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Vermont Panel Begins Solar Study

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Montpelier — A panel created by the Vermont Legislature to study the growth of solar power in the state and plan for its use sat down for its first meeting Tuesday and heard from both supporters and critics. The Solar Siting Task Force was charged with reviewing the design, location and regulation of solar electric generation facilities and is to report back to lawmakers in January with recommendations. “You know …

Local & Regional Briefs for Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Officials: Crash That Killed Three Teens In Unity in August Was Driver’s Fault Unity — A year-long investigation into a car accident that killed three Claremont teenagers shows that the driver was traveling down West Unity Road at more than twice the posted speed limit, according to a news release from the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office. Jonathan Varnum, 18, was driving the vehicle …

Sassy Owl Stares Down Officer

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Boulder, Colo. (ap) — A Boulder County sheriff’s deputy got into a face-off with an owl with an attitude, and the owl won. Deputy Sophie Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road on Tuesday as Berman patrolled an area near a campground west of Boulder. Berman crouched down to take video …

Summer Journey: A Long Climb to the Summit of Mount Washington

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mount Washington is the tallest peak in the Northeast, at 6,288 feet. It holds the record for the highest sustained winds in our hemisphere, at 231 miles an hour, and is known for the quickly changing weather patterns …

ACLU Plans Lawsuit Over Spending Caps

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the state over a variable cap on school spending that was enacted in the last legislative session. The nonprofit group is actively seeking plaintiffs for a lawsuit against the state. Allen Gilbert, executive …

Bulger’s Bid for New Trial in Appeals Court

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him …

Wind Facility on Swanton Ridge Proposed

Monday, July 27, 2015

Montpelier — Developers of a plan by a Swanton family for what could become Vermont’s latest large-scale wind power project want to ask for state approval before the end of the year in hopes that construction can begin on what would be up to a seven-turbine, 20-megawatt installation …

Brain Disorder Center Closings Felt Nationwide

Monday, July 27, 2015

Concord — When Tyler Richardson’s son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger problems. …

Wake Held for Mass., Marine Killed in Tennessee

Monday, July 27, 2015

Springfield, Mass. (ap) — People in his hometown paid their respects on Sunday to a Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman who attacked a military facility in Tennessee two weeks ago. Thousands attended a public wake for Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan at T.P. Sampson Chapel of The Acres …

25 Years On, Disabilities Act Has Changed Lives

Sunday, July 26, 2015

New York — Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs’ world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family’s …

Mass. Gov. Takes Heat for Budget Vetoes

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Boston — Wielding the veto pen for the first time is a pivotal moment for any new governor, when the glossy promises of the campaign run up against hard budgetary math. Gov. Charlie Baker’s first round of budget cuts is drawing the ire of transportation and arts activists …

Papua New Guinea Anthropologist Killed in N.Y. Crash

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Albany, n.y. — During her nearly quarter-century living in one of the most remote places on earth, Nancy Sullivan explored crocodile-infested rivers, endured numerous bouts of malaria and advocated for tribal societies threatened by encroaching development. Her 24 …

Powder Plant Retrial: Case Is Weaker

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Concord — The owner of a gunpowder plant convicted in an explosion that left two workers dead could soon walk free after a home invasion left the key witness against him dead. Craig Sanborn, the owner of the Black Mag gunpowder plant that blew up in 2010, is …