WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Balloon Sightings Likely As Alexandria Mulls Potomac Yard Metro

Play associated audio

The city of Alexandria, Va., is studying the potential visual impact of building a new Metrorail station in the Potomac Yard area. Motorists along the George Washington Memorial Parkway may notice balloons used for testing in the area.

Alexandria will conduct balloon testing at three possible sites for a Potomac Yard Metro station.  One option is at the Potomac Greens development, one is behind the Target on Jefferson Davis Highway, and a third would be an elevated station in between the other two locations.

The balloons will be used to take photographs and video images from each site.  The goal is to better understand the visual impacts of stations at the three possible locations.

City officials warn the balloons may be visible above the GW Parkway for more than an hour at a time when tests are conducted. They say motorists are not allowed to stop along the parkway to watch.

The tests are expected to run through December 7.

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.