Chainsaws and the supercell

Last week a series of powerful thunderstorms ripped through Vermont. The Champlain Islands were among the hardest hit. The storm peeled back roofs, ruined corn crops and provided a few minutes of terror for VPR’s Tim Johnson. The storm is also forcing him to confront some more lingering fears, as he reports in this essay.

Midday Newscast: August 17, 2007

Here are the top stories at the noon hour. It looks like that wasn’t a tornado that hit northwestern Vermont yesterday; Senator Bernie Sanders says it appears there aren’t enough customs and Border Patrol officers along the U.S. Canada border; Governor Jim Douglas says changes to the education property tax system aren’t working.