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BRATTLEBORO — Food and monetary donations rolled in to the Latchis Theatre during the 13th annual Load the Latchis on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022.

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Vermont News & Media's three newspapers have a direct connection to people there who continue to work in Ukraine while under siege: Owner Paul Belogour has information technology teams based in Dnepr and Kyiv, Ukraine, which support the online operations of his other businesses, such as Vermont Innovation Box, Vermont Beer Makers and Vermont Real Estate and Development. Send your photos, videos and English-language reports from Ukraine to news@reformer.com to share them with Vermonters and other American readers.

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Health officials on Tuesday encouraged Vermonters to get COVID-19 booster shots right up through Wednesday to protect themselves and others as they travel and visit friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. Testing for the virus is also recommended, Health Commissioner Mark Levine sai…

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An angler from suburban Washington, D.C., helped win a record prize at the annual White Marlin Open on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Jeremy Duffie of Bethesda, Maryland, reeled in a 77.5-pound (35.2-kilogram) white marlin on Friday’s final day of the open while fishing on the Ocean City boat Billfisher. In all they earned more than $4.5 million. There were several other contest categories, including the blue marlin and tuna divisions. Those winners each won over $1.2 million. The top blue marlin was 511 pounds (232 kilograms) and the top tuna was 247.5 pounds (112 kilograms).

Authorities say a vehicle struck a crowd gathered at a Pennsylvania bar to raise money for victims of a house fire that killed 10 earlier this month. Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement that one person died and 17 others were injured Saturday. Police say 24-year-old Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes was arraigned early Sunday on two counts of criminal homicide. They allege that he later killed a woman in nearby Nescopeck and the county coroner identified her as his 56-year-old mother. The bar was holding a fundraiser for those touched by the Aug. 5 blaze in Nescopeck. Police say he is not currently a suspect in the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation.

Sunday studio estimates say the Brad Pitt action film “Bullet Train” led all movies in ticket sales for a second straight weekend. A quiet spell in theaters and incredible staying power allowed “Top Gun: Maverick” to rocket back into third place in its 12th week of release. “Bullet Train” pulled in $13.1 million in its second go-around. Three new films went into wide release but none cracked the top five films. It's an expected but still acute late-summer downturn in big releases that gave plenty of airspace for the year’s biggest movie, “Maverick,” to make another fly-by in theaters. It made $7.2 million, bringing its cumulative total to $673.8 million.

Police in Las Vegas say former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch was asleep and smelled of alcohol when he was found in his damaged sports car this week and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Lynch’s attorneys responded Thursday with a statement saying Lynch was in a parked car, not driving, and a DUI charge won't stick. The arresting officer says police found markings suggesting Lynch’s black Shelby GT500 hit sidewalks before stopping in an industrial part of downtown Las Vegas. The 7:30 a.m. Tuesday arrest came after the Seattle Seahawks announced Monday that Lynch had been hired as a team broadcast special correspondent. In 12 NFL seasons, Lynch also played for the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders.

The judge in penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz will soon decide whether the jury will be told about some brain exams his lawyers had conducted on him. His attorneys this week will tell Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer that she should permit the tests be shown in their upcoming presentation. They say the tests bolster their claim that Cruz suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome. The prosecution says the tests are junk science and should not be shown to the jury. Cruz has pleaded guilty to murdering 17 at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. His ongoing trial is to determine whether he is sentenced to death or life without parole.

Salman Rushdie's agent says the author is “on the road to recovery” two days after suffering serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in upstate New York. The announcement followed news that the lauded writer was removed from a ventilator Saturday and able to talk and joke. Andrew Wylie continued to caution that although Rushdie’s “condition is headed in the right direction,” his recovery would be a long process. The 75-year-old suffered a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye, Wylie had previously said, and was likely to lose the injured eye. Twenty-four-year-old Hadi Matar pleaded not guilty in the attack.

Authorities say a vehicle struck a crowd gathered at a Pennsylvania bar to raise money for victims of a house fire that killed 10 earlier this month. Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement that one person died and 17 others were injured Saturday. Police say 24-year-old Adrian Oswaldo Sura Reyes was arraigned early Sunday on two counts of criminal homicide. They allege that he later killed a woman in nearby Nescopeck and the county coroner identified her as his 56-year-old mother. The bar was holding a fundraiser for those touched by the Aug. 5 blaze in Nescopeck. Police say he is not currently a suspect in the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation.

Sunday studio estimates say the Brad Pitt action film “Bullet Train” led all movies in ticket sales for a second straight weekend. A quiet spell in theaters and incredible staying power allowed “Top Gun: Maverick” to rocket back into third place in its 12th week of release. “Bullet Train” pulled in $13.1 million in its second go-around. Three new films went into wide release but none cracked the top five films. It's an expected but still acute late-summer downturn in big releases that gave plenty of airspace for the year’s biggest movie, “Maverick,” to make another fly-by in theaters. It made $7.2 million, bringing its cumulative total to $673.8 million.

The judge in penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz will soon decide whether the jury will be told about some brain exams his lawyers had conducted on him. His attorneys this week will tell Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer that she should permit the tests be shown in their upcoming presentation. They say the tests bolster their claim that Cruz suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome. The prosecution says the tests are junk science and should not be shown to the jury. Cruz has pleaded guilty to murdering 17 at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. His ongoing trial is to determine whether he is sentenced to death or life without parole.

As part of an effort to keep illegal drugs and other contraband out of state prisons, New York is taking away one of the few pleasures of life behind bars. It will no longer let people send inmates care packages from home. The state began phasing in the new policy last month. Friends and family will no longer be allowed to deliver packages in person during prison visits. They also won’t be allowed to mail boxes of goodies unless they come direct from third-party vendors. New York had been one of the few states that still allowed families to send packages to inmates from home.

BURLINGTON — William Clarence Matthews, who broke several color barriers in baseball in the early 20th century including playing professionally in Burlington, will be honored at historic Centennial Field prior to the Vermont Lake Monsters game on Thursday. Jeff Schulman, UVM director of athl…

MANCHESTER — On what was just about a perfect night to be outside at Judy McCormick Taylor Field, the Burr and Burton Bulldogs were nearly perfect, as well. The BBA girls raced out to an early lead and never looked back, overwhelming Brattleboro for a 20-4 victory at home.

To the editor: I had the pleasure of participating in the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Riverfest over the weekend and want to express my gratitude for the stewards who care for the great river that defines the valley. It was a festive affair, of course, with fun and games, exhibits, frien…

As we watch new information emerge from the Jan. 6 congressional hearings, one truth has been made crystal clear. Whether it’s insurrection at the Capitol or violent threats against election officials, these acts are a consequence of a single insidious lie: that voter fraud altered the outco…

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