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Dartmouth Commencement Speeches by Conan O’Brien (2011), Elie Wiesel (2006) and Fred Rogers (2002) Are Among the Nation’s Best, NPR Says

The bar has been set for TV producer Shonda Rhimes when she delivers the Dartmouth College commencement address next month. NPR has compiled an interactive list called The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever, and three speakers at Big Green graduations are among the 315 names. The most recent Dartmouth commencement speech on the list was delivered three years ago by TV personality Conan O’Brien. View his speech in the YouTube video above. Also on the list were the late Fred Rogers — better known as Mr.

From the Photo Archive: A House Call by Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, visited the Upper Valley in June 1975. A 1925 Dartmouth College graduate, Seuss was the author of 46 children’s books, including The Cat in the Hat. Valley News photograph ∎ Originally posted to the Valley Visual blog. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Cartoon School Co-Founder Delivers TEDx Talk

White River Junction — Excited for the Center for Cartoon Studies commencement tomorrow? Whether you’re going or not, you can pre-game, so to speak, by watching school co-founder and respected cartoonist James Sturm deliver a TEDx talk in the YouTube video above. TEDx talks, of course, are the short, conversational lectures delivered by people from a wide range of backgrounds about subjects familiar to them, without any kind of notes. The idea is to present “world-changing ideas,” according to the site. The live presentations are

Ready, Set, Charge: Maps of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Norwich — Hybrid gas-electric and all-electric vehicles are gaining popularity in Vermont and across the country, as we reported in today’s article about the Upper Valley Electric Vehicle Demo and Forum hosted last night at the Montshire Museum. But whether commuting in the Upper Valley or planning a cross-country road trip, drivers of all-electric vehicles — that is, vehicles that use no gasoline and rely entirely on energy from a battery — need to consider when and where they’ll find their next charge. Dave Roberts,

From the Photo Archive: Interstate 89 Under Construction

From the archive: Officials get a tour of the Interstate 89 project underway in Lebanon near the U.S. Route 4 exit on October 13, 1965. Valley News — Larry McDonald Originally posted to the Valley Visual blog. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

Columbia Sweeps Big Green Baseball

New York — The Columbia University baseball team snapped Dartmouth’s eight-game winning streak Saturday to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Lions beat the Big Green 6-2 in the first game of the Ivy League Championship Series and completed the sweep with a 4-1 win in the second game. Columbia also swept Dartmouth in last year’s Championship Series. Dartmouth ended the season with a record of 18-22. ∎ Posted online Saturday at 6:55 p.m. Find a full report in the Sunday Valley News and follow

3 Injured in I-91 Rollover (Updated 5:20 p.m.)

Ascutney — Three people were injured following a one-vehicle rollover accident that left part of Interstate 91 shut down for several hours Saturday afternoon. Ascutney fire and ambulance units responded at about 1:15 p.m. to a report of a motor vehicle rollover with entrapment in the northbound lanes of I-91 near Exit 8. Two people were reported trapped in the vehicle, a red Ford F-150 pickup truck, which rolled over several times and was leaking fluids. First responders used extraction tools to get the passengers

What’s In a (Vixen’s) Name?

Marisa Miller, known as “Marisky Business” when doing battle on behalf of the Upper Valley Vixens, is not among the growing number of roller derby players thinking about dropping her playing moniker. “I don’t believe derby names are nearly as important to the game as the elevation of women in sport, or the seriousness of athleticism,” the Norwich resident said. “But I won’t be dropping ‘Marisky Bizness’ any time soon. For me, there is fun and levity in a derby name and that is part

Ex-Stevens High Math Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Student

Newport — Christopher LeBlanc, a former Stevens High School math teacher, was sentenced to three-and-a-half to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty today in Sullivan County Superior Court to felonious sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl at the school. LeBlanc, 29, also pleaded guilty to aggravated felonious sexual assault and was given a suspended five- to 15-year sentence. LeBlanc was arrested in March and soon after resigned from his teaching job in Claremont. When asked by Judge Brian Tucker if he had anything

New to The Photos Section

Let me take a minute to direct you toward a new feature of our website that Photo Editor Geoff Hansen and the photo staff have been working toward: the photos section. Regular website readers may have noticed the new link in the dark-green navigation bar at the top of the website, in between “Calendar” and “Marketplace.” Clicking on “Photos” will bring you directly to the new Valley Visual photo blog, which highlights moments captured by Valley News staff photographers during and between assignments. You can