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The seven days of Sukkot — when people of the Jewish faith expose themselves to the elements in greenery-covered huts — commemorates the belief that God sheltered their ancestors as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land.

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BRATTLEBORO — A man who was cited with driving under the influence, third offense, 16 years …

When you grow old and deal with retirement, folks think that this is your time to rest. When I retired from full-time work, I heard those word…

BRATTLEBORO — On Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 at The Stone Church, candidates Becca Balint, the democratic nominee for U.S. Congress, a…

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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…

MONTPELIER — To relieve some of the pressure on Vermont hospitals caused by a combination of factors, including COVID-19, the state is opening 80 beds at long-term care and rehabilitation facilities, said Agency of Human Services Secretary Mike Smith.

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Police say a New Haven officer was wounded in an exchange of gunfire while responding to a car crash early Friday, and they’re looking for the shooter. Police say Officer Chad Curry has been released from a hospital and is recovering from wounds in the ear and shoulder. The confrontation happened around 1:30 a.m. in the Fair Haven neighborhood. Police say Curry was answering a call about a crash when the driver of the vehicle opened fire. Police say the officer returned fire and the suspect ran off. It's unclear if the suspect was injured. Residents are being told to shelter in place.

Christine Barrett and her family had to climb on top of their kitchen cabinets because of flooding that surged into their house during Hurricane Ian. They put water wings on their 1-year-old, and were rescued by boat the next day.  Their community of North Port is about 5 miles inland. And the Barretts _ like many neighbors _ live in areas where flood insurance isn’t required. And therefore they don’t have it. Now many wonder how they’ll afford much-needed repairs.  There are concerns that not enough people nationally have flood insurance at a time when climate change is believed to be making storms wetter. The Insurance Information Institute says only about 4% of homeowners nationwide have flood insurance although 90% of catastrophes in the U.S. involve flooding.

Drought and extreme heat have severely damaged much of the cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces roughly 35% of the world’s crop. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Texas High Plains, the windswept region that grows most of the crop in the nation’s top cotton-producing state. Forecasters and agricultural economists say that Texas cotton farmers could abandon nearly 70% of what they planted in the spring, making it the worst harvest in more than a decade. Losses could cost the region $1.2 billion, despite the federal insurance payments that farmers rely on during bad harvest years.

A former coach for Team USA Climbing has been sentenced to five years in prison for the sexual abuse of two girls. The Daily Herald of Everett, Washington, reports that 28-year-old Alexander Fritz was charged in February with four counts of third-degree child rape after two 15-year-old girls he met through climbing reported he abused them from 2016 to 2019. Fritz pleaded guilty in July to the four counts, deputy prosecutor Jarrett Goodkin said at a sentencing hearing Thursday in Snohomish County Superior Court. An investigator with the U.S. Center for SafeSport had contacted Redmond detective Marshall Tolbert about several allegations that Fritz had “relationships” with youth athletes.

The FBI says a Mexican man fatally shot at a U.S. Border Patrol station in Texas had grabbed an “edged weapon” and was advancing toward agents when they opened fire. Thirty-three-year-old Manuel Gonzalez-Moran died at an El Paso hospital Tuesday after he was shot by Border Patrol agents. The FBI says Moran was taken into custody at the Ysleta Border Patrol Station for reentering the country illegally. The FBI says agents first used a stun gun on Moran after he charged out of a holding cell and eventually opened fire. Moran was released on parole earlier this year and deported after serving 11 years in prison in Colorado. He had been convicted in 2011 in Pueblo, Colorado, of assault with a deadly weapon resulting in serious bodily injury.

Christine Barrett and her family had to climb on top of their kitchen cabinets because of flooding that surged into their house during Hurricane Ian. They put water wings on their 1-year-old, and were rescued by boat the next day.  Their community of North Port is about 5 miles inland. And the Barretts _ like many neighbors _ live in areas where flood insurance isn’t required. And therefore they don’t have it. Now many wonder how they’ll afford much-needed repairs.  There are concerns that not enough people nationally have flood insurance at a time when climate change is believed to be making storms wetter. The Insurance Information Institute says only about 4% of homeowners nationwide have flood insurance although 90% of catastrophes in the U.S. involve flooding.

The Associated Press has learned that the head of the Organization of American States is facing an internal investigation into allegations he carried on an intimate relationship with a staffer that may have violated the organization’s code of ethics. The probe into a relationship between Secretary General Luis Almagro and a Mexican-born woman two decades his junior has not been reported before. But inside the Washington-based organization, some employees told the AP that the long-running romance has been an open secret, one that made them feel intimidated interacting with the boss’ alleged paramour. Almagro declined to comment. An OAS spokesman says Almagro was never the woman's supervisor.

Stocks are slumping on worries that a still-strong U.S jobs market may actually make a recession more likely. The S&P 500 was 2.1% lower Friday after the government said employers hired more workers last month than expected. Wall Street is worried the Federal Reserve could see that as proof the economy hasn’t slowed enough yet to get inflation under control. That could clear the way for continued, aggressive hikes to interest rates, something that risks causing a recession if done too severely. Treasury yields rose after the report's release, while oil prices were on track to close out their biggest weekly gain since March.

Drought and extreme heat have severely damaged much of the cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces roughly 35% of the world’s crop. Nowhere is this more apparent than the Texas High Plains, the windswept region that grows most of the crop in the nation’s top cotton-producing state. Forecasters and agricultural economists say that Texas cotton farmers could abandon nearly 70% of what they planted in the spring, making it the worst harvest in more than a decade. Losses could cost the region $1.2 billion, despite the federal insurance payments that farmers rely on during bad harvest years.

BRATTLEBORO — Pianist Chonghyo Shin, a longtime member of the Brattleboro Music Center faculty, will offer a program Sunday, Oct. 16, including Bach’s French Suite, two Schubert Impromptus, and three Chopin Etudes, with additional selections by Grieg, Albeniz and Debussy.

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: Sandglass Theater is celebrating the completion of our 11th. Despite all the unique challenges of producing such an event in 2022, we were able to welcome seven guest companies with artists from the United States, Kenya, Mexico, Palestine, the Czech Republic and Germany to exp…

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