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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Leahy Bill Would Limit Feds' Authority to Search Near Borders

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 3:44 PM

  • Kym Balthazar
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Thursday that would reduce the area near international borders where federal agents are allowed to conduct warrantless searches.

United States Border Patrol agents have for years established temporary checkpoints along Interstate 91 in southern Vermont to ask motorists about their citizenship and where they’re going. Some are detained for additional questioning. Because the checkpoint is within 100 miles of the Canadian border, federal law allows agents to do that without a warrant.

Federal law gives authorities expanded power near the borders in order to protect national security. But Leahy said in a statement that a range of 100 miles from the border is unreasonable. The new legislation, cosponsored by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington), would shrink the that zone from 100 to 25 miles.

"[T]his 100-mile zone is neither limited nor reasonable," Leahy said. "It includes marine borders. At present, it encompasses almost two-thirds of the population of the United States. This includes major cities such as New York, Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans and Los Angeles, even the 'border town' of Richmond, Va., as well as entire states such as Maine, Delaware, and Florida."

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Old Lantern Wedding Barn Prevails in Lengthy Legal Battle With Neighbors

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The Old Lantern
  • The Old Lantern
The Old Lantern wedding barn in Charlotte has won a decisive legal victory in a battle with its neighbors over noise.

The business, owned by Roland and Lisa Gaujac, will continue to operate under the terms of a June 7 settlement that the couple reached with neighbors Adrian and Alison Wolverton.

“We're so grateful that it's over," Lisa Gaujac told Seven Days Tuesday. "We just want to get back to focusing on our business."

The lawyer for the Wolvertons, James Dumont, did not return a message seeking comment from him and his clients.

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Seven Days Launches Vermont Nonprofit Navigator Database

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM

To report its “Give and Take” series about Vermont's vast nonprofit sector, Seven Days needed searchable data — specifically, the newly available digital Form 990s that many Vermont nonprofits file with the Internal Revenue Service.

So digital editor Andrea Suozzo turned those thousands of filings into a database: the Vermont Nonprofit Navigator. Our reporters and editors have been mining it in search of stories, looking for patterns and aberrations.

Now you can, too, at

The database is a valuable resource. You can search by name, location, assets and annual revenue. Look up categories of nonprofits, such as those dedicated to the environment, arts and animals. Check out board members. A click of the mouse reveals top salaries.

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