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For First Time In Decades, Mayoral Race In College Park Is Contested

In Maryland, College Park voters have a contested race for mayor for the first time in 24 years.

Mayor Andrew Fellows is being opposed by Robert McCeney, a middle school science teacher and doctoral candidate at George Washington University.

In addition to the mayor's race, Tuesday's nonpartisan city election includes contests for two City Council districts.

At a recent candidates' forum, Fellows spoke about the city's slow, steady progress, including a $28 million state investment in the Route 1 corridor.

McCeney, who has run unsuccessfully for council seats in the past, says he wants more people involved in city politics. He also says he'll would work to soften hostile attitudes toward University of Maryland atCollege Park students.

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Comic-Con Has Become Poké-Con

At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, one of the biggest phenomena isn't just inside the convention center, it's all around: Swarms of people staring at their phones as they play Pokémon Go.
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Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
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In Kaine, Clinton Gains A Swing-State Spanish Speaker

Who is Tim Kaine, and what does he bring to the Democratic presidential ticket? NPR's Mara Liasson provides answers.
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Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

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