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Report: DCF Overtaxed; Police Failed

Friday, November 21, 2014

Montpelier — Too much emphasis on reuniting children with their families, heavy social worker caseloads and absent communications among agencies were contributing factors in the deaths this year of two toddlers who authorities say were abused, according to a state report released Friday. The Vermont Citizens Advisory Board, tasked by Gov. Peter Shumlin to investigate the two cases, “found that existing policies and procedures were not followed throughout the system” …

Police: 3-Year-Old’s Fire Killed Family

Friday, November 21, 2014

Portland, Maine (ap) — Authorities say a 3-year-old boy set a fire that burned down his family’s mobile home in Maine, killing him, his mother and his twin 2-year-old siblings. The victims of the Thursday fire in Caribou, Maine, were 3-year-old Trenton Delisle, 28-year-old Norma Skidgel and 2-year-olds Mason and Madison Delisle. The …

Outdoor Writer’s Book Explores Some of New England’s Best Hikes

Friday, November 21, 2014

Climb Mount Washington in the dead of winter? Barely more than a morning constitutional for Marty Basch. Pedal a gear-laden bicycle from Maine to Alaska, along the Arctic Circle through Scandinavia, or along the Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico? Just another day after day at the office for this New Hampshire-based veteran …

FairPoint Strike Rages On

Friday, November 21, 2014

Montpelier — About 200 striking FairPoint workers and their supporters rallied at the Vermont Statehouse on Thursday as many said they’re willing to stay on the picket line until they are offered a contract they consider fair. A …

Vt. Health Officials Monitoring 2 for Ebola

Friday, November 21, 2014

virus, department officials have said. Vermont was recently able to purchase better protective gear for EMS workers with $250,000 in federal preparedness assistance, he said. The likelihood of an Ebola case in Vermont is still low, officials said, noting that there is currently no person in the U.S. …

Vt. Company Plans to Fortify Public Buildings

Friday, November 21, 2014

The organization that runs Efficiency Vermont is beginning a new kind of energy-saving venture. If all goes according to plan, a spin-off of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation will spend more than $50 million over the next five years to conserve energy in buildings used for low-income housing …

A Sweet Boston Symphony

Friday, November 21, 2014

Boston — Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s new Music Director Andris Nelsons got a chance to make some beautiful music together. The two have joined forces for their first BSO performance together. Ma and …

Customers Frustrated By FairPoint

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Tunbridge — Tracy Vesper, the administrative assistant at Tunbridge Central School, has printed up little yellow slips of paper with her son’s cell phone number on them, distributing the makeshift cards to all of the school’s staff and teachers. It’s the best solution she could come up with …

Buffalo Hit With 5½ Feet, More to Come

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Buffalo, n.y. — Homeowners opened their front doors to find themselves sealed in by sheer walls of white. Shovelers turned walkways into head-high canyons. A woman gave birth in a firehouse after the snow prevented her from reaching …

Daughter a No-Show in Custody Case

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Concord — A decade after a mother fled to Central America with her 8-year-old, New Hampshire authorities and the woman’s ex-husband still don’t know where the daughter is. “It’s very hard for us to reconcile our mental image of her as a 7-year-old girl with the reality that …

Man Saves Baby From Sunken Car

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Portland, Maine — A Maine logger helped save an infant from drowning when he crawled into a car that was upside-down in water and used a knife to cut the straps off her car seat and pull her …

Study: Mass. Schools Target Minorities

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boston — Massachusetts public schools punish a disproportionately high number of minorities and students with disabilities with out-of-school suspensions, putting them at higher risk of dropping out or getting in trouble with the law, according to a civil rights group. About two-thirds of those suspensions are for minor …

Vermonters Won’t Pay for ‘Stupid’ Remark

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Montpelier — An economist who said “the stupidity of the American voter” helped pass the complex federal health care law has agreed to finish his work on Vermont’s health insurance systems for free, a top state official said Wednesday. But the state will continue to pay assistants working …