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Its been a topsy turvy few months in Ukraine. From the revolution in February and ouster of its president -- to the Russian annexation of Crimea -- and now heightened tensions in Eastern Ukraine from pro-Russian factions. Here to help us sort it all out is University of Vermont political science professor Michele Commercio. Welcome. ((Let's start with news just coming out in the last few hours that Jewish people in one Ukrainian city are being asked to register. The US Secretary of State calls it grotesque and you can't help but think of World War 2 when you hear that. What are your thoughts as you hear that? ((To the casual observer it kind of feels like the situation in Ukraine -- especially in areas with pro-Russian sympathies -- is just spiraling out of control?)) ((Big question -- is Putin and Russian military -- contributing to the unrest.)) ((WIth Crimea -- and now Eastern Ukraine -- The U.S. and Europe seem to have their hands tied.)) ((Why is there such powerful pro -Russian sentiment in Eastern Ukraine? Does it represent a minority or majority of population?)) ((Is it possible that Russia will attempt to annex the area in the same way as Crimea?)) ((What do you see going forward? And what should be the U.S's role?)) Michele Commercio... Thank you. Sharon ...


Tomorrow on the Thirty -- Dwight and Nicole The Burlington-based duo play an eclectic mix of folk, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and reggae on their new album. We'll have them in studio for a concert. That's coming up tomorrow at 5:30 -- on The :30. RIght now it's time for the 6 O'clcock news with Darren and Kristin.


Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. Tonight a couple in Stowe is dead from a murder suicide. The news stunned their neighbors who say they never noticed any red flags. Keith McGilvery has been following the story. He's in the newsroom tonight. Keith. Police confirm tonight that 64-year old Wayne Washburn -- also known as John -- and his wife 59-year old Katherine Washburn are dead from what they are calling a tragic act of domestic violence.


The last time Lois Kiefer talked with her neighbors Kathy and Wayne Washburn-- who friends knew as John. is written clearly on her kitchen wall. ((Lois Kiefer, Neighbor 16:13 "We picked up furniture on Saturday night and when we got back to the house, the husband John helped us move furniture into the garage, everyone was chatting and everything seemed normal.)) But that sense of normalcy quickly turned tragic late Wednesday afternoon here at 262 Cady Hill Road in Stowe. ((Lois Kiefer, Neighbor 20:36 "We could see all the lights going on and all the people milling around and that's what give us an indication that something going on.)) Kiefer feared John had a medical emergency-- but as the state police crime unit showed up and stayed late into the night she realized things were much more grim. ((Lois Kiefer, Neighbor 18:02 "I thought at first, maybe John had had a health issue, and then when I saw that the police stayed around for so long, I realized it had to be more than that and it got really scary.)) Stowe police confirm that Wayne and Katherine Washburn were found dead in what appears to be a murder suicide. Authorities believe that Wayne murdered Katherine and then killed himself. Investigators say Katherine received severe head injuries-- but are still working to confirm her cause of death. Evidence at the scene also suggests that Wayne may have overdosed on prescription meds in conjunction with deliberate carbon monoxide poisoning. ((Ken Strong, Stowe 06:24 "Personal challenges are most often hidden and in many cases not really understood or appreciated by other persons.)) Kiefer says she saw the couple enjoying time on their front porch as late as Sunday-- and that she never noticed any signs of trouble with the pair. ((Lois Kiefer, Neighbor 15:13 "She was a potter, she did ceramics in her basement, she had a great business going that was really blossoming this year.)) A business -- two lives -- and a friendship that for Lois Kiefer are gone too soon. ((Lois Kiefer, Neighbor 14:40 "As a friend I am still having trouble dealing with it, I had trouble getting to sleep last night.))


Police are awaiting more information from the Chief Medical Examiner's office. We reached out to speak to the Stowe Police Chief for an interview but were told he is out of town until the 30th.


A man charged with shooting his neighbor and two Vermont State troopers was in court today in Middlebury. Elizabeth Keatinge was there. She's live tonight. Elizabeth. Timothy Foley did appear in court today here in Middlebury - he wasn't here last time, but this time he showed his face to friends and family of the man police say he shot as well as Vermont State Troopers there to support the two officers who he is also accused of shooting.


((Bill Mason/McCoy's son in law He did something wrong and he needs to pay. He needs to pay for it.)) The family of Mahlon McCoy is still angry following the shooting of their family member. Timothy Foley appeared in Addison Criminal Court - and denied two counts of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of attempted murder - for allegedly shooting MCCoy and two Vermont State Police officers - Seargent Duplissis and Trooper Matt Daley - outside of his home in Leicester on April 9th. Foley's attorney asked the court to allow 60 days for medical records to be presented after a mental health examination Foley received Friday. ((Foley's attorney 2:08:03 The material that will be forthcoming will be substantial.)) Judge Robert A. Mello allowed the time for the material to be presented. Investigators have not indicated a clear motive for the shooting. But police had been called to Foley's house earlier that morning - because he was hearing voices. McCoy's family says he is recovering, but has several surgeries scheduled. They tell us McCoy and his wife, who was there when Foley allegedly shot her husband, have vacated their Leicester home - and do not plan to return. ((Sadie Mason/McCoy's daughter We gotta take it one step at a time. At least they are holding him still - he's not getting out.))


McCoy's family tells us he already suffered from hearing loss. With the injury he can no longer use his hearing aid in that ear and has extreme difficulty hearing. Foley is set to appear in court again June 23rd.


New Hampshire will keep its centuries-old death penalty. Senators voted 12-to-12 today on a repeal measure. The deadlock may have been due to the state's only death row inmate. Michael Addison was convicted in 2008 of killing a Manchester police officer. Debate centered around whether his sentence would be commuted. Last month, the House voted in favor of repeal. And Governor Maggie Hassan supported it. It's the closest New Hampshire has come to repealing the death penalty -- since 2000.


You haven't heard this in a while! ((nat sot of ship horn)) The Spirit of Ethan Allen cruise ship launched for the first time this season today -- on the Burlington waterfront. This was a test cruise to make sure the boat is in good form in advance of its first event of the season -- a wedding reception scheduled for this weekend.

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Big buyer for Big Blue? Tonight -- Channel 3 News talks to the company that some experts say -- may be in negotiations to purchase IBM in Essex Junction. We get the latest from Shelby Cashman. Shelby? Darren-- All eyes are on IBM. Its future -- important to Vermont's economy. The state is worried about what happens if the plant is purchased. Thousands of employees are worried about their jobs. Tonight -- we learn more about an existing partnership with the company -- reportedly in discussions with IBM.

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IBM--and chip-production--may soon be parting ways. The Wall Street Journal reports that Big Blue is looking to unload three chip-making plants--two in upstate New York -- and it's Vermont plant in Essex Junction. The Journal reports California based tech company with hubs in upstate New York - called GlobalFoundries - is the leading candidate as a potential buyer. 00:37:41 00:37:47 ((Art Woolf "IBM doesnt want to be in the business of making chips anymore, GlobalFoundires does. So there might be a meeting of the minds there.")) GlobalFoundries currently has a Burlington, Vermont location listed on its career opportunities page. But no job openings. The company would not comment specifically on whether that's because of a potential buyout. But did hint at possible negotiations during a conversation with Darren Perron. 00:04:24 00:04:48 ((DP: "As you know GlobalFoundries has emerged as the leading candidate to buy IBM's semiconductor making operations, does this career option tab on your website have anything to do with that?" TB: "No, not necessarily. The career options tab has been there for quite a long time .")) GlobalFoundries says it has had about ten employees at IBM's Essex Junction plant for years -- as part of an alliance with IBM and Samsung. The companies share research and development for the newest--cutting edge technology. And economists say GlobalFoundries' familiarity with IBM's chip-making operations could help the company decide whether it's a worthy investment. 00:35:43 00:35:54 ((Art Woolf "They've got their feet on the ground, they've got people around, they've probably had management here wandering around and looking at the plant seeing what the employees were like, what kind of products they're making, what the technology is like here, what the investment has been.")) The speculation is hard for employees -- and state officials - because a sale could also mean job losses. This week Governor Shumlin announced plans for a 5 million dollar incentive fund--to help bring and keep tech jobs--like those at IBM's Essex Junction plant--in Vermont. 00:32:59 00:33:10 ((Gov. Shumlin "As Governor, I can tell you that those 4 thousand jobs plus at IBM are incredibly important to our economy, and I'm gonna do whatever I have to do, whatever I can do to keep IBM."))

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Economist Art Woolf says if GlobalFoundries buys the two plants in upstate New York -- the Essex Junction plant would probably be part of the deal. And with a highly qualified workforce already on site -- it's likely many of the thousands of jobs the governor talked about -- would be offered to those employees first. Darren?


It has NOT been a tough year - for high-end sock maker Darn Tough. The company says the first quarter of this year was its best ever. Revenues were up almost 80-percent over the first quarter of last year. And Darn Tough says that it is now eyeing a big expansion in Vermont -- including a bigger mill, more knitting machines and more employees. CEO Ric Cabot says every Darn Tough sock is Made in Vermont.


A clarification now to a story that ran earlier this week. It was about how Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer is starting an audit of Vermont Health Connect. We reported a detail provided by the Associated Press that turned out to be incorrect. Vermont has spent 66-million in federal grants on the Health Connect project - not 180-million.


All this week, we have been talking with legislative leaders at the State House. The 2014 session is at a crucial stage. Lawmakers are trying to finalize bills -- before they adjourn early next month. Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott presides over the Vermont Senate. He joins us now from the State House. Good evening. What should be a top priority for lawmakers in the final days? The Governor announced a 5-million dollar jobs package this week -- aiming to retain and grow companies -- with incentives financed by state surplus dollars. Was that a good move? The governor made opiate addiction a top priority. It's gotten a ton of national attention. Is that good? Or does it hurt the state's reputation? What's your position on single payer health care? Some in your party have been outspoken against Governor Shumlin's push to implement single payer by 2017. And now -- on to one of the other hats you wear. As a racecar driver -- at Thunder Road. Ken Squier told us -- it may be up for sale. And he has some potential buyers in mind. Are you one of them?




Tonight: Clear skies. Lows: 18/28 Winds: S 5-10 mph Friday: Partly sunny. Some afternoon clouds. Highs: 50/57 Winds: S 15-20 mph Friday Night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of rain/snow showers. Lows: 28/38 Winds: S 5-10 mph Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers. Snow showers, mountains/NEK. Highs: 48/55 Winds: NW 10-20 mph Extended: Sunday through Thursday. Saturday Night: Lows 28/38 Easter Sunday: Partly sunny. Highs 53/60 lows 35/42 Monday: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers. Highs 55/62 Lows 30s Tuesday: Chance of showers. Highs 58/65 Lows 35/42 Wednesday: Partly sunny, chance of showers. Highs 50s Lows 35/42 Thursday: Partly sunny. Highs 55/65



Financial problems in the Burlington School District continue to mount -- and now the school board is silencing the superintendent. Yesterday the district announced it is in trouble with the IRS for not properly paying payroll taxes -- and that it will likely be fined as result. Also - poor budgeting practices have lead to a 5-million dollar deficit. So even though voters rejected the school budget on Town Meeting Day -- the board says it will now present a pricier package with more cuts -- partly to fill that 5-million dollar hole.


((20:05 Patrick Halladay / Chair "Yah we have concerns. I have concerns as a parent, I have concerns as an educator, I have concerns as a board memeber, I have concerns as a citizen and as a taxpayer. What do I imagine will happen? I dont' want to guess.")) Superintendent Jeanne Collins has been at the helm of Burlington schools since 2005. We wanted to ask her about budgeting and bookkeeping problems that have happened under her watch -- but the school board won't let Collins talk to the media -- and she says she's following the board's instructions.


Top honors for three school leaders in Vermont. The Vermont Principals Association has named it's principals of the year for 2014. Rutland High School's William Olsen was named the high school principal of the year. Rosemary Fitzsimons -- of Wardsboro Elementary -- was named Vermont's elementary Principal of the Year. And William Anton -- of Dover Elementary School -- is the winner of the National Distinguished Principal Award.

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Trial for the man charged with a cruiser-crushing rampage in Newport -- is now set for June. Police say 35-year-old Roger Pion was angry about an earlier arrest for marijuana possession -- when he allegedly drove his father's tractor over six police cruisers and a transport van owned by the Orleans County Sheriffs' Department. Police say Pion's wild ride did about 300-thousand dollars in damage. Earlier -- he was found incompetent for trial and was hospitalized for mental health treatment. But a new evaluation found he is now competent.


A 79-year-old woman -- pleads guilty in connection with a fatal crash in Westmore last year. It happened on Route 5 - when police say Anne Lyons of Hyde Park New York made a left turn. Police say she turned into the path of 37-year-old Daniel Sanderson of Sutton -- who was riding a motorcycle. Lyons lawyer called the incident a tragic mistake. Lyons received a suspended 6-to-12 month sentence.


A bomb threat against Project SOAR -- an alternative school -- in St. Albans Wednesday morning. And now a teen is charged. Police say they searched the building - and found nothing. Their investigation led to a 17-year-old female student at the school. The case was referred to family court - so her name is not being released.


A missing 88-year-old Rutland woman -- was found safe today - in Burlington. Police say Grace Maddaloni disasppeared yesterday after what they called a "disagreement." Because of her age -- and being in the early stages of dementia -- police began a search. They suspected she had left the city by bus -- and that turned out to be what happened. She was found safe at a hotel in the Burlington area this morning. That's News Around the Region.


a Super Bowl Champion returning to his Middlebury Roots today. And believe me, Steven Hauschka is receiving the Royal treatment. He made appearances around campus today. We were allowed to speak with the Seattle Seahawks kicker briefly this afternoon, so let's head live to Middlebury were Dylan Scott is standing by.


(((DO THAT TOO... :45)))


Thanks Dylan. Also coming up, a former catamount is back on the ice with his NHL team ready for a possible run to the stanley cup.


The state tries to cash-in on off-campus greek life. Ali Freeman reports on a bill at the statehouse that would remove some tax exemptions from fraternities and sororities. Supporters say it would level the playing field when it comes to housing costs for all students. We've got the details tonight at 11.


As Vermont parents continue their push for pot oil to treat seizures -- Wisconsin becomes the second state to legalize the remedy. The oil is very low in THC and doesn't get users high -- but it does help minimize seizures. Parents whose children suffer from severe seizure disorders begged lawmakers in Montpelier earlier this month to make the treatment legal here. So far it's only legal in Wisconsin and Colorado -- and because it's made from marijuana -- taking the oil across state lines is a federal crime.


Allergy season is just ramping up. For some patients -- over-the-counter medications just don't bring long term relief. So reporter Shannon Royster looked into some alternative therapies.


Ray is a long time allergy sufferer 9:49.27 the stuffy nose makes your head hurt you dont get enough air in - 30 and because he's allergic to most allergy medication he generally stays indoors 9:49.54 every spring flowers are pretty but you know theyre going to tear your up - 00 dr. david forbes owner of nashville integrated medicine says he's the perfect candidate for alternative methods 9:58.47 first and foremost im going to talk to my patients about their diet because believe it or not getting your allergy symptoms down from a 10 to a 2 is usually dietarily dependent-59 so in order to stop the sneezing you might want to cut back on the refined sugars, grains and dairy. you can also turn to herbal methods 9:59.32 - querceton is one butterbur is another another alternative to traditional over the counter allergy medicine just might surprise you. it has to do with local bees and people who use this method buy it by the dozens 10:50: 09 alot of my customers wait in line and stock up-10:50.14 they buy quarts from me-17 lynda correll owner of lynda's rose garden honey sells honey at the hip donelson farmers market. 10:50:00 honey evidently is a great deterant to allergies-06 some experts believe because bees take pollen and nectar from local flowers when you eat the raw honey its believed to desensitize your body just like an allergy shot. 10:52.09 some customers take it with vinegar a teaspoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of honey and they say it really helps their allergies-18 its something ray is anxious to try 9:52.31 id throw some on my coffee in morning anything to let a little bit off of it - 36


A word of warning about honey - doctors say don't give it to a child less than one year old. The child could develop infant botulism. Visit the InfoCenter for more on that. That's HealthWatch.


We all have problem areas in our yards that we wished looked better, Nah. But if you do, ..Like under one of those really thick maple trees, where nothing wants to grow, expert Charlie Nardozzi is going to show us how we can handle it.


((Charlie this is a beautiful shade maple tree, but it is thick. It's really thick. This is a Norway maple tree. And alot of people have these maple trees around their yards because they were planted pretty extensively 30 or 40 years ago. This is not a native maple. No it's not, and it's actually pretty invasive because it has these samaras or seed pods and they drop all over the place and if you have one, you'll know what I mean. They'll be sprouting up all over your landscape. Now the other problem with these Norway maples is they have aggresive root systems. So if you try to grow lawn or anything underneath them, it will dry out really fast and nothing really grows well. So you can't even grow grass underneath these trees. No, it's like a desert under here! So the best thing to do, is to use bark mulch underneath the tree, immediately near the trunk, and then as you go farther out you can start planting some of the tougher shade perrenials, like hostas, False Solomon seal, and ferns. The toughest ones closest to the tree. Exactly, and then as you go farther out towards the drip line you'll get a little more light, and then you can put some shade loving annuals in like begonias, or you could even try things like hydrangeas, because they are getting enough light out there, to actually survive. It looks like the hostas are even a little happier towards the outer edge too. Yes, they are flowering too. But you do have to water them continually throughout the summer, especially during the dry summer because those feeder roots from the tree... You're fighting this tree! All the time, back and forth. And of course if you really get frustrated, you can always cut it down. ha ha ha. But you don't have to, this is a beautiful garden here under this tree, it just's a challenge. It's a challenge and you have to stay on top of it. ))



Rolland Lafayette doesn't get a paycheck. He says helping kids -- is reward enough. Joe Carroll found a class act in the classroom on this week's Super Senior.


It's a routine, 5 days a week for the last 10 years Rolland Lafayette has come to the Thatcher Brook Primary School in the village of Waterbury. (50:17) ((Rolland Lafayette/Super Senior, Come over here and I'll give you a hug.)) The 400 kids at the school treat him like he's family. (51:44) ((Nat Sot, from Rolland, Hi, Hi, Hi. )) So much they have a name for him. (14:28) ((Nat Sot, Dig this act! Hi grandpa!)) (1:12) ((Nancy Daigle/Librarian, Grandpa Rolland is an amazing human being. )) He checks in books and shelves them -- pretty much keeps things organized. Nancy says the student adore their adopted Grandpa. (2:04) ((Nancy Daigle/Librarian, And I think they hear him, and listen to him and respect him as an authority, but a loving authority, somebody they care deeply about.)) (5:43) ((Nat sot from Grandpa, Hi! Walking down the halls.)) He volunteers in the library but he's also a reading and math mentor for the kids. Today he pulls out Brianna from Mrs. Emler's 2nd grade class to listen to her read. (6:35) ((nat sot, OK, slow down a little bit.)) (7:45) ((Nat Sot from Brianna, So they went along and they went along.)) (8:33) ((nat sot from Rolland, Now, what's going to happen, huh? )) (12:44) ((Nat Sot from Brianna, Good! That's two books so far! )) Jeswin Antony thinks so highly of Grandpa Rolland that he put it in writing. (Thank you card to Rolland with a photo of him and kids writing. It says "You are the best reader in Waterbury.") (52:40) ((Jeswin Antony, What do you think of Grandpa Rollin? I think he is very special, I think he is a very good reader for his age. )) The 5 foot 4, 85 year old is full of energy and one liners. (17:05) ((Rolland Lafayette/Super Senior, you slowing down at all? Only on Fridays! )) (55:37) ((Joe Carroll/WCAX, Not only is Grandpa Rolland a mentor here at the school, but he was also a student, when it was Waterbury High School.)) (45:33) ((nat sot, of creeping of stair)) The creaking of the hardwood floors is a reminder of the past, but something else stands out from 70 years ago. (43:48) ((Nat Sot, So, this was it. )) Rolland was in this classroom when the principal came looking for him and 6 other kids to climb Camel's Hump. (35:57) ((Nat Sot, They wanted us to look for a plane crash.)) A B-24 hit the side of the mountain. Rolland was the lead student because he was the only one who had climbed the peak before. (37:38) ((Rolland Lafayette/Super Senior, we were hollering and we got a reply and that really surprised us. )) The airman was outside the aircraft, they got him water and shelter, he was the only survivor out of crew of 10. (41:05) ((Rolland Lafayette/Super Senior, you helped save a mans life? yes, that's correct.)) In that one day, he learned something you can't find out in the classroom, life is precious. After high school he went into the Air Force, went to college, became the Regional Administrator for Head Start, married Irene and raised 5 kids. (26:58) ((Rolland Lafayette/Super Senior, This is Olivia, this is the one I work with math. )) Now he has a new batch of kids. (29:12) ((Nat sot from Rolland, I get plenty rewards.)) Rolland has a favorite quote, "No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child." With what he's done for the kids might make him the biggest man in the town. (25:06) ((nat sot of door closing)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Waterbury.


Joe asked Rolland what he thought the principal who in 1944 pulled him out of the class would say about him mentoring at the school. Rolland said -- "welcome home".


Non profits do a lot of good work - helping a lot of people who need it. But sometimes they need help too. Logan Crawford shows us how SUNY students are giving North County non-profits a boost -- with a specialized PR agency.


Bridgit Kasperski is a student at SUNY Plattsburgh - and also the president of a PR firm. (tile 8416 00:01:06:02) ((Bridgit Kasperski/Cardinal PR President "Currently we're working with First Weekends in Plattsburgh.")) "Cardinal PR" is a student-run public relations agency at Plattsburgh State. (tile 8416 00:02:38:07) ((Bridgit Kasperski/Cardinal PR President "Our mission is to make Plattsburgh better as a whole and that means our school, that means our students, that means the public relations department and everyone who lives in Plattsburgh." 00:02:46:26:)) Students not only get 2 college credits for being in the club - but get hands-on experience working with non-profit organizations in the Plattsburgh area. Helping plan events with Plattsburgh's First Weekends is just one example of the work the student-run firm does. (tile 8416 00:01:21:14) ((Bridgit Kasperski/Cardinal PR President "We work on promoting their organization, what they do. We've also raised money for Hannah's Hope Fund, we won two Pepsi Refresh Contests, which was over a million dollars. That was a huge accomplishment for us." 00:01:33:13)) (tile 8427 00:12:32:09) ((Logan Crawford/Plattsburgh "Cardinal PR's client last year was the Imaginarium Children's Museum in Plattsburgh. They promoted the museum the same way a real PR firm would through print, radio, video, and social media." 00:12:45:03)) (tile 8446 00:23:04:11) ((Kelly Frederick/Imaginarium Children's Museum "Helping us out with marketing. There were a lot of people surveyed that really didn't know the imaginarium was here and I think one of the things that helped out was spreading the word about the imaginarium being here." 00:23:17:21)) Cardinal PR is now looking for its next client for the 2014-2015 school year. (tile 8416 00:04:32:0) ((Bridgit Kasperski/Cardinal PR President "You come and you tell us who you are what you do and a goal that you have in mind because we work better when there's a tangible goal that we can help you achieve." 00:04:43:00)) Kasperski is eager to provide free public relations service for the next local non-profit group. Logan Crawford, channel 3 news, Plattsburgh. -3-


If you're interested in Cardinal PR working for your non-profit, interviews will be held on April 30th from 9 to 11 in the Angell College Center on the SUNY campus.


It's not often a super bowl champ visits the state, and it's extremely rare when that super bowl champ returns to Vermont after playing college football in vermoont. That was the case today with Seahawks kicker steven hauschka. Dylan Scott has more from his alma matter middlebury college. (((KEEP IT...1:49)))


The Red Sox got a hard earned 6-4 win last night in Chicago in 14 innings. Jackie Bradley junior with the big hit, a 2 run double to right. The Sox get one of their big bats back in the lineup tonight in the Windy City. Here's NESN's Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy with a preview. (((FROM CHICAGO... :43)))


The Yankees are on the road tonight visiting the Tampa Bay Rays. The Bombers pitching was terrific yesterday in a double header sweep in the bronx. Michael Pineda pitched six scorless innings in a 2-0 win. --- That topped off what was a brilliant start by Masahiro Tanaka in game one, going 8 innings without allowing a run, giving up just 2 hits with 10 strikeouts. --- Maybe those 2 good starts will rub off on tonight;s starter CC sabathia, who has a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings pitched so far this season.


The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings being their first round playoff series tomorrow night at the Garden. Former Catamount Kebvan Miller had been out of the line-up for a while battiling the Flu. He did skae in practice this morning, but we won't know his status until right before gametime.


The Montreal Canadiens got off to the right start in their first round series with Tampa last night. The Habs with a 5-4 overtime win on the road. --- Montreal having to play catch-up for most of this one. Tomas Plekanec with the goal in the first to tie it at 1. --- down 2-1 in the second, Montreal's Brian Gionta skates free and puts back his own rebound for the shorthanded goal. --- This one was not a defensive masterpeice by any stretch, case in point, Montreal's game winner in OT, Daniel Briere to a wide open Dale Weise in front. Maybe we'll see better D in Game 2 of this series tomorrow night in Tampa.



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