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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.

Suitland mall to be canvassed in shooting investigation

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police will canvass a Suitland strip mall on Wednesday in connection with a shooting that happened during a robbery, Prince George's County police said. 

Police are searching for suspects who shot an employee during a robbery on January 22 at a market located in the 4700 block of Suitland Road. The incident happened around 5 p.m. 

Two suspects went into the store with handguns. The employee was shot by the suspects sometime during the robbery. Authorities said the victim has life-threatening injuries. 

Officers plan on passing out Crime Solvers flyers Wednesday evening. They will canvass the area at 5:30 p.m. 

Sleds used to haul patients to Prince George's Co. ambulances

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- First responders in Prince George's County had to use sleds and National Guard humvees to rescue people with medical emergencies.

Most calls for help involve attempting to drive on side streets that are either unplowed or have only one lane available.

On Shadyside Avenue in Suitland, neighbors rushed to help EMT/Firefighters push aside vehicles that were blocking the path of an ambulance rushing to get to a man who had trouble breathing.

The struggle resulted in a 20 minute response time for a call that usually takes five minutes, the patient's wife said.

Two National Guard Humvees have been assigned to the Suitland area to help navigate unplowed streets.  Firefighters are also using four-wheel-drive pickups mounted with plows to retrieve patients and bring them out to wait for ambulances.

School bus catches fire in Prince George's County

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- No one was injured after a school bus caught fire outside an elementary school in Prince George's County.

According to a Prince George's County fire spokesperson, no one was on board the bus when it caught fire outside 3:15 p.m. outside Overlook Elementary School in Suitland.

The bus rolled across the parking lot while county firefighters deployed their line, the spokesperson said.

Watch video of the bus on fire

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Woman's death in fatal buttocks injection ruled a homicide

NEW YORK (AP) - The death of a woman who had silicone injected into her buttocks in New York City has been ruled a homicide.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office says Kelly Mayhew died after the silicone entered her bloodstream.

Police said the Suitland, Maryland, woman was found unresponsive at a Queens apartment on May 30. Her mother performed CPR and called 911, but Mayhew didn't survive.

Authorities are still looking for the woman suspected of giving Mayhew the injections.

More than a dozen people in the United States have died from illicit injections. A Philadelphia woman was convicted in March of third-degree murder in the 2011 death of a dancer from London who died after low-grade silicone traveled to her lungs.

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:

Prince George's Co. officers rescue man from burning car

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- A group of Prince George's County police officers and firefighters acted quickly Friday morning to save a man from a burning car in a dramatic rescue caught on video.

According to county police, a person called in a report of a burning car at around 12:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Lakewood Street in Suitland. When police officers arrived at the scene, they found the car fully engulfed in flames and the driver still inside.

Two officers tried to pull the man out of the car, but the flames were too intense to do so. Police say two more officers arrived on scene to help, armed with fire extinguishers.

"I jumped out, grabbed my fire extinguisher, ran to the burning car," Officer Nicholas Clayton with Prince George's County police said.