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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.

25 chickens killed overnight in Potomac fire

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) --  A total of 25 chickens were killed in a chicken coop fire that happened in Potomac late Thursday night. 

The fire happened around 11:45 p.m. at Glen Road and Great Elm Rd. in Potomac, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said.  The 10' by 15' chicken coop was fully involved in the fire when crews got to the scene. 

A total of 25 chickens were killed in the fire. Officials also said that a 1994 Jeep Cherokee was damaged. 


The loss is estimated to be in excess of $10,000. The cause of the origin of fire has not been determined yet. 

No other injuries were reported. 

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Firefighter injured in North Potomac house fire

NORTH POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- One firefighter is injured after a house fire broke out in a North Potomac home Friday afternoon, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue said. 

The fire happened on Turley Drive in the basement of the home, officials said. When crews got to the scene they encountered heavy fire and smoke. 

Firefighters were able to knock out the bulk of the fire. They are checking the rest of the house. 

All occupants were able to get out. 

The injured firefighter is being evaluated. 

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McFly report: Tommy McFly meets the Real Housewives of Potomac

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Tommy McFly was right in the middle of the premiere night for the Real Housewives of Potomac and he lived to tell about it. 

McFly went deep into the drama of Real Housewives of Potomac to get a look into their Montgomery County community and the show. 

So far the show has been getting interesting reviews online and many locals are saying it's not real enough. The show will be on again Sunday night. ​

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Dad at party that led to N. Potomac fatal crash pleads guilty


MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- A father present at an alcohol-fueled party in N. Potomac that led to a fatal car crash in June pleaded guilty to two counts of allowing underage drinking in a residence Thursday.

Bravo announces 'Real Housewives of Potomac'

POTOMAC, Md. (WUSA9) -- Bravo's hit "Real Housewives" reality series is coming back to the D.C. area.

The cable channel announced Wednesday the "Real Housewives of Potomac" will be the latest edition of the long-running reality series. 

Notre Dame student from North Potomac found dead in dorm room

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - An autopsy has been scheduled to learn what killed a 20-year-old University of Notre Dame student found dead in his dorm room.

University spokesman Paul Browne says Jake Scanlan of North Potomac, Maryland, was found unresponsive in bed in Siegfried Hall about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. Students and a medical technician were unable to revive him.

Brown says there were no signs of trauma or indications of foul play.

St. Joseph County Coroner Michael O'Connell says an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Scanlan was a junior majoring in mechanical engineering.