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ISIS-destroyed palace lives on — virtually — in Williamstown

WCMA hosts interactive exhibit of ancient Assyrian palace
03/28/2015 03:03 PM EDT
WILLIAMSTOWN >> An ancient Assyrian palace, part of a 3,000-year-old Iraqi archaeological site Islamic State forces reportedly destroyed, is still intact in a virtual world at the Williams College Museum of Art. An interactive, 3-D reconstruction on public view in the museum's antiquities gallery offers a life-like tour of the massive structure starting with an aerial perspective, then 
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Readsboro landlord sued over killing tenant's cat
03/28/2015 10:04 AM EDT - BENNINGTON >> A Readsboro landlord who pleaded guilty in 2012 to killing a tenant's cat is now being sued by the cat's owner. The suit was filed in February by attorney David G. Reid, of Brattleboro, on behalf of Kelly Gancarz, owner of "Dizzy," a cat who was killed when Michael R. Choquette threw a piece of wood at it. Full Story

Mount Anthony Union Interact Club students reflect on trip to Nicaragua
03/27/2015 07:17 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Students from Mount Anthony Union High School's Interact Club debriefed with members of the Greater Bennington Peace and Justice Center about their recent week-long trip to Somotillo, Nicaragua. At the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on Thursday, three students, Hayley Barriere, Hannah Patterson, and Maria Salazar, gave a PowerPoint presentation showing many of the photos Full Story

Stamford man denies drug, motor vehicle charges
03/27/2015 07:22 PM EDT - A Stamford man has pleaded not guilty to drug and motor vehicle charges stemming from a traffic stop in North Adams, Mass., last November. On Nov. 14, Patrick J. Collins, 32, was driving a Mitsubishi SUV allegedly to bring his passenger to Brown Street in North Adams to purchase drugs. North Adams police were tipped off by a member of the Berkshire County Drug Task Force that Collins' passenger, Full Story

SVSU adminstrators concerned about pre-K expansion grant
03/27/2015 12:36 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The Board of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union debated on Wednesday the merits and pitfalls of accepting a grant that had been offered by the state to facilitate the expansion of early childhood education services. Superintendent Jim Culkeen said that the deadline to signing on to the Pre-K Expansion Grant was the end of April. Full Story

SVSU adminstrators concerned about pre-K expansion grant
03/27/2015 12:36 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The Board of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union debated on Wednesday the merits and pitfalls of accepting a grant that had been offered by the state to facilitate the expansion of early childhood education services. Superintendent Jim Culkeen said that the deadline to signing on to the Pre-K Expansion Grant was the end of April. Full Story

Senate approves same-day voter registration for 2017
03/26/2015 10:21 PM EDT - The Senate dismissed voter fraud arguments on the floor Thursday and passed a bill allowing Election Day voter registration, 20-7. The amended version of the same-day registration bill, S.29, puts off implementation until after the 2016 presidential elections, but will allow eventually Vermonters to register to vote minutes before casting an Election Day ballot. Full Story

Subaru 'Shares the Love' with Southwestern Vermont Health Care
03/26/2015 12:47 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> As part of the nationwide "Share the Love" event, Bennington Subaru has donated more than $5,000 dollars to Southwestern Vermont Health Care. The program, operated by Subaru of America, is now in its seventh year, and has generated over $50 million for charities across the country, including $1. Full Story

Second annual beard-off raises over $1,000 for HFCS scholarship fund
03/26/2015 12:20 PM EDT - HOOSICK FALLS >> For the second year, three Hoosick Falls Central School teachers allowed students to shave their beards on Wednesday, for a great cause. The "Beard-Off" fundraiser began last year, after the passing of HFCS math teacher Isabel McGuire last March, at the age of 48. This year, through the sale of T-shirts and raffle tickets, the school community raised an estimated $1,000, Full Story

Massachusetts man accused of Vermont deer hunting violations
03/26/2015 10:50 AM EDT - BENNINGTON >> A Massachusetts man is accused of not reporting two deer shot in Vermont, one of them an illegal "button buck," and taking the meat across state lines. Steven G. Wauzinski, 60, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to misdemeanor charges of taking a deer out of season, possessing a big game animal taken during a closed season, and failing to report the taking of Full Story

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Charles Dickens' desk to go on permanent display at museum

LONDON (AP) — They were the best of lines, they were the worst of lines — and the desk where Charles Dickens wrote them has been saved for the British public. Full Story
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.