Paul Heintz is on vacation, so this week's scores have been tallied by Seven Days digital media manager Tyler Machado. (CONFIDENTIAL TO HEINTZ: You picked a hell of a week to take off, dude!)
So who won and lost the week in Vermont news and politics?
Stoners, Catamounts and Lake Monsters, oh my!
Here's the Scoreboard for the week of Friday, Aug. 30:
Almost Everyone — Entergy's announcement that it will shut down Vermont Yankee in 2014 was good news for everyone — except, of course, the folks who work there. Entergy saves some loot. Vermont ratepayers won't notice the difference since local utilities weren't buying its power anyway. Environmentalists will close the book on decades of activism. And nearly everypoliticalentity inVermont (and elsewhere!) scored an easy layup — even if cheap natural gas was the final death blow for the state's sole nuclear power plant.
Vermont Public Radio — I'll cop to my web-guy bias here, but VPR's latest Mapping the Money interactive was a welcome departure from the countless stories about the anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. Colors! Charts! Clickable things! Wheeeee!
UVM students — Who now face mellow-harshing fines of up to $250 for possessing booze or pot in dorms. Runner-up losers: Burlington residents, who will now deal with even more Res Life-dodging students in residential 'hoods, puking on sidewalks and blasting "Blurred Lines" at 2 a.m. on a Wednesday.
Post-Irene Vermont — Sure, Waterbury and Wilmington look better today than they did two years ago. But ER patients and mobile home owners are among the groups still feeling the negative effects of Irene. And when the next big storm hits — and rest assured, it will — will we be better off?
The Vermont Lake Monsters — Burlington's hometown ballclub were literal losers, falling to eight straight defeats before finally breaking their losing streak Thursday night. Hope the Monsters find the winning touch for their final homestand of the year, which kicks off Saturday night.