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Margolis: Disobedience was civil, but was it warranted?

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Protesters occupying the Pavilion in opposition to the Vermont Gas pipeline perhaps invest the issue with more significance than it deserves.


Experts, advocates say early childhood development is crucial

Children sang and played at the launch event for Let's Grow Kids, a statewide public education campaign about the importance of early childhood experiences. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger
Neuromedical research on brain development shows that early childhood is crucial. A new film exploring the subject was screened Tuesday in Montpelier, and experts made the case that quality care in a child’s first years can have a lifetime of positive impact.


Rutland man being monitored for Ebola is identified

Peter Italia outside Conarky airport in Guinea with his friend and guide Francis, who is from Sierra Leone. Peter Italia Facebook photo
Peter Italia penned a Facebook trail describing his attempts to help Ebola victims and his frustration with not being taken seriously as a medical professional. Italia has written about time travel and claims to have a medical degree from the Dominican Republic.


UVM students raise awareness of sexual assault on campus

UVM students participate in a national Carry That Weight Day march to honor victims of sexual and domestic violence. Photo by Laura Krantz/VTDigger
Several dozen students marched across the UVM campus Wednesday to raise awareness of campus sexual assault. They carried mattresses, and paused for five minutes of silence in honor of assault survivors.


State prepares to help people with Affordable Care Act tax changes

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Some Vermonters will see changes in tax-filing requirements because of the Affordable Care Act. State officials are preparing to offer information to those affected.


Graniteville landowners oppose two Rock of Ages plants

Rock crushing operations near Rock of Ages in Barre Town. Photo by John Herrick/VTDigger
Two relatively new facilities at Rock of Ages have sparked complaints about noise, dust, and odors. A company attorney says there’s no evidence of medical harm; but some neighbors are pursuing appeals of the plant’s operating permits.


Second absentee ballot flaw in Burlington

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The city mistakenly listed 87 registered voters, including residents of the Thayer senior housing complex in the New North End, as being in state representative district 6-1 instead of district 6-2.


Sanders urges FairPoint to return to the bargaining table

Dennis Barr (left), Lisa LeFebvre-Barr and Matt Orr picket outside FairPoint Communication's central office in Montpelier on Friday, joined by LeFebvre-Barr's mutt Spike. The three are going without pay to protest the company's imposed compensation package. Photo by Hilary Niles/
Over 2,000 employees in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine went on strike Oct. 17 after contract negotiations with the communications employer broke down.


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Don Turner: The Freedom and Unity Plan

We found candidates young and old, from vastly different backgrounds and experiences. They felt that Vermont needs a fresh voice with new positive influence.

Shane McCormack: Agree or disagree?

There is no race in Vermont this year that offers more interesting and substantive distinctions on policy matters than the race for attorney general.

Kristin Sohlstrom: Give Vermont its independent voice back

The Vermont I now know has a major disconnect between the citizens and the Legislature that is supposed to be representing them.

Quote of the Day

“I think we should feel comforted we have a company in this business that wants to be in it.” – Gov. Peter Shumlin on GlobalFoundries takeover of IBM’s chip-making business.

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