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    The bio-threat from within

    07/21/2014 10:10 PM EDT
    Government agencies and laboratories responsible for the safe handling and oversight of deadly microbes and pathogens have a lot to answer for given the serious mishaps that have come to light. Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other officials and biosafety experts testified before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday 
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    Don’t buy anti-vaccination rhetoric
    07/20/2014 10:20 PM EDT - With the recent news that 15 cases of whooping cough have been discovered in Brattleboro, and that the number of cases of measles nationwide is nearing 600, the debate over vaccinations has once again risen in a crescendo. Truthfully, if you follow social media, the topic of vaccinations is always bubbling somewhere, with critics of the practice citing anecdotal cases of adverse effects Full Story

    Roses to the unique Bennington tradition of Midnight Madness
    07/18/2014 10:13 PM EDT - ROSES to the annual Midnight Madness event in Bennington on Thursday. It was great to see crowds patronizing downtown businesses and enjoying music performances well past dark. THORNS to the four people who disrupted the fun others were having at Midnight Madness. According to Bennington Police, three teens let an altercation get out of hand and a fourth man was cited for and driving unsafely Full Story

    Congress fiddles, our roads crumble
    07/17/2014 10:12 PM EDT - Congress is in crisis mode ... again. This time it’s the Federal Highway Trust Fund. And once again, lack of agreement on how to address the problem at hand has led to paralysis in Washington, D.C. The highway fund is expected to become insolvent by the end of August, according to the Department of Transportation. Full Story

    Federal gas tax hike a viable option to fix crumbling infrastructure
    07/16/2014 10:12 PM EDT - The federal Highway Trust Fund, which pays for many of the transportation infrastructure projects across the country, is running on fumes. And although it appears Congress is set to pass a short-term patch to shore up the fund, with the White House’s reluctant support, a longer-term solution is needed. Full Story

    First, do no harm
    07/15/2014 09:52 PM EDT - Democrats and Republicans alike are, if polls are to be believed, linked in their unhappiness with the foreign policy of President Obama. Only unreconstructed Cheney-Rumsfeld armchair hawks, however, seem certain about what should be done, which would involve parachuting into the problem area of the day with guns blazing. Full Story

    A promising ACA report
    07/15/2014 10:11 AM EDT - The Commonwealth Fund, an independent research agency that tracks health issues, has issued its report on the Affordable Care Act for the months after the end of the first enrollment period and the results are encouraging in terms of who it is reaching and how they are being helped. It won't be received this way in all circles, but this is good news for Americans. Full Story

    The lunacy never ceases
    07/13/2014 10:32 PM EDT - Are we the only ones who are amazed at the nerve of House Speaker John A. Boehner? For the past few weeks, the Republican from Ohio has been promising to file a lawsuit against Pres. Barack Obama for the manner in which he has issued executive orders, which his party believes is unconstitutional. Full Story

    Thorns to Bennington’s loss of longtime downtown fixture Greenbergs
    07/11/2014 09:53 PM EDT - THORNS to the circumstances the surround the planned closing of Greenberg’s in Bennington. After 65 years in business, the downtown hardware store and lumber yard is set to close by Sept. 1. The reason for the closure is, according to a member of the Greenberg family, a deal on the property could not be reached with Leader Home Centers, which purchased the business last year. Full Story

    Obama breaks promises on drone use
    07/10/2014 10:27 PM EDT - Thirteen months ago, during a speech at the National Defense University, President Barack Obama promised greater transparency and new guidelines for drone use as part of his counterterrorism strategy. So much for promises. An authoritative, bipartisan report released last week by the Stimson Center charged that U. Full Story

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    170-foot ketchup bottle for sale in Illinois

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Would you relish having a towering ketchup bottle? That emblem of roadside Americana could be yours if you fork over enough money. Full Story
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    See Photo: Beyonce denies divorce rumors via Instagram

    Singers posts photo of her and Jay Z with their daughter, trying to end speculation that her marriage will end after summer tour.