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Cease fire in Gaza reported
JERUSALEM — Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Key GOP activist backs Libertarian
MONTPELIER — A key Vermont Republican activist is urging party members to skip voting for Scott Milne and the other declared candidates for the party’s gubernatorial nomination and write in a Libertarian instead.  Published on: August 1, 2014
State colleges to see $1M in job cuts
MONTPELIER — The Vermont State College system is looking at $1 million in job cuts as it faces possible declines in tuition revenue.  Published on: August 1, 2014
State seeks $35,000 Vermont Gas fine
MONTPELIER — State regulators Thursday asked for a $35,000 fine against Vermont Gas Systems for being slow to file a new and higher cost estimate for phase one of a natural gas pipeline expansion in western Vermont.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Target taps outsider as CEO for needed shakeup
NEW YORK — Target is bringing in an outsider as its CEO for the first time as the retailer fights to redefine itself to American shoppers.  Published on: August 1, 2014
US stocks plunge, wiping out July’s gains
NEW YORK — For investors, there were few havens on Thursday.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Candidate goes homeless to show economic gap
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Republican candidate for California governor said Thursday he spent a week living as a homeless person in Fresno to highlight the disparity between the governor’s claim that the state is making an economic comeback and the reality faced by the working poor.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Congress races to finish VA, highway bills
WASHINGTON — Congress ran full-tilt into election-year gridlock over immigration Thursday and headed toward a five-week summer break with no agreement in sight on legislation to cope with the influx of young immigrants flocking illegally to the United States.  Published on: August 1, 2014
US stocks plunge, wiping out July’s gains
NEW YORK — For investors, there were few havens on Thursday.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Going topsy-turvyfor delicioustarteTatin
Most of us are familiar with pineapple upside-down cake, but where did the idea of serving something upside down come from?  Published on: August 1, 2014
10 ideas for eating all that zucchini
Zucchini bread is fine and all, but when you’re staring down a mountain of summer abundance, how much of it can you really eat?  Published on: August 1, 2014
Theater Review: Pathetic as a power tool
Harold Pinter’s classic 1960 tragicomedy “The Caretaker” is a psychological study of the confluence of power, allegiance, innocence and corruption among two brothers and a bum– but, mainly, it’s funny, and very blackly so.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Man hurt swinging at Dorset quarry
Man hurt swinging at Dorset quarry  Published on: August 1, 2014
Barre Police Log:
BARRE — The following is a sampling of calls to Barre City police in recent days.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Montpelier City Council approves heat rates
Montpelier city council discusses appointments to commissions, more  Published on: August 1, 2014
Plainfield’s dynamic duo
Two women have taken the reigns at Plainfield's historic town hall and are excited to bring in acts at the space to give it new life after it recently underwent an overhaul.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Montpelier Police Log: Intoxication, harassment, dog issues
Montpelier Police logs from last week  Published on: August 1, 2014
Barre Town Police Log:
BARRE TOWN — The following is a sampling of calls to Barre Town police in recent days.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Mississippi church volunteers help at Union Elementary School
A group of volunteers from Petal, Mississippi, is in town helping out at Union Elementary School all week.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Barre Town: Residents concerned about sex offenders
Barre Town residents concerned about sex offender notification  Published on: August 1, 2014
Theater Review: Pathetic as a power tool
Harold Pinter’s classic 1960 tragicomedy “The Caretaker” is a psychological study of the confluence of power, allegiance, innocence and corruption among two brothers and a bum– but, mainly, it’s funny, and very blackly so.  Published on: August 1, 2014
State colleges to see $1M in job cuts
MONTPELIER — The Vermont State College system is looking at $1 million in job cuts as it faces possible declines in tuition revenue.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Immigration courts speed up children’s cases
LOS ANGELES — Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Libya Islamic militias declare control of Benghazi
BENGHAZI, Libya — Islamic hard-line militias, including the group accused by the United States in a 2012 attack that killed the ambassador and three other Americans, claimed control of Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, after overrunning army barracks and seizing heavy weapons.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Rolex passed among jurors in ex-Va. gov trial
RICHMOND, Va. — A former CEO testified Thursday that his cozy relationship with Virginia’s first family was a poor business decision, not friendship.  Published on: August 1, 2014
State Dept: ‘No American is proud’ of CIA tactics
WASHINGTON — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White House document.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Last crew member of Enola Gay dies in Georgia
ATLANTA — The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima once said he thought the bombing was necessary because it shortened the war and eliminated the need for an Allied land invasion that could have cost more lives on both sides.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Immigration courts speed up children’s cases
LOS ANGELES — Immigration courts are speeding up hearings for the tens of thousands of Central American children caught on the U.S. border after criticism that the backlogged system is letting immigrants stay in the country for years while waiting for their cases to be heard.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Obama order presses contractors to obey labor laws
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama moved Thursday to require federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes, putting his pen to an executive order the day after the House voted to sue him for allegedly exceeding his presidential powers.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site
ROZSYPNE, Ukraine — Two weeks after a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, an international team of investigators Thursday reached a wreckage site in eastern Ukraine that remains bitterly contested between government forces and pro-Russia separatist rebels.  Published on: August 1, 2014
Stronger sanctions at last
After lengthy and difficult deliberations, the European Union agreed this week to a new and higher level of sanctions against Russia, including the closing of European capital markets to Russian state banks, an embargo on new weapons sales and the transfer of sophisticated oil drilling technology.  Published on: August 1, 2014
None dare call it impeachment
Let’s talk about something cheerful. How about impeachment?  Published on: August 1, 2014
Women claim gender discrimination
MONTPELIER — A civil court judge heard arguments Wednesday in a case in which three women are suing the Department of Corrections for gender discrimination because they were paid less than a male counterpart.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Fire displaces two families
Fire displaces two families  Published on: July 31, 2014
Red Sox trade Felix Doubront to Cubs
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox have traded left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Former school superintendent sues state police officer
The former superintendent of the Caledonia Central Supervisory Union involved in the controversial case in Danville where a student claimed to have been touched inappropriately by a teacher is suing the Vermont State Police officer who investigated the crime claiming he had it out for her and lied in his affidavit.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Health insurance survey to be rolled out
MONTPELIER — State officials are preparing to undertake a statewide survey of Vermonters to gather data about health insurance.  Published on: July 31, 2014
House OKs prescription-abuse bill
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan House bill aimed at tightening prescription drug delivery guidelines, co-sponsored by Vermont Rep. Peter Welch, easily passed out of the chamber Tuesday.  Published on: July 31, 2014
GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit
WASHINGTON — Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Sanctions will damage Russia if not lifted quickly
MOSCOW — U.S. and European sanctions against Russia’s energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents.  Published on: July 31, 2014
US imposes visa ban on Venezuelan officials
CARACAS, Venezuela — Amid escalating tensions with Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced a travel ban for officials of the socialist government it said committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on opposition protests.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Thanks for the help
Thanks for the help  Published on: July 31, 2014
Get out and vote
Get out and vote  Published on: July 31, 2014
Stop the carnage
Stop the carnage  Published on: July 31, 2014
History’s telling example
History’s telling example  Published on: July 31, 2014
Woods needs more than Firestone boost
AKRON, Ohio — Tiger Woods finds out over the next two weeks if his season is over or just getting started.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Ives to crew chief Earnhardt car in 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hendrick Motorsports didn’t look far for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s next crew chief, choosing a candidate already quite familiar with the organization.  Published on: July 31, 2014
US Open would offer Roddick, Fish ‘15 doubles spot
NEW YORK — If Andy Roddick is willing to go through the necessary steps to return to competitive tennis, the U.S. Open would offer him and pal Mardy Fish a doubles wild card next year.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Circumstances open door for Develin
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski isn’t ready for full-time activity. Michael Hoomanawanui has been sidelined the past two practices.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Hull, Evans advance to match-play’s semifinals round
RANDOLPH — Rutland High School senior Drake Hull rolled through the first two rounds of to reach the semifinals of the Vermont Golf Association Junior Match Play Championship on Wednesday.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Terror threats at chemical plants underestimated
WASHINGTON — The government is underestimating the threat of a chemical attack on America’s densely populated cities and has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers particularly vulnerable to terrorists, congressional investigators say.  Published on: July 31, 2014
A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Arts Preview
Scrag Mountain Music  Published on: July 31, 2014
Janet McKenzie: ‘Holiness & the Feminine Spirit’
“It is a perfect fit — my inclusive work within their welcoming and inclusive community,” said Vermont artist Janet McKenzie about her exhibition at the Waitsfield United Church of Christ. “And the elegant sparseness of the church, with its long history, feels so right for my work, which is also quite pared down to the essence.”  Published on: July 31, 2014
‘Queen of the blues’ Sunday in Stowe
The “Queen of the Blues” graces the Green Mountain State with her presence on Sunday, when Grammy-nominated singer Shemekia Copeland delivers a rare Vermont performance at the Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow in Stowe.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Bob Marley brings Maine comedy to Vermont
Comedy is in many ways as varied in its styles as is music. Jerry Seinfeld is the somewhat hyper New Yorker, George Carlin was the workingman’s intellectual, Chris Rock has a black person’s perspective on life.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Smokin’ lakeside concerts: Lake Champlain Maritime Fest set to rock out
Punk, prog, roots and blues will be served up by some of the genres’ best artists at this year’s Lake Champlain Maritime Festival Aug. 7-10 at Burlington’s Waterfront Park, with what might well be the most rockin’ festival lineup to date.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Opera North sings it all: ‘La Traviata,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ and ‘Street Scene’
Opera North, the area’s oldest regional opera company, presents two icons of musical theater and a less-known masterpiece of Americana. Joining Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” is Kurt Weill’s take on American immigrant life, “Street Scene.”  Published on: July 31, 2014
Talk of the Town
Talk of The Town  Published on: July 31, 2014
Local visual arts
Adamant  Published on: July 31, 2014
Public Safety Authority: Voters to decide on particpation
Barre Town board agrees to pop public safety question in November  Published on: July 31, 2014
Four Cadets named USA Rugby All-Americans
BOULDER, Colo. — The Norwich University women’s rugby team had four players named to the 2013-14 USA Rugby Collegiate All-American squad released recently.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Rear View Mirror: A full weekend ahead
Thunder Road kicks off its most ridiculous week of the season starting tonight, with the race that Ken Squier has been waiting for since, well, last August: The annual Calkins Portable Toilets “Port-A-Potty Grand Prix.”  Published on: July 31, 2014
Moutaineers rally to defeat Keene
Both starters were chased in the fifth as Vermont and Keene were locked in a back-and-forth affair that featured six lead changes and over 25 combined hits.  Published on: July 31, 2014
UN chief calls attack on Gaza school ‘shameful’
UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack on a U.N. school in Gaza that killed at least 16 people early Wednesday as “outrageous” and “unjustifiable,” and demanded an immediate humanitarian cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Nation and World Briefs
DONETSK, Ukraine  Published on: July 31, 2014
Theater that is though-provoking
By the time rehearsals begin at the Waterbury Festival Playhouse, the set is already finished and lines have been memorized. The abbreviated three-and-a-half week rehearsal period is spent developing characters and making scenes flow.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Pet bereavement group starts in Barre
Pet bereavement group started in Barre by JD Green  Published on: July 31, 2014
Capital Sounds: Music for a festival hangover
Last weekend put the biggest local festival around these parts, The Manifestivus, in the books for 2014. All reports I heard were positive. The weather was great, as was the music, despite many not being familiar with the Latin-tinged, Miami-heavy lineup.  Published on: July 31, 2014
‘Shep’ puts baseball on a back burner
CASTLETON — It’s nice to have choices. Sometimes they aren’t always easy.  Published on: July 31, 2014
Gene Charles Foss
Gene Charles Foss  Published on: July 31, 2014
Rose R. Carlucci
Rose R. Carlucci  Published on: July 31, 2014
Douglas J. Manning
Douglas J. Manning  Published on: July 31, 2014
Images of death
The poet Charles Simic recalled in an essay his childhood in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, during World War II when he learned the lesson that the people who pay the highest price during war are the civilians. First, the Nazis bombed Belgrade. Then to drive the Nazis out, the Allies bombed Belgrade. He received an early education about the nature of war.  Published on: July 31, 2014
VIDEO: Barre City Council Meeting
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 Published on: July 30, 2014
Elm Street closed Thursday and Friday
Elm Street to be closed Thursday and Friday in Montpelier  Published on: July 30, 2014
DFR to conduct survey
MONTPELIER — Susan Donegan, commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation, announced the department will conduct a confidential survey of Vermonters, with questions pertaining to health insurance practices.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Protesters speak out against wind turbines
Anti-wind protesters stage demonstration outside pavilion building on Tuesday  Published on: July 30, 2014
LW Greenwood may soon be sold
East Randolph farm equipment business set to sell  Published on: July 30, 2014
NU’s Moeckel, Hinz, Livolsi named 2014 XC captains
NORTHFIELD — Norwich University men’s and women’s cross country coach Nick Cooper announced seniors Luke Moeckel, Meredith Hinz and Maria Livolsi will serve as the captains for the 2014 season.  Published on: July 30, 2014
GMP expands pilot heat program to Montpelier
Green Mountain Power is expanding its cold-climate heat pump rental pilot program to Montpelier  Published on: July 30, 2014
$1,000 pill now hepatitis C treatment of choice
WASHINGTON — A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Fairpoint talks resume with union
COLCHESTER — Contract talks have resumed between FairPoint Communications and the largest union representing workers across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Town to share solar energy grants
WAITSFIELD — Nine communities, from Waitsfield to Shrewsbury, will receive a portion of the $440,000 in solar energy grants announced Tuesday.  Published on: July 30, 2014
House to vote on slimmed-down bill for border
WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled a slimmed-down bill Tuesday to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending in National Guard troops and speeding migrant youths back home.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Fist bumps less germy than handshakes, study says
NEW YORK — When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.  Published on: July 30, 2014
New Hampshire man held on $1M in teen’s kidnapping
CONWAY, N.H. — A New Hampshire man charged with kidnapping a teenage girl nine months ago was ordered held on $1 million bail Tuesday as the girl watched from the front row of the courtroom.  Published on: July 30, 2014
EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia
BRUSSELS — Shocked into action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner and the resulting deaths of more than 200 Europeans, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, to be followed swiftly by similar punitive measures from the U.S.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Militia gunfire in Libya capital as inferno rages
CAIRO — Heavy gunfire between warring militias prevented firefighters from battling a massive inferno in Libya’s capital Tuesday, despite calls for a cease-fire to end the worst violence in the capital since the country’s 2011 civil war.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Premature despair
A dysfunctional Congress, combined with an array of interlocking international crises, has given rise to a historically low level of respect for the government by the American people. This disaffection has created the sense that the present period is one of the darkest and most troubled in our history.  Published on: July 30, 2014
No war is an island
It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Teaching teachers to teach
I’m starting to wonder if we’ve entered some kind of golden age of books about education. First came Paul Tough’s book, “How Children Succeed,” about the importance of developing noncognitive skills in students. It was published in September 2012.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Rory McIlroy ready to get back to work
AKRON, Ohio — The claret jug is not out of sight. Rory McIlroy is just trying to get it out of his mind.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Blue Jays take down Red Sox
BOSTON — Marcus Stroman had his second solid start against Boston in five days, Colby Rasmus hit a solo homer and the Toronto Blue Bays beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Tuesday night.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Safarova loses in 1st round of Citi Open
WASHINGTON — Top-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic lost to France’s Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday.  Published on: July 30, 2014
ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse
NEW YORK — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don’t do anything to provoke an attack.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Beckham, Coughlin discuss injured rookie’s status
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Giants coach Tom Coughlin got together before practice on Tuesday and shared their levels of frustration.  Published on: July 30, 2014
Pats DT Siliga hopes to build on last year’s play
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Sealver Siliga knows about trying to stand out in a crowd.  Published on: July 30, 2014
NASCAR suspends Hamlin crew chief Grubb 6 races
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin’s crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Published on: July 30, 2014


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