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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.

College Park Robbery

A warrant was issued for 19-year-old Chernor Alie Jah of the 8800 block of Piney Branch Rd. in Silver Spring. He was taken into custody September 9th.

Police believe Jah was one of three suspects who attacked and robbed 2 victims in the 7200 block of Baltimore Ave in College Park on August 8th.  The other suspects are still on the loose.

Jah is being held at the Dept. of Corrections - no bond.

Planned Student Housing Development Encounters Resistance in College Park

Liz Farmer from The Examiner reports that a proposed development for more student housing in College Park is meeting heavy opposition from local officials who would rather entice more young professionals to the area.

The proposed 334-unit apartment building and ground-floor retail space would be built on the 2.6-acre site across the street from the University of Maryland on Route 1 now occupied by the Maryland Book Exchange and its parking lot.

The apartments would be geared toward housing students, while one-third would be marketed toward visiting professors, researchers and graduate students, said developer Ilya Zusin. About two-thirds of the retail space will house a new book exchange. But the project, which would add hundreds of students to Old Town College Park, might not get built at all if officials succeed in blocking the proposal.

Prince George's County Bus Drivers Strike

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) - Bus drivers in Prince George's County are on strike and say they won't return to work until their demands are met.

Service on TheBus was limited Monday and Tuesday. Veolia Transportation, which operates the service, says it brought in workers from other areas to drive some routes.

About 14,000 people ride TheBus daily.

Union members say they want better job security, health insurance and higher wages. They're also seeking changes to a disciplinary policy.

A spokeswoman for Veolia says the dispute is primarily about cameras installed on the buses to monitor driver behavior.

The county has suspended fares on all routes until the strike ends.

Residents can call 301-324-BUSS (2877) or visit this site for schedule information.

Union's Negative Ads Target Sheriff Michael Jackson

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- A healthcare workers union has endorsed Rushern Baker for Prince George's County Executive. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson has been the target of it's negative ad campaign.

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The pamphlets sent to voters by Service Employees International Union local 1199, include an incident that happened two years ago. Two dogs sheriff's deputies shot and killed during a misinformed drug raid are now front and center on those pamphlets. It happened while Jackson was sheriff.

Here's Jackson's response:

"They don't live here in Prince George's County. They know nothing about Michael Jackson or my accomplishments over the past eight years," Jackson says.

According to an SEIU spokeswoman Pat Lippold, the union represents 1700 health care workers at Prince George's Hospital.

Ron Walters, Expert On Race, Politics, Dies At 72

WASHINGTON (AP/WUSA) -- Ronald W. Walters, a longtime political analyst here at WUSA9 and for other media outlets, and scholar at Howard University and the University of Maryland who was a leading expert on race and politics, has died. He was 72.

University of Maryland spokesman Lee Tune said Saturday that Walters died Friday night. He had been suffering from cancer.

Walters spent 25 years at Howard before becoming director of the African American Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland. He has written numerous books and more than 100 articles.

In 1984, Walters served as a deputy campaign manager for Jesse Jackson's presidential bid.

He spent most of his professional life in Washington after earning his master's degree and Ph.D. in international studies from American University.

Robot Invasion At University of Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Imagine robots that drive your car, rescue people in the middle of a hurricane, or surge through your bloodstream in search of disease. Scientists are working on all those things at the University of Maryland Robotics Labs.

Kids got a chance to run robots around a track in the plaza of the engineering school during the university's robotics open house, but this is not child's play.  

The cart is a prototype that could take cruise control to another level. "It just looks for the cones and heads straight for them," says doctoral student John Karvounis. Using store-bought web cams, the robot follows are 200 foot track. 

"How does cruise control work in you car?" asks Karvounis. "It just keeps the same speed. What if it could also follow the lanes, keep up with traffic as well."