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    Cable and TV cord-cutters, rejoice

    10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT
    Television viewers got a little more flexibility last week when HBO and CBS announced they would offer their own subscription streaming services. For too long, viewers have been held hostage by cable and satellite TV providers who refused to offer a la carte packages. To receive the coveted ESPN or HBO, viewers have had to buy packages with dozens of other cable channels they 
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    Remarkably generous when disasters strike
    10/20/2014 10:10 PM EDT - Americans are a remarkably generous people when it comes to natural disasters. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, private citizens gave an estimated $1.4 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. An estimated $2 billion poured in to help those displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. But when it comes to man-made disasters, the giving drops considerably. Full Story

    Take back our democracy
    10/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT - There’s been a lot of talk lately about Vermont’s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders making a run for president in 2016. Sanders himself has expressed both an interest in and misgivings about such a prospect and the political logistics involved. He’s motivated to help solve some of America’s most daunting problems -- not the least of which is the overburdened, Full Story

    ROSES & THORNS: Roses to UCS community forums on autism
    10/18/2014 11:01 AM EDT - ROSES to the series of community forums on autism held recently by United Counseling Services of Bennington County. The forums were geared to assist the agency's mental health professionals to develop autism programming that is sensitive to the needs of are children and families. "The more awareness about autism, the better off and more accepting the community is going to be," said Dave Full Story

    Sugary-beverage tax not such a sweet idea
    10/16/2014 09:21 PM EDT - Put down those Gummi Bears, spit out that soda and forget about the Ben & Jerry’s -- the feds don’t like you eating that kind of stuff. We’ve all heard debate about whether the government should serve as a "nanny state," dictating what types of behaviors should be subject to punitive action by the government. Full Story

    Standing up for the children
    10/15/2014 09:50 PM EDT - But when it was announced that Yousafzai was splitting the prize with Kailash Satyarthi, many people said "Who?" It didn’t take us long to learn that Satyarthi, a Hindu from India, was responsible for rescuing nearly 80,000 children from child labor. Yousafzai and Satyarthi are "Two sides of the same coin," wrote The Guardian’s Ben Doherty. Full Story

    Compassion Corps helps African nation beset with Ebola virus
    10/14/2014 10:23 PM EDT - When the Ebola virus began invading west African nations earlier this year, it seemed like a problem peculiar to developing nations, far from the cares of U.S. citizens. It became more of a reality when American doctors working in these nations became infected and were brought home for treatment. Full Story

    Money for retirement
    10/13/2014 10:00 PM EDT - Two separate reports out last week point toward a disturbing financial trend for senior citizens. AARP released a new survey that says more than half of working Americans over age 50 (55 percent) don’t think they’ll have enough money for health care as they reach the age they expect to retire. Full Story

    Votes. vs. fundraisers
    10/12/2014 09:56 PM EDT - The many detrimental effects that big money and its relentless pursuit have on American politics have been increasingly evident since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision broke most of the remaining leaky dams. An occasionally overlooked detriment is the way it forces, or at least encourages, elected officials to abandon the posts they were elected to so they can Full Story

    ROSES & THORNS: Roses to CDC students for partnership with Habitat for Humanity
    10/10/2014 09:58 PM EDT - ROSES to the students in the Southwestern Vermont Career Development Center Building Trades I class and their teacher, Brian Coon, who are making sheds for a Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity project in Pownal. The nonprofit Habitat reached out to the CDC to develop a partnership and found a very willing group there, according to Mari Bennett of HFH. Full Story

    Bank robber who bummed cigarette gets 10 years

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. Full Story
    Search for world's funniest person moves to Vegas

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An international search to find the world's funniest person is moving to Las Vegas, where people will get to see five finalists square off in an Olympics of comedy that pits France, Finland and other countries against one another. Full Story