July 23, 2003 – News at a glance

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Spam filter
A Vermont technology company has a new product to deal with the growing problem of computer spam. Network Performance Incorporated of South Burlington, unveiled its new “SpamRejector” on Tuesday. (VPR)

Interview: Newport helmet factory
Delaney talks with Army First Sergeant Colin Rich, who will tour the factory at MSA Gallet in Newport Wednesday. Rich was wearing a Kevlar helmet manufactured by MSA Gallet when he was shot in the head while on patrol in Afghanistan. Rich credits the high-tech helmet for saving his life. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Rutland Boys & Girls Club
Kids in Rutland will soon have a new place to hang out. The Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County hopes to open its new headquarters on Merchant’s Row in downtown Rutland, in just a few weeks. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Power line opponents seek delay
Opponents of a large power line planned for western Vermont want regulators to delay their review of the project. In a motion filed on Tuesday, the opponents argue that the power line developers have not done an adequate review of alternatives. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Farm family produces ghee
A central Vermont couple has found a new niche for their dairy farm. This year, they hope to become the first Vermont producers of a cooking oil made from milk. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Gephardt on Bush Iraq policy Iraq
Democratic presidential candidate Richard Gephardt strongly criticized the Bush administration’s Iraq policy on Tuesday. Gephardt, who voted for a congressional resolution authorizing the war, faces a strong challenge in Iowa and New Hampshire from former Vermont Governor Howard Dean. (VPR)

Three tied in California poll
A new poll finds former Vermont Governor Howard Dean among the top-three Democratic presidential candidates in California. Dean is in a statistical tie with Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. (AP)

Book Interview: ‘Mirror, Mirror’
VPR’s Neal Charnoff talks with Vermont writer Mark Pendergrast about his newest book, which tells the story of the mirror’s historical, practical and metaphorical meaning. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

Dean on Hussein’s sons
Presidential candidate Howard Dean says it’s a victory for the people of Iraq that Saddam Hussein’s two sons have been killed. Still, the former Vermont governor says the latest development doesn’t have any effect on whether or not the United States should have gone to war. (AP)

Garvey military funeral
The Proctor High School graduate killed in Iraq will be buried in Vermont with full military honors. U.S. Army Sergeant Justin Garvey graduated from Proctor High School in 1998. He was killed Sunday in Iraq when the vehicle he was riding in was ambushed. (AP)

Road salt damages rivers
Salt used to treat icy roads has polluted three major New England rivers over the past century. That’s according to a U.S. Geological Service study that reviewed water quality data for the Connecticut, Merrimack and Blackstone rivers for much of the last 100 years. (AP)

Springfield recreation center
The Springfield Select Board has approved turning money over to a planned recreation center, but the decision was controversial. The Southern Vermont Regional Recreation Center Foundation wanted to use earnings from a $3 million grant the state made to the town. But some questioned whether the foundation was properly managing its donations and whether it was disclosing all of its operations. (AP)

FiberMark layoffs
A company based in Brattleboro that makes fiber filters and other products plans to lay off 100 people. But the company won’t say yet how many of those workers work in Brattleboro. FiberMark Incorporated employs 5,000 people in the United States – including 200 at the corporate headquarters and a factory in Brattleboro. (AP)

UVM construction project
University of Vermont officials have begun taking their plan for a major new housing complex through the regulatory review process. The university wants to build a 255,000-square-foot complex that would house 825 students. The Burlington Design Advisory Board toured the site Tuesday. (AP)

Dean fundraising
Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean is continuing to raise large amounts of money for his presidential campaign over the Internet. Dean’s campaign announced Tuesday that it had collected more than $5 million over the Internet so far this year. (AP)

Embezzlement guilty plea
A Bennington woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $50,000 from her former employer. Forty-one-year-old Elizabeth Hall agreed to repay the money she used to buy furniture and power equipment for her home. Hall was an executive secretary at NSK Steering Systems of America – formerly known as NASTECH. (AP)

Bennington tornado
A moderate tornado traveled through seven miles of Bennington County causing some area residents to lose power, but no injuries were reported. The National Weather Service says the F-1 tornado moved for seven miles from North Pownal to Bennington. (AP)

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