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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Mourners holding flowers have paid their respects at the site where a student was fatally stabbed days before his graduation.

Hundreds gathered Wednesday at the University of Maryland, College Park's chapel garden to honor Richard Collins III, who was killed Saturday on the campus.

Mourners placed red and white flowers in the center of a circle in the garden. Many walked the few blocks to the bus shelter where Collins was stabbed.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The father of a black student slain while visiting a neighboring university says he's too consumed by shock to fully grasp the implications of the "horrific and senseless act."

Richard Collins Jr. tells WRC-TV that he's "in no place to feel very many emotions beyond sadness and just (a) deep sense of personal loss." Collins describes his son, Richard Collins III, as a competitor with "a loving and giving heart."

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The FBI is helping to investigate the stabbing at the University of Maryland to determine whether it was a hate crime.

University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said at a press conference Sunday that he sought the FBI's help after finding that 22-year-old Sean Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation," where members post racially charged material.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Authorities at the University of Maryland are investigating a noose discovered in a fraternity house.

Local news reports say the noose was found inside the house of the school's Phi Kappa Tau chapter on April 27.

Police at the university say they are investigating the matter as a hate/bias incident.

University president Wallace D. Loh said in a Wednesday statement that he condemns "the use of a symbol of violence and hatred for the purpose of intimidating members of our University of Maryland community."

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Some white supremacist fliers have shown up on a University of Maryland campus.

They were found at the College Park facility and put out under the American Vanguard logo which is associated with white supremacy.

The Washington Post reports that the flyer read, “We have a right to exist.”

It claims that – what it calls – whiteness is under attack with fears about becoming a minority by mid-century in the United States.  

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Leadership at 11 of the 12 University System of Maryland institutions will be getting raises in the coming fiscal year, most of no more than 3.5 percent.

The Daily Record reports that University of Maryland, College Park President Wallace Loh will get the largest increase of 14 percent, bringing his total 2017 salary up to $600,314.

The biggest overall earner is University of Maryland, Baltimore president Dr. Jay Perman, whose $895,923 salary also covers his work as a practicing physician.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A partnership between the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, would be strengthened under a bill that has cleared the House of Delegates.

The House voted 92-44 on Wednesday for it. The measure has passed the Senate, though some changes made in the House will need to be approved to send the bill to Gov. Larry Hogan.

The bill creates one University of Maryland with two campuses, though each campus would still have two presidents.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland has approved a trial plan for the school to sell beer at its football stadium and other athletic venues beginning this fall.

The student-initiated plan will be announced Thursday in an open letter to the campus. The Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners, which holds final approval authority, will address the proposal during a public hearing July 8.

If the plan is approved, Maryland would join several dozen universities that permit alcohol to be sold to the public at athletic events.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - New and returning students at several Maryland public universities will have to dig a little deeper for tuition.
 
The University of Maryland at College Park, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University and Towson University are all implementing tuition increases of 2 percent for the spring semester starting Jan. 26.
 
The university system's Board of Regents voted Friday to allow the increases.
 

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The University of Maryland says someone hacked into its computer network and obtained personal information for the second time in four weeks.

Chief Information Officer Ann Wylie revealed the breach Thursday in a letter to administrators and department chairs.

She says the university learned of the intrusion Saturday and worked with federal and campus law enforcement agencies to limit the potential harm.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - The president of the University of Maryland says more a computer security attack breached a database that contains personal information about more than 300,000 faculty, staff, students and others.

Wallace Loh said in a statement posted Wednesday on the university's website that the database contained records of those have been issued a university ID since 1998.

Loh said the database has information from the College Park and Shady Grove campuses. The records include name, Social Security number, date of birth and university identification number.