January 20, 2021

Art & Lifestyle:

737 MAX Might Fly With Software Patch

737 MAX

The FAA gave preliminary approval to design changes for Boeing’s 737 MAX that should prevent crashes like the two that killed more than 300 people in October 2018 and March 2019.

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Who Should Take Your Temperature at the Airport?

Airlines want government agencies to take on the responsibility for monitoring passengers’ health at the airport, before they board a plane. It is unclear, if the US government did monitor, would the program fall under Transportation or Homeland Security? And what would the mask policy be?

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Marines Halt All AAV Training in Wake of Fatal Accident

The Marine Corps will suspend all waterborne amphibious assault vehicle training until the cause of Thursday’s AAV accident is known. On July 30, 15 Marines and one sailor were participating in a training exercise off the coast of Southern California when the vehicle they were riding in, began to take on water and sank. One confirmed dead, eight others missing.

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The Few. The Proud. The Female F-35 Pilots

Female F-35 Pilots

“In the military, females are outnumbered in general. It just gets narrower and narrower as you get into the pilot community and then the fighter pilot community,” says Air Force Capt. Kristin “Beo” Wolfe, that service’s first female F-35 demo pilot.

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First Rotary Test on Mars Is Prepped

Mars

The 4-pound helicopter, Ingenuity, travels to Mars clutching the belly of the rover Perseverance. The atmosphere of Mars was just the start of the challenges that faced Ingenuity on its way to performing the first rotary wing test flight on Mars.

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Archives Sleuths Track Military Valor Theft

Valor Theft

Investigators at the National Archives area making research resources more available to law enforcement to deal with what an uptick in “stolen valor” cases to obtain benefits or loans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Report: Where Federal Defense Dollars Are Spent

Federal Defense Dollars

A Pew Charitable Trusts report on where federal defense dollars are spent shows Pentagon contract spending puts Connecticut at No. 1 by one measure: defense contracts as a percentage of spending. Maryland was 21st on the list. In FY2018, the federal government spent a total of $579 billion on defense in the states and DC, or $1,772 per capita. In Maryland, the per capita spending was $2,955.

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Sea Breeze 2020 Exercise Aims to Deter Russia

Sea Breeze

More than 2,000 troops from eight countries took part in training exercise Sea Breeze 2020 in the Black Sea region. “Conducting operations in the Black Sea ensures stability throughout the region,” said the US Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa commander.

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House Curbs Presidential Deployment Powers

The House defense bill strips Confederate base names and curbs a president’s powers in troop deployments, reports Defense News, passing with a veto-proof majority and a strong bipartisan vote.

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Century-Old Briggs & Stratton Files Bankruptcy

Small engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Corp., founded in Milwaukee in 1908, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Briggs was the world’s largest manufacturer of small gasoline engines; it has sold more than 125 million.

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