Vermont Governor Phil Scott Agrees to Expand Voting Rights

Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill on Monday requiring that all registered voters receive mail-in ballots. His decision contrasted with Republican-led efforts to restrict voting rights in several states.

#absentee-voting, #georgia, #politics-and-government, #scott-phil-1958, #vermont, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Goodbye to a Yankee Farmer, the Ghost of Exit 8

In 1964, a Vermont farmer burned himself and his farm, rather than surrender his land. His neighbors can’t let him go.

#agriculture-and-farming, #deaths-fatalities, #eminent-domain, #fires-and-firefighters, #roads-and-traffic, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #trees-and-shrubs, #vermont

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In Vermont, Isolating Inmates Kept Covid at Bay, but at a Price

The state prison system is the only one in the nation where no one has died of Covid-19. But the strict lockdowns and quarantines that slowed the virus created their own problems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mental-health-and-disorders, #prisons-and-prisoners, #quarantines, #solitary-confinement, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #vermont

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Heritage Lambs for the Easter Table

Heritage Foods is selling lamb from two rare breeds raised on a Vermont sheep farm.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #lamb, #vermont

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A Bristling Standoff Rattles Gun-Friendly Vermont

In Pawlet, Vt., where a landowner opened a tactical weapons training site, a zoning dispute has escalated into something more dangerous.

#firearms, #gun-control, #land-use-policies, #pace-university, #vermont

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Getting to Know You, Again

The pandemic has sent many people back to their parents’ homes, giving both generations new insight and a chance at a different kind of relationship.

#brooklyn-nyc, #children-and-childhood, #glaser-nikki, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #st-louis-mo, #stratford-conn, #vermont

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America’s First Moonshine, Applejack, Returns in Sleeker Style

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to Vermont, new distillers are reviving a drink that vanished during Prohibition, giving it the age and polish of a fine brandy.

#alcoholic-beverages, #appalachian-region, #apples, #catoctin-creek-distilling-co-llc, #cider, #holman-distillery-moravian-falls-nc, #neversink-spirits-port-chester-ny-distillery, #new-york-state, #north-carolina, #prohibition-era-1920-1933, #small-business, #vermont

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Bernie Sanders Meme Merchandise Earns $1.8 Million for Vermont Charities

Proceeds from sales of the T-shirts and sweatshirts will go to community organizations in the senator’s home state, including Feeding Chittenden.

#philanthropy, #sanders-bernard, #smialowski-brendan, #social-media, #vermont

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Struggling to get a Refund From Vail Resorts

A reader writes in, saying he can’t ski because he can’t get into the state. It’s a very 2020 — wait, 2021 — travel predicament.

#content-type-service, #insurance, #marriott-international-inc, #mid-atlantic-states-us, #okemo-mountain-vt, #rebates-and-refunds, #skiing, #vail-resorts-inc, #vermont

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Patients of a Vermont Hospital Are Left ‘in the Dark’ After Cyberattack

A wave of damaging attacks on hospitals upended the lives of patients with cancer and other ailments. “I have no idea what to do,” one said.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #hospitals, #vermont

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7 Places Where the Slopes Are Less Skied

These under-the-radar resorts offer plenty of room to turn, and plenty of challenge amid a winter of social distancing.

#california, #colorado, #idaho, #montana, #new-hampshire, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #utah, #vermont

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To Wear Their Masks, the Beards (and a Tradition) Had to Go

Members of ski patrols nationwide are known for their beards, but many have shaved them to wear masks in the pandemic, causing good-natured angst.

#beards-and-mustaches, #breckenridge-colo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #national-ski-patrol, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #skiing, #vermont

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Vermont’s Ski Season, on the Brink

Just as winter was about to start, the state instituted a stricter quarantine and test requirement for visitors, and the snow-sports economy is bracing for the impact.

#alpine-skiing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cross-country-skiing, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #scott-phil-1958, #skiing, #travel-and-vacations, #vermont

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This Is an Election Story That Mentions Neither Biden Nor Trump

Here are the (other) races and issues our national correspondents are watching.

#brunswick-ga, #california, #constitutional-amendments, #democratic-party, #elections, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-mayors, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #henderson-county-nc, #houston-tex, #los-angeles-county-calif, #miami-dade-county-fla, #michigan, #mississippi, #oklahoma, #politics-and-government, #portland-ore, #prisons-and-prisoners, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #vermont, #wisconsin

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Kavanaugh Fixes Error in Election Opinion After Vermont Complaint

Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh made a correction to a concurring opinion after Vermont officials pointed out that he mistakenly said the state had not changed its election rules.

#absentee-voting, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vermont, #wisconsin

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‘The Drug Became His Friend’: Pandemic Drives Hike in Opioid Deaths

In the months since the pandemic took hold in the U.S., the opioid epidemic has taken a sharp turn for the worse. More than 40 states have seen increases in overdoses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #heroin, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates, #vermont, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

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Coronavirus Pandemic Drives Hike in Opioid Deaths

In the months since the pandemic took hold in the U.S., the opioid epidemic has taken a sharp turn for the worse. More than 40 states have seen increases in overdoses.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #heroin, #mental-health-and-disorders, #opioids-and-opiates, #vermont, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

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The Virus Sent Droves to a Small Town. Suddenly, It’s Not So Small.

The population boomed in Winhall, Vt., as people tried to get away from Covid-19 hot spots. Bear complaints are up. Plumbers are booked until Christmas. And the dump is “sheer pandemonium.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #population, #vermont

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In a Wistful Age, Farmers Find a New Angle: Chore TV

It’s hard for small farmers to earn a living selling crops. Enter the “farmer-influencer,” who can earn more by streaming farm life, in all its comforting monotony, to a growing online audience.

#agriculture-and-farming, #gold-morgan-1980, #reality-television, #vermont, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Judge Halts Trump’s Wealth Test for Green Cards Over Coronavirus Pandemic

New York and other states sued the Trump administration over new limits on the “public charge” rule, which critics said would discourage immigrants from seeking medical treatment during the pandemic.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #daniels-george-b, #deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals, #dream-act-development-relief-and-education-for-minors-act, #food-stamps, #foreign-students-in-us, #green-cards-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #james-letitia, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #quarantines, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vermont, #welfare-us

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Behold Vermont, From Above

These aerial images, stunning in their abstraction, evoke a powerful sense of transcendence and tranquility.

#agriculture-and-farming, #drones-pilotless-planes, #photography, #travel-and-vacations, #vermont

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Thinking of Traveling in the U.S.? These States Have Travel Restrictions

A third of states have strict measures in place for visitors, from mandatory testing to quarantine requirements.

#alabama, #alaska, #american-automobile-assn, #automobiles, #boise-idaho, #california, #chicago-ill, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #delaware, #florida, #georgia, #hawaii, #idaho, #illinois, #indiana, #iowa, #kansas, #louisiana, #maine, #massachusetts, #miami-dade-county-fla, #mississippi, #nevada, #new-england-states-us, #north-carolina, #pennsylvania, #rhode-island, #south-carolina, #states-us, #tennessee, #texas, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings, #utah, #vermont, #wisconsin

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Flying Was Once Routine. During the Pandemic, It’s a Feat.

Masks, health checks, even worse food. Long distance travel may never be the same.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deutsche-lufthansa-ag, #dulles-international-airport-washington-dc, #frankfurt-germany, #frankfurt-airport, #quarantines, #united-airlines, #vermont

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A Latter-Day Rip Van Winkle Emerges, Blinking, Into the Post-Virus World

Daniel Thorson went into a silent retreat in mid-March, meditating through 75 coronavirus news cycles, Boris Johnson’s hospitalization, social distancing and sourdough starter. Now he’s catching up.

#buddhism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #meditation, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #vermont

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Why Are There Almost No Memorials to the Flu of 1918?

A restaurant owner in Vermont and a professor from New Zealand are among the few to commemorate the most lethal pandemic since the bubonic plague.

#ardern-jacinda, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hope-cemetery, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #montpelier-vt, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-zealand, #united-states, #vermont, #wilson-woodrow

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Did America Misjudge Bernie Sanders? Or Did He Misjudge America?

Throughout his insurgent campaign, he remained steadfast in his radical vision — and forced a reckoning for the Democratic Party.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sanders-bernard, #socialism-theory-and-philosophy, #vermont

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Vermont sues Clearview, alleging “oppressive, unscrupulous” practices

The everything is watching, and Clearview's collecting the images.

Enlarge / The everything is watching, and Clearview’s collecting the images. (credit: KENGKAT | Getty Images)

Clearview AI’s bread and butter is a tool providing facial recognition on a massive scale to law enforcement, federal agencies, private companies, and—apparently—nosy billionaires. The company has achieved this reportedly by scraping more or less the entire public Internet to assemble a database of more than 3 billion images. Now that there are spotlights on the secretive firm, however, Clearview is facing a barrage of lawsuits trying to stop it in its tracks.

The latest comes from Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan, who filed suit against Clearview this week claiming violations of multiple state laws.

The complaint (PDF) alleges that Clearview, which is registered as a data broker under Vermont’s Data Broker Law, “unlawfully acquires data from consumers and business concerns” in Vermont.

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#clearview, #clearview-al, #facial-recognition, #lawsuits, #policy, #privacy, #vermont

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Why Bernie Scares Me

Sanders seems mostly incapable of admitting past errors of judgment.

#burlington-vt, #chile, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sanders-bernard, #socialist-workers-party, #united-states, #university-of-chicago, #vermont

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