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College Park man arrested on child porn charges


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- A 24-year-old College Park man was arrested on possession of child pornography and distributing child pornography charges, Maryland State police said.

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Kyle Francis Kenney, 24, of College Park was arrested on seven counts of distributing child pornography and seven counts of possession of child pornography, police said.

Target unveils new scaled-down store in College Park


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- One of the nations larges big-box retailers is making news by going small.

Target opened the first scaled-down Target Express store in the Eastern U.S. Wednesday in College Park. The store is about one-tenth the size of a normal store, but stocks much of the same merchandise at the same prices.

The retailer is experimenting with small-format stores seeking to solidify its brand loyalty with millennials who are increasingly attracted to urban areas and turning their backs on traditional suburban shopping.

The store in College Park is directly across Baltimore Avenue from the University of Maryland. A second store in the D.C. area is planned for Rosslyn, Va. later in 2015.

"It's definitely a good idea," said college sophomore Emily Cevallos, as she viewed the store for the first time.

UMD gets permission to sell alcohol at sporting events


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The Prince George's County Liquor Board approved a plan Wednesday night to allow the University of Maryland to sell alcohol to the general public at their sporting events.

The plan is a one-year long pilot program that will allow the university to sell alcohol during events at Byrd Stadium and the Xfinity Center. After the trial year, the university and the county will evaluate how successful the alcohol sales were and decide whether to continue the program.

During the trial year, the university will only sell beer. However, if the trial period goes well, the school could add wine to the menu.

University leaders have said the proposal is part of a plan to curb binge drinking at athletic events.

UMD professor asks cruelest extra credit question ever


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- For most college students, extra credit opportunities usually come in the form of essay questions at the bottom of the test, additional assignments or a detail hidden in the exam instructions.

So when a group of University of Maryland students got a multiple choice prompt for an extra credit question (that required no additional information they needed to study), it seemed like a dream come true.

But instead they saw this.

In short, the entire class would get at least two points of extra credit, but only if less than 10 percent of students took the six points option.

It's a college exam sized version of "The Prisoner's Dilemma"

Concerns still loom after vote on UMD alcohol sales


LARGO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Charles Caldwell admitted Wednesday that he was on the fence about whether it was a good idea for the University of Maryland to sell alcohol at its sporting events. At Wednesday night's hearing, however, he and two of his colleagues supported the measure. By a vote of 3 to 1, the liquor board approved the University of Maryland's proposal to sell alcohol at its sporting venues next season.

"They have a big police and ancillary presence, and they're not going to be selling next to the student sections," Caldwell said.

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh says fans can expect to see extra police and staff deployed to monitor fan behavior and a designated driver program promoted throughout the venue.

But Caldwell admits, the biggest challenge will be detecting fake IDs.

No cause of death determined for UMD student


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- Medical personnel have not yet determined a cause of death for a University of Maryland student who passed away Monday afternoon.

According to Prince George's County Fire and EMS spokesperson Mark Brady, paramedics responded to the UMD campus at about 1:55 p.m. for a report of a student in need of medical attention.

When they arrived, paramedics found Lowell Ensel not breathing and without a pulse and began performing CPR.

Ensel was transported to Washington Adventist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m.

Ensel, a sophomore, was an active member of Maryland Images, the campus tour guide organization.


UMD to show 'American Sniper' May 4


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- The University of Maryland will show the movie "American Sniper" in early May after the original screening was canceled over concerns that the movie was anti-Muslim.

In a letter to the Maryland community, University President Wallace Loh announced the College Republicans and College Democrats will screen the movie May 4 at 6 p.m. in the Hoff Theater. A panel discussion about the themes and issues raised by the film will follow the screening.

The original screening was planned for May 6 and would have been hosted by Student Entertainment Events. However, SEE decided to pull the film after concerns from the Muslim Student Association that film was anti-Muslim.

After SEE's decision to cancel the screening, the university received calls and emails decrying the decision. Additionally, people flooded MSA's Facebook page with nasty comments about the cancellation.