Thu 30-JUL-2015 6 P.M. News Script
Good evening. I'm Kristin Kelly. And I'm Darren Perron. She walked out of a Rutland restaurant -- and was hit and killed -- by a fleeing driver. Today -- the man behind the wheel -- former Rutland City Attorney Christopher Sullivan -- learned his fate. Eliza Larson was in court - she joins us from Rutland tonight. Eliza. Back in March -- Jurors found Christopher Sullivan guilty of driving under the influence -- and leaving the scene of the crash. Today - Sullivan apologized for leaving Outslay in the street and taking off.
Gregor Outslay carried a photograph of his mother into the Rutland courtroom Thursday. A reminder of his mom -- he holds on to. (TC 00:37:04:18 Title 1310)((Gregor Outslay/Victim's Son: "we were each affected by my mother's presence in our lives, just as we were strongly affected by her loss." 00:37:10:17)) In April 2013 -- Mary Jane Outslay of Mendon was hit and killed by a car as she crossed a Rutland Street. She was 71 years old. The driver took off - but the next day, Christopher Sullivan -- a former Rutland City attorney -- came forward to say he was the driver. (TC 1:06:24:17 Title 1310)((Christopher Sullivan/Convicted of Fatal DUI: "there isn't a day, moments of the day that don't go by that I don't think about this." 01:06:29:08)) Earlier this year jurors found Sullivan guilty of driving under the influence -- and leaving the scene of the crash. Sullivan addressed Outslay's family during his sentencing hearing. (TC 01:07:49:05 Title 1310)((Christopher Sullivan/Convicted of a Fatal DUI: "I was totally distraught and devastated. I didn't know what to do. I did the wrong thing and I take full responsibility for my actions." 01:07:59:26)) Prosecutors argued for the maximum sentence of 15 years -- while Sullivan's lawyers argued for less. Sullivan's wife testified on his behalf. (TC 00:34:28:24 Title 1310)((Margaret Sullivan/Defendant's Wife: "tragic events alter a person's mental status. There's no doubt. No one knows how they're going to react to a tragedy." 00:34:35:07)) Judge Theresa DiMauro sentenced Sullivan to 4 to 10 years behind bars. Mary Jane Outslay's loved ones say they are still grieving - but the sentence helps. (TC 01:26:57:22 Title 1322)((Gregor Outslay/Victim's son: "it's just relief that we're past this point. And the sentencing has been rendered and it kind of validates the case and our loss a little bit. And we just move on to the next phase." 01:27:14:20))
Again, Sullivan was sentenced to 4 to 10 years for both of his convictions. He will be given credit for time he's already served -- which is just a few months.
Prosecutors dropped charges in a hit and run - that killed and elderly Rochester. 86-year-old George Goding (GOHD-ing) was found on Route 100 in Rochester in January of last year. Before he died, he was able to tell police he was hit by a white vehicle. And - Police charged 48-year-old Timothy Pratt of Rochester with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Last month, Pratt's lawyer filed a motion to have the charges dismissed -- saying the state cannot prove Pratt hit Goding OR that Pratt was aware of the crash. Prosecutors did not respond to the motion -- but last week, they dismissed the case.
He's charged with shooting a suspect -- now that Windsor cop -- is back to work. Officer Ryan Palmer pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault -- for shooting Jorge Burgos during a drug arrest. Prosecutors say Palmer's actions were not justified. The 28-year-old was initially placed on unpaid leave. But now his lawyer tells Channel 3 News -- he's back doing administrative duties -- only. The police chief tells the Valley News -- to punish Palmer before any guilt or innocence wouldn't be fair.
Police in Springfield are investigating the death of a teenage girl -- who was the daughter of a recent murder victim in town. Casey Ann Wing died last Saturday in what authorities describe as an 85-foot fall from the North Springfield Dam. So far - police do not suspect foul play. Casey Wing was the daughter of Wesley Wing -- who was killed in April. Police say Wing was shot when he confronted alleged drug users and told them to get out of his neighborhood. Gregory Allen Smith is charged with Wesley Wing's murder.Back in April - Dozens of people gathered for a vigil in memory of Wesley Wing. Now the community is mourning his daughter. Springfield high school will be open tomorrow evening from 5:00 to 7:00 -- for students who want to share their grief. Counselors will also be on hand.
Still no sign of a missing grandmother from Andover. Ground and aerial searches for 57-year-old Lynn Perry turned up nothing again today. Perry walked away from her home sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning -- and police think she's still in the area. She suffers from Alzheimers and may be disoriented and confused. Perry is likely in blue pajamas. And barefoot.
Vermont's troubled health exchange could add a new insurance carrier. But doing so is listed as one of the biggest open risks to functionality ahead of a critical deadline. Statehouse reporter Kyle Midura is here to explain, Kyle - Darren and Kristin - administrators tell me the new dental insurer is likely to be approved. But, that is not expected to happen until after open enrollment this fall as staff scramble to meet a tight, self-imposed deadline for missing functionality. Not everyone's convinced they'll make it.
For the first time last month, Vermont Health Connect staff made changes to policies faster than new requests came in ... bringing the number of backlogged changes down to 73-hundred by July sixth. That's according to a recently-released monthly report, mandated by the legislature after difficulties with the state's health insurance marketplace still haunt users more than a year-and-a-half after its initial launch. The report covers June... and indicates a major upgrade due by October first is on-schedule. ((Dr. Harry Chen - Vt. Health Commissioner I think we've made tremendous progress, we've got a long way to go )) Gov. Peter Shumlin pledged a May upgrade -- which partially materialized in early-June -- would solve many of the site's problems. Progress has been made on outstanding elements and another system upgrade is expected before the October deadline. If that doesn't resolve remaining issues, or the backlog persists, lawmakers will consider transitioning to the federal exchange or teaming up with another state. Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says he's cautiously optimistic the state will meet its deadline. (00:01:23:00) ((Dr. Harry Chen - Vt. Health Commissioner to a large extent, we've actually created the biggest risk to the deadline which is saying it has to be October one )) (00:37:56:00) ((Trinka Kerr they are making progress, it's just excruciatingly slow )) Trinka Kerr is the state's chief health care advocate -- and helps those with insurance issues they can't sort out on their own. She says the system has improved for those with new change requests, but billing problems are not getting better. Kerr says she's concerned that in each monthly report, target dates for completing various tasks get pushed back. (00:36:09:00) ((Trinka Kerr i am concerned about the slippage )) (00:30:10:00) ((Sen. Ginny Lyons - D-Chittenden County the proof is in the timeline let's hope that we can meet our deadline )) State Sen. Ginny Lyons serves on the Health and Welfare Committee. She shares Kerr's belief that the state would be better served to extend the October deadline if necessary rather than transitioning away from health connect and creating new growing pains. (00:29:45:00) ((Sen. Ginny Lyons I think we've really identified the issues that are Vermont specific :49 and i think we should continue to work within the system that we have :52 )) (00:06:26:00) ((Lt. Gov. Phil Scott my fear is over time, that we won't be able to afford to maintain what we have )) Lt. Gov. Phil Scott -- who is considering a run for Governor in 2016 -- says poor planning has already cost the state nearly three million dollars after it failed to qualify for full federal reimbursement of unexpected costs. He says continuing to try to meet the deadline will cost Vermonters more time and cash, if it's missed and the state is forced to bear new transition costs. (00:06:50:00) ((Lt. Gov. Phil Scott R-Vermont we all make mistakes, but we need to admit when we do )) Working with another state -- as Scott would like to do -- would create at least one new complication though. Health Connect is designed to handle the state's medicaid population -- and that issue is unlikely to be solved in a transition.
Several state officials overseeing health care knew little or nothing about the new dental insurer -- Dentegra -- that has applied to enter Vermont's exchange. A spokesperson for the Department of Financial Regulation and the Green Mountain Care Board told me they were unaware a new carrier is under consideration. Health Reform Chief Lawrence Miller says he expects the company will be approved but says it's unlikely to be added to the exchange until next year to avoid creating problems.
A legislative committee temporarily holds-off on tougher for regulations for 75 drugs health officials say have potential for abuse. State health and law enforcement officials compiled the list. They made their choices based on peer-reviewed reports, drugs showing up at forensics labs, and those classified by the federal drug enforcement agency. State Toxicologist Sarah Vose says fentanyl -- which has been tied to several heroin overdoses in Vermont recently -- is likely has the most name recognition of any drug on the list.
(00:16:58:00) ((some of the drugs are added to the rule are indeed very potent, some of the risk could be from people who buy substances and they don't often know the potency of those substances, so the risk really comes from a user not understanding the pharmacology of what these drugs really are)) The list does include new synthetic cannabinoids -- or fake pot -- as health officials work to stay ahead of chemists creating new variants of the banned product. Lawmakers put-off a decision on this year's list though for two weeks because they had a few unanswered questions.
Dan Dowling is here. Not as hot, but still very muggy this evening. (wx script)
In the pursuit of the presidency... A big night for Bernie Sanders -- he pulled off the biggest organizing event online -- connecting with supporters across the country. Supporters gathered in small groups at 35-hundred "meet-ups" nationwide. It's part of the campaign's grassroots organizing efforts. The groups watched a short address from their favorite candidate -- live-streamed across the internet. The Sanders campaign says over 100-thousand people were tuned in.
((Henry Prine/Campaign Volunteer 28:16 there's this energy for this campaign that I haven't seen in most of my life around organizing.)) ((Bernie Sanders 03:31 We are tired of seeing black women yanked out of a car, thrown to the ground, assaulted and put in handcuffs and then sent to jail and die three days later.)) Sanders heads for first-in-the-nation primary state New Hampshire this weekend -- where he is scheduled to host five town hall meetings.
Hilary Clinton still has a huge lead over Bernie Sanders -- 55 to 17 percent -- in a new national poll. And Donald Trump is leading all 17 announced GOP candidates. The Quinnipiac University poll has the billionaire businessman at 20-percent--well ahead of the other Republican candidates. Scott Walker and Jeb Bush round out the top three--at 13 and 10 percent.
Vermont's two U.S. senators are fighting a Republican-backed plan to strip funding of Planned Parenthood. A likely showdown vote in the Senate next week has been prompted by videos made by anti-abortion activists depicting Planned Parenthood officials talking about harvesting organs from aborted fetuses for medical research. The Vermont senators say the move is attack on women's health. Planned Parenthood gets about a third of its one-point-three billion dollar annual budget from federal and state programs.
A St. Michael's College grad will be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Joseph Dunford was picked by President Obama -- and the U-S Senate has confirmed it. General Dunford is currently commandant of the Marine Corps. He is expected to take over as the nation's top military commander on October 1st. Dunford is a Boston native and a 1977 graduate of St. Mike's.
He led the Vermont National Guard. Now former Adjutant General Michael Dubie -- is coming home. General Dubie is returning after three years -- as deputy commander of the U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. He was promoted to a 3-star lieutenant general. He helped lead the command -- charged with protecting and defending all of North America. Dubie coordinated responses to several disasters across the U-S, including wildfires, hurricanes and floods. And briefed President Obama on the 20-14 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. His three year post ends this week. He'll be back in Vermont next week.
Blue Cross Blue Shield wants to raise insurance rates - but agreed to a smaller jump for Vermont Health Connect customers. Blue Cross went into this week's Green Mountain Care Board hearing asking for an 8-point-6 percent increase. But company officials now agree with a the board's actuaries -- that 7-point-2 percent is more appropriate. Blue Cross attributes the proposed increases to changes in federal regulations and higher bills from health care providers. The board heard from several Vermont residents who spoke out against any increase in rates -- because they believe current prices are already not affordable.
There's a new Vermont superior court judge in Rutland. Today Governor Shumlin announced John Valente will fill the seat left open by the retirement of Judge David Suntag. Valente is a partner in a Rutland law firm specializing in workers compensation, employment cases and business disputes. He is the son of Silvio Valente -- who served as a Vermont judge for 24 years. This is the governor's second judge appointment this week. On Tuesday, he named Burlington lawyer Tom Carlson to replace retired Judge Linda Levitt.
The author of the Vermont supreme court decision that paved the way for civil unions -- is now a different type of author. Former chief justice Jeff Amestoy sits down with our Alex Apple tonight -- to talk about his new book -- which looks at a 19th century lawyer -- crucial in the fight against slavery.
From the bar... ((1996 Amestoy AG: 00:29 - This case concerns the interpretation of one of those exceptions.)) ...To the bench ((1997 Amestoy swear-in 01:29 So help me God...Congrats)) ...To a book. ((2015 NAT from Amestoy interview)) Jeffrey Amestoy's career as attorney general and chief justice in Vermont is long-over, but now a new chapter. One as an author. ((Jeffrey Amestoy... 00:25 Got interested in 19th century history in Boston.)) Amestoy's first book will soon hit shelves. Slavish Shore tells the story of 19th century lawyer Richard Henry Dana Jr. ((Jeffrey Amestoy/Former Chief Justice and Author 00:48 the story we've been telling ourselves about how active the north was against slavery, prior to the civil war is a little big misleading.)) Richard Henry Dana stood up as a lawyer for African-Americans -- at a time when slavery prevailed. ((Jeffrey Amestoy/Former Chief Justice and Author 02:02 His life was extraordinary)) In this case -- the life of the author -- bears similarities to the life of Dana -- his subject. ((Jeffrey Amestoy/Former Chief Justice and Author 13:45 I think the characterization of courts and courts' decisions often reflect political divides.)) In 1999 -- Amestoy authored the unanimous decision of the Vermont Supreme Court in Baker vs. Vermont. The case that paved the way for the Green Mountain State to become the first to allow civil unions. ((Jeffrey Amestoy/Former Chief Justice and Author 07:59 I think the Baker case that dealt with the claim for marriage equality was certainly a case in which it challenged the court, Vermonters, and the country at large on a whole number of levels.)) In 2004 -- Amestoy turned the page on his career as chief justice -- and returned to teach and study at the Kennedy School at Harvard. Saturday Amesty's book hits shelves everywhere. And the last chapter of the book on his life now describes him as -- not chief justice -- but author. AA. CH3N. Waterbury.
Dan is back. Looking forward to a break in the humid weather.
Skies will clear out tonight. We can't rule out some patchy fog in the sheltered valleys. Lows will range from 55/65. Friday will feel a lot more comfortable around here! Highs will be around 80 under partly cloudy skies. The humidity will be lower too. We can't rule out an isolated afternoon shower, mainly in the mountains. The weekend isn't looking perfect. A low pressure system to our north could trigger a couple of showers on Saturday and then again on Sunday afternoon. Otherwise we'll see partly sunny skies, comfortable humidity levels and seasonable temps. Another frontal system will bring a better chance for showers and t-storms early next week. Right now it looks like the most widespread wet weather could occur Monday night. A few showers could linger into Tuesday. Cooler air will come in by the middle of next week with some spots not getting out of the 60s for highs.
Vermont Yankee in Vernon is helping out communities in New Hampshire Yankee's owner -- Entergy -- is giving a 350-thousand dollar grant to an economic development group that's helping communities affected by the closure. About 200 residents in the Granite State were employed by the plant -- which stopped making power in December.
In Highgate it's time for the Franklin County Field Days. The fair opened this morning and runs through Sunday. The fair features agriculture, rides, good eats and music. There are also events like the tractor pull and pig races. This is the 40th year the Field Days. Logan is there checking out the activities -- look for his story on the channel 3 news at 11.
A first of its kind "buy local market" will be held on the State House lawn next week. The Agriculture Agency is hosting the event on Tuesday. It will feature more than 50 local producers. It's a chance for farmers and gardeners to sell their products. The market is being held in conjunction with National Farmers' Market week and Vermont Open Farm week. It goes from 10am to 1pm. That's news around the region.
Starting Line Sports ...we have hit the back stretch of the season at Thunder Road ... Just five Thursday night races left in the season, starting with tonight...and to set the stage we head to Barre and our Kane O'Neill... It is a cloudy day here at Thunder Road with showers passing through throughout the day but the races are still on as of right now...And the races tonight officially kick off the second half of the season after the midseason championships took place last Thursday... Derrick O'Donnell took the checkered flag last week and officially took over the lead in the points standings on Barre's Nick Sweet...Jaden Perry an 18 year old driver in the street stocks, was the only driver in the three divisions to hold onto his points lead last week when we won the street stock feature at the midseason championships....Both racers are feeling good after closing out the first half of the season with wins...
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Now tonight for the late models it is the return of the triple crown...how it works, the winner of each late model heat race will move on to a semi-feature...The winner of the semi-feature will receive extra points and bonus cash...If the winner of the semi-feature then will look to win the late model feature race at the end of the night to complete the triple crown... --- On top of that, we have the porta-potty grand prix, where last years points winners race their porta potty creations on the front straightaway so we are set for a fun night Mike
We will have highlights and reaction tonight at 11. And you can check out all the behind the scenes action NOW on social media. We have a crew at T-Road posting all night to Twitter, Snap Chat, Periscope, Facebook and -- of course -- wcax-dot-com.
Coming up later... it's opening day of training camp for the Patriots...and we head by to Shrine Camp at Castleton...
Doctors say the right sunscreen can help reduce your chances of skin cancer. But what if you're allergic to the ingredients in it? Nadia Singh spoke to a dermatologist who says there's hope for people with sensitive skin.
SUPERS: Dr. Allison Divers/Dermatologist :17-:22 RUNS=1:20 OQ="NS, WDBJ7." PKG SCRIPT: Dr. Allison Divers/Dermatologist "Anything that doesn't say zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are going to be chemical sunscreens" First let's talk about sun protection. There's physical blockers which have either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. They create a shield on the skin and are probably the best bet for sensitive skin. "It would be quite unusual for someone to be either irritated or have an allergic reaction to either one of those physical sunscreen ingredients" Then there's chemical absorbers. "The chemical sunscreens, there's a lot of them there's oxibenzone, octocrylene, I mean the list is very long." They're synthetic and absorb UV radiation making it less damaging. They're also many times the culprit behind skin irritations. "I've never had anybody who can't use a physical sunscreen" You've heard the risks, sunburn, wrinkles, sun spots and even cancer. So doctors say slather on the sunscreen and check with them if you can't find one that agrees with you which can cause: "What we call an allergic contact reaction is typically a red, itchy rash" But many doctors agree the rash is nothing to compare with the long term negative effects of sun damage. "Even if I don't think it's the number one out there if that's the only one I can get you to put on your face and put on elsewhere then fine use it. Because if it means that you aren't going to otherwise wear it than anything is better than nothing" In Roanoke, Nadia Singh, WDBJ7.
For more information on skin cancer and what you can do to prevent it -- we've got a link in the info center at WCAX - dot - com.
Japanese beetles are a real problem for many gardeners, but some new products can battle the bugs. Sharon Meyer and Charlie Nardozzi show us more.
Some cooler weather on the way?
He's a proven leader and happy go lucky. Joe Carroll introduces us to this weeks Super Senior.
From just outside of Ed Colody's office in downtown Burlington he can see the past. (00:35:01:00) ((Ed Colodny/Super Senior, I love railroads. I think riding on the rails is a very exciting thing. )) But the rise of the airline industry caused the fall of passenger trains in the US. (00:09:08:00) ((Ed Colody/Super Senior, We didn't kill them, they died from their own volition.)) The Burlington native knows something about aviation. In 1957 Ed was hired as a lawyer for Alleghany Airlines. A regional airline serving the Northeast. In the 70's Alleghany was becoming a national carrier and wanted a new name. Ed - then head of marketing- went to his boss with an idea. (00:01:14:00) ((Ed Colodny/Super Senior, and I wrote US Air out on a napkin and showed it to him and he said that's not bad. )) US Air took off and so did Ed, becoming the company's president in 1975. (00:06:41:00) (( Joe: Were you a tough boss? Ed: I think I was a fair boss. )) He managed 55 thousand employees with revenues of 6.5 billion dollars. But it all started back in Burlington. (00:08:08:00) (( Ed: Growing up in a small town has a lot of advantages. Joe: Like what? Ed: You get to know people. )) He got to know people at his family grocery store. (00:08:32:00) ((Ed Colodny/Super Senior, I was trained to wait on customers as a kid! )) Working at his Uncle Alex's store in the Old North End. (00:43:44:00) (( Joe: and what was sold in here, everything? Ed: Everything, it was a full service grocery. )) (00:44:37:00) ((Ed Colodny/Super Senior, I learned to get along with people and how to deal with people. )) He also worked at his dad's store in the South End of town. It was a predominately Catholic working class neighborhood and the Colodnys were Jews. (00:25:53:00) ((Ed Colodny/Super Senior, In the 1930s there was a lot of anti-semitism in this country and there was some in Burlington. )) It was also the Depression and people were hungry. (00:32:10:00) ((Ed Colodny/Super Senior, I remember people coming to our door to seek dinner food while we were eating our dinner. )) His parents would give them food, never turning anybody down. Ed's passion was the violin. He's studied law at the University of Rochester and played at Eastman School of Music. He realized his future wasn't with the strings. After retiring from US Air, he went to work for a law firm in Washington, but in 2001 Ed was beckoned back to Burlington. (00:13:35:00) ((Ed Colody/Super Senior, And one day I ended up as interim president of the University of Vermont. )) The school was in a funk. A hockey hazing scandal and an image problem as a party school plagued the institution. (00:15:48:00) ((Ed Colodny/Super Senior, I found that I was dealing with people problems just like I was dealing within the airline. )) Ed became Mr. Fix-it. A week after his time at UVM was completed, he got a call from next-door. Fletcher Allen Health Care had a scandal. (00:17:43:00) ((Ed Colodny/Super Senior, and that was a very difficult situation. )) The head of the hospital lied to regulators about the true cost of a large expansion by millions of dollars. It cost the CEO his job and sent him to Federal Prison. (00:18:32:00) (( Joe: By Vermont standards that was a big scandal. Ed: It was a big scandal by any standards. )) Ed stayed at the hospital for a year. Now the 89 year old enjoys his time with Nancy. His wife of 50 years. No longer practicing law, he spends much of his time raising and giving money to non-profits. (00:49:10:00) ((Ed Colodny/Super Senior, They say you can't go home again, yeah you can go home again, you just have to be prepared for the change.)) Joe Carroll, Channel 3 News, Burlington.
And speaking of change, when USAir completes it's merger with American Airlines later this year, the name Ed created will be no more.
The Vermont Mountaineers visit the Sanford Mainers tonight and with a win, Vermont will clinch the Northern Division title and home field through the first two rounds of the NECBL playoffs.
The Red Sox ruined a second straight night of honoring new Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. On Wednesday, Boston retired Pedro's number 45...last night, they held the retirement ceremony again in Spanish. Rick Porcello will never, ever be confused for Pedro Martinez...in fact, he may be the anti-Pedro. Porcello coughed up six runs on ten hits with two home runs in two plus innings in a 9-2 loss to the White Sox last night. Porcello is now 5-11 with a 5.81 ERA. Chicago looks to sweep the four game series tonight. To add insult to injury, Pablo Sandoval was pulled from last night's game in the sixth inning due to dehydration. After the game, manager John Farrell did not come right out and say Sandoval's weight is an issue, be he did say there are ongoing efforts by the team to get it's new $95 million third baseman in the best shape possible.
The Yankees had a four game win streak scratched last night, falling 5-2 to the Texas Rangers. New York still leads the A-L East by six games over Baltimore and seven over Toronto. They close out a four game set tonight in Arlington, but right hander Michael Pineda, who was set to start that game, has been scratched due to tightness in his right forearm and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The 26-year-old is 9-7 with a 3.97 ERA. The injury could push the Yankees to try to acquire another starting pitcher by tomorrow afternoon's trade deadline. New York did make a move today, picking up utility player Dustin Ackley from Seattle for two minor leaguers.
One pitcher that won't be available for the Yanks is David Price. The Detroit Tigers have sent the All-Star left hander to the Toronto Blue Jays for a trio of young pitchers. It's the second big deal this week for the Blue Jays, who also acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, as Toronto tries to chase down New York in the A-L East.
Jonathan Massad threw six innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits, and relievers Derek De Young and Ryan Gorton finished a four hit shutout as the Lake Monsters beat State College 3-0 last night in Pennsylvania. The Monsters go for the series sweep tonight.
The 62nd Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl kicks off Saturday at 5:30 from Castleton University. Vermont is trying to snap a 14 game losing streak and will have the home field advantage this year as the usual site, Dartmouth's Memorial field, is under construction. Vermont may have another advantage heading into this game. The Head Coach, Dennis Smith, is of course, the head Coach at Middlebury. The Tigers are in the midst of a 22 game winning streak and have won back to back state titles. There are also seven Middlebury players on this year's 802 roster including quarterback, Austin Robinson. Vermont's offense will run out of the option, just like the Tigers. A similar system for Robinson along with familiar targets, like Cullen Hathaway, could mean trouble for the granite state saturday
(((Austin Robinson/"That helps a ton and one thing that our offense is kind of predicated on not mattering how much bigger or stronger the defense is, because we just make them make decisions. We went the entire year playing a teams that are bigger than us and we had success. Obviously this is different. But we have a bunch of good guys too. Hopefully, we can just make it a good game."))) (((Bobby Ritter/"Dennis has been coaching me since I was 5 or 6 and I've been with these guys since I was 5 or 6 so that's just helps a lot. It makes me more comfortable and knowing how great he is, I'm just excited to be here and be playing in it.")))
Meanwhile, in Foxboro, Patriots training camp is underway. Tom Brady was on the field this morning receiving a loud ovation from the fans, but he didn't speak with reporters. Brady and the NFL player's association filed a lawsuit in Minnesota Wednesday trying to overturn Brady's four game deflategate suspension. The NFL players association has a good track record with cases being heard in Minnesota. However, the NFL already field the papers in New York on Tuesday, so the lawsuit will be heard in New York. The lawsuit argues that the NFL made up its rules as it went along and mis-applied the ones that were already on the books.
And you know it wouldn't take long for Jets fans to get in on the Brady bashing. Today at training camp, a plane flew above the practice field towing a sign saying "Cheaters look up" followed by a Jets fan's twitter handle. The Jets and Patriots have a long, salty, history. New York signed former Pats corner Darrelle Revis in the offseason. The first Pats-Jets match up is Sunday, October 25th in Foxboro.
Tonight -- we leave you with video of the Vermont National Guard -- training in 19-79. It's our Throwback Thursday. Enjoy. Good night. Good night.
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