Opinion: VT can’t afford 14 hospitals, Bill Schubart says - VT Digger

Vermont just can’t afford to keep 14 hospitals open, a leading Vermont policy wonk says. And maybe it just doesn’t need them as much as it used to, either.

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Stowe fireworks cancelled, then rescheduled; town worried about crowds - Stowe Reporter

Normally the Town of Stowe wants a big crowd to gather for fireworks on the 4th. But not this year…..High-altitude rockets will be used so that people will be able to see Town of Stowe fireworks from far away - good thing because no public parking or restrooms will be available.

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South Burlington leaves “enforcement” of mask ordinance up to businesses - WCAX

You won’t see South Burlington cops handing out tickets to people not wearing masks.

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Montpelier mayor condemns BLM mural vandalism - The Bridge

The mayor of Montpelier denounced lawless vandalism in her city as “the acts of vandalism and destruction that a cowardly few would seek to inflict on us. To those individuals who would seek to deface these public installations, I implore you to consider what position would require such violence and destruction.” She’s talking about damage done to the Black Lives Matter street mural; other mayors (though not many in Vermont) might be saying the same of rioting and vandalism done in the name of BLM.

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Out-of-staters buying Mad River Valley homes after ‘virtual tours’ - Valley Reporter

What a time to be selling rural Vermont real estate! City folks desperate to own property in beautiful, rural (crime and virus-free?) Vermont are taking virtual tours of Mad River Valley homes, real estate agents say. An actual site visit precedes the decision to buy - so far, one agent said.

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Burlington to cut police force through attrition - Seven Days

The Burlington City Council kicked around a ‘defund the police’ resolution until 1:45 am, just 15 minutes before closing time at most Burlington city bars. Sometime around last call, they decided to just let attrition take its course.

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Former newspaper publisher chides reporter for ‘no whites allowed’ question - News & Citizen

Asking a June 7 police-brutality protest rally organizer why white people weren’t allowed to speak smacks of the reporter’s ‘white privilege,’ says Ross Connolly, former publisher of a Hardwick newspaper and past president of the New England Press Association and the Vermont Press Association.

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Times Argus, Rutland Herald expand printing schedule - Seven Days

Extra, extra, read all about it - two Vermont newspapers are printing two more days a week. Thanks to subscriber and advertiser support - and a big check from the federal government - the Rutland Herald and the Times Argus have hired back some staff and are now printing five days a week - just like before the pandemic.

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A tiny house, not giant firefighters - Shelburne News

A picture is worth a thousand words…..kudos to the Shelburne News for catching this shot of firefighters extinguishing a blaze at a chicken coop.

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Donkeys pull cart through town to collect food scraps - Montpelier Bridge

Quaint? Woke? Or seriously dystopian? Whatever - a pair of donkeys can be seen pulling a cart through the streets of Montpelier, their driver collecting neighbors’ food scraps.

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Feds want doctor to forfeit home in porn case - Other Paper

The federal government wants to seize the home of the UVMMC emergency room doctor who installed a hidden camera in hospital restrooms.

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Opinion: Alabaman says Vermont not immune from prejudice - The Commons

A former Brattleboro resident now living in Alabama says Vermonters should think twice before casting stones into the cyber-void, especially when it comes to condemning entire states.

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MAGA supporters, counter-protesters engage in Brattleboro - Brattleboro Reformer

What happens when you hold a MAGA rally in Brattleboro? Richard Morton and friends found out - protesters with drums drown you out and wave signs that say “blue lives don’t exist” etc.

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Federal sting nabs Mass. man for illegal firearms buy - Brattleboro Reformer

An alleged Holyoke, Mass. gang member offered drugs/guns/cash to illegally buy a .22 pistol - not knowing the seller was a federal agent.

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Fireworks business booming during pandemic - Rutland Herald

Just because towns and cities have cancelled their Fourth of July fireworks doesn’t mean we won’t be seeing “the rocket’s red glare” in Vermont skies on the 244th birthday of our nation.

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Inside Vermont’s newest homeless shelter, the Holiday Inn - VT Digger

Once a high-end hotel with a popular lounge presided over by musician Goody Goodrow, the Holiday Inn in recent years has been overshadowed by the “new” Sheraton/Hilton across I-89. Now it’s serving the community as a temporary (?) shelter for Vermont’s homeless population.

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Legislature allocates $577 million, adjourns until late August – Seven Days

The Legislature executed a major pass-through of federal $$ on Friday, June 26 - $577 million, almost half of the $1.25 billion CARES Act allocation. It will return August 25 with (it hopes) a better understanding of how to spend the remaining $250 million, and eliminate the estimated $420 million budget deficit.

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SA Sarah George discriminated against African-born employee, HRC says - Seven Days

Sarah George of Chittenden County - the most “woke” of all of Vermont’s state’s attorneys - discriminated against a former receptionist based on his race, color and national origin, the Vermont Human Rights Commission said.

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One in five ballots fraudulent in New Jersey vote-by-mail election - True North Reports

As Gov. Phil Scott contemplates a bill giving Secretary of State Jim Condos carte blanche to run first-time-ever universal vote-by-mail general election in November, the early returns from a similar election in New Jersey are not encouraging.

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VSO names opera exec as new leader - Times Argus

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A South African with a strong background in opera has been named executive director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra.

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