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Scott Paulson keeps the beat on a cowbell as Sharon Elementary fifth graders work through "Louie Louie" on the steel drums at the Vermont Independent School of the Arts in Sharon, Vt., Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Paulson founded the school in the Seven Stars Center building in 2002 with his wife and it now offers a wide range of private music lessons and classes in tai chi, yoga, Japanese calligraphy and hula dancing, among other subjects. 
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Arts Program Aims to Grow

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The founders of Vermont Independent School of the Arts at the Seven Stars Center in Sharon may be on the brink of realizing their dream. If all goes as planned, the 14-year-old nonprofit center and school, which has helped hundreds of students become better musicians, singers and visual artists, will qualify for a matching grant and move closer to the …

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or …

Tech Devices Changing the Game for Restaurants, Diners

Sunday, October 19, 2014

From taco stands to sit-down restaurants, technology is changing the way we order, pay and even dine while eating out. Want to peruse the news or occupy your fidgety kids at the table? There’s a tablet for that. Want to call ahead your order and pay by your phone? There’s an app for …

Vanpool Meeting, Pizza Party Scheduled for Bradford, Vt.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — People who live in the Bradford area are invited to a free “vanpool” pizza party on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., at Bradford Public Library. Representatives from the Vermont Agency of Transportation will discuss a state program that offers a $700 monthly subsidy for vanpools, and …

U.S. Investigators Expand Predator-Catching App

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Boston — An iPhone app designed to enlist the public’s help to catch fugitive and unknown suspected child predators led law enforcement officials to a suspect less than 36 hours after it became available. A year later, they are hoping to greatly expand their reach by making the …

Maid Tip Program Sparks Controversy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Los Angeles — Sonia Rosales pushes a cart laden with hundreds of pounds of soiled linen, shampoos and cleaning supplies through the JW Marriott hotel at L.A. Live, wrangling 20-pound inserts out of duvet covers, cleaning bathrooms and …

Don’t Talk to the Car

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Washington — Just because you can talk to your car doesn’t mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems …

Consumer Confidential: Verizon Takes the Lead in Move to a La Carte Pay-TV Pricing

Sunday, October 12, 2014

As more people abandon pricey cable and satellite services, the pay-TV industry may be finally waking up to the reality that if it wants to survive, it’s going to have to give consumers what they desire. And that’s a la carte programming — paying only for the channels …

Big Yellow Taxi Bids Farewell

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Big Yellow Taxi is fading to black. The around-the-clock Lebanon-based taxi service, which has been ferrying passengers around the Upper Valley since 1996, will shut down on Oct. 20, said Kirby Ogle, the company’s owner. Ogle, who also …

Barge Fees Limit Exports As Crops Battle for Space

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chicago — As U.S. farmers begin the biggest corn and soybean harvests ever, the bins at Elburn Cooperative in Illinois remain almost empty. It simply costs too much to send Midwest crops by barge to New Orleans export terminals. Shipping fees along the Mississippi River, the world’s busiest …

For Whitman, Old HP Deals a Cautionary Tale

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New York — As Meg Whitman gets ready to embark on deals, the challenge is to not repeat the mistakes of her predecessors at Hewlett-Packard Co. In the decade before she took over as chief executive officer, Hewlett-Packard …

S&P 500 Caps Worst Week in Two Years

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New York — The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index posted the biggest weekly drop in two years as concern about chipmaker earnings fueled a rout across the technology industry. The Dow Jones industrial average erased gains for the year as Intel, Microsoft and Cisco Systems fell more than …

RV Sales Gain Traction As Recovery Accelerates

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Milwaukee — Sales of travel trailers and motor homes continue to improve, with demand for some models nearing the peak volume before the recession, a Robert W. Baird & Co. report shows. Dealers reported solid retail trends in motor-home sales, up about 25 percent, and towable trailers, up …