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Howard University President announces retirement

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The President of Howard University, Sidney A. Ribeau, announced his retirement on Tuesday. 

Ribeau announced that he would be retiring "immediately from our beloved institution" after five years of on the job.  

In a letter from the Office of the President he wrote, "I would like to express my profound gratitude to the entire community for supporting me and generating an atmosphere of positive collaboration over the...years."

The historically black university has been dealing with financial troubles. Moody's Investors Service downgraded the school's rating last week, citing revenue declines and automatic federal budget cuts from Congress, the Associated Press reported. 

He added, "Serving as the president of Howard University was the opportunity of a lifetime."

10 Best DC Restaurants

(WUSA9) -- Small plates and international fare are on the menu at many D.C. restaurants. 

Take a look at these photos of 10Best's top 10 D.C. restaurants. 

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VIDEO: 3 suspects sought in DC armed robbery

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Police have released the surveillance video below in hopes of obtaining leads about the suspects of an armed robbery. 

According to police, three men robbed an individual while armed with a taser in the 1300 block of 12th Street, NW, on Sept. 23 at about 3:40 a.m.

DC Police described the suspects in a release as:

  • A black male, approximately 30 years old, 6'0" in height, 180 pounds, with a full beard. He was armed with a taser.
  • The second subject is described as a black male, approximately 22 years of age, 5'6" in height, 180 pounds. 
  • The third subject is described as a black male with no further details.

If you have any information about  this case contact police at (202) 727-9099.

National Coffee Day 2013 Specials

(WXIA) -- Coffee enthusiasts everywhere know the significance of Sept. 29. For everyone else, it's National Coffee Day 2013.

The day will be celebrated Nationwide with some special deals from coffee shops.

Caribou Coffee will offer a free small cup of Amy's Blend all Sunday. If you buy a tumbler you will get unlimited coffee refills for the entire month of October.

Dunkin' Donuts is offering a free small hot or iced coffee. The offer is only available through the "My Offers" section of the Dunkin' Donuts mobile app for smartphones.

Einstein Bros. Bagels is offering a Buy One Coffee Beverage, Get One Free offer all weekend.

Krispy Kreme is giving out free 12oz coffees all day.

McDonalds is giving away free PremiumRoast Coffee at participating locations.

Howard University reports enrollment increase

WASHINGTON (AP) - Howard University says enrollment is on the rise following a 5 percent decline last year.

The university is reporting the second-largest freshman class in 15 years. It says total enrollment is up 3 percent from last fall and now stands at more than 10,330.

The Washington Post says Howard President Sidney A. Ribeau announced the surge while speaking at a convocation on Friday. He said "the numbers speak for themselves" and that there's still "demand for the Howard product."

The historically black university in northwest Washington has been dealing with financial troubles. Moody's Investors Service this week downgraded the school's rating, citing revenue declines and automatic federal budget cuts from Congress.

TASER robberies linked in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are looking for robbery suspects in DC who are armed with a TASER in the incidents. 

DC Police put the warning out over an Email community alert in the 3rd District. 

"Over the past three days there have been three robberies along N Street, between 9th Street and 13th Street, NW. In all three robberies the suspects were armed with a Taser and the victims were hispanic," the Email said. 

Police are looking for two or more black males. In one of the robberies the suspects fled the area in a gray colored vehicle.

Anyone with information related to these robberies is asked to contact MPD at 202 727-9099.

"Sexiest bachelors in DC" photo shoot

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Check out these photos behind the scenes of Inside Edition's "Sexiest Bachelor in DC" competition photo shoot. 

Yes, our Russ Ptacek is a contestant! 

Make sure to watch Inside Edition on WUSA9 Friday, September 27 at 3:30 p.m. to see video interviews with the contestants and vote for your favorite.

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