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Timeline: Seven Days Looks Back at 20 Years of Publishing in Vermont

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2000

January 25: Hundreds of Vermonters flock to the Statehouse in Montpelier for a public hearing on same-sex marriage.

January 26: "Obtaining Congressman Bernie Sanders' position on the gay marriage issue was like pulling teeth ... from a rhinoceros... " Peter Freyne writes in Inside Track. "Bernie's statement wins him the Vermont congressional delegation's Wishy-Washy Award hands down. Once more he 'applauds' the court decision but won't go anywhere near choosing between same-sex 'marriage' and domestic partnership. 'By all accounts the legislature is approaching this issue in a considered and appropriate manner and I support the current process.' Supports the current process, does he? What a courageous radical!"

February 23: Pamela Polston interviews guerrilla publisher Cathy Resmer in "'Zine Warriors: A Burlington chapbook comes out with lesbian lit." Resmer later joins the Seven Days staff.

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March 15: Seven Days adds Hackie, a biweekly column by cabbie Jernigan Pontiac.

March 16: Civil-unions bill passes the Vermont legislature.

April 12: In Inside Track, Peter Freyne reports: "Independent Congressman Bernie Sanders got great press this week in the New York Times and Boston Globe for his leadership in the battle against the greedy pharmaceutical companies. His bus trips to Canada and his proposed legislation have made him the recognized leader of the fight."

April 26: In Back Talk, Paula Routly reports on the first-ever Burlington Super Slam-Off. The first People's Republic of Vermont Poetry Slam Team includes Leah Gardner, Bethany Ogilby, Michael Nedell and Kim Jordan. Geof Hewitt is an alternate.

April 26: Howard Dean signs civil-unions legislation into law in a private ceremony behind closed doors.

May 3: First editorial cartoon by Tim Newcomb, showing Howard Dean signing the civil unions bill behind closed doors, appears in Seven Days.

May 17: In the Food Issue, Pamela Polston reports that consumers can now buy groceries online at Healthy Living Market. Eli Lesser-Goldsmith concedes that "some customers are still nervous about using a credit card on the internet, but insists it's no different — or greater risk — than ordering from catalogs."

May 24: Mark Waskow appears on the cover in "Got Art? One Vermont collector sees the big picture — and buys it, too," by Pamela Polston.

June 21: Can Rutland stage a comeback? Kevin J. Kelley explores the question in "Rutland Revival: With its newly restored Paramount Theatre, Vermont's second city makes a play for prosperity."

September 6: Seven Days adds a second section for employment classifieds, personals and comics.

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October: Business People Vermont put Seven Days on its cover. The story is headlined: "Sevens and Elevens: Pamela Polston and Paula Routly have put in long hours to overcome tough odds at Seven Days, Burlington's weekly alternative newspaper."

November 7: Election night ends without a winner, as the presidential election, between George W. Bush and Al Gore, is too close to call.

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November 21: The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce names Seven Days Business of the Year.

December 13: Al Gore concedes the presidency to George W. Bush.