Sun 24-JUL-2016 6 P.M. News Script

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Good evening, thanks for joining us, I'm Adam Sullivan. Tens of thousands left without power across New England after violent thunderstorms-- brought rain and high winds. Crews have been working around the clock to turn the lights back on. Rose Spillman reports.

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Trees, power lines, and power poles, littered the streets of Vermont this weekend after a Saturday storm left its mark on New England. ((Devon Jacobs/Cornwall 2021 04:46:36 "All the sudden I looked out the window and the wind was blowing, and I think I looked at just the right time to see this big maple tree come down and pull the power line with it." 04:46:51)) Outside Devon Jacobs' home in Cornwall, trees and a power pole snapped, leaving electrical lines hanging down to the ground in every direction. He was one of around 26,000 Green Mountain Power customers to lose power in the storm. By Sunday morning, more than half were back on line, but thousands remained in the dark. ((Dorothy Schnure/Green Mountain Power 2040 04:59:54 "We prepared for this storm, but it actually packed a much bigger wallop than anyone expected, and it effected many states. It was a region wide storm. It's difficult to predict summer thunderstorms, and they can crop up quickly and rush through, so this was a very quick but ferocious storm." 05:00:12)) Vermont was one of many New England states hit hard. In New Hampshire, around 60,000 were without power following the storm. ((Rose Spillman/Cornwall 2046 05:04:26 "Green Mountain Power officials say that some outages are a quick fix while others could take hours to restore. They say all customers should be back up to speed by late Monday." 05:04:37)) Officials say those in Royalton may be among the last to get power. Around 500 workers were out Sunday to continue fixing lines. Though many experienced heavy rains, officials say it was the high winds that led to outages. ((Devon Jacobs/Cornwall 2021 04:48:32 "This one seemed weird, because I guess most of the storm was west of us, and so we didn't even get any rain, and barely heard any thunder or saw any lighting, and it was just really, really high winds." 04:48:48)) Officials are urging people to keep their children and pets away from any downed lines until crews can confirm that they are no longer live. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Cornwall.

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At last check there were still about 44-hundred customers without power. The majority are in Orange and Windsor counties.

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It was a quiet, beautiful day today, but Monday afternoon will get active again. SEVERE POTENTIAL: A marginal risk for severe thunderstorms in the areas in yellow. The areas in orange (southern Vermont) are in a slight risk for severe thunderstorms. This activity is expected to occur Monday afternoon and early evening. WHAT TO EXPECT: Wind damage will be the main threat, but hail and very heavy downpours are also possible. WAKEUP WEATHER: Partly cloudy. Low: 52/60. Much more quiet for Tuesday, and less humid.

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Three people were arrested after a late night fight in Stowe. It happened near the Golden Eagle Resort on the Mountain Road. 23-year-old Azariah Goff and 24-year-old David Poginy-- of St. Johnsbury have been charged with simple assault along with and 22-year-old Kenneth Stowell of Oklahoma. Police say the men were in a car when they confronted the victims walking on the side of the road. At this time we do not know what led to the altercation. The names of the victims and the extent of their injuries have not been released.

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Controversy could overshadow the start of the democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Thousands of democrats including Bernie Sanders' supporters are rallying as party leaders call for unity. Danielle Nottingham has more from Philadelphia.

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DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMWOMAN, DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ ANNOUNCED SUNDAY AFTERNOON THAT SHE WILL STEP DOWN AT THE END OF THE CONVENTION IN PHILADELPHIA THIS WEEK. PRESSURE HAD BEEN MOUNTING FOR HER RESIGNATION AFTER WIKILEAKS POSTED EMAILS FROM DEMOCRATIC OFFICIALS THAT APPEARED TO favor Hillary Clinton. (SOT BERNIE SANDERS) I'm not quite shocked by this. // I think we need a new leadership of the Democratic Party HILLARY CLINTON AND HER RUNNING MATE TIM KAINE SAT DOWN WITH CBS News anchor, SCOTT PELLEY FOR THEIR FIRST JOINT INTERVIEW. (TIM KAINE SOT) WHEN I SEE THIS, YOU KNOW CROOKED HILLARY OR I SEE THE, LOCK HER UP, ITS JUST RIDICULOUS. (Danielle Nottingham, CBS News, Philadelphia) "Even though Clinton will officially become the democratic nominee Tuesday, thousands are showing up here in Philadelphia to rally for Bernie Sanders" BRUCE CARTER LED A CARAVAN FROM DAYTONA, FLORIDA TO PHILADELPHIA TO JOIN FELLOW SANDERS SUPPORTERS IN MARCHES AND DEMONSTRATIONS PLANNED ALL WEEK LONG. HE SAYS THERE IS NO WAY CLINTON IS GETTING HIS VOTE. (Bruce Carter, Sanders Supporter) I know who Im not voting for, Im undecided about who I will vote. SANDERS PLANS TO MEET WITH 1900 OF HIS DELEGATES BEFORE THE START OF THE CONVENTION TOMORROW. DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM, CBS NEWS, PHILADELPHIA.

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Kyle Midura will be in Philadelphia for the convention. We will have complete coverage all week--right here on WCAX.

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Coming up on tonight's news... emergency responders getting ready for training exercises across the state plus a Vermont Captain is recognized for his passion for history...

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Vermont's largest emergency response drill begins tomorrow. About 5,000 emergency responders are expected to participate in the nine-day exercise. The drill will be occurring in 50 locations, including at state agencies, 16 hospitals, the Burlington Airport, and the Vermont National Guard. Officials say the goal is to figure out if and where gaps exist when it comes to responding to a catastrophic event.

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A Vermont soldier is awarded for his work helping other soldiers and their families reunite with the past. Eliza Larson tells us more.

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((TC 15:44:14 TITLE 8917 Eliza Larson/reporter: "so what kind of medal is this?" Fike: "so these are silver stars. their the third highest decoration in our services." 15:50:17)) Captain Zachariah Fike would not call himself a history buff -- but by spending years studying United States military medals -- he's stored up enough knowledge to know many medals never meet their rightful recipients. ((TC 02:57:22 Title 8907 Capt. Zachariah Fike/Purple Hearts Reunited: "essentially our mission is to return lost or stolen medals of valor either to the veterans who earned them or to their families." 03:04:06)) This mission is why the Military Times chose to give him the "soldier of the Year" award. He's the first Vermonter to receive it. ((TC 02:41:20 Title 8907 Capt. Zachariah Fike/Purple Hearts Reunited: "its a great opportunity to tell the world who vermont is, as small as we are." 02:45:28)) At a ceremony in Washington DC -- Fike joined four other recipients on stage. Each from each branch of the military -- army, navy, marines, and the air force-- and also the coast guard. Each honorary with a different reason for being up there. But now -- the ceremony is over. And it's back to work for Captain Fike. ((TC 08:29:10 Title 8907 Capt. Zachariah Fike/Purple Hearts Reunited: "we're keeping history alive. Veteran populations are declining by the month. We lose 30 thousand veterans per month." 08:37:02)) To date -- Fike's organization -- Purple Hearts Reunited -- has returned 300 medals. That's only a small dent in the collection Fike has recovered. He's working on returning more than 700 items now. ((TC 03:38:01 Title 8907 Capt. Zachariah Fike/Purple Hearts Reunited: "believe it or not there's actually collectors across the country that actually pursue these medals and trade them like baseball cards." 03:43:13)) Fike says about half of the medals, dog tags, and other things that get sent to him are found at garage sales or antique shops -- but many are traded and sold by collectors for profit. He says an average medal goes for around 300 dollars. ((TC 04:30:19 Title 8907 Capt. Zachariah Fike/Purple Hearts Reunited: "quite frankly I don't know how they sleep at night." 04:32:25)) Fike says he spends his foundation's resources trying to obtain those items -- so they can be returned to the service member they were originally intended. ((tc 05:19:12 Title 8907 Capt. Zachariah Fike/Purple Hearts Reunited: "it brought some closure to their lives. it was more than returning a medal." 05:23:23)) From his home in Georgia, Vermont -- he's connected with veterans all the country -- giving them back a rewarding piece of their history Eliza Larson. Channel 3 News. Burlington.

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CURRENT: Partly sunny. Upper 70s. RADAR: Nothing in our region right now. A warm front is bringing some thunderstorms to Pennsylvania. This front will move through late tonight, and bring in warmer, more humid air for Monday. RADAR/TEMPERATURES: Most spots in the 70s, with a few low 80s. DEWPOINTS: Definitely lower today...in the 40s and 50s. It will be more humid on Monday, with dewpoints back in the 60s. USA LOOP: A cold front will catch up to us Monday afternoon, with possible strong thunderstorms. A trailing trough may touch off an isolated shower near the Canadian border on Tuesday, otherwise it's looking partly sunny and less humid.

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FORECAST: TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low: 52/60. Wind: Light MONDAY: Partly sunny & more humid. PM thunderstorms, some strong. High: 84/90. Wind: S 5-10 mph MONDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Scattered showers. Thunderstorms early. Low: 55/63. Wind: W 5-10 mph TUESDAY: Partly sunny & less humid. Isolated shower north. High: 75/83. Low: 55/63. Wind: NW 5-10 mph WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 80s. Low: 55/65 THURSDAY: Partly sunny & more humid. Few PM thunderstorms. High: 80s. Low: 55/65 FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Scattered showers & thunderstorms. High: 70s. Low: 55/65 SATURDAY: Partly sunny. Few showers or thunderstorms. High: 75/85. Low: 55/65 SUNDAY: Partly sunny. Scattered showers & thunderstorms. High: 70s

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There is a line on Church Street in Burlington that maybe you didn't even noticed is there. Alex Hirsch tells us what is represents.

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(00:00:25:03) ((Nats So this is the earth line.)) It's something that you've probably walked on if you've ever gone down church street. (00:19:57:19) ((Balkisa Abdikadir we actually have a bunch of really cool cities written on the grounds i walk on daily and ive never noticed it.)) Balkisa Abdikadir isn't the only one. This set of bricks mark the spot the earth line runs down in the center of church street. (00:00:27:21) ((NATS The earth line was constructed in 1983, as a celebration for this new open pedestrian parkway)) Chris O'Donnell is talking about the physical one you can see. What it marks is the line of longitude that Burlington sits on. (00:09:41:23) ((NATS There are 22 cities, so good luck)) O'Donnell is a teacher at the UVM Upward Bound Summer College Program. Her Mapping out my world class will find places like Montreal and Ho Chi Mihn. (00:24:24:09) ((Chris O'Donnell Weve been talking about earth line, so to see what an earth line actually is. So many of us walk here everyday and its right in front of your eyes and you dont see.)) This week, the class had to find those longitude markers and the cities they represent. (00:07:16:29) ((NATS everytime you hit one check it off)) Balkisa is a junior at Burlington High school. She says this is an interesting way of learning about connecting the world to burlington. (00:20:21:13) ((Balkisa Abdikadir i think that its very unique how our downtown has that walk)) Some Cities they werent necessarily familiar with…and some they were… (00:18:50:28) ((We found burlington! Burlington)) (00:37:27:17) ((alex hirsch There are areas of vast nothingness along the earth line, meaning no cities or no people. student will learn that that represents either the oceans or the north pole.)) Not only did they walk the earth line but they also made a mark on the world. (00:02:05:02) ((Chris O'Donnell im going to invite you to do is find the part of the world where your ancestors are from and honor them by writing your name)) Students wrote their family names all over both hemispheres, but most wrote their names in Africa. Balkisa wrote her name in Somalia, where her parents are from. (00:21:12:13) ((Balkisa It connects to me as well as burlington connects to me. so its really cool being able to do that and unles it rains it will forever be there. )) While it will eventually rain … the lesson remains... (NATS) and can't be washed away. Alex Hirsch Channel 3 News Burlington.

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Today, two of the best major leaguers from the 90s and 2000s claimed their piece of immortality: the best power-hitting catcher in major league history in Mike Piazza, and the Kid who spent a bit of time in Vermont. For 17 games at the end of the 1988 season, Ken Griffey Junior actually called Centennial Field home. At the time, Seattle's double-a club was located in Burlington, aptly named the Vermont Mariners. Those were the last 17 games he would play in the minors outside of a rehab appearance in 1995. Safe to say those who attended any of those games got an early glimpse at one of the best to ever play the game.

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((Griffey: "I want to thank my family, my friends, the fans, the Reds, the White Sox and the Mariners for making this kid's dreams come true."))

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Sox closing out a home series with Minnesota today, 3-3 bottom five but Dustin Pedroia changes that in a hurry, this one gets over the Monster for a solo-shot as the Red Sox take the 4-3 lead. --- a few batters later, Aaron Hill takes advantage of the error by Miguel Sano, Xander Bogaerts scores to make it a 5-3 lead --- then for good measure, Travis Shaw clears the bases with this bomb to right. That would prove critical Minnesota gets a couple back but Brad Ziegler closes it out as Boston wins 8-7. They welcome Detroit tomorrow.

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Bombers taking on the Giants at the stadium and New York was shark fishing. Carlos Beltran blasts one off Jeff Samardzija in the bottom of the first as the yankees stake out to a 1-0 advantage --- in the second Mark Teixeira getting in on the fun, this one absolutely crushed to center! 425 feet as New York doubles it's lead to 2-0. --- then it's Starlin Castro with an RBI knock to left the Yankees go on to beat San Fracisco 5-2, they'll head to Houston next.

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The crossfit games are a global competition, testing competitors in a variety of intense workout routines with the goal of crowning the "fittest athletes on Earth." On the men's side, a Colchester man appears set to take the title. Through 14 of 15 events, Mat Fraser is dominating the competition out in Carson, California. Fraser holds a 175 point lead, with 100 being the maximum for one event, meaning he has actually already clinched the win. We'll show you that final event and hear from him coming up at 11 o'clock.

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A little bit of rain and wind Saturday in West Haven couldn't prevent the running of the midseason championships on the asphalt track at Devil's Bowl Speedway with Double point on the line in all four classifications. Jason Durgan your midseason points leader in the premier event: the modifieds. --- He gets a challenge though from Fair Haven native Bob Killburn, Killburn with the advantage on lap 9, he's trying make a dent in the standings. --- but on lap 22 of 30, Durgan climbs out from the pack to challenge Killburn, tries to find the inside path before going high --- Durgan briefly seizes the lead, but with 4 laps to go, the caution flag comes out and we'll have a restart. --- No matter, Durgan blows by the rest of the field, and holds off Vince Quenneville for the win and double points, huge for the season standings.

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((Durgan: "I knew I had to make my way to the top early and kinda work my way through traffic as quick as I can and luckily it worked out really well. We had some openings, I got to go to the top on a few guys and even cut underneath some of them and the guys did a great job and the car was really really awesome and we built a great amount of points again tonight."))

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the late models putting on a show in West Haven. Steve Miller of Vergennes starts on the pole in this one. He came into this one fourth in the standings. --- Miller takes advantage of his starting position, and he builds a sizeable lead early in this one. --- For the first 20 laps or so, it seems Miller would take the money and run away with the late model feature, but not so fast. --- chasing Miller on the inside is Robert Bryant Jr of Connecticut with 5 laps to go. This one comes down to the wire --- on the final lap, Bryant passes Miller on the inside and comes away with the checkered flag.


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