Wed 20-SEP-2017 6 P.M. News Script

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Burlington kids -- and teachers -- back in class. Good evening, I'm Darren Perron. And I'm Kristin Kelly. Just about an hour ago -- teachers officially accepted a new contract -- putting an end to a four day strike. Tyler Dumont is live at Burlington High School. . Tyler? That new contract deal was just accepted about an hour ago -- after the union's 400 members from across the district met inside the auditorium. It's the official sign that this strike is over.

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In Burlington, it was back to the classroom Wednesday... ((TILE 8064 12:16:43:00--12:16:49:17 Anyier Manyok/Student: "We missed a lot of stuff. We were kind of just getting into the groove of school, and then we had this big strike.")) The teachers strike meant classes were cancelled. It kept kids at home for four days. ((TILE 8048 12:11:52:02--12:11:58:15 Angel Smith/Burlington student: "I FaceTimed people and I also played outside a lot. And I missed school.")) Of course, we found mixed opinions among students returning... ((TILE 8055 12:14:21:16--12:14:27:18 Elliott Laramee: "I was just really bored at my house." Reporter Dom Amato: "What about you?" Rowen Clarke: "I am not really excited.")) The strike started last Thursday after failed contract negotiations with the city's school board. Union leaders previously cited disagreements on pay, health care and personal work duties outside the classroom. But after a tentative agreement was reached Tuesday, it was up to the union's 400 members to accept the deal through a ballot vote -- that would officially keep teachers teaching and students studying. ((TILE 8055 12:14:40:25--12:14:44:23 Elliott Laramee: "I like school. It's fun. I get to see my friends."))

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While teachers may have accepted the contract deal, it's now up to the school board to do the same -- before it is fully effective.

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The school board is meeting right now. Channel 3's Priscilla Liguori continues our team coverage from Burlington. Priscilla -- what are you seeing? - Board members are heading to the library here at Edmunds Middle School. - They are looking to ratify the agreement they reached with the teachers union last night. -We expect to hear from board leaders and the superintendent soon after this meeting right here in this lobby -Yesterday, everyone came out of negotiations smiling, excited to end the four day strike and enthusiastic to get a new agreement in place -we still don't know the details of the agreement, but should if and when it's ratified by both sides. -We'll keep you updated on what happens here.

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Tension in South Burlington -- as their teacher contract dispute continues. The school board and teachers union say they will get back to the negotiating table. Both sides are picking a mediator and setting a date for discussions. The board chair says that may be next week. It comes after the board imposed working conditions three weeks ago, and the union pushed back saying it wouldn't accept them. The union's spokesperson says he's optimistic about this next step, and is hopeful there will not be a strike.

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((Noah Everitt, South Burlington Educators Association 4310 25:38-47 "We're still looking to bargain in good faith with the school board and I definitely presume that they are as well so, that is the hope. I don't think anybody wants to see a work stoppage here in South Burlington.")) School Board Chair Elizabeth Fitzgerald tells us the board is entering the talks with a positive attitude -- and is willing to reach an agreement. The contracts affect about 240 teachers.

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Meanwhile - successful negotiations in the Mount Mansfield Union School district. Both sides reached a tentative agreement for the 20-17 through 20-19 school years. It includes changes to the teacher evaluation process -- 3-percent raises -- and an average increase of 12-hundred dollars for teachers at the top step in the salary schedule. Teachers will increase their health care contributions.

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Scammers -- pretending to be the IRS -- targeting Vermonters. Cat Viglienzoni joins us to explain what you should do. Darren, some of these calls can send you into panic mode. Take a listen to one of them: ((NATS threatening arrest and property surveillance)) That's part of the call that Burlington resident Stefanie Waite (Wait) got recently -- threatening her with arrest. The Burlington mom immediately ID'ed it as a scam -- and didn't respond. But that's not what some Vermonters do. The state's consumer assistance program tells me there's a reason scammers keep making these calls. It's because they work. And they tell me, there's no specific profile of victim that scammers target. They've seen people of all ages fall for it.

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((SOT Lauren Jandl, Consumer Assistance Program 000949 It could be that someone gets a message threatening them saying that they owe money to the IRS and they might think 'Well, I'll just pay the money now and sort it out later or appeal this decision later'. But as soon as you send the scammers money, that money is gone 001006)) If you get one of these calls -- ignore it -- and do NOT call the number back. If you want to contact the IRS -- do it at a number you know is theirs. The Consumer Assistance Program says you can also reach out to them if you're concerned. We'll have their information on our website with this story. Darren?

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A phone-scam warning tonight from Hanover police. Someone calls -- claiming to be a police officer -- demanding money for outstanding fines. It looks like the number is coming from the police department. But it's not. If you get one of these calls -- contact the PD.

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More telecom trouble in Burlington. The city is trying to recover some of the millions lost in the Burlington Telecom financing scandal by selling the public utility. After a call for greater transparency -- the city reveals the final bidders. There were supposed to be 4 finalists. But one withdrew at the last minute - leaving just 3. They are -- the local cooperative of Burlington residents and businesses called Keep Burlington Telecom Local -- a company called Ting/Tucows and another called Schurz. Some city councilors are concerned about the sudden withdrawal of the 4th finalist. The Mayor was not.

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(( 003106 Mayor Miro Weinberger/D-Burlington: its not surprising not shocking as w move toward the end. its something we've anticipated could be possible -- thats part of the reason multiple bidders were advanced. )) The local co-op is offering 12 million dollars but leaves the city a partial interest in the company. Ting is offering 27-point-5 million and Schurz is offering almost 31-million. Each says it wants to build out fiber to other parts of the city. The city council will do its final review of the full offers -- next week.

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Maria: Hurricane Maria is a major hurricane that has been battering areas near San Juan. This storm is expected to turn to the north and will have to be monitored as we head into next week. Also out there is tropical storm Jose. It's bringing us some high clouds. But southeastern new england is getting more of an impact. Jose is expected to wobble around for several days. Forecast: But for us a sunny warm stretch is in store. I'll be talking about when our next chance for wet weather arrives in your full forecast.

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Beautiful weather - but what does the lingering summer temps mean for the foliage season? Sharon Meyer is on the road tonight to check out the leaves in Cabot. I have heard from many of you, and I've noticed myself that we have seen some very early fall color in some of our trees. Now where there is always some variation in the foliage season from one year to the next, this one seems exceptionally unusual.

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As soon as we turned the calendar to September this year, we were grabbing for our jackets with some unseasonably chilly conditions. The coldest pockets of the Adirondacks and Vermont even dropping into the 30s. We were racing towards an early fall with some brilliant reds beginning to pop up around our landscape, and some trees are already dropping their leaves. Erich Auer/Berlin " See that soft maple on the hill, that's always like an indicator, that always seems to pop brighter an earlier but it was even early of it's norm this year." Eric thought things were about two weeks early. Does the cold weather in early September have anything to do with it, or how about the hot weather we have now? Paul Schaberg/USDA Forest Service "so there are a couple of cues that have trees either change color or lose their leaves in the fall. The first is shortening days and that's the same every year. But there are a variety of environmental stresses that can speed that process and two of the big ones are weather related. So it's cooler temperatures, and it's a lack of rain right around the time you start seeing these changes. " And these cues can be very localized, in a cold pocket, or an area with poor drainage. The trees who's leaves have just turned brown and fallen off, have been particularly stressed for this variety of factors. John Miner/Lower Cabot "It's seems like it kind of doesn't know how to make up its mind. Some trees are turning, some aren't, some are almost bare like the one across the road right there." But does that mean our foliage season will be over before October? We do still have lots of green trees, will they eventually turn when the weather cools down? "there's a lot of hope." " If it cools down, especially if you have cool evenings and sunny days, that really brings out the color, so I think there's a lot of good prospects ahead."

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Paul makes a good point, whatever the foliage looks like where you are, don't waste this beautiful season, get out and enjoy it.

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Car breakins at Vermont trailheads. Stowe police say at least 3 vehicle breakins have occurred this month on Mountain Road. Someone smashed the windows and made off with pocket-books -- credit cards -- and cash.

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This morning -- State Polilce made the rounds at the Mt. Philo trailhead in Charlotte -- checking peoples' cars for items that were left in plain sight. Police say car breakins are increasing right along with the opioid epidemic -- as addicts look for quick cash. Police say they don't want hikers to come back to a smashed window -- and stolen belongings.

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((SOT Cpl. Andrew Leise ((Leese)), VSP 000130 Yeah, we're shocked. I've seen designer handbags -- $400 Gucci handbags, leather... I've had incidents where people have their vacation cash stolen -- whether that be $400 or $600. And when they get back to their car after a hike in Vermont, they're blindsided by this. 149)) Last year, there were 25 incidents reported at trailheads in Chittenden and Lamoille Counties. This year there have only three so far. Police believe their efforts to warn people are paying off.

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President Trump took to Twitter to lash out at the Clintons -- and deflect blame for the rising tensions with North Korea. In a tweet this morning -- he wrote -- "After allowing North Korea to research and build nukes while secretary of state (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes." Trump was probably referring to Hillary Clinton's criticism of Trump's United Nations address. In it, the President mocked Kim Jong-un warning the U-S would totally destroy North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies. Clinton said Trump's first approach when facing dangerous situations should always be diplomatic.

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First Lady Melania Trump talked about social media and bullying today at the United Nations. She spoke at a luncheon focusing on issues facing the world's children. Mrs. Trump emphasized the importance of keeping them safe -- and teaching kids empathy and communication skills.

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((PO-101WE First Lady Melania Trump: "We must turn our focus right now to the message and content they are exposed to on a daily basis through social media, the bullying they experience online and in person and the growing global epidemic of drug addiction and drug overdose."//PO-100WE" "By our own example we must teach children to be good stewards of the world they will inherit. We must remember that they are watching and listening so we must never miss an opportunity to teach life's many ethical lessons along the way. As adults we are not merely responsible -- we are accountable.")) Melania Trump has not revealed her platform as First Lady -- but has mentioned women's empowerment and access to education for women and girls as her top priorities.

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are racing to pass a health care bill before the end of September. The plan would eliminate subsidies that make health insurance cheaper for people under Obamacare. It would also give states a lump sum of money to create their own health care systems. But republicans are divided.

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((Sen. Lindsey Graham/R-South Carolina: "I believe that most Republicans like the idea of state controlled healthcare better than Washington, D.C. healthcare.")) ((Sen. Susan Collins/R-Maine: "It would result in Maine receiving a billion dollars less in federal funding for healthcare over the next decade.")) Republicans can only afford to lose two votes and still pass the bill. So far, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he cannot support it. Several others are undecided -- including Maine Senator Susan Collins, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Senator John McCain.

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Senator Sanders proposed his own health care bill. He calls it Medicare for All. But instead of providing universal health care -- some say it could help Republican efforts to rollback Obamacare. Kyle Midura has that story from Washington.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders' plans to cover every American man, woman, and child through Medicare - and after his presidential run - the idea's no longer limited to just the fringe of the left. But back in his Senate office, he concedes it's not politically possible with Republicans in control of both chambers of congress and the White House. (21 - 27) ((Sen. Bernie Sanders - I-Vermont Surely they're not going to support Medicare for all. I understand that. But ,you've got to start the ball rolling some place, and now is the time to do that )) Sanders, backed by 16 Democratic Senators, wants to expand the government insurance program for senior citizens to all Americans Tax bills would rise - but he says substantially lower out-of-pocket insurance costs for businesses and individuals will more than makeup the difference. He says where the plan is incomplete - his peers and the public should develop the solution. (51 - 53) ((Sen. Bernie Sanders - I-Vermont I don't have all the answers, and nobody has all the answers)) Here's what we do know: Sanders proposes phasing everyone into Medicaid over four years. (take GFX) He wants the program to cover even more - like dental and vision. Patients would pay nothing at the doctor's office - just taxes? likely a new income tax for everyone, payroll taxes for most businesses, and hefty increases for millionaires. The plan banks on half-a-trillion dollars in savings -- from administrative efficiency and hardline negotiations with drug companies. (Sanders interview nats?) Sanders wouldn't hazard a guess at the price tag. Neither would experts like Henry Aaron of the left-leaning Brookings institution. (1:53 - 2:01) ((Henry Aaron - Brookings Institution but there's one word that will describe it: more. A whole lot more.)) Aaron supports Sanders' desire to have every American insured, but says the proposal is too revolutionary? attempting to do too much, too quickly. That he says could scar the economy? and Democratic efforts to maintain Obama-era reforms. (1:53 - 2:01) ((Henry Aaron - Brookings Institute I think the means he is proposing for us to get there is ill-advised and adverse to the liberal agenda :09)) Aaron says prescription drug reform is the most practical and doable of Sanders' proposals. But experts on the right, like Joseph Antos from the American Enterprise Institute, say that's more complicated than it sounds. (2:14 - 2:22) ((Joseph Antos - American Enterprise Institute negotiating prices means you have to be able to say 'no.' We're not going to pay for that and on drugs, that's a very difficult thing to do.)) (look live - 2:23 - 2:39) Politically realistic or not - Sanders won't be walking away from his big idea anytime soon? especially now that the rest of D.C. is paying attention to it. In Washington, KM

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You can expect to see a lot more from Kyle Midura in Washington. We are excited to let you know that he will be reporting full-time from our new Washington, D-C bureau. He'll be looking at issues important to all of us with decision makers from our region.

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Senator Maggie Hassan is pushing for a middle class tax break. The New Hampshire democrat wants families to get a one-thousand dollar tax credit. Hassan says her bill applies to families who earn up to 200-thousand dollars. It would also provide a 500-hundred dollar tax credit for individuals with earn up to 100-thousand. Hassan says giving a tax cut to middle class families will help drive economic growth. She also wants to expand the earned income tax credit and child tax credit -- and help people refinance student loan debt.

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Highs today: very warm Jet stream: that's because there's a big ridge over us. Temp Graph: and it's not going away anytime soon. We may see some record warmth by Sunday and Monday. Rad/sat: Some high clouds out there, as Jose spins south of us. RPM: Partly cloudy overnight. Then we're over to sun tomorrow, with highs near 80. We do it again on Friday. Inside The Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows: 52/62 Wind: N 5 mph Thursday: Mostly sunny. Less humid. Highs: 75/82 Wind: N 5-15 mph Thursday night: Mostly clear. Patchy fog. Locally cooler. Lows: 45/55 Wind: Light Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 73/80 Wind: N 5-15 mph Extended Forecast: Friday night: Mostly clear. Lows: 43/53 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 78/85 Lows: 55/65 Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 80s Lows: 58/68 Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 80s Lows: 55/65 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Chance showers. Highs: 75/85 Lows: 52/62 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance showers Highs: 72/82

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A desperate search for survivors in Mexico tonight -- following the deadliest earthquake to hit that country since 1985. Chris Martinez has the latest from Mexico City.

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Rescuers are frantically digging into the ruins of collapsed buildings, hoping to find survivors of Tuesday's violent earthquake. They made contact with a young girl trapped inside this demolished elementary school in Mexico City this morning, but the process to remove her is slow and dangerous because the rubble is not stable. (wildline They freed this young girl from this demolished elementary school in Mexico City, more than 24 hours after the quake struck.) Nats Searchers halted their efforts and raised their hands several times urging for quiet, hoping to hear voices from inside the wreckage. Nats.of kid rescues Earlier they pulled out several young children. But least 21 students and four teachers died. Natsof collapsing buildings Officials say the earthquake reduced at least 44 office buildings, homes and schools to piles of concrete in Mexico's capital. There's also massive damage in rural areas. (aptn quake 5) In Jojutla, near the quake's epicenter, entire blocks were destroyed. Natsin Spanish This man said his wife and grandson barely escaped when this church came toppling down. (casket) But others weren't as fortunatefamilies started holding wakes for the dead this morning. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto toured the damage Tuesday night, and asked people to remain calm. He said the biggest priority right now is to find the missing and to help the injuredas rescuers race the clock. Chris Martinez, CBS News, Mexico City.

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Hurricane Maria is pounding Puerto Rico The category four storm made landfall this morning with winds of 155 miles per hour. Puerto Rico's governor is telling residents to stay calm, even as the storm is called one of the strongest to ever hit the Island. About 7,000 people in Puerto Rico are currently in shelters. Maria is also blamed for seven deaths on the Caribbean Island of Dominica and two in Guadeloupe.

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Is a community college in the Granite State being mismanaged? A new audit highlights nearly 30 concerns about the financial management within the New Hampshire Community College system. College officials addressed lawmakers complaints -- saying they've already enacted a third of the audit's recommendations - and plan to put in place another third in six months. The schools have four locations in our region - White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Littleton. And River Valley Community College in Lebanon and Claremont.

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Middlebury College changed its policy for events in the wake of controversial speakers. The move comes after protesters shouted down an invited guest earlier this year -- preventing the event from going on as planned. A professor was injured in a confrontation that followed. Middlebury's new guidelines would allow the school to cancel events only if they cause imminent and credible threats that cannot be helped by changing the event plan.

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A Vermont nonprofit will not be getting a 100-million dollar grant. The Waterbury-based Himalayan Cataract Project has been working for years to train local health care providers to perform cataract and laser surgery in Nepal and other countries. Last winter the Cataract Project was named one of eight finalists for the grant through the MacArthur Foundation's competitive grant process. Four finalists were announced yesterday and the group missed the cut.

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The fifth annual Stone Skipping Festival is in North Bennington this weekend. It's set for Saturday at Lake Paran.Organizers say the lake is a good location for competition because the sand gives the skippers good footing and the water is very calm later in the day. There will be multiple levels of competition for skippers of all skill levels - including a kids' competition. There will also be food and music at the event.

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A lot of people think baby chicks and ducklings are very cute. But health officials have some warnings about backyard fowl. Here's Melissa SHeketoff.

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((Kelsey Adams/Winooski: 00:00:20 it's fun haha. 21)) That's how a lot of Vermonters feel when it comes to raising backyard chickens. ((Kelsey Adams/Winooski: 00:02:46 good morning how's it going ladies? 49)) Just ask Kelsey Adams and her three friends. ((Kelsey Adams/Winooski: 00:05:57 they love the kale, like true Vermonters. 06:01)) She and her partner have had chickens since January. ((Kelsey Adams/Winooski: 00:01:03 it's such a luxury to have a farm fresh egg right in your backyard even in the dead of winter. 08)) However, some people aren't looking for produce -- rather another pet. ((Kelsey Adams/Winooski: 00:01:46 it's just a reality about chickens and I can't imagine treating them like a pet like I would my cat. 53)) ((Brad Tompkins/VT Health Dept.: 00:10:22 it's happening in regular people's backyards, to have eggs or as pets for kids and that's where we're seeing a lot of the cases happening. 32)) The Vermont Health Department reported close to 20 cases of salmonella this year. That's up from two years ago -- when the department recorded an average of 3 to 4 diagnoses a year. ((Brad Tompkins/VT Health Dept.: 00:12:25 this isn't like upset stomach and you have to go to the bathroom more often. This is serious, one person already died in the US, several people have been hospitalized. It's not an illness you want to get. 39)) Researchers say there's been a salmonella outbreak in almost every state over the last few years. The problem with salmonella is there's no real way to track if a chicken, duck or turkey carries it -- and anyone can catch it. ((00:09:18 they should really avoid touching the poultry or baby chicks. 22)) If you don't -- officials say be sure to wash your hands well -- and always leave your shoes outside. ((00:09:34 consider taking off your shoes before going in the house because we've even seen people get sick that way. 38)) Back in Winooski -- Adams says whether you consider them livestock or pets, always put your health before cuddling your chickens. ((00:01:33 they stay in the backyard either in the coop or backyard. We would never let them in the house because they poop a lot. 44))

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Most people who get salmonella recover without treatment. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and cramps.

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The Burlington School Board ratified the new teacher contract just moments ago. Let's go back live to Priscilla Liguori at Edmunds Middle School. She has more on what both sides agreed to.

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For some parents -- it feels like an impossible task. How do you get your baby to go to sleep? Alexis ((doo-b-f)) Dubief is the author of a new book, Precious Little Sleep, that aims to address this very issue and she joins us tonight. Thanks for being here. ((what's the secret -- I think some parents are on the edge of their seat -- how do you get your child to go to sleep?)) ((what is sleep training?)) ((what are the biggest mistakes parents make?)) ((tell us about this community you've created -- more than 34 thousand people in your Facebook group Precious Little Sleep -- how did it get to be so large and what do you often hear from parents?)) ((what is considered a normal sleep pattern for your newborn?))

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Red Sox fans, are you ready for David Price, super reliever in the playoffs? Last season, the Sox saw Cleveland's Andrew Miller dominate them in the middle innings as the Indians swept Boston out of the first round and came within an eyelash of winning the World Series. Price, whose been out since late July with left elbow inflammation, threw two innings of hitless relief Sunday in Tampa in his first appearance back. Earlier today, manager John Farrell said he could throw two more innings tonight in Baltimore. The club hoping an uber-reliever role can squeeze some value out of Price in the postseason as compared to his record as a playoff starter...0-8 with a 5.74 ERA. The Sox took another step toward the playoffs last night with a 1-0 extra innings win over the O's at Camden Yards as Jackie Bradley, Jr scored from third on a wild pitch. It was Boston's 10th win in their last 13 games to move a season best 23 games over .500. They are now 15-3 in extra inning games this season, tying the franchise record for extra-inning wins set in the early 1940s. Pitching was the story of the night as Drew Pomeranz threw six and a third scoreless innings, and five relievers held the O's without a hit of the next four and two thirds with a combined eight strikeouts. New York beat Minnesota 5-2 last night to remain three games back in the East...but Boston's magic number to clinch the division dropped to nine...to make the playoffs...down to just two. A Red Sox win tonight and an Angels loss at home to Cleveland, and Boston is back in the postseason.

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I said the Yanks beat the Twins last night...the two teams back at it again this afternoon in the Bronx. Aaron Judge hit his AL-leading 45th home run and topped 100 RBIs in his amazing rookie season...Didi Gregorius hit his 25th long ball to surpass Derek Jeter for the most home runs in a season by a Yankees shortstop and New York beat the Minnesota Twins 11-3 to complete a three game sweep of the team they could face in the American League Wild Card game. The Yankees, who have now won 10 of 12, cut a half game into Boston's three game A-L East lead and opened a seven-game advantage over the Twins for the top AL wild card with 10 games remaining. --- The game was briefly halted in the fifth inning after a scary moment when a foul ball down the third-base line off the bat of Todd Frazier struck a young girl in the face. The girl, reportedly a toddler who was attending the game with her grandparents, was carried out of the stands and taken to a hospital. The protective netting at Yankee Stadium ends at the home plate side of each dugout, and the team said in July it is "seriously exploring" extending the netting for 2018.

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Last fall, Burlington beat Essex 1-0 to win the Division One boys soccer state title. It was the first state title for the Seahorses since 2008. That game was played on Burlington's home turf at Buck Hard Field. This afternoon, the two teams met on that same pitch for the first time this season. The Horses and Hornets each entering today with just one loss so far this season, both of them at the hands of CVU...

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Inside The Forecast: Tonight: Partly cloudy. Patchy fog. Lows: 52/62 Wind: N 5 mph Thursday: Mostly sunny. Less humid. Highs: 75/82 Wind: N 5-15 mph Thursday night: Mostly clear. Patchy fog. Locally cooler. Lows: 45/55 Wind: Light Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 73/80 Wind: N 5-15 mph Extended Forecast: Friday night: Mostly clear. Lows: 43/53 Saturday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 78/85 Lows: 55/65 Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 80s Lows: 58/68 Monday: Mostly sunny. Highs: 80s Lows: 55/65 Tuesday: Partly sunny. Chance showers. Highs: 75/85 Lows: 52/62 Wednesday: Partly sunny. Chance showers Highs: 72/82

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