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July 11th, 2013
The fuel-related explosion from a wrecked transport train that ripped apart the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic on Monday is being used by some environmentalists as another reason to curb use of fossil fuels. The train was carrying tankers of fuel oil when it careened off the tracks, destroying the heart of the city and killing 15 people with as many as 50 still missing as of Wednesday. More than 100,000 liters of fuel has seeped into a nearby river and lake.
AT&T has been running TV ads for its cellphone service in which a guy sits down with a bunch of six-year-old kids and asks them questions like, “Is faster better than slower?” and “Is more better than less?”
They all eventually come up with the right answer, and then the voice-over guy comes on and reads the tagline: “It’s not complicated.”
Peter Shumlin began talking about single-payer health care early in 2010, when he became a candidate for governor. Shumlin has not said much about single-payer recently. Some single-payer advocates wonder whether his administration is still committed to applying for a federal waiver to permit Vermont to establish a single-payer system in 2017, the earliest allowable date under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Here is one of my favorite sayings about yoga: “Not practicing yoga because you’re not flexible is like not taking a bath because you’re too dirty.” When I meet someone at a party and they find out that I teach yoga, a common response is, “I could never do yoga — I’m way too stiff.” That’s when I get to pull out the pithy little statement above.
ADDISON COUNTY — A two-car crash on Route 22A in Orwell late on the night of July 3 totaled both vehicles and sent one driver to the hospital, where he was still in critical condition early this week.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police on July 1 cited Toni Marie Bachand, 25, of Vergennes for selling heroin, and later in the week also cited her for a criminal count of driving with a suspended license and for violating conditions of her release.
On July 1, city police allege that Bachand, while within the city limits, sold three single-use bags of heroin to an informant. That controlled buy was set up following an investigation, said Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel. Bachand, a Second Street resident, will answer the charge in court in August.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Eli Madden, 40, of Middlebury for simple assault, following their investigation of a reported fight between two men at the intersection of Main Street and Merchants Row on July 6. One of those involved was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of a head injury, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Took a drunken, local man into protective custody on July 1.