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Richard Patterson nears the top of Tuckerman's Ravine on Mount Washington Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Richard, James Patterson's brother, agreed to accompany him on his long-standing goal of hiking the highest mountain in the northeast. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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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 that form around it. In short, it is not to be approached lightly. Even so, I’m not sure why it took me …

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 director of the Vermont ACLU, told a state education panel on Friday that he believes …

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 immunity to commit crimes. Two years later, Bulger is hoping a federal appeals court will …

Elder Bush Leaves Hospital

Monday, July 20, 2015

Kennebunkport, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was released from a Maine hospital on Sunday, four days after the 91-year-old fell at his summer home and broke a bone in his neck. Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said …

How Genzyme Became Biotech Exec Source

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. — They command battalions of biotechnology workers from Kendall Square to Seattle to Stockholm. They lean on each other for business advice while poaching one another’s researchers. And they share a pedigree that is pure gold in the life sciences world. Dubbing themselves the “Genzyme diaspora,” …

Hartford Farm Is the Latest Victim of Milk Glut

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Hartford — George Miller, one of two remaining dairy farmers in Hartford, has milked Holsteins twice a day at his parents’ Jericho Valvu Farm for 39 years. When 57 Holsteins leave the Bedell Road farm on Monday to …

Tall Ships Sail Into Maine

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Portland, Maine (ap) — Spectators lined the coast Saturday to watch a sea of canvas as the Coast Guard’s Eagle, the El Galeon Andalucia from Spain and other vessels arrived for the largest tall ships event in Maine’s largest city in 15 years. The floating parade from the …

Uncle: No Remorse From Suspect

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Benedicta, Maine — The suspect in a criminal rampage across several northern Maine communities that left two people dead showed no emotion and revealed no clues about his motive when he was arrested, the suspect’s uncle said Saturday. …

Prison Placements Under Review

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Boston — Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders is pledging to take a fresh look at the way the state treats those with serious mental illnesses and debilitating substance abuse problems who get caught up in the criminal justice system. Sudders said in an interview this …

Green Mountain Power Ready for Energy Revolution

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Colchester, Vt. — When Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s new Powerwall battery to back up home electrical systems in April, Green Mountain Power Corp. CEO Mary Powell was at the event in California, looking to put her company at the head of the line to …

Powerful Painkiller Complicates Vt.’s Battle Against Illegal Drugs

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Montpelier — Police and public health officials in Vermont have been warning for months about the danger of the drug fentanyl, a powerful, synthetic narcotic they say has intensified their battle against the surge in heroin and opioid abuse. Fentanyl is many times more powerful than other painkillers …

Maine Man Shoots, Kills Two

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Lee, Maine — A former convict beat a man and stole guns and a pickup truck before shooting five people, two of them fatally, during a rampage across several northern Maine towns, state police said Friday. Anthony Lord, …

Canaan Nixes Personnel Policy

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Canaan — The town administrator who asked an employee to remove a Confederate battle flag from his personal vehicle while it’s on town property said Friday that Canaan will drop its policy barring political statements by workers when they are on the clock. Canaan Administrator Mike Samson said …