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Pot advocates hope Maine goes legal next — Marijuana advocates want to finally take their legalization drive - thus far the province of Western states - to the Northeast, and they say the first state to do it here might be Maine. The Pine Tree State has a long history with cannabis - Maine voters approved medical marijuana legalization 15 years ago, becoming the first state to do so in New England.

Burlington takes parking into the future — Parking is an emotional topic, Burlington Director of Public Works Chapin Spencer has said, and it showed when 50 to 60 area residents crowded into City Hall for a public forum on that topic last week. Some came with specific grievances while others attended to give feedback about the changes to parking that had been made so far.

VT group works against legalizing pot — With Vermont lawmakers expecting to see legislation this winter to legalize marijuana, a newly formed group is gearing up to fight the idea. The national anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana announced this past week it has a new Vermont affiliate to counter the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.

NY couple: Son almost died from Botox treatment — Despite being born with mild cerebral palsy, seven-year-old Joshua Drake of upstate New York tries to maintain a fairly normal lifestyle for a child his age. Joshua plays on a baseball team and goes to school each day, and he tries to enjoy his life the best that he can, his parents told the Burlington Free Press last week.
Nov 23, 2014

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Nov 23, 2014

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Enhance protection for police and public — The case of Colchester Detective Cpl. Tyler Kinney makes a strong argument for the Legislature to investigate a way to better protect law enforcement agents from becoming addicted to drugs they may encounter through their work. Kinney faces federal gun and drug charges connected to missing items from the Colchester Police Department's evidence locker which he oversaw.

20th Annual Free Press All-State Field Hockey Team — For the 20th year in a row, the Burlington Free Press has selected the very best players for its All-State high school field hockey team. The sports staff burned up the phone lines and email boxes to find the best the state had to offer.

UVM’s rally falls short at St. Joseph’s — A late surge wasn't enough for the University of Vermont men's basketball team to overcome a double-digit deficit and a spate of turnovers and miscues in the 68-60 loss to St. Joesph's in nonconference action Saturday night.
Nov 22, 2014

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Nov 22, 2014

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Nov 22, 2014

Three nights after losing to Gonzaga by 52 pts, St. Joseph’s beats UVM 68-60 via @bfp_news

Nov 22, 2014

UVM basketball teams each fall on road despite rally bids. Recaps: via @bfp_news

Field hockey player of the year: Kathleen Young — On the surface, the 2014 field hockey season looked very similar to last year for Essex's Kathleen Young. Another superb regular season, another Division I state title for the Hornets.

UVM hockey pummels UMass 11-1 — The University of Massachusetts paid dearly for the University of Vermont's offensive frustrations of 24 hours earlier as the Catamounts equaled their all-time Division I high for goals scored in a game during their 11-1 pummeling of the Minutemen on Saturday.

Priceless, historic mural readies for big move — Crews are working on a puzzle in Burlington's Old North End. How do you remove a century-old mural from a former synagogue, shuttle it down the street about three-tenths of a mile, and keep it all intact? Carefully - there's priceless history on that wall.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @rnadworny: Aaron Goldberg is amazing. He's saving a 1910 synagogue mural the kind of which doesn't exist anymore #btv #vt

Nov 22, 2014

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Middlebury field hockey falls in national semifinals — The Middlebury College field hockey team's national-title hopes came to an end Saturday. The second-ranked Panthers lost to The College of New Jersey 2-0 in the NCAA Division III semifinals in Lexington, Va. The Panthers wrap up their year with a 19-2 record, matching the program record for wins.

Saturday's scores and Sunday's schedule — As reported to the Burlington Free Press sports department.
Nov 22, 2014

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Turkey Trot ushers in cool running season — The Turkey Trot in Burlington is more than a warm-up for mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy. The Thanksgiving Day 5-K race is an unavoidable reminder that the calendar is marching toward winter. That's when running in Vermont resembles winter driving in Alaska without snow tires.

UVM's Duncan, Hatton cleared for game at St. Joseph's — The University of Vermont men's basketball team received good news on the eve of its game at St. Joseph's: Freshmen guards Ernie Duncan and Brandon Hatton have been cleared to play, the school said Friday. Duncan, who's battled back issues, played only 11 minutes in the win at Siena and missed the Southern Vermont game, while Hatton hopes to make his collegiate debut.

Comedy club proposed for Burlington armory — Vermont Comedy Club has proposed to fill the first floor of the historic Burlington armory on Main Street. The club would include a performance space for standup and improv comedy shows five nights per week, as well as a bar and comedy classroom, according to a zoning application filed with the city this week.

New Yorkers work to dig themselves out of the snow — Residents in Hamburg, New York are working to dig themselves out of the snow. So much snow has fallen that some have had to evacuate their homes.

UConn finds way to shoot past UVM hockey — Connecticut's anemic offense tallied just enough goals to support the Huskies' stingy defense in a 2-1 Hockey East victory over No. 10 Vermont on Friday. The Catamounts, who earlier this season topped UConn 2-1 in Gutterson Fieldhouse, found no way to get any pucks past Husky goalie Rob Nichols and Connecticut's brick wall corps of defensemen with the exception of Anthony Petruzzelli's tying goal in the second period.

Report: Vermont didn’t protect 2 children who died — A citizen's board asked to investigate the state's handling of the cases of two toddlers who died after being in state custody says Vermont's social welfare system didn't adequately protect them. The report by the Vermont Citizens Advisory Board that was released Friday says the Department for Children and Families, police, the courts and community-based services didn't protect the children.

Progressives put Sanders ahead of Clinton — WASHINGTON - Sen. Elizabeth Warren is progressives' runaway favorite for president in 2016, with Sen. Bernie Sanders in second place, a new poll shows. Sanders, I-Vt., who says he's considering a presidential run, edged out former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 24 percent to 23 percent, according to Democracy for America's first 2016 Presidential Pulse poll of its members.