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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.

Fire engulfs multiple self-storage units in Upper Marlboro

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) – Crews responded to a fire at a self-storage facility in Upper Marlboro Tuesday, the Prince George’s County Fire Department said.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. 

Prominent scam artist turned informant found dead in truck

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Leesburg man who was a jailhouse informant while serving time for scamming banks out of millions was shot to death. 

Osama El-Atari was found dead Saturday inside his new Dodge Ram pickup truck in front of an abandoned home in Upper Marlboro just outside the Beltway.

El-Atari, 37, was reported missing by his family Thursday.

Investigators have been silent about details into the death of the former restauranteur and car collector. El-Atari is probably more well known for his role in a Ponzi scheme that managed to scam several banks out of $71 million.

In 2009, while in jail for stealing from the banks, El-Atari met former Marine Jorge Torrez, who told El-Atari he'd killed a young navy petty officer named Amanda Snell in a case that had gone cold in 2009. Torrez then admitted to killing two young girls in his hometown in Ohio.

Prince George's Co. police chief prioritizes child safety

UPPER MARLBORO, Md (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County has a new police chief.

Hank Stawinski, who was appointed interim police chief a little more than a month ago, had his daughter at his side as the county council unanimously confirmed him as police chief Tuesday.

Stawinski says his main reason for taking the job was to keep her and all the children of Prince George's safe. Part of that is continuing to dig for answers in the case of Deonte Carraway, the teacher's aide accused of making child porn inside an elementary school in Glenarden.

Federal charges possible for teacher's aide in child porn case

Va. scam artist found dead in Prince George's County

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a Va. scam artist who was shot dead in Prince George's County on Saturday afternoon.  

Police said 37-year-old Osama El-Atari of Leesburg was found inside of a pickup truck suffering from a gunshot wound.

Va. man gets 12 years in prison for $53M fraud

Officials responded to the 9000 block of Armstrong Lane around 3:40 p.m.  

He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Police said the victim was reported missing in Loudoun County.

El-Atari was sentenced 12 years in prison in 2010 for a plot that defrauded banks across the country of $53 million.

Woman found dead on Rt. 301 was a mother of two young kids

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Maryland State police have identified the woman found dead Saturday night along Route 301 in Upper Marlboro as Tiffany Storey. 

“She loved her kids,” said Pam Jensen. Jensen works with the First Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro and told WUSA9 that Storey was once a very active member of their church.

Police say Storey was found dead Saturday along Route 301 near the Route 4 overpass just before 9:30 p.m. Maryland State Police said Storey was found clothed, face-down and with serious trauma to the head and upper torso. Police also said there were no signs of suspicious injury.

A Medical Examiner is still investigating the cause of death.

Body of fully clothed woman found on Rt. 301 in Md.​

Lawmaker w/ history of blocking DUI laws represents alleged drunk driver

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- How could a guy continue to drive with a traffic and criminal record that stretches back years and includes drunk driving and fleeing police?

The answer may have to do with his lawyer -- a guy who not only argues the law -- he writes it.

Maryland State Police say James Calero was drunk Thursday night when he plowed head-on into 20-year-old Adedire Olanrewaju Ososanya on Route 202 near Prince George's Community College.

Court records show Calero has a history of drunk and reckless driving and has also been accused of eluding police and fleeing the scene of the accident.