June 20, 2002 – News at a Glance

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Vigil for Victims of Church Abuse
For nearly three weeks one man has stood in front of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Burlington protesting church handling of priests accused of sexual abuse of children. The man claims he has a personal stake in how the church deals with victims of abuse. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Transportation Strike
A strike at a central Vermont public transportation company has entered its sixth week. The walk-out by drivers and mechanics isn’t about higher wages or benefits. The labor negotiations broke down over a fee that the union wants to collect from workers. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Senate to Reconvene
The 2002 Legislative session is not quite over. Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin said on Wednesday afternoon that he has no choice but to call the Senate back to the Statehouse next week in a special veto session. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Gulf War Illness
Congressman Bernie Sanders has gone to England in an effort to coordinate international research concerning Gulf War related illnesses. Sanders has followed this issue very closely as a member of the House subcommittee on Veterans Affairs. (VPR)

Norwich Reservoir Vandalized
Residents of Norwich have been told not to drink their water until tests can determine whether a vandalized reservoir cover led to contamination of the water. (AP)

Burlington Medical Clinic
Burlington has a newly expanded medical clinic in the Old North End. The renovated building of the Community Health Center re-opened yesterday. (AP)

Social Security Fraud
A Vermont lawyer faces jail time for cheating the Social Security Administration. The U.S. attorney in New Hampshire says Lance Harrington of Plainfield falsified papers to get more money from than he was entitled to. (AP)

Construction Workers Injured
Two construction workers at the Fletcher Allen Health Care expansion job were injured and treated after a concrete form collapsed. (AP)

Diploma Fraud
Burlington College employees will face questions next week in an investigation into whether an Israeli company sold diplomas from the school. (AP)

Orchard Vandalism
One of Vermont’s oldest orchards has been attacked by vandals three times in the past six years. The Green Mountain Orchard in Putney has no insurance against the heavy damage done. (AP)

Employer Anti-Smoking Policy
A Waitsfield company has a policy of not hiring smokers, and its recruitment ads make that point. Small Dog Electronics owners say smokers cost too much in missed work days and indirect consequences of elevated illness levels. (AP)

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