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July 26th, 2012
Black kids in the U.S. don’t play baseball anymore.
As a generalization, that’s true. Participation by African-Americans in baseball has declined precipitously at all levels in the last two decades or so.
In 1975, 27 percent of all major leaguers were African-American. Now that number is 8 percent. The Red Sox have one African-American on their 25 man roster, Carl Crawford.
Rumor has it financial wiz Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world, has a sure-fire solution to reign in the nation’s looming debt: “I could end the deficit in five minutes,” he allegedly tells a CNBC news reporter. “You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3 percent of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”
The rumor is being spread via the Internet like wildfire and fueled by the millions of Americans upset with a dysfunctional Congress.
VERGENNES — A local man is hoping to close soon on a deal to acquire the former Kennedy Brothers Marketplace at 11 North Main St. in Vergennes, a 41,724-square-foot complex that would house a new grocery store while maintaining its current tenants and recruiting others.
ADDISON COUNTY — As farmers across the nation hope for rain to end the worst drought since 1956, Addison County farmers are counting their blessings.
“So far it’s been a pretty good growing season, other than extreme heat and a little on the dry side,” said Hank Bissell of Lewis Creek Farm in Starksboro.
For Bissell, this year has prompted him to use his irrigation system more than usual due to prolonged stretches of warm weather with no rain, but he said vegetable yields have been good compared to those in last year’s wet weather.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s Open Door Clinic is bustling with a new staff, a faithful cadre of volunteers and a surging patient load brought on by a sluggish economy and rising health care costs that are increasingly putting insurance coverage outside the grasp of citizens and employers.
BRISTOL — Last week, the Bristol selectboard issued a letter of support to the Vermont Land Trust (VLT) for plans to purchase conservation easements on the Farr and Fuller family properties.
MIDDLEBURY — A little piece of Hollywood is coming to Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury.
On July 26 at 6 p.m., Academy Award-nominated film producer Douglas Biklen will be appearing alongside the documentary film “Wretches and Jabberers.” The film follows two Vermonters living with autism as they travel to advocate for disability rights. This film is among others, including the Academy Award-nominated “Autism is a World,” that Biklen has produced on the topic of autism awareness.
BRISTOL — In response to public debate over how Bristol officials should handle a recent uptick in offensive behavior like swearing and fighting on the town green, the Bristol selectboard last Monday gave the Bristol Police Department the power to issue 30-day no trespass orders for all town properties.