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Sex offender released in Burlington

Sex offender released in Burlington

Jill Vaglica

April 11, 2015


Filed under News, Vermont

A convicted sex offender was released in Burlington Thursday, April 9. Richard Laws was convicted on charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated assault and kidnapping after allegedly raping a woman in Mad River Valley, Vermont and leaving her in a field in 1992. Police said he often targets...

Energy summit unites both sides of border

March 31, 2015


Filed under News, Vermont

Students and industry professionals traded big ideas and projects on energy issues on both sides of the Canadian border. “The Power from the North Conference,” a major regional energy summit, was held in the Davis Center March 23 and 24.Topics on the first day were  the social, economic and environme...

New bill will lower Vermont’s carbon footprint

Beena Jacob

March 24, 2015


Filed under News, Vermont

The Vermont House of Representatives voted 121-24 to pass a bill designed to lower residents’ carbon footprint. Passed March 11, the Renewable Energy Standard and Energy Transformation bill, known as RESET, requires utilities to sell a certain percentage of their electricity as renewable, according...

President Obama passes student aid bill

John Riedel, Staff Writer

March 17, 2015


Filed under News, Vermont

President Barack Obama passed a new bill March 10 titled the Student Aid Bill of Rights as part of his policy to tackle increasing student loan debt across the country, including states such as Vermont. As part of the bill, four rights of borrowers are listed, followed by a plan of action to ensure...

New bill proposes increase in state funding for Vermont colleges

March 17, 2015


Filed under News, Vermont

There has been a proposal for an increase in state funding for higher education from officials at UVM and Vermont State Colleges.UVM and Vermont State Colleges are asking for funds for a three percent boost in funding, said Jeb Spaulding, chancellor of Vermont State Colleges.The Vermont State Colleges s...

City election lost by UVM students

March 10, 2015


Filed under News, Vermont

Voting day is over, and the results are in for Burlington’s mayoral and city council elections.Miro Weinberger, the mayor of Burlington since 2012,  won a second term with 68 percent of votes.A major portion of the UVM population resides in Ward 8 and will be represented by UVM graduate Adam Roof.Sh...

Proposed bill may legalize possession and sale of marijuana

Jill Vaglica

March 10, 2015


Filed under News, Vermont

Although marijuana possession was decriminalized in Vermont in 2013, one Vermont senator recently introduced a new bill to legalize both possession and distribution, according to a Feb. 18 press release by the Marijuana Policy Project . The bill, S. 95, introduced by Senator David Zuckerman, propos...

SGA hosts debate for elections

SGA hosts debate for elections

February 24, 2015


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Candidates in the upcoming Ward 1, Ward 8 and East District elections held their final debate Feb. 18, organized by the Student Government Association, at Brennan’s Pub on the first floor of the Davis Center.The debate, co-sponsored by SGA, CDAE and The Cynic was open to both student and non-student...

Time off trouble for election

Time off trouble for election

February 17, 2015


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For the Ward 1 and Ward 8 elections, absentee ballots may provide the majority of the votes March 3.Eugene Bergman, senior assistant to the Burlington city attorney, said that Town Meeting Day, or Burlington’s local election day, has been held on the first Tuesday of March since the 1800’s.If a p...

City Council candidates show no ‘clear difference yet’ in platforms

John Riedel, Staff Writer

February 17, 2015


Filed under News, Vermont

With election day fast approaching, candidates said they have been busy registering as many voters as possible. For the Ward 8 seat, UVM alumnus Adam Roof is running against student Brock Gibian, who is taking a semester off from school. For the East District seat, Ward 1 City Council member Selene Co...

Bill could legalize sale of marijuana

February 3, 2015


Filed under News, Vermont

A Vermont state senator introduced a bill this year to legalize recreational marijuana.Sen. David Zuckerman, at a pro-marijuana rally earlier this month, argued that it’s easier for most underage people to obtain unregulated marijuana than it is to get alcohol, which is regulated by the state. In ...

New ‘taxi-hailing’ app launched

New ‘taxi-hailing’ app launched

January 13, 2015


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A new taxi-hailing app launched in Burlington Dec. 10, joining the recent taxi-hailing app, Uber.Martin Heikel is the CEO and co-founder of Flat Iron Apps LLC, which created the ZabCab app. .The app first launched in Manhattan in 2012, then it was shut down and re-launched in Burlington Dec. 10.A 2012...

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