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Bennington School students celebrate end of collaboration with tea party

10/21/2014 10:43 PM EDT
NORTH BENNINGTON -- Students from The Bennington School on Monday celebrated the conclusion of a six-week program with the Vermont Arts Exchange and the Hiland Hall Garden with a tea party. "We wanted to celebrate and a lot of the girls had said that they'd never had a tea party; so I said, okay, floppy hats, let's do this up," said Kristen Blaker, who represents both the 
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Bennington College files suit after purchase doesn't meet expectations
10/20/2014 10:14 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Bennington College has brought suit against a St. Louis-based manufacturer of environmental chambers after four chambers the company installed allegedly did not meet specifications. The college on Oct. 16 filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for Vermont against Darwin Chambers Company, asking for a declaratory judgment regarding its rights concerning the termination Full Story

Man who broke in to CDC gets jail time
10/20/2014 10:13 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- One of the two men accused of breaking in to the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center last October, was sentenced earlier this month to serve two years in prison. Matthew Adrion, 24, of Petersburgh, N.Y., pleaded guilty on Oct. 8 in Vermont Superior Court to a felony charge of burglary, and misdemeanor false information to police. Full Story

Woman accused of using man's credit cards to pay tickets
10/20/2014 10:13 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- A Pownal woman is being accused of using a man's credit cards to pay off several hundred dollars in traffic fines and make other purchases without his permission. Kristy Prouty, 33, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of identity theft, and misdemeanor charges of false tokens, and petit larceny. Full Story

Man pleads no contest to crash, damaging property
10/20/2014 10:12 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- An Arlington man pleaded no contest Monday in Vermont Superior Court to driving off the road in Dorset in August and damaging tents on Church Street. Matthew Arena, 34, pleaded not contest to two misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. The state dismissed a third such count. Full Story

Police News in Brief
10/20/2014 10:19 PM EDT - Disorderly Conduct READSBORO -- On Wednesday, Oct. 15, at approximately 8:30 p.m., state police responded to a dispute in front of the Readsboro Inn on Main Street in Readsboro. Witnesses reported that an intoxicated male, who was determined to be George J. Bills Sr., 53, of Readsboro, was arguing with a teenager and making threats. Full Story

Historian talks about Mum Bett, slave who won her own freedom
10/19/2014 11:07 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Boston-based historian Ben Z. Rose spoke at the annual meeting of the Bennington Historical Society on Sunday about Mum Bett, a slave who sued her owner for freedom, and won. Rose, the author of "John Stark: Maverick General" and "Mother of Freedom: Mum Bett and the Roots of Abolition," spoke for about half an hour, then took questions from the audience, which included his Full Story

Hoosick Falls school board reviews capital project specifics
10/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School Board of Education met last week to discuss the district’s capital project referendum and also approved faculty changes, an asbestos monitoring bid and the prom committee’s 2015 junior/senior prom proposal. Superintendent Ken Facin opened the meeting with a thank you to the board members, and in his report commented that Full Story

Over 100 turn out for ALS Walk
10/20/2014 10:53 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Veterans Home hosted its inaugural ALS Walk on Saturday, bringing out more than 100 people to raise money for the Northern New England chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. Also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, ALS is twice as common among veterans. Full Story

SVMC to host Bright Pink Super Saturday
10/20/2014 02:36 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Women's View Midwifery is partnering with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Women's Imaging Center for an event acknowledging October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Saturday, Oct. 25, event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The hospital is sponsoring pink food and pink drinks. Full Story

Elusive bobcat again escapes from New Jersey home

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat that has repeatedly escaped from its owner's southern New Jersey home is again on the loose. Full Story
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NYC police looking into arrest of subway performer

NEW YORK (AP) — Musicians rallied around a fellow subway performer whose arrest in a busy station came after a confrontation over whether he needed a permit and was captured on video as straphangers jeered police. Full Story
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Renee Zellweger barely recognizable Monday on red carpet

The actress, who hasn’t been in a film since 2010, shows up for Elle’s Annual Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles looking like she’s had some plastic surgery.