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NASA Uses Firefly Satellite to Study Lightning

Physorg.com reports: Satellites are big. They cost a lot of money. At least that's the impression a couple of University of Maryland-College Park students had when they applied for an internship to help construct a satellite instrument with scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. As the pair quickly discovered, nothing could have been farther from the truth.

To their astonishment, the satellite that Saman Kholdebarin and Lida Ramsey helped to develop was literally the size of a football. "I had no idea you could make these satellites so small," Kholdebarin said, recalling his surprise when his Goddard mentors explained the project to him. "I was astounded."

Greenbelt 75th Anniversary Committee


Greenbelt will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2012 and in preparation for the anniversary year, the City Council has formed a 75th Anniversary Committee. The 75th Committee would like to plan a year-long series of events, projects and activities that will appeal to everyone in the Greater Greenbelt community. In order to achieve this goal, the Committee needs your input. Please complete this short survey and let the committee know what YOU would like to see as part of the celebration. Thank you so much! If you would like to apply to serve on this committee fill out this application and mail it to Cindy Murray, City Clerk, City of Greenbelt, 25 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770.

Baker Secures Democratic Nomination For Prince George's County Exec.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- The third time was the charm for former delegate Rushern Baker as he topped a filed of five to secure the Democratic nomination for Prince George's County Executive.

Although, returns were not final in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Baker maintained a 15 point lead over his closest competitor, Michael Jackson, the current Prince George's County Sheriff.

The men were vying to replace incumbent Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson who is leaving office because of term limits.

Soldiers Have the Right to Sue Military Contractors

(AP) GREENBELT, Md. — A federal judge says military contractors can be sued by soldiers and others who allege they were harmed by improper waste disposal while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus ruled last week in Maryland that military contractors including Halliburton Co. must face lawsuits alleging the soldiers were exposed to toxic emissions and contaminated water when they burned waste in open pits.

Titus is overseeing 43 lawsuits filed in 42 states on the issue. The contractors sought to have the lawsuits dismissed.

Titus said the courts must treat lawsuits against such contractors with caution to protect military missions abroad. But he said courts must be prepared to decide such cases if people were harmed.

3-Month-Old Girl Found Dead in Greenbelt

GREENBELT, Md. -- (WUSA) Greenbelt police are investigating what they're calling the 'suspicious death' of a three month old girl.

The girl, Zariyah Jacobs, of Upper Marlboro, was found dead at an apartment on the 6000 block of Springhill Drive September 3rd.

Police are not releasing any more information at this time.

If you have any information about this crime, call the Greenbelt Police Criminal Investigations Unit at 240-542-2122.

Written By Manny Fantis
WUSA9 & 9news now

Md. IRS Officer Pleads Guilty In Fraud Scheme

(AP)- A former Internal Revenue Service officer has pleaded guilty to unlawfully accessing 12 taxpayer accounts in a tax fraud scheme.

Forty-five-year-old Mark Hunt of Baltimore faces as up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for unauthorized disclosure of information.

Prosecutors say Hunt wore IRS identification and attended meetings with the owner of a tax preparation service and potential clients between 1999 and 2004. He was paid to access 12 of the clients' IRS accounts to obtain confidential taxpayer information so the business owner could prove to his clients that he had a contact inside the IRS.

Hunt is scheduled for sentencing in January 2011.

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.