August 6, 2003 – News at a glance

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A view from the Islands: seasonal life
For the long-timers and the newcomers, life on the Champlain Islands has special meaning perhaps because of the water, the weather, the fishing or the farming. VPR’s Neal Charnoff takes a look at an unusual melting pot in part three of our series, “A View from the Islands.” (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

UVM insect collection
Vermont entomologists have launched a letter writing campaign because they’re afraid the University of Vermont might get rid of all or part of its extensive insect collection. But UVM says no decision has been made, and it’s still assessing the future of the collection. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Vermont bishop counsels Manchester man
Gene Robinson, the openly gay clergyman seeking to become an Episcopal bishop, has been cleared of the misconduct allegations that delayed a vote on his confirmation. But as the debate intensified in Minneapolis, Bishop Thomas Ely turned his attention to the more traditional role of pastoring the man who accused Robinson of inappropriate behavior. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Science of stormwater
The Vermont Water Resources Board wants to tackle some of the difficult issues around stormwater pollution. The board on Tuesday decided to help break an impasse over stormwater clean up plans in Vermont’s urban areas. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Interview: Dean’s son in court
On Tuesday, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean appeared in Vermont District Court in Burlington. Last month, Police charged that 17-year-old Paul Dean was the driver for four of his classmates who were attempting to steal beer from the Burlington Country Club. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Kirby wind projects
Town officials in Kirby will hold a meeting this fall to gather public opinion about wind energy. The decision came after the select board was asked last night to sign a letter calling for a moratorium on all wind projects.

Molasses spills
Crews are working in Rutland to remove a tractor-trailer truck that went off the road and spilled 15 tons of molasses Monday night.

Lewis Springer dies at 88
The retired Vermont District Court judge who presided over one of the most racially sensitive cases in Vermont history, has died. Lewis Springer died Monday at his Danville home. He was 88.

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