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Editorial: In Children's Best Interest, Vermont Needs Transparency

Anyone who doubts that Vermont's child protection system is a mess need only to consult Attorney General Bill Sorrell's remarks this week to a legislative committee in order to be set straight. "Our…

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Column: Independent Scotland Could Be Nuke-Free

Novelist and longtime Scotland resident J.K. Rowling did not mention national security issues when she recently donated 1 million pounds ($1.71 million) to the Better Together Campaign, which wants Scottish…

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Veteran NBA Referee Marries Longtime Partner

Violet Palmer made her biggest call yet: The NBA referee married her partner of 20 years on Friday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Palmer said she came out to her fellow NBA referees in 2007.…

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Hazel F. Hickson

Norwich, Vt. -- Committal services for Hazel F. Hickson, 94, who died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, at Hanover Terrace in Hanover, N.H., will be held Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Hillside Cemetery…

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June Rae Mohla

Grantham, N.H. -- Committal services for June Rae Mohla, 88,who died Sunday Nov. 10, 2013, at the Sullivan County Nursing Home in Unity, N.H., will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in the…

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Reverend Fernand Cassista, M.S.

Attleboro, Mass. -- Reverend Fernand Cassista, M.S. of the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette died Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro. He was born in Nashua, N.H. on March…

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Plainfield Property a Hard Sell

Plainfield -- As the auction date nears for the sale of the compound on Center of Town Road that once belonged to Ed and Elaine Brown -- the anti-government activists who took part in a nine-month standoff…

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Column: When Can Israel, or Hamas, Declare Victory and End the Fight?

I've written a couple of posts already about why all the international calls for a cease-fire in Gaza haven't yet borne fruit -- it's mainly because the two sides doing the fighting have irreconcilable…

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Braff Grows in'Wish I Was Here'

Some people just want to dislike Zach Braff. The actor once known as the charmingly goofy Golden Globe nominee from Scrubs has since become that guy, who's overly earnest and lends his voice to toilet…

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Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton Spar in 'And So It Goes'

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned…

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U.S. Officials Downplay Fear of Ebola Outbreak

Two Americans stricken by Ebola in West Africa are coming home for treatment in Atlanta, and U.S. government officials are urging the public to remain confident in the health-care system's ability to…

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Marlins Place All-Star on DL

Miami -- Miami Marlins All-Star pitcher Henderson Alvarez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of inflammation in his right shoulder. The move was retroactive to Wednesday. The Marlins…

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House OKs Immigration Bill

Washington -- House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, after winning over conservatives with…

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Study: Dinosaur Shrank Quickly Into Flying Bird

How did birds emerge from a lineage of large dinosaurs whose clawed feet were planted firmly on the ground? Size really matters, according to a team of scientists that traced the incredibly fast shrinkage…

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Life in Prison for Gays Overturned in Uganda

Johannesburg -- Ugandan gay activist Frank Mugisha tweeted, "Breaking news, I am officially legal," to supporters around the world after Uganda's Constitutional Court on Friday overturned a law that punished…

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Autopsy: Police Chokehold Caused Death

New York -- A medical examiner ruled Friday that a police officer's chokehold caused the death of a man whose videotaped arrest and final pleas of "I can't breathe!" sparked outrage and led to the overhaul…

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Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help

Pyongyang, North Korea -- Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release…

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One Small Step at a Time

Of all the uncomplicated things in the world, the chiefest must be walking. It's a milestone for babies, a gait universal to nearly all terrestrial creatures, the simplest form of locomotion aside from…

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Forum, Aug. 2: Middle Class Problems; Peace in the Mideast; Fast Times on Route 4

Rise and Fall of the Middle Class To the Editor: As a teacher of a course on the declining middle class at OSHER@Dartmouth in the past and again this fall ("The Puzzle of Our Time: Can the Middle…

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Group Urges Rebuild Of Lake Fairlee Dam

West Fairlee -- Officials coordinating efforts to replace the Lake Fairlee Dam will host the first of four planned public presentations this afternoon, when they will try to persuade residents that…

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Neighbors: No Headrest Near Us

Lebanon -- A neighborhood group has appealed the Zoning Board's approval to relocate a residential substance abuse recovery center and 24-hour crisis hotline to Abbott Street. The nonprofit providing…

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director Calls on a Lifelong Devotion to Comics

Burbank, Calif. -- About midway through Marvel's new interstellar adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, David Bowie's Moonage Daydream plays over a shot of a ramshackle spaceship traveling toward a mining…

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HBO Documentary E xamines Ethics Of Video Game Design, Addiction

Her name means love in Korean. Three-month-old Sarang died in her sleep of malnutrition. The 5 1/2-pound baby wasted away while her parents spent their nights playing Prius Online, raising a virtual child…

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Sox GM Cherington Works Around the Clock

Boston -- Early on in his news conference Thursday evening -- which put the wraps on a busy day of wheeling and dealing -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said, "We haven't slept much the last…

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Earnhardt Has Hopes For a Sweep at Pocono

Long Pond, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. landed at Pocono in need of a cleaning tool. "Lookin for a broom," he tweeted. Junior will be on the hunt for one Sunday when he tries to sweep both races this…