August 9, 2004 – News at a Glance

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Slugs and Snails Research
This summer’s cool wet weather may not be to the liking of many of us, but one Vermonter is finding it helpful in her work. That’s because the weather has produced a bumper crop of slugs and snails. (VPR)

Interview: ‘Outfoxed’ Screened in Brattleboro
Monday night in Brattleboro a film by Robert Greenwald about the Fox News organization called “Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism” will be screened at the Hooker-Dunham Theater. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Robin Riske of the group “Know Media,” which organized the screening. (VPR)

Expensive Governor’s Race
Running for governor is becoming more expensive than ever. Each candidate this year hopes to spend as much as one million dollars, although they say that’s unlikely. Vermont’s first competitive governor’s race of the 1990s cost less than $750,000 in all. In 2000, candidates altogether spent nearly $2 million. (AP)

Democratic Lt. Governor’s Primary
The two Democratic candidates for Vermont lieutenant governor are sparring over where they get their campaign money. Jan Backus reported in a filing last week that she had collected $18,765 from 77 different out-of-state donors. That represents 61 percent of all the campaign money Backus has raised. Cheryl Rivers has raised 15 percent of her campaign money from outside the state. (AP)

Lt. Col. Greene’s Funeral Service
A Marine who lived in Vermont was eulogized over the weekend in Connecticut. A pastor says Lieutenant Colonel David Greene would not want his family, friends and fellow Marines to call him a hero. The Reverend Henry Burdick led the memorial service for Greene on Saturday. (AP)

Guard Connects with Country Singer
The country music song “American Soldier” by Toby Keith is becoming the unofficial anthem for the Vermont National Guard. The song has been played at the funerals of two guard members in the past couple of months. Sergeant Kevin Sheehan’s six-year-old son, Nathaniel, suggested the song for his father’s funeral in June. (AP)

UVM Student Center
The University of Vermont is moving toward approving a $70 million student center. It would be the most expensive building project in the school’s history. The board of trustees is expected to give the go-ahead next month. (AP)

The Vermont Electric Power Company’s chief executive officer is retiring. Martin Miller will be replaced by a recently hired chief operating officer. The board voted unanimously late last week to elevate John Donleavy to the top post. Dunleavy will join VELCO next month from an energy company in Chicago. (AP)

Windshield Vandalism Program
A new pilot project will give up to $250 to help cover the cost of a car window smashed in Burlington. The project is being funded by the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services in Waterbury. (AP)

Newfane House Fire
Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a 200-year-old farmhouse in South Newfane. The fire broke out yesterday morning. No one was injured. (AP)

Drunk Driver Pulls Over Officer
It’s not too often that the police get pulled over by a drunk driver. But that’s what happened Sunday to Vernon Police Chief Ian McCollin. The driver, 28-year-old Bryan Condo of North Pownal, pulled next to McCollin and said he’d been looking for police to arrest him because he was drunk. (AP)

Worker Killed at NH Speedway
The widow of a safety worker killed at Twin State Speedway in Claremont, New Hampshire, says she bears no ill will toward the driver who struck her husband. Forty-six-year-old Michael Bliss of Calais was clearing debris from the track Friday when he was hit during a practice run. (AP)

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