Listen Up: A Closer Look at the Top Stories for Friday, Aug. 10

What to Know

  • A mysterious package attached to a bright red parachute set off a bomb scare—but the white Styrofoam box turned out to be a NASA experiment

  • The MTA announced the L train is going to shut down pretty much every other weekend between now and the big, 15-month shutdown in April

  • A new social media phenomenon on Snapchat has doctors worried it could lead to body dysmorphia

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 

Happy Friday! We’re looking at a mainly dry day today, but a front moving in could spark a few scattered showers. Highs will reach the upper 80s. The weekend will be more wet. As always, get the latest forecast at nbcnewyork.com/weather.

1. Mysterious Floating Package Sparks Bomb Scare, Turns Out To Be NASA Experiment

A mysterious package attached to a bright red parachute set off a bomb scare — but the white Styrofoam box turned out to be a NASA experiment.

A group of solar panel employees spotted the box when it floated to the ground at a solar panel field affiliated with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, off of New Road in South Brunswick.

Police dispatched officers and a bomb squad to the area, evacuated the site and set up a perimeter. 

They soon learned the box filled with wires really was part of a NASA experiment.

Read more here.

2. L Train Stopping for 15 Weekends Before 15-Month Shutdown

If you’re not ready for the L train shut down, then a few weekend shutdowns before it actually happens will help you prepare. 

The MTA announced the line is going to shut down pretty much every other weekend between now and the big, 15-month shutdown coming in April. 

The first shutdown? It starts Friday night at 11:30. 

Read more here.

3. New Snapchat Phenomenon Has Doctors Worried

A new social media phenomenon has doctors worried. 

It’s called Snapchat dysmorphia and it is leading some people to get plastic surgery to look more like their filter-edited selfies. 

Doctors say they noticed the alarming trend when people were bringing pictures of themselves edited with filters to plastic surgery appointments. 

They say they are worried it could lead to body dysmorphia. 

Read more here.

For the latest entertainment news and things to do, tune in to New York Live, Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. on NBC 4 New York. 

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