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A Question of Substance


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.

Man found dead in Oxon Hill, possibly due to storm

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- The heavy snows and cold temperatures the blizzard of 2016 brought to the D.C. area may have been responsible for two deaths in Prince George's County.

On Monday morning, a snow removal crew found the body of a man while clearing out a parking lot in the 6300 block of Livingston Road, Prince George's County police say. No foul play is in suspected in the man's death.

According to police, the man's name is unknown at this time. 

This is the second death in Prince George's County that may have been caused by the blizzard. On Saturday, a man died after an apparent heart attack he suffered while shoveling his home in Fort Washington. 

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Teen named first Youth Poet Laureate in Prince George's Co.

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Last week, a senior at Oxon Hill High School became the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate in Prince George's County. 

Dominique Holder wrote her first poem three years ago. Now she's written more poems than she can count, and after becoming the Prince George's County Youth Poet Laureate she's set to become a published author. 

"There's so much talent in Prince George's County," Holder told WUSA. "I did not expect to win - at all."

The 17-year-old had to impress seven judges and beat at least 12 other poets, according to The Prince George's County Sentinel, in order to secure the title. 

20 years later, still no answers for Oxon Hill teen killed over coat

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- For 20 years, Charles and Thomasene Marsh have waited for an answer to the most important question in their lives.

It was 20 years ago Monday night that their son Chuckie Marsh was shot and killed outside Oxon Hill High School over an Eddie Bauer coat.

The answer as to who did it remains a mystery.  

Police say Marsh was hit by a stray bullet that was fired as the robber reached for another student.

Marsh was hit in the chest. He died at the hospital. 

"I tried to get to the hospital as soon as I could. Didn't make it. Not to see him," Charles Marsh said. 

The last time Charles Marsh saw his son he was waiting at the bus stop near their house. 

"He waved at me. He said, 'Hey daddy, I'll see you this afternoon' and I can still see him looking back - just like that - waving," Charles Marsh said.

1 dead in Woodrow Wilson Bridge crash

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- At least one person is dead after a serious crash and entrapment on the inner loop express lanes of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Friday morning.

A total of four people were trapped in two of the cars involved in the crash. Two of the four people were extricated by firefighters. Crews are still working on the remaining two people who are trapped, Prince George's County Fire Department said. 

One person has life-threatening injuries and two have non-life-threatening injures, officials said. 

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Oxon Hill school goes on lockdown after nearby robbery

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Forest Heights Elementary School went on lockdown after a reported armed robbery happened at a nearby Ace Hardware store, Prince George's County police said.

The robbery happened in the 30 block of Audrey Lane in Oxon Hill around 10 a.m. at the Ace Hardware store, according to authorities. Police learned that three men entered the store, pulled out what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money. At one point the suspects shot the employee with what turned out to be an air pistol. The suspects then fled the area.

Police said the employee was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspects are still being sought.

The Forest Heights Elementary School went on lockdown as a precautionary measure. There is no immediate danger to school students or staff.

Man charged in triple shooting at Oxon Hill apartment

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was arrested for the shooting deaths of three people inside of an Oxon Hill apartment Friday night, according to the Prince George's County Police Department.

3 shot and killed inside Oxon Hill apartment

Clifford John Browne, Jr., 34, of Capitol Heights is being charged with killing Lakeysha Walters, 40, her daughter Shaneka Walters, 25 and James Gibson, 45, police said.