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Inspectors Find Asbestos In Virginia General Assembly Building

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A new report claims the aging Virginia General Assembly Building in Richmond is partially contaminated with asbestos and has multiple fire and safety code issues, according to the Associated Press.

The asbestos was found in one tower of the building. Other code violations were spread among two other buildings in the area. The findings were presented to the State Senate subcommittee on capital outlay earlier this month. Other structures on Capitol Square are also in need of renovation, including the Virginia Supreme Court Building and the Ninth Street Office Building, according to the study.

Department of General Services director Richard Silwoski plans to meet with his staff later today to begin identifying costs and options for repairing the problems, AP reports.

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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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