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Sanders PAC fined by Federal Elections Commission
 Published on: July 3, 2015
Panel to discuss senior driving
MONTPELIER — A panel of experts will discuss senior driving issues on Tuesday, July 7. Topics include the ways aging affects driving ability and how seniors can adjust driving habits and learn to be safer in their vehicles.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Regulators OK hospital project
Conditions could  Published on: July 3, 2015
Solar array unveiled on airport roof
Airport roof now  Published on: July 3, 2015
Woman denies embezzling 700K
Woman denies  Published on: July 3, 2015
Union Mutual promotes Amick
Union Mutual  Published on: July 3, 2015
Jesse Ritvo joins health board
Jesse Ritvo  Published on: July 3, 2015
Tiger summons pastwith an opening 66
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Another Rafa wreck at Wimbledon
LONDON — On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Source: Wadewill remainwith the Heat
MIAMI — Dwyane Wade is staying with the Miami Heat.  Published on: July 3, 2015
FIFA: US calls to extradite seven
GENEVA — The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer’s world governing body.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Vermont climbs over .500
HOLYOKE, Mass. — Vermont Mountaineer right-hander Damian Powers was not at his best as he labored through 2 2-3 innings in his shortest start of the summer, but the hitting picked up the slack.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Flag flies on ACT International 500 at Airborne July 18-19
WATERBURY — The third annual American-Canadian Tour International 500, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 at Plattsburgh, N.Y.’s Airborne Park Speedway, is sure to see some the best racing in the history of the fast 1/2-mile oval.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Officials take on non-driving license suspensions
At any given time, more than 30,000 Vermonters are contending with a suspended driver’s license. But the suspension often relates to offenses that have nothing to do with a person’s road-worthiness. So Transportation Secretary Sue Minter says it’s time to get many of those drivers back on the highway.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Centene makes $6.3B bid for fellow insurer Health Net
Centene has jumped into the mix of managed-care companies scrambling to bulk up as the health care overhaul changes their business with a $6.3-billion bid for fellow insurer Health Net.  Published on: July 3, 2015
VITL announces annual conference
VITL announces  Published on: July 3, 2015
Using a spiral cutter to put a healthy twist on french fries
I’ve been watching the “zoodle” craze from the sidelines. Admittedly, I’ve been tempted to jump in. Noodles made from healthy zucchini using a super-cool spiral cutter? Yes, please!  Published on: July 3, 2015
Rail line spraying delayed
MONTPELIER — The permit to spray the chemical herbicide glyphosate on the railroad track in the capital has been derailed, at least for a few weeks.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Man cited for threatening Samaritan
A Marshfield man is accused of threatening to hit another man with brass knuckles after being offered help after a car crash.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Heroin dealer sentenced to five years
BRATTLEBORO — A distributor in a large New York-to-Rutland heroin network will serve five years in federal prison for his role in the heroin conspiracy.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Sanders’ fundraising soars past expectations
MONTPELIER — Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign announced Thursday he has raised $15 million for his White House bid since April 30 — an impressive number but far behind Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Cellphones, revenge porn among newly active laws
MONTPELIER — A new sales tax on soft drinks has received lots of attention, but several other laws took effect July 1 that could have an impact on plenty of Vermonters.  Published on: July 3, 2015
‘Citizen of the year’ gets 14 years in California fraud case
LOS ANGELES — A former California real estate developer once honored as his city’s citizen of the year was sentenced Thursday to the maximum 14 years in prison for bilking investors who poured millions of dollars into failed development projects.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard
WASHINGTON — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill
NEW ORLEANS — BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Documents: Mexican army ordered troops to ‘kill criminals’
MEXICO CITY — A Mexican human rights group said Thursday that military documents show high-ranking officers had given soldiers standing orders to kill criminals ahead of an army mass slaying of suspected drug cartel members after they surrendered.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Greek vote campaign begins amid grinding cash crisis
ATHENS, Greece — The battle for Greek votes entered full swing Thursday ahead of a crucial weekend referendum that could decide whether the country falls out of the euro. For Greeks, particularly the elderly, the daily struggle to get cash ground on in the face of uncertainty.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Obama’s counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism
WASHINGTON — At the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again.  Published on: July 3, 2015
A bigger picture
Regarding: a recent letter by Andrew Torre. Your letter to Bernie Sanders (June 11) was well written and I certainly do not disagree with it, but these are only the rules of man. When Mother Nature’s rules kick in, man’s rules will be superceded.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Slap in the face
Dear Gov. Shumlin,  Published on: July 3, 2015
Give something back
Gov. Shumlin should give his $500,000 to the state of Vermont that he loves so much.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Buggy advice
I recently read the article by Dr. Lewis First, who is the chief of pediatrics at the UVM Children’s Hospital. In the article, he is giving advice as to how to ward off bug bites this summer. He ends the article by saying that, if all else fails, try DEET. I cannot believe that a doctor would give that advice or that your newspaper would print it.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Why not local?
When I sit under my umbrella for three hours on Saturdays at the Barre Farmers Market I see hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of cars drive by on Rt. 302. Very few make the turn into the Granite Museum parking lot. I wonder, where are they going on a Saturday morning?  Published on: July 3, 2015
Watkins: Tragedy on the Commons
In 1833, William Forster Lloyd published a pamphlet that described the way villages shared a common grazing area that became known as the commons.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Behind bars
The fact that a significant number of Vermont prison inmates are wandering from prison to prison outside the boundaries of Vermont is a sign of how much work remains to be done to get the state’s criminal justice and corrections systems in order.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Nation and World Briefs
CAIRO  Published on: July 3, 2015
Theater Review: ‘Wait Until Dark’ is a thrill
COLCHESTER — When the lights go out on the deadly intruders, only Susan can find her way — she’s blind.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Train derails, delays Thunder Road
Train derails on Quarry Hill  Published on: July 3, 2015
Puppy love: Dozens of dogs adopted from RCHS this week
Dozens of puppies and grown dogs were brought to the Rutland County Humane Society earlier this week, and within hours, most of them had been adopted.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Learn to master the grilling of veggies you’d normally roast
I love grilling vegetables because doing so concentrates their natural sugars and amps up their flavor. During the summer, the usual suspects are zucchini, eggplant, onions, peppers and corn. They’re all delicious this way and — Bonus! — they all become tender in an agreeably short amount of time.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Sanders’ fundraising soars past expectations
MONTPELIER — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign announced Thursday he has raised $15 million for his White House bid since April 30 — an impressive number, but far behind Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Jim Cooke, Coolidge actor, to perform one last time this Saturday
Actor Jim Cooke is ending his personal Coolidge era.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Numbers that matter get kids to Am
RUTLAND — Members of the Vermont Golf Association were speculating about the cumulative age of a threesome including Rutland Country Club’s Jared Nelson and Logan Broyles, and the Country Club of Barre’s Bryson Richards.  Published on: July 3, 2015
Sanders raises $15 million
 Published on: July 2, 2015
Man’s girlfriend blames crash on animal phobia
BENNINGTON — A man is accused of crashing his car in Winhall on May 11 and then leaving the scene. His girlfriend blamed the incident on an owl that she said caused her boyfriend to have a panic attack.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Communities gear up for celebration this weekend
MONTPELIER — This year’s Independence Day celebration is a lot more than just fireworks.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Panel proposing combined district
Panel proposing  Published on: July 2, 2015
Vt. landfill to keep operating
Vt. landfill to  Published on: July 2, 2015
Police probe theft of guitars
Police probe  Published on: July 2, 2015
Vermont Mutual names new exec
Vermont Mutual  Published on: July 2, 2015
Central Vt. realtors receive awards
Central Vt. realtors  Published on: July 2, 2015
Lions returned to Rwanda 15 years after population wiped out
PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, South Africa — The sedated, blindfolded lions lay in the dirt, unwitting passengers about to embark on a 30-hour, 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) journey by truck and plane from South Africa to Rwanda, whose lion population was wiped out following the country’s 1994 genocide.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Own goal sends Japan into World Cup final
EDMONTON, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Jays rout Red Sox on Canada Day
TORONTO — Justin Smoak hasn’t been a lineup fixture for the power-laden Blue Jays, but his latest performance should earn him a little extra playing time.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Venus Williams nears Serena showdown
LONDON — Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Dollars fly as NBA free agency starts
Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Sale of IBM microchip plants completed
MONTPELIER — GlobalFoundries announced Wednesday it had completed its purchase of IBM’s microchip plants in Vermont and New York, giving a new lease on life to a big employer in Vermont and New York’s Duchess County.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Substance abuse driving demands on DCF
MONTPELIER — The number of Vermont children in state custody rose sharply in 2014 to record numbers as families struggled with a slow economy and the scourge of substance abuse, according to the Department for Children and Families’ annual child protection report.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Grocers finding taxed drink sales tricky
BARRE TOWN — Debra Reynolds has to be careful when ringing up her customers’ purchases.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Towel fire prompts warning
Towel fire  Published on: July 2, 2015
Body of killer still unclaimed
the associated Press  Published on: July 2, 2015
Stop the tactics
It is time to say stop. Stop this meddling with Mother Nature. When the universe decides to warm up one of its solar systems (and who knows how many trillions of them), man has nothing to do about it. This has happened millions of times before Adam and Eve crawled out of the seas and started life on this planet.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Slow down for lakers
The small stretch of Route 14 that goes around Woodbury Lake has a big problem: speeding. Members of our local Woodbury Lake Association are quite concerned about the safety and soundness of not only the occupants of the 107 homes that Route 14 passes through, but also the children and grandchildren who may be visiting this summer.  Published on: July 2, 2015
A good bad deal?
Sometime after the 1973 war, I remember seeing a cartoon that showed President Anwar el-Sadat lying flat on his back in a boxing ring. The Israeli prime minister, Golda Meir, wearing boxing gloves, was standing over him, with Sadat saying to Meir something like, “I want the trophy, I want the prize money, I want the belt.”  Published on: July 2, 2015
Christie’s catalog of lies
The New York Times said the following in an editorial:  Published on: July 2, 2015
The sunny side of greed
In the dire prophecies of science-fiction writers and the fevered warnings of left-wing activists, big corporations will soon rule the earth — or already do.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Doctoring traditional strings in Rochester
Wondering what to do with that ancient Regal guitar with the hula girl stenciled on the top that granddad left in the attic decades ago? Or, you just bought a Stradolin mandolin at a yard sale for a Lincoln and think it would make a nifty wall hanging, but wonder if it’s still playable.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Talk of the Town
More pie for us  Published on: July 2, 2015
Windsor firm to help provide clean water to Mexican schoolchildren
A Windsor company is going to play a key role in providing pure drinking water to Mexican schoolchildren.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Barre leaning toward buying new firetruck
Council appears sold on buying new tower truck  Published on: July 2, 2015
Why the feds let many trade schools become diploma mills
WASHINGTON — How did trade schools go from being mom-and-pop shops that trained mechanics and hair stylists to making billions on Wall Street? And if the industry is as predatory as the Education Department and many lawmakers suggest, why didn’t they stop it?  Published on: July 2, 2015
US manufacturing growth improves in June; hiring jumps
WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Remembering Martha and Andy
As the Middlesex bandstand celebrates its 10th year, it may be easy for some to forget its formal title, the Martha Pellerin and Andy Shapiro Memorial Bandstand. And that would be a mistake.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Arts Preview
Indian classical  Published on: July 2, 2015
Local visual arts
Editor’s note: Please send visual art listings to jim.lowe@timesargus.com.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Mountaineers postponed by weather
MONTPELIER — Wednesday night’s New England Collegiate Baseball League meeting between the Vermont Mountaineers and New Bedford Bay Sox was postponed due to inclement weather.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Middlesex bandstand celebrates 10th year
It’s the 10th anniversary of the popular Middlesex Bandstand Summer Concerts, held Wednesdays at 6:30 for six consecutive weeks at the Andy Shapiro-Martha Pellerin Memorial Bandstand. This year is especially important as the bandstand is dedicated to two Middlesex musicians who passed away (see accompanying tribute).  Published on: July 2, 2015
A revelation around every corner: Spectacular opening weekend at 36th Montreal Jazz Fest
“This is really amazing,” said frontman Jon Matte of rising Montreal folk-pop group the Franklin Electric, during its second free show before a massive and adoring throng at the Place des Festivals on Saturday night. “Saturday night. Summer in Montreal. Nothing better.”  Published on: July 2, 2015
En pointe: Burklyn showcases tomorrow’s stars
It’s going to be a spirited and graceful Independence Day at Dibden Center for the Arts as Burklyn Ballet Theatre launches its 2015 summer series of dance performances.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Capital Sounds: Plenty to hear over the holiday weekend
Happy mid-summer, everyone! July is here and it’s time for the capital’s yearly third of July celebration (the capital always celebrates Independence Day a day early), which this year happens on a Friday night (sorry to all you 9 to 5 folks that get cheated out of a day off).  Published on: July 2, 2015
Hawkes: Is it really about control?
As a citizen and public school educator, I believe that locally rooted political influence is essential to a healthy democracy.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Massive assault on Egypt army in Sinai kills 64 troops
EL-ARISH, Egypt — Dozens of Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, killing at least 64 soldiers, officials said.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Rear View Mirror: Star-spangled racing weekend ahead
Independence Day weekend is important to everyone for a lot of obvious reasons, and for auto racing fans it’s partly because there’s so much to take in on the track and in the sky. (Race fans love fireworks, too.)  Published on: July 2, 2015
Sweet, O’Donnell battle sets off tonight’s T-Road fireworks
BARRE – The weekend festivites begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. with Aubuchon Hardware Night featuring the annual fireworks show.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Defense drives US team in Women’s World Cup
MONTREAL — It used to be that the U.S. women’s national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense.  Published on: July 2, 2015
Rethinking recycling
So, how’s your recycling and composting going? You know, the statewide push that came out of Act 148, the Universal Recycling Law? It went into effect this week and affects every Vermonter. No?  Published on: July 2, 2015
Traffic enforcement for Independence Day
Safety warning for  Published on: July 1, 2015
Police: Woman arrested in hit-and-run
BETHEL — Police have made an arrest nearly a week after a hit-and-run accident in which the driver didn’t pay for gas and then collided with another car, injuring that driver.  Published on: July 1, 2015
Man’s girlfriend blames crash on animal phobia
BENNINGTON — A man is accused of crashing his car in Winhall on May 11 and then leaving the scene. His girlfriend blamed the incident on an owl that she said caused her boyfriend to have a panic attack.  Published on: July 1, 2015
Farmer fined for burning plastic
MONTPELIER — A Waitsfield farmer will have to pay $5,000 for burning plastic on his farm.  Published on: July 1, 2015
Scooter rider cited on license charge
BERLIN — Police say a Granite City man has been caught driving without a valid license.  Published on: July 1, 2015
Prosecutor: Woman shot firearms instructor in face
MONTPELIER — A woman brought a hammer to a firearms lesson and then tried to kill her instructor by shooting him in the face with a revolver, a prosecutor said.  Published on: July 1, 2015
SC shooting won’t stir fast change in Vt. gun laws
The shooting deaths of nine worshippers in a South Carolina church have spurred calls for tighter restrictions on gun ownership nationwide. But in Vermont, supporters of universal background checks say they won’t mount a concerted legislative push for the measure when lawmakers return to the State House in 2016.  Published on: July 1, 2015
Timely tax bills, new paving on tap for Berlin
Berlin sets tax rate, approves paving contract  Published on: July 1, 2015
Montpelier police make furlough arrest
The following is a sampling of calls to the Montpelier Police Department in recent days.  Published on: July 1, 2015
Barre Police: Vandals’ targets include tree
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre police in recent days.  Published on: July 1, 2015
Would-be candy thief gets jail time
A Washington man has been sentenced for attempting to rob the Dollar Tree in Berlin and breaking into the Simon's Store in Berlin.  Published on: July 1, 2015
Pre-Civil War baseball team card going on the auction block
NEW YORK — For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was tucked away, first inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album.  Published on: July 1, 2015
Federal report faults police actions during Ferguson unrest
ST. LOUIS — Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement’s response.  Published on: July 1, 2015
July 4 getsa big rideat T-Road
BARRE – The 56th Independence Day celebration at Barre’s Thunder Road kicks off tonight. The holiday doubleheader weekend sees two events in four days at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement,” and many of the championship contenders will be established by the time the final checkered flag flies.  Published on: July 1, 2015

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