• The Devil and the Details - 07/03/2015 09:29 PM EDT
    Opinion: Rebel flag the ultimate dog whistle

    07/03/2015 09:29 PM EDT
    Since its reintroduction on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol in 1961 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Confederate flag has been the source of controversy with a regularity approaching that of a Madonna comeback album. Sadly, it has been thrust into the news once more because some kid who loved it went crazy and committed an atrocity. 
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    Outside Story: Flat Stanley and the Centipede
    07/03/2015 09:29 PM EDT - Biologists sometimes field questions about a "huge scary bug" that appeared in someone's home or worse yet on their person. Most turn out to be benign organisms that ended up in the wrong place. For me, the most common questions come in July, when male dobsonflies emerge from the Winooski River and often end up crashing into windows on the Saint Michael's College campus where I teach. Full Story

    The 'little people' count, too
    07/02/2015 10:21 PM EDT - I love Vermont. From the first day that I entered the state, I knew unequivocally that my soul would be nourished and content by living here. My upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, negated any sense of inner peace. Brought up in a lower middle class neighborhood of semi attached brick houses and cement streets and playgrounds with the elevated train one block away, I just normalized to that world. Full Story

    Outdoor Secrets Unwrapped: Hey! Cook that trout
    07/01/2015 09:53 PM EDT - Got One! was the battle cry of a few of my trout angling friends over the past weekend while catching some of Vermont's finest table fair, the Rainbow trout here in Bennington. I was asked " Chris, how do you prepare these fish,and make them taste as good as you do", so I thought about that answer for awhile, and to make this as easy as I could for the novice chef. Full Story

    Tina Dupuy: Obamacare Ruling is a Conservative Win
    07/01/2015 07:18 AM EDT - The dream of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney has now been realized. Their solution—their idea for universal health care has been passed by both houses, signed by the president and upheld twice now by the Supreme Court. Yes, they call it Obamacare. Yes, they strangely call it socialism. Full Story

    Op-Ed: Insurers' dirty tricks undermining key aspect of Obamacare
    06/30/2015 09:13 PM EDT - Thanks to President Obama's landmark healthcare law, insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients with pre-existing health problems. This "guaranteed issue" mandate has ensured that millions of sick Americans secure the coverage they need to afford vital medications. Unfortunately, insurers have discovered a sneaky way to undermine this requirement. Full Story

    Rob Roper: Study will provide cover for higher property taxes
    06/30/2015 05:47 AM EDT - Tucked away in the education bill just passed in Montpelier – the one that has everybody talking about consolidation – is $300,000 earmarked for a study. A legislator familiar with the back-room horse-trading that goes into moving these bills into law said that this little provision was key to getting the bill passed; its absence a potential deal breaker. Full Story

    Commentary: Vermont's energy policy addresses climate change
    06/30/2015 05:48 AM EDT - On June 18, Pope Francis issued an urgent plea for countries across the world to address climate change. While Republican presidential hopefuls in the U.S. immediately brushed aside Pope Francis' call for action, Vermont legislators took bold steps this session to move our heating, transportation and electric sectors away from carbon pollution. Full Story

    How McDonald's Can Truly Be Modern and Progressive
    06/28/2015 03:22 PM EDT - In 1915, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker bought a hot dog stand in Coney Island and went about undercutting the boardwalk's other restaurants by half. These five-cent sandwiches were so much cheaper than other offerings consumers were leery of their content. To counter this, Handwerker famously hired actors to wear lab coats and eat his hot dogs outside of his restaurant. Full Story

    Outside Story: The Tree Fox
    06/26/2015 10:05 PM EDT - When you think of foxes (if you ever do), you likely picture the ginger-coated red fox, like Mr. Tod from Beatrix Potter's fantastical children's tales, only without the dapper suitcoat and tweed knickers. It is the not-as-common gray fox, however, that has been wandering the woods and fields near my home – and climbing the trees. Full Story

    140 pairs of underwear stolen from store hit by 4 bra heists

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — First they took the bras. Now they've come back for the panties. Police say 140 pairs of underwear have been stolen from a northeast Pennsylvania store that's been struck by four bra heists since February. Full Story
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    Hot dogs, hot music usher in July 4 weekend

    As the nation gears up to celebrate America's birthday, here are some Fourth of July highlights from around the country: ——— NATHAN'S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST Competitive eaters have weighed in and are ready for Saturday's annual hot dog eating contest in New York at Coney Island's Nathan's Famous. Full Story
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    Did Tiger Woods cheat with Amanda Dufner?

    Lindsey Vonn reportedly caught golfer with his competitor’s ex-wife, which is likely why they aren’t dating anymore.