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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Burlington City Council to Consider High School Bond Proposal

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 6:15 PM

Rendering of the proposed renovation to Burlington High School. - COURTESY
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  • Rendering of the proposed renovation to Burlington High School.
The Burlington School Board approved a resolution Tuesday asking the City Council to place a $70 million Burlington High School renovation bond on the November 6 general election ballot.

The council is expected to consider the proposal and hear a presentation from school leaders on Monday.

The school board voted 9-1 in support of the resolution. Mike Fisher of Ward 5 voted against it, Martine Gulick of Ward 4 was absent and Clare Wool of Ward 6 abstained as chair of the board.

But in a press release, Wool expressed support for the bond.

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Michael Major Resigns After Losing Chittenden County Sheriff Primary

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 5:53 PM

Michael Major - FILE: JAMES BUCK
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Updated on August 23, 2018.

Michael Major, a Chittenden County sheriff's deputy who challenged his boss for the department's top job, has resigned.

Major came in second to Sheriff Kevin McLaughlin in last week's Democratic primary. On Tuesday, Major filed his resignation paperwork.

"The atmosphere was a little dry in the office," Major said. "I'm sure some people are either upset or disappointed, but I just felt it was the right thing to do. I don't think my relationship with the boss would be the same, obviously."

About half of the voters on primary day chose McLaughlin, Chittenden County's longest-serving sheriff. Major got votes from one in four voters. The rest didn't choose a sheriff's candidate.

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Leahy: It Appears Trump Has Broken the Law

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 4:56 PM

Sen. Patrick Leahy - FILE: PAUL HEINTZ
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A day after President Donald Trump's former lawyer implicated his estranged boss in federal court, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said for the first time that it appeared likely that the president had broken the law.

Vermont's senior senator made the assertion in a brief interview with Seven Days Wednesday afternoon, immediately after addressing the president's mounting legal problems on the floor of the U.S. Senate. "The clouds of criminal conduct surrounding those close to the president are darkening," he said in those remarks.

Leahy was referring to two major developments that came a day earlier: former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's conviction on eight counts of tax and bank fraud, and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's guilty pleas on eight counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. During Cohen's appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, he said he'd made illegal payments to two women "in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office," referring to Trump.

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Nurses Keep Up the Pressure as Hospital Seeks Budget Approval

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Nurses protesting at City Hall - KATIE JICKLING
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  • Nurses protesting at City Hall
A majority of the University of Vermont Medical Center's nurses didn't attend the Green Mountain Care Board meeting in Burlington on Wednesday, but those there managed to make their voices heard.

The crowd on Church Street, dressed in red and armed with signs and bullhorns, urged the hospital to offer its nurses better wages and increased staffing levels.

Their chants filtered into Burlington City Hall's Contois Auditorium, where the state's hospital oversight board would be tasked with reviewing, and eventually approving, the medical center's fiscal year 2019 budget.

At 9 a.m., top hospital brass lined up before the Green Mountain Care Board to testify for three hours on the institution's finances and plans for the future. But foremost in the officials' minds was the nurses, who have urged the board not to approve the budget until the sides agree on a contract.

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