: News

Community Turns Out to Support Arlington Planetarium

Play associated audio

By Cathy Carter

Residents of Arlington Virginia are hoping the stars will continue to shine at a community science center.

At the David M. Brown Planetarium in Arlington, families are filing out of the latest showing of Our Solar System.

Eight-year-old Chloe Lanyi was impressed.

"Yeah, I saw some constellations, and I saw some planets, and I saw Mars," Lanyi says.

Last Spring the Arlington County School board planned to close the facility but residents fought back.

The group, Friends of the Planetarium is hoping to raise enough money to update the facility.

Jim Pebley is one of its members.

"I hate to see this slide. I'm a little appalled at what the school board's been doing by letting this go this way and then making the citizens pay but if that's what we gotta do to save it, this is what we gotta do to save it," Pebley says.

Members of the community group say if they can raise $240,000 by December, the Arlington County School Board will revisit keeping the Planetarium operational.

For now, it's open on a part time basis.

NPR

Costume Designer Colleen Atwood Took Unlikely Path To Hollywood Royalty

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood knows tough times. A single mom at 17 who once worked at a French fry factory to make ends meet is Hollywood royalty today. A favorite of director Tim Burton, Atwood is now costume designer for his adaptation of the darkly comic, Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children and the upcoming Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
NPR

Carnegie Deli Says It Is Closing Down Its Landmark NYC Restaurant

As news of the closing rippled far beyond the deli's home turf in Manhattan Friday, hundreds of people responded with sadness and disbelief.
NPR

The VA Will Now Pay For Fertility Treatment For Wounded Vets

Congress has reversed a law passed in 1992 that prohibited the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying for IVF for veterans and their families, after mounting political pressure.
NPR

The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.