WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Robocalls Trial Poised To Start

Play associated audio

A Baltimore judge is reviewing documents in a case against an aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich who's accused of using robocalls to suppress voter turnout in Maryland's 2010 governor's race.

Attorneys on both sides did not object to having Circuit Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill preside over the case against Paul Schurick. Fletcher-Hill told the attorneys that he received one of the calls at his home. The judge says his wife answered the call, and that he didn't believe it would hurt his impartiality.

Schurick is accused of sending thousands of automatic phone calls to heavily Democratic districts. Schurick's lawyers are seeking to have the case dismissed on procedural and constitutional grounds.

Jury selection in the case could begin later today.

NPR

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.
NPR

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.
WAMU 88.5

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.

NPR

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.