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A Question of Substance

MICHELLE XU

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.

Police: Man sexually assaults 3 women in Wheaton


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 21-year-old man was arrested for sexually assaulting three women in Wheaton, police said. 

William Brown, Jr. 21, of Wheaton was charged in connection with committing sexual offenses against the three victims, Montgomery County police said. 

The first incident happened on February 4 around 9 a.m. when the 33-year-old victim was using the self-checkout at a Safeway store located on Georgia Avenue. The 21-year-old went up to the victim and started touching her inappropriately, police added. The woman started to resist the suspect and then fled the area. Brown is being charged with fourth degree sex offense, and second degree assault in connection with this incident. 

 

 

Water main break causes closures in Wheaton


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two westbound lanes are closed in Wheaton due to a water main break, according to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

The water main break is located on Veirs Mill Rd. at Connecticut Avenue. Two westbound lanes are currently closed for repairs, officials said. One lane is still getting by. Drivers should expect delays in the area. 

Nobody is without water. Crews have been having issues with the valves. A combination of cold and age is making it hard to turn the valves, officials stated. They are fixing 67-year-old pipe. It's 24 inches. 

We will continue to update you as we learn more. 

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Montgomery Co. school bus driver hurt after driving onto lawn


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A school bus driver in Montgomery County suffered minor injuries after they drove onto the front lawn of a home in Wheaton after attempting to make a turn.

According to a Montgomery County police spokesperson, the driver was trying to make a left turn from Connecticut Avenue onto Randolph Road when they ended up in someone's front yard.

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Man seriously injured after being hit by snow plow


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was seriously injured Monday after he was hit by a snow plow while he was walking on Georgia Avenue, a Montgomery County fire spokesperson said. 

The man was near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Janet Road in Wheaton when he was hit by the snow plow.

His injuries are non-life threating, but the spokesperson said he was taken to an area hospital.

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Car overturns after collision in Wheaton


 

WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A car overturned after a collision on Veirs Mill Road in Wheaton Tuesday evening, according to police.

The accident happened on Veirs Mill Road and Newport Mill Road. Officials say the occupants of the car were trapped after the car overturned. 

Injuries have been reported but the extent of those injuries are unknown at this time.

We will update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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Costco goes to court over Wheaton gas sales denial


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County attorneys will be in court Friday trying to keep big box retailer, Costco from opening up a huge gas station in Wheaton.

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It's a fight that has been going on for a while and one that was thought to be over back in March.

Costco was denied their bid by the Montgomery County Board of Appeals to open a 16-pump gas station in Wheaton. Residents in the area have environmental concerns. They say all the cars idling would hurt the air quality of the people living in the area.

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:

Foster mom: Social workers missed warnings before toddler's death


WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A foster mom is heartbroken and angry after the death of two-year-old Matthew Navarrete Reyes in Wheaton. She says the system failed the little boy -- and his three brothers -- sending them back to their neglectful and drug- addicted parents who Montgomery County police have just charged with murder.

Holly Tremblay reached out to WUSA9 to say something has to change. She says there is no way these boys should have been given back to these parents.

"We had to drop them off at that home, and they're screaming, 'Mommy, mommy, mommy!' as we're driving away," said Tremblay, a special education teacher, via Skype from her home in Orange County, Ca.

"It wasn't hard to believe at all, unfortunately, because we saw the signs," Tremblay said.

Wheaton parents charged with murder of two-year-old son


WHEATON, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Wheaton man and woman have been charged with murder in the death of their two-year-old son. 

Jonathan Navarrete-Turcious and Blanca Rosa Reyes, both of the 11800 block of Charles Road in Wheaton, Md., were arrested Thursday and charged with multiple offenses, including second-degree murder in the death of their two-year-old son Matthew Navarrete-Reyes in February.

According to police, Matthew was transported to Holy Cross Memorial Hospital on February 13 at around 4:17 a.m. after Reyes, 24, found him moaning and unable to support himself in his crib.

During an investigation, police learned Matthew had suffered multiple traumas in the weeks preceding his death. His parents told police the traumas came from several falls Matthew had in their home. Police said the couple did not seek any treatment for his injuries.