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A dancing T-Rex and friends in Burlington. Plus, dairy farms lost in 2020, a new minimum wage, and COVID-19 numbers.

People in inflatable chicken, unicorn, T. rex, mouse and alien costumes dance outside a building
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What would you do if your business plummeted in the middle of a pandemic? This is a very real scenario for a number of Vermonters, and when it happened to Burlington resident Jenny Rooke, she decided to dance — in an inflatable T. rex costume.

Bluebird Barbecue, a white building with string lights on its eaves, in the snow
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Restaurants that rely on dine-in customers have had a rough year, to say the least. Indoor dining is still allowed in Vermont, but some establishments have chosen to offer only takeout and delivery or they've closed altogether – some for the foreseeable future and some permanently.

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If you've ever driven through the Old North End of Burlington, you've no doubt seen it, the market that sits at the corner of North Street and North Winooski Avenue, a brick building boasting brightly painted murals, one featuring boxing champ Muhammad Ali.

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Governor Phil Scott urges Vermonters to adhere to his administration’s new guidelines, Central Vermont Medical Center deals with an uptick in cases, and people are moving here to work remotely.

The front door of a building with a person going through the door.
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Two weeks ago a cyberattack hit Vermont’s largest hospital, taking down many systems and radiating outward to impact several affiliated health care facilities.

A man wearing a navy blue USPS uniform and hat smiles in front of a mail delivery truck
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John Rovnak delivers mail in Burlington's Old North End, and he's been doing it for nearly a decade. Through his years on the job, he's chronicled the sights and scenes of the neighborhood with frequent photos he curates online.

The UVM president, a mascot, a girl holding a giant cotton swab and Burlington's mayor stand for a photo
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Vermont's largest college has only seen a handful of coronavirus cases so far.

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The City of Burlington announced this month that it's going to expand a pilot project tracking COVID-19 in the city's wastewater treatment plants and continue the program for at least another three months. The project surveys wastewater for RNA strands that carry the novel coronavirus. But what good does finding it in the city's sewage actually do for how the city and state can respond to coronavirus in the population? We'll check in with the project leader to get the details. 

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In response to demands for policing reform, the city of Burlington has hired a new “Director of Police Transformation.”

Archaeologists dig at backyard gravesite
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A construction crew doing a home improvement project found something recently that has piqued the interest of archeologists in Burlington.

People in park stand with a sign that says "Fire Bellavance, Campbell, Corrow."
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The Burlington City Council voted almost unanimously Monday night to approve a buyout of a city police officer whose firing has been a central demand of racial justice protesters for the past month.

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A look at what was lost during the summer of COVID-19. Plus, the mayor of Burlington on “the pit,” an Act 46 split becomes official, and no more cash bail in Chittenden County.

A man in a light blue shirt and dark blue suit jacket.
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Protesters have been camping out in Burlington's Battery Park and holding daily demonstrations for over three weeks now. And while Mayor Miro Weinberger says he’d prefer coming to a resolution with the demonstrators, he won’t rule out removing them from the park.  

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How a Rutland restaurant is hoping to attract diners — and support artists. Plus, a carbon emissions bill headed to Governor Scott, a lawsuit challenging mail-in ballots, and the continued saga of the Burlington pit.

The site of the CityPlace mall redevelopment in Burlington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

The city of Burlington is suing the developers of a long-stalled mall revitalization project in the heart of downtown.

Burlington City Councilor Zoraya Hightower
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Protests in Vermont's largest city have continued all week, as demonstrators call for further police reforms. Specifically, demonstrators are calling for the firing of three Burlington officers who were involved in use-of-force incidents in 2018 and 2019, including using force against Black residents. City and police officials say those officers can't be fired without violating the current police union contract.

Rabbi Amy Small stands outside the Ski Rack in Burlington. Her synagogue is part of an effort to commemorate two Vermonters who were enslaved by the daughter of Ethan Allen, whose home once stood at the corner of this intersection..
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As historical records shed new light on the lives of enslaved individuals who lived in Vermont, religious leaders are asking the state to confront its role in the sins of the nation’s past.

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Who’s holding UVM students accountable, and will it work to keep COVID-19 cases down in Burlington? Plus, real estate in Newport, racial biases persist in traffic stop data, and no World Cup skiing in Killington this year.

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The University of Vermont, plus state and city leaders, are expressing confidence that the school will be able to safely bring nearly 12,000 students back to campus and contain potential outbreaks of COVID-19.