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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.

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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. 

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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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