Whatever Happened to...?
Seven Days writers revisit some of the big stories from 2012
News has a short shelf life — especially in the digital age. One minute a story is the talk of the town, and the next it’s in the ash heap of history. Remember Wanda Hines?
But our stories don’t end when the paper gets tossed in the recycling bin, nor do the people in them disappear. They go on, sometimes taking turns that are more interesting than what made us pursue them in the first place.
While 2012 didn’t have an all-consuming story like Tropical Storm Irene, the year was memorable for the many ways that Vermont changed. Democrats took control of Burlington City Hall for the first time in three decades. The emergence of super PACs like Vermonters First confirmed that big-money politics are here to stay. A diversifying Burlington High School began a long, hard conversation about racial equity. And wind turbines became a permanent part of Vermont’s landscape.
That’s one reason we asked our reporters to update some of the stories they wrote this year — to write the next chapters, if not the conclusions, of Vermont’s ongoing history.