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Ratsie's Pizza in College Park Closes after 30 years


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- It's the end of an era in College Park.

Ratsie's Pizza along Route 1 closed Saturday night after 30 years of being in business.

The owner said it is just time to move on.

Ratsie's served its last slice of pizza and some customers came in just because they heard it was closing.

The pizzeria had originally announced it would be closing in September. Saturday's shutdown surprised a lot of customers.

A new international restaurant will take the place of the pizzeria.

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3 armed males forced entry into off-campus residence


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Three armed males forced entry and stole property from an off-campus residence in College Park early Saturday, police said.

The incident occurred at 3:50 a.m. when police say three armed males forced entry into an off-campus residence located in the 4300 block of Knox Road.

Police say the three males were armed with a knife and some type of gun.

The suspects fled after police say they stole some property from the residence.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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UMD and Uber announce partnership to support innovation


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The University of Maryland and Uber announced a partnership to support student-generated innovation Monday.

The collaboration will foster and advance student-driven innovations and technology, according to news release sent out Monday.

"Partnering with Uber furthers our mission to position the University of Maryland as a leading public research institution, equipping students with top-notch entrepreneurial skills and opportunities. We are thrilled that Uber recognizes the opportunity to solve challenges in College Park and to engage our highly motivated students in the process of moving our innovation economy forward," said Ken Ulman, UMD strategist for economic development.

The partnership will include the following initiatives:

Man collapses at Xfinity Center during MD HS basketball


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man was taken to the hospital Saturday night after he collapsed on the main court at Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland, Prince George's County Fire Department said.

The incident happened around 8:05 p.m., the fire department said.

According to reports the incident happened during the Maryland State High School basketball Championship. The man was singing the national anthem when he fell to the floor.

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Firefighters find 2 dogs out in the cold in Beltsville


BRANCHVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Two dogs survived the cold thanks to firefighters who took them in for the night.

The mom and her pup are adjusting quite well at the Greenbelt Animal Shelter after being rescued from the cold.

Kitty Garner is a Lifelong volunteer and president of the ladies auxillary at the Branchville Fire Company.

Kitty and her son were driving down Rhode Island Avenue late Tuesday night when she spotted the two dogs pawing at the door to get into the Jiffy Lube for shelter. Thats when she scooped them up.

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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

Driver sentenced in fatal College Park hit and run


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The driver who hit and killed a University of Maryland last January was sentenced to two years in prison Friday.

Liam Adepo pleaded guilty in November 2014 to charges stemming from the hit-and-run crash in College Park that killed student Cory Hubbard.

After his prison sentenced, he will serve three years of supervised release.