In This State: Coming to peace with starting over

Riki Moss brings to her work a sensibility that includes intelligence, a sense of humor, and a passion for global issues. This installation, called "Migration," uses strong gestural expressions to convey the pain, desperation and passion caused by human dislocation. Photo by Nancy Graff

“In two years we had risen to the pinnacle,” says artist Riki Moss. In a soft voice that belies the disappointment she and her husband soon faced, she tells what happened next.

Panels air marijuana legalization issues

A marijuana plant at a Colorado grow operation. Photo by Brent Levin/Creative Commons

The 2015 legislature is likely to revisit marijuana legalization. Lawmakers from all parties spoke about related issues at an event Wednesday night in Burlington.

YWP: Porcelain Sugar

Alexandra Contreras-Montesano is an eight-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Porcelain Sugar” by Alexandra Contreras-Montesano, an eight-grader at Edmunds Middle School.

SCOV Law Blog: Domicile detention denied

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A man charged with first-degree murder filed a motion for home confinement, proposing that he live at home and work on his 140-acre family farm. The trial court wasn’t sure that was such a hot idea.

Bushnell: Former judge explores Newbury’s mystery of Orville Gibson

As a young lawyer, retired Vermont Superior Court Judge Stephen Martin helped successfully defend a man accused of killing Newbury farmer Orville Gibson. Martin has just published a book in which he details how he really thinks Gibson died. Photo by Mark Bushnell

Former Vermont Superior Court Judge Stephen Martin is out to remove a historical dark mark on the reputation of Newbury.

YWP: Black Box Man

Olivia Howe is a freshman at Brattleboro Union High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Black Box Man” by Olivia Howe, a freshman at Brattleboro Union High School.

SCOV Law Blog: A question of character

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The rule says that if a Vermont attorney is disciplined in another jurisdiction, that attorney will receive the same discipline here.

YWP: Ephemeral Acceptance

Abigail Levy is a sophomore at The Sharon Academy. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Ephemeral Acceptance” by Abby Levy, a sophomore at the Sharon Academy.

SCOV Law Blog: The use and abuse of DNA testing

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A statute change required DNA collection from those charged with, but not yet convicted of, a felony. It is this 2009 amendment the SCOV found to be unconstitutional.

YWP: Salt and Pepper

Isaac Jenemann is an eighth-grade student at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Salt and Pepper” by Isaac Jenemann, an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington.

SCOV Law Blog: The ‘effect on the listener’ phenomenon

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The Vermont Supreme Court says that the truth of what happened during a traffic stop is less important than what happened as a result.

In This State: Son of a slave became an orchardist, a legislator and more

William John Anderson started his orchard in 1911 on his father's farm behind Shoreham's St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. By the late 1920s Anderson's Diamond A Orchard had expanded along Route 22A and was one of the most highly regarded in the state. At one time Anderson was cultivating 3,500 trees. In 1935 he was elected president of the Vermont Horticultural Society. He had his own packaging plant, and in 1943 he harvested 40,000 bushels of apples from his orchard. Photograph courtesy of Shoreham Historical Society

Earlier this fall, the Shoreham Historical Society received a copy of a letter William John Anderson wrote in 1944 to a former teacher, a note of thanks that enriches our understanding of the African-American experience in one of the whitest states in the country.

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SCOV Law Blog: A subdivision dispute wends its way through the courts

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A landowner wishes to add an apartment to a single-family home in Burlington, as well as subdivide the property into two lots. Predictably, lots of folks get upset about it.

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