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Tropical Storm Irene Devastates Vermont

Snowstorm leads to crashes on I-91
Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 91, one of several accidents on that highway in different parts of the state Friday night and Saturday.  Published on: January 25, 2015
‘Phantom students’ a factor in education debate
Some rural property owners could see significant increases in their taxes if lawmakers take up education funding reforms proposed by Gov. Peter Shumlin.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Drummer Taylor dies at 66
Dallas Taylor, a rock ’n’ roll drummer who played behind David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, among other big names, and who overcame desperate addictions to drugs and alcohol to become a counselor for other addicts, died Jan. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 66.  Published on: January 25, 2015
GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights
By RAY HENRY and KATHLEEN FOODY  Published on: January 25, 2015
US reacts to suicide of transgender Ohio teen
CINCINNATI — Leelah Alcorn wrote a note on her Tumblr blog, then walked through the night and into the path of a tractor-trailer rumbling down a highway. In the final message attributed to her, she pleaded: “My death needs to mean something. ... Fix society. Please.”  Published on: January 25, 2015
Obama to visit Saudi Arabia after trip to India
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — President Barack Obama will shorten his trip to India and divert to Saudi Arabia, paying respects after the death of King Abdullah and meeting with the oil-rich nation’s new monarch, the White House said Saturday.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Sportsmanship for the parent, not the child
Parents in the stands have been scoring lots of points asking me questions about what to say to other parents who become too emotional or demonstrate poor sportsmanship while watching their children play a sport. Let me huddle everyone up and provide some information on this topic.  Published on: January 25, 2015
School gardens can grow a love of healthy food
I learned to love gardening from my grandfather John Lenat. He introduced me to his garden and fed me tasty things right from it. He never made me weed — a sure way to discourage young gardeners. But in today’s world, many children don’t have a special person to teach them to garden, or a place to garden.  Published on: January 25, 2015
On your mark, get set ...
In racing terms, January is a mass start to the year. We come from an extended season of peaks and valleys, stress and indulgence, a roller coaster of emotions and challenges from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Yankee Notebook: Evolution will break out
I’ll never forget my first week in Geology 101. It was during the early fall of 1953 at a small Presbyterian liberal arts college in Ohio. I didn’t know it at the time, but the college had been the first of the Presbyterian Church-affiliated schools to include the teaching of evolution in its curriculum.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Skiing the Hump: Once a year, skiers have access to wild and beautiful terrain
The Camel’s Hump Challenge is a stellar backcountry ski tour that allows skiers access to wild terrain seen only once a year, as permission to ski this route over private and state land is given only for this event.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Book review: Facing a desert plague of poisonings
“FEAR THE DARKNESS,” by Becky Masterman (322 pages, Minotaur Books, $25.99)  Published on: January 25, 2015
Book review: Purgatory at home in wartime
“THE TRAIN TO CRYSTAL CITY: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II,” by Jan Jarboe Russell (393 pages, Scribner, $30)  Published on: January 25, 2015
Bold changes proposed for bow season
Sometimes things just don’t go as you expect them to. With victory just about guaranteed, my Packers packed it in, the Patriots deflated the opposition and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board goes, how can I say this nicely, way off the charts.  Published on: January 25, 2015
How Vermont nudged the country closer to Civil War
Vermonters were up in arms. Congress had just struck a deal with the devil, they believed, by caving in to the Southern slave states. The Vermont Legislature responded aggressively by passing a law to make the congressional deal null and void within the state’s boundaries.  Published on: January 25, 2015
The Outside Story: Jelly fungi add color to winter’s palette
They look like blobs of shiny tar, a melted lollipop, or a crayon left in the sun too long. They come in vivid colors from orange to yellow to white to black to pinkish. They have a disconcerting ability to mimic human body parts, such as ears and tongues, with a Dali-esque artfulness.  Published on: January 25, 2015
A good time to evaluate investments, retirement funds
Amid an accommodative interest rate environment, good corporate earnings and other good economic news over the past few years, the stock market has bestowed upon many investors the kind of returns that make opening your investment statements a joy.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Allowing risks is important to raising healthy children
Lenore Skenazy, a New York City mother of two, earned the sobriquet “America’s Worst Mom” after reporting in a newspaper column that she’d allowed her younger son, then 9, to ride the subway alone.  Published on: January 25, 2015
The Lowe Down: Can community theater provide ‘real’ theater?
Some five years ago, I attended a Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre production at the Brick Box in Rutland’s Paramount Theatre. I had intended to review the community theater production but soon realized that I couldn’t without squashing the performers’ hope and passion.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Vt. snowplow drivers: Long nights, harrowing rides, incredible stories
It’s early morning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but it’s anything but a holiday for state worker Mike Bride.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Dance Review: New dance asks and intrigues
The title of the Dance Company of Middlebury’s 2015 touring program, “i,” ostensibly exploring identity, covers a lot of ground — and that’s exactly what it did Friday at its debut at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Coyne installed as Vt. bishop this week
The new leader of Vermont’s Roman Catholics is a man of many parts: the church’s first blogging bishop, a high-profile former spokesman during the priest sex abuse scandal in Boston, and a man who was a part-time bartender while he was in seminary.  Published on: January 25, 2015
U.S. and Cuba: Secret meetings were key to thaw in relations
The two men would meet secretly in New York, exchanging messages, hoping to resolve an impasse between the two longtime adversaries.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Lawyer: Grega was ‘doing fine’
BRATTLEBORO — Ian Carleton talked to John Grega on Friday afternoon about their case against the state of Vermont, only hours before Grega crashed into a tree not far from his mother’s home in New York state.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Rebel rocket fire kills 30 in Ukrainian city
KIEV, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Leadership in countering bias
We believe Robert Appel’s commentary, “Racial bias plagues Vermont, too” (Rutland Herald and Times Argus, Dec. 28, 2014) does a disservice to the Vermont State Police by casting the agency in the very narrow, negative lens of deficient data analysis.  Published on: January 25, 2015
The transformation ahead
Seven years have passed since I wrote the first Weekly Planet column — nostalgic readers can download annual collections from alanbetts.com, and read them to their families. Vermont has started the move away from fossil fuels, but for the U.S. and the planet as a whole, the transformation has been far too slow for a soft landing.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Gun sense
The push to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill has gained powerful adherents lately, as well as the backing of a new report showing the importance of taking action.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Housing is fundamental to affordability
As too many Vermonters struggle to make ends meet, affordability has rightly taken its place at the center of public debate. Often missing from the discussion, however, has been the cost of housing. If we are to succeed in closing the affordability gap, housing must be central to the conversation.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Payroll tax will contain rising premiums
As someone who for the past 25 years has owned, advised or worked closely with a Vermont business, I know firsthand how confusing our health care system is for employers.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Hilltoppers’ fourth-quarter comeback stuns Raiders
The Rutland girls basketball team was on the brink of putting its most disappointing defeat of the season behind them. After suffering an excruciating loss to 0-12 Hartford earlier in the week, the Raiders were leading St. Johnsbury 30-23 on Saturday early in the fourth quarter.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Balanced Marauders skate past Thunderbirds
GIRLS HOCKEY  Published on: January 25, 2015
Geising, Olympians outlast Cosmos
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Schwartz wins Nordic race
NORDIC SKIING  Published on: January 25, 2015
Allen, Red Devils take down Phoenix
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Litchfield, Hockey Cats top Terriers
WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY  Published on: January 25, 2015
Raymond, Raiders whip Wolves.
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Alpine squad lifts UVM to victory
COLLEGE SKIING  Published on: January 25, 2015
Greenaway goes wild against Cadets
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Norwich’s Curry reaches 2,000 career points
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Spartans rally past Thomas
WATERVILLE, Maine – Castleton trailed by eight points midway through the second half, but finished the game on a 27-9 run to secure a 91-81 comeback victory over Thomas on Saturday afternoon.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Spaulding girls skate past Rutland
BARRE — Spaulding answered a game-tying goal in the second period by Rutland’s Caitlin Laird with a pair of goals in the next 1:30 and went on to defeat the Raiders, 5-2, for its fourth straight girls hockey victory Saturday.  Published on: January 25, 2015
Roy, Yellowjackets blank Marauders
BOYS HOCKEY  Published on: January 25, 2015
Cobb lifts Lyndon in title rematch
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Tide finish 8th at Vergennes meet
WRESTLING  Published on: January 25, 2015
Dunkling, Raiders pick up 2nd victory
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Mosher, Vikings defeat Ghosts
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Oliver, Phoenix coast past Warriors
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Ostepchuk, Cadets clobber Huskies
MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY  Published on: January 25, 2015
Eliasson, Raiders shut out Colonels
BOYS HOCKEY  Published on: January 25, 2015
Mitchell, Redhawks trip up Tide
BOYS HOCKEY  Published on: January 25, 2015
Ghosts beat Panthers
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 25, 2015
Raiders made quick work o Vikings
BOYS HOCKEY  Published on: January 25, 2015
Listings to return
Listings to return  Published on: January 24, 2015
Hale, Green Knights top Tide
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015
Vermont issues voluntary guidelines for harvesting timber
MONTPELIER — Vermont has issued a set of voluntary timber harvest guidelines for private landowners across the state.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Wood chip delivery person gets stuck in bin, freed
NEWPORT — Rescuers came to the aid of a wood chip delivery man who became trapped in a hospital’s wood chip bin, sinking into a shipment he had just delivered.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Ski film camp begins today
BURLINGTON — Sugarbush Resort in Warren and Champlain College have announced a partnership for the Fresh Tracks Film Camp, beginning today.  Published on: January 24, 2015
CCV offers career readiness training
MONTPELIER — The Community College of Vermont in Montpelier is offering a free career readiness course this spring.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Garden gnome fans fret: SkyMall files for bankruptcy
NEW YORK — Apparently, airline passengers aren’t buying enough garden gnomes, superhero pajamas and heated cat shelters. SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy.  Published on: January 24, 2015
George Lucas hopes ‘Strange Magic’ will appeal to all ages
LOS ANGELES — George Lucas has been toying around with “Strange Magic” for almost 15 years.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Children’s TV activist Peggy Charren dies at 86
BOSTON — Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children’s Television who waged a decades-long fight to improve the quality of children’s programming, has died. She was 86.  Published on: January 24, 2015
South Dakota officials announce ‘My Great Place’ ad campaign
PIERRE, S.D. — State tourism officials have a new pitch for potential visitors in 2015: make South Dakota your “Great Place.”  Published on: January 24, 2015
Teachers, boards split on arbitration proposal
Organizations that represent teachers and school boards disagree on a proposal that would force them to take their disputes to a third party.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Governor pardons three women convicted in Vermont
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin issued pardons to three women Friday, saying they have atoned for their mistakes.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Governor requests disaster aid
MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin made a formal request Friday for federal disaster relief to help 10 of Vermont’s 14 counties pay for repairs to the power grid and other public infrastructure damaged in a winter storm last month.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Vermont deal with lightning-rod health expert under scrutiny
MONTPELIER — Vermont is applying a fresh round of scrutiny to its contract with Jonathan Gruber, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology health economist who made headlines for talking about “the stupidity of the American voter.”  Published on: January 24, 2015
Rep challenges executive privilege
MONTPELIER — A lawmaker who sued Gov. Peter Shumlin for documents related to his now-shelved single payer health care proposal has introduced legislation that would require the documents to be revealed in the future in similar situations.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Veterans’ home resident sued for $203,000 in unpaid expenses
BENNINGTON — The Vermont Veterans’ Home has sued a resident, saying he has not paid $203,000 in medical and living expenses.  Published on: January 24, 2015
NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto to take photographs
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It’s showtime for Pluto.  Published on: January 24, 2015
System a factor in Fort Hood rampage
FORT WORTH, Texas — The Army’s tools for identifying troubled soldiers would not have flagged, despite signs of instability, the soldier who went on a rampage last April at Fort Hood that left four dead, including him, and 16 wounded, a U.S. Army report said Friday.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Peace called for after shooting
BRIDGETON, N.J. — Elected officials, the state NAACP and local religious leaders said Friday they have confidence in an investigation into a fatal police shooting at a traffic stop that was captured by a patrol car camera.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Yemen’s Shiite rebels keep pressing for changes
SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s Shiite rebels faced mounting pressures and signs of internal divisions Friday after the U.S.-backed president and his cabinet resigned rather than submit at gunpoint to their increasing demands for greater power.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Wendell Ford, ex-Kentucky governor, US senator, dies at 90
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Former U.S. Sen. and Kentucky Gov. Wendell Ford, an unapologetic smoker whose unfiltered chats and speeches endeared him to voters in a state that once thrived on tobacco and coal, has died at age 90.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Gov’t reverses on health care privacy problem
WASHINGTON — Bowing to an outcry over privacy, the Obama administration reversed itself Friday, scaling back the release of consumers’ personal information from the government’s health insurance website to private companies with a commercial interest in the data.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Checks don’t mean safety
Checks don’t mean safety  Published on: January 24, 2015
Change focus
Change focus  Published on: January 24, 2015
Touchdown  Published on: January 24, 2015
Cover the sport
Cover the sport  Published on: January 24, 2015
Vermont is safest
Vermont is safest  Published on: January 24, 2015
Much too responsible
The United States and Europe have a lot in common. Both are multicultural and democratic; both are immensely wealthy; both possess currencies with global reach. Both, unfortunately, experienced giant housing and credit bubbles between 2000 and 2007, and suffered painful slumps when the bubbles burst.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Ill-gotten gains
The arrest of New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on bribery charges Thursday underscored the state’s reputation as a cauldron of corruption.  Published on: January 24, 2015
NFL to squeeze Pro Bowl kickers
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Kickers Adam Vinatieri and Cody Parkey are going to have to narrow their focus and kick a little harder to convert an extra point in Sunday’s Pro Bowl.  Published on: January 24, 2015
NFL needs togive BelichickSuper benching
Not so long ago, we came to praise the New England Patriots.  Published on: January 24, 2015
NHLlackingsome ofits greats
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some of the best players in the world — Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and anybody wearing a Detroit Red Wings or Colorado Avalanche jersey — will be absent from the NHL All-Star game on Sunday.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Royals rule at Twinfield 67-54
PLAINFIELD – Home court wins have been elusive all season for Twinfield boys basketball and Friday’s contest against visiting Division III South Royalton was no exception. Trojan shooters struggled through a 3-15 fourth quarter while the Royals pulled away to their sixth win, 67-54.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Gilcris, Wildcats beat Bullets
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015
Norwich skates to 5-goal victory
MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY  Published on: January 24, 2015
Kay’s 33 points fuel come-from-behind victory
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015
Jesmonth, Guild step up for Blue Devils
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015
Nally, Huskies rout Rockets
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015
Laperle, Parrish pace Witchester
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015
Peck, Lancers coast past Highlanders
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015
Wheeler, Stevens guide Olympians
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015
Stone, Hartman rise up for Blue Devils
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015
Highlanders thrive at slalom meet
ALPINE SKIING  Published on: January 24, 2015
UVM eyeing 17th straight Carnival victory
COLLEGE SKIING  Published on: January 24, 2015
Cadets shut out Purple Knights
WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY  Published on: January 24, 2015
Stephen nets podium finish in Russia
RYBINSK, Russia — Liz Stephen of East Montpelier finished second on Friday in the 10-kilometer freestyle race, marking the top World Cup distance result ever by an American woman.  Published on: January 24, 2015
Baker, Lancers outlast Solons
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: January 24, 2015

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