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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.

Shots Fired At Prince George's Co. Police Officer After Home Invasion

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) -- Shortly after 11 a.m., Prince George's County Police answered a call for a home invasion in the 4900 block of 56th Avenue.

Police say suspects armed with at least one weapon entered a home and demanded money. Police say shots were fired, but no one was hit. 

About an hour later, an officer tried to pull over the suspect's black SUV. Deputy Police Chief Kevin Davis says the officer did not know the vehicle was involved in the robbery.

Davis says when vehicle stopped, two suspects rolled down the back windows and opened fire. The officer was not injured.

Davis says police located the black SUV a few blocks inside the District, but the suspects are still on the loose.

College Park Break-In Leads to Arrest

A man has been arrested by the University of Maryland police for allegedly breaking into the house of a student in College Park, MD.

When reporting the incident to police, the student stated the suspect entered her off-campus home through a door that was left unlocked.  When she confronted him, he told her he was looking to rent a room in the residence.  The suspect took off running after she asked him to leave.

James Francis Mohler, 51, of College Park, MD was arrested near the victims home and charged with burglary.

The break-in still causes concern with College Park residents and University police because the area where the break-in occurred is an area where many College Park students live.

University of Maryland's New Boss Takes Over at College Park

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) -- Wallace D. Loh was appointed Tuesday as president of the University of Maryland's flagship campus in College Park.

Loh, the provost of the University of Iowa, will succeed C.D. "Dan" Mote Jr., who's served as president for 12 years. He starts Nov. 1; until then, provost Nariman Farvardin will serve as interim president.

Loh, 65, has more than 30 years of experience in higher education and will become the first Asian to serve as U-Md. president. He was born in Shanghai, China, and immigrated with his family to Lima, Peru, where he graduated from high school. He then moved alone to Iowa, graduating from Grinnell College with a degree in psychology. He later earned degrees from Yale University, the University of Michigan and Cornell University.

Loh said in statement that he hoped to build on Mote's success.

The University of Maryland—One of U.S. News & Report's Best Colleges and Universities

The yearly (and much anticipated) U.S. News and World Report’s List of the nation’s best colleges came out today; and finishing at 56  is The University of Maryland, College Park.

The ranking is based on the comparison of 191 of the nation’s top colleges and universities.

The University of Maryland also took 20th place of up-and-coming schools, while The University of Maryland Baltimore County took the number 1 spot.

For more rankings and information, visit: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges