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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

‘Happy’ Dartmouth

Hanover — Given all the bad publicity about drinking and sexual assaults on campus, Dartmouth College may finally have caught a public relations break, especially in this video-friendly world. Dartmouth sophomore Jake Gaba and some fellow students have created an on-campus video that depicts dozens of students, and some faculty members, lip-syncing and grooving to the popular song Happy by Pharrell Williams. “Very happy” might be an apt description for the reaction in the Admissions Office, since the video shows a multicultural sweep of campus

‘Photographers Know They Are Not Invisible’

Here’s a tidy little example of how the presence of a photographer or journalist will always affect the situations being photographed or reported. Photographers, and in particular photojournalists, are constantly trying to transform the motion, emotion, color, shape and information around us into a tight little visual package that viewers will see and relate to. The goal is simple: to honestly and accurately present what we see, in a way that will connect to the viewer. Don’t change the scene. Don’t direct the subjects. That’s

Coming to Hartford: Not Your Usual Tag Sale

Hartford — Do you want to take home the town manager’s desk? How about the Selectboard’s meeting table? Those items, along with other office equipment supplies, will be available for purchase on Saturday and Sunday during the Town Hall Office Sale, which will be held from 9-2 in the Hartford Municipal Building parking lot. The yard sale, which organizers are discouraging early birds from flocking to, will offer an array of different size filing cabinets, desks, tables, bookcases, chairs and more. Even the couch that

A Tale of Two Lymes (And One Ugly Fish)

These are the problems that happen when half the towns in New England share the same name. Case in point: Lyme, Conn., where a terrifyingly large and ugly fish called a sturgeon surfaced along the Connecticut River recently, and Lyme, N.H., where a photo of the fish (and two adorable grandchildren) started surfacing on social media yesterday. Rest easy, Upper Valley. That ugly thing is far, far away. View the photo at the link above, and read more about sturgeons here. ∎ Posted to the

View the White River Indie Fest 48-Hour Film Slam Videos

As reported in today’s Valley News, organizers of the recently concluded 10th annual White River Indie Festival (formerly the White River Indie Film Festival) are calling it a success. “My sense was that it was larger than last year,” Michael Beahan, president of the WRIF Board, told Valley News reporter Nicola Smith. “There were decent-sized audiences for all the films that were shown.” One of the highlights of the festival is the annual 48-hour film slam, a collaboration between WRIF and CATV, in which teams

Dartmouth College Dean Charlotte Johnson Leaving for Job at Smaller College

Hanover — Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson will be leaving Dartmouth at the end of the school year for a new position at Scripps College as vice president for student affairs and dean of students. Johnson has been at Dartmouth since 2011, when she was hired by then-President Jim Yong Kim. She had previously been dean at Colgate University for five years. In Hanover, she has been the top administrator dealing day-to-day with such issues as sexual assault and diversity on campus. Dartmouth president

Photo: Computerized Testing

Marion Cross School third-grader Stella Galanes sits on a bench in class while taking a computerized test at the school in Norwich, Vt., on April 24, 2014. ∎ Posted to the Valley Visual blog Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Follow the Valley News on Twitter @VNewsUV.

F-15 Eagle Scheduled to Soar Overhead This Afternoon

Hey, children, what’s that sound? If it’s a loud roar from above between 4-5 p.m. today, it’s probably an F-15 Eagle from the Massachusetts-based ​104th Fighter Wing. According to a news release from the Department of the Air Force, three of the fighter jets from the Air National Guard unit will scramble from their base in Westfield, Mass., and conduct an exercise over the region this afternoon in conjunction with members of the Civil Air Patrol, who will be flying a low-speed civilian propeller aircraft.