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    Black beans lend meaty substance to veggie burgers, but the patties often turn to mush. So the cooks at Christopher Kimball's Milk Street found three ways to improve their texture. First, they only mash the beans coarsely so they're not left with a smooth paste. Second, they incorporate a significant amount of quinoa to vary the texture. Finally, they pan-fry the patties until browned and crisp. Not rinsing the canned beans after draining them helps bind the mixture, as does adding egg and panko breadcrumbs. Flavor with scallions, cumin and paprika.

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      Still facing a bus driver shortage, Albemarle County Public Schools has announced some early changes to bus routes as it prepares for the upcoming academic year: adjusting some schedules, reducing some services and consolidating some stops.

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