac Floral Wholesale in Silver Spring. She spoke with some of the busiest people in the business. 



Water main break in Silver Spring bursts again

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) --  A 90-year-old water main that broke Sunday burst again Tuesday morning on Bonifant Street.  

At 2:30 a.m. a 10-inch water main broke in the 900 block of Bonifant Street. Officials with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission tell WUSA9 the same pipe ruptured Sunday. Crews spent Monday repairing the pipe. Only a section was replaced. Lyn Riggins, a spokesperson for WSSC, says this is typical for aging infrastructure during winter months. Riggins said it is likely the pipe will be flagged for replacement. 

For Lene Tsegaye, a business owner on the block, the broken water main meant another day away from her café. 

“This morning when I came to reopen, there was no water," said Lene Tsegaye, who was one of 22 customers without water service. Tsagaye reopened her business three weeks ago. She was forced to closed almost one year ago when a neighboring restaurant caught on fire.

Crews respond to partial collapse at Colesville church

COLESVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Crews are responding to a partial collapse at a Colesville church Monday afternoon, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said. 

The collapse happened at the Shiloh Christian Fellowship located at 14905 New Hampshire Avenue, officials said. 


No injuries have been reported as of yet. A building inspector has been requested. There is no fire hazard. 

We will continue to update you as we learn more. 

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Free-range parents make 'Frozen' inspired song ‘Let Them Go’

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- About a year after Danielle Meitiv made national headlines for letting her children walk around their neighborhood by themselves, the Montgomery County mother is reaffirming her commitment to free-range parenting through a song.

Meitiv's song, titled "Let Them Go", changes around the lyrics so they're about why it's OK to let her kids walk freely. Among the lyrics:

It’s funny how our parents just let their kids play ball.
And the fears we let control us didn’t bother them at all.
It’s time to see what kids can do. Let them test their limits just like you.
Learn right from wrong; just let them be
Be free!

And one version of the chorus:

MISSING: 82-year-old man visiting Silver Spring family

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- An 82-year-old man from Haiti who is visiting family in Silver Spring has gone missing, Montgomery County police said. 

Innocent Camille was last seen in the 12800 block of Broadmore Road off of E. Randolph Road in Silver Spring around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said. Camille is from Haiti, however is staying with a relative in Silver Spring. 

Camille is described as black man, standing 6 feet two inches tall and weighing 150 pounds, police said. He has a thin build and short hair that is turning gray. He was last seen wearing a white and blue shirt, tan pants, and hospital shoes. He may have also been wearing a brown hat. Police said Camille just had surgery on hit foot, has diabetes and may show some signs of dementia. 

Man hit by car in Silver Spring

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was hit by a car Friday night in Silver Spring.

According to a Montgomery County fire spokesperson, the accident happened near the intersection of Randolph Road and Serpentine Way. 

The man is reportedly in critical condition.

This is a developing story and will be updated. 

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