• WTF plans annual N.Y. gala - 12/19/2014 01:21 PM EST
    12/22/2014 07:05 AM EST - SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE >> A Massachusetts man wanted in connection with a pair of bank robberies in the Bay State has been captured in Maine.   Full Story
    Former Southbridge High School sports star dies in weekend crash
    12/22/2014 06:24 AM EST - SOUTHBRIDGE >> The victim of a fatal weekend car crash in Southbridge has been identified as a former sports star at the town's high school who went on to play football in college. Full Story

    martin gavin — the sun chronicle via the ap
    12/20/2014 09:15 PM EST - NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH (AP) >> Internationally acclaimed artist Anatoly Dverin's story is as colorful as his paintings.   Full Story
    Massachusetts actress portrays, educates about Revolutionary characters
    12/20/2014 09:14 PM EST - LYNN (AP) >> A suffragette rejected by peers when she married. A Hollywood temptress and inventor. Full Story

    sarah platanitis — springfield republican via the ap
    12/20/2014 09:13 PM EST - WEST SPRINGFIELD (AP) >> When Martha Tighe retired from teaching after 43 years, she wanted a job where she could continue to help others.   Full Story
    12/22/2014 06:50 AM EST - By Amelia Pak-Harvey apak-harvey@lowellsun.com TYNGSBORO -- A 60-acre wasteland that polluted nearby natural resources and took millions to clean up could live again as a source of renewable green energy.   Full Story
    Setbacks? Plenty. But Patrick's proud of his legacy
    12/22/2014 06:49 AM EST - BOSTON -- "I am an optimist," Gov. Deval Patrick said in his first inauguration speech, "but not a foolish one. Full Story

    12/22/2014 06:36 AM EST - LOWELL -- The owner of the Indianapolis Colts football team, who paid a whopping $2.4 million to acquire Jack Kerouac's original "On the Road" scroll in 2001, has again ponied-up some cash to perpetuate the Lowell Beat writer's legacy.   Full Story
    Bemis Christmas elves bring joy to Toys for Tots
    12/22/2014 07:24 AM EST - SHIRLEY -- A dazzling array of toys awaiting pickup by a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" crew filled the lobby of Bemis Associates Friday morning, stacked along the walls and blanketing the floor beneath a towering, picture-perfect Full Story

    12/22/2014 06:36 AM EST - WILMINGTON -- The search process began Wednesday for a new principal at Wilmington Middle School, where an interim principal has been in charge for the 2014-15 school year.   Full Story
    12/21/2014 09:44 PM EST - POWNAL >> The Pownal School Board's desire to add a bus to their fleet has been put on hold, due to new state legislation that requires transportation to be run by the supervisory union, not individual districts. Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Superintendent Jim Culkeen informed the board of this potential snag during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday.   Full Story
    Healing Winds program celebrates the Solstice, remembers the fallen
    12/21/2014 10:05 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> Healing Winds brought a Native American Winter Solstice program to the Vermont Veterans' Home on Sunday, which featured crafts, food, music, and a memorial candle-lighting ceremony. Husband and wife, Fidel Moreno and Rev. Susan Jameson, co-directors of Healing Winds, presented the event, entitled, "Healing the Heart," in the Crispe room at the Veterans' Home from 1 p. Full Story

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    12/21/2014 09:21 PM EST - HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, NY-19, announced last week that the U.S. Department of Labor has approved Trade Adjustment Assistance, or TAA certification for 29 laid-off workers from Oak-Mitsui Technologies in Hoosick Falls. "While we work with local officials to attract new private sector jobs to the area, we must also ensure that workers   Full Story
    Police News in Brief
    12/21/2014 10:08 PM EST - SHAFTSBURY >> On Thursday, Dec. 18, at approximately 11 p.m., a Vermont State Police trooper observed a vehicle speeding over the posted 25-mile-per-hour speed limit on Vt. Route 7A in Shaftsbury. The driver, Michael Hamilton, 24, of Shaftsbury, was stopped for speeding, until a further investigation led to an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol. Full Story

    John Herrick — VTDigger
    12/19/2014 10:26 PM EST - Protesters from across the state descended on Montpelier Thursday to voice their anger with Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision to drop his pursuit of single payer health care. More than 60 people stood in front of the Statehouse chanting slogans and singing protest songs. "All people, all care, make the rich pay their share," they shouted, "The system, let's stop it, our health is not for profit.   Full Story
    12/21/2014 06:40 PM EST - WILMINGTON >> Planning Commission Chairwoman Wendy Manners says there would be trouble if the town tried to stop interstate commerce.   Full Story
    Vernon School Board targets energy usage
    12/21/2014 06:40 PM EST - VERNON >> Those who regularly gather in Vernon Elementary School's gymnasium probably don't give much thought to the air circulating through the room. Full Story

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    12/20/2014 02:12 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> In the wake of Gov. Peter Shumlin's decision to pull the plug on publicly financed health care, many Windham County legislators made their feelings clear with words like "disheartened," "deflated" and "surprised.   Full Story
    Public hearing set for proposed Brattleboro charter change
    12/21/2014 11:47 AM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> Brattleboro voters will be asked to consider a series of proposed charter amendments during the Town Meeting Day election on March 3. Full Story

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    12/19/2014 08:34 PM EST - VERNON >> The debate over whether to close Vernon's police department lasted roughly two months earlier this year.   Full Story
    Fort Worth firefighters use oxygen to save cat

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — North Texas firefighters have used oxygen on a cat that was rescued from a burning house after the residents escaped on their own. Full Story
    Pittsburgh mayor goes 'Undercover' in reality show

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's mayor has gone undercover for a reality show. A disguised Bill Peduto appeared on Sunday's episode of the CBS series "Undercover Boss," collecting trash, sawing down trees and helping build a door. Full Story