Local Students Protest Gun Violence

Local Students Protest Gun Violence

By SABINE POUX

March 21, 2018


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MIDDLEBURY — Last Wednesday morning in New York City, students laid down in the streets. In Washington, D.C., they congregated on Capitol Hill. In Middlebury, high schoolers from Middlebury Union High School (MUHS) braved the snow on the Cross Street Bridge to protest gun violence alongside thousan...

Vermont Senate Passes Three Gun Control Bills

Vermont Senate Passes Three Gun Control Bills

By KENZO OKAZAKI

March 21, 2018


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MONTPELIER — On Feb. 14, Nikolas Cruz opened fire on students at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida with an AR-15 assault rifle, killing 17 students and wounding 17 more. This act of what Florida governor Rick Scott termed “pure evil” has sparked become a watershed moment, national action for gu...

Middlebury State Reps Talk Guns

By RACHEL COHEN

March 21, 2018


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MIDDLEBURY— In an interview following their monthly “Meet Your Representatives” session on Mar. 17, Representatives Amy Sheldon, D-Middlebury, and Robin Scheu, D-Middlebury, discussed the most pressing issues currently facing Middlebury and Vermont as a whole. The interview topics included gun violence p...

Skinny Pancake Ditches Nutella

Skinny Pancake Ditches Nutella

By MARIA KAOURIS

March 21, 2018


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BURLINGTON—Customers clamber to see the menu, kids are raised on to parents’ shoulders to get a superior view and the sweet smell of crêpes wafts through the building. Vermonters who have been to The Skinny Pancake in Burlington, VT can vouch for the popularity of the restaurant. Garnering over 470 re...

Town Awarded Grant to Aid Struggling Businesses

Town Awarded Grant to Aid Struggling Businesses

By JAEHEE PARK

March 14, 2018


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MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury received a $75,000 grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation to support local businesses as the impacts of the construction of the Middlebury Bridge & Rail Project start to hit the town. The construction is projected to cost $71 million, as VTrans works with the ...

Ben of Ben & Jerry’s Arrested at Protest

Ben of Ben & Jerry’s Arrested at Protest

By KENSHIN CHO

March 14, 2018


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BURLINGTON — Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream, was arrested in Burlington last Tuesday for violating the city’s noise ordinances. He and two other activists were protesting the proposal to bring F-35 fighter jets to Burlington International Airport. From speakers attached to t...

HELP: Opioid Education Program

By QUINN BOYLE

March 14, 2018


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A man and a woman were found in a car. Eyes closed. Bodies slumped. Heads limp against their seat rests. Mouths wide open. The woman’s skin has a bluish hue. And in the backseat, there’s a little boy in a dinosaur shirt, fully awake, only four years old. Photos of this family, published on the Face...

Vermont’s Criminal Justice System: Restorative Justice

Vermont’s Criminal Justice System: Restorative Justice

By CHRISTOPHER GERNON

March 14, 2018


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MONTPELIER ­— In addition to protecting the general population, incarceration is meant to serve as a punishment to criminals in order to discourage the commitment of further crimes.  However, recidivism is high for those who enter the prison system. 67.8 percent of the 404,638 state prisoners rele...

The Yellow Iris Strikes Vermont

The Yellow Iris Strikes Vermont

By ISABEL EMSFELD

March 14, 2018


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MIDDLEBURY — Deceptively beautiful, the Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus), a vibrant yellow flower that looks like it could belong in a cheerful garden, is actually a dangerous invasive species that is classified by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture as a Class B Noxious Weed. According to the Connecticut In...

Vermont House Says No to Coyote Hunting Tournaments

Vermont House Says No to Coyote Hunting Tournaments

By QIAN LI

March 7, 2018


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MONTPELIER ­— On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the ban on holding or participating in coyote-killing tournaments passed the Vermont House on a vote of 79–45. It now sits in the Senate Natural Resources Committee for further action. The ban was included as an amendment in a major bill on fish and wildlife that...

Vermont’s Criminal Justice System: A Series Unveiling Challenges & Practices

Vermont’s Criminal Justice System: A Series Unveiling Challenges & Practices

By CHRISTOPHER GERNON

March 7, 2018


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MONTPELIER ­— The state of Vermont has a history of being socially and politically progressive. Vermont was the first state to outlaw slavery in 1777. Montpelier is the only state capital without a McDonald’s restaurant. Vermont was the only state without a Wal-mart until 1996. More recently, Vermo...

$15 Minimum Wage Passes Senate

By SADIE HOUSBERG

March 7, 2018


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MONTPELIER — On Thursday, Feb. 15, the Vermont Senate passed a bill during a procedural vote to increase the hourly minimum wage from its current level of 10.50 to 15 dollars by 2024. The proposed bill would increase the wage gradually over the next six years with the first increase scheduled to ta...

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