• 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' canceled - 10/24/2014 02:15 PM EDT
    THE OUTSIDE STORY: Avian Blood-suckers

    10/24/2014 10:23 PM EDT
    When you find a bird feather in the woods and stoop to pick it up, does your mom's voice echo in your brain? Can you hear her say, birds have lice, don't pick that up? Mom was mostly right. Birds can have lice (though you won't catch lice from a bird). But what Mom probably didn't know is that birds have something far creepier lurking in their 
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    THE VIEW FROM MY PLACE: Politics -- the Vermont way
    10/24/2014 10:22 PM EDT - By the time you're reading this there's about a week left before the 2014 political season will come to a (merciful) end. This off-presidential election year has proven to be much more entertaining here in Vermont than most other states. Oh sure, we've seen challenger Allison Grimes show incumbent, Sen. Full Story

    Open letter to the residents of Bennington County
    10/23/2014 10:24 PM EDT - I am a candidate for Bennington County State’s Attorney. Typically, State’s Attorney races go unnoticed. Usually the person holding the position goes unchallenged. The problem being, however, State’s Attorneys possess a great deal of power. A State’s Attorney is the county’s chief law enforcement official and sets the mood in the county’s law enforcement Full Story

    Viewing political corruption more broadly
    10/23/2014 10:24 PM EDT - Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ views toward government. Polling by Gallup, he noted, found that the proportion of Americans who believed that corruption is "widespread" in government had risen from 59 percent in 2006 to 79 percent in 2013. Full Story

    A small nod to the truth
    10/22/2014 09:45 PM EDT - Alden Graves Take heart, thinking Americans, there has been some progress made in the ongoing attempt to help reverse -- or at least curtail -- the incalculable damage done to the planet by the wholesale dispersal of toxic gases into the atmosphere. It’s a tiny step to be sure, but it is in a forward direction. Full Story

    Charting the future of Efficiency Vermont
    10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT - Efficiency Vermont was created in the year 2000 to help Vermont homes and businesses reduce their use of electricity. At a larger level, we work in partnership with all of Vermont’s traditional utilities to help reduce strain on the electric system, and defer the need for expensive investments in new power plants and transmission lines. Full Story

    Vermont at a crossroads
    10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT - In 2011 Vermont passed Act 48, setting us on the course to have the first universal, publicly financed health care system in the United States. This came about because hundreds of Vermont residents took action: contacting legislators, packing public hearings, testifying about the debilitating effects of the current healthcare system on their lives. Full Story

    Redesigning Vermont’s Economic Development Program supports growth
    10/21/2014 10:25 PM EDT - Vermonters have seen a reduction in average salaries and a rise in under compensated opportunities. Our small state has also experienced a continued decline in our overall economy which has driven down our tax revenues putting a severe strain on our social programs and other state projects. This coupled with a reduction in Federal aid has forced the governor to ask state agencies to Full Story

    Holidays and new traditions
    10/20/2014 10:11 PM EDT - Some of the most dramatic changes of aging can be centered on the holidays. Each family has its own customs. Whether that means placing an ancient and honored menorah in the front window, or being the first house on Main Street to light and decorate a tree in the big bay window, these are ways we define ourselves as individuals and families. Full Story

    Vermont’s cloudy fiscal future
    10/20/2014 10:10 PM EDT - How fares the State of Vermont from a fiscal standpoint? According to the Shumlin administration, state finances, though under pressure, are also under responsible control. A year ago the administration rebutted critics by pointing out that Vermont continues to have a Moody’s AAA bond rating, resulting from "conservative fiscal policies and the maintenance of healthy reserve Full Story

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    Custom urns courtesy of company's 3-D printer

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota startup is using a 3-D printer to create custom urns shaped like objects that were important to the person whose remains they hold. Full Story
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    Hancock honored at jazz benefit concert at Apollo

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jazz legend Herbie Hancock says he's ready to look for another job after hearing 11-year-old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander pay tribute to him at a benefit concert for the Jazz Foundation of America at Harlem's historic Apollo Theater. Full Story
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    'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' canceled

    TLC axes show after evidence surfaces that star Mama June had resumed a romance with a convicted child molester.