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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.

DC police officers join pickup football game in snow

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- With police officers, firefighters and other emergency personnel working around the clock to keep people safe during the blizzard, it's important they get a chance to have some fun in the process.

So when a group of D.C. police officers came across a pickup football game in Columbia Heights they decided to challenge them to a game. 

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Man critically wounded after Columbia Heights shooting

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man was critically wounded after a shooting Tuesday afternoon in Columbia Heights, a D.C. Fire Department spokesperson said.

The shooting happened in the 3400 block of 14th Street NW, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. 

A lookout has been issued for two suspects in connection to the shooting, both black males. The MPD described one suspect as a man with a light complexion, long red dreadlocks and a weapon. The other suspect was described as having a ski-mask and a bike. 

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Pack Light, Pack Right While Traveling by Air This Fall

Fall is a time when millions of people around the country begin to make their travel plans. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the busiest travel times of the year are just around the corner, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. There are some great reasons why packing light will help make your trip easier and more enjoyable. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do, either.

“If you want to pack right when you travel then you really need to focus on packing light,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of Savvy Travelers. “There’s much less hassle and stress when you pack light and stick to the basics. You can put your focus on your travel, rather than having all of your attention go to dragging around way too much luggage.”

Here are some Savvy Travelers tips for packing light and right for fall and holiday air travel:

Columbia Heights man donates punk rock collection

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A Columbia Heights man donated his treasure trove of local punk rock memorabilia to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Mark Anderson hopes his collection, which includes everything from posters to buttons to records and instruments, will teach people about the D.C. punk scene for generations to come.

Anderson says one of the most important bands of the local punk scene was a group called Fugazi and a bootleg t-shirt saying "This is not a Fugazi t-shirt" demonstrates what they stood for.

"Fugazi didn't make t-shirts. T-shirts are the single most lucrative part of the music business, that merchandising. But Fugazi felt like they were a band and they didn't want to be a clothing company," Anderson said.

Seven wanted in NW DC sexual assault and kidnapping

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- At least seven people were involved in the sexual assault and kidnapping of a man in Columbia Heights, according to D.C. police.

Police say that on July 31 at around 8:00 p.m. near 14th Street NW and Parkwood Place NW, an adult man was approached by a suspect, forced into a white van at gunpoint and sexually assaulted.

One of the suspects is described by police as a Hispanic male between 6-foot 1-inch and 6-foot 2-inches tall, between 22 to 27 years old, with a slim build and short black curly hair. He was reportedly wearing an orange shirt and gray sweatpants.

Person wanted for firing shots near Columbia Heights playground

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police have released surveillance video showing a person of interest in a shooting near a crowded Columbia Heights playground.

Police say she shooting happened July 7 at around 11:29 a.m. in the 1400 Fairmont Street NW. You can watch the surveillance video below:

Eyewitnesses told WUSA9 they saw two or three men running with guns, followed by a half of dozen shots. One parent said she and other parents started grabbing any child within reach and ran for cover.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Target supermarket suspended by D.C. health department

WASHINGTON, (WUSA9) -- The supermarket at the Target store on 14th Street NW in Columbia Heights is suspended by the D.C. health department.

According to the Health Department, the supermarket area of the store was closed due to "failing to minimize the presence of insects, rodents and other pests on the premises".

A spokesperson from Target said the rest of the store is open while the supermarket is being suspended. A statement from Target is below:

At Target, food safety and quality are a top priority. We take this issue very seriously and are working with officials to address any concerns as quickly as possible. The store will remain open while we work to resolve the matter.


WUSA9 Restaurant Alert.

Thief steals two kittens from Columbia Heights Petco

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with stealing two kittens from the Petco in Columbia Heights Monday.

The theft happened around 10:30 a.m. at the store located at 3100 14th Street NW, police said.


The person of interest can be seen in this video: http://bit.ly/1E2dE8c

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition.