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Profile: Attorney Spencer Knapp, headlong biking enthusiast

first_imgKnapp was aiming for a Washington career, but his first job was a clerkship with Federal Judge Coffrin in Burlington”He was a great man,” Knapp said. “But Vermont? I didn’t know it from Adam. Vermont was going to be a passing-through place. But now I’m engaged to Barbara. And my clerkship goes six months beyond her graduation. We’re going to be married at that point, so she’s got to figure out something to do to be in my vicinity. She doesn’t have any Vermont connections either. There’s one other federal judge in Vermont, Jim Holden in Rutland. She applies for a job with him and gets it. Her clerkship goes six months beyond mine. Now I’ve got to figure out something.”By this time Vermont had started to work its magic.”Bells went off,” Knapp said. “This is a very good place. We like this place. It’s not what we were thinking. We were both heading towards traditional, big law firms. I said, ‘I’ll see what I can find while your clerkship is finishing.’ I got a job with my law firm in 1976. And 34 years later, it seems to have worked out. The theme for me is that things aren’t always what you expect. Sometimes things happen and you take a road you really hadn’t planned on. And I’m glad I took this one.”Knapp has been a business lawyer for most of his career, and while he was at the head of Dinse Knapp and McAndrew, he was on the Vermont Business Roundtable. He said that in his opinion, Vermont’s unfriendliness to business has been “greatly exaggerated.” He cited the many examples of businesses which have thrived in the state.”There are boundaries because it s a small state,” Knapp said. “It’s a relatively small infrastructure and a small workforce. But I think Vermont is a great incubator.”The permit process in Vermont is difficult but fair, Knapp said.”It’s more transparent here,” he said. “In the surrounding states, it’s very political. It’s a partisan process, particularly in New York. Here it’s straightforward. It’s hard, but straightforward. The nice thing about Vermont is if you need to get something done, and you need help from government, it’s a phone call away. You can see the governor on business with a phone call. You can see him without a phone call at the grocery store. You can see the commissioners. You can get things done if you’re a straightforward, straight-shooter kind of a person. I think that’s a real value.” Today Knapp serves on the board of Vermont Public Radio and the General Education Fund Board, which gives out college scholarships using a $30 million fund started by a donor in the 1920s. He just stepped off the YMCA board, and off the Vermont Business Roundtable.For a man who didn’t know what he wanted to do when he got out of college, he’s had a long, eclectic and successful career. And he’s just starting another phase of it.”I’m not where I thought I would be at 60,” he said. “I was working at a law firm, had a busy practice, and thought that was where I would stay. Now I’m an executive in a hospital. I like what I’m doing, but will I continue until I retire? I really don’t know. Retirement is too far away for me to imagine. I have no desire to leave the state. And Ed Colodny is such a model to me. He’s 84, completely engaged, completely connected to this state and what’s going on in a positive way.”The greatest benefit of ending up in Vermont was the sense he has of being connected to the community, Knapp said. “I don’t think that happens in New York City or Washington,” he said. “I can’t imagine turning that off. All these nonprofits I’m connected to? It’s fun.” At Trinity, Knapp was a psychology major and made Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated cum laude in 1971. But it was the era of the Vietnam War, the times were tumultuous, and he was eligible for the draft.”I was very much opposed to the war and actively involved in antiwar stuff,” he said. “And I’ll say, in general, I’ve had a problem with almost every American war adventure since. I don’t know if that was shaped by the time.”Just to show how things come full circle, he told a story about getting ready to go to an antiwar demonstration on the Yale campus.”I’m at Trinity, an hour away, getting on a bus to go to New Haven because the Black Panthers are coming and there’s going to be a big antiwar protest,” Knapp said. “And someone had the good sense to tell me not to go, that they were going to burn the town down. And it turned out that Sam Chauncey, who was on our hospital board, was at that time the adviser of Kingman Brewster, the president of Yale. And he was sitting in the office and told Brewster, ‘Let ’em on campus.’ And the Yale police had barricades ready to go. In a story in The New Yorker, they attribute to Sam the fact that the Black Panthers didn’t burn the campus down because they let them on.”Knapp narrowly missed getting drafted, but he was uncertain about his future.”The conventional things of what to do were in turmoil,” he said.During the spring of his junior year, the Kent State shootings shut down many colleges anyway. So Knapp took a year off to explore his options.”I did it by riding my bicycle around Europe for 10 months with $600,” he said.By the end of the trip, he knew he wanted to be a lawyer. He applied and was accepted at Cornell Law. It was a perfect fit.”I immediately found the issues intriguing and challenging,” Knapp said. “It opened a window on things I hadn’t thought about from the legal perspective. I love the framework of legal stuff and the way it connects you to the fabric of life in society. I’m never bored with it. The first year of law school is terrible. It drains you. It’s a very exhausting, demanding thing. But I loved it. I think it’s partly because I spend a year doing absolutely nothing accountable, and the law school was focused.” Two Patients One of Knapp’s first cases in Burlington involved a relatively new law called Act 250. It thrust him into opposition with some big Vermont names.”The hospital needs to expand its parking. and the only place they can figure out to do it, for better or worse, is adjacent to the other campus, where they own the neighboring lot,” Knapp said. “It’s the old bishop’s residence. It’s a Victorian building, not terribly beautiful, and it has been empty for some time because the bishop is housed somewhere else. It had beautiful wood on the interior. A committee formed to save the bishop’s house. It was led by Madeleine Kunin, who was not yet in politics, and former Governor Phil Hoff. Now I’m 28, and my assignment is to get that sucker torn down and build a parking lot.”Act 250 only applies to parcels that are over 10 acres. This was a small parcel, but it was part of a big hospital.”Of course, this thing goes right to the question of the scope of Act 250,” Knapp said. “So the committee gets an injunction and goes to court. And there’s idealistic Spencer arguing that it doesn’t need an Act 250 permit. On the law, we were right. I’m not sure we were right on everything else. We won in Superior Court and it immediately got appealed to the Vermont Supreme Court the first time the court had seen any Act 250 case. So in an unusual context, it became a very important case. We won, and that was my first involvement with the hospital.”A few years later, the hospital again wanted to build. This time the project was the McClure Building, the first large redevelopment and expansion project the hospital had undertaken in decades. It was a $60 million project, “which was a lot of money at that time,” Knapp said.”That contract was also controversial, like any big project in Vermont,” Knapp said. “This time, it was the first major project to go through Vermont’s certificate of need laws. They were just on the books, and we had to figure out how they apply and to smooth that out. And the land use stuff was controversial. We were putting the parking garage on what was then the sledding hill for the neighborhood kids. We had to fight our way through the process. The man the board brought in to lead the project, Jim Taylor, and I formed a very good alliance. So I was doing a lot of other work for the hospital, and I got really interested in this place and in health care generally.”Knapp’s interest in health care led him to an interest in nonprofits generally; he built up a specialty in the field.”I was a business lawyer first, but I found I had much more of a natural interest in the nonprofits, which are more closely connected to the community,” Knapp said. “I really enjoy dealing with entrepreneurs, but I am not an entrepreneur myself. I worked with Shelburne Farms, environmental organizations, and our firm does lots of stuff with colleges and universities. Look at the profile of the Vermont business community, and it’s a nonprofit business community, largely.” Knapp likes to say that he was at the table when Fletcher Allen was born.”It was Jim Taylor’s vision, bringing Fanny Allen Hospital, the old medical center and a doctor group together,” Knapp said. “It was a clever idea. But when it was organized, it put his position in jeopardy because to make it work, you have to have a doctor in charge. So he eventually left. Then in 1995, they changed all their relationships. They changed their lawyers and their accountants. So I was gone from 1995 to 2002.”In 2002, Knapp was asked to join the board of the hospital.”And almost immediately, the proverbial ‘s’ hit the fan,” Knapp said.Briefly, the Renaissance Project was a major expansion under the direction of then-CEO William Boettcher. It was budgeted at about $160 million and included a new emergency room, birthing center, ambulatory center and a parking garage that became infamous in Vermont history.”First there were revelations that the parking garage did not have a certificate of need,” Knapp said. “It didn’t have any regulatory approval. The state questioned that. And they quickly came to a settlement. But in the context of the settlement, the state asked what was going on. And in that context – and this is April or May of 2002 – revelations were made by former CFO David Cox that cost of this entire project was not approved and it was way, way more than anyone knew. Boettcher steps down, and when the magnitude of how serious things were became apparent, the board asked Ed Colodny to fill in.”At the time, Colodny had just settled in as “of counsel” at Dinse Knapp and McAndrew.”I’ll never forget the morning,” Knapp said. “He walked in, said ‘I’ve just been called back to be interim CEO of the hospital.’ I said, ‘That’s great.’ He said, ‘Well, will you come help me. It’ll be about a month.’ So I talked to my partners and told them it might be one month, but it could be two. So in October of 2002, I say to my secretary Joanne, ‘Look, I’m going up to the hospital and I’ll be back around 3. And I’ve never been back.”Knapp stepped down from board and became Acting General Counsel. At the time, no one understood the magnitude of the problem.”My first job is to figure out what the problem is,” Knapp said. “They had borrowed roughly the approved cost of the project, but it was really about $400 million. They didn’t have the permit and didn’t have the money.”By law, if a project is caught without a permit, construction must stop. But if the hospital stopped building, it would violate its bond agreements. “Within a day or two, Ed and I realized we had a problem,” Knapp said. “So first we told the board. Then we ran to Montpelier and begged them not to close us down, because that would have terrible consequences. ‘We’ll tell you everything,’ we said. ‘But don’t close us down.’ So for a year or two I was the boy with the finger in the dike. We all were.”In the end, the hospital finished the project. Boettcher pled guilty to federal conspiracy charges in exchange for a two-year incarceration and the rescinding of his retirement package and, with a few exceptions, the entire board of trustees at Fletcher Allen was replaced.In October of 2003, Colodny stepped down because Dr Estes arrived to become CEO. Colodny went back to Dinse Knapp and McAndrew, but Knapp stayed around. Estes calls Knapp “a key member of our leadership team here. And If I could just get him off that bicycle… We have lived through too many of these bicycle accidents. He assures me he is just riding for recreation. But Spencer’s view of recreational riding might not match what most of us think.” Young Knapp Knapp calls Vermont Teddy Bear “a great Vermont story,” and said working with the company was “one of those great highlight experiences of being a lawyer.” He first became involved in the late 1980s.”The company was still owned by John Sortino, a crazy, classic entrepreneur,” Knapp said. “He started out selling home-stitched bears on Church Street. When I got involved he was making them in a little factory in Shelburne. I represented a group of venture capitalists whose idea was BearGrams. It was a small group and not a lot of money. My job was to structure the arrangement. Well, it took off. No one could believe it. He went from $300,000 in sales when they made the investment to $10 million in sales in about a year. That was when the market was go-go-go and people would invest in anything. So here was this little zany entrepreneur and he was zooming.”The company took the opportunity to go public. Eventually Sortino left and Robert came in. Sales continued to skyrocket.According to Robert, Knapp provided her with a sense of pragmatism as well as a sounding board.”He was always a bigger thinker,” Robert said. “He was always someone I could go to to bounce off business thinking and financial decision-making. He was very real and very practical in helping me position the company for real outcomes. I give Spencer a lot of credit for my success in pulling off certain initiatives, like going private.”Robert and Knapp often discussed taking Vermont Teddy Bear private; it was a question of timing.”It was his judgment that helped me conclude when it was time to do it,” she said. “It was certainly the right thing to do. We needed to help exit investors who had been in the business for 20-plus years. We managed to earn them an incredible return on their investments. We were very conscious that taking the company private was important to keeping the company in Vermont. Whether it was done with the right people or the right plan, I’m not sure.”Knapp had fun at Vermont Teddy Bear, Robert said.”He was way too conservative and we used to tease him about it,” she said. “But if you can have fun with the goddamned law, he did with Vermont Teddy Bear. He certainly did.” Arlo Tales From The City While still an associate, Knapp represented folk singer Arlo Guthrie, who came to Burlington to do a concert and got ripped off.”Arlo did a concert at the Flynn around 1980,” Knapp said. “Clay Fuller was the promoter. The deal was half the money in advance, half at intermission. So at intermission, Fuller says, ‘No money.’ Arlo goes around and finds out the electricians haven’t been paid, the sound guys haven’t been paid. He goes out on the stage and says, ‘This concert is over. I’ll do a free concert tomorrow night. But this guy Fuller, he ain’t paying anybody.’ This caused a virtual riot against Clay Fuller, who was run out of town. And he had the gall to sue Arlo Guthrie for defamation.”Knapp tried the case in front of his old mentor, Judge Coffrin.”It went for a week and was great fun, although I could have screwed it up royally,” Knapp said. “Arlo was here. Of course, truth is always the defense in a defamation case. Has the reputation been damaged? In this case, there was some truth to that. But you can show from witnesses what the defendant’s reputation for telling the truth in the community is. People were calling endlessly to get in line to testify. I started with the archbishop of Vermont, then the Little League commissioner. Right down the line. These guys were saints. ‘Do you know what Mr Fuller’s reputation for telling the truth is in the community?’ And they all said, ‘He’s a goddamn liar!’ The jury deliberated for about 10 seconds.” Knapp’s firm has a long and distinguished Vermont history. It was started by Warren R Austin in 1917, just after the First World War. William H Edmunds joined Austin in 1922, and the two became famous for the Woodhouse alienation of affections case, which brought them national attention.”Their client was a young woman from the North End – the wrong side of the tracks,” Knapp said. “The husband-to-be was from a very wealthy family. The couple ran off to Las Vegas to get married. His parents broke it up, and the woman brought an alienation of affections suit against the family. She won $400,000, which was then the largest verdict in the US. The case got all kinds of publicity. They brought special trains up from New York City every day. People sold tickets. Then Austin became a US Senator and then the first American ambassador to the United Nations. He became a big shot.”Hilton A Wick joined the firm in 1950 after graduation from Harvard Law School, and the firm changed its name to Edmunds, Austin and Wick in 1952. Wick became one of Knapp’s early mentors.”Hilton Wick was nice enough to get me involved with Chittenden (Bank) just as it was going public and that was exciting,” Knapp said. “They had to transform themselves into a bank holding company, the Bank Holding Company Act was brand new and people had to figure it out. Exciting to be involved. I had to learn and they were patient enough to let me do it. And I ended up doing a lot of work for that bank and others, but it wasn’t what I liked doing the most.”Wick eventually left to become president of Chittenden Trust Company. Fred Allen joined the firm in 1951 after graduating from Boston University Law School. The firm was called Wick, Dinse and Allen from 1961 to 1970. Allen became chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court in 1984.Karen McAndrew joined the firm in 1970. The firm was called Dinse, Erdmann, Knapp and McAndrew from 1996 to 1997, when it became Dinse Knapp and McAndrew.In 2010, the Shriver Report, an economic policy report focusing on female participation in the American workforce, reported that the firm continues to exceed the national average with 42 percent female partnership.”When compared to the firms included in the Best 50 Law Firms for Women, Dinse has significantly better female participation in many categories despite the fact that it is not a large, metropolitan firm,” the firm announced in a Marketwire press release. “Dinse has a higher percentage of women lawyers, associates, equity partners, management/executive committee members, compensation committee members, and newly admitted partners than any of these firms.” The Vietnam Era Vermont Teddy Bear Fletcher Allen History Of A Law Firm Vermont Knapp, the older of two boys, was born in Manhattan, where he was delivered by Marilyn Monroe’s gynecologist.”My mother was very proud of that,” he said.His father, who Knapp describes as “a very private man,” was an upwardly mobile businessman who moved the family frequently. Knapp lived in 13 towns before high school.”We were in Georgia, south Jersey, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Maryland before we came back to Connecticut,” Knapp said.At one point, his father owned the Tilghman Packing Company on Tilghman Island in Maryland. It was a fish-packing plant, and Knapp got his first job there.”I worked there for two or three summers,” Knapp said. “If you’ve read James Michener s ‘Chesapeake,’ it takes place there. At Knapp’s Narrows, coincidentally. That’s the name of the strip of water that separates the mainland from the island. But it has nothing to do with my family. My father owned this crab company, and my job was to greet the boats and pull the crabs in and put them in a pot. It was hard work. Dad did pay me – I think he met the wage-per-hour laws. And I think I built up a little savings account with the money.”Knapp worked in construction through the balance of high school and college. A different job led to his only criminal act.”I was working in a restaurant somewhere in Connecticut,” Knapp said. “I was young, probably not drinking age. I was in charge of receiving deliveries – including the liquor deliveries. I figured, ‘They won’t miss one bottle,’ so the bottle goes in my car. And along comes the maintenance guy. ‘What’s going in the car?’ he asked. ‘Nothing,’ I said. This guy knew exactly what I was doing. But he knew if he confronted me, it would be a real problem for me, probably more than I deserved. So he just didn’t say anything more, and I drove away.”The incident was an important life lesson.”I’ve often thought about it,” Knapp said. “If he had blown the whistle, I probably would have been caught stealing, I would have gotten arrested. I would have had a criminal charge. I probably wouldn’t have gotten into law school. Everybody does dumb things like that. But if I had been caught, I wonder what would have happened. I won’t say I haven’t done stupid things since then, but before I do very stupid things, I think about that time. I got saved by the grace of goodness.” In 2000, Knapp and Cory were on a California bike trip when a call came “out of the blue.” It was from a neighbor of Knapp’s father in Georgia.”This was a neighbor I didn’t know, who tracked me down in a motel in California through my secretary,” Knapp said. “He said, ‘I think your father is dying and he’s not dealing with it well.’ My father – the private guy. And my mother had died a few years earlier of lung cancer. So I got on a plane and spent two weeks with my father, the last weeks of his life. During that time period I was supposed to get a routine prostrate examination. After my father died, I came back here and bingo! ‘Guess what you’ve got?'”Knapp calls prostate cancer “the disease du jour of men my age.” Luckily, his was caught early, and the treatment has become routine.”I’m now cancer-free,” he said. The Future Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, PC,The University of Vermont Medical Center,by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine Spencer R Knapp may be an antidote to bad lawyer jokes. Knapp, 60, is certainly a top lawyer. He was, until recently, the managing partner of the law firm of Dinse Knapp and McAndrew in Burlington – a distinguished and enduring place with about 65 employees, including 30 lawyers. Now he is the full-time senior vice president and general counsel of Fletcher Allen Health Care.In his 30-plus year career, Knapp has been involved with many of the most important and/or interesting events in Vermont history. As a young lawyer, he argued the first Act 250 case at the Vermont Supreme Court level – and he is still not certain he was on the right side in that one. He defended folk singer Arlo Guthrie in a defamation of character suit, if you can imagine someone bringing that kind of a suit against such a gentle man. He took Vermont Teddy Bear Company public and private. He had a hand in preserving this magazine. And, most of all, he was deeply involved in straightening out the budget and construction mess that Fletcher Allen got itself into in 2002.Former airline executive and University of Vermont president Ed Colodny was the man who led the cavalry when a construction project at the medical center was found to be not only without permits but a few hundred million dollars over budget. And he calls Knapp the reason the Legislature didn’t just shut the whole thing down.”I think Spencer was a key reason we were able to keep the legislators from shutting down the Renaissance Project,” Colodny said. “Having him with me gave the state regulators some confidence that we could work through the issues and be transparent with the state. He definitely has the trust factor.”Knapp is “one of the most likable people I’ve ever known,” Colodny continued. “As a person, he’s a pleasure to be with. And that’s a very important part of any professional relationship, as well as any personal one. He’s a bright, intelligent, broad-gauged lawyer. He has a great understanding of both the business and nonprofit worlds. And he can relate to the issues from not only a legal standpoint but from a practical business standpoint. He has outstanding judgment, and that’s hard to come by. And it doesn’t bother him to tell you what you need to know, even if he knows you don’t want to hear it. That’s really Spencer.”Another person Knapp worked with closely during the Fletcher Allen scandal is Theresa Alberghini DiPalma, the hospital’s senior vice president for marketing and external relations. She met him in 1995 when she was in public service and he was representing hospitals, and they are still working together.”My early impression of him is that he was obviously an extraordinarily bright and effective attorney,” DiPalma said. “First and foremost, he is a person with keen intellect. He’s a skilled attorney and somebody who has a strong commitment to improving the Vermont community. He is somebody of the highest integrity, compassion. I worked with many lawyers in Washington for years on Capitol Hill, and he is the best of the best. He knows the law, but he applies it to problem solving. That’s a skill that all lawyers don’t have at the level he does. He’s grounded in Vermont values and has great common sense. He’s absolutely essential to our success here at Fletcher Allen.”When asked if Knapp comes with a down side, DiPalma laughed.”Sometimes he’s a little absent-minded-professor like,” she said. “We love to tease him about that. It’s cute.”Knapp came to Vermont young and untested but with serious credentials. He graduated cum laude from both Trinity College and from Cornell Law School, where he was elected to the Law Review. He met his wife, attorney Barbara E Cory, at Cornell. He came to Vermont – temporarily, he believed – in 1975 to do a clerkship with US District Judge Albert W Coffrin.After that, he had a job waiting with a big Washington firm. But he had to wait for Cory to complete her clerkship with US District Judge James S Holden in Rutland. So he joined what was then called Wick, Dinse and Allen. Right away, he attracted powerful mentors.By the time Cory had finished her clerkship, the pair were not only in love with each other but with Vermont. So Cory joined the firm and the pair have lived and worked together for over 30 years. They have two grown daughters.Knapp built a thriving practice, working with businesses and corporations, health institutions, colleges, universities, other nonprofits, and banks. He became a partner and was Dinse Knapp and McAndrew’s president and managing partner from 1993 until just a few months ago, when he stepped down to become “just a working stiff” at Fletcher Allen.”After seven-plus years of me asking him over and over, wouldn’t he like to become a full-time employee of Fletcher Allen, he finally said yes,” said hospital CEO Dr Melinda L Estes, who is a big fan. “He’s a very skilled lawyer. But maybe even more important, he’s a person of extraordinary integrity. And he is very fair minded, which is something I really appreciate. So he is a trusted adviser to me and others at Fletcher Allen. He’s also just a great guy.”No one could be more buttoned-down or conservative in manner and attire – and at the same time, be more oddly boyish and mischievous in conversation – than this guy. He’s quietly humorous and likes throwing around a few sharp barbs here and there, but he’s not above taking a few, as well. Mild-mannered, he hides his bright, China-blue eyes behind his glasses. He’s an excellent storyteller who speaks with his hands, framing events with long, bony fingers.I met him in his office on the third floor of the hospital, which is reached by walking past people who are in wheelchairs or who are pushing IV drips on moveable posts. As a cancer survivor himself, it could be a sobering journey. As we talked in his sunny office, seagulls flew by his window and the mountains rolled hazily in the background.A lifelong bicycle enthusiast, Knapp keeps opposite his desk a colorful poster of the finish of the Tour de France as it passes under the Arch de Triomphe in Paris. He has a harrowing Tour de France story, which he tells with great cheer.”When the pros are resting for one day on the Tour, they let the amateurs do a part of it,” Knapp said. “I went over with my buddies, which is something we’ve done before. There were about 10,000 amateurs doing this part. It’s one of the epic stages at the very end of the tour. We started on these little narrow roads and it was a little hazardous, heading down the first hill. Maybe 15 miles in, I got bumped by a guy on my right and went into a ditch on my left. I broke just about every bone in my body – nine ribs, shoulder, elbow, forearm. Crushed my lung. I was a mess. I was in a French ICU, next thing I know. I spent a week there and got patched up pretty good.”His lung hadn’t reinflated when he left the hospital, so he was prevented from flying. Joined for a short time by his family, and then by his laptop, he happily hung out in Lyons.”After I adjusted, I loved it,” Knapp said. “I had a nice little place. I got to know my neighbors. I signed up for French lessons. It was me and 11 coeds, ages 20 to 30. I was immediately ‘Grandpere Knapp.’ I did that for two weeks, had a great time, finally cleared the x-rays and they sent me back.”This was actually an easier recovery than one he endured about five years ago, when his bike hit a car and he temporarily became “a hood ornament.” He suffered serious leg, hip and head injuries, but six months later he was back on his bike.”He’s scared the you-know-what out of us on several occasions,” DiPalma said. “He says he’s only doing recreational biking now, and we hope that’s true. Because we need him here.”Biking remains his passion.”I have several bikes,” Knapp said. “But when I stepped down as the managing partner of my firm, they first gave me grief for a few hours – well deserved grief about how forgetful I am, and how accident prone. And then they gave me a poster with a picture of a bike on it. I thought it was part of a joke, but it was a blank check for any bike I want. I bought a racer, a Vilier with all the latest gadgets. It’s wonderful. I’ve been like a little kid at Christmas ever since.”One of his regular bicycling partners is Liz Robert, who for many years was CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear Company as well as a member of the hospital’s board of directors. She now owns and runs Terry Precision Cycling, a manufacturing concern in Burlington.”Spencer is one of my favorite people,” Robert said. “He’s a really competent lawyer, a great strategic thinker and therefore a great strategic partner. Another really important attribute is his sense of pragmatism. He is always very diligent, always very frugal – as opposed to other lawyers – and always did a good job of setting conservative expectations of legal outcomes so he never riled people up. He was always really respectful of the budget realities of small businesses. And he’s a really good friend.”Knapp has been legal counsel to Vermont Business Magazine since 1998.”Dinse Knapp and McAndrew was recommended to us during an attempted ‘palace coup’ involving ungrateful former employees and a former business partner,” said VBM editor Timothy McQuiston. “I knew we had the right man for the job when we first met him. Spencer called up their lawyer while we were sitting in that first meeting and asked him, ‘What the f— is going on at Vermont Business Magazine?’ From that moment forward, they were on the defensive and we wound up full owners of VBM, free and clear. When you want to win a dog fight, you want the biggest dog, and Spencer was clearly that.”last_img read more

Hats Off to Henry Heatwole

first_imgBig Meadows Lodge as it looked in ’67 – Photo by Henry Heatwole as featured at Guide to SNPIn my last post I mentioned that I had come across a book introduced to me by Patrick Fritz of Shenandoah National Park. But after finding that the book had been converted to the web, I decided I couldn’t wait to put this information up for everyone to check out, if you haven’t already.Back in the 60s and 70s there weren’t many other people who could have claimed to be more attuned to the lush and lively forests of Shenandoah National Park than a man named Henry Heatwole. Heatwole enjoyed following the tradition of his family by frequenting the mountains of Virginia with his own wife and children for years, mostly visiting Shenandoah National Park. Throughout many of those years he and his wife Milly (who assisted Heatwole immensely with his research and exercised her own interest in botany), would spend nine months or so of each year living out of a travel trailer parked at Big Meadows, researching, documenting, and hiking, before voyaging southwest to Mexico for the winters.Heatwole's CamerasCamera equipment Heatwole used for close-up photography in ShenandoahHe observed every detail of every trail and documented them by way of film and pen with beautiful precision on both ends. Eventually both he and Milly came to volunteer for the park helping seasonal naturalists with their campfire talks and assisting in modernizing the audio facilities at the Big Meadows Visitor Center. Spending so much time at the park, it became apparent that he should write a book on the subject. In 1978 the Shenandoah National Park Association (then the Shenandoah Natural History Association),  published the first edition of his book, A Guide to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, a book which he revised four times before passing in 1989.Loaded with outstanding trail recommendations and notes on nearly every aspect of the park from geology to history to flora and fauna, the book is an indispensable relic—despite being out of print—and serves as a preferred handbook to park rangers and employees of Shenandoah National Park as well as the thousands who bought it in it’s day. The effort to preserve the book continues, spearheaded by Heawole’s son Tony and ex-SNPA board member Kevin Heanue. The SNPA and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club got together (with the help of family, friends, and many others) and trekked the park in sections, revising the book yet again to reflect the changing landscapes, only this time publishing via the internet where the information exists on their website and can be more easily updated in the future and utilized by anyone.Leaf BeetleHeatwole’s photograph of a Leaf Beetle at ShenandoahDuring revisions, extra care has been taken to preserve Heatwole’s original words and the essence of his style—even his hand drawn maps—while taking the necessary changes into account, and his legendary Shenandoah manual lives on. The recommended hikes section is outstanding, but you may also find great joy (as I did) in some of his film photography which has been uploaded and archived as well, most of which he once featured in his 70s Shenandoah slideshow called the “Shenandoah Sampler.”All in all, a great resource from a great man who’s work lives on. Happy trails.last_img read more

Is the recession over for the poorest Americans?

first_imgby: Rich SmithHappy days are here again! (Or are they?)For the third month in a row, America’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent, according to this month’s Bureau of Labor Statistics report on November jobs data. Even better, the fact that payrolls grew by 321,000 jobs — with no downtick in the unemployment rate — tells us that more Americans must be returning to the labor market.That’s great news for the middle class. And now here’s some good news for Americans still struggling to get into the middle class: The percentage of Americans who say they’re struggling just to put food on the table has dropped to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office.The Magic NumberWe won’t keep you in suspense: 17.2. That’s the percentage of Americans who say they “struggled to afford food in [the] past year,” according to a recent poll conducted by Gallup.Gallup suggested a few trends that could be helping to solve the problem of hunger in America, noting that (in line with November’s unemployment data) “fewer Americans are unemployed or underemployed in 2014” than were in recent years. Also, gas prices have taken a tumble with the recent collapse in world oil prices. The fact that it now costs less money to fill up the tank may be freeing up more dollars that consumers can use to buy food. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Manchester City sign winger Ferran Torres from Valencia

first_img“Pep encourages a really open, aggressive style, which I love, and he is a manager with a proven track record of improving players. To have him overseeing my development is a dream.”Guardiola is keen to strengthen his squad following the loss of their Premier League title to Liverpool — they have also agreed a £41 million fee for Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.”We have followed Ferran’s progress closely and have been very impressed,” said City director of football Txiki Begiristain.”He is young and still developing, but his technical qualities are exactly what we are looking for in a winger. He is quick, direct, can create space with one movement and is capable of producing match-winning moments.” Torres can play on either wing and operate through the middle, with pace and an ability to beat players his main attributes.He made 44 appearances for Valencia last season, scoring six goals.Valencia tweeted: “You arrived at our Academy at 7 years old. We have been by your side through all this time seeing you grow as a footballer and as a person. At this point you have decided to separate our paths. @FerranTorres20 , we wish you the best with @ManCity.”Two-time defending champions City finished 18 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who were crowned champions in June after a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus. Topics :center_img Manchester City have announced the signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres on a five-year deal as Pep Guardiola looks to bolster his attacking options.The 20-year-old Spaniard, City’s first signing of the summer transfer window, has penned a five-year contract for a reported initial fee of £20.9 million ($27 million).”I am so happy to be joining City,” Torres told the Premier League club’s website. “Every player wants to be involved in attacking teams and Manchester City are one of the most attacking in world football.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Joins Pittsburgh Steelers Legend Franco Harris to Announce New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Pittsburgh Steelers Legend Franco Harris to Announce New Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine March 16, 2017 Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris, joined state and local leaders at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Montefiore to announce new prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids in orthopedics and sports medicine.“These new guidelines are a crucial part of our battle against the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “By partnering with health care professionals in the fields of orthopedics and sports medicine to reduce the overprescribing of opioid painkillers, we are working to reduce opioid abuse in one of the highest-risk groups – people who seek medical care due to injuries.”At the event Harris discussed his experience and offered support of the governor’s mission to fighting the opioid epidemic.“Everyday we’re reminded we have a tough fight on our hands,” said Franco Harris. “But you should know that with the governor and this administration that there is no time and effort they will not give to fighting this epidemic.”Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and UPMC Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Patrick Smith also provided remarks about how the new guidelines will help reduce the over-prescription of opioids in Pennsylvania.The Safe Prescribing of Opioids in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine guidelines address the use of opioid pain medication in orthopedics and sports medicine. They are intended to help health care providers improve patient outcomes and to supplement, but not replace, the individual provider’s clinical judgment.Under Governor Wolf’s leadership, the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs have convened the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force. Membership of the task force includes various state agencies, representatives from medical associations, provider advocates, and community members.The task force has now developed and adopted guidelines for nine medical specialties on the safe and effective use of opioids in the treatment of pain:Emergency Department Pain Treatment Guidelines: To appropriately relieve pain and attempt to identify those who maybe be abusing or addicted to opioid analgesics and refer them for special assistance.Opioid Use and Safe Prescribing for Geriatric Pain: To highlight special problems concerning using opioids when treating older adults for chronic non-cancer pain.Guidelines on the Use of Opioids to Treat Chronic Non-cancer Pain: To address the use of opioids for the treatment of chronic non-cancer pain. These guidelines do not address the use of opioids for acute pain, nor do they address the use of opioids for the treatment of pain at the end-of-life.Guidelines on the Use of Opioids in a Dental Practice: To address the use of opioids for the treatment of acute dental pain.Obstetrics and Gynecology Pain Treatment: To address the use of opioids for the treatment of pain in pregnant patients, during and immediately following delivery, and during breastfeeding.Opioid Dispensing Guidelines: To focus on several key areas that can impact pharmacists of any practice setting. Focal points include assessing the appropriateness of opioid pain medication at the point of dispensing, recognition of “red flags” on prescriptions as well as high risk medication combinations, available resources for those with a substance use disorder, and methods to prevent diversion from the emergency department.Guideline on Use of Addiction Treatment Medications in The Treatment of Pregnant Patients with Opioid Use Disorder: To address treatment for opioid use disorders during pregnancy and is intended to help health care providers improve patient outcomes when caring for these patients.Guidelines on Safe Prescribing of Benzodiazepines for Acute Treatment of Anxiety and Insomnia: To address the use of benzodiazepines for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia.The Safe Prescribing of Opioids in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit for treatment options. For more information on the fight against opioid abuse in Pennsylvania, visit the Department of Health website at or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bundesliga could restart on May 9 behind closed doors

first_img Promoted ContentTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDeepika Padukone’s Most Iconic Looks This figure includes players, coaches, health services, ball boys, security, team representatives and 30 journalists. The Bundesliga could return as soon as May 9, with matches being played behind closed doors. The top two tiers of German football have been suspended since mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak. Read Also: Real Madrid hit with International Champions Cup cancellation Germany’s third tier are also considering a return date of May 16, with the German Football Federation (DFB) in charge of that decision. As of Friday, Germany have recorded 113,525 known cases of coronavirus within the country and 2,373 deaths. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img According to Bild, May 9 is the most likely return date for the Bundesliga, instead of the May 2 date previously mentioned. “For the moment, they are plans that depend on many external factors,” a spokesperson for the German Football League (DFL) told Bild. With the matches closed to fans, there would only be 126 people that would need to attend the stadiums.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Rape suspect nabbed

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Dumangas police station. The 49-year-old resident Marlon Deza wascaught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 9:50 a.m. on Feb. 17, apolice report showed. No bail bond was recommended for Deza’stemporary liberty./PNcenter_img ILOILO City – Charged with rape, a manwas arrested in Barangay Patlad, Dumangas, Iloilo. last_img

Eriksen undergoes Inter medical

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Christian Eriksen is in Milan to complete a medical ahead of a £17.5 million transfer to Inter. The Dane was not included in Tottenham’s 18-man squad for their 1-1 draw against Southampton in the FA Cup on Saturday, though he had travelled to St Mary’s with the rest of the players. Eriksen, 27, arrived in Milan on a private jet on Monday morning and is expected to sign a four-year deal with Inter after completing a medical. The deal will reportedly include a €1 million (£842,000) payment to Eriksen’s youth clubs, while Spurs will pocket the proceeds of a friendly game with Inter. Speaking after Saturday’s match, Jose Mourinho blamed the Serie A club for the hold-up in Eriksen’s departure. “This situation shouldn’t happen on January 25,” the Spurs manager said. “And it’s not Tottenham’s fault that on January 25 we’re in the situation.”Tags: Christian EriksenFA CupJose MourinhoTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

Senior Scramble results

first_imgDEDHAM — Results from the Lucerne Golf Club’ Senior Scramble results from Monday and Thursday are as follows:Monday: First – Tom Winston, Mark Molnar, Ralph Alley and Doug Deans (-6); Second (tie) – David Gubler, Kerry Woodbury, Bob McKenney and Russ Black (-5) and Dennis Kiah, Bob Landis, Barry Harris and Bob Fraser (-5); John Somes, Mike Dore, Bill Ferris and Bob Francis (-4); Bill Brooks, John Lee and Royce Morrison (-3). Closest to pin: No. 2 Mike Dore (12.1) and No. 6 Doug Deans (5.8).Thursday: First – Tom Winston, Bob Mc Kenney, Bill Ferris and Jim Bonzey (-6); Second – Mel McLay, Paul Bowden, Wesley Walker and Kerry Woodbury (-5); Royce Morrison, Alan Cust, John Somes and Mark Johnson (-4); (tie) Bill Brooks, Ralph Alley, Charlie Perkins and Bill Hallett (-4), Ben Sawyer, Mel Bowden, Scott Mac Arthur and Bruce Blanchard (-4), and Roger Chandler, Ted Pierson, Richard Baker, Jim Awalt (-4); Ron Linscott, Ron Snyder, Bob Francis and Dennis Kiah (-3); (tie) Carl Williams, Jim Mabry, Ron Allen and Bob Carter (-2), Barry Harris, Don McCubbin,, Bob Wilks and Robin Young (-2), Alan Gray, Daryl Briggs, Howard Flewelling and Mike Dore (-2), and Phil Carroll, Jack Hinds, Dennis Payson and Ken Greenlaw (-2); Ken Goldstein, Lloyd Deans, Bob Fraser and Dan Crouse (-1). Closest to pin: No. 1 Tom Winston (8.9) and No. 6 Kerry Woodbury (5.9).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — No. 25 Houston earned a 75-62 win over Tulane as Caleb Mills had 18 points and Quentin Grimes added 15.NHL-SCHEDULEBolts double up PensUNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning won a matchup of hot teams to inch closer to the NHL’s Atlantic Division lead.The Lightning won for the 18th time in their last 21 games as Andre Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 29 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Penguins. Vasilevskiy improved to 15-0-2 in his past 17 starts to set a franchise record for consecutive games without a regulation loss. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) poured in 36 and hauled down 20 rebounds as the Bucks dumped the 76ers, 112-101 in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo had 30-plus points and 15-plus rebounds for the fifth straight game and the 14th time this season.Khris Middleton finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Eric Bledsoe contributed 14 points, eight boards and six assists.Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) had 19 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, but he shot just 6-for-26 and was 3-for-10 from 3-point range.Tobias Harris had a team-high 25 points for the 76ers, who closed out an 0-4 road swing that also included losses to Atlanta, Boston and Miami.Checking out Thursday’s other NBA action: — Detroit ended a nine-game losing streak by getting shootout goals from Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou (ath-an-ah-SEE’-oo) in a 4-3 victory at Buffalo. Larkin also scored twice in the opening period, but the Wings coughed up a two-goal lead in the third period before winning for just the sixth time since Nov. 12.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-SEABROOKBlackhawks’ Seabrook undergoes right hip surgeryCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is expected to be ready for the start of next season after undergoing right hip surgery today.The 34-year-old Seabrook also had right shoulder surgery in December and left hip surgery last month. The 6-foot-3 Seabrook has 103 goals and 361 assists in 1,114 games since his NHL debut in 2005, winning three Stanley Cups with the Hawks. Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) each netted their 25th goals of the season to help Tampa Bay pick up its eighth straight home win.Anthony Cirelli (sih-REH’-lee) provided the eventual game-winner as the Bolts handed Pittsburgh just its third loss in 11 games.The Lightning are within five points of the division-leading Bruins. The Pens remain six points behind the Metropolitan-leading Capitals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Blues had collected points in 11 straight home games before Andrew Copp broke a third period tie and Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) made 35 saves in the Jets’ 4-2 victory in St. Louis. Patrik Laine (LY’-nay), Jansen Harkins and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) also scored as Winnipeg won for just the second time in eight games. MLB-NEWSMax Muncy, Dodgers work out 3-year pactUNDATED (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy has avoided salary arbitration by accepting a three-year, $26 million contract.The package includes a $13 million team option for 2023, with a $1.5 million buyout. Muncy made $575,000 while batting .251 with 35 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games for Los Angeles last season, missing a large chunk of the final month with a broken wrist.In other baseball news: — MLB owners are 2-0 in arbitration this winter after the Minnesota Twins beat pitcher José Berríos (beh-REE’-ohs). The 25-year-old right-hander will be paid just over $4 million rather than his request for $4.4 million. Berríos made $620,000 last year while going 14-8 with a 3.68 ERA in 32 starts for the AL Central champions last season, striking out 195 and walking 51.— Commissioner Rob Manfred says talks have ended over the proposed sale of a controlling share of the Mets from the families of Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to hedge fund manager Steven Cohen. The Mets said in December that the contemplated deal between Sterling Partners and Cohen would allow 83-year-old Fred Wilpon to remain as controlling owner and chief executive officer for five years.— Former pitcher Chris Young will replace Joe Torre as the person who decides suspensions and fines for on-field matters. Young’s jurisdiction includes intentionally hitting batters, charging the mound and fights. Torre is shifting to a role as special assistant to the commissioner.NFL-NEWSWeddle hanging ‘em up Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEBucks down SixersUNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks improved to an NBA-best 44-7 by avenging their lopsided Christmas Day loss in Philadelphia. The Bulldogs are 24-1 after Filip Petrusev (peh-TROO’-shehv) contributed 21 points and six rebounds to their 85-67 victory against Loyola Marymount. Drew Timme (TIH’-mee) and Admon Gilder each added 17 points for the Zags, who led by eight before opening the second half on a big run.Gonzaga has won 18 straight and leads the nation in scoring at over 88 points a game.In other top-25 men’s basketball finals:— Nico Mannion furnished 20 points, while Zeke Nnaji and Josh Green each added 18 as No. 23 Arizona won for the fifth time in six games, 85-80 over Southern California.— Tyler Bey scored a season-high 21 points and McKinley Wright IV had 17 to send 24th-ranked Colorado to its fourth loss in five games, 71-65 against California. — The 76ers have snared Glenn Robinson and Alec Burks from the Warriors in exchange for one second-round pick in each of the next three drafts. The Sixers made room at the deadline when they traded James Ennis III to the Orlando Magic for a future second-round pick.— A person with knowledge of the details says a public memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others killed in a helicopter crash is planned for Feb. 24 at Staples Center. The date corresponds with the jersey numbers he and 13-year-old daughter Gianna wore — 24 for him and 2 for her. The Staples Center has played host to other memorials, including for Michael Jackson.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALLGonzaga rolls to victoryUNDATED (AP) — It took one half of basketball for second-ranked Gonzaga to get going. Taylor leads Pebble Beach Pro-AmPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Nick Taylor opened with an eagle and closed with two birdies in an 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula, giving him the first-round lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.Taylor is two shots ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Chase Seiffert, each of whom fired 66s on par-72 courses. Cantlay played Spyglass Hill and Seiffert was at Pebble Beach.Most of the interest over three courses in the rotation was at Spyglass Hill, which featured Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, along with five NFL quarterbacks that included Peyton Manning and his recently retired brother, Eli. February 7, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — Six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle says he is leaving the NFL after 13 seasons.Weddle made his long-expected retirement announcement on Twitter, although the hard-hitting safety with the big beard didn’t use the specific word.Weddle played nine seasons for the San Diego Chargers and three more for the Baltimore Ravens before spending last season with the Los Angeles Rams. He said in December that he didn’t expect to return for the second season of his contract with the club.The 35-year-old Weddle became one of the NFL’s toughest and most durable safeties after San Diego drafted him out of Utah in the second round in 2007. Weddle was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011, 2013 and 2014 for the Chargers. He joined Baltimore in 2016 and earned three straight Pro Bowl selections.PGA-PEBBLE BEACH The 6-foot-11 Drummond leads the league with 15.8 rebounds per game and is averaging 17.8 points and 1.7 blocks.In other NBA news:— The Memphis Grizzlies have dealt Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah), Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill to the Miami Heat for three players who’ve combined to score a mere 254 points this season. The trade ends the Grizzlies’ impasse with Iguodala, who refused to play for them and asked to be traded or have his contract bought out. The Grizzlies get Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters.— The Knicks were part of a three-team swap that sends Marcus Morris from New York to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers also get Isaiah Thomas from the Wizards, who come away with Jerome Robinson. The Knicks received Maurice Harkless, Issuf Sanon, the Clippers’ first-round pick this year, a protected first-round swap option in 2021 and a second-rounder in 2021.— Dewayne Dedmon is returning to the Hawks in a trade that sends center Alex Len and forward Jabari Parker to the Kings. Atlanta also requested waivers on center Nenê (neh-NAY’), one day after he was acquired from Houston as part of a four-team trade. Russell to Wolves, Drummond to CavaliersUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers have little hope of making the NBA playoffs this spring. That didn’t stop either team from landing a major talent before Thursday’s trade deadline.The Timberwolves have acquired D’Angelo Russell in a deal that sends Andrew Wiggins to the Warriors. The Wolves also received guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman for a pair of draft picks, including a first-rounder either in 2021 or 2022.Russell was averaging a career-high 23.6 points for the injury-wrecked Warriors, while Wiggins was scoring 22.4 points a game.The Cavaliers have acquired two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond from the Pistons for forward John Henson, guard Brandon Knight and one of their two second-round picks in 2023 to the Pistons. — Kevin Fiala (fee-AH’-lah) and Brad Hunt each had a goal and an assist while the Wild scored three times in the first period of a 4-2 verdict over the Canucks. Ryan Hartman and Zach Parise also scored as Minnesota forced Vancouver to settle for a 2-2-1 record on its five-game road trip.J.T. Miller and Antoine Roussel scored and Jacob Markstrom made 33 saves for Vancouver, which has played 10 of its last 13 games on the road and finished a five-game trip 2-2-1.— Kieffer Bellows scored his first two NHL goals in his second career game, including the tiebreaker in the third period of the Islanders’ 5-3 victory over the Kings. New York’s third line of Bellows, Derrick Brassard and Michael Dal Colle (kohl) combined for three goals and two assists as the Isles improved to 3-0-2 in their last five games.— Andrei Svechnikov (SVEHCH’-nih-kahv) and Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) each scored twice and had one assist in leading the Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the Coyotes. Jaccob Slavin (SLAY’-vihn) also scored and Trevor van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) had two assists for Carolina, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit for its fourth win in six games.— Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’) provided a goal and an assist as the Avalanche won for the fifth time in six games, 4-1 at Ottawa. Valeri Nichushkin (nih-CHOOSH’-kihn), Matt Nieto (nee-EH’-toh) and J.T. Compher (KAHM’-fur) also scored and Philipp Grubauer made 25 saves in Colorado’s first victory in the Canadian capital since Feb. 11, 2016. — Timo Meier had two goals and an assist in the Sharks’ second straight win, 6-3 at Edmonton. Sam Gagner (GAHN’-yay) and Connor McDavid scored 76 seconds apart to put the Oilers ahead, 2-0 before San Jose handed the home team its second consecutive loss.— Mikael Granlund had a goal and an assist to lead as the Predators nipped the Flames, 3-2. Dante Fabbro (FA’-broh) and Kyle Turris (TOOR’-ihs) also scored for Nashville, which has won four of five to pull within one point of Calgary for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.— Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 46 shots in his second shutout of the season as the Devils hammered the Flyers, 5-0. Miles Wood scored twice for New Jersey, which chased Brian Elliott during a three-goal third period.— The Golden Knights rolled to a 7-2 win over the Panthers as Mark Stone collected two goals and three assists. Max Pacioretty scored two goals and had an assist to help Marc-Andre Fleury nail down his 460th career victory.— The Canadiens pulled out a 3-2 win over the Ducks on Jeff Petry’s (PEE’-treez) goal 25 seconds into overtime. Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher also scored and Carey Price made 35 saves in Montreal’s sixth victory in eight games. — Russell Westbrook scored 41 points and Robert Covington was productive in his Houston debut as the Rockets topped the Lakers, 121-111. Covington hit two clutch late 3-pointers while getting 14 points and eight rebounds, helping the Rockets drop the Western Conference leaders to 38-12. Houston rallied from a late four-point deficit and ended the game on a 19-5 surge highlighted by two of Covington’s four 3-pointers.— Damian Lillard and Hassan Whiteside each had double-doubles, while Gary Trent came off the bench to add 18 points as the Trail blazers downed the Spurs, 125-117. Lillard delivered 26 points and 10 assists, and Whiteside had 17 points and tied a season-high with 23 rebounds.— Pelicans were 125-119 winners at Chicago behind Zion Williamson’s team-high 21 points. Williamson had nine points as New Orleans outscored Chicago 31-19 in the third quarter. JJ Redick dropped in 18 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 15 rebounds as New Orleans improved to 4-4 since Williamson made his NBA debut on Jan. 22.— Julius Randle furnished 22 points and Taj Gibson had 19 as the Knicks picked up their third straight win, 105-103 over the Magic. Elfrid Payton had 15 points and nine assists for New York, which rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to match its longest winning streak of the season.NBA-NEWSlast_img read more

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