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Cheat Sheet: August 6, 2012

NASA’s rover safely lands on Mars

After eight months and a 352-million-mile journey, NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover touched down on the red planet. Minutes after landing, the rover, called Curiosity, transmitted pictures from the planet’s surface. Those photos are already available for viewing online. The rover is designed to look for signs of life on Mars, such as water, food and energy that could support human visitors. Curiosity will explore the planet for nearly two years before its mission is complete. (Source) 

Not all Chesapeake crimes will be prosecuted?

Chesapeake is facing a budget deficit that could reach $6 million dollars. To alleviate the debt, the city of Chesapeake may not prosecute crimes such as habitual drunkenness, stalking and animal abuse. Additionally, domestic violence offenses and misdemeanor sexual assaults could also be added to the non-mandated prosecution list. By not prosecuting these offenses, Chesapeake could save $95,000. (Source)  

First round of RNC convention speakers announced

John McCain, Condoleezza Rice and Mike Huckabee are set to speak at the Republican National Convention later this month. Other headline speakers include Florida Gov. Rick Scott, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. The keynote speaker will be named closer to the event that is taking place in Tampa from Aug. 27-30. Additionally, Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate will have a prime-time speaking slot, though a specific candidate has not been named yet. (Source)

Virginia musician released from Czech prison

Lamb of God singer and Chesapeake native Randy Blythe was released from Prague’s Pankrac Prison after being incarcerated there for more than a month. He was detained on June 27 on charges relating to the death of a fan at a 2010 Prague concert. Footage from the concert shows that Blythe and a bodyguard threw the fan back into the crowd after he leaped onto the stage. The man later died from head injuries. Blythe is home in Richmond and is maintaining his innocence in the case. (Source)

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