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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.

Police investigating Adams Morgan arrest

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A video of a violent and confrontational arrest outside a bar in Adams Morgan has gone viral.

On Saturday night, police responded to the Heaven and Hell bar on 18th Street to help disperse a disorderly crowd. They ended up making three arrests as the situation escalated and turned violent.

A bystander’s cell phone camera caught the struggle between police and 27-year-old Marquis Colbert, as officers try to handcuff the man they would later describe as acting aggressively and volatile. The video shows Colbert swinging his fists wildly, as officers pile on and hit back.  

One officer uses pepper spray to help subdue Colbert as an unruly crowd grows around them, some even throwing bottles.

Roof collapses at vacant Adams Morgan rowhouse

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- No one was injured after D.C. firefighters say the roof collapsed at a vacant rowhouse in Adam's Morgan. 

The house has been empty for more than a year and stop work order signs were posted around the house. 

As a precaution, both of the houses adjacent to the house with the collapsed roof were evacuated. One of those houses suffered minor damage.

The roof collapse occurred in the 2900 block of 18th Street NW. 

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Body of 19-year-old found behind Madam's Organ

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The body of a 19-year-old man was found Thursday morning in a stairwell in an alley behind a popular bar and restaurant in Adams Morgan. 

Family members of the victim tell WUSA9 the man is 19-year-old Paul McGuinness of Reston. McGuinness had been reported missing since Monday. Police have confirmed the victim is McGuinness.  

Police sources say McGuinness' body was found behind Madam's Organ on 18th Street NW. 

McGuinness was a first-year sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University, the family said. 

McGuinness' was not found by police, according to sources. A family friend told WUSA9 a coach of McGuinness from high school found him.

Preliminary information indicates there is no foul play involved. 

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Man shot in Adams Morgan

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a shooting that took place in the Adams Morgan part of D.C. on Saturday afternoon.

According to authorities, the victim of the shooting, an adult male, was found unconscious around 3:30 p.m. near the 1800 block of Belmont Road NW.

The police have requested for a homicide unit.

Police have not released any further details at this time. 

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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:

Capitol Hemp reopens at new location

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Capitol Hemp reopened Monday night at its new location in Northwest D.C. three years after they closed down their original stores.

The new store, located at 1770 Columbia Road NW, is less than two blocks from the original location on Adams Mill Road that opened in 2008.

By 2011, owner Adam Eidinger opened a second location in Chinatown. But in 2012, he was forced to shut down both stores after raids by D.C. police.

Now that it's legal to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana in the district, Capitol Hemp has once again opened their doors to sell clothing and accessories.