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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.

Suspicious package reported near Friendship Heights Metro

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A suspicious package was reported Wednesday night near the Wisconsin Avenue Metro station, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Police say the package was reported in the 5300 block of Wisconsin Avenue NW at around 9:37 p.m.

A police spokesperson says officers are still investigating the package.

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Mom feared FBI agent would kill her son, angry he's still active

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA9) – Jasmine Farooq feared a madman was about to kill her 15-year-old son.

Farooq had gone with her fiancé to return his baby to his ex-wife when a man started screaming at them about being two hours late.

The man shoved her son, drew a weapon, and aimed it at his head, right on Wisconsin Avenue in the middle of one of the region’s swankiest blocks.

It was only then that Farooq figured out the man was a law enforcement officer.

In an exclusive interview with WUSA9, Farooq said she is furious Agent Gerald Rugero remains armed and on-duty while he awaits sentencing.

Rugero's lawyer insists he did nothing wrong.

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:

Man hit by Metro train at Friendship Heights station

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man was hit by a Metro train at the Friendship Heights Metro station Thursday evening.

According to Metro, the man was hit by a train on an outbound track. Their injuries are non-fatal.

D.C. fire says the man was conscious when they were pulled off the tracks.

Normal service has resumed at the Friendship Heights station.

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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. 



Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.