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After four years, Arlington man acquitted of son's death shares story

Russ Van Vleck was found not guilty of manslaughter, but the consequences of being charged remain
03/04/2015 08:46 PM EST
BENNINGTON >> Two years after his infant son's death, Russ Van Vleck, now 32, walked out of a windowless courtroom, acquitted of manslaughter, and said, "I can finally move on with my life." That was four years ago on a sunny day in November, when Vermont Superior Court was being held in gloomy, temporary modular buildings pending the construction of a new State Office Complex. 
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LOCAL NEWS
Voters reject Landmark tax exempt request

PUTNEY >> Putney voters rejected three Town Meeting Day articles that would have given tax exempt status to three different parcels recently acquired by Landmark College. Landmark was asking town voters to approve the tax exempt status which would have removed about $15,500 in tax revenue. Putney residents spent more than an hour-and-a-half, before and after lunch, debating the issue, and Full Story
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Panthers roll into Class B championship game

Hoosick puts beatdown on No. 5 Ichabod Crane to advance
AVERILL PARK, N.Y. >> On paper, it looked like the No. 5 Ichabod Crane Riders would give the No. 1 Hoosick Falls Central School inside presence — a strength all year long for the Panthers and coach Eamonn DeGraaf — trouble with players at 6-foot-2, 6-foot and 5-foot-10. But the aggressiveness was the difference as Hoosick Falls outscored Ichabod Crane in every quarter of a 55-35 Full Story
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Maggie Smith is not leaving 'Downton Abbey'

Comments made by the actress were misinterpreted, leading to reports that the Dowager Countess of Grantham would meet her maker in Season 6. Full Story
NATION/WORLD
Spain sees energy deal as EU step to cut Russia dependence

BRUSSELS (AP) — Spain says that a new agreement to connect its energy networks with Portugal and France is a major step toward breaking Europe's dependence on Russian gas supplies. Full Story

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Art Spiegelman brings 'Wordless' performance to Williams College

Creator of 'Maus' will tour history of books-in-pictures
Art Spiegelman, creator of the 'Maus' graphic novels, will bring a musical tour of graphic novels and wordless books to Williamstown. Full Story
Faucet theft from German spy building causes water leak

BERLIN (AP) — Police say someone removed faucets from the still-incomplete headquarters of Germany's foreign intelligence service in Berlin, causing a large water leak. Full Story
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Trial over hit song 'Blurred Lines' drawing to a close

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marvin Gaye was part of the soundtrack of Pharrell Williams' life growing up, and the Grammy-winning singer-producer told a jury that he did not borrow from his idol's work to craft the 2013 hit "Blurred Lines. Full Story


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring.   Full Story
 
Roger Goodell wants the Dolphins to stay in Miami
The Dolphins don't have one foot out of Miami, according to Roger Goodell. The NFL commissioner said Thursday that the Dolphins don't necessarily have to relocate despite the Florida legislature's refusal last week to fund renovations to Sun Life Stadium. Full Story

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None of the current crop of TV moms is likely to be voted Mother of the Year, unless the ability to put dinner on the table counts for more than mental health.   Full Story
 
 
Updated: May 10, 2013 3:19:58 PM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring.   Full Story
 
 
Updated: May 10, 2013 3:19:58 PM EDT
 
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Obama launches sales pitch for health insurance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring. Full Story
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Happy Mother's Day, you heartless, killer psycho TV moms

None of the current crop of TV moms is likely to be voted Mother of the Year, unless the ability to put dinner on the table counts for more than mental health. Full Story
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Obama launches sales pitch for health insurance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama launched a campaign to promote his signature healthcare program on Friday in the face of harsh criticism from congressional Republicans who say the plan will raise costs and hurt hiring. Full Story