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Are VT State Troopers Just Shooting First?

Vermont Public Radio has reported that yet another state trooper has shot – but this time did not kill – an unarmed man suspected of stealing a car, breaking into a building and a school bus, and threatening suicide after announcing he had a bomb and a gun.
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Gay Couple Wins Discrimination Lawsuit

A Vermont inn will pay a fine of $10,000 and will place $20,000 in a charitable trust as part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought by a lesbian couple who were told the inn wouldn't host their wedding reception because they were gay...Ming Linsley and Kate Linsley (nee Baker) of New York contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Vermont after Ming's mother was told last year by the Wildflower Inn's events manager that due to the innkeepers' "personal feelings," the inn did not host "gay receptions." The ACLU filed suit on the plaintiffs' behalf. The Vermont Human Rights Commission later intervened as a co-plaintiff in the proceedings.
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Republicans Give Up on Winning By Merit, Seek Affirmative Action

Every once in a while, I read a remark by some leading Vermont Republican (which is no large distinction) to the effect that "The voters should elect more Republicans because of the dangers of one-party rule." The latest whiner is House (Extremely Small) Minority Leader Don Turner, in the Sunday Freeploid.
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B: NH Tar Sands Oil may be Transported Across Northeast Despite Poor Safety Record and Risky Cleanup

Hey there, alternative energy fans -- here's the news you've been waiting for. A Canadian pipeline company may be looking to transport oil from the Alberta tar sands across northern New England from Montreal to Portland, Maine.
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