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Theater Review: Humor and humanity in ‘Screwed’
Stephen Goldberg is back — with a vengeance.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Voters in Ireland approve gay marriage
DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a “social revolution.”  Published on: May 24, 2015
The man in charge of Sanders’ message
MONTPELIER — Nearing 50 years of age, Jeff Weaver, the man tapped to spearhead Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid, has spent more than half of his life devoted to the message of Vermont’s junior senator.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Vt. Supreme Court bail decision scrutinized
When the Vermont Supreme Court overturned a Rutland trial court bail decision earlier this month, some questioned Associate Justice Beth Robinson’s reasoning.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Ohio patrolman acquitted in two deaths
CLEVELAND — A white Cleveland patrolman who fired down through the windshield of a suspect’s car at the end of a 137-shot barrage that left the two unarmed black occupants dead was acquitted Saturday of criminal charges by a judge who said he could not determine the officer alone fired the fatal shots.  Published on: May 24, 2015
A seasonal warmup on running injuries
With spring comes training for marathons and 5Ks. Children and teens who run have been racing to ask me what they can do to reduce the risk of getting injured while enjoying this sport. Let me jog through some information on this topic.  Published on: May 24, 2015
You can count on these shady characters
I aspire to be the goatsbeard king of Cornish Flat, New Hampshire. Maybe I already am. I have several, and no one else I know here grows goatsbeard (Aruncus dioecious). It is one of many flowers I grow that do well in light shade, getting bigger and better every year, and requiring very little of me.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Vermonters fought World War I at home too
When 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip fired two shots from a pistol in the streets of Sarajevo on a late June morning in 1914, Vermonters had no idea what troubles the incident would trigger for the people of their state.  Published on: May 24, 2015
The Outside Story: Alder and willow flycatchers are sibling species
By mid-May each year I begin to look forward to the return of the alder flycatchers that nest in the willows along the stream near our house.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Free Fishing Day and more
You could call it a “Take a Parent Fishing Day.”  Published on: May 24, 2015
Cognitive tests can answer fears about dementia
Soon after her 65th birthday, a close friend became increasingly worried about her memory, wondering if she could have the beginnings of dementia.  Published on: May 24, 2015
The Lowe Down: Is cutting-edge art part of Rutland’s renaissance?
Rutland is enjoying an arts renaissance, and a big part of it is the Castleton Downtown Gallery — not just because the tiny space offers fine visual arts, but because the art confronts viewers.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Get prepped for summer recreation
Here is the bottom line. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971, signed into effect by then-President Richard Nixon. Though Memorial Day comes early this year, it follows protocol, celebrated on the last Monday of May.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Tread lightly: Follow these Leave No Trace principles for summer fun
As the weather starts to feel like summer, Vermonters waste no time heading to the trails and waterways. Many of us are drawn to these places because we relish time spent in nature.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Book review: For this industrialist, sky is no limit
“ELON MUSK: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future,” by Ashlee Vance (392 pages, Ecco, $28.99)  Published on: May 24, 2015
Book review: Working for the rich, famous and capricious
“OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS,” by Shanna Mahin (358 pages, Dutton, $26.95)  Published on: May 24, 2015
Yankee Notebook: A world come alive
Harry Woodpecker and his current partner are setting up housekeeping somewhere very nearby, and they’re eating me out of house and home. The suet is disappearing almost as fast as I can load it in.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Shaken in Nepal: Vermont man reports from scene of last month’s massive earthquake
Vermonter Chris Holme and his wife, Manaslu Gurung, were approaching the 17,769-foot summit of the Annapurna Circuit on April 25 when a magnitude-7.8 earthquake devastated parts of Nepal. They and their fellow trekkers, Dan Krompholz, Timon Stasko and Masha Pitiranggon, narrowly avoided being hit by falling rocks.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Theater Review: Humor and humanity in ‘Screwed’
Stephen Goldberg is back — with a vengeance.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Renowned floating bridge reopens to fanfare
BROOKFIELD — A tiny Vermont town’s famous wooden floating bridge, believed to be the only one of its kind in the country, has been rebuilt and was reopened Saturday with fanfare.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Big crowd celebrates Memorial Day weekend in Williamstown
Memorial Day celebration in Williamstown  Published on: May 24, 2015
Protesters rally against GMO producer
Monsanto, an agrochemical company known for its genetically modified organisms, was the target of a “peaceful protest” Saturday in Rutland.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Why do women stay to be abused?
Jasmine Grace Marino, imprisoned in the sex trade in New Hampshire for five years by a trafficker who initially posed as her boyfriend, finally escaped her captor by putting small amounts of money in Ziploc baggies and hiding them in potted plants for six months.  Published on: May 24, 2015
T.K. Jones, 82, dies; urged bomb shelters
Thomas K. Jones, a U.S.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Vets bothered by candidates’ views on Iraq War
Veterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Voters in Ireland approve gay marriage
DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a “social revolution.”  Published on: May 24, 2015
Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Romero beatified
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Still alive
This was the year that health care reform fell on its face in Vermont, but to borrow from Monty Python, it’s fair to say that reform is “not dead yet.”  Published on: May 24, 2015
Short memories
“I am running because I think the world is falling apart,” Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said this past week. Senator Graham is not alone among the many aspiring Republican presidential candidates. Not only do they want us to believe the world is falling apart. They also want us to believe it’s not their fault.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Farmland facing threats
Vermont’s thriving farm economy, our healthy environment and our healthy climate all depend on good farmland. Vermont’s many acres of valuable farmland support a wide and diverse range of agriculture. From apple orchards and berry farms to community gardens, dairy and livestock farms, these all rely on good-quality farmland.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Beverage industry wins in Legislature
When the Legislature wrapped up Saturday night, Big Beverage won, not Vermonters.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Special or ordinary
Following is a talk delivered on May 14 at the Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick by poet David Budbill. It was part of the Poets and Their Craft Series, sponsored by the Sun Dog Poetry Series.  Published on: May 24, 2015
How Montpelier targets your school
Does a rural child in Vermont have the right to a quality education within their community or within a reasonable travel distance from their community?  Published on: May 24, 2015
Gordon eyes 600, not the future
CONCORD, N.C. — Sentimentality can wait. Jeff Gordon is not ready to focus on life after racing as his farewell tour arrives at the longest event on the NASCAR schedule.  Published on: May 24, 2015
In Paris, time marches on vs. Federer record
PARIS — There are two distinct sounds one hears when Roger Federer graces the courts of Roland Garros. One is the pop of backhands and forehands kicking up puffs of red clay. The other, getting ever louder, is the scratchy tick of life’s clock.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Winners and losers in history’s most dramatic Triple Crown finishes
NEW YORK — Funny how a 1 1/2-mile race — the farthest distance most horses will ever run — can be decided by a head, neck or nose, or by 8, 25 or even 31 lengths.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Pair of repeats in girls tennis
MONTPELIER — Last year’s girls state tennis champions in both singles and doubles successfully defended their individual titles Saturday in Montpelier.  Published on: May 24, 2015
Raiders hots Freshman/Sophomore meet
TRACK AND FIELD  Published on: May 24, 2015
Wood, Speck lead Hilltoppers past Tide
GIRLS LACROSSE  Published on: May 24, 2015
Campbell, Gumbies outlast Highlanders
GIRLS LACROSSE  Published on: May 24, 2015
Lajeunesse, Solons pull away from Ghosts
BOYS LACROSSE  Published on: May 24, 2015
Ghosts pull away against Solons
BASEBALL  Published on: May 24, 2015
White, Longmoore power Olympians
BASEBALL  Published on: May 24, 2015
Bailey red-hot for Highlanders
BASEBALL  Published on: May 24, 2015
McWain, Tide fend off Falcons
BASEBALL  Published on: May 24, 2015
Audet, Moody silence Indians
BASEBALL  Published on: May 24, 2015
Wright, Falcons topple Tide
SOFTBALL  Published on: May 24, 2015
Highlanders, Marauders split doubleheader
SOFTBALL  Published on: May 24, 2015
U-32 ends Oxbow’s winning streak
SOFTBALL  Published on: May 24, 2015
Police: Body may be missing man
ESSEX — Police in Essex believe a body recovered from the Winooski River is that of a man who jumped from a bridge over the river in December.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Communities to mark holiday
BARRE — Williamstown is holding Memorial Day events today.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Accused killer Fell pushes misconduct claim
RUTLAND — Donald Fell continues to allege issues of government misconduct during the death penalty trial in which he was convicted in 2005.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Police investigate bridge accident
Police investigate  Published on: May 23, 2015
Man agrees to stay away from actor
Man has to stay  Published on: May 23, 2015
China’s mega-tours draw attention abroad, critique at home
BEIJING — All-expenses-paid trips to reward top salespeople aren’t unusual, but direct marketing companies that are the Chinese versions of Amway, Avon and Herbalife are taking it to an extreme by sending thousands abroad on package tours.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Musical diplomacy
Musical diplomacy  Published on: May 23, 2015
Taxed into oblivion
Taxed into oblivion  Published on: May 23, 2015
Bourgeois steps up for Oxbow
SOFTBALL  Published on: May 23, 2015
Raymond, Raiders clobber Ghosts
GIRLS LACROSSE  Published on: May 23, 2015
Kramer, Raiders crush Highlanders
BOYS LACROSSE  Published on: May 23, 2015
Wanzer propels U-32 past Essex
GIRLS LACROSSE  Published on: May 23, 2015
Norwich community mourns loss of Priestley
NORTHFIELD — Former Norwich University Director of Athletics and multi-sport coach Robert Priestley passed away earlier this week at the age of 95 at the Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass.  Published on: May 23, 2015
ECB head Draghi: Growth is ‘too low everywhere’ in Europe
SINTRA, Portugal — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said that “growth is too low everywhere” in the 19-country eurozone despite a modest recovery.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Nelson Ace Hardware honored
Nelson Ace  Published on: May 23, 2015
UVM Medical Center recognized
UVM Medical  Published on: May 23, 2015
College program receives $21M gift
College program  Published on: May 23, 2015
Overvalued in Silicon Valley, but Don’t Say ‘Tech Bubble’
SAN FRANCISCO — It is a wild time in Silicon Valley. Two-year-old companies are valued in the billions, ramshackle homes are worth millions and hubris has reached the point where otherwise sane businesspeople muse about seceding from the United States.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Store clerk charged with stealing
A Spaulding High School student has been charged with stealing money from the JC Penny at the Berlin Mall.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Rutland City Police get White House invite
RUTLAND — Along with big-city police forces from Los Angeles and New Orleans, the Rutland City Police Department was one of 21 invited by the White House to participate in President Barack Obama’s Police Data Initiative.  Published on: May 23, 2015
State seeks input on tackling teacher inequity
BARRE — Education officials are looking for public input on a plan to address inequities in the quality of teachers in schools with high rates of students living in poverty.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Meteorologists issue freeze warning
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  Published on: May 23, 2015
Obama nominates Miller as US attorney
BURLINGTON — President Barack Obama has nominated Burlington lawyer Eric Miller to serve as the next U.S. attorney for Vermont.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Scouts urged: Adapt to changing world on gays
Robert M. Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America and former secretary of defense, called this week to end the Scouts’ blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning the group’s executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.”  Published on: May 23, 2015
What happens to collection of phone records if law expires?
WASHINGTON — The Senate struggled to reach agreement Friday on how to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, setting the stage for a halt to the collection program and two less-controversial surveillance programs designed to track spies and terrorists.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts
FRESNO, Calif. — Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Hundreds protest Washington police shooting of 2 unarmed men
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Hundreds of people marched in Washington state’s capital city to protest a police shooting that wounded two unarmed stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Boaters urged to use re-entry system
DERBY LINE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding people how to process small vessel arrivals via the Small Vessel Reporting System during this year’s boating season.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Community News
University of Vermont graduates  Published on: May 23, 2015
Residents, interests speak out on Randolph development
RANDOLPH — Environmental impact and protection of agricultural lands were among topics raised at a heated Act 250 prehearing Friday about the Green Mountain Center, a development proposed for 172 acres west of Interstate 89’s Exit 4.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Eleanor M. Badore
BARRE — Eleanor M. Badore, 85, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Margaret A. Lucenti
MONTPELIER — Margaret A. Lucenti, 93, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at The University of Vermont Medical Center.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Judith L. Howard
BARRE — A memorial service for Judith Leigh “JLeigh” Howard, who died March 16, 2015, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Guare & Sons Funeral Home.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Matthew J. Hersey
BARRE TOWN — A graveside service for Matthew J. Hersey, 40, was held Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Wilson Cemetery in Lower Websterville. He died Feb. 1, 2015.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Indy: SurgingRahal standardbearor for Honda
INDIANAPOLIS — Graham Rahal hears what people are saying about him.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Na closes with ‘good bogey,’ leads soggy Colonial by two
FORT WORTH, Texas — Kevin Na had gone 26 holes without a bogey at Colonial before his last tee shot Friday was swept away by flowing water after going into a rain-swollen drainage culvert.  Published on: May 23, 2015
French Open draw tough on Nadal
PARIS — The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Pharoah gallops in Kentucky, others work at Belmont
NEW YORK — Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah went out for his first gallop since winning the Preakness, covering 1 3/16 miles at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Busch happyto keep focuson CC 600
CONCORD, N.C. — There’s no bank of TV cameras surrounding Kurt Busch’s hauler, no one monitoring his fluid intake to prevent dehydration, no golf cart waiting to whisk him away from NASCAR practice and off to Indianapolis. This year, Busch is glad to have his focus solely on the Coca-Cola 600.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Indy: SurgingRahal standardbearor for Honda
INDIANAPOLIS — Graham Rahal hears what people are saying about him.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Drivers converge on Thunder Road for a crowded practice session
BARRE — Thunder Road held its second open practice session of the 2015 season on Friday. Drivers from all three weekly divisions converged on the track in preparation for the Memorial Day Classic on Sunday.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Colchesterglides pastSpaulding
BARRE – Spaulding’s 15-4 boys lacrosse loss to Colchester Friday followed a familiar script – too many minutes in the penalty box and too many goals allowed while playing a man down.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Tiny creatures
A scientific expedition has found a rich soup of microbial life in the upper layers of the ocean far surpassing what they had previously known about life in the sea. A 110-foot schooner, the Tara, traveled from the Arctic to the Antarctic through four years with a research team totaling more than 200 people from 35 countries.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Public Safety Authority chairman: Choice of director a tossup
So far, so good in search for public safety authority exeuctive director  Published on: May 23, 2015
Nation and World Briefs
WASHINGTON  Published on: May 23, 2015
Garden gala
The Granite Center Garden Club hosted its annual plant sale in the former Jones Brothers granite shed in Barre on Friday morning. The event, which has been running for decades, starts at 6:30 a.m., and there’s always a line when the doors open. Nearly all the plants are perennials grown by members of the club, and all are priced to sell.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Sweet potato grower receives grant
PAWLET — The largest sweet potato farm in the state is getting a new barn.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Countyflexes itsmuscles
MONTPELIER — It was great day for state championship tennis Friday and an especially great day for girls from Chittenden County. Three of the four semifinal slots of the Vermont individual state championships were claimed by girls from either CVU (two) or Rice. The outlier was St, Johnsbury Academy.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Quick burst carries GMVS over U-32
EAST MONTPELIER — The second-ranked Green Mountain Valley School boys lacrosse team scored three unanswered goals to open the third period, erasing a one-goal U-32 halftime lead en route to a 5-4 victory on a brisk Friday.  Published on: May 23, 2015
Smith: Let the spin begin
Political spinning doesn’t involve a stationary bicycle. Instead, it is the art of putting the best possible light on a bad situation.  Published on: May 23, 2015
US consumer prices up a slight 0.1 percent in April
WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer prices were up slightly in April for the third straight month, suggesting that an improving economy could be setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates later this year.  Published on: May 23, 2015

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