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At The National Zoo, A Joint Recycling Effort

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Earth Day is over, but the National Zoo is encouraging people -- and animals -- to keep recycling by finding new uses for old materials.
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Earth Day is over, but the National Zoo is encouraging people -- and animals -- to keep recycling by finding new uses for old materials.

Zoo keeper Rebecca Smithson is giving a tour of the old cardboard boxes, ice trays and mops that double as toys for the animals.

"We have basically toys and feeder puzzles made from cardboard tubes, boxes, bags, old mop heads..." she says.

A feeder puzzle gives animals a chance to forage for their food.

"We'll hide meal worms inside the mops and the animals will kind of file through the strings and dig through there and find all the worms and that will keep them busy for a while," she says.

But the real goal, Smithson says, is to find new uses for old materials. Seven-year-old Laci Dillard explains:

"Recycle so you don't have to throw it away and make the dumpster grow bigger.

And that, she says, is a lesson that should last all year long.

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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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