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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Censorship of Burlington School Newspaper May Have Violated Law

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 6:58 PM

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Burlington High School principal Noel Green may have violated state law when he ordered student journalists to take down a story posted to the school newspaper’s website.

Monday night the Register broke the news that the state has been investigating school guidance director Mario Macias, who is accused of unprofessional conduct and could lose his educator's license for nearly a year.
By Tuesday morning, Green ordered the Register’s teacher adviser, Beth Fialko Casey, to pull the article. Fialko Casey conferred with the article’s four authors — editors Julia Shannon-Grillo, Halle Newman, Nataleigh Noble and Jenna Peterson — who reluctantly agreed to comply.

“It did cross our minds that they’d want to talk to us and we were ready to defend our actions but we were not expecting it to be censored,” said Shannon-Grillo, a 16-year-old junior. “We understand [Green’s] decision, but as editors, we don’t agree with it.”

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Health Department Cautions Drug Users After Spate of Overdoses

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 3:30 PM

A kit with the overdose-reversing drug Narcan - COURTESY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
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  • A kit with the overdose-reversing drug Narcan
The state Health Department is urging drug users to take precautions, including keeping the overdose-reversing drug Narcan on hand, after a spate of "several" fatal overdoses in Rutland County and other non-fatal incidents across the state.

The department declined to give specific numbers, citing pending autopsies, but said it believes most of the overdoses are tied to fentanyl, a synthetic opiate many times more powerful than heroin.

In 2017, two-thirds of opiate overdose deaths involved fentanyl, and the number of fatal overdoses involving fentanyl has nearly quadrupled since 2014.

The Health Department says it is concerned that the synthetic opioid is now being mixed with other drugs, including cocaine.

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GOP Officials Attack Sen. Ingram Over Drunk Driving Arrest

Posted By on Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Sen. Debbie Ingram - FILE: TERRI HALLENBECK
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  • Sen. Debbie Ingram
Updated at 4:57 p.m.

The chair of the Burlington Republican Party bashed Sen. Debbie Ingram (D-Chittenden) on Twitter this week over a drunk driving arrest. The attack drew swift rebukes from other top GOP officials, including Gov. Phil Scott, who called it “unacceptable.”

Ingram crashed her car into a ditch in Williston less than a mile from her home in October 2017. The Burlington Free Press reported that Ingram’s blood alcohol content at the time of the crash was 0.186 percent, more than double the 0.08 percent legal limit for driving.

Ingram released a statement shortly after her arrest in which she accepted responsibility for driving drunk.

“I am grateful that no one was injured as a result of my irresponsible behavior,” she wrote. “I suffer from a disease for which I have been getting treatment through a 12-step program.”

That, apparently, was not good enough for Burlington Republican Party chair Paco DeFrancis.

“If [Ingram] cared about her ‘disease’ and cared about others who may be using that public infrastructure then she should recognize that she is NOT capable of driving and should give up her car and license,” he tweeted Monday night.

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