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Sanders backers remain skeptical of Clinton
 Published on: July 26, 2016
Brattleboro topples Rutland
CASTLETON — It was all about efficiency and pushing the right buttons for Brattleboro Post 5 in their 9-6 victory over Rutland Post 31 on Monday in the Vermont American Legion Baseball Tournament at the Spartan Athletic Complex.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Post 84 cruises in knocking Cannons out
CASTLETON — It has been a firecracker of a baseball summer in the Upper Valley. The area has gained a New England Collegiate Baseball League team and an American Legion baseball team making its debut as Post 84 has been on a tear.

Move over, Upper Valley Nighthawks of the NECBL. This week let the spotlight shine of Post 84.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Essex ousts BF, 15-9
CASTLETON — Riding the momentum gained in Sunday’s walk-off victory over SD Ireland, Essex Post 91 had two strong arms fortified by a big-time offensive output and breezed to a 15-9 victory over Bellows Falls Post 37 on Monday in the 2016 Vermont American Legion Baseball Championship at the Spartan Athletic Complex.  Published on: July 26, 2016
After turmoil, Sanders, Mrs Obama, Warren thrill convention
PHILADELPHIA — First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the presidential election Monday with a forceful, impassioned defense of Hillary Clinton, casting her as the only candidate who can be trusted as a role model for the nation’s children. She took numerous swipes at Republican Donald Trump, all without mentioning his name.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Vt. to review budget changes

MONTPELIER — Aides to Gov. Peter Shumlin plan to brief lawmakers on their proposal for adjusting the current fiscal year state budget to respond to a new downgrade in the state's revenue forecast, with a public hearing to follow.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Vermont primary registration deadline

MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos is reminding Vermonters that the deadline to register for next month's primary election is Aug. 3.

The primary takes place on Aug. 9.

Vermonters may register at the town clerk's office or by mail by completing an application.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Fire injures elderly woman

BENNINGTON — Authorities say a house fire in Bennington has left an elderly woman seriously injured.

Firefighters responded to a call for a fire just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Investigators believe the blaze was electrical in nature and is not suspicious.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Falling tree kills man in storm

HUBBARDTON — Vermont State Police say a 66-year-old Rutland man is dead after he was hit by a falling tree at the edge of Lake Bomoseen in Hubbardton during a severe wind storm.

Police say Clifford R. Jones had retrieved two fishing poles from a lake-side dock at about 4:45 p.m.  Published on: July 26, 2016
‘Pokemon Go' causes crash

RUTLAND TOWN — Vermont State Police say a Rutland man was driving drunk and playing the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game when he crashed his car over the weekend.

Officers responded to a report of an accident in Rutland Town around 8:15 a.m. Sunday.  Published on: July 26, 2016
SBA disaster loan deadline is Aug. 23
Aug. 23 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which are available in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties in Vermont as a result of the drought that began on Feb. 1, 2015.  Published on: July 26, 2016
SBA disaster loan deadline is Aug. 23
Aug. 23 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, which are available in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties in Vermont as a result of the drought that began on Feb. 1, 2015.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Lanphear farm wins Vt. award
HYDE PARK — The Lanphear Family Farm, a 530-cow Holstein dairy in Hyde Park, was recently named the 2016 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year.

This farm, owned by Kirk and Katrina Lanphear, was recognized for its well-managed herd, high quality milk production, sound management practices and strong work ethics.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Sanders delegates boo Clinton
PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed hundreds of delegates at the Democratic National Convention on Monday afternoon but seemed unable to convince some of his most passionate backers they should work to elect Hillary Clinton.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Heritage festival countdown begins
BARRE — The stages aren’t yet set, the tables are still in storage, the big tent won’t be pitched on the lawn of the Aldrich Public Library until Friday morning, and the first of the vendors won’t arrive until later that day.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Public Service Board lawsuit over Vt. Gas pipeline
A Huntington woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Vermont Public Service Board on Friday in an effort to force the board to allow the public into an upcoming hearing related to the Vermont Gas pipeline to Addison County.

The Public Service Board ordered an Aug.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Theater Review: The song-and-dance musical lives in Greensboro
GREENSBORO — You may not be familiar with Irving Berlin’s 1946 Broadway hit musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” but you likely know some of its most memorable songs like “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Local man denies abuse of vulnerable adult
BARRE — A Granite City man is accused of assaulting a vulnerable adult.

Arthur Warshaw, 72, pleaded not guilty in Washington County criminal court Monday to domestic assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult, both misdemeanors. If convicted, Warshaw faces a maximum sentence of two and a half years in prison and a $6,000 fine.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Vandalism, theft and trespassing reported
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre City police in recent days.

July 17

There was a noise disturbance on Smith Street.

Someone was receiving harassing text messages on South Main Street.

On Summer Street, someone was trespassing.

July 18

Property was found on Merchant Street.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Suspicious package diverts Barre traffic
BARRE — Officials in Barre say what was first reported to be a suspicious package containing wires and an electronic device turned out to be a battery-operated hand warmer.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Windham side judge faces ethics complaints
MONTPELIER — Five complaints of professional misconduct have been filed against a Windham County side judge for his private handling of the finances and estate of an elderly woman who had Alzheimer’s disease.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Slain officer had warned city about hate
BATON ROUGE, La. — Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson’s pleas for the city to unite and “don’t let hate infect your heart” echoed Monday throughout the funeral service that grieved a man who only four months earlier had been celebrating the birth of his son.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Turkey seeks to arrest journalists
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Monday issued warrants for the detention of 42 journalists suspected of links to the alleged organizers of a failed military uprising, intensifying concerns that a sweeping crackdown on alleged coup plotters could target media for any news coverage critical of the government.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Pricey drugs overwhelm Medicare safeguard
WASHINGTON — A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show.

The cost of Medicare’s “catastrophic” prescription coverage jumped by 85 percent in three years, from $27.7 billion in 2013 to $51.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Report: ‘Brexit’ raises risks to US financial stability
WASHINGTON — Britain’s decision to quit the European Union has elevated the risks to U.S. financial stability, though they remain moderate, U.S. Treasury Department experts say.  Published on: July 26, 2016
2 dead, 17 hurt in Fla. nightclub shooting
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Gunfire erupted at a nightclub hosting a swimsuit-themed party for teens in Florida, leaving two teens dead and at least 17 other people wounded, officials said Monday.

It was not immediately clear what triggered the violence, but authorities said the shooting was not an act of terror.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Tim LaHaye, author of “Left Behind” end-times novels, dies
The Rev. Tim LaHaye, co-author of the “Left Behind” series, a multimillion-selling literary juggernaut that brought end-times prophecy into mainstream bookstores, died Monday. He was 90.

LaHaye died in a San Diego, California, hospital, days after having suffered a stroke, according to his publicist Johnnie Moore.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Stocks pull back after 4 weeks of gains; Yahoo slips
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks were posting moderate losses in afternoon trading Monday as investors took a break after four weeks of gains that brought the market to record highs. Energy companies fell more than the rest of the market as the price of oil took another turn lower.  Published on: July 26, 2016
EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution
WASHINGTON — Jet engine exhaust from airliners endangers human health and adds to climate change, the government found Monday in taking the first step toward regulating those emissions.

The Environmental Protection Agency said it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Vt. to review budget changes

MONTPELIER — Aides to Gov. Peter Shumlin plan to brief lawmakers on their proposal for adjusting the current fiscal year state budget to respond to a new downgrade in the state's revenue forecast, with a public hearing to follow.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Vermont primary registration deadline

MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos is reminding Vermonters that the deadline to register for next month's primary election is Aug. 3.

The primary takes place on Aug. 9.

Vermonters may register at the town clerk's office or by mail by completing an application.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Fire injures elderly woman

BENNINGTON — Authorities say a house fire in Bennington has left an elderly woman seriously injured.

Firefighters responded to a call for a fire just before 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Investigators believe the blaze was electrical in nature and is not suspicious.  Published on: July 26, 2016
‘Pokemon Go' causes crash

RUTLAND TOWN — Vermont State Police say a Rutland man was driving drunk and playing the "Pokemon Go" smartphone game when he crashed his car over the weekend.

Officers responded to a report of an accident in Rutland Town around 8:15 a.m. Sunday.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Falling tree kills man in storm

HUBBARDTON — Vermont State Police say a 66-year-old Rutland man is dead after he was hit by a falling tree at the edge of Lake Bomoseen in Hubbardton during a severe wind storm.

Police say Clifford R. Jones had retrieved two fishing poles from a lake-side dock at about 4:45 p.m.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Jeffrey J. Staab
SARASOTA, Fl. — Jeffrey J. Staab, 54, of Sarasota Florida, passed away unexpectedly on June 21, 2016. Jeff was born October 15, 1961, in Barre, VT, the son of the late John and Cecile (Desilets) Staab. He grew up in Montpelier and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1979. Jeff was an altar boy at the St.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Alfred G. Fielders
BARRE — Alfred George Fielders, Jr., 75, formerly of Franklin Street in Montpelier, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre.

Born on March 15, 1941, in Moretown, he was the son of Alfred George and Ilene (Wright) Fielders, Sr. He attended schools in Barre and Barre Town.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Blachly: Unadilla Theater correction
I wish to correct a letter I submitted on 7/23/16 regarding a production of “God of Carnage” at the Unadilla Theater. The dates for future performances are Thursday through Sunday, July 28-31, and Friday and Saturday, August 5 and 6.

Thank you.

Alice Blachly

Montpelier  Published on: July 26, 2016
Blow: Misguided endoresement
The letter published in the July 19 edition entitled, “Mulvaney: Vote for Dottye Ricks,” requires a response.

Ms. Mulvaney is a resident of Barre City but feels compelled to meddle in Barre Town politics, advising residents who they should vote for in the House race.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Fairman: Quasi-explanation
Why is our Vermont Public Service Board exempted from the Open Meeting Law (1 V.S.A. § 312 (e))? That it is “quasi-judicial” is a quasi-explanation.

Judicial proceedings are public, except when a judge deems it necessary to protect identity or privacy of a witness or secrecy of testimony.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Shapiro: Unfair attack
Thomas Joseph’s July 15 letter in The Times Argus viciously attacking Bruce Lisman has no basis in reality and is a classic case of wild innuendo and smear.

The reality is that Bruce is a hard-working, self-made and honest businessman whose career spanned 40 years.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Gillard: Moral imperative
Do black lives matter?

This question weighs on my mind as I read about more unarmed black men being killed by police. And the terrible killings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge are in no way justified, but indicative of the extreme tension in this question.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Unique danger
As the Democratic National Convention got under way on Monday, events conspired to create an atmosphere of suspicion and intrigue. Vladimir Putin even got into the act.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Vt. ranks high for women lawmakers
When it comes to women in elected office, Maine stands out for longevity, Vermont for relatively high representation in its Legislature and New Hampshire for achievements across all levels of government.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Green Bay Packers hit ground running for training camp
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Looking good, Aaron Rodgers.

Coach Mike McCarthy said his quarterback arrived at Green Bay Packers training camp in great shape, just in time for his 12th season in the NFL.

“I would say this is the best shape I’ve seen him in,” McCarthy said Monday as players reported for medical and conditioning tests.  Published on: July 26, 2016
All eyes on Wentz as Eagles open camp
PHILADELPHIA — Camp Carson has begun for the Philadelphia Eagles.

All eyes were on Carson Wentz when training camp opened Monday, and the rookie quarterback will be the most watched player on the team for the rest of the summer.

So what that he isn’t expected to play unless Sam Bradford or Chase Daniel gets hurt.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Durant leads US to second exhibition rout, 106-57 over China
LOS ANGELES — Even in a jersey with “USA” on the chest, Kevin Durant got some boos at Staples Center on Sunday night.

He’ll probably need to get used to that sound in this building for the rest of his basketball career.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Cubs get closer Aroldis Chapman in trade with Yankees
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs acquired hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman in a trade with the New York Yankees on Monday, giving the NL Central leaders a boost as they try for their first World Series title in more than a century.  Published on: July 26, 2016
Jeffrey J. Staab
Jeffrey J. Staab, 54, of Sarasota Florida, passed away unexpectedly on June 21, 2016. Jeff was born October 15, 1961 in Barre, VT, the son of the late John and Cecile (Desilets) Staab. He grew up in Montpelier and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1979. Jeff was an altar boy at the St.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Tighten the loophole
Recently, James Marc Leas, a patent attorney from South Burlington, published an article in The Vermont Bar Journal titled “How Vermont Can Respond to Citizens United.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Hill: Open letter to white Vermonters
Recently I saw a photo on Facebook of a young black man wearing a T-shirt that said, “Dear Police: I am a White Woman.” It was funny, since he was so obviously not a white woman, and then not so funny when I thought of what would prompt him to wear that T-shirt.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Albury: If I only had a brain
It occurred to me, as I was hiking up my bell-bottom jeans and popping a new tape in the eight-track player, that I have a reputation for being late with new trends. With this thought in mind, I decided to learn more about Pokemon Go.  Published on: July 25, 2016
White Sox suspend top pitcher Chris Sale for 5 days
CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox suspended ace Chris Sale five days without pay for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear.

The White Sox announced the punishment on Sunday after Sale was scratched from his scheduled start and sent home the previous night.

The suspension comes to $250,000 of his $9.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Froome defies bad luck, crashes to win 3rd Tour de France
PARIS — On the bike — and off — Chris Froome has been in a class of his own for three weeks at the Tour de France.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Froome celebrates 3rd Tour title with beer and champagne
PARIS — Sharing beer and champagne with teammates, Chris Froome celebrated his third Tour de France title in four years on Sunday.

The Kenyan-born British rider finished safely at the back of the main pack in the final stage, arm-in-arm with his teammates during the mostly ceremonial leg ending on the Champs-Elysees.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Porcello remains unbeaten at Fenway, Sox beat Twin
BOSTON — A year ago, Rick Porcello was hearing nearly as many boos as cheers in Fenway Park.

Now, he’s piling up wins in front of the home fans.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Yanks leave with win over Giants, unsure who will return
NEW YORK — Aroldis Chapman and the rest of the New York Yankees dressed in their Sunday best for a flight to Houston following a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants that completed a 6-4 homestand.

Who returns in 10 days is unclear.

“We’re very much in this,” Brett Gardner said.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Moltz breaks through in White Mountain 150
NORTH WOODSTOCK, N.H. – Dillon Moltz got the jump over Eddie MacDonald on a restart with 16 laps remaining and held on for his first career American-Canadian victory in Sunday’s White Mountain 150 at White Mountain Motorsports Park.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Ravens defeat the New London Sharks, 28-24
Backup quarterback Clayton Torres relieved starter Kyle Bigelow and led the Vermont Ravens to a come-from-behind victory over the New London Sharks on Sunday in New England Football League action.

Torres threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Jeric Tyler late in the fourth quarter.  Published on: July 25, 2016
New Bedford Bay Sox edge Mountaineers
NEW BEDFORD, Mass.—The New Bedford Bay Sox scored two runs in the eighth inning Sunday, breaking a tie game to set the stage for a 3-1 victory over the Vermont Mountaineers in New England Collegiate Baseball League action.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Rutland riding mojo into 3rd tourney game
CASTLETON — Rutland Post 31 pitcher Andy Kenosh called it “mojo.” His coach Rick Battles called it “momentum.” Whatever it is that this club is riding, it’s pretty special.

Sunday was a great day for Rutland as it stayed unbeaten through two games in the eight-team, double-elimination American Legion State Baseball Championship.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Rutland riding mojo into 3rd tourney game
CASTLETON — Rutland Post 31 pitcher Andy Kenosh called it “mojo.” His coach Rick Battles called it “momentum.” Whatever it is that this club is riding, it’s pretty special.

Sunday was a great day for Rutland as it stayed unbeaten through two games in the eight-team, double-elimination American Legion State Baseball Championship.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Storm causes outages, leaves damage
RUTLAND — More than 26,000 people were without power when severe thunderstorms rolled through the state in the late afternoon Saturday.

“It would be tough to pick a spot that was hardest hit because there was pretty wide spread wind damage,” meteorologist Jessica Neiles said.

The wind caused downed trees and power lines.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Fellowship to help NU professor study female killers
NORTHFIELD — A Norwich University professor has been awarded a research fellowship to support her study of female murderers.

The American Association of University Women has given Norwich assistant professor of criminal justice Elizabeth Gurian a 2016–17 AAUW American Fellowship.  Published on: July 25, 2016
On the Road: Truck drivers ask for room to move and patience
This week I heard from some commercial truck drivers. They wanted me to remind people that oil trucks, garbage trucks and other delivery vehicles have to squeeze in and around parked vehicles and back into driveways and parking lots every day.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Mountains of fun
The Vermont Mountain Bike Association held its annual mountain bike festival over the weekend in the Mad River Valley. The festival started Friday and was full of riding events, clinics, product demos, a mountain bike Olympics, a Family Adventure Zone, on-site camping at Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush, a Saturday night barbecue, and more.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Emergency drill starts today
Vermont's largest emergency response drill starts today.

About 5,000 emergency responders are expected to participate in the nine-day exercise taking place in 50 locations, including at state agencies, 16 hospitals, the Burlington Airport and the Vermont National Guard.  Published on: July 25, 2016
McBride brings new vision to Newport Jazz Festival
Christian McBride is no stranger to the main stage at the Newport Jazz Festival and this year he’ll again be up there in a trio with pianist Chick Corea and drummer Brian Blade.

But he’ll also be turning his attention to a new role backstage as he takes over as artistic director from festival founder George Wein.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Storm causes outages, leaves damage
RUTLAND — More than 26,000 people were without power when severe thunderstorms rolled through the state in the late afternoon Saturday.

“It would be tough to pick a spot that was hardest hit because there was pretty wide spread wind damage,” meteorologist Jessica Neiles said.

The wind caused downed trees and power lines.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Integrative Health: Taking care of our eyes and liver
As one of our five senses, vision is depended upon for interacting with the world around us. When the health of our eyes is compromised and our vision is limited in some way, either acutely or chronically, it can be very scary.  Published on: July 25, 2016
On the Road: Truck drivers ask for room to move and patience
This week I heard from some commercial truck drivers. They wanted me to remind people that oil trucks, garbage trucks and other delivery vehicles have to squeeze in and around parked vehicles and back into driveways and parking lots every day.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Chamber Notes: Child care hearing tonight at Aldrich
The Child Development Division of the Vermont Department for Children and Families has issued new regulations governing family child care homes and family child care professionals. The regulations, approved in May and effective in September, will impose significant costs on FCCHs and FCCPs.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Mountains of fun
The Vermont Mountain Bike Association held its annual mountain bike festival over the weekend in the Mad River Valley. The festival started Friday and was full of riding events, clinics, product demos, a mountain bike Olympics, a Family Adventure Zone, on-site camping at Mt. Ellen at Sugarbush, a Saturday night barbecue, and more.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Emergency drill starts today
Vermont's largest emergency response drill starts today.

About 5,000 emergency responders are expected to participate in the nine-day exercise taking place in 50 locations, including at state agencies, 16 hospitals, the Burlington Airport and the Vermont National Guard.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Music Review: New Mozart Festival begins auspiciously
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The new Vermont Mozart Festival opened over the weekend by continuing a tradition of the old festival — it was rained out!

Friday and Saturday’s concerts were moved to the University Mall. But neither the musicians nor the audience seemed fazed.

Saturday’s concert proved simply excellent.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Fellowship to help NU professor study female killers
NORTHFIELD — A Norwich University professor has been awarded a research fellowship to support her study of female murderers.

The American Association of University Women has given Norwich assistant professor of criminal justice Elizabeth Gurian a 2016–17 AAUW American Fellowship.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Offender’s jail sentenced lengthened for drunk driving
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A Springfield inmate had his jail sentence lengthened this week by another 4-to-18 months after he pleaded guilty to a felony count of drunken driving in connection with a crash into a ditch that occurred back in February.  Published on: July 25, 2016
‘Star Trek Beyond’ beams up with $59.6M
LOS ANGELES — “Star Trek Beyond” has landed atop the weekend box office.

Paramount’s latest outing with the Starship Enterprise soared to $59.6 million in domestic ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday, knocking Universal’s “The Secret Life of Pets” from the No. 1 spot.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Clinton highlights lack of women in political office
Hillary Clinton and Mary Thomas have little in common, except for this: They both hope to add to the meager ranks of America’s female elected officials come January.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Airbnb sues over regulation
San Francisco, California

San Francisco wants people who rent out their homes through Airbnb and other online platforms to follow some rules, and it wants the platforms to advertise only those rule-abiding listings — or face steep fines.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Fire destroys 18 Ca. homes
LOS ANGELES — A massive wildfire destroyed at least 18 homes and threatened 1,500 more Sunday as flames churned through tinder-dry canyons north of Los Angeles where authorities found a burned body in a neighborhood.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Shooter spent year planning
MUNICH — The teenager behind the deadly shooting rampage in Munich was a withdrawn loner obsessed with playing “killer” video games in his bedroom, a victim of bullying who suffered from panic attacks set off by contacts with other people, investigators said Sunday, adding that he had planned the attack for a year.  Published on: July 25, 2016
U.S. citizen confirmed held
Tehran, Iran
Iran's judiciary has confirmed the detention of an Iranian-American who was visiting family in Iran, the country's semi-official ISNA news agency reported Sunday.

The report did not name the Iranian-American involved or say when he was arrested.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Democrats convene; Wasserman-Shultz to quit
WASHINGTON — It’s Hillary Clinton’s turn.

The Democratic National Convention opening Monday in Philadelphia is Clinton’s chance to hit reset after a vigorous primary against Bernie Sanders and the unlikely movement that formed behind the Vermont senator.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Say What
KEY WEST, Fla. — For the first time in its 36-year history, a Hemingway has won a competition seeking the man who most looks like literary giant Ernest Hemingway.

Dave Hemingway was named the winner of the “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on Saturday in Key West, Florida. The winner said he is not related to the late author.  Published on: July 25, 2016
NE drought could last months
By MICHAEL CASEY

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — At Lavoie’s Farm in New Hampshire, beans and corn haven’t broken through the ground yet and fields of strawberries are stunted.

The drought that has taken hold in the Northeast is especially felt at John Lavoie’s farm in Hollis, presenting him with some tough choices.  Published on: July 25, 2016
Distracted drivers face new concerns
MONTPELIER — The state has launched a new effort to get drivers to focus on the road and be less distracted.



The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance has identified distracted driving as a critical emphasis area for highway safety.  Published on: July 24, 2016
State makes push against distracted driving
MONTPELIER — The state has launched a new effort to get drivers to focus on the road and be less distracted.

The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance has identified distracted driving as a critical emphasis area for highway safety.  Published on: July 24, 2016
SEABA celebrates 30th anniversary
BURLINGTON — The South End Arts & Business Association (SEABA) celebrated its 30th anniversary with a gala celebration at its Pine Street offices in Burlington’s South End on July 14.  Published on: July 24, 2016
Police: Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings
MUNICH — The gunman whose rampage at a Munich mall left nine people dead was a depression-plagued teenager who avidly read books and articles about mass killings and apparently tried to lure young victims to their deaths through a faked Facebook posting, authorities said Saturday.  Published on: July 24, 2016
IS attacks protesters in Afghan capital
KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a peaceful protest in the Afghan capital on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 200, marking the first time the extremists have struck Kabul and raising fears of their growing strength and capability in Afghanistan.  Published on: July 24, 2016
The dark knight
Welcome to a world without rules. (I want you to read this paragraph in your super-scary movie trailer voice.  Published on: July 24, 2016
Solomon: Theresa May’s vision of radical conservatism
Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, is the leader of the Conservative Party. Yet when it comes to the corporate world, she can sound more like Bernie Sanders than Margaret Thatcher.  Published on: July 24, 2016
Trump escapes his caricature
CLEVELAND — It was Donald Trump’s best chance to escape his own caricature.

He did not.  Published on: July 24, 2016
Now the Democrats
The Democratic National Convention, which begins this week, ought to serve as a reassuring antidote to the feverish festival of hate and negativity that the Republicans concluded last week in Cleveland.  Published on: July 24, 2016
Imagining a sustainable future
Just a few days ago, Net Zero Vermont announced an engagement effort to help Montpelier reach its laudable goal of making Montpelier carbon-free by 2030.

As a first step, we’ve launched a unique design competition offering a $10,000 prize for architectural design that best helps residents imagine a sustainable Montpelier in 2030.  Published on: July 24, 2016
Now the Democrats

 Published on: July 24, 2016
The Trump threat to America
In accepting the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, Donald Trump aggressively assumed the mantle of fear-monger-in-chief. His speech stoked fears of hordes of job-stealing illegal immigrants, a world filled with fanatical Muslims bent on terrorism, and various alien “others” who threaten America’s very being.  Published on: July 24, 2016
Smith: Trump’s missed opportunity
If a Republican wants to be elected president of the United States, uniting the Republican Party — which ranges from New England moderates to Southern conservatives — is an essential step.

But apparently Donald Trump’s campaign doesn’t agree that party unification is a prime objective.  Published on: July 24, 2016
Toxins are a taxing situation
Election years bring talk of taxes. More taxes on this guy. Fewer taxes on that gal. No new taxes on anyone except the other party. The tax talk and accompanying bickering are as certain this time of year, unfortunately, as cyanobacteria outbreaks (also known as blue-green algae) in one of our favorite lakes or ponds.  Published on: July 24, 2016
Deceptive, reckless attack on refugees
Mr. Stephen Cable’s “Getting full story on refugees” (Commentary, July 17) is deceitful piece of yellow journalism. Though it does not merit a response, it demands a correction. For Mr. Cable hurls deceptive statistics and false generalizations with reckless abandon.

Mr. Cable claims that refugees are not self-sufficient. He cites a U.S.  Published on: July 24, 2016


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