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February 08, 2014

The Weekly 7: This Week in Vermont News


Each weekday, Seven Days scans the news across the Vermont media landscape to find the smartest, best and most compelling stories. We bundle them up in an email and send them out to our subscribers early each afternoon. It's called the Daily 7.

So which Vermont news stories are you reading? And which should you be reading? Here are the stories you clicked on most from this week's editions of the Daily 7:


#1Disharmony on Prospect Street: A Dispute Between Neighbors Strikes a Sour Note
By Alicia Freese, Seven Days — Wednesday, February 5

A feud between neighbors over a Burlington man's home guitar workshop has gone on for a year and a half and could reach the Vermont Supreme Court.


#2 Potent Synthetic Being Sold as Heroin Causes Three Vermont Deaths
By Taylor Dobbs, Vermont Public Radio — Thursday, February 6

The Department of Health says three people in Addison County died after overdosing on what they thought was heroin but was actually the prescription painkiller Fentanyl.


#3Mayor: $10.5 Million Burlington Telecom Lawsuit Settlement on the Table
By Mike Donoghue, Burlington Free Press — Monday, February 3

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says the city has settled Citibank's $33.5 million lawsuit against the city over Burlington Telecom for $10.5 million.


#4Burlington Telecom Deal Could Be Big Win for Weinberger — and for Taxpayers?
By Kevin J. Kelley, Seven Days Off Message — Tuesday, February 4

The settlement Mayor Miro Weinberger reached with Citibank pays off Burlington Telecom's debt, but it doesn't reimburse the $16.9 million in city money the utility improperly spent. BT will also likely gain a new majority owner.


#5Milton Residents Angry About Costs of Receiving Mail
By Charles Eichacker, Seven Days Off Message — Monday, February 3

Some Milton residents say they're frequently having to pay extra to receive mail from their town's post office.

#6Coke to Pay $1.25 Billion for Share of Green Mountain Coffee as Part of Long-Term Partnership
By Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine — Wednesday, February 5

Coca-Cola is purchasing 10 percent of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Analysts say the companies' collaboration on the Keurig Cold system is likely a response to the popularity of at-home SodaStream machines.


#7Doubling Down on Obamacare in Vermont
By Lynnley Browning, Newsweek — Thursday, February 6

Newsweek has a detailed look behind the scenes at Vermont Health Connect's troubled rollout. "People weren't technologically sophisticated enough to understand what was actually going on," said one source. UPDATE: Department of Vermont Health Access Commissioner Mark Larson says the Newsweek story is inaccurate and "inflammatory."


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