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Skiiers take safety into their own hands
On March 22, a 23-year-old skier swerved to avoid a collision with another skier on the slopes of Killington Ski Resort.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Senate panel on verge of schools consolidation bill
MONTPELIER — This week will be a busy one for the Senate Education Committee as its members put the final touches on a bill that would create larger school districts.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Finance officials see risks in economic recovery
WASHINGTON — World finance officials said Saturday they see a number of threats on the horizon for a global economy still clawing back from the deepest recession in seven decades, and a potential Greek debt default presents the most immediate risk.  Published on: April 19, 2015
IS is blamed for bombing in Afghanistan
FAIZABAD, Afghanistan — A motorcycle-riding suicide bomber attacked a line of people waiting outside a bank Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 35 and wounding 125 in an assault the country’s president blamed on the Islamic State group.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Taxpayers have many reasons for wanting a refund
As tax season was rounding to a close, I was surprised at the number of readers who took issue with my encouraging people not to aim to get a tax refund.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Young women’s hearts at unrecognized risk
Attention, U.S. women, especially young women: Have you got the heart to save yours?  Published on: April 19, 2015
A few spoonfuls of truth about diabetes
Parents have been hearing so much news about diabetes that they tell me they have trouble figuring out what is fact and what is myth. Let me sugar out some of these myths and tell you some truths about this important disease.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Put the spring brakes on raking your garden
Spring has been slow in showing its colors. Snowdrops, usually up in early March at my house, were a month late. Crocus, the early kind, and winter aconite (a flower that is a nice school bus yellow) are finally blooming. But everything is slow, and the ground is still frozen a few inches down. I won’t be planting anything outside for weeks.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Come May, all will be well
Outside the window, another 2 inches of snow, and just a few weeks before the opener of the spring turkey season.  Published on: April 19, 2015
The Outside Story: Adolescent eagles are awkward
A deer died by the river near my home. The crows found it, as did other scavengers — a bald eagle and two big brown raptors that were hard to identify. Both had white flecking on their heads, wings and bodies, but the markings didn’t match up, bird to bird. They looked unkempt and more than a little disreputable.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Book review: This hit man is given a soft heart
“BLOOD ON SNOW,” by Jo Nesbo, translated by Neil Smith (208 pages, Alfred A. Knopf, $23.95)  Published on: April 19, 2015
The Lowe Down: Has local conductor found a new way to engage audiences?
Last weekend, a capacity crowd at Montpelier High School’s Smilie Auditorium — not just the usual suspects, but plenty of schoolchildren and their parents — responded with unfettered enthusiasm to Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.”  Published on: April 19, 2015
Vermont runner, fitness expert operates a health ‘boot camp’
April, as a girl’s name, has become increasingly popular. From Latin roots to the calendar year, April, named after a goddess (of course), is generally linked to the word “opening.”  Published on: April 19, 2015
Book review: Pulp fiction and hard reality meet
“THIEVES FALL OUT,” by Gore Vidal (237 pages, Hard Case Crime, $22.99)  Published on: April 19, 2015
Book review: Coal and its future fueling conflicts
“COAL WARS: The Future of Energy and the Fate of the Planet,” by Richard Martin (Palgrave Macmillan)  Published on: April 19, 2015
Yankee Notebook: Retreat but not surrender
It’s a raw and windy day here in the angle between Antietam Creek and the Potomac River in Sharpsburg, Maryland. At 3 o’clock, the rangers at the national battlefield headquarters on the grassy rise commanding a view of the field will ring bells commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War on this date at Appomatox Courthouse.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Theater Review: ‘Eurydice’ proves a spectacular dream
“Eurydice,” Sarah Ruhl’s feminine fantasy on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, becomes a wild and vivid dream — full of pleasure, pain and beauty — in Lost Nation Theater’s wonderfully imaginative production, which opened Friday at City Hall Arts Center.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Clinton looks to Vermont for campaign manager
The year was 1994 and Vermonter Robby Mook cut his political teeth working on a campaign for his high school theater teacher Matt Dunne.  Published on: April 19, 2015
‘Geezer Gazelle’ was more than just a runner
BENNINGTON — Robert “Bob” Matteson, who called himself the “Geezer Gazelle” after becoming an award-winning runner in his 90s, was remembered fondly after his death last week at age 98.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Vermont students compete in statewide chess tournament
BERLIN — Children who aspire to be the next Bobby Fischer — or who enjoy the intellectual stimulation they can’t find in a video game — demonstrated their skills Saturday during the 28th annual Vermont State Scholastic Chess Championships.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Heat on the left
Gov. Peter Shumlin has thrown his weight behind a bill taking shape in the house guaranteeing paid sick leave for most workers. His change of heart reflects the healthy give and take that has taken place in the House, which has responded to business concerns in modifying the bill.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Ethanol policy: A misguided flop
Last Sunday on these pages, a spokesman for the ethanol industry criticized my bipartisan effort in Congress to scale back the federal policy that puts a thumb on the scale for corporations producing ethanol.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Wrenching decision on breast cancer
When I was 19 years old, I found out that my mom had cancer. She had known for some time, but only when surgery was imminent did she tell us of her diagnosis, during a routine exam, of lung cancer.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Expanding democracy
Do we have small schools and small school districts or tiny schools and tiny school districts?  Published on: April 19, 2015
Real energy savings now
In Vermont we are pretty tuned in to our energy needs. It may just be the constant battle to stay warm, but we are always faced with questions about energy. What are we using; where is it coming from; can we do better? While many of us perform these acts to help the environment, we can also reap financial benefits.  Published on: April 19, 2015
In education, time to go back to the future
It is important, John Naisbitt wrote a generation ago in his introduction to the postmodern world (titled, appropriately, “Megatrends”), to be “riding the horse of history in the direction the horse is going.”  Published on: April 19, 2015
Brazil eyes an historic medal haul in 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO — China thrived at the Beijing Games in 2008. Britain excelled in London in 2012. Next year, Brazil will try to show it can produce a historic performance at its home Olympics.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Rio Olympic head says fishy venue will be safe
RIO DE JANEIRO — The head of the Rio 2016 Olympic organizing committee has promised that the venue for rowing and canoeing would be safe despite a massive fish die-off in the small lake that will host the events.  Published on: April 19, 2015
Flanagan, Linden lead US hopes for Boston women’s win
BOSTON — The American men ended their slump when Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon in 2014, a cathartic victory that allowed the “Star-Spangled Banner” to play over Boylston Street one year after bombs exploded there.  Published on: April 19, 2015
MHS principal will be leaving
MHS principal will be leaving  Published on: April 18, 2015
Walkathon for food shelf planned
BROOKFIELD — The fifth annual Sufficient Food for All Walkathon will take place April 25 in Brookfield, in support of the Randolph Area Food Shelf that serves people from Braintree, Brookfield, East Granville and Randolph.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Norwich to host book group for veterans
NORTHFIELD — The Vermont Humanities Council is bringing its new book discussion program, Standing Together: A Veterans Book Group, to Norwich University.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Libraries offer finance resources
MONTPELIER — Vermonters are invited to visit a public library next week to learn more about personal finance during national Money Smart Week, which starts Sunday.  Published on: April 18, 2015
National Life hosting job fair
MONTPELIER — National Life Group says it is looking to fill more than 60 positions and will hold a job fair Wednesday at its Montpelier headquarters. The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. in the cafeteria at National Life.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Marketing group’s annual conference
Marketing group’s  Published on: April 18, 2015
LGBT-rights group urges Guam governor to allow gay marriage
HAGATNA, Guam — The nation’s largest gay rights organization and Guam’s biggest newspaper are blasting the territory’s governor for not allowing marriage licenses to be issued to same-sex couples.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Trade talks in Tokyo get push from ‘fast-track’ deal in US
TOKYO — Top Japan and U.S. trade officials plan to meet this weekend, seeking to close gaps over autos and farm trade before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington later this month.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Home share program reaches milestone
BARRE — This year, Home Share Now is celebrating its first year of supporting more than 100 people in home matches.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Providers working around system’s problems
Vermont Health Connect has been plagued with substantial malfunctions and snags that threaten its existence.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Provide for Vermonters
“Putting together a budget is never an easy task,” according to the governor in a recent letter, as he likens the state to families deciding between “groceries and medicine,” so to “live within their means.”  Published on: April 18, 2015
Time for ticks
We are welcoming this warm weather and so are the ticks. Time to tuck your pants in your socks or wear rubber boots when you are raking, gardening, walking out in fields and woods. Wearing long sleeves with tight cuffs, too, if you are working with your hands.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Cubbies’ prized rookie Bryant does triple-whiff in major league debut
CHICAGO — Kris Bryant had such a Chicago Cubs-like start to his major league career.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Scioscia meets with Hamilton, still unsure when he’ll return
HOUSTON — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Josh Hamilton this week for the first time in months and said he isn’t sure when the star will return to the team.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Hawks getting no respect
ATLANTA — They won 60 games, which is the accepted NBA standard of greatness. They blew away everyone else in the Eastern Conference — including you, LeBron James.  Published on: April 18, 2015
St. Louis Marathon strips winner’s title, says she cheated
ST. LOUIS — Organizers of the St. Louis marathon stripped the winner of her title this week, saying she had crept onto the course late in the race for the second consecutive year to make it appear she had run all 26.2 miles.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Matt Kenseth wins pole for Food City 500
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Matt Kenseth will try for his first win since 2013 when he starts from the pole at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Published on: April 18, 2015
NBA: Don’t rule out upsets in the East
Having trouble envisioning an upset in the Eastern Conference playoffs?  Published on: April 18, 2015
Merritt 61 nabs spotlight, lead at the Heritage
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Little-known Troy Merritt one-upped the Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Hilltoppers beat undermanned Crimson Tide
GIRLS LACROSSE  Published on: April 18, 2015
Undermanned Tide fall to Rebels
SOUTH BURLINGTON – The Spaulding girls lacrosse team dropped its season opener Friday at South Burlington, 15-5, after spotting the hometown Rebels a 10-0 halftime lead.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Citigroup slims down, boosts profits
NEW YORK — Citigroup kept a lid on costs and that helped boost its bottom line last quarter. The big bank continues to slim down following the financial crisis.  Published on: April 18, 2015
UnitedHealth hikes forecast, shares edge to new heights
UnitedHealth hiked its 2015 forecast after soaring past Wall Street’s first-quarter expectations with a performance fueled partially by growth outside health insurance.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Mother, son accused of dealing crack
A mother and son from Barre are charged with selling crack cocaine out of a Laurel Street home.  Published on: April 18, 2015
House passes gun restrictions
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Friday passed a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and people who are dangerously mentally ill.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Vermont officials back federal ‘No Child’ replacement bill
MONTPELIER — Education officials in Vermont are pleased with a step taken by Congress to reduce the high-stakes standardized testing provisions under the federal No Child Left Behind law.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Speaker, governor diverge on Health Connect deadline
MONTPELIER — House Speaker Shap Smith expects the state to move away from Vermont Health Connect if a key automated function is not in place by the end of May as promised by the Shumlin administration.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies
CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George, a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who led the U.S. bishops’ fight against Obamacare and played a key role in the church’s response to the clergy sex abuse scandal, has died. He was 78.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Students return to typing
SAN PABLO, Calif. — Seven-year-old Ja’Niyah Smith’s first-grade class filed into a computer lab at a suburban San Francisco school recently and, as they do every week, practiced using mice to pop bubbles with a cartoon pickle, catch flies with a frog’s tongue and arrange virtual blocks into words.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Al-Qaida in Yemen takes massive weapons depot from army
SANAA, Yemen — Al-Qaida’s Yemen branch routed government forces from a large weapons depot in the country’s east on Friday, seizing dozens of tanks, Katyusha rocket launchers and small arms, security officials said, as airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition intensified in the capital, Sanaa, and also in Yemen’s second-largest city.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Residents favor big solutions to Barre flooding
Flood resiliency recommendations floated  Published on: April 18, 2015
Marathon man
Montpelier resident Newton Baker is part of an elite group of athletes participating in the Race Across the USA, a 3,080-mile footrace across the country to benefit childhood fitness. Baker has already run more than 2,000 miles, or nearly 80 marathons in 88 days.  Published on: April 18, 2015
GE posts $13.6 billion loss on finance unit sale
NEW YORK — The industrial heart of General Electric, the company’s new focus, posted lower revenue and earnings in the first quarter amid an enormous overall loss resulting from its recently-announced sale of most of the assets in its finance subsidiary.  Published on: April 18, 2015
‘Money’ vs. Manny tix super-pricey
LAS VEGAS — Don’t expect to snag a $1,500 nosebleed ticket — or any other ticket — at the box office for the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Smith: Playing the blame game
Recently, some pundits have said our state budget shortfall is, in essence, the taxpayers’ fault because state government is not collecting enough taxes or fees from them. This theory of taxing more to spend more escapes the logic of most Vermonters and is counter to stimulating long-term economic growth.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Community News
Northfield Middle/ High School  Published on: April 18, 2015
Obama, Renzi pledge to focus on threats from Libya
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pledged Friday to work more intensely with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on threats coming from instability in Libya that have led to an influx of migrants across the Mediterranean.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Nation and World Briefs
ATLANTA  Published on: April 18, 2015
Meet Bill
As the first half of the legislative biennium nears its close, the effort and work of our representatives has focused, as it usually does, around just a few of the more than 650 bills introduced for consideration thus far.  Published on: April 18, 2015
Feds eye changes to standardized school testing
 Published on: April 17, 2015
Governor, Speaker at odds over future of Vermont Health Connect
 Published on: April 17, 2015
Norwich to host award-winning filmmaker
NORTHFIELD — Norwich University will host documentary filmmaker Ben Kalina on Monday and show his award-winning film on climate change and coastal communities, “Shored Up: When Human Nature and the Force of Nature Collide.”  Published on: April 17, 2015
Barre man cited on license charge
MARSHFIELD — Vermont State Police say a Barre man was driving without a valid license.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Record attendance at UVM event
Record attendance  Published on: April 17, 2015
Equal Pay Compact launched
Equal Pay  Published on: April 17, 2015
Sheriff’s office warns of scam
Sheriff’s office  Published on: April 17, 2015
New ‘mechatronics’ program offered
New ‘mechatronics’  Published on: April 17, 2015
A leading candidate in Argentina would overhaul economy
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The man who could be Argentina’s next president wants to put an end to tight government currency controls, make peace with the nation’s creditors and improve severely frayed ties to the United States.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Al-Qaida captures major airport, oil terminal in south Yemen
SANAA, Yemen — Al-Qaida seized control of a major airport, a seaport and an oil terminal in southern Yemen on Thursday, consolidating its hold on the country’s largest province amid wider chaos pitting Shiite rebels against forces loyal to the exiled president and a Saudi-led air campaign.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Man indicted in US for drug deal elected senator in Nigeria
LAGOS, Nigeria — A man indicted in the United States for allegedly smuggling heroin, in a case that was the basis for the TV hit “Orange Is The New Black,” has been elected a senator in Nigeria.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Europe dithers in face of unprecedented wave of migrants
BRUSSELS — An unprecedented wave of migrants has headed for the European Union’s promised shores over the past week, with 10,000 people making the trip. Hundreds — nobody knows how many — have disappeared into the warming waters of the Mediterranean, including 41 migrants reported dead Thursday after a shipwreck.  Published on: April 17, 2015
USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be ‘devastating’
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The nation’s poultry industry may have to live with a deadly bird flu strain for several years, which would be “devastating,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief veterinary officer said Thursday.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Government clarifies rules for wellness programs at work
WASHINGTON — Federal regulators Thursday proposed limits on how employers use financial penalties and rewards to nudge staff to participate in fast-growing workplace wellness programs.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Don’t panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow
WASHINGTON — The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire 9,000 graduates from U.S. universities this year, up from 7,500 in 2014. But recruiting isn’t as easy as it used to be.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Strange days indeed
Strange days indeed  Published on: April 17, 2015
I object to your lopsided report on the Plainfield Select Board meeting about Goddard’s wood chip plant. The topic of discussion was Goddard’s request for a letter of support from the town, needed in order to borrow $2 million for construction of the project from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Time is now to fight back
Vermont seems like a different place these days. We have a growing crisis of inequity in our state, yet politicians turn the other way. The commitment to solving problems together and ensuring dignified lives for all people has been replaced by divisive measures that will leave many of us behind.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Clean water boosts economy
Gov. Peter Shumlin, in his inaugural address, noted that “protecting Lake Champlain means protecting our economy.” Indeed, every governor before him in recent memory has made similar observations about how closely Vermont’s prosperity is tied to our land-based economy and healthy natural environment.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Klimenok: Personhood, abortion and religion
During the last few months there have been several anti-abortion letters published in The Times Argus. One common theme is that “personhood” begins at conception and that abortion of a fetus, which is a person, would be murder.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Stella: Vaccines deserve full debate
Sens. John Campbell, D-Windsor, and Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland, have tried to repeal the philosophical vaccine exemption using a last-minute amendment to another bill on the Senate floor. The question of mandatory versus voluntary vaccination policy is far too complex and controversial to be simply voted on as a rushed, sneak amendment.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Zwicky: Renewable energy for the people
To their credit, legislators are right now considering a renewable energy program (the Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Transformation program, or RESET) that would make sure electric utilities provide customers with clean, renewable power — putting Vermont in line with 29 other states that already require this.  Published on: April 17, 2015
No clear NBA Finals favorite
Sweet-shooting Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have the best record, an unmatched home-court advantage, and the understanding that means nothing now.  Published on: April 17, 2015
NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson from suspension
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson has been cleared to return to the NFL. Now all that remains to be settled is where he will play next season.  Published on: April 17, 2015
Redhawks take no prisoners
TRACK AND FIELD  Published on: April 17, 2015
Hilltoppers rule early-season meet
TRACK AND FIELD  Published on: April 17, 2015
Seahorses overwhelm Highlanders
BOYS LACROSSE  Published on: April 17, 2015
Downing, Wood lead charge for St. Johnsbury
GIRLS LACROSSE  Published on: April 17, 2015
BFA-Fairfax blanks Hazen
SOFTBALL  Published on: April 17, 2015
Solons cap busy week with victory
GIRLS TENNIS  Published on: April 17, 2015
Solons, Tide, Marauders in solid form
TRACK AND FIELD  Published on: April 17, 2015
Chapman helps BFA blank Hazen
BASEBALL  Published on: April 17, 2015