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Cole reconstruction could leave Maryland activities displaced


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Cole's fate is expected Friday although Maryland students say they'll be upset if any changes are approved.

Melissa Seitz is a junior journalism major who enjoys working out at Cole Field House. After all, Cole is free to walk in daily. She runs steps and around the main concourse that surrounds what was formerly the home court of Maryland basketball.

Instead of a basketball court, when Seitz looks down the bowl of red seats she sees a green turf carpet. That's where thousands of students have enjoyed playing field sports during the winter months. Intramural and club sports teams have played on the field courtesy of Campus Recreation Services.

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Police: Man slapped, sexually assaulted UMD student


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police are looking for a suspect who they say sexually assaulted a female student at the University of Maryland.

It happened around 9:30 Sunday night in the 4300 block of Knox Road, which is located off-campus.

Police say the suspect followed the victim into a room and closed the door before placing his hand on her mouth and telling her to stay quiet. The student bit the suspect's hand, and the suspect then slapped her in the face, according to police.

"The student was then held down and the suspect groped her over her personal parts over her nylons. The suspect continued to slap the student in the face," police said.

Someone tried to enter the room, which startled the suspect and gave the student a change to flee, according to police. She ran away and went back to her residence, police said.

Terps Dez Wells out for 4 weeks due to fractured wrist


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- University of Maryland Senior Guard Dez Wells will miss at least four weeks with a wrist fracture, the team reported in a news release.

This is a major setback for the red-hot Terps, who have started the season 5-0 and have impressed the critics with some fine freshmen play.

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Wells, who suffered the injury during Maryland's 72-63 win over No. 13 Iowa State at the CBE Classic, had surgery Friday morning in Baltimore.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

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Suspect description released in UMD student attempted kidnapping


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police have released a description of a suspect who they say tried to kidnap a University of Maryland student at knife point Sunday morning.

The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 6'0" tall and wearing a red flannel shirt or coat. The victim said the man had dirty fingernails and a foul body odor, according to police.


The incident took place off campus in the 4400 block of Hartwick Road at about 6 a.m., the public safety office said
citing an incident report from Prince George's County police
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31 cases of viral meningitis at University of Maryland


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- There have been 31 confirmed or suspected cases of viral meningitis among University of Maryland students, school official said in a letter Thursday.

Approximately 19 students have been hospitalized for supportive treatment, officials said.

The university is asking students to take the following preventative measures:

Woman found dead in College Park motel


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman was found dead in a motel room at the Days Inn in College Park Friday evening, Prince George's County Police said.

Police are investigating after a middle-aged woman was found in the motel room located in the 9100 block of Baltimore Ave around 7 p.m., authorities said.

At this time police do not believe foul play was involved.

Authorities are investigating.