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Montgomery County To Vote On Minimum Wage Bill

The Montgomery County Council has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on a bill raising the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by the year 2016. The scheduled vote comes after the council's health and human services committee recommended the measure by a 2-1 margin, with committee chairman George Leventhal joining council president and bill co-sponsor Nancy Navarro to approve it.

If Leventhal's support of the bill holds by Tuesday, that would give proponents of the bill four votes on the council — one short of what is needed for final approval. If that fifth vote is not found by Tuesday, then supporters could delay the vote indefinitely as some undecided council members have said they would like to see what the Maryland General Assembly might pass when it convenes in Annapolis in January.

A bill to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour failed last year, but support has been gaining to approve a hike among Democrats who control both branches of the General Assembly. But that wage level is beneath what the councils in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and neighboring D.C. are currently considering.

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Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.
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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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Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders

Just days before the Democratic National Committee convention gets underway, WikiLeaks releases almost 20,000 emails among DNC staff, revealing discussions of topics from Bernie Sanders to the media.
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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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