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Loudoun County Considers Closing Four Elementary Schools

School officials in Virginia's Loudoun County are considering closing four small schools in the western part of the county.

The Loudoun County School Board is thinking about closing Lincoln, Hamilton, Hillsboro and Aldie elementary schools to help close a budget gap.

Board Chairman Eric Hornberger says closing the four schools could save an estimated $2 million a year in operating costs, and some board members say spending money to maintain older schools with tiny enrollments doesn't make sense. But not everyone agrees that it's a good idea. Supporters of keeping the schools say they've been centers in their communities for generations.

The board will hold a public hearing on April 21.

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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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