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Las Vegas New Year’s prep takes year effort
LAS VEGAS — A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can’t just throw any old party to ring in the New Year.  Published on: December 29, 2014
‘Hobbit’ tops Christmas weekend box office take
LOS ANGELES — Audiences had their pick of genres over the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like “Unbroken” and “Into the Woods” proved no match for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”  Published on: December 29, 2014
Plane carrying 162 lost in stormy weather
JAKARTA, Indonesia — An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Health Law Tax Effects Loom
NEW YORK — If you decided to skip health insurance this year, consider this: Unless you can prove you have a valid excuse, you will be liable for a penalty during the coming tax season — and the time to start making your case is now.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Cellphone offers sow consumer confusion
SAN FRANCISCO — One wireless phone plan allows customers to upgrade to a new phone in less than two years. Another allows a pool of data to be shared across multiple devices. Yet another offers unlimited data, but only at slower Internet speeds.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Aldrich board wants bigger line items in city, town budgets
USE IT WHEN YOU NEED IT  Published on: December 29, 2014
Ferguson officer on leave after calling teen memorial site ‘trash’
Ferguson, Mo.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Police boss: Less rhetoric, more dialogue needed
NEW YORK — A day after the funeral of one of two police officers gunned down in their patrol car, the city’s police commissioner called Sunday for a “lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue” to defuse the tension between police officers and the population they protect.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Thaw
A strong thaw in the weather that began Christmas Eve won’t hold through the final week of the year, as an Arctic air mass is forecast to settle into the region tonight.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Year in Review: Five stories that shaped the Granite City in 2014
BARRE — When they look back on the year that is about to end Granite City residents will likely remember 2014 as a good-news-bad-news kind of year.  Published on: December 29, 2014
City DRB approves new beverage center building on Main Street
MONTPELIER — The Development Review Board has cleared the way for the construction of a new 7,088-square- foot commercial building on Main Street, which will be built on land the city will swap in a deal with the owners of the present beverage center building next door.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Pigs, gun tattoos topped 2014 New England oddities
Pigs nearly managed to fly in Connecticut, terrorized hikers in Maine and drew a police response with squeals that turned out to be X-rated. It was the Chinese year of the horse, but porkers hogged the headlines in New England in 2014.  Published on: December 29, 2014
5 dead in apartment building fire near San Antonio
CASTLE HILLS, Texas — Five people died Sunday after a fire broke out at a senior-living apartment building in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills, authorities said.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Croatia presidency to be decided in runoff
ZAGREB, Croatia — The liberal incumbent and a conservative rival are heading for a showdown in a runoff presidential election in Croatia, according to the preliminary count of the Sunday poll, held amid severe economic woes in EU’s newest member.  Published on: December 29, 2014
11 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster
ATHENS, Greece — Italian and Greek military and coast guard rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to rescue hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured.  Published on: December 29, 2014
11 dead, hundreds stranded in Greek ferry disaster
ATHENS, Greece — Italian and Greek military and coast guard rescue crews battled gale-force winds and massive waves Sunday as they struggled to rescue hundreds of people trapped on a burning ferry adrift between Italy and Albania. At least one person died and two were injured.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Plane carrying 162 lost in stormy weather
JAKARTA, Indonesia — An astonishingly tragic year for air travel in Southeast Asia turned worse Sunday when an AirAsia plane carrying 162 people disappeared over stormy Indonesian waters, with no word on its fate despite several hours of searching by air and sea.  Published on: December 29, 2014
GOP planning a bigger tent for minority voters’ support in 2016
WASHINGTON — The faces of the Republican Party’s most ambitious members are changing.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa
GUECKEDOU, Guinea — West Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Let sleeping dogs lie
A while back I wrote a column about dogs, which received a great deal of positive feedback from the central Vermont canine community. “Woof!” said Sophie from South Barre. “Bow wow!” exclaimed Winston from Waterbury. “Grrrrrrr,” added Bear from Brookfield.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Malek: The issues that bind us
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Silicon Valley’s mirror effect
“If meritocracy exists anywhere on earth, it is in Silicon Valley,” wrote David Sacks in an email to The Times’ Jodi Kantor.  Published on: December 29, 2014
The real Vladimir
Vladimir Putin is caught between a rock and a hard place and his response has been to portray the United States and NATO as the villains of a plot to destabilize Russia, which is already suffering from its worsening economic situation.  Published on: December 29, 2014
School choice answers tax crisis
Here’s the puzzle the Legislature must solve regarding education finance reform: How do you lower the cost of educating our kids so we can cut taxes, while maintaining or improving high student outcomes? How do you stay within the lines of the Brigham Supreme Court decision that guarantees all students equal access to a tax base while respecting...  Published on: December 29, 2014
Liberty Bowl: Strong links for West Virginia, A&M
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Texas A&M and West Virginia enter today’s Liberty Bowl knowing plenty about each other, even though they’ve never met.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Coughlin would be back if players had a choice
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Although Tom Coughlin refused to shed any light on his job status after the New York Giants missed the playoffs for a third straight season, several players offered a resounding vote of support.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Chelsea, Man City play to draws in England
LONDON — Chelsea kept its three-point lead at the midpoint of the Premier League season Sunday despite a 1-1 draw at fourth-place Southampton.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Jones: Ohio State’s mystery man at Sugar Bowl
NEW ORLEANS — Cardale Jones strolled into the hotel ballroom as if he owned the place. Decked out in a gray Ohio State sweatsuit, he took a seat on the podium and smoothly answered every question that came his way, throwing in a charming smile here, a well-timed quip there.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Orton, Bills beat disinterested Patriots 17-9
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Safe on the sideline, Tom Brady watched the Buffalo Bills finish with their first winning record in 10 seasons.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Harbaugh, 49ers agree to part ways
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will not return for the final season of his $25 million, five-year contract he signed in January 2011.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Packers, limping Rodgers beat Lions 30-20 to win NFC North
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers is limping into the playoffs with a smile.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Longhorns, Razorbacks renew rivalry in Texas Bowl
HOUSTON — Growing up as a child in Arkansas, Charlie Strong loved watching the Razorbacks and Texas play.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Ducks’ challenge: Stop Winston without star corner
LOS ANGELES — Just when it seemed Oregon’s defense was peaking at the perfect time, with Jameis Winston and Florida State on the horizon, an injury took away the Ducks’ best defensive back.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Green Knights top Bulldogs
SARATOGA, N.Y. — Ben Shungu had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds and the Rice boys basketball team held off Burr and Burton, 54-44, on Saturday night in the opening round of the Saratoga tournament.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Balanced Tide clobber Lakers
BOYS HOCKEY  Published on: December 29, 2014
BC-US--AP Poll-Economy-5 Things,785 AP-GfK Poll: 5 things to know about the economy
Associated Press  Published on: December 29, 2014
Recover a smile with Stannard’s new book
MANCHESTER — If a sense of humor is what’s needed to get through tough economic times, then there’s no better author than Bob Stannard to guide readers through the process of “How to Survive the Recovery” through his book of the same name.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Okemo debuts junior snowmobiling track
LUDLOW — Snowmobile Vermont has been offering snowmobile tours for 23 years throughout Vermont including kids tours and day rentals. Last week they added a new activity, the kids track at Okemo Mountain Resort.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Vermont Herbal General Store: Remedies and ambiance from another time
If you’ve never visited the Vermont Herbal General Store in West Rutland, it is quite an experience. With a large wood stove and cozy chairs gathered in a circle where workshops are sometimes held, display cases and book shelves creating interesting nooks and crannies, it is cozy and inviting in an old-fashioned way.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Recover a smile with Stannard’s new book
MANCHESTER — If a sense of humor is what’s needed to get through tough economic times, then there’s no better author than Bob Stannard to guide readers through the process of “How to Survive the Recovery” through his book of the same name.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Residents alarmed as Coast Guard changes foghorns
YORK, Maine — For Tom Bradbury and his neighbors, the town foghorn is more than just a familiar, wistful noise — it represents something greater, like peace itself.  Published on: December 29, 2014
1315Being choosy paid off for mutual-fund investors in 2014
NEW YORK (AP) <> Go big and stay home. Anyone who followed that strategy with their mutual funds in 2014 is likely sitting on another year of healthy returns.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Las Vegas New Year’s prep takes year effort
LAS VEGAS — A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can’t just throw any old party to ring in the New Year.  Published on: December 29, 2014
‘Hobbit’ tops Christmas box office take
LOS ANGELES — Audiences had their pick of genres over the Christmas weekend, but despite a host of fresh arrivals, splashy holiday fare like “Unbroken” and “Into the Woods” proved no match for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”  Published on: December 29, 2014
Bond Auto Parts raises funds for food shelves.
BARRE — Bond Auto Parts, Inc., a Barre-based company, continues a fundraising campaign this week to raise $45,000 for local food shelves.  Published on: December 29, 2014
Montpelier this week: Capital celebrates New Year’s eve again
MONTPELIER — The headline event in the capital city this week is at City Hall, but it’s not in any way an official municipal function. It’s the return of a stepped-up and steppin’-out New Year’s Eve party, an effort by Montpelier Alive to bring back some of the merriment and energy that marked earlier First Night celebrations in the city.  Published on: December 29, 2014
'This family was out of time': Sheffield family resettled with help
The Therrien family is relocated from their home near the wind farm in Sheffield in time for the holidays.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Yankee Notebook: Waging baseball diplomacy
About 10 years ago, a couple of dozen Vermont Public Radio members and I sat in an auditorium in the Swiss Embassy in Havana, listening to a lecture by a young staff member of the American Interests Division. (We had no formal relations with the government of Cuba, had had none for decades, and still haven’t.)  Published on: December 28, 2014
Active Vermont: Risk is not always bad
Taking a risk can be a stupid and foolish thing to do. When faced with a decision to risk or not to risk, it is often helpful to apply the tried and true “risk vs. reward” assessment.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Captive insurance: What makes Vt. the nation’s leader?
MONTPELIER — Vermont has become the U.S. leader in the captive insurance industry because of its strong oversight and regulations, according to the state’s top regulator, not because it allows intricate financial maneuvers that provide tax benefits to the nation’s largest life insurance companies.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Branemark, dental innovator, dies at 85
Dr. Per-Ingvar Branemark, a Swedish orthopedic surgeon and research professor whose accidental discovery made him the father of the modern dental implant, died Dec. 20 in Gothenburg, Sweden, his hometown. He was 85.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Botched execution doesn’t deter death penalty
McALESTER, Okla. — Oklahoma’s last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as “a bloody mess.”  Published on: December 28, 2014
N. Korea insults Obama in hacking row
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has compared President Barack Obama to a monkey and blamed the U.S. for shutting down its Internet amid the hacking row over the movie “The Interview.”  Published on: December 28, 2014
Syrian revolution sputters to chaotic stalemate
ANTAKYA, Turkey — It was a victory that President Bashar Assad’s opponents had dreamed of: Insurgents seized a key army base in northern Syria after more than a year of trying. But the mood in this Turkish border town, flooded with Syrians who have fled both government bombings and extremist insurgents, was more bitter than celebratory.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Racial bias plagues Vermont, too
The events of recent weeks have spawned much discussion, debate and discord. Here in Vermont, we often think that somehow we are better than other parts of the United States and, for that matter the world, when it comes to racial harmony and justice. Oh, if it were only so.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Finally ending a failed policy on Cuba
On Dec. 17, President Obama and President Raul Castro made history. After 53 years of animosity rooted in the Cold War, they finally put our two countries on a new path.  Published on: December 28, 2014
The so-called crisis
As the Legislature gathers in January, members will face a renewed effort to reform the education funding system on the assumption that property taxes and school finance are in a state of crisis.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Storms, global warming and economics
The recent storms and pervasive power outages provide a stark reminder of the challenges we face with global warming. The images of Gov. Shumlin inspecting by helicopter the broad areas without power were reminiscent of Tropical Storm Irene, one of the most devastating climate disasters to hit Vermont.  Published on: December 28, 2014
The absence of ‘no’ does not mean ‘yes’
“Let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay.”  Published on: December 28, 2014
Being jobless not as healthy as it used to be
Being out of work can be advantageous for people’s physical health. Unemployed people have more time to exercise and cook at home, and less money to buy cigarettes or junk food.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Guitarist doesn’t miss one day of Vegas Cirque
The Associated Press  Published on: December 28, 2014
Alamo movie set used by John Wayne fading away
BRACKETTVILLE, Texas — Time and Mother Nature are threatening to dismantle the Alamo. Not the original, but the replica 18th-century Spanish mission and Old West movie set John Wayne built for his Oscar-nominated 1960 movie and that for decades was a tourist mecca and film production site.  Published on: December 28, 2014
The Outside Story: For Christmas tree farmers, it all starts again soon
Walking through a large chain store in October — at least a week before Halloween — I stumbled upon a display of decorations. Not witches and pumpkins, but trees and bells.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Book review: Coyness and spite worthy of Scarlett
“THE SCARLETT LETTERS: The Making of the Film ‘Gone With the Wind,’” edited by John Wiley Jr. (Taylor Trade Publishing, $34.95)  Published on: December 28, 2014
Picking out some facts about what’s in your nose
One of the most common questions I get from younger patients is about that stuff that forms inside their nose and is ripe for the picking. Let me put everyone in the know, or should I say nose, and tell you what it is and “is snot.”  Published on: December 28, 2014
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DEAR ABBY: I recently got married. My husband goes through my purse, my papers, my jewelry, my clothes — and even my underwear. He says that as my husband he has the right to do that. He says I am wrong to object.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Ex-prosecutor digs into an 1800s crime and punishment
Though it occurred more than two centuries ago, the Black Snake affair still ranks among the most shocking events to happen in Vermont. But the episode tends to get mentioned only in passing in most accounts of the state’s early years.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Lunches from home fail the nutrition test
Many parents undoubtedly think they are doing the best for their children by having them bring lunch from home instead of eating the lunches served in school. But recent studies clearly prove them wrong.  Published on: December 28, 2014
The Outside Story: For Christmas tree farmers, it all starts again soon
Walking through a large chain store in October — at least a week before Halloween — I stumbled upon a display of decorations. Not witches and pumpkins, but trees and bells.  Published on: December 28, 2014
A time of looking back, a time of gratitude
A large slab of deer fat, nailed to a hemlock tree, is feasted upon by a downy woodpecker. Only 10 feet away, just beyond the front porch, two gray squirrels nose their way through the wet snow, picking up the dropped seeds from the bird feeder above.  Published on: December 28, 2014
The Lowe Down: What happened in arts in 2014?
As 2014 nears its end, it’s time to look at just what has happened in the arts in Vermont. And there was plenty — and plenty that’s important.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Raw stories, memorable characters mark top fiction
Some extraordinary novels were published this year. I have had a tough time narrowing down my favorites. Four of my choices are debut novels. Here’s the list of fiction titles that bowled me over:  Published on: December 28, 2014
Year in review: Some pretty spectacular performances in 2014
Performing arts in Vermont continue to grow in stature, and 2014 was an amazing year. Not only were there some pretty spectacular productions, the level of performance continues to grow.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Food hubs link consumers with locally farmed food
BURLINGTON — Move over, farmers markets. More than 300 food hubs around the country are also providing small farms another outlet to sell locally raised food to consumers.  Published on: December 28, 2014
‘This family was out of time’: Sheffield family resettled with help
The Therrien family is relocated from their home near the wind farm in Sheffield in time for the holidays.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Children’s book raises cancer funds
More than a year after her death from brain cancer, Amanda Loree's children's book is being published to raise money for her charitable causes.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Vermont Yankee set to pull the plug
BRATTLEBORO — Paul Paradis is part of a nuclear family: he works at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. So does his wife. And his son works at the San Onofre nuclear power station in California, which also is about to start decommissioning.  Published on: December 28, 2014
Women are cited after fight over man
WOODBURY — Vermont State Police were called out to deal with two women who got into a fight on Christmas night over a mutual ex-boyfriend.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Police ask help in vehicle robberies
WATERBURY CENTER — Vermont State Police are looking for information about several vehicles they say were broken into recently.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Slumping New Jersey Devils fire coach Pete DeBoer
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils have been on a slide since going to the Stanley Cup final in 2012, and coach Pete DeBoer paid the price.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Man jailed after alleged domestic assault
JOHNSON — A Johnson man is being held on $75,000 bail after the Lamoille County Sheriff’s Department says he choked a woman and threatened her with a rifle.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Missing woman found after walk
Missing woman  Published on: December 27, 2014
Flying high: Airstream can’t keep up with demand
JACKSON CENTER, Ohio — Bob Wheeler still gets the question sometimes when people find out he runs the company that builds those shiny aluminum campers: “Airstreams? They still make those?”  Published on: December 27, 2014
Supreme Court rules Legion reprimand did no harm
The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled against a Marshfield woman who claimed the American Legion post in Barre, some of its members and the state headquarters committed gender discrimination in barring her from the post although she was the treasurer of the local Legion Auxiliary.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Vt.’s top story: Toddlers’ deaths, child protection
The deaths of two babies in cases of alleged child abuse — and the state’s handling of those cases — was voted the top story of 2014 in Vermont by reporters and editors at Associated Press member newspapers and broadcasters.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Pigs, gun tattoos topped 2014 New England oddities
BOSTON — Pigs nearly managed to fly in Connecticut, terrorized hikers in Maine and drew a police response with squeals that turned out to be X-rated. It was the Chinese year of the horse, but porkers hogged the headlines in New England in 2014.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Vt. Gas numbers to be released mid-January
RUTLAND — The details of Vermont Gas Systems’s latest cost increase to the natural-gas pipeline between Colchester and Middlebury will not be released until after the New Year, when regulators in New York are also expected to decide on the second part of the same pipeline project.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Middlebury College student seeks peace in Africa
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College student Armel Nibasumba grew up in the shadow of the central African genocide of the early 1990s, even fleeing from his Burundi home as a toddler with his family before it was burned by a mob.  Published on: December 27, 2014
States to better share education data
Five New England states have agreed on a common method to compare education data from one state to the next.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Police seek driver in gas meter crash
Police seek driver  Published on: December 27, 2014
Former SC Gov. Jim Edwards dies at age 87
CHARLESTON, S.C. — James B. Edwards, South Carolina’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction and later energy secretary for two years in the Reagan administration, has died. He was 87.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Poverty, violence push Honduran children to work
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Roberto Castellanos has the hands of a construction worker and the homework of a 6th grader.  Published on: December 27, 2014
Connecticut Colt gun factory to be national park
HARTFORD, Conn. — As a decade-long push to make a national park out of Samuel Colt’s 19th-century gun factory won approval, elected officials hailed the project as a way to boost one of Hartford’s poorest neighborhoods and honor the revolver as a marvel of manufacturing. Notably absent from the celebrating was Colt’s Manufacturing Co.  Published on: December 27, 2014
AP-Times Square poll: Feeling optimistic for 2015
WASHINGTON — Americans are closing out 2014 on an optimistic note, according to a new Associated Press-Times Square Alliance poll. Nearly half predict that 2015 will be a better year for them than 2014 was, while only 1 in 10 think it will be worse. There’s room for improvement: Americans give the year gone by a resounding ‘meh.’  Published on: December 27, 2014
Jeannette Pitcher
1227TA Obits Pitcher paid photo no flag  Published on: December 27, 2014
Keep discussion going
Keep the discussion going  Published on: December 27, 2014
Not very impressed
Not very impressed  Published on: December 27, 2014
Needs a conversation
Needs a conversation  Published on: December 27, 2014
Kentucky, Louisville resume rivalry
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Top-ranked Kentucky has been so dominant that discussion has shifted toward whether the Wildcats are now capable of going unbeaten.  Published on: December 27, 2014
High-scoring offenses create longer college games
Bear Bryant said offense sells tickets, and he was right. College football is enjoying immense popularity in an era of record scoring.  Published on: December 27, 2014


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