A New Editor Takes the Reins of the Struggling’Burlington Free Press’ | Media | Seven Days

click to enlarge Luke Awtry Aki Soga at Free Press headquarters in Williston Playful pit bulls, White House holiday traditions and summer reading reviews: That’s the skimpy fare provided these days by the once-proud Burlington Free PressIt’s a jarring step down from the news and analysis that once made the state’s flagship newspaper a must-read. … Read more

Watch Now: With 2 teens shot, Madison police chief warns of holiday gun violence | Crime

Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes urged residents to help authorities curb gun violence ahead of the July Fourth weekend after a spate of shootings across the city in recent days, including one that put two teenagers in the hospital. Six shootings have taken place in all corners of the city since last Friday — and … Read more

Watch Now: With two teens shot, Madison police chief warns of holiday gun violence | Crime

Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes urged residents to help authorities curb gun violence ahead of the July Fourth weekend after a spate of shootings across the city in recent days, including one that put two teenagers in the hospital. Six shootings have taken place in all corners of the city since last Friday — and … Read more

Abrams tries to flip script on guns and crime in Georgia

ATLANTA – As Republicans nationwide gear up to attack Democrats with tough-on-crime platforms this fall, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams is making guns a central focus of her race for governor, seeking to turn crime into a liability for incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s reelection bid .. Abrams made tightening Georgia’s gun laws a big part … Read more

Lawmakers finalize budget, include $ 500M for Titans stadium

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers on Thursday finalized the state’s $ 52.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming year, squeaking through $ 500 million in bonds to help pay for a Tennessee Titans stadium, as well as more money for education and law enforcement. The budget now goes to Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s desk, … Read more

Albuquerque groups honors those lost to gun violence

A group of Albuquerque mothers honoring their sons lost to gun violence.On Saturday, the New Mexico Crusaders for Justice hosted their first annual Easter Egg Brunch Hunt at Tiguex Park. We want to make it a happy day for everyone, “Alicia Otero, co-founder of the group, said. Otero’s son, Elias, know that is not here, … Read more

Nu Chocolat Finds Sweet Success With Mascoma Bank | Paid Post | Business | Seven Days

Luke Awtry Kevin Toohey, owner, Nu Chocolat Some artists work in oils. The artisan owners of Nu Chocolat in Burlington work in chocolate — rich, layered and expertly accented. Think hazelnut crisp bars, candied Italian orange slices and fleur de sel caramels. The true masterpiece, though, is Kevin and Laura Toohey’s truffle — a perfect … Read more

Vashti and Esther: Two brave women | Faith

Just in time for Women’s History Month, we have the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim. This joyful, sometimes raucous, holiday comes from the Book of Esther. It tells the story of an evil foe, Haman, who plots to destroy the Jewish people. They are saved by the cunning of Queen Esther who, along … Read more

With 11 Applicants Per Job, China’s College Grads Face Tough Prospects

Facing a weak job market, Chinese college graduates are taking another look at work in the public sector, with a record number signing up for the country’s national civil service exam. But the lure of tech riches is still strong for those who can secure a declining number of jobs. China’s peak recruiting season kicks … Read more