'Cool but weird.' Macy's store transformed into school
Students commute between classes at Downtown Burlington High School, Monday, March 22, 2021, in Burlington, Vt. Students who once shopped at a downtown mall are now attending high school in the mall's former Macy's department store, taking escalators to and from classes. The existing Burlington High School was closed last August after PCBs were found in the building. The Downtown Burlington High School opened March 4, about six months after school administrators closed the existing school, just under 2 miles away, because toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs were found in the building and soil during renovations. As school officials looked for space where students could attend school in-person, they eventually eyed the empty department store, which closed in 2018. “It's weird but cool at the same time,” said freshman Moses Doe, 15, who said he and his family shopped plenty at Macy's before it became his school.
As hospitals cope with a COVID-19 surge, cyber threats loom
Employees lost access to databases, digital health records, scheduling systems and other online tools they rely on for patient care. With COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations climbing nationwide, experts say health care providers are dangerously vulnerable to attacks on their ability to function efficiently and manage limited resources. Much of the medical staff idled, doing crossword puzzles and explaining they were forced to document everything by hand. “It’s a pitiful rate.”And it's part of why cybercriminals have focused their attention on health care organizations — especially now, as hospitals across the country are coping with a surge of COVID-19 patients, he said. “We’re seeing true clinical impact,” said health care cybersecurity consultant Dan L. Dodson.
ICE settles lawsuit filed by immigrant activists in Vermont
As part of the settlement in the lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security, ICE will also pay $100,000 to be split among the three activists and Migrant Justice, an advocacy group representing immigrant farmworkers in Vermont. “ICE tried to terrorize us by going after our leaders,” said plaintiff Victor Diaz, a member of Migrant Justice, at a rally outside the federal courthouse on Wednesday. Afterward, Thelma Gomez, of Migrant Justice, said what happened was a clear example of what happens when the people rise up to defend their rights. Before the arrest, she said, ICE tried to enter her email account and used a confidential informant to spy on the group’s members and gather information about them. At the time of the settlement, the agency commissioner said she was pleased her department was able to work with Migrant Justice on an agreement.
Students, alumni clamor to take care of university's cows
Cows on pasture at the University of Vermont dairy farm eat hay Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. When the coronavirus pandemic forced the University of Vermont to close and send its students home, the school worried about who would take care of the cows, normally tended to by students. In no time, dozens of alumni and students of a particular agriculture program clamored to spend their spring and summer caring for the Holsteins. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)
Students, alumni clamor to take care of university's cows
Cows on pasture at the University of Vermont dairy farm eat hay Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. When the coronavirus pandemic forced the University of Vermont to close and send its students home, the school worried about who would take care of the cows, normally tended to by students. The universitys beloved herd of about 100 dairy cows is normally tended by students taking part in the Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management program, or CREAM. In no time, dozens of CREAM alumni and students clamored to spend their spring and summer caring for the Holsteins. They have really, really shined in every single way possible and I am, I will never forget them, Bodette said, choking up.
Forsooth: COVID-19 brings Shakespeare to Vermont backyards
Jena Necrason, of the Vermont Shakespeare Festival, performs "Shakespeare," in a backyard, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. Jena Necrason of the Vermont Shakespeare Festival throws herself into the role of Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream, lamenting the vagaries of the heart. So far Necrason, Nagle and about a dozen other actors have performed about 30 times, sometimes in backyards (safely socially distanced from their audiences), via Zoom or even on the phone. The idea is just a single person going up to a yard and ringing the doorbell, wearing a mask, stepping back, at least 6-feet apart, delivering a live Shakespeare monologue or sonnet as a way of connecting in a real, face-to-face, live way, Nagle said. To order up a performance, aspiring audiences go to the Vermont Shakespeare website and choose from among a dozen Shakespeare selections.
Police say Roseville robber made manager zip tie employees, shut off alarm, remove money from safe
ROSEVILLE, Mich. – Police said a robber walked into the Burlington in Roseville last week and ordered the manager to zip tie three employees, shut off the alarm and remove money from the safe. The man in the photo above walked into the Burlington store at 31940 Gratiot Avenue around 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to authorities. He made the manager zip tie the other three employees and remove money from the safe in the back office, police said. A man suspected of robbing a Burlington store in Roseville on Nov. 20, 2019. (WDIV)A vehicle used by a man suspected of robbing a Burlington store in Roseville on Nov. 20, 2019.