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Bear Pond Books awarded grant
MONTPELIER — The children’s room at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier will be getting a makeover thanks to being awarded a share of a $1 million giveaway to independent bookstores by best-selling author James Patterson.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Carrier nets 100th victory
WILLIAMSTOWN — It was a special night for Blue Devils coach Jack Carrier on Tuesday.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Raiders fend off Tide, 41-38
BARRE — After nearly seeing a 12-0 first-quarter lead slip away, U-32 made sure it didn’t happen with a strong fourth-quarter effort to earn a 41-38 girls basketball victory over Spaulding on Tuesday.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Tainted feed blamed for 4 horse deaths in Florida
MIAMI — Eighteen poisoned horses are being treated to spa days in their Florida stables, with their young riders brushing their manes and tails, painting their hooves, feeding them hay and petting their noses.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Sweet ‘Night at the Museum’ bids farewell to Robin Williams
Take heed: There are at least two acutely sad moments involving Robin Williams’ Teddy Roosevelt in the latest “Night at the Museum.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Smaller renewable power projects up 58 percent
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s reliance on solar power is continuing to increase as producers take advantage of federal tax credits and the state’s growing affection for cleaner energy sources, officials said Tuesday.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Apple wins class-action lawsuit over iPod prices
OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal jury decided Tuesday that Apple didn’t compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings committed suicide
PENNSBURG, Pa. — An Iraq War veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives was found dead of self-inflicted stab wounds Tuesday in the woods of suburban Philadelphia, ending a day-and-a-half manhunt that closed schools and left people on edge.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Pact reached before trial over flawed Vegas hotel
LAS VEGAS — A last-minute settlement avoided trial that was set to start Tuesday involving casino giant MGM Resorts International and six of seven contractors in a massive civil breach-of-contract lawsuit over a never-opened Las Vegas Strip tower called the Harmon.  Published on: December 17, 2014
No turning back
No turning back  Published on: December 17, 2014
An early rally fizzles, leaving US indexes lower
NEW YORK — Sudden twists in the price of oil and currency trading turned the stock market into a roller-coaster ride on Tuesday.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Taliban assault on Pakistan school leaves 141 dead
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — In the deadliest slaughter of innocents in Pakistan in years, Taliban gunmen attacked a military-run school Tuesday and killed 141 people — almost all of them students — before government troops ended the siege.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Ruble collapse shakes Russian economy, consumers
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a major new challenge after a catastrophic fall in the value of the ruble, which hit a new low Tuesday despite the Central Bank’s desperate efforts to halt the selling.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Bias is showing again
Two days in a row this week The Times Argus has demonstrated its inability to keep to the facts. It seems the Mitchell family and the people it hires continue the unbridled support for liberals like Peter Shumlin.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Guilty plea in smuggling of Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig
MIAMI — A South Florida businessman pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking part in a conspiracy to smuggle Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba in return for a sizable cut of the outfielder’s multimillion-dollar salary.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Redskins place emotional McCoy on injured reserve
ASHBURN, Va. — His voice about to crack, Colt McCoy lamented the neck injury that has brought his season to an early end.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016 season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sprint informed NASCAR it won’t extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Tragedy reversed
The recently concluded climate talks in Lima, Peru, showed that the nations of the world are ready to confront the climate crisis, but it also showed that concrete pledges of specific actions remain difficult to achieve.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy
RENTON, Wash. — Boeing said Tuesday it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Aldrich Public Library searches for next Karen Lane
Aldrich Library launches search for new director  Published on: December 17, 2014
U-32: Drop in revenue will shift more costs onto taxes
East Montpelier Elementary, U-32 school budgets  Published on: December 17, 2014
New error in Barre budget figures sends increase back up
One step forward, two steps back for Barre finance committee  Published on: December 17, 2014
Town to talk stream names: ‘Garth’ Brook?
It's not that they hate country music, but officials in Plainfield just don't think officially naming a waterway Garth Brook is appropriate.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Letterman pulls curtain on holiday tradition
NEW YORK — With the curtain soon to fall on David Letterman’s late-night television career, the end comes Friday for an odd and emotional holiday tradition that involves comic Jay Thomas, the Lone Ranger, a giant meatball and, most indelibly, singer Darlene Love.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Lawmakers add pressure on FairPoint to negotiate
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s congressional delegation has joined the governor in calling for FairPoint Communications to negotiate an end to the two-month strike by about 1,700 workers after a rash of Internet and phone outages on the network of the state’s dominant carrier.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Sanders says Social Security top priority
MONTPELIER — Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernard Sanders, who is moving to a new post as top minority member of the Senate Budget Committee, says he’ll use the position to defend Social Security, which he calls “the most successful government program in history.”  Published on: December 17, 2014
Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH
NEW YORK — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez’s days as an everyday fielder are over. At best, he hopes A-Rod will be New York’s full-time designated hitter.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Patriots defense getting healthier, stingier
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Chandler Jones is tackling the quarterback again, Vince Wilfork is stuffing the middle and Darrelle Revis is smothering receivers.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Cook says he has more to accomplish at Michigan St
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook indicated Tuesday he plans to be back with the Spartans as a senior.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Small-business survey sheds light on employer views
BURLINGTON — Lawmakers are preparing bills that would require employers to provide paid leave, while a new report shows mixed support among small businesses in the state.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Pelini goes home as Youngstown St coach
Former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will be the next coach at Youngstown State, an FCS school in his hometown, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Cook says he has more to accomplish at Michigan St
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook indicated Tuesday he plans to be back with the Spartans as a senior.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH
NEW YORK — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez’s days as an everyday fielder are over. At best, he hopes A-Rod will be New York’s full-time designated hitter.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Warren can win
Elizabeth Warren’s memoir begins with the story of a family in collapse. She was 12 years old when her father had a heart attack.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Life after football
The most unpopular man in Birmingham, Ala., these days is Dr. Ray Watts, the president of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Earlier this month, Watts announced that the school was going to eliminate its football team. You can just imagine what happened next.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Health insurance sign-up deadline extended
MONTPELIER — Officials have extended Monday’s Vermont Health Connect open enrollment deadline until the end of the month for Vermonters seeking health insurance beginning Jan. 1.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Board of Education calls for limit on reform
BURLINGTON — The State Board of Education is urging lawmakers to avoid “regressive tax reform” when they consider ways to change the way education is funded in Vermont.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Harry W. White
MONTPELIER — Harry William “Hank” White, 96, a longtime resident of Wheelock Street, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at the Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre, Vermont.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Melvin C. Benzie Sr.
BRADFORD — Melvin Curtiss Benzie Sr., 84, a longtime Bradford resident, died on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Brookside Nursing Home, White River Junction, Vermont.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Patricia L. Baumann
LEESBURG, Fla. — Patricia Louise Baumann, 96, of Leesburg, died Dec. 11, 2014.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Smaller renewable power projects up 58 percent
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s reliance on solar power is continuing to rise as producers take advantage of federal tax credits and the state’s growing affection for cleaner energy sources, officials said Tuesday.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Harper, Morino power Harwood girls
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: December 17, 2014
Lancers outlast Raiders, 55-42
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: December 17, 2014
Trojans stage massive comeback
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: December 17, 2014
Stimson, Huntington set the tone for Raptors
BOYS BASKETBALL  Published on: December 17, 2014
MMA fighters file antitrust lawsuit against UFC
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Mixed martial arts fighters filed an antitrust lawsuit against the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday, alleging the organization is a monopoly that chokes off competition, crushes athletes’ earnings and controls the right to market their names even after their deaths.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Kurt Busch’s ex seeks no-contact order at hearing
DOVER, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch’s breakup with his ex-girlfriend turned into an ugly court battle Tuesday when she described Busch in testimony as unstable and struggling with alcoholism and depression. His attorneys countered, describing her as untrustworthy and “extremely mercenary.”  Published on: December 17, 2014
Bjugstad leads Capitals; Tampa Bay tops Philadelphia
SUNRISE, Fla. — Nick Bjugstad scored the winning goal in the longest shootout in NHL history to lift the Florida Panthers over the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Tuesday night.  Published on: December 17, 2014
Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer
HARTFORD, Conn. — The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Email accidentally shows private info
Email accidentally  Published on: December 16, 2014
Snow removal tonight in Montpelier
Snow removal Tuesday  Published on: December 16, 2014
Budget and bicycle planning on tap in Montpelier
This week in Montpelier column  Published on: December 16, 2014
Widespread FairPoint phone outages continue
MIDDLESEX — December is normally a busy time of year at Vermont Musical Instrument Repair, with people clamoring to get their clarinets and trombones fixed up for holiday concerts. But owner Jeff Vovakes’ phone has been silent for a week.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Colorado resort towns worry over pot perception
BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — Business is booming in Colorado’s mountain resorts, and the addition of recreational marijuana stores this year has attracted customers curious about legalized pot. But there’s mounting anxiety that ski towns have embraced stoner culture a little too much, potentially damaging the state’s tourism brand.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Stocks fall after biggest weekly loss since 2012
NEW YORK — Falling oil prices pushed U.S. stocks down broadly on Monday, extending losses into a second week.  Published on: December 16, 2014
James Patterson donating to independent bookstores
NEW YORK — Thanks to a holiday windfall, Left Bank Books in St. Louis plans to install a security system and possibly update its phones. Strand Book Store in New York City is looking to sponsor field trips that will bring in students from low-income neighborhoods.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Research explores racial tensions with movie’s 1939 premiere
ATLANTA — Seventy-five years after the premiere of the movie “Gone with the Wind,” research is shedding light on the racial tensions that existed at the time between the producer and city of Atlanta officials.  Published on: December 16, 2014
National Life fires up solar project
MONTPELIER — More than 2,000 solar panels perched in rows in a field on Northfield Street were officially dedicated Monday afternoon, bringing to life the National Life Group’s first major solar installation.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Budget and bicycle planning on tap in Montpelier
This week in Montpelier column  Published on: December 16, 2014
Snow removal tonight in Montpelier
Snow removal Tuesday  Published on: December 16, 2014
Montpelier seeks to fill investment panel
MONTPELIER — The City Council is seeking applicants to serve on a new investment committee that will offer guidance to the council on how best to invest and manage funds donated or bequeathed to the city.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Small-business survey sheds light on employer views
BURLINGTON — Lawmakers are preparing bills that would require employers to provide paid leave, while a new report shows mixed support among small businesses in the state.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Widespread FairPoint phone outages continue
MIDDLESEX — December is normally a busy time of year at Vermont Musical Instrument Repair, with people clamoring to get their clarinets and trombones fixed up for holiday concerts. But owner Jeff Vovakes’ phone has been silent for a week.  Published on: December 16, 2014
State begins pursuit of FEMA aid for winter storm
MONTPELIER — Vermont officials are asking the federal government to review damage from last week’s winter storm to determine if the state is eligible for public assistance money.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Widespread FairPoint phone outages continue
MIDDLESEX — December is normally a busy time of year at Vermont Musical Instrument Repair, with people clamoring to get their clarinets and trombones fixed up for holiday concerts. But owner Jeff Vovakes’ phone has been silent for a week.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Email accidentally shows private info
Email accidentally  Published on: December 16, 2014
Widespread FairPoint phone outages continue
MONTPELIER — A top Vermont telecom regulator says the state’s dominant landline phone company continues to be plagued by outages.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Factory output eclipses pre-recession high
WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Sydney siege ends; 3 dead, including gunman
SYDNEY — The deadly siege began in the most incongruous of ways, on a sunny Monday morning inside a cheerful cafe in the heart of Australia’s largest city.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Kerry, Netanyahu meet as UN efforts heat up
ROME — Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the U.S. and Israel developed their responses to a draft U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Harry W. White
MONTPELIER — Harry W. White, 96, of Montpelier, died Dec. 14, 2014, at Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Published on: December 16, 2014
William C. Stone
BARRE TOWN — The service of remembrance celebrating the life of William C. Stone, 79, of Camel’s Hump Drive, was held on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Websterville Baptist Church. He passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at his home.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Carolyne E. Wiley
MONTPELIER — Carolyne E. Wiley, 86, of Montpelier, died on Dec. 12, 2014, at her home. Carol was born on June 17, 1928, in Rutland, Vermont, to Elmer and Gladys (Boutwell).  Published on: December 16, 2014
Wall Street’s revenge
On Wall Street, 2010 was the year of “Obama rage,” in which financial tycoons went ballistic over the president’s suggestion that some bankers helped cause the financial crisis. They were also, of course, angry about the Dodd-Frank financial reform, which placed some limits on their wheeling and dealing.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Fighting back
The petition drive by Rutland High School students opposing an online social media application has demonstrated the power of conscientious citizens to push back the darkness.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Lesterbuys intovision
CHICAGO — Jon Lester says he believes in the Chicago Cubs’ plan and is ready to try to help bring them their first championship since 1908.  Published on: December 16, 2014
It’s put-up or shut-up time for Mayweather
LAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. built a career — and made a fortune — by using deception to confuse and outwit his opponents.  Published on: December 16, 2014
’Cats keep legsbeneath themwith a big win
Kentucky took a big loss off the court and responded with another big win on it.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Home is focusfor playoffs
The Cowboys don’t lose on the road, where the Bengals and Colts aren’t slouches, either.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Lesterbuys intovision
CHICAGO — Jon Lester says he believes in the Chicago Cubs’ plan and is ready to try to help bring them their first championship since 1908.  Published on: December 16, 2014
A-Rod uncertain, Headley signs with Yankees
NEW YORK — Chase Headley is staying with the Yankees, agreeing Monday to a $52 million, four-year contract that signals New York is not counting on Alex Rodriguez to play third base regularly.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Vikins beat Hazen a secnod time
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: December 16, 2014
Yellowjackets edge Solons girls
GIRLS BASKETBALL  Published on: December 16, 2014
Devils wear down Ghosts
RANDOLPH — Williamstown wore out Randolph with 32 minutes of full-court pressure, high speed, low-turnover basketball to claim its third win, 85-50 Monday.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Meetthe newboss
While the Spaulding boys basketball team endured the usual ebb and flow cycles these past 34 years (on the flow side, two state championships, two runner-up finishes) one thing has remained fairly constant: head coaching.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer
HARTFORD, Conn. — The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Stronger start for Obama’s health law this year
WASHINGTON — Sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law is off to a stronger start this year, even as Americans remain skeptical that the government’s newest social program is right for the country.  Published on: December 16, 2014
6 dead, suspect on loose in suburban Philadelphia
PENNSBURG, Pa. — A man went to three houses in the Philadelphia suburbs before dawn Monday and fatally shot six people, authorities said, including his recently engaged ex-wife, who had told neighbors she feared he would kill her.  Published on: December 16, 2014
State begins pursuit of FEMA aid for winter storm
MONTPELIER — Vermont officials are asking the federal government to review damage from last week’s winter storm to determine if the state is eligible for public assistance money.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Barre’s next major project underway
Keith Avenue building razed to make room for new parking lot  Published on: December 16, 2014
Google researching use of color in business
NEW ORLEANS — Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding.  Published on: December 16, 2014
Irene impact researched three years later
Middlebury College students say Vermonters feel the effects of Tropical Storm Irene three years later.  Published on: December 15, 2014
Union taking NFL to court over Peterson
MINNEAPOLIS — The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Monday for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL’s suspension of the star running back.  Published on: December 15, 2014
Montpelier seeks to fill investment panel
MONTPELIER — The City Council is seeking applicants to serve on a new investment committee that will offer guidance to the council on how best to invest and manage funds donated or bequeathed to the city.  Published on: December 15, 2014
No parking on certain streets to enable snow removal
Public Works crews will be out tonight removing snow from the following streets:  Published on: December 15, 2014
Deal salvaged at UN climate talks in Peru
LIMA, Peru — A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but a consensus could not be reached on nations submitting to a rigorous review of their plans for greenhouse gas emissions limits.  Published on: December 15, 2014
Barre City budget starts taking shape
Committee wrestles with Barre budget  Published on: December 15, 2014
Vt. kind to FairPoint despite problems
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s statewide 911 chief has no regrets about signing an $11 million contract with FairPoint Communications to build the state’s next-generation emergency calling system less than three weeks before problems on FairPoint’s network knocked much of the current 911 system out of service for more than five hours.  Published on: December 15, 2014
Identity theft victims face months of hassle
SAN FRANCISCO — As soon as Mark Kim found out his personal information was compromised in a data breach at Target last year, the 36-year-old tech worker signed up for the retailer’s free credit monitoring offer so he would be notified if someone used his identity to commit fraud.  Published on: December 15, 2014
Penguins star Crosby diagnosed with the mumps
PITTSBURGH — Add Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby to the growing list of NHL players dealing with the mumps.  Published on: December 15, 2014