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Kuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The 12 New Yorkers deciding the fate of Harvey Weinstein began their second day of jury deliberations on Wednesday after asking the judge in the high-profile rape trial for legal clarification of the charges that could send the movie mogul to prison for the rest of his life.

The jury of seven men and five women went back to work at 9:30 a.m. after spending the first day mulling the reams of evidence and witness testimony presented to them over more than two weeks in the riveting trial in State Supreme Court in lower Manhattan.

The 67-year-old Weinstein, co-founder of the Miramax entertainment company and once considered one of Hollywood's most powerful film producers, is charged with five felony counts for allegedly raping one woman, who is unnamed, in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on another, Miriam "Mimi" Haleyi, in 2006.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges and claims any sexual encounters were consensual.

The jury received the case Tuesday morning and put in a full day of dissecting the complex evidence.

Prosecutors presented evidence of an alleged pattern of sexual predation, arguing Weinstein spent years wielding his power and position to victimize women and kept them silent about being assaulted by him.

Weinstein's defense team countered that the two main accusers "re-labeled" consensual experiences as sexual assaults after the fall of 2017 when revelations about Weinstein broke in The New York Times and The New Yorker.

During the trial, the jury heard from 35 witnesses, including the two primary accusers and four other women, including "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, who allege attacks and predation.

Within the first hour of deliberations Tuesday, the Weinstein jury sent a note to the judge, asking for legal clarification of the charges the movie mogul faces.

Some time later, the jurors sent a second note asking for a blueprint of "the Soho apartment," which is in reference to Weinstein's former SoHo apartment on Crosby St. in Manhattan where Haleyi was allegedly sexually assaulted in 2006.

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csreed/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Jury selection is set to begin in Los Angeles Wednesday in the much-anticipated trial of New York real estate heir Robert Durst, who is accused of killing his close friend Susan Berman.

Berman's body was found in her home on Christmas Eve in 2000. She had been shot execution-style in the back of the head.

Durst was arrested for Berman's murder in 2015 -- one day before the last episode aired of the HBO series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

Prosecutors allege Durst wanted to silence Berman about the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen Durst.

Robert Durst was investigated but never charged in her death.

Berman -- a close friend of Durst's since their UCLA days -- allegedly helped Durst with an alibi for when Kathleen Durst vanished.

Berman was about to meet with investigators about the Kathleen Durst case when she was killed at her house in Beverly Hills.

Durst's lawyers say he did not kill Berman and doesn't know who did.

One piece of evidence revealed in the The Jinx was a letter producers found that Durst once wrote to Berman, in which "Beverly Hills" was misspelled as "Beverley." Police were led to the discovery of Berman's body back in 2000 because of a note with Berman's address and the word "cadaver" on it. That note to police had the same "Beverley" misspelling and both notes had nearly identical handwriting.

This won't be Durst's first time on trial.

Durst was charged in the 2001 killing of neighbor Morris Black in Galveston, Texas, but Durst claimed he shot him in self-defense and was found not guilty.

Durst admitted to chopping up Black's body and disposing of the pieces in the sea.

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Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Rapper Pop Smoke, an up-and-coming artist born in Brooklyn, New York, was shot and killed Wednesday in a Hollywood Hills, California, home, multiple law enforcement officials confirmed to ABC News.

Multiple suspects broke into the home with at least one wearing a black mask, sources said. The suspects then shot the victim, who was transported to a local hospital where he died, according to the sources.

Officials have not yet said whether it was a targeted or random attack. However, sources told ABC News that detectives are investigating whether the killing was connected to the rapper's recent arrest by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, after he allegedly stole a 2019 Rolls-Royce he had borrowed for a music video in California.

A 911 call of the Wednesday morning incident came in around 4:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Hercules Drive.

Captain Steve Lurie of the Los Angeles Police Department said at a press conference the 911 call came from someone on the East Coast, who was a friend of someone inside the residence and had been contacted by that friend in the home.

He said it was not immediately clear how many suspects entered the home, but preliminary information indicates it was between two and six.

Lurie said the LAPD was not identifying the victim yet.

No arrests were made at the home, according to Lurie. He said multiple people were detained inside the residence, but then released.

LAPD Operations-West Bureau was at the scene of the crime and is investigating.

Pop Smoke's rise to fame came last summer with the hit song "Welcome to the Party." Nicki Minaj collaborated with the rapper on the official remix, which was released in August. At its peak, it reached No. 9 on the Billboard chart for top rap songs.

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Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office(NEW YORK) -- After a young New Jersey woman was murdered allegedly at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, her family and friends are gathering to honor what would have been her 26th birthday.

Ed Parze told ABC News he's expecting over 1,500 people at Wednesday night's candlelight walk and vigil in Freehold in remembrance of his daughter, Stephanie Parze.

Stephanie Parze, 25, disappeared on the night of Oct. 30, 2019, sparking a months-long search organized by her parents.

When her body was found on Jan. 26 in nearby Old Bridge, her ex-boyfriend, John Ozbilgen, was named as a suspect in her murder.

But Ozbilgen died by apparent suicide on Nov. 22, before he was charged in connection with Stephanie Parze's disappearance.

Police did find a suicide note which Monmouth County Prosecutor Christoper Gramiccioni said "reaffirmed" his "responsibility" for her death.

Ed Parze plans to announce the foundation he is establishing in her honor at Wednesday's vigil. He said the foundation will bring "awareness to battered women and missing people."

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KSFN-TV(PORTERVILLE, Calif.) -- Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested for allegedly starting a fire that left one firefighter dead and another unaccounted for, authorities said Wednesday.

The fire erupted Tuesday at the city library in Porterville, California, about 80 miles southeast of Fresno. The powerful blaze caused the ceiling to collapse into the building, officials said.

Porterville Fire Chief Dave LaPere choked back tears as he announced that the firefighter killed was identified as 35-year-old Porterville Fire Capt. Raymond Figueroa.

Firefighter Patrick Jones remains unaccounted for, LaPere said at the Wednesday news conference.

The two 13-year-old boys deemed responsible for the deadly blaze have been booked into the juvenile justice facility on charges of arson, conspiracy and manslaughter, Porterville Police Chief Eric Kroutil said.

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BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A third teenager surrendered Wednesday morning in the killing of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors.
 
Luciano Lewis, 14, is being charged as an adult with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and second-degree robbery in the fatal stabbing, officials announced Wednesday.

Another 14-year-old boy, Rashaun Weaver, was charged on Saturday as an adult in the killing.

Majors, 18, was stabbed to death on Dec. 11 in upper Manhattan's Morningside Park, just off the campus of Columbia University, which sits next to Barnard.

The college student tried to fight back when the three teenagers tried to rob her, officials said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said Majors' last words were "Help me! I'm being robbed."

A 13-year-old was previously charged with aiding the attack and is awaiting a March trial in family court.

Weaver faces two counts of murder in the second degree -- one count of intentional murder and the other a felony murder -- and multiple counts of robbery, police announced Saturday.

Weaver and Lewis are both due in court on Wednesday.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A storm system that moved from the Midwest to the Northeast Tuesday brought 6 to 8 inches of snow from the Great Lakes to New England and caused numerous accidents in the region.

Meanwhile, the southern part of that storm system has stalled and will bring heavy rains to the South with even some snow for the Carolinas.

Wednesday, the heaviest rain will begin in Texas and will move east over the next 24 hours.

To the north, snow is expected from Colorado to Kansas, where locally a half foot of snow is possible.

By Thursday morning, the heaviest rain will move into already flooded areas of the South from Mississippi to Alabama, where an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain is possible.

The heaviest rain will move into the Southeast on Thursday afternoon and into the evening.

As the cold air gets wrapped to the north, snow is expected for the Carolinas Thursday afternoon and evening.

Locally, 2 to 3 inches of additional rain is possible in parts of the South.

Snow could also come at the worst possible time Thursday for North Carolina, as 1 to 2 inches of snow is possible during the evening commute.

Behind the storm system, watch for another cold blast for the Midwest and the Northeast starting later Wednesday.

A wind chill advisory has been issued for the Upper Midwest and the Western Great Lakes, where wind chills could dip as low as 30 degrees below zero.

This cold blast moves into the Northeast during the day Thursday. Wind chills will bottom out Friday morning in the region with single digits possible from New York City to Boston.

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robyvannucci/iStock(MIAMI) -- Two people are dead after their car fell off a ferry and plunged into the waters between Florida's Miami Beach and Fisher Island.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said the incident happened on Tuesday around 4 p.m. local time, as the Fisher Island Ferry was transporting vehicles from the island. A blue 2019 Mercedes Benz with two women inside went overboard and sunk in Government Cut, a 50-foot-deep manmade shipping channel.

Divers from the Miami Dade Fire Rescue as well as the Miami-Dade Police Department launched a search and eventually located the sunken vehicle late that night with two unresponsive women inside.

Police announced early Wednesday morning that the car and the two deceased individuals had been recovered. The medical examiner will determine the causes of death, police said.

The identities of the victims have not yet been released.

"The United States Coast Guard will be conducting a maritime incident investigation, and the Miami-Dade Police Department will conduct the death investigation," police spokesperson Alvaro Zabaleta said in a statement Wednesday.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber posted a statement on Facebook, calling the incident a "horrible tragedy."

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Chalabala/iStock(SPRING VALLEY, N.Y.) -- A library security guard was stabbed repeatedly and killed by a man as she sat at her post in the middle of the afternoon, according to a local official.

The incident occurred at around 2 p.m. at the Finkelstein memorial Library in Spring Valley, New York, when the 52-year-old female security guard was sitting at her post on the third floor of the library when a man, suddenly and with no warning, started stabbing her repeatedly with a knife while the victim screamed.

“She said, ‘help, help!’ and then she said ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’” one witness told ABC News’ New York City station WABC.

Two library patrons ran to help the woman and were able to pry the attacker off of the victim and hold him down until police were able to arrive while others tried to give the security guard CPR.

“One of our co-workers screamed over the intercom ‘stop the man’ … and he just had a smirk on his face,” another witness told WABC.

Paramedics arrived quickly but it was too late. The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The suspect, a 25-year-old Spring Valley resident, was taken into custody.

Friends and colleagues gathered last night for a vigil held outside the library.

"It's just a profound loss for us, it really really is," said the victim's friend Christine Ball.

“This is a place where people bring their children and family and they sit and they enjoy the library. This is a place where it should not be where we are going to need additional security just to protect us,” said Oney Barron, another friend of the deceased security guard.

The biggest question that remains is whether the victim knew the attacker or whether it was a random attack. Police are currently investigating the circumstances around the attack.

State Senator David Carlucci issued a statement in the aftermath of the attack.

“A security guard, keeping others safe was viciously stabbed at the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley, and she later died of her injuries. I am praying for the victim's family in their time of grief,” Carlucci said. “Many in our community visit the Finkelstein Memorial Library, and it's a place I have taken my own children and have always felt safe. I am extremely upset over this act of violence that incited more fear and chaos in our close-knit community.”

The suspect has not yet been charged and the investigation is ongoing.

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South Florida State Attorney(MIAMI) -- Authorities in South Florida have uncovered an alleged organized crime ring in which nearly a dozen suspects stalked wealthy residents, including New York Yankees star pitcher Aroldis Chapman, to steal millions of dollars' worth of jewelry.

The discovery resulted from a long-term investigation into an alleged drug trafficking organization that handled large quantities of marijuana in the Miami area, according to an arrest affidavit filed in a Miami-Dade County court.

When one of the leaders of the organization, Xandi Garcia, was arrested in July 2018, investigators recovered two cell phones in his possession -- one that had been "wiped clean" and another that contained "volumes" of information related to criminal activity that he and others within the organization were participating in, the court document states.

On that phone, authorities discovered evidence of several burglaries that had been committed by the organization as well as plans for several more burglaries, according to the affidavit. The planning included physical surveillance of the victims' residences and monitoring of their Instagram accounts.

The suspects also used real-time GPS satellite tracking devices to know when their victims were home, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle told reporters at a press conference Tuesday.

Among the victims were celebrity jeweler known as Eric The Jeweler, who had a safe full of luxury jewelry worth up to $1.7 million stolen from his hotel room on Feb. 2, the day Super 54 was hosted in Miami, and Chapman, ABC Miami affiliate WPLG reported.

Detectives learned from an anonymous source earlier this month that Garcia had tried to sell a custom-made ring that was in a safe to a jewelry store in downtown Miami, according to WPLG.

Garcia also allegedly monitored Chapman's home in Davie, as well as his wife's Instagram account, to conduct a burglary while they weren't home, WPLG reported. That burglary never took place, but the suspects allegedly involved are still charged with conspiring to break into Chapman's home.

Ten suspects have been arrested in the scheme on several charges, which include racketeering, burglary, grand theft, money laundering and trafficking of a controlled substance, according to the court documents. Garcia's girlfriend, Maybel Sanchez, is accused of running one of his marijuana grow houses and receiving stolen jewelry and his mother, Mirta Lora, is accused of laundering money for the crime ring.

The loot obtained in the robberies included tens of thousands of dollars in cash, rare luxury watches and a Mercedes Benz, according to the affidavit. The alleged burglaries took place between June 2018 and as recently as this month.

They were "arrogant and bold and brash" in their schemes, Rundle said.

Garcia is currently in jail on separate charges, the Miami Herald reported. ABC News could not immediately reach an attorney for him, Sanchez or Lora.

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U.S. Air Force A B-52H Stratofortress sits on the flight line at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 10, 2019. The B-52 continues to be mission ready in the face of frigid temperatures. - (U.S. Air Force)(WASHINGTON) -- Defense Secretary Mark Esper heads to America's heartland on Wednesday to emphasize the importance of U.S. nuclear deterrence and the need for modernization.

The defense secretary will make his first visits to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and Offutt Air Force Base outside Omaha, Nebraska, which is home to U.S. Strategic Command -- the combatant command responsible for the U.S. military's nuclear arsenal. Both locations serve a key purpose in maintaining America's ability to deter adversaries through the nuclear triad: strategic bombers, submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and ground-based ICBMs.

However, with aging infrastructure, the Pentagon has made the modernization of the triad a priority in recent years.

Minot Air Force Base is the only base that hosts two legs of the nuclear triad, making it a unique stop for the secretary, according to the Defense Department. There, Esper will visit a missile alert facility that houses ICBMs and a launch control center to meet with missileers, maintainers and security personnel. He will also check out the nearly 60 year-old nuclear-capable B-52 bombers.

Then on Thursday, the secretary will travel to Offutt Air Force Base to meet with U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) leadership and tour the highly classified Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Enterprise Center. He'll also see the newly built $1.3 billion command and control facility that STRATCOM just opened last year.

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, the new commander of STRATCOM, Navy Adm.Charles Richard, said he firmly supports leadership's commitment to identifying nuclear deterrence as the highest priority mission of the department.

"Our nuclear deterrent underwrites every U.S. military operation around the world and is the foundation and backstop of our national defense," Richard said. "I cannot overemphasize the need to modernize our nuclear forces and recapitalize the supporting infrastructure to ensure we can maintain this deterrent in the future. I am concerned that the oft-repeated message of the need to modernize and recapitalize has lost its impact."

In his confirmation hearing last October, Richard said the money needed to modernize the triad is minimal, only a "fraction" of the nation's discretionary budget.

"That's what buys our deterrence and defense against the only existential threat this nation faces," Richard said. "I think that is a good investment, and in the words of the former Secretary of Defense (James) Mattis: this nation can afford survival."

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Marin County Sheriff's Office(MARIN COUNTY, Calif.) -- An elderly man who had vanished while hiking in Northern California was found alive Tuesday night, authorities said.

Robert Bennett, 76, was reported missing on Monday after he failed to return from a hike in a Marin County nature preserve. The Marin County Sheriff's Office had said Bennett was last seen that afternoon walking toward a trailhead that leads to Big Rock Ridge, which borders the cities of Novato and San Rafael.

Search and rescue teams scoured the trails in the area all day Tuesday.

"We anticipate working through the night trying to find Robert," the Marin County Sheriff's Office said in a post on its official Twitter page.

Police dogs eventually found Bennett that night and directed rescuers to his location. The Marin County Sheriff's Office tweeted that emergency crews were "working on extracting him," without providing further details on the matter.

Bennett was later transported to a local hospital where he was reunited with his family. The Marin County Sheriff's Office said his condition is unknown at this time.

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carlballou/iStock(STANTON, Del.) -- Four people were found dead inside a tent in a wooded area of Delaware Tuesday, according to Delaware State Police.

The investigation is in its early stages, police said, but at this time, authorities say foul play is not suspected. Information about how the victims died has not been released.

Police responded to a call just after 3 p.m. Tuesday that four people were found dead at the 500 block of Main St in Stanton, Delaware.

The victims have not been publicly identified.

State police said the bodies would be turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Friends and relatives of the victims, the names of which police have not released, told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI that the four deceased victims were an uncle, his nephew, his girlfriend and a friend. All of which were believed to be homeless, the station reported.

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Pierce County Sheriff(TACOMA, Wash.) -- A woman accused of posing as a baby photographer in a twisted plot to kidnap a mother's newborn daughter was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in a Tacoma, Washington, courtroom and ordered held on $150,000 bail by a judge who deemed her a threat to children.

Juliette Lelani Parker, who last year ran for mayor of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is accused of showing up at the victim's home with her own teenage daughter earlier this month and drugging the victim with a tainted cupcake.

Parker, 38, abandoned her abduction attempt when the young mother became ill and asked the suspect and her daughter to leave, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

Parker, who also goes by several aliases, appeared in Pierce County Superior Court, where her attorney entered not guilty pleas to charges of second-degree attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault.

Before Parker was handcuffed and removed from the courtroom, prosecutor Fred Wist told Judge Craig Adams that Parker is a flight risk and that she has family in Colorado and in Texas.

Wist said "given the sophistication" of the crimes Parker is accused of, his office believes there is a chance "she is likely to commit a violent offense if she is allowed to remain" free.

Parker was initially arrested on Feb. 14 and released on $50,000 bail that was posted by her father, who lives in Texas.

The victim in the case, Elysia Miller, watched the brief hearing from the front row of the courtroom, where she sat with detectives who investigated the crime.

Following the hearing, Miller said she is terrified that Parker is going to get out of jail.

"Since this happened, I am terrified to be at my house. I don't go anywhere. I don't like being at home. I'm not sleeping. I'm not eating. I carry a machete, a knife and pepper spray at my house and in my car. I sleep with a knife under my pillow as a result of this," Miller said at a news conference.

She said seeing Parker in court, was "scary."

"I'm terrified she's going to get back out," Miller said. "This is my kids. This is my house. She violated that. She violated my safety, tried to kidnap my daughter. I'm terrified she could come back. Anything could happen. She could be successful next time and take her, take my other child. Anything is possible."

Prosecutors said the attempted kidnapping of Parker's infant occurred on Feb. 5 after Miller answered an ad Parker placed on Facebook, offering to take photos of newborn babies for free, saying she was attempting to build a portfolio.

Miller said that after she answered the Facebook post in January, Parker made two visits to her home. On a third visit, Parker arrived with her 16-year-old daughter and offered Miller wine and cupcakes that Parker said she had baked.

"She offered me a glass of wine and they pressured me to try the cupcakes," Miller said on Tuesday. "As I ate one, my lips and face started to feel numb. I saw the photographer wiping down her wine glass and other items in my house. My legs and arms started to go numb and I repeatedly told the photographer and her daughter to leave my house."

She said that after Parker and her daughter left, she noticed her house keys were missing and that she started to vomit uncontrollably.

Miller called 911 and was taken to the hospital, where she told doctors what happened.

"They tested my blood and told me that my symptoms sounded like what someone would experience if they were exposed to GHB or the date-rape drug," Miller said.

She said that as soon as she left the hospital she contacted the Pierce County Sheriff's Office, which immediately launched an investigation.

Parker's daughter, whose name has not been released because she is a juvenile, was also taken into custody on charges of attempted kidnapping and assault, and is being detained at a juvenile facility, Wist said.

During the investigation, detectives came in contact with a man who had been involved in a dating relationship with Parker.

"Communications between the two establish that prior to Thanksgiving 2019, the defendant contacted the male and asked him if he could get GHB and talked about how they should get a kid from a homeless person and raise the child together in a nice house," according to the probable cause affidavit.

The affidavit alleges that Parker, who also has a 10-year-old son, told the man she had been dating that "she would marry him on the spot if he found her a baby girl in the next five weeks," according to the affidavit.

The same man told detectives he spoke to Parker's teenage daughter who allegedly told him that Parker "wants a baby girl more than anything, one that she can call her own," according to the affidavit.

The daughter also allegedly told the man "that she knows where they could get a baby and specifically referred to kidnapping," the affidavit states.

Parker's attorney, Ephraim Benjamin, scoffed at the charges and dismissed the prosecution's case as "a lot of smoke."

"She is maintaining her innocence and she intends to fight these charges to the best of her ability," said Benjamin, adding that Parker has received death threats since news of the case broke.

Benjamin asked Judge Adams to allow Parker to remain free on the original $50,000 bail and offered to have Parker wear an electronic monitoring device.

Benjamin argued that he had previously represented Parker in 2014 in a case in which she was charged with felony reckless burning in the second degree, and that Parker attended all her hearings. He said the case was eventually resolved when Parker was convicted of a misdemeanor.

Benjamin also told Adams that Parker suffers from bone cancer and is on medication. Wist, the prosecutor, immediately asked that Parker produce medical records proving her illness.

In the end, Adams rejected Benjamin's argument, ordering Parker to be remanded to the custody of the Pierce County Sheriff's Office immediately.

Adams said he had to weigh the "safety and security of small children" in the community if Parker was released.

"The allegations are such that that safety and security has been threatened significantly," Adams said. "As a consequence, the court cannot ignore that. I have to pay attention to that safety and security of those small children who are effectively defenseless."

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Bowie State University(BOWIE, Md.) -- A Maryland university has opened a new food pantry for students with the aim of eliminating the stigma of utilizing the resource for their nutritional needs.

Bowie State University upgraded its previous, smaller food bank to a larger, welcoming space after receiving the $10,000 grant from Food Lion Feeds, Brent Swinton, Bowie's vice president for institutional advancement, told ABC News. It contains both non-perishable items and fresh produce several times a week as well as toiletries and other supplies.

School administrators decided to create the lounge after noticing a national trend of students needing "extra nourishment" during the day, Swinton said.

About 45% of 86,000 college students nationwide said they experience food insecurity, according to a 2019 survey by the Hope Center for College Community and Justice at Temple University in Philadelphia. Data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study found that 39% of undergraduates fell at or below 130% of the federal poverty line in 2016.

The food pantry is located near the library and computer lab, making it convenient for students to stop by to pick up what they need or hang out in the lounge area, Swinton said. The space was created to encourage students -- both on campus and those who commute -- to take advantage of the resource and not worry about any stigmas that may be associated with needing help, he added.

Students who may be in need of help include athletes whose scholarships only provide them with a five-day meal plan, leaving them to provide their own meals on the weekends.

Sadiyah Jenkins, a senior psychology major who attended the pantry's ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, emphasized the need for the pantry for the student population. She described the space to ABC News as convenient as well as "very fun" and "very welcoming."

Jenkins plans on going to the bank once or twice a week to grab a few items.

"If I need more, I know I can always come back," she said.

Currently, the food pantry is open for limited hours but organizers are aiming to extend those hours and ensure it's running seven days a week, Swinton said. The bank will continue to be stocked by the local Food Lion grocery store and the Capital Area Food Bank as well as by alumni and other local donors.

The university believes that focusing on the needs of students outside the classroom will help them achieve inside the classroom and eventually graduate, Swinton said. It is the first HBCU in Maryland and one of the first in the country to provide such a program, Swinton said.

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