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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.

Nurse accused of sexually assaulting patient found not guilty

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A male nurse accused of sexually molesting a female patient in 2014 was found not guilty Friday.

The woman said she was in the emergency room at Bowie Health Center when Jared Kline forcibly moved her hand to touch his groin area at least three times.

Prosecutors said they were disappointed with the verdict and say he faces several similar cases in D.C.

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Mother enraged about 'soft' charges for driver who killed daughter

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office is getting ready to charge the driver who hit and killed a two-year-old girl nearly one year ago.

But the family of the toddler is angry because the charges are misdemeanor traffic violations.

Dynesti Maraj was with her grandmother in the crosswalk at the intersection of Route 197 at Old Chapel Hill Road in Bowie. The traffic signal gave the pair permission to cross, but the driver of a van making a left turn didn't see them. 

Destiny Barnes now wears her hair pink, Dynesti's favorite color, as a daily reminder of the daughter she lost. 

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3 injured after Bowie crash involving tractor-trailer

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three people were transported to the hospital after an accident Thursday night involving a passenger car and tractor-trailer on Route 301 in Bowie.

A total of three people suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash, which a Prince George's County fire spokesperson said happened near the intersection of Route 301 and Central Avenue. 

The southbound direction of Route 301 was closed while officers investigated the accident.

The spokesperson could not say what caused the accident. 

Bowie man pleads guilty to stealing youth identities in fraud scheme

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Washington Post made him the subject of a glowing profile for his role working with troubled youth in 2001. Prosecutors say just a few years later, Marc Bell began stealing the identities of other troubled young people and feeding them into a massive scheme to defraud the government of millions of dollars in tax refunds.

Prosecutors say Bell, 49, of Bowie, Maryland used his position at the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services to steal names and social security numbers of the young people he worked with so that his criminal associates could use their information to file fraudulent tax returns and collect the refunds.

Victims in fatal Bowie crash identified

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- The two parents killed late Wednesday night during an accident in Bowie have been identified. 

According to Bowie police, Gene Hutchinson of Annapolis, Md. and Crystal Goff of Bowie, Md. were killed after an accident between an ATV and an SUV.

2 killed in Bowie crash involving ATV and SUV

At around 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, the ATV and SUV were involved in a head-on collision near the intersection of Rack Track Road and Old Chapel Road. Hutchinson, 44, and Goff, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends told WUSA9 that Hutchinson and Goff were riding an off-road ATV at the time of the accident.

2 killed in Bowie crash involving ATV and SUV

BOWIE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two people who died while illegally riding and off-road ATV in Bowie late Wednesday were adults and each had children, according to friends at the scene.

The two riders were killed in a head-on collision between the ATV and an SUV.  The SUV driver was not seriously injured.

The crash happened on Race Track Road at Old Chapel Road around 10:53 p.m.

Police have not released the identities of the victims.