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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.

Crews respond to fire at UMD McKeldin Library


COLLEGE PARk, Md. (WUSA9) -- Crews put out a fire in the basement electrical room at the University of Maryland McKeldin Library, Monday morning, fire officials said.

The fire was originally reported to be located in the fire close to the loading dock, according to Prince George's County Fire Department.

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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.

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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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