Tue 26-AUG-2014 6 P.M. News Script

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Dan Dowling is live from the fair tonight. A warm evening out there.

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Sunny and warm at the fair right now. But a weak cold front will move in tonight; this could trigger a shower or thunderstorm. Otherwise skies will average partly cloudy, with lows near 60. Wednesday is looking like a partly cloudy day. That front will still be in the vicinity, so an isolated shower of t-storm is possible. Highs will range from 78/85, except it will be cooler in the Adirondacks. Temps will cool down even more later in the week. Highs will be in the upper 60s and lower 70s on Thursday and Friday. It will be dry though. Looking ahead to the holiday weekend, a slow-moving frontal system will begin to impact the area. This will give us the chance for some showers and t-storms Saturday through Labor Day. The most widspread shower activity looks to be later Sunday into Monday. Keep in mind that this is still several days away, and things could change-- Please check back for updates.

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Our next guest is an angel. Next month Susan Fowler will be recognized as an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. If you have taken part in an adoption proceeding in Burlington in the last 19-years -- you know Fowler. She's over seen every adoption -- more than one-thousand of them -- in Vermont's largest county since 1995. Before that she was adoption attorney. Judge Fowler joins us tonight. Congratulations. ((why did you choose to focus your career on adoption?)) ((why do you think Congressman Peter Welch nominated you for this award?)) ((what kind of requirements do prospective parents have to meet?)) ((What would disqualify someone from adopting?)) ((how do you know if it's a right fit?)) ((advances in fertility treatments mean more people can have children. Has that affected adoption?))

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Tomorrow on the Thirty -- fantastic flowers at the Fair. You hear a lot about oversized produce and animals at the Champlain Valley Fair -- but there is also a big flower contest. We'll find out what it takes to have winning cut flowers and arrangements -- tomorrow at 5-30 on The Thirty LIVE from the Fair.

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Good evening, I'm Keith McGilvery. And I'm Julie Kelley. Another day another fire in Barre --- concerns are mounting about just who is setting fires around town. Now state police are offering help in the search for the suspect. Alexei Rubenstein reports.

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The Reynold's House on South Main Street was a charred mess Tuesday morning -- as state fire investigators sifted through the debris for clues. ((28:58 Doris Marsha/Neighbor "What I could see was just big flames coming up from the top of the roof over there.)) Like three other arsons this month -- The former Bed and Breakfast was unoccupied -- It had also just been sold to new owners. ((NATS)) Meanwhile -- Just up the hill, on Woodland Drive -- Damian Barnett is trying to come to grips with the suspicious fire that broke out in his families car port around 4 a.m. Tuesday. ((38:55 Damian Barnett/Fire Victim "It scares the crap out of me because there was a chance of me not even coming home last night. ((39:06 I think about that as if I wouldn't have come home would my mom have heard it, would my stepfather have heard it and literally on the other side of this wall is the two bedrooms.)) While the blaze is considered suspicious -- Officials say it does NOT appear to be linked to the other arsons. But they say the fire in a occupied home -- raises the stakes. ((21:58 Chief Tim Bombardier/Barre City Fire Dept. "Something that started in a building could take out a neighborhood. Something that started in a block downtown that was meant to be a small fire that somebody loses control of --could take out a block and the fact that you cant take it back -- that scares me.)) Stretched thin -- Barre's mayor reached out overnight to state officials for help. (( 14:33 Keith Flynn/Vt. Public Safety Cmsr. "This subjects Innocent citizens of the town of barre the city of barre to harm - that's needless. This subjects firefighters to needles harm and needless risk.)) Tuesdays fires bring the total number of suspected arsons this month to five. ((GRFX)) on August 3rd, a vacant apartment on North Seminary Street went up in flames. Just days later, a storage building was torched on Williams Lane. And exactly a week ago Buzzi's (Bootsy's) Garage on Farwell St. was hit. And then last nights fires on South Main and Woodland. ((FIle 11-28-12 )) Damian Barnett is no stranger to tragedy -- two years ago, he and family watched in shock -- as the the log home he built burn to the ground just before Christmas. ((FILE 11-28-12 "You don't think about anything. You don't about the belongings. People say that's what you think about, but you don't," "I never once thought about going to grab a picture of the kids.")) As for the Reynold's House -- The Turn-of-the-Century building is considered a treasure of Barre's past -- a tragedy of another sort... ((43:37 Karen Lane/Barre Historical Society "It does feel like a tragedy.)) ((43:58 Its hard for me to fathom the reason why someone would want to take history into their own hands and destroy it in that way, because it just take the heart out of the community.)) State and local officials say they plan to increase the number of overnight patrols and detectives working the case -- they also urge residents to immediately report any suspicious activities. Alexei Rubenstein -- Channel 3 News -- Barre

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Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon -- who owns one of the buildings that was damaged this month -- says he wouldn't be surprised if the cumulative damage from all the fires reaches over a million dollars.

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New evidence in the death of a Shelburne toddler is raising questions about the case and who killed him. Shelby Cashman is following this story. Shelby ... What's going on? Julie--26 year old Joshua Blow is charged with killing his girlfriends two year old son--Aiden Haskins. But now, the medical examiner's report shows that the injuries that killed him happened days to weeks before he was found unresponsive.

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Two year old Aiden Haskins--died on July 22nd--after being found unresponsive in his Shelburne home. ((NATS from the original hearing??)) The state charged 26-year-old Joshua Blow with second degree murder. They say, he admitted to being the only one with the child--the day that he died. The cause of death is blunt force trauma. Now--new evidence from the medical examiner's report--reveals the fatal injuries occurred before the day Aiden was found unresponsive. ((00:10:09 Susan Hardin "what lead to his death was a culmination of days if not weeks of trauma and abuse to this child." 00:10:16)) Documents also reveal--the toddler had been to the doctor multiple times leading up to his death--with bruising--swelling and lacerations. ((00:12:30 Susan Hardin/State " There were only 4 people that took care of that baby. The defendant, the mother and the grandparents. The baby's mother and the grandparents deny any responsibility for hurting this child or having any explanation for the child's injury and trauma." 00:12:44)) ((00:18:44 Sally Adams/Blows Attorney "At this point the state is saying we have a person in custody, we think it might be him, we don't really know who it is. There were all these people who were caring for Aiden and supervising him, during this period of time. They all claim they didn't cause these injuries, so therefore it must be Mr. Blow."00:19:02))

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The Judge wants the state to present more testimony on why there's still probable cause -- to charge Blow with murder. That hearing -- will be next week. For now--Blow is still being held without bail.

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A Bennington man allegedly shot by a police officer was in court today facing charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The officer involved says the use of deadly force on Gregory Filo was justified. We asked Elizabeth Keatinge to look at the use of deadly force in Vermont and how officers are trained to use the technique. Elizabeth? Different agencies have different policies when it comes to deadly force. I went to firearms training today with the Rutland Police Department who tells us that every situation is different, and ultimately the officer os the one who needs to decide if the threat is strong enough to warrant pulling the trigger and aiming for the heart.

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It was a quiet night in Bennington back on April 22nd that quickly turned chaotic as law enforcement responded to the Bennington Police Department. ((file super)) ((Stuart Hurd/Bennington Town Manager "Members of the Bennington Police Department were involved in the use of deadly force at the police facility yesterday evening at around 20:30 hours")) Officials say 42-year-old Gregory Filo was behaving erratically, and had a knife. Bennington Police Officer Michael Plusch decided the use of deadly force was warranted, and allegedly pulled the trigger, shooting Filo -- but he survived. ((nats)) Officers say deadly force is not a law enforcement technique taken lightly. ((Patrolman Edward Dumas/Rutland Police Department 12:19:15:08 Talk to em, by all means, contain them in a certain area so they can't run and hurt anybody, we can do that, we can sit for hours if we have to. We can get a negotiator to come and talk to them. so deadly force is not what we are shooting for.12:19:25:12)) Patrolman Edward Dumas is one of the Rutland Police Department's firearms instructors. Tuesday he was going over drills with some of the department's 40 officers that incorporated situations where an officer might need to use deadly force. ((Edward Dumas 12:14:42:17 It's all built to build stress on the officer, so that you fight that, so that you know how to operate under stress.)) Although different agencies have different policies when it comes to deadly force, the Rutland Police Department says ultimately the officer needs to decide when to fire their Glock 21, the weapon most Rutland City police officers carry. ((Chief James Baker/Rutland Police Dept. 11:34:35:09 Every situation is different. You train the officers to use their judgement and to understand the policy.11:34:46:00)) If the officer feels opportunity for the individual to do harm exists, a life is in jeopardy, and the ability of a person to carry through on a threat is present - they are instructed to shoot for this area - center mass - where the heart and other organs are, and where the most damage can be done. ((nats)) Why straight to the heart - and not go for just an injury to a leg or arm? ((Chief James Baker/Rutland Police Department 11:35:43:00 There's this belief in the community that you, know, officers should be able to be trained to shoot hidden extremities or ...in a stressful situation that is almost impossible to carry out.11:35:57:19)) ***GFX: Increasingly, officers are the ones being shot at. Nationally, there has been a 67% increase from last year to this year in the number of the police officers killed by gunfire.*** (Rutland Police Dept.)) ((2013 Jan-June 18 officers killed in US by gunfire, 2014 Jan-June 30 officers killed by gunfire in US)) Here in Vermont, in early April, a Leicester man was arrested after allegedly shooting two Vermont State Police officers following a shooting and standoff. ((nats)) Sgt. Michael Plusch was put on administrative leave while the incident was investigated, but then returned to work.

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Today in court Gregory Filo's attorney filed a notice asking for a sanity evaluation. He will be back in court September 22nd, Keith.

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Divers have come up with no new leads in the search for a missing boater. They spent time searching in Lake Champlain today. It has been three days since 65-year-old Brian Webb went missing. Authorities say, they think the Montpelier man may have drowned while trying to reach his sailboat Saturday night. Police tell us, they've been ding boat and land searchers as well.

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Authorities don't think drugs are alcohol were factors in a car wreck that sent a former FBI Director to the hospital with serious injuries. Police say 64-year-old Louis Freeh was headed south on Route 12 in Barnard-- shortly after noon Monday -- when he veered across the center line and crashed his SUV on the opposite side of the road. Freeh was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock. However, the medical center is declining to comment on his current condition OR the extent of his injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Freeh served as FBI Director from 1993- 2001.

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We have new information on the Champlain Parkway ... also known as the Southern Connector around Burlington. That planned parkway now has an Act 250 permit. A judge dismissed the final legal challenges to the land use permit last month ... Which made way for this next step. The road would link the end of Interstate one-89 with downtown Burlington.

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There's a little less than one hour left before the primary election polls close today. State House reporter Kyle Midura is live at the Senior Center in Winooski where one of the state's few contested races is underway -- Kyle That's right Keith - here in Winooski three Democrats are competing for two positions on the general election ballot. Their race to become the area's state representative are bringing people here, but in most areas voters are trickling rather than pouring into polls.

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This year's election falls in-between presidential elections. That absence atop the ballot leads to an absence of voters at the polls. ((3:53 - :57 Elisa Nelson - Elections Inspector I think we're just going to see the die-hard voters today)) Elections Inspectors in Burlington's Ward 5 polling place say a lack of contested primaries is contributing to low turnout as well. Kiernan Flynn of Burlington says he would have liked to see more races within and between parties. ((6:20 - :28 - Kiernan Flynn - Burlington Voter The system doesn't work if the other side doesn't show up, you've got to have the debate)) (nats?) In March about 100 people voted every hour here. This Tuesday, only about 150 filled-in their choices by late-morning. ((3:40 - :42 Elisa Nelson - Elections Inspector so it's definitely slow )) The story is similar in Barre and across the state. Top election officials only expect about 10 percent of eligible Vermonters to vote in the primary -- about 40-thousand people statewide. ((15:29 - :32 - Cheryl Medley - Winooski Voter I saw that this was happening today and I said oh great, some kind of voting is going on)) ((15:38 - :43 - Cheryl Medley - Winooski Voter went home, looked up who was running and what was going on and came out to vote)) Winooski is home to one of the rare contested races Tuesday. State Rep. Clem Bissonnette is seeking a fifth term. This year he's running against former representative Ken Atkins and Progressive Democrat Diana Gonzalez. Gonzalez could knock one of the two out of the general election if she gets more votes, but will be on November's ballot as a progressive regardless of her showing Tuesday. ((16:21 - :25 Cheryl Medley - Winooski Voter Any interest in the state-wide races? Not really, no)) State-wide Republicans are competing for the nod to represent the party in its effort to unseat U.S. Congressman Peter Welch and Gov. Shumlin. The Governor's race involves a write-in campaign -- as does Progressive Dean Corren's attempt to get the Democratic nomination as he challenges incumbent Republican Phil Scott. While many results should be available late-Tuesday night, write-in outcomes won't be available until Friday at the earliest.

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- Other races to watch --- Full team coverage at 11

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Dan Dowling is live tonight from the Champlain Valley Fair. Dan, how's the weather out there this evening? It's warm. It's fitting though because for a lot of students across Vermont today is the last day of Summer vacation, which made for a perfect day to be at the fair. It's certainly feeling like summer out there this evening, but we've got some changes on the way that will make it feel a bit more like "back to school" tomorrow. (wx script)

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The process of adoption can be a long and challenging one. Often, when the time comes to make it final, it is a private moment in court. But Channel 3's Melissa Howell was given the rare opportunity to be there as one family made a little girl their daughter. Melissa ... That's a powerful moment to see. It is ... The Lund Family Center says there are about 250 adoptions a year in Vermont. It's life changing for a family. It's also a celebration.

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Walking into a courtroom, it's a little unusual to see smiling faces and hear music blaring... ((MUSIC NATS)) But that's exactly how Alan, Deborah and little Alyviah were greeted as they took there seats. It's the day they finalize their adoption of Alyviah -- a moment that's pretty hard to put into words. ((Deborah Barratt/New Parent 00:09:10 "Just excitement, I had a hard time sleeping." 00:09:15)) Alyviah has been with the Barratt's since she was 2 days old. Now, she's one -- and is no longer a foster child...she's their daughter. ((Deborah Barratt/New Parent 00:12:27 "We've had 35 kids and they've all went home. She's the first that stayed." 00:12:34)) And her new family is large... ((Deborah Barratt/New Parent 00:15:38 "We have at home a 17 year old, a 13 year old, a 7 year old, a 4 year old foster and her." 00:15:44)) ((Alan Barratt/Dad 00:15:24 "Always something to do, never boring." 00:15:26)) Here at the Superior Court in Burlington, it's moments like this that Judge Susan Fowler says make it all worth while. ((NATS OF ADOPTION SIGNING)) ((Judge 00:31:43 "When you finally get here to this date, all the papers are in order and everything's perfect and you know nothing's going to go wrong, it's a huge emotional release." 00:31:51)) Judge Fowler adopted 2 kids of her own in the 1980s. So every adoption, for her, is a party...and the beginning of a new life. ((Judge 00:23:30 "They can teach you so much about acceptance of things that are different that you hadn't necessarily thought were ok." 00:23:38)) She's finalized nearly 2-thousand adoption in Vermont - and says there are all kinds of ways to connect families. ((Deborah Barratt/New Parent 00:24:51 "I've done adoptions for kids in their 40s who will then say I want to validate this person who raised me as their own even though he or she was not my biological parent." 00:25:01)) But for Alyviah, it's the beginning of forever.. ((NATS OF ALYVIAH HITTING GAVEL)) ((Deborah Barratt/New Parent 00:14:41 "I wrote a poem about promising that she'll always have a home and she'll always be safe and how she can always go to sleep at night knowing that she has that family." 00:14:48)) Judge Fowler hopes to see more children given the same kind of security. ((Judge 00:23:46 "it's all about love and it doesn't really matter where you come from." 00:23:49)) All that matters now for little Alyviah is where she's going -- to her new forever home. ((MUSIC NATS)) ***pkg ends when music ends and still photo comes up.***

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The Barretts now have 8 kids ranging from early 30s to just a year old. They told me Alyviah is a very happy baby and they look forward to watching her grow up. Julie.

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Helping those who help others. A fire department in a small upstate New York town received a large sum of money to rebuild after Tropical Storm Irene. Logan Crawford is live in Plattsburgh with more on the new fire station. Logan? Julie and Keith, for 3 years -- Upper Jay fire fighters were stationed in a storm damaged building. But now there's a new roof over their heads. Residents of Upper Jay say -- this facility will better serve the community.

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(tile 3175 00:46:45:01) ((Paul Osenbaugh/Jay "It's very important that in our rural part of New York State that we have these services for people." 00:46:50:25)) Paul Osenbaugh of Jay is happy for the Upper Jay firefighters who have a brand new station. (tile 3175 00:46:31:03) ((Paul Osenbaugh/Jay "I am a recent beneficiary of our local fire and EMS crew. And they are great." 00:46:41:21)) (tile 3144 00:23:17:00) ((nats ribbon cutting 00:23:23:20)) The Upper Jay Fire Department has been working out of a partially condemned building since Tropical Storm Irene in 20-11. Governor Cuomo came to the North Country to make an announcement about state money going to the new station. (tile 3142 00:13:51:28) ((Gov. Andrew Cuomo/D-New York "Our dream that day just about 3 years ago came true, we weren't going to build back -- we were going to build back better. We were going to learn from it, we were going to come back stronger, more resilient and we did." 00:14:05:05)) The department's 34 firefighters now have a bigger facility on higher ground -- making it less likely to flood in the future. (tile 3162 00:35:30:24) ((Alex Santo/Upper Jay Firefighter "We're out of the flood zone now we have more firefighters than ever. And just the equipment, the technology from what we had to what we have now, the help, the community helping us -- it's just great." 00:35:41:19)) (tile 3164 00:42:17:11)) ((Logan Crawford/Upper Jay "According to firefighters 4 feet of water flooded the old Upper Jay Fire Station after Tropical Storm Irene hit. Now 3 years later the new station is up and running at full capacity -- thanks to help from New York State." 00:42:30:15)) (tile 3163 00:39:26:05) ((Chief Jeffrey Straight/Upper Jay Fire Dept. "The 1-point-5 million from the governor's office. We received 900-thousand dollars through our own insurance policies. 100-thousand dollars came in from the tax payer base. And then there was I believe 125-thousand dollars that came through FEMA. And other monies that we raised, we had a fund-raising drive that was responded to very well." 00:39:44:02)) Fire Chief Straight says though working in a small space had no impact on the department's ability to perform it's duty -- this new station will help the fire crew be at their best to serve the community. (tile 3163 00:39:04:19) ((Chief Jeffrey Straight/Upper Jay Fire Dept. "It will be a facility that will serve the Upper Jay Fire District and the town of Jay and the surrounding communities for years and years and years." 00:39:11:20))

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Chief Straight says no word on what will be done with the old fire station -- but it's possible they'll sell it and bring in more money to the department. Julie?

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A weak cold front will move in tonight; this could trigger a shower or thunderstorm. Otherwise skies will average partly cloudy, with lows near 60. Wednesday is looking like a partly cloudy day. That front will still be in the vicinity, so an isolated shower of t-storm is possible. Highs will range from 78/85, except it will be cooler in the Adirondacks. Temps will cool down even more later in the week. Highs will be in the upper 60s and lower 70s on Thursday and Friday. It will be dry though. Looking ahead to the holiday weekend, a slow-moving frontal system will begin to impact the area. This will give us the chance for some showers and t-storms Saturday through Labor Day. The most widspread shower activity looks to be later Sunday into Monday. Keep in mind that this is still several days away, and things could change-- Please check back for updates.

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A woman, accused of stealing 2-thousand dollars worth of rare books in Bennington says, she didn't do it. Police say, 52-year-old Patricia Crosby stole the books from Owl's Nest Upholstery and Antique Store. Investigators say Crosby initially denied taking the books but later returned them to police. She pleaded not guilty to retail theft.

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Fake tickets are turning up at the Champlain Valley Fair. Essex police say they arrested 32-year-old Jeannie Morrill of Burlington. And seized several hundred counterfeit passes. It's unclear how many people bought the bogus tickets. But -- police say -- fair staff are now looking for them -- and we've had several reports of people with those tickets being refused admission today.

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(shelly Palmer/Found Counterfeit tickets 13:26:03)(("People sell bundles of them saying they're from a business and theyre giving you discount tickets. They generally sell for around $5.")) (chris ashby Champlain Valley Fair)(("Q: Is there a specific way someone who's gonna buy a ticket can make sure it's not counterfeit? A:Buy the ticket at the fair. We don't have ticket outlets other than the fair gate booths so if you're buying a ticket from someone other than the fair, there is a pretty good chance you could be buying counterfeit tickets)" Essex police remind fairgoers that the ONLY place to buy legitimate fair tickets is at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds.

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A major construction project is underway at Plymouth State University. It's one officials say will transform its campus. The $32 million ALLWell North academic and athletics center will promote active living, learning and wellness. When finished next fall, it will have more than 100,000 square feet of classroom and activity space. Nearly one hundred Vermonters attend Plymouth State. That's news around the region.

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Starting Line Sports ...this time next week, we will know if Woodstock's Keegan Bradley will be making his second straight appearance on the U-S Ryder Cup team. The first nine players on Team USA earned their spots when the qualification period came to a close following the PGA Championship two weekends ago. Bradley finished 11th in the points standings, which means he is hoping to land one of the three captain's picks that U-S captain Tom Watson will make next Tuesday. Bradley was one of the stars of Team USA when he made his Ryder Cup debut in 2012 at Medinah outside Chicago, teaming with Phil Mickelson, the duo went 3-0 in team competition to help the Americans build a commanding 10-6 lead heading into singles play on Sunday. Unfortunately for the U-S, Europe put together a comeback for the ages on the final day, winning eight and tying one singles match, including Bradley falling to Rory McIlroy as the Europeans rallied to retain the cup 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. Last year, Keegan made his first Presidents Cup team... paired again with Mickelson the duo went 1-1-1, and Bradley lost to Charl Schwartzel in singles, but the U-S won. Bradley has not hid the fact that he desperately wants back on the Ryder Cup roster for the matches late next month in Scotland. His form of late has been hot and cold, he's tied for fourth three times in the last two months, including at the U-S Open, but he's also missed the cut or finished 29th or worse in seven of his last eleven tournaments. His last chance to impress Watson is this week at the Deutsche Back Championship this weekend at TPC Boston, but he's also hopeful that the success he had pairing with Mickelson in 2012 will work in his favor when it comes time for those captain's picks to be revealed next Tuesday.

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((TRT: ... OC: WINNING SOME MATCHES)) ((Keegan Bradley/ Phil and I have been great partners and really tough to beat over the last couple of years. It definitely can't hurt. We're as tough a team as there is in the world, I would say. We really want another shot at going out there and winning some matches.))

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The Patriots swing a major trade and for one final time in 2014, we Meet The Monsters...

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This year, nearly 5-million people will be treated for skin cancer. Now a university professor says, he's discovered a fast, lower-cost, pain-free way to detect the problem. Bettie Cross reports.

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Laurie McGary/SKIN CANCER PATIENT Dr. James Tunnell/UT COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING PKG "Okay. So for outside. " SPEND A DAY ON THE JOB WITH LAURIE McGARY---- "We need to open this up." AND YOU'LL SEE WHY THE AUSTIN REALTOR--- LAURIE McGARY - SKIN CANCER VICTIM "There is no sprinkler system." WAS ROUTINELY EXPOSED TO THE SUN'S MOST HARMFUL RAYS. "I had a freckle and it started to grow." A BIOPSY REVEALED--- LAURIE McGARY - SKIN CANCER VICTIM "It is melanoma and it is malignant and it has spread." BUT, AFTER SURGERY ON HER LEG ---- "The mole was right there." LAURIE CALLS THIS HER VICTORY "Z". "I'd much rather have a scar than lose my life or lose a leg or something." DR. JAMES TUNNELL, UT PROFESSOR "So I grew up on the beach...." JAMES TUNNELL HAS LOST COUNT OF HIS BIOPSIES. "I get them all the time." THE UT PROFESSOR KNOWS HE COULD ONE DAY FACE LAURIE'S SAME DIAGNOSIS. "I have family history of melanoma." THE THREAT OF SKIN CANCER WAS A CATALYST---- "This small pen-looking device." IN THE CREATION OF THIS PROBE. "It looks like little harmless rays of light." HARMLESS, BUT ILLUMINATING. DR. JAMES TUNNELL, UT PROFESSOR "This device allows you to have a diagnosis without having to take a biopsy." HERE'S A MELANOMA - THE MOST DEADLY FORM OF SKIN CANCER. DIAGNOSING ONE CAN BE TRICKY. DR. JAMES TUNNELL, UT PROFESSOR "So 20 biopsies for every one melanoma that's found and there are some studies that say it's even up to 50 to 1." TUNNELL SAYS THE SCREENING TOOL COULD ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR UNNECESSARY BIOPSIES. INSTEAD OF REMOVING THE SKIN LESION ---- THIS LIGHT WOULD SIMPLY SHINE OVER IT. "The whole measurement takes just a few seconds." THE COMPUTER SYSTEM WOULD THEN ANALYZE CHANGES TO THE WAY THE LIGHT INTERACTS WITH THE SKIN TISSUE. A RECENT STUDY WAS REVEALING. DR. JAMES TUNNELL, UT PROFESSOR "It showed us that we could diagnosis melanoma with perfect accuracy." LAURIE'S INCISION TO REMOVE A MELANOMA TUMOR IS STILL HEALING. LAURIE McGARY - SKIN CANCER VICTIM "With vanity and everything, people do get worried about scars and they hate pain and they don't want any stitches." ALL REASONS WHY SHE'S HOPING THE NEXT TIME A DOCTOR ORDERS A BIOPSY --- A BEAM OF LIGHT ---- NOT A KNIFE--- WILL HELP MAKE THE DIAGNOSIS. "I think it's going to make a big difference." ****CUT OUT SOC***

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The next step in getting the screening tool in doctors' offices is a larger study of its effectiveness. That's health watch.

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It was pretty warm today, with highs in the 80s. However, the jet will soon be working it's way south. As a result, we will turn cooler later in the week. Before we get there, it will be a decent day on the mountain or lake tomorrow, with partly cloudy skies and slightly cooler temps. This weekend will be getting unsettled.

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It can be an uncomfortable problem to talk about. Bedbugs! But as Jennifer Reading found out in this week's Odd Jobs -- there's a team in Vermont -- hoping to provide peace of mind.

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The search is on for a home invader. ((NATS 00:09:02 "you want to go to work? C'mon buddy. Let's go to work.")) Paddy Reagan -- and his beagle Buster -- were called to the scene. Reagan is a bed bug detective -- and Buster is his partner in critter crime fighting. ((NATS 00:03:12 "what we ask people to do is just have the sheets up...")) ((JR 00:20:37 "did you ever think before you got into this business, that you would know this much about bed bugs? PR: No. definitely not.")) It's a career born from a personal nightmare. Reagan and his family got bed bugs six years ago. ((Paddy Reagan/bed bug detective 00:12:31 "We had a pretty horrendous experience going through it. And we hired dogs from Connecticut to come up and inspect our home.")) He says they sniffed out the culprits -- pinpointed the source of the infestation -- and brought a sense of comfort back to his family. It also marked the moment Reagan found his calling. ((Paddy Reagan/bed bug detective 00:20:55 "I kind of always had a love of dogs and always felt that maybe that was something I wanted to do. So this is just sort of a strange path to have arrived here, ya know?")) Four years ago -- Reagan found an entomology scent detection canine program in Florida. He got a loan -- and made the trip. Buster is a rescue. J&K Canines trained him for the first four months -- then Reagan took over. A few months later -- the duo's business -- Vermont Bed Bug Dog -- was born. ((Paddy Reagan/bed bug detective 00:15:04 "we've become a really good team together.")) When Buster's not on the job -- he's training -- like at this home in Burlington. Getting treats for sniffing out the suspects in mattress, boxsprings, headboards and other furniture. ((NATS)) ((Jennifer Reading/South Burlington 00:35:59 "To test the teams skills I'm going to hide these practice vials in the room. They're filled with live bed bugs, but the bed bugs can't get out. It's called a blind hide. It's how Paddy and Buster test their skills. I'm going to stick them right in here and see how they perform.")) ((Paddy Reagan/bed bug detective 00:37:31 "Okay Buster are you ready? You're the one who needs to be ready. Let's go to work. let's do it.")) My challenge was no match for Buster's nose. He found my hidden bugs in less than 10 seconds. ((NATS 00:38:41 Paddy: "Go find your Bs. SCRATCH. Good Boy!)) ((JR 00:15:07 "Is there a demand in Vermont for your service? PR: There is. Some." 00:15:36 "this is what I do for a living so it's enough of a demand that we're able to sustain.")) What about the bugs? Does he worry he'll bring them home. ((Paddy Reagan/bed bug detective 00:31:33 "A little bit." 00:32:10 "I still have the fears, the sort of residual fears of getting bed bugs again.")) The team does detection work. They're not needed for large infestations -- where bed bugs are obvious. Reagan and Buster perform about 7 inspections a week. Summer is their busy season -- when breeding conditions are ideal. ((Paddy Reagan/bed bug detective 00:16:16 "What we do is paint a clearer picture as to what the extent of the problem is." 00:16:51 "we do a lot of single family homes, a lot of apartment buildings. Some hotels, sleepaway camps.")) They're the first certified canine pest detection team in the state. An inspection will run you a minimum of 225 dollars. Bigger jobs are billed by the hour. Reagan says business is picking up -- as more area hotels are willing to pay for proactive checks. ((Paddy Reagan/bed bug detective 00:17:11 "sometimes bringing Buster in, just to check out the entire place, can put people's minds at ease.")) And that's what keeps Reagan going. ((Paddy Reagan/bed bug detective 00:29:02 "Bed bugs are not something to be ashamed of getting. They're not something that has anything to do with who your are as a person, or how you keep your house. But there's a stigma that's out there. So we want people to feel comfortable having us come to their homes.")) You won't a see bug -- or even a business name -- on Reagan's vehicle. In this industry, discretion is key. ((Paddy Reagan/bed bug detective 00:29:18 "we want it to look as though you're being visited by a friend who has a dog." 00:32:43 "The toughest part about the job is telling people we found something. Although I've found that most people are relieved to know.")) Relief Reagan understands first hand. And hopes his odd job will help others sniff out the home invaders hiding between the sheets. ((NATS)) Jennifer Reading Channel 3 News Burlington.

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If you'd like to learn more about the services provided by Vermont Bed Bug Dog -- click the infocenter on our website -- wcax-dot-com. And of course -- Jennifer is always looking for new ideas. So if you have an Odd Job -- or know someone who does -- send us an email -- news@wcax-dot-com.

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In a somewhat surprising move, the Patriots have traded six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for tight end Tim Wright and a reported fourth round 2015 draft pick. A first round pick in 2005, Mankins had spent his entire nine year NFL career with the Patriots, has been a team captain the last three and had been New England's most consistent lineman in front of Tom Brady. Mankins had a prolonged contract dispute with the Pats in 2010, eventually sitting out the first seven weeks of the season. In Wright, New England hopes is it getting the athletic counterpart to the returning from injury Rob Gronkowski that the team hasn't had since the arrest of Aaron Hernandez. Last year, in his rookie season out of Rutgers, the 6-4, 220 pound Wright caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns. Three of those five scores coming in the final three weeks of the season. The Patriots close out their preseason schedule Thursday night on the road against the New York Giants. That will be a 7:30pm start and you can see it right here on Channel Three.

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The Red Sox finally snapped their eight game losing streak last night in Toronto ...but they certainly didn't make it easy on themselves. Home runs by Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia in the fifth gave the Sox a 3-0 lead. Clay Buchholz took that lead into the ninth, but gave up one run, then Koji Uehara allowed two more on a double from Edwin Encarnacion to tie the game at three and send it to extra innings. But in the tenth, Yoenis Cespedes drives home the go ahead run as Boston takes it 4-3. Cespedes has 19 RBIs in 22 games since joining the Sox in the Jon Lester trade.

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and the zombie Yankees playoff push continues. Jacoby Ellsbury homered and drove in three runs, while Michael Pineda allowed one run in six and a third as New York beat the A-L Central leading Royals last night in Kansas City. It was a makeup game for one rained out in April. The Yanks are still six games behind Baltimore in the East, but are now just two and a half games out of the second American League wild card, currently held by Seattle. Detroit is a half game behind the Mariners and New York kicks off a three game series against the Tigers tonight in the Motor City.

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The Vermont Lake Monsters opened a three game series at Tri-City last night with a 5-2 win over the Valley Cats. Overall, the Monsters have played well in August, going 13-9 this month. There are just seven games left in the season, starting with tonight's matchup at Tri-City. That also means this is the final Tuesday night of the season, which means one last chance to Meet The Monsters. Here's Scott Fleishman. ((("For our season finale, we're in Essex hanging out with the Vermont State Champion 11 and 12 year old Essex town all stars."))) ((("Go Essex. Go Essex. Go Essex. Go Essex!"))) (((Now as you can see, the girls were having a bit of Wiffle Ball fun when we caught up with them. They deserve it after all the hard work they put into the season including a trip to the regional tournament in Bristol, Connecticut. Here's their first of three questions for the Monsters.))) ((("My name is Logan. I'm 12 years old and I'm a pitcher. How do you know when to put on an infield shift?"))) (((Jose Brizuela/"We know how to put an infield shift on just depending on who's hitting. If he's a righty or a lefty and what their tendencies are. Are they likely to pull the ball, or slap the ball the other way."))) ((("My name is Rachel. I'm 12 years old and I play third base. What is your most embarrassing moment playing baseball?"))) (((John Nogowski/"Rachel, that is a great question. There was this one time, I was playing first base. The ball took a bad hop and got me right in the mid section. I had to sit on first base for a good ten minutes, I couldn't breathe. My teammates were laughing at me and it was on TV so yeah, it was pretty embarrassing."))) (((My name is Abbey. I'm 12 years old and I'm shortstop. Outside of baseball, what other sports do you play?"))) (((Scott Masik/"Hey Abbey, thanks for the question. Outside of baseball when I was younger, I liked to play every sport I could. Anything from volleyball to basketball, soccer, football, track and field. Anything."))) ((("Thanks again to the Essex state champion all stars and to all the teams that participated this season. We'll see you next season on..."))) ((("Meet the Monsters!")))

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After a stray shower or t-storm tonight, temps will gradually cool off later this week. Then unsettled conditions arrive for the holiday weekend.


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