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|Puppies rescued from Puerto Rico test positive for infection at Vermont rescue - WTHRGoogle News / 2 h. 53 min. ago more|
Puppies rescued from Puerto Rico test positive for infection at Vermont rescueWTHRAimee Goodwin rescued ten dogs from the storm-ravaged streets of Puerto Rico for her non-profit rescue group called Surfin' Sato. But since she arrived with them in Vermont, five of the dogs have become ill, including one who tested positive for ...and more »
|Fake grenade prompts airport concourse evacuation WPTZ / 4 h. 29 min. ago more|
A fake explosion caused a scare at Miami International Airport Saturday night, after an airport employee discovered an unattended bag in a concourse restroom.
|Man reunited with woman who helped get him on path to recovery WPTZ / 6 h. 42 min. ago more|
"I know I can make it this time. I got everybody's support, your support, Kaitlyn's support, I got all the people who donated, and I got my family back."
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|Ohio candidate O'Neill doesn't regret sexual conquest Facebook postWPTZ / 7 h. 54 min. ago more|
O'Neill wrote another post Saturday afternoon that said he apologized if he offended anyone, "particularly the wonderful women in my life."
|Top general says he'd push back against 'illegal' nuclear strike orderWPTZ / 9 h. 5 min. ago more|
"I provide advice to the President," John Hyten said. "He'll tell me what to do, and if it's illegal, guess what's going to happen? I'm gonna say, 'Mr. President, that's illegal.'
|Ann Wedgeworth, known for 'Three's Company' role, dies at 83WPTZ / 9 h. 15 min. ago more|
Wedgeworth won the 1978 Tony award for best featured actress in a play for her performance in Neil Simon's "Chapter Two."
|Live blog: Vermont, Jaylen Adams and more early evening thoughts - Mid-Major MadnessGoogle News / 9 h. 56 min. ago more|
Mid-Major MadnessLive blog: Vermont, Jaylen Adams and more early evening thoughtsMid-Major MadnessSure, your friends might disagree. The schedule on your TV might disagree. But college basketball is in full swing and that means the annual gridiron appetizer might as well be back on the shelf until next August. This is Feast Week, and that means we ...
|Vermont beats Coastal Carolina 80-67 - Washington PostGoogle News / 10 h. ago more|
Fresno BeeVermont beats Coastal Carolina 80-67Washington PostNASSAU, Bahamas — Ernie Duncan made 3 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 19 to help Vermont beat Coastal Carolina 80-67 in the second day of the Island of the Bahamas Showcase on Saturday. Trae Bell-Haynes' 3-pointer with 10:07 left gave the ...Coastal Carolina Falls to Vermont in BahamasLive 5 Newsall 4 news articles »
|Ex-state Sen. Ralph Shortey to plead guilty to child sex trafficking charge, lawyer saysWPTZ / 10 h. 15 min. ago more|
Former Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey has agreed to plead guilty to one count of child sex trafficking in exchange for three other charges to be dismissed, Shortey's lawyer confirmed.
|'Partridge Family' star David Cassidy in critical conditionWPTZ / 10 h. 25 min. ago more|
A rep for the singer and actor says he is out of an induced coma and surrounded by family.
|Father left sitting in own feces for weeks, police sayWPTZ / 10 h. 56 min. ago more|
A Florida man was arrested after police say he left his father in a chair for so long, his skin began to rot.
|Saturday's Vermont sports scores and Sunday's schedule - BurlingtonFreePress.comGoogle News / 12 h. 3 min. ago more|
BurlingtonFreePress.comSaturday's Vermont sports scores and Sunday's scheduleBurlingtonFreePress.comAs reported to the Burlington Free Press sports department.and more »
|Months after clashes, free speech rally held in BostonWPTZ / 13 h. 15 min. ago more|
The rally moved from the Boston Common to the steps of the State House, chanting "USA" and "All Lives Matter."
|Vermont Democrats OK Staff Union, Elect New LeadersSeven Days / 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
Vermont Democratic Party leaders cleared the path Saturday for party staff members to join the United Steelworkers union. Calling the move “historic,” VDP executive director Conor Casey said he thinks it’s the first time a state party has voted to recognize a staff union. As executive director, he’ll be on the opposite side of the bargaining table from his four staff members. But as the former political director for the Vermont State Employees Union, he’ll likely be a sympathetic negotiator. He may not have much to offer, however, given the party's recent fundraising drought. “We were looking at our platform [which has] an enormous concentration on collective bargaining rights,” said Casey. “We want to practice what we preach.” The party also elected new leaders at its annual meeting Saturday. Terje Anderson, a longtime HIV/AIDS activist from Montgomery, will take over as chair, replacing Faisal Gill, who decided not to run again. Anderson's opponent, Bolton town chair Peter Jemley, dropped out of the race earlier in the week, endorsing Anderson. All the other seats were contested. Former state representative Tess Taylor won the race for vice chair; former Democratic National Committee member Billi Gosh was elected treasurer; field organizer David Glidden was elected assistant treasurer; and Noah Detzer, a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic convention in 2016, was elected secretary. …
|Vermont Democrats OK Staff Union, Elect New Leaders - Seven DaysGoogle News / 13 h. 55 min. ago more|
Seven DaysVermont Democrats OK Staff Union, Elect New LeadersSeven DaysVermont Democratic Party leaders cleared the path Saturday for party staff members to join the United Steelworkers union. Calling the move “historic,” VDP executive director Conor Casey said he thinks it's the first time a state party has voted to ...
|Teen rocks out with KISS front man Gene Simmons WPTZ / 13 h. 56 min. ago more|
"I got some high-fives and 'good jobs' from other fans. It felt pretty good."
|Community Groups Celebrating Removal of Vermont Dam - U.S. News & World ReportGoogle News / 16 h. 12 min. ago more|
Community Groups Celebrating Removal of Vermont DamU.S. News & World ReportCommunity Groups Celebrating Removal of Vermont Dam. People in East Burke are going to be celebrating the removal of an old dam from the East Branch of Vermont's Passumpsic River. Nov. 18, 2017, at 1:19 p.m.. Community Groups Celebrating Removal ...and more »
|Vermont town laments looming cemetery plot shortage - SFGateGoogle News / 18 h. 32 min. ago more|
Vermont town laments looming cemetery plot shortageSFGateHARTFORD, Vt. (AP) — Some people in a Vermont town are worried the community is going to run out of available cemetery plots. Hartford residents have been considering new strategies to preserve existing cemeteries and make sure the community doesn't ...and more »
|Vermont Health Department to test schools for lead in water - Houston ChronicleGoogle News / 19 h. 49 min. ago more|
Vermont Health Department to test schools for lead in waterHouston ChronicleBURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department and other agencies are working to test water for lead at each tap used for drinking or cooking at 16 schools across the state. Vermont Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore says any taps found to ...and more »
|The Parmelee Post: AG Sessions Rescinds Threat After Reviewing Vermont Hate Crime Data - Seven DaysGoogle News / 1 d. 10 h. 39 min. ago more|
Seven DaysThe Parmelee Post: AG Sessions Rescinds Threat After Reviewing Vermont Hate Crime DataSeven Days“Federal law is federal law, and Vermont and Burlington need to do what they're told,” said Braxton Pickett, a staunch advocate for states' rights until it comes to the nonwhites. “I don't care that the Justice Department letter actually cited an older ...
|Vermont unemployment in October steady at 2.9 percent - WCAXGoogle News / 1 d. 18 h. 30 min. ago more|
WCAXVermont unemployment in October steady at 2.9 percentWCAXUnemployment in Vermont's 17 labor market areas ranged from a low of 1.8 percent in White River Junction and 3.4 percent in Derby. Vermont Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle says figures come out as National Apprenticeship Week comes to a close.Vermont October jobless rate stays at 2.9 percentVermont Bizall 200 news articles »
|Vermont Sets New Noise Rules for Wind TurbinesVermont News / 2 d. 9 h. 2 min. ago more|
How loud is too loud? Vermont's Public Utilities Commission has adopted new regulations that limit turbine noise levels during the day and at night. One expert said new technology will be needed to allow turbines to operate at full capacity and still meet the nighttime cap.
|Bittersweet: California Tea Company Buys Urban MoonshineSeven Days / 2 d. 13 h. 36 min. ago more|
The Burlington bitters and tonic company Urban Moonshine has been sold to Traditional Medicinals, which claims to be the largest organic tea company in the U.S. “The world needs more herbs and this is our best way to do it,” said Urban Moonshine founder Jovial King, who started the business nine years ago, brewing tinctures in her kitchen. Today, Urban Moonshine products can be found in co-ops and health food stores around the country, and in some chain stores including Whole Foods Market. It does more than $2 million in annual sales. Despite the popularity of its herbal remedies (some of which conveniently double as cocktail ingredients), the company has faced financial hardship. “When I was a young herbalist concocting things in my kitchen, going to the farmers market, I was really starry-eyed about what it would take to build a brand,” King said. Urban Moonshine struggled to meet the FDA’s stringent standards for herbal supplements, and last year it changed its business model, outsourcing manufacturing to ease its regulatory burden. King’s conclusion: “It’s tough to be small in a heavily regulated industry.” Urban Moonshine passed its latest FDA inspection, she said, but it’s continued to “struggle with profitability” in what has become an increasingly competitive market. This summer, she faced the choice of recruiting investors to shore up the company, or selling. “We could continue in our beat-up canoe,” she said. But “there on the horizon you see the 90-foot catamaran [asking] ‘Do you want a ride?’” That “catamaran” was cofounded 43 years ago by Rosemary Gladstar, a legendary herbalist who now lives in Vermont, and who actually trained King when she was a budding herbalist. The company is known for its medicinal teas, including “Smooth Move” and “Mother’s Milk.” “They’re kind of our dream partner,” King said. The feeling is mutual. Traditional Medicinals CEO Blair Kellison told Seven Days, “In 43 years we’ve never found another company that we felt was as likeminded.” Not only does the larger company have a “lab full of scientists” to ensure FDA compliance, it distributes to 70,000 stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico, making it well-positioned to bring Urban Moonshine products to the masses. King, who isn’t disclosing the sale price, said she and her chief herbalist, Guido Masé, are staying on with…
|Study looks at BBA impactVermont News / 2 d. 13 h. 47 min. ago more|
After years of what Board Chairman Seth Bongartz describes as "being on the defensive," Burr and Burton Academy is taking a proactive approach to demonstrating its contributions to the Northshire community. The Academy's economic impact in particular was recently articulated by University of Vermont professor and economist Art Woolf, who recently released a study titled "The Economic Impact of the Burr and Burton Academy."
|UVM Student Announces Burlington City Council RunSeven Days / 2 d. 14 h. 23 min. ago more|
The chair of the University of Vermont Progressives announced Thursday that he would challenge Adam Roof (I-Ward 8) for his Burlington City Council seat next March. Sophomore Carter Neubieser, 20, declared his candidacy on the steps of UVM's Bailey/Howe library, a backward baseball cap snugged over his shaggy blond hair. "Our generation has been handed quite the mess," he said, citing high tuition, low wages, climate change and a growing drug epidemic. About 15 students turned out for the announcement, as did Isaac Grimm, the political engagement director of Rights and Democracy, and, briefly, city Councilor Max Tracy (P-Ward 2). Neubieser, of New Britain, Conn., said that if elected, he would work for increased affordable housing, including co-op housing for students on campus, and improved walking and biking routes across the city. Neubieser will seek the endorsement of the Progressive Party. He's never served in government, he said, but did volunteer for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. He jabbed at Roof for supporting Tucows, a private Toronto company, over the co-op Keep BT Local as a buyer for Burlington Telecom. On Facebook, Roof congratulated Neubieser on the announcement. "I've always believed that competitive elections are healthy for democracy," he wrote. Roof, 28, also attended UVM. Environmental activist James Ehlers, who has said he will run against Gov. Phil Scott in 2018, introduced Neubieser. "About 20 years ago, we could only dream about having young people involved," Ehlers said of the Progressive Party. "People of my generation, we're here to support you." Ehlers solicited…
|Man whose relatives died mysteriously gets a lawyerABCNews.com / 2 d. 17 h. 31 min. ago more|
A Vermont man suspected of killing his millionaire grandfather is no longer representing himself to fight his family's attempt to block him from an inheritance
|Federal Cuts Threaten Vermont Homelessness ProgramsVermont News / 2 d. 18 h. 27 min. ago more|
Many in the college community are familiar with the Charter House Coalition on North Pleasant Street , a volunteer-based community home that aims to provide food and housing free of charge to those in need. Few, however, are aware that there is a significantly larger subsidized housing facility beyond the village center on the eastern end of town.
|'Girls on the Run' teaches young ladies how to be healthy, confident WPTZ / 2 d. 18 h. 53 min. ago more|
Girls on the Run is a program focused on uplifting girls by inspiring them to be joyful, healthy and confident.
|Hildene celebrates President Lincoln's Thanksgiving ProclamationVermont News / 3 d. 6 h. 5 min. ago more|
President Abraham Lincoln signed the first annual national "Thanksgiving Proclamation" in 1863, designating the last Thursday of November as the official day of celebration for the country. The Civil War President saw this holiday as a time for a war-weary people to pause and give thanks that the conflict would soon be over.
|Walters: State Panel Provides Few Answers for Water CleanupSeven Days / 3 d. 8 h. 46 min. ago more|
A state working group tasked with proposing legislation and identifying a funding source for Vermont’s 20-year effort to reduce phosphorus pollution in its waterways has finished its work — without achieving either of its primary goals. The Working Group on Water Quality Funding was created by Act 73, a law passed this year by the state legislature. Its members were mainly officials from the administration of Gov. Phil Scott. Its final report was delivered to the legislature on Wednesday. Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore, a member of the group, blames its failure to reach conclusions on a short timeframe and a raft of complications. “There’s a need for several important public policy questions to be discussed,” she says. “We need to have clarity on how much we need to raise before we can propose legislation.” Other complications, she adds, include how to collect and administer a per-parcel water-quality fee that remains the most likely long-term revenue source, and how to split costs between state and local governments for many types of improvement projects. The working group is effectively kicking back many of those questions to the legislature. Environmental groups are not happy. “The report is a disappointment,” said Jared Carpenter of the Lake Champlain Committee in a written statement. “The working group was charged to find a long-term funding solution … for clean water and it misses that mark by a wide margin, offering no solutions and no legislation.” The working group’s report does not map out funding sources beyond the next five years, and it calls for heavy reliance on the state’s Capital Fund throughout that period. In 2016, State Treasurer Beth Pearce proposed a two-year “bridge” of capital fund money totaling $50 million for water-quality work. The legislature approved the plan and the governor signed it — but Pearce made it clear that the two years should be devoted to coming up with a stable, long-term funding plan that doesn’t involve continued borrowing. “We’re trying to reduce our reliance on capital debt,” she now says. “I urge the governor and the legislature to come up with a stable funding source for years three through 20. The time is now.” In preparing her 2016 recommendations, Pearce examined “60 to 70 revenue sources,” she says. “We vetted and modeled each one. We…
|AG Sessions Threatens Burlington, State Over Immigration PoliciesSeven Days / 3 d. 10 h. 4 min. ago more|
Updated on November 16, 2017. The Justice Department threatened to cut federal funding for the state of Vermont and the city of Burlington in letters that warned each may be violating federal immigration law. The government agency sent the letters Wednesday to 29 different jurisdictions "that may have laws, policies, or practices that violate 8 U.S.C. 1373, a federal statute that promotes information sharing related to immigration enforcement." “Jurisdictions that adopt so-called ‘sanctuary policies’ also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “I urge all jurisdictions found to be potentially out of compliance in this preliminary review to reconsider their policies that undermine the safety of their residents." The letters give each jurisdiction until December 8 to prove they're in compliance. Vermont would lose nearly $500,000 in Byrne Justice Assistance Grants if found not in compliance, while Burlington would lose about $40,000 in federal funding, according to Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) office. In a statement, Leahy blasted Sessions for the threat, calling it "shameful." "I strongly believe that police chiefs and local leaders should decide what state and local policies are necessary and best to keep their communities safe — not an Attorney General who is attempting to extort immigration reform by cutting off vital public safety dollars to local communities and their residents," Leahy said. Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) chimed in with a dose of criticism for President Donald Trump on Wednesday night, saying the letter was an effort to "strong-arm" the state to submit to federal immigration policies. He urged the courts to block the decision. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called the decision a way for Trump "to divide us up rather than go forward with comprehensive immigration reform." "We cannot and do not want to live in a society where people are afraid to call the police to get the help they need because they are worried about the consequences for their own lives," Sanders said in a statement. The Justice Department letter to Queen City Mayor Miro Weinberger takes specific aim at the Burlington Police Department's Fair and Impartial Policing Policy. In a retort Wednesday evening, Weinberger said that the BPD policy is in compliance and "we…
|Letter: Healthcare is a human rightVermont News / 3 d. 10 h. 40 min. ago more|
Editor of the Reformer: Consider anyone you have cared about - a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor - who has had or will face a life-threatening illness. I don't believe that some of these folks should receive helpful healthcare while others with fewer resources should not.
|DCF Shooter Jody Herring Sentenced to Life Without ParoleSeven Days / 3 d. 11 h. 42 min. ago more|
A woman who murdered three relatives and a Department for Children and Families social worker was sentenced to life without parole Wednesday during an emotional hearing in Washington Superior Court. Judge John Pacht said Jody Herring's August 2015 killing spree, triggered by the DCF's decision to take custody of her 9-year-old daughter, was the "hardest case" he'd seen in his 35-year legal career. "I have a great deal of compassion for Jody Herring, but I also have an obligation to assure that this community is safe, that people can start to heal, and that the enormity of the crimes are reflected in the sentence," Pacht said before siding with prosecutors and handing Herring the maximum penalty for her crimes. In a brief statement before she was sentenced, an emotional Herring apologized. She had each of her three children taken from her in custody proceedings — including a child that was conceived during a rape — and said she could empathize with the loss that her victims' families feel. "I know how it feels. And I'm very sorry. I can't take back that day. I wish I could," said Herring, her voice severely shaking. "But I can't. I handle my stress so differently than anyone else does. I wish I could help myself. I asked for help several times, and I didn’t get it." Herring shot social worker Lara Sobel, 48, outside the DCF office in downtown Barre on August 7, 2015. Hours later, police discovered that Herring had murdered three of her own family members — her aunt, Julie Falzarano, and cousins Regina Herring and Rhonda Herring — at a home in Berlin. Herring blamed them, too, for losing custody of her daughter. Herring pleaded guilty in July to one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder. At Wednesday's sentencing hearing, a dozen family and friends of the four murdered women spoke about the impact Herring's crimes had on their lives. Sobel's husband Tim Faryniarz has avoided the pubic eye but gave a poetic statement describing the difficulty of raising two young daughters who have been deprived of their mother. The girls were 14 and 11 at the time of their mother's death, he said. One had been on the phone with Sobel, asking her when she was coming home, in the moments before Herring opened fire.
|Killer of 4, including 3 relatives, gets life without paroleABCNews.com / 3 d. 11 h. 44 min. ago more|
A Vermont woman convicted of killing a social worker and three of her own relatives as revenge for losing custody of her daughter will spend the rest of her life in prison
|FILE- This Oct. 11, 2007, file photo shows Robert Gensburg standing in his office at Gensburg, Atwell & Broderick in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Gensburg, who successfully challenged the way schools are ...ABCNews.com / 3 d. 12 h. 26 min. ago more|
FILE- This Oct. 11, 2007, file photo shows Robert Gensburg standing in his office at Gensburg, Atwell & Broderick in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Gensburg, who successfully challenged the way schools are funded in Vermont and brought about sweeping reform has
|Lawyer who challenged Vermont's school funding system diesABCNews.com / 3 d. 12 h. 27 min. ago more|
Lawyer Robert Gensburg, who successfully challenged the way schools are funded in Vermont and brought about sweeping reform, has died at age 78
|In the Increasingly Corporate Ski Business, Bolton Goes LocalVermont News / 3 d. 15 h. 24 min. ago more|
Vail Resorts' purchase of Stowe Mountain Resort was not the only Vermont ski mountain deal that went down this year, though it garnered most of the headlines. In April, Ralph DesLauriers and his children, Evan and Lindsay, purchased Bolton Valley Resort from Burlington developers Doug Nedde and Larry Williams for an undisclosed price.
|Airbnb Snowballs in Vermont Ski Towns, Bringing Cash and ConcernsSeven Days / 3 d. 19 h. 38 min. ago more|
Josi Kytle said she rents out an apartment on Airbnb so she can afford to live in Stowe. The 41-year-old entrepreneur charges as much as $210 a night for the two-bedroom unit attached to her house, which she bills as "modern" and "only 3 mins to the Mtn!" Hers is one of 450 accommodations in Stowe listed on Airbnb, an online booking service that allows people to easily rent out rooms and houses. According to a Seven Days analysis, Airbnb rentals make up 12.7 percent of Stowe's housing stock — and that doesn't include listings on other online booking platforms. Stowe isn't alone. Four of the five Vermont communities with the most Airbnb rentals are ski towns. These mountain hamlets, where the cost of living is already high, are trying to figure out how — or whether — to respond to the steep rise in short-term rentals. They're trying to strike a balance that supports residents such as Kytle but also protects already-scarce housing resources and makes sure "hosts" are playing by the rules. Airbnb can be a lucrative source of income, so it's not surprising that some locals are telling town officials that "we should just leave Airbnb alone," according to Warren zoning administrator Miron Malboeuf. Hosts in Stowe took in $3 million in 2016, according to data Airbnb provided the state — $400,000 more than their counterparts in Burlington. Those two municipalities shared in the windfall, collecting a 1 percent rooms and meals tax on top of the 9 percent state tax on reported rentals. Airbnb comes in handy, particularly during peak tourist times, when lodging demand exceeds supply. "Every room in Stowe is fully booked for Christmas and any of the big holidays," Kytle said. Her point: "Stowe needs those beds." It's a similar story in Warren, population 1,700, which currently has 121 hosts renting out 189 units — about 7.5 percent of the town's housing stock, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers and data Seven Days pulled from the Airbnb site. "It seems like all of a sudden there's been an explosion of Airbnb hosts in the last year," observed Felix von Moschzisker, who left a job at Life magazine in New York City almost 50 years ago to live and ski in the Mad River Valley. Now the sculptor uses Airbnb to rent out a bedroom in his hillside house, which has stunning mountain views,…
|Pondering Pelham: Questions Raised About Health Care Board AppointmentSeven Days / 3 d. 19 h. 38 min. ago more|
Gov. Phil Scott's appointment of Tom Pelham to the Green Mountain Care Board has attracted a fair share of critics who are concerned about the lack of medical expertise on the board and about Pelham's track record as a critic of health care reform. The board has broad authority over health care reform and the final word on insurance rates, hospital budgets and capital investments. Pelham is a formidable choice. He's an expert in state finances and has served in the administrations of four governors. In a written statement, Scott's communications director, Rebecca Kelley, cited that experience as a key factor in the governor's choice. "Given that he was replacing Con Hogan — someone with extensive institutional knowledge and experience in state government — Gov. Scott thought it was important to appoint someone with a similar background," Kelley wrote. Hogan is a former human services secretary and gubernatorial candidate who's a widely respected source of knowledge about all aspects of the government. But Pelham's appointment means that the state's medical community remains unrepresented on the board. Its other four members are former state senator Kevin Mullin, finance professional Maureen Usifer, economist Jessica Holmes and Robin Lunge, formerly governor Peter Shumlin's director of health care reform. "I was really surprised [Scott] didn't choose a health care provider," says Sen. Claire Ayer (D-Addison). "It makes so much sense; you don't have regulations about electricians or plumbers without any practitioners involved." On November 4, two days after Pelham's appointment, Vermont Medical Society members passed a resolution calling for a law mandating that, in the future, the board would have to include at least one health care provider. Deborah Snell, president of the American Federation of Teachers Vermont, which represents many of the state's nurses, says her union would "absolutely support" the society's proposal. "It makes a big difference if at least one member is a health care professional," says Jessa Barnard, the medical society's incoming executive vice president. "It's conceptual versus reality. Are concepts going to work on the ground? What do they mean for patients?" She emphasized that the society has no beef with Pelham specifically; its resolution had been in the works for months. Kelley pushes back on the idea. "Generally, it'd be questionable to appoint an active utility executive to the Public Utility Commission," she wrote, "so there is a question about appointing an active health care provider to…
|The Juries Are Out: Fewer Defendants Risk Going to TrialSeven Days / 3 d. 19 h. 38 min. ago more|
Speaking from the Winhall home that federal prosecutors were trying to take from her, Alison Gu declared again and again how eager she was for her trial to start. "I feel anxious, but I'm looking forward to having my day in court, because I know I'm innocent," Gu said in late October. "We really have a good chance of winning the case." Gu faced felony charges of bank fraud, passport fraud and aggravated identity theft. In court documents, prosecutors suggested they had piles of evidence to prove that Gu bilked three banks, including the Bank of Bennington, out of more than $1 million. She allegedly used an elaborate array of false identities, altered bank records, pilfered Social Security numbers of dead people and even the forged signature of a U.S. consular official in her native China. Gu had much to risk besides the possibility that her home would be seized if she were convicted. She is the mother of three children aged 13 to 18. A guilty verdict could mean she'd face 30 years in prison — but she had been offered a plea deal that included a sentence potentially as short as two years. Yet her choice was obvious, she said: She rejected the deal. "I'm not guilty, and even one day away from my kids will be torture for me; it will be like a lifetime," Gu said. Decisions such as hers are increasingly rare. Few criminal defendants gamble on trials anymore. Less than 2 percent of federal criminal cases filed in Vermont go to trial, a percentage that has steadily fallen in recent years. In 2016, 205 criminal cases were resolved in federal court in Vermont. Only two — both involving out-of-state drug dealers allegedly operating in Vermont — went to trial. Other cases ended in plea deals. "It is the norm for criminal felony cases to plead," said Vermont U.S. District Court Clerk Jeff Eaton. "A trial is a rare occasion." The story is the same in Vermont's state courts. Less than 2 percent of felony criminal cases and 1 percent of misdemeanor cases led to trials in 2016. Criminal trials in the state system declined 25 percent from 2009 to 2014, and have remained roughly level ever since, according to judicial statistics. "Achieving an outcome that gives certainty to all people has value," said Robert Sand, director of Vermont Law School's Center for Justice…
|Burton Creates Out of This World Outerwear for U.S. Snowboarding TeamSeven Days / 3 d. 19 h. 38 min. ago more|
Expect to see some space-age duds at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Burlington-based Burton Snowboards will outfit the U.S. Snowboarding Team athletes competing in the half-pipe, slopestyle and a new event this year: big-air snowboarding. The games kick off in February. This will be the fourth Winter Olympics in which U.S. athletes sport Burton gear. The "retro-futuristic" outerwear appears ready for a space walk. The jackets and pants have a "liquid metal look" created "by infusing an extremely lightweight aluminum-coated fabric typically used for audio equipment with highly technical properties ideal for snowboarding in any weather condition," the company said in a press release unveiling the outfits. "Even the inside of the jacket is highly detailed, with artwork sewn to the lining that includes Korean translations of helpful lighthearted phrases like 'Do you speak English?' and 'Wish me luck!'" Patches on the uniforms appear NASA-approved, with Burton and USA written in a "space-age font," along with other details that mimic the 1960s-era space program. "I have always loved the astronauts' suits, because not only do they have such a cool and amazing aesthetic, they also were designed to function under the most extreme conditions, so this gave us an incredible platform to push the innovation and technology of the garments as well," said Greg Dacyshyn, the head designer of Burton's Olympic uniform program. "My hope is that these pieces help the athletes go where no rider has gone before." A series of qualifying events, beginning in December at Copper Mountain in Colorado, will decide the U.S. Snowboarding Team roster ahead of the games. Snowboarding superstar Shaun White will likely be among the athletes headed to South Korea in the far-out new Burton gear.…
|Letters to the Editor (11/15/17)Seven Days / 3 d. 19 h. 38 min. ago more|
Flag Tag Interesting how the request for us to vote on a Burlington flag does not include the option of the existing one [Live Culture: "The City of Burlington Is Seeking a New Flag," September 7]. The current one represents peace, education, the environment, the arts and a global world-class city. What's wrong with that? The new ones (plus or minus eight samples out of more than 100 submitted) all look the same with minor differences, so it's very hard to vote on varieties of the same thing. Perhaps we've lost something key in our local identity — we've become even more homogeneous and generic overnight, if I were to interpret from these examples. They are all green/white/blue with similar graphics and no distinguishing features. I wish for something more evocative of us and what we believe in, something with depth and character and diversity, even. And so, I want to choose the existing one against any of the new ones. But that's not even given as a choice. Really? Why? Please check out the current one as you review the proposed new ones. See for yourself! Diane Gayer Burlington Down to Earth [Re Off Message: "State Launches 'Think Vermont' Marketing Campaign," October 20]: I worry about the planet a lot. As a mom, the daily news about global warming makes me wonder what the future holds for my daughters. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of stories about harm to the planet. Vermont can, however, choose to act by adopting a tax on carbon pollution that will make a difference on Vermont's emissions. Furthermore, such action will boost our economy and is in keeping with such policies the governor promotes in your recent article about the Think Vermont campaign. I've recently begun to use carbon offsets when I fly and have found the experience to be fairly user-friendly and financially doable for my family budget. This practice further helps me understand the cost of my actions on the planet and is part of my decision making when I travel now. If we as a state don't look into doing something similar, how will we know the cost of our actions on the planet collectively? As an individual, I can only have a small impact on the planet, no matter how well intentioned my choices. As a state, we can do so much more to slow the…
|Wilton, Welch focus on farmsVermont News / 3 d. 20 h. 10 min. ago more|
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that Rutland resident Wendy Wilton will be director of the U.S. Farm Service Agency . Wilton is serving as an appointee of President Trump.
|Walters: Degree Leaving Senate for Administration PostSeven Days / 3 d. 21 h. 5 min. ago more|
Updated 6 p.m. Vermont Sen. Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) is resigning from the state Senate to accept a position in Gov. Phil Scott's administration. Degree will serve as special assistant to the governor and executive director of workforce expansion, the governor's office said in a Wednesday morning press release. Scott also appointed Sarah Buxton, a former Democratic House member from Tunbridge, to serve as director of workforce policy and performance within the Vermont Department of Labor. Buxton lost her seat last November and has been working in the Labor Department since March. She'll start immediately. Degree, who could not be reached for comment, will start this week, Scott's office said. The process of replacing Degree will begin with a meeting of Republicans from all the towns in the Senate district. “It’s not the county committee,” explains Rep. Brian Savage (R-Swanton), who chairs that committee. “The Franklin Senate district includes all of Franklin County except Richford and Montgomery, and including Alburgh from Grand Isle County.” Savage believes the town delegates will meet sometime around mid-December and recommend up to three nominees to the governor, who will appoint Degree’s successor. Among those rumored to be in the running is Rep. Corey Parent (R-St. Albans). "It's definitely something I'd be interested in," Parent said. "Dustin brought a unique perspective, especially generationally." Degree is 32 years old; Parent is 27. Another name on many tongues is 74-year-old Randy Brock, former state auditor, 2012 Republican gubernatorial candidate and 2016 candidate for lieutenant governor. He represented the Franklin district in the state Senate from 2009 to 2013. “Anything is possible,” said Brock, when asked if he would apply for the vacancy. “I may be interested.” He then proceeded to rattle off priorities as though he’s already given this a lot of thought. “A lot of things have changed since I left the Senate,” he said. “But some issues are still there — jobs, the economy, the budget, the $45 million shortfall we’re looking at [in next year’s budget].” Degree's departure will leave a leadership void in the Republicans' seven-member Senate caucus. He displaced Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia) as Senate minority leader in January. Benning reportedly fell into disfavor with fellow Republicans because of his advocacy for the removal of then-senator Norm McAllister, a…
|Why private health care would be less expensive than Obamacare while...Vermont News / 4 d. 1 h. ago more|
In recent months as the Republican majority in Congress wrestled with repealing and replacing government-centric Obamacare, some far-Left lawmakers led by avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont have been pushing for full-on government-provided health care. More popularly known as "single payer," Sanders' plan would create a "Medicare for all" system whereby every single healthcare procedure is financed via taxpayers, much like England's vaunted National Health Service.
|Vermonters looking for change after Equifax breachVermont News / 4 d. 5 h. 34 min. ago more|
"It affects a lot of Vermonters," said Mallory Curtis, a Burlington resident. "It affects a lot of my relatives, a lot of my friends, so it's just a good thing to stay up-to-date on."
|State's Attorney Scott Williams Avoids Testifying at DCF Shooter SentencingSeven Days / 4 d. 9 h. 31 min. ago more|
Washington County State's Attorney Scott Williams made a last-minute legal maneuver to avoid having to testify at a sentencing hearing Tuesday about the murder of a state social worker. That comes a week after a Seven Days story questioned a key detail in published accounts about Williams' heroic response to the shooting. Williams was slated to take the witness stand on the second day of Jody Herring's sentencing hearing in Washington Superior Court. Herring's defense attorneys had subpoenaed him to testify. But at the last minute, Williams filed a motion to quash the subpoena and avoid testifying. Lawyers and Judge John Pacht retreated behind closed doors to discuss the motion. When they came back into the courtroom, Pacht, citing "reasons that implicate privacy and confidentiality concerns," temporarily granted Williams' request. The judge made additional reference to "Mr. Williams' circumstances at this point" and agreed to seal related documents. Herring's attorney, David Sleigh, objected to the decision to seal that information. Though the courthouse is in the same building as his office, Williams did not appear. He retained an attorney, Brad Stetler, to act on his behalf. Stetler and Williams did not immediately respond to requests for comment after the hearing. A secretary in Williams' office said he is out all week. She referred questions about Williams to John Campbell, executive director of the Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs. Campbell did not respond to a request for comment late yesterday. Herring shot DCF worker Lara Sobel, 48, in downtown Barre as revenge for DCF taking custody of her 9-year-old daughter. Hours later, police discovered that she had murdered three of her own family members — her aunt, Julie Falzarano, and cousins Regina Herring and Rhonda Herring — at a home in Berlin. Herring also blamed them for DCF taking her daughter. Numerous media stories, along with the citation of a national heroism award that Williams accepted, said that Williams rushed toward the gunfire and then grabbed a rifle away from Herring as she stood by a bleeding Sobel. However, documents indicate the rifle was already on the ground and that Herring had effectively surrendered by the time Williams arrived. When asked about the discrepancy, Williams recently told Seven Days that he cannot remember that detail. Herring's legal team wound down testimony on her behalf Tuesday. They have not made a specific request for her sentence,…
|Letter: It's not about controlVermont News / 4 d. 10 h. 23 min. ago more|
Editor of the Reformer: I wish we could stop using the term local control in reference to school governance and the interests expressed by citizens, such as in the resounding defeat of the Act 46 merger proposal. I think what Vermonters want is less about control than it is about local input and preservation of our long tradition of participatory democracy.
|Public Safety Commissioner Fears Legal Pot Will Increase Traffic DeathsSeven Days / 4 d. 10 h. 55 min. ago more|
Vermont motor vehicle deaths are likely to increase if the state legalizes marijuana, Public Safety Commissioner Tom Anderson predicted Tuesday. "You are going to see more fatalities on the roadways," Anderson said at a Statehouse meeting of the Marijuana Advisory Commission. His conclusion came as part of a report he gave to the legislative panel in his role as chair of its highway safety subcommittee. Health Commissioner Mark Levine, another subcommittee chair, also presented Tuesday. The commission is tasked with reporting back to the legislature with its findings in January. Legalization of recreational marijuana has been heavily debated in Vermont. A measure passed both the House and Senate earlier this year before Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the bill. He instead established the Marijuana Advisory Commission to gather and analyze research on various aspects of pot use, including its impact on driving, health, taxes and crime. Click here to read Tuesday's reports and presentations. Anderson presented some analysis on crash data and marijuana use. As of October 23, at least 11 drivers involved in fatal Vermont wrecks this year tested positive for marijuana, he said. Some of those drivers also had alcohol in his or her system. Anderson said that Vermont data also show that drivers under the influence of marijuana have been involved in more crashes since the state decriminalized the possession of small amounts of weed in 2013. His subcommittee, though, had trouble researching the impact of marijuana legalization on crime. "It's not an area where we have great data," Anderson conceded. Levine, who chairs the education and prevention subcommittee, said there is moderate evidence to suggest that cannabis use is associated with impaired academic achievement. There's also evidence that it is associated with development of "acute psychosis" in some users, he said. Frequency of use, and age of the user, is a factor in such associations, the studies showed. Levine also presented Vermont Health Department data on marijuana-related emergency room visits, which increased from 368 in 2011, to 741 in 2015. But many questions…
|Volunteers keep food bank going in busy holiday seasonVermont News / 4 d. 15 h. 19 min. ago more|
The Vermont Food Bank's satellite location in Brattleboro is busy and bustling. Attached to a cozy office is a warehouse with food stacked to a high ceiling.
|Ice rink, lacking curb appeal, banned from Statehouse lawnABCNews.com / 4 d. 16 h. 30 min. ago more|
Officials in Vermont's capital are rejecting a request to keep a popular ice rink on the front lawn of the Statehouse, saying it lacks the curb appeal suitable for the property
|Mars needs women, Vermont needs taxpayersVermont News / 4 d. 20 h. 1 min. ago more|
Mars may need women, at least according to the 1967 sci-fi B movie, "Mars Needs Women", but Vermont needs more young people and middle-class families - that is, more people paying taxes and fees. In the campy sci-fi movie, NASA decodes a desperate message from deep space: "Mars ... Needs ... Women".
|Rail official responds to concerns about rail tankersVermont News / 5 d. 0 h. 43 min. ago more|
A Vermont Railway System official said Monday that the long line of rail tanker cars parked on tracks in North Bennington was placed strategically in response to past wintertime shortages of propane gas in the region. Vermont Railway Vice President Selden Houghton said the cars, which have sparked concern among residents of the area, are being moved out as needed for commercial propane gas customers and won't be stored there indefinitely.
|Amtrak updates Northeast train seating, with some improvements in time for holidaysVermont News / 5 d. 4 h. 53 min. ago more|
Mark Yachmetz, Amtrak's vice president for Northeast Corridor business development, describes renovations being phased in on 450 train cars at Washington's Union Station on Nov. 13, 2017. The upgrades include new carpeting, simulated-leather seat cushions and LED lighting for all cars in coach and business class.
|Witness: Woman who killed 4 people left threatening messageABCNews.com / 5 d. 10 h. 29 min. ago more|
A witness tells a Vermont court that a woman convicted of killing a state social worker and three relatives left a screaming message threatening to kill one of her victims just hours before she shot them.
|Woman who killed social worker, 3 relatives faces sentencingABCNews.com / 6 d. 5 h. 17 min. ago more|
A Vermont woman who pleaded guilty to killing a social worker and three relatives in 2015 is facing sentencing
|No. 5 Kentucky holds off Vermont 73-69ABCNews.com / 6 d. 10 h. 29 min. ago more|
Hamido Diallo scored 16 points and No. 5 Kentucky held off Vermont 73-69
|Police search for wedding ring lost in Halloween candy bagABCNews.com / 6 d. 14 h. 57 min. ago more|
A Vermont trick-or-treater may have picked up more than candy on Halloween this year.
|No one satisfied with new Vermont wind power sound rulesABCNews.com / 6 d. 17 h. 21 min. ago more|
New rules from Vermont utility regulators designed to settle the contentious debate about how much noise neighbors of industrial wind projects should be subject to are upsetting people on both sides of the issue