July 3, 2003 – News at a glance

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Brattleboro battle of the bands
A European rock entrepreneur is staging a free concert Saturday in Brattleboro’s Memorial Park. The show will open with a local teen garage band to be chosen Thursday afternoon in a battle of the bands at the local teen center. (VPR)

Second methadone clinic
State officials have earmarked funds to open a new methadone clinic to treat heroin addiction. Now they’re hoping someone will come forward with a proposal for a new clinic. So far there haven’t been any takers. (Listen to the stories online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Dean’s online success
Howard Dean’s presidential campaign has become an Internet cash machine. Dean raised $7.5 million in the last three months. About $3 million was collected online in the last week of June. The fundraising success stems from a number of factors, including a loyal core of young supporters, and the campaign’s skillful use of technology. (Listen to the stories online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Lesser’s Public Service appointment
The state office that represents utility customers has hired a former utility consultant as its planning director. The appointment has drawn criticism by some who say the Department of Public Service has become too close to the industry it regulates. (Listen to the stories online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Doctor won’t be prosecuted
Attorney General William Sorrell says his office will not bring criminal charges against a Northeast Kingdom physician who was sanctioned by the Vermont Medical Practices Board on Wednesday afternoon for administering a life ending drug to an elderly patient who was terminally ill. Sorrell says the doctor made a bad decision that was well intentioned and the Attorney General says it would have been very difficult to win this case in court. (Listen to the stories online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Web sites warned of ‘hacker challenge’
A computer security organization is warning about a potential wave of Web site hacking this weekend. The organization warns of a competition among computer hackers to inflict the most damage to Web sites worldwide on July 6. (VPR)

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