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Dismal time for Gulf oil means record-low lease bidding
NEW ORLEANS — The federal government’s annual sale of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico attracted hardly any interest on Wednesday, reflecting a dismal outlook for offshore drilling.

Only three oil companies bid, on just 24 of the nearly 4,400 tracts offered for drilling and exploration in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Reward your ears: 5 gadgets to liven up your music
ATLANTA — Open your ears. What do you hear?

If you’re listening to music coming out of the tinny speaker on your phone, you’re not hearing much. And inexpensive Bluetooth speakers or flimsy earbuds aren’t much better, as they fail to give you a proper spectrum of sound that your music deserves.

Instead, reward your ears.  Published on: August 28, 2016
2017 Mitsubishi Mirage an economical hatchback
The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage subcompact hatchback combines subtle restyling, more power, more features and gas-sipping performance in an economical package.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Ask Brianna: Should I keep renting or buy a house?
“Ask Brianna” from NerdWallet is a Q&A column for 20-somethings, or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job, and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Wi-Fi? Why not? Homeless are avid users of NYC’s free kiosks
NEW YORK — An ambitious effort to replace obsolete New York City pay phones with Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing and phone calls has been a hit with panhandlers and the homeless, the least wired people in the city.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Sensors, other devices can help prevent hot car deaths
DETROIT — Hot cars are a danger to children, particularly in a sweltering summer like this one. There are some devices on the market — built into cars as well as child seats — that can help prevent kids from being left behind.

So far this year, 26 children in the U.S.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Wildlife and wilderness galore in New Zealand’s South Island
CURIO BAY, New Zealand — As a chilly dusk fell on this tiny bay famous for wildlife and Jurassic-era fossilized trees, a white-coated figure waddled gingerly across tide-slicked rocks — me, trying to get out of sight to prevent scaring off yellow-eyed penguins I hoped would come ashore.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Soldiers in UK’s Scottish unit plan 340-mile US canoe trip
ALBANY, N.Y. — Two-and-a-half centuries after their military ancestors fought and died in two 18th-century North American wars, members of the British Army’s Scottish regiment will embark on a 340-mile canoe trip that will trace the water route many of their forebearers traveled.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Use orange juice to tame the heat in spicy shrimp dish
Have you ever whipped up a spicy dish — chili, for example — and realized when it’s too late that you somehow overdid it and added way too much of the hot stuff? Happily, there are two very simple ways to restore some equilibrium: adding dairy and/or sugar. It’s a balancing act performed all over the world.  Published on: August 28, 2016
‘The Couple Next Door’ is a well-sculpted domestic thriller
“The Couple Next Door” (Pamela Dorman Books), by Shari Lapena


The Associated Press

In Shari Lapena’s highly suspenseful thriller “The Couple Next Door,” Anne and Marco Conti return home from a dinner party to find their front door open and their 6-month-old daughter, Cora, missing.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Rich season of ‘big books’ expected this fall
NEW YORK — For the weightiest novel this fall, or most any season, Alan Moore has the grandest ambition.  Published on: August 28, 2016
‘Sorrow Road’ delves deep into the vagaries of memory
“Sorrow Road” (Minotaur), by Julia Keller


The Associated Press

Memories are seldom infallible. Two people can remember the same event, yet their recollections vastly differ. The addition of repressed memories and Alzheimer’s disease add a new dimension to what one recalls from the past.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Cooking on Deadline: Thai Green Pork Curry
The scent of Thai curry cooking is very possibly one of the greatest kitchen smells ever.

Ingredients like lemongrass, chilies, garlic, ginger, coconut milk and spices like coriander and cumin all mingle together to create a heady perfume that pulls people to the table.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Backyard mini orchards: Smaller apple trees a popular option
Miniature trees have become a popular way to grow apples in backyards.

Dwarf and semi-dwarf trees are smaller than standard varieties, yet faster to mature and produce.

“Smaller trees are more efficient for labor.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Royal treatment: Creating a new look for the Queen Mary 2
What a daunting assignment for an interior designer: Redecorate the Queen Mary 2.

The ship relaunched earlier this summer after $132 million in renovations. Alison Clixby, director of hotel design and projects for Cunard and P&O Cruises, had to make the ship look fresh and contemporary while maintaining the look of luxury.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Beyond Popsicle sticks: tips for DIY picture frames
Think back to kindergarten and your first picture frame, proudly put together out of glued Popsicle sticks, some yarn and maybe a splash of glitter.

Voila! Functional art.

DIY picture frames — whether by adults or children — are still the bedrock of meaningful crafts projects.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Review: ‘The One Man’ is heartfelt and compelling
“The One Man” (Minotaur), by Andrew Gross


The Associated Press

Andrew Gross, known for his contemporary thrillers, takes the reader back to World War II and the brutality that Jews faced in the concentration camps in his novel, “The One Man.  Published on: August 28, 2016
TV series to watch this fall
NEW YORK — The fall television season has been an annual rite since viewers were splitting their time between the trio of networks on their black-and-white TVs.

Nowadays, watching TV isn’t even limited to TV screens, and dozens of channels are spewing out new series for the modern pampered audience.  Published on: August 28, 2016
#SoGoneChallenge gives Monica and 13-year-old hit a boost
NEW YORK — R&B singer Monica says she’s happy to see her 13-year-old hit “So Gone” trend heavily on social media, spike in sales and streams, and find a new audience with younger kids.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Bochco’s book: He rewrote TV’s rules and lived to tell it
NEW YORK — For viewers who rejoice in TV’s artistic upsurge, one virtuoso perhaps more than anyone can be credited for elevating the medium from its bygone “boob tube” status.

Steven Bochco flinches at the mention of his half-century writing and producing TV. Could it really be that long? But his list of credits documents his legacy.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Bike lanes around the world
BOSTON — Bike lanes are evolving. Cities are increasingly changing them to make them safer in light of fatal crashes involving cyclists and cars.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Ranz: Breakfast got you down?
One of the food sites I subscribe to recently brought up a mother’s dilemma — what to do for three hungry teenage boys to get a breakfast in them that would last until lunchtime at school. Oatmeal wasn’t going to cut it anymore.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Brody: The underused HPV vaccine
You’d think that when parents are told of a vaccine that could prevent future cancers in their children, they’d leap at the chance to protect them. Alas, that is hardly the case for a vaccine that prevents infections with cancer-causing human papillomavirus, or HPV.  Published on: August 28, 2016
The Outside Story: Singing a different tune
Birdsong has always fascinated humans. Besides waking some of us up a wee bit too early in the morning, it has inspired musical compositions and immortal poetry. It has produced lush descriptions, like those of the early 1900s field guide author F.  Published on: August 28, 2016
First with Kids: Fearing the unfamiliar toilet
Parents have been asking me to flush out when a child is old enough to use a public restroom on their own, particularly when a boy is with his mom or a girl with her dad. Let me see if I can take a peek at this particular issue.

Initially, a young child may be fearful of using an unfamiliar toilet.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Jensen Afield: Bear population bodes well for hunters
Many years ago, an old hunting pal asked me to join him on a bear hunt. I had never set out for black bear and, frankly, it was more of an excuse to get out into some big country than anything else.

It was early September and everything was green.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Homeyer: Free flowers
Right now my front walkway is dominated by annual flowers, many of them that I did not plant — not this year, anyhow. First and foremost are the calendula. These are wonderful bright yellow flowers in the composite family, like daisies or sunflowers. They blossom and then drop seeds on the soil so they come back every year.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Yankee Notebook: How the ‘over theres’ came to be
MONTPELIER — Three or four days a week I take a little hike in our local park, which appears to be former sheep pasture gone wild: almost-hidden stone walls running among the oaks and hemlocks.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Health Talk: Back-to-School Check-Ups
Back to school to-do lists are likely on most parents’ minds these days. Besides shopping for school supplies and filling out forms, it is important to remember to schedule your child’s yearly Well Care visit with your doctor. Let’s call it a back-to-school checkup.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Public-private partnership set to open
BERLIN — It has been all work in the run-up to Labor Day at the soon-to-open cedar-sided building on Paine Turnpike.

The building will house a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership and features a glass wall facing the intersection that represents the first turn for motorists just getting off Interstate 89 at Exit 7.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Theater Review: Weston’s ‘All My Sons’ classic and powerful
“All My Sons,” another compelling story of the American dream gone wrong by Arthur Miller, is the great theater classic that most of today’s audiences don’t know. The gasp was audible Friday at Weston Playhouse as the unsuspecting audience first realized what was really going on.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Two car crash in Killington sends two to hospital
A two-vehicle crash on Route 4 in Killington in the early morning hours Saturday sent a Hartland man and his passenger to the hospital and destroyed his car, according to Vermont State Police.

An eastbound Honda CRV driven by Amin James, 36, crossed the center line into the westbound lane, just before 3 a.m.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Child care costly, hard to find
For Rutland resident and mom Shannon Poole, paying for child care for her two sons is only half of the struggle. When Poole and her husband were expecting their first child, they started searching for a certified home day-care provider.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Four arrested after shooting incident
After responding to reports of shooting at a house on Hi Lo Biddy Road in Putney on Friday evening, State Police arrested four men in relation to the incident.

Jason Robison, 31, of Westminster, had been in a fight with Robull Bryant, 37, and Alfred Spellman, 36, both of Brooklyn, New York, police said.  Published on: August 28, 2016
‘Beebe Strong’ is remembered
WESTMINSTER — There is Vermont Strong, and there is Beebe Strong, Justin Beebe’s Montana Hotshot wildfire crew chief told an overflow crowd gathered to honor his memory Saturday at Bellows Falls Union High School.

Beebe, 26, of Westminster, was in his first season of being a Lolo Hotshot, an elite firefighting crew for the U.S.  Published on: August 28, 2016
After Irene: Envisioning a better future
WATERBURY — Five years after Tropical Storm Irene hit the state, an artist from Waterbury recalls how her town came together and may have ended up in a better spot after the destruction caused by the flooding.

Sarah-Lee Terrat has lived in Waterbury for 30 years.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Capitol Beat: Labor endorsements, GOP Ads
The Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO has endorsed the Democratic slate of statewide candidates for the general election.

President Amanda Sheppard said the endorsements were made by delegates at the group’s annual convention on Aug. 13. The group has thrown its support behind Sen. Patrick Leahy and U.S. Rep.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Wal-Mart takes Texas to court to crack liquor-sales market
HOUSTON — Wal-Mart’s court fight to sell liquor at its stores in Texas looks to be back on track, but the courtroom is getting crowded.  Published on: August 28, 2016
N. Korea threatens to fire at US, S. Korea troops’ lights
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Saturday threatened to aim fire at the lighting equipment used by “provocative” American and South Korean troops at a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas.

The North’s Korean People’s Army accused U.S.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Toomey crosses gun-rights divide in Pennsylvania Senate race
CARLISLE, Pa. — Freshman U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is the rare conservative Republican who is running for re-election with the support of leading gun-control groups, but it may not be enough to save him in Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania in this unusual election year.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Grief erupts in Italy as nation honors, buries quake dead
ASCOLI PICENO, Italy — Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country’s devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying to save as many people as possible.  Published on: August 28, 2016
You talkin’ to me? English no longer a must for NYC cabbies
NEW YORK — People who hope to drive New York City’s famous yellow cabs must pass tests on such details as driving rules and where they can pick up passengers. But one test they no longer have to take? Whether they have a grasp of English.  Published on: August 28, 2016
South Sudan’s troubled agreement is not keeping the peace
JUBA, South Sudan — When South Sudan’s president signed a peace deal a year ago to try to end the country’s civil war, he added 16 reservations to the agreement.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Kurdish-led Syria forces face off with Turkish-backed rebels
BEIRUT — Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted Syrian conflict.  Published on: August 28, 2016
A monumental task: Getting Mainers to support a new park
MILLINOCKET, Maine — Among the empty storefronts on once-bustling Penobscot Avenue, longtime resident Jean McLean stood in her art gallery, the sole employee left at a business that once had three.

“Right now, it’s pretty dead,” McLean said, looking at the sunlit mountains of northern Maine. “All the young people left to find work.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Veterans help fill gaps in refugee school projects in Iraq
CONCORD, N.H. — A nonprofit group with New Hampshire roots is putting a new spin on back-to-school shopping by helping equip 10 classrooms for refugee children in Iraq.

TentED was created in 2014 by three U.S. Army veterans, two of whom met as students at the University of New Hampshire.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Man arrested in shocking killings of 2 Mississippi nuns
DURANT, Miss. — A man suspected in the slayings of two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shocking killing that rocked the small town communities where the women served, authorities said.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Yellen suggests rate hike is coming but offers no timetable
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the case for raising interest rates has strengthened, in light of a solid job market and an improved outlook for the U.S. economy and inflation. But she stopped short of offering any timetable.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Vermont town hit hard by Irene to celebrate recovery
ROCHESTER — One of the Vermont towns hit hardest by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene plans to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the storm with a community picnic and unveiling of a sculpture.  Published on: August 28, 2016
After Irene forces reckoning, Vermont’s mental health care rebuilt
MONTPELIER — For most Vermonters, Tropical Storm Irene was a disaster that tore roads, communities and lives apart. But for many of the state's neediest mental health patients, it was a blessing in disguise.

The small state had struggled for years with its mental health system.  Published on: August 28, 2016
US judge says death penalty retrial could last 16 weeks
RUTLAND — The federal judge who will be hearing the death penalty retrial of a man charged with killing a Vermont woman in 2000 says the trial could last 16 weeks.

In an order filed Thursday in U.S.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Owner of Vermont ski resorts seeks assets to pay legal fees
MONTPELIER — The owner of two Vermont ski resorts who’s accused of defrauding foreign investors of more than $200 million through a visa program is asking a judge to release some of his frozen assets to pay his legal fees.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Hiker found dead near summit of Colorado’s Mount Harvard
SALIDA, Colo. — Chaffee County sheriff’s investigators say a 46-year-old hiker from Vermont was found dead on Mount Harvard in central Colorado.

Eric Poehlmann, of Richmond, Vermont, was reported missing Wednesday evening after he did not return from a day hike.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Smith: The debate, debate
Political debates play a very important role in a campaign. Especially when there is an open seat for governor and Vermonters are looking for ways to get to know a candidate. Voters gain meaningful insight into the positions and demeanor of a candidate through a well-structured debate.  Published on: August 28, 2016
A complicated alliance with Turkey
The New York Times said the following in an editorial:

The Turkish military incursion into Syria that started Wednesday with U.S. air support is about as good an illustration as there is of the exasperating complexity of Washington’s foreign affairs.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Ethics and accountability in health care
On Oct. 7, a “White Coat Ceremony” will take place at the Ira Allen Chapel, University of Vermont. It marks the passage of UVM medical students from aspirants to participants in clinical medicine.

The ceremony, open to all, is a public profession of allegiance to the values of medicine, the pledge that makes physicians professionals.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Levine: A foundation of resilience
Traveling around New England this summer, the impacts of climate change are plentiful. In just one week we saw higher than normal temperatures, low water levels in lakes and rivers, brown grass and droughts along the coast, a tornado in the suburbs of Boston and dirt roads and driveways in Vermont scoured by heavy storms.  Published on: August 28, 2016
A culture of clean water
In 2005, author David Foster Wallace recounted the following tale at his Kenyon College commencement address: There are two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys.  Published on: August 28, 2016
The lessons of Irene
Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that the catastrophic flooding that is devastating Louisiana is the eighth “once every 500 year weather event” to strike the United States in the past 15 months.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Minter scheme not workable
In her commentary on the subject of climate change (“Progress in cutting carbon,” Aug. 16), Sue Minter praised the work of former Gov. Jim Douglas and his team on the leadership role his administration played in the development of the Regional Greenhouse Gas initiative (RGGI).  Published on: August 28, 2016
Fowler charges into lead
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Rickie Fowler kept bogeys off his card for the second straight day and closed with a 5-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 68, giving him a one-shot lead over Patrick Reed going into the final round of The Barclays.

Fowler has gone 45 holes without a bogey at Bethpage Black, the site of two U.S.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Players to watch at 2016 U.S. Open
Men, women to watch at the U.S. Open, which begins Monday:


Seeded: 1

Age: 29

Country: Serbia

2016 Match Record: 51-5

2016 Singles Titles: 7

Career Singles Titles: 66

Major Titles: 12 — U.S.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Vikes future ship-shaped; they’ll christen new park vs. Chargers

MINNEAPOLIS — Here’s a look at Sunday’s preseason games around the NFL. (All times EDT):


San Diego at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

The Vikings will take the field in their gleaming new stadium for the first time, showing off the $1.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Williams eyes majors mark at U.S. Open
Despite everything that Serena Williams has won and done, her sense of self can still fluctuate based on the outcome of a particular match.

Doesn’t always seem to matter that she owns a record-tying 22 major singles titles heading into the U.S. Open, which begins Monday with a retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium for the first time.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Arrogate runs away to Travers victory
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert struck again on Saturday as Arrogate won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in record time, beating a field of 12 horses that included two Triple Crown series winners.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Cadets teams set goals for X-C slate
NORTHFIELD - The 2016 Norwich University men’s cross country team is aiming to defend its 2015 Great Northeast Athletic Conference crown and improve on its 18th-place finish at the NCAA Division III New England Regionals.

The Cadets return nine runners from last season while welcoming eight newcomers to the squad.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Capitol Beat: Labor endorsements, GOP Ads
The Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO has endorsed the Democratic slate of statewide candidates for the general election.

President Amanda Sheppard said the endorsements were made by delegates at the group’s annual convention on Aug. 13. The group has thrown its support behind Sen. Patrick Leahy and U.S. Rep.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Four arrested after shooting incident
After responding to reports of shooting at a house on Hi Lo Biddy Road in Putney on Friday evening, State Police arrested four men in relation to the incident.

Jason Robison, 31, of Westminster, had been in a fight with Robull Bryant, 37, and Alfred Spellman, 36, both of Brooklyn, New York, police said.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Two car crash in Killington sends two to hospital
A two-vehicle crash on Route 4 in Killington in the early morning hours Saturday sent a Hartland man and his passenger to the hospital and destroyed his car, according to Vermont State Police.

An eastbound Honda CRV driven by Amin James, 36, crossed the center line into the westbound lane, just before 3 a.m.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Child care costly, hard to find
For Rutland resident and mom Shannon Poole, paying for child care for her two sons is only half of the struggle. When Poole and her husband were expecting their first child, they started searching for a certified home day-care provider.  Published on: August 28, 2016
VSECU program helps with student debt
MONTPELIER — You don’t need a college degree to know that the rising costs of higher education are a huge challenge right now.

Research from the Institute for College Access & Success found that 65 percent of Vermonters hold student debt, with an average debt of $29,060.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Summer party highlights new Garden Barn
ESSEX JUNCTION — A perfect summer evening set the tone for celebration and networking when The Barns at Lang Farm hosted a Summer Garden Party on Aug. 18 in Essex Junction. The event served as a networking event offered by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (LCRCC).  Published on: August 28, 2016
Vt. native to open Rutland gym
After working with fitness clients throughout the U.S., Bomoseen native Sean Manovill has returned to Rutland County to open Club Fitness, a health and wellness center set to open in October.

Manovill, 35, said his new business, to be located at 275 North Main St.  Published on: August 28, 2016
Council elects Chad Butt
BURLINGTON — Mobius’ Executive Director Chad Butt was recently elected to serve on the Mentoring Partnership Advisory Council for MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership.

Butt is one of 13 members on the council, which is made up of leaders from state or regional mentoring partnerships across the country.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Course helps food processors
BURLINGTON — University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Department of Health will offer a two-day course this fall to help food processors develop a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points plan, or HACCP, for their processing facilities.

The course will be held Oct. 25 to 26 at the Department of Health office at 108 Cherry St.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Judge: Brooks wins primary recount by 1 vote
MONTPELIER — The race for Washington County’s three Senate seats is finally set and, following Friday’s photo finish, Ashley Hill won’t be in it.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Vt. Drug Task Force gets 6 new posts
New drug task force positions

WILLISTON — The Vermont Drug Task Force is getting six new positions with help from a $1.4 million federal grant.

The five new detectives and an analyst position are designed to strengthen heroin trafficking investigations across Vermont.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Plan to merge 2 Vermont colleges moves forward
Colleges merger

moves ahead

MONTPELIER — Officials are working out the details of a plan to merge Vermont’s Johnson State College and Lyndon State College under one administration and budget with two campuses.

The full plan is scheduled to be released by Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding at a Sept.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Canadian man caught with sled full of drugs sentenced
Smuggler jailed

for a year

BURLINGTON — Prosecutors say a Canadian man caught pulling a sled carrying more than 280,000 prescription pills across the border into Vermont has been sentenced to a year in prison.

Authorities say 21-year-old Cedrik Bourgault-Morin of Quebec, Canada, was found with about $1.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Teen dies after fall at popular swimming hole
Teen dies after

swim-hole fall

MONTPELIER — Vermont State Police say a 17-year-old Irvington, New York, resident has died after falling at a popular swimming hole in southern Vermont.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Vt. braces for possible arrival of deadly drug
Vt. braces for

deadly drug

MONTPELIER — The state of Vermont is warning drug users about the possible arrival of a deadly narcotic.

Carfentanil is used to sedate elephants and other large animals and is 100 times as potent as fentanyl, a deadly heroin additive.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Montpelier woman denies having crack and heroin
BARRE — A Montpelier woman is accused of possessing crack cocaine and heroin.

Emily J. Smith, 31, pleaded not guilty in Washington County criminal court Thursday to a felony count of heroin possession and a felony count of cocaine possession. If convicted, Smith faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $350,000 fine.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Film Review: Creating a legend around a great man
MIDDLEBURY — American history is full of unsung heroes who have made a big difference in how we live. One such person is Damon Jerome Keith, an African-American judge, who — against all odds — handed down some of the most important decisions affecting our civil rights.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Vermont highway deaths up sharply in first half of 2016
MONTPELIER — Vermont state officials are blaming a lack of seat belt usage, speeding and driving while impaired for a big jump in the number of traffic fatalities in the state.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Penalties sought against VGS for cutting flowers
Vermont Gas Systems isn’t done with a native flower species quite yet.

When a contractor for the utility company weed-whacked dozens of the state-threatened “harsh sunflower” at a Monkton construction site in July — apparently by accident — VGS said it contacted the state’s environmental agency immediately.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Barre Town police log: Drug paraphenalia, suspicious activity, animal problems reported
The following is a sampling of calls to Barre Town police in recent days.

Aug. 17

On Jensen Road, there was a false alarm.

There was a citizen dispute on South Barre Road.

A domestic dispute was reported on Clyde Street.

Aug. 18

There was a suspicious event on Cogswell Street.  Published on: August 27, 2016
5 years after Irene, missing teenager’s family still hopes
MONTPELIER — Relatives of a teenager who walked out of his foster home on the eve of Tropical Storm Irene and hasn’t been seen since hope the storm’s fifth anniversary will prompt anyone who knows what might have happened to come forward and help solve the lingering mystery.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Hope fades for quake survivors
AMATRICE, Italy — Rescue workers acknowledged Friday they might not find any more survivors from Italy’s earthquake as they confronted a new obstacle to their recovery work: a powerful aftershock that damaged two key access bridges to hard-hit Amatrice, threatening to isolate it.  Published on: August 27, 2016
US economy grew at tepid 1.1 percent pace in spring
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish 1.1 percent pace this spring as businesses sharply reduced their stockpiles of goods and spent less on new buildings and equipment. Yet most analysts forecast much faster growth in the summer and fall, fueled by healthy consumer spending.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Goodbye, herring? Biotech bait gives lobstermen alternative
PORTLAND, Maine — Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Clinton confident no blockbusters looming
NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton vigorously defended her family’s foundation against Donald Trump’s sniping on Friday and declared she’s confident there will be no new blockbuster accusations on the foundation, her emails or anything else that could undermine her chances of defeating him in November.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Lawmakers call Maine governor unhinged after obscene tirade
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s bombastic Republican governor has built a reputation on his unfiltered comments, but his obscene tirade unleashed on a liberal lawmaker prompted Democratic lawmakers Friday to warn that the governor was coming unhinged and to call for a political intervention.

Gov.  Published on: August 27, 2016
US, Turkey at an impasse over extraditing Muslim cleric
WASHINGTON — Turkey says the United States is legally bound by a treaty to immediately hand over Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric it accuses of plotting to overthrow Turkey’s government.

The U.S. government says it can’t comply until Turkey can convince a judge its allegations against Gulen are legitimate.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Prominent black journalist, publisher George Curry has died
WASHINGTON — George E. Curry, a journalist, civil rights activist and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the United States, has died. He was 69.  Published on: August 27, 2016
US wants to force lower speeds on truck and bus drivers
DETROIT — The U.S. is seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation’s highways.

A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide limit by electronically capping speeds with a device on newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Marjorie E. White
WILLISTON — Marjorie Elizabeth (Dalgleish) White, 89, died suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.

There will no calling hours.

A graveside memorial service for Marjorie and her husband, Leslie, will be held on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at 11 a.m., in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Lillian M. Sherman
MORETOWN — Lillian M. Sherman, 83, a longtime resident of Moretown, passed away at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Born in Rochester on March 27, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria (Peloquin) Corriveau. On May 11, 1953, she married Robert J. Sherman in Waterbury.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Barbara A. Barrows
NORTHFIELD — Barbara Ann Barrows, 64, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 25, at her home in Northfield. She was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sept. 8, 1951, the daughter of Jack and Barbara (Neal) Haubois. She is a graduate of Wells High School in Wells, Maine, class of 1970.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Dolores M. Martineau
MONTPELIER — Dolores M. Martineau, 85, of Freedom Drive, passed away on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at the Green Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Colchester, Vermont.

A funeral service and celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at 11 a.m. at the Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home in Barre.  Published on: August 27, 2016
Lisa M. Crooke
PUERTO RICO — Lisa M. Crooke, 53, of Puerto Rico, and formerly of Barre Town, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at the home of her mother, Jeanette Rouleau, on Richardson Road.

A complete obituary will be published in a future edition of The Times Argus.  Published on: August 27, 2016

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