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Police Investigate Armed Robberies Near The University Of Maryland Campus

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- Police are looking for the crooks behind two brazen armed robberies near the University of Maryland campus.

It's the latest in a rash of off-campus crime that has the University community on edge.

Gunmen attacked twice in the space of ten minutes Sunday night.

Around 10:30pm, two men walked up and robbed a post graduate faculty assistant and his wife near 51st and Navahoe.

Minutes later, someone held a group of students at gunpoint along the hiker bike path just a block away.

Alerts about each of the crimes have gone out to all students and staff members by email.

There is a night time ride service at the University of Maryland, but it doesn't cover off campus neighborhoods.

Any phone calls with information about the crimes should go to the Prince George's County police department, the lead agency investigating these incidents.

County Executive Challenges Mayor of Arlington, TX Prior to Redskins-Cowboys Game

Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson is offering a friendly challenge to Mayor Robert Cluck of Arlington, Texas to kick off the 2010 Redskins Week activities.  The two will talk via conference call on the field at FedEx Field this morning.

Redskins Week is launched via OFFICIAL PROCLAMATIONS in Prince George’s County, Md., Washington, D.C., and Loudoun County, Va., as well as Fairfax County, VA and Montgomery County, MD. 

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and Loudoun County Chairman Scott K. York will hold separate press conferences at 10 a.m. at FedExField, 1:30 pm at Powell Elementary School in DC, and at the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Meeting in Leesburg at 6:30 p.m. to announce the official proclamations, and each will issue a friendly wager on the outcome of the game with their counterparts in Texas.

University of Maryland Student Assaulted and Robbed

COLLEGE PARK, MD (WUSA)--A University of Maryland student was assaulted and robbed around 2:05 AM, September 4, 2010  
on Hartwick Road at Princeton Avenue in College Park, MD. 

Prince George's County Police say the male student was walking on Hartwick Road when he was approached by 4 suspects. Police say one of the suspects tackled the student while another took his wallet and removed cash and then threw the wallet on the ground.

Police say the victim received several minor abrasions to his face. 

Police are looking for a black male 6'2", 180 lbs, wearing black t-shirt, jean shorts, dark complexion with short hair; a black male 5'8" - 5'10", 150 lbs, wearing white t-shirt, jean shorts, with light complexion; a black male 6'0" - 6'2", slim build, wearing navy t-shirt, and a fourth black male for whom they have no other description. 

Police Make Quick Arrest in Robbery on Baltimore Ave.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) - The Prince Georges County Police Department has made two quick arrests in connection to a robbery early Saturday morning in College Park, Md.

Police were called to the 8600 block of Baltimore Avenue about 12:59 a.m., for a report of a robbery.

When officers arrived they learned that three men approached the victims, displayed a weapon and demanded their money and then fled on foot.

Authorities said officers quickly canvassed the area and located two of the three suspects and place them under arrest.

Makthe Ndongo, 22, of Greenbelt, Md., and a juvenile, 15, were charged with two counts of robbery, police said. An arrest warrant was obtained for the third suspect identified as Theo Davis, 23, of the District.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call the Prince Georges County Police Departments District One Investigative Section at (301) 699-2601.

College Textbook Rentals Among Many Options For Cutting Costs

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) - Back-to-school time can mean racking up a lot of debt for college students. The average student spent more than $1,000 on books in the 2009-10 school year. But now they have new options that won't bust the bank.

The University of Maryland's book center is operated by Barnes & Noble. Barnes & Noble College Booksellers regional manager Chris Colbert says a multitude of price points are available to students. He offers this example "$100 on the shelf for new, $75 for used, the rental, if it's available, is at $45 and the digital around $60."

U of Md. Move In Day Brings Signs of Economic Thaw

College Park, Md (WUSA) The annual pilgrimage of parents moving students in to the University of Maryland tied up traffic from the campus all the way to the Beltway Thursday, and provided some signs for retailers that an economic thaw is on when it comes to back-to-school spending.

The National Retail Federation predicts back-to-school spending will rise by 16% in 2010.

Among the most popular high-dollar items with students at Maryland are flat-screen TV's, mini-refrigerators and futon-style couches.

Meanwhile, carpet seller Scott Krueger was on campus with a loaded rental truck doing a brisk business in new rugs for dormitory room floors.

"Parents are spending money and sales are up this year compared to last," Krueger said.

Many parents did not hesitate to splurge on new items, rather than second-hand furnishings, despite the costs of $800 to more than $2000 some families spent.

St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home gets a makeover to help mothers and their babies

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports there's a huge renovation project going on at St. Ann's Infant and Maternity HomeFirst Finish and Ritsick Design teamed up for the challenge.

MORE: Pictures of Renovation Progress

Most of the building including the bathrooms lacked privacy and have gone untouched for 50 years. Volunteers finished phase 1 recently which includes a new washroom and laundry room. The renovations include granite tops, fresh paint and brand new fixtures and lighting. The team's next goal: some millwork to create more storage and some decor to spruce up the walls.