Governor Jim Douglas applauded the work of the Vermont Department of Finance and Management for receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) – the organizations highest form of recognition. This is the second year in a row that the State of Vermont, through the Department of Finance and Management, has received this award for the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).“The team at Finance and Management has done a tremendous job ensuring that my Administration, the Legislature and Vermonters have the best possible fiscal information,” said Governor Douglas. “Timely and accurate reporting is critical in making good decisions, providing the transparency taxpayers expect and maximizing our limited resources. Commissioner Reardon and his team deserve a great deal of credit for their sound management of taxpayer money during a very difficult time.”Commissioner Jim Reardon, who has been at the helm of the Finance and Management Department for the past five years stated “I am very proud of my staff in the Financial Operations Division, they are a talented and committed team of state employees that take great pride in their work.”According to the GFOA, Vermont’s CAFR was judged to meet the highest standards of financial reporting by an impartial panel of experts. The CAFR demonstrated a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” by clearly communicating Vermont’s “financial story” and motivating groups and individuals to read the CAFR.The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association based out of Chicago, Illinois and Washington D.C. and serves approximately 17,500 government finance professionals in the U.S. and Canada.Source: Governor’s office. 7.21.2010###
Police say a physical therapist killed his wife, three young children and dog in an affluent Florida suburb near Walt Disney World and then left their bodies there for days.Family members asked for a well-being check in late December, but according to the sheriff’s they didn’t notice anything suspicious.Officials found the bodies in January.The sheriff didn’t state a motive for the killings and also didn’t elaborate on what Todt was being investigated for by federal agents.Court records in Osceola County show the landlord of their five-bedroom home was seeking their eviction, saying they owed him more than $5,000. They were paying a monthly rent of more than $4,900.Officials say Anthony Todt drugged his wife and three kids after officials found that they died from overdoses of Benadryl and “unspecified violence.”Autopsy reports released Tuesday show that Todt’s wife, Megan, was stabbed twice in the stomach. His sons, 13-year-old Alex, and 11-year-old Tyler, had single stab wounds on their abdomen. His 4-year-old daughter, Zoe, had no evidence of trauma to her body, though homicidal violence was still listed as contributing to her cause of death, along with the Benadryl overdose.Todt has been indicted on four counts of first-degree murder in their deaths. He also faces a charge for animal cruelty for killing the family’s dog. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14, Seattle Seahawks 5Huh?Just when everyone was announcing that the “second-half Seahawks” were back, they fall on their faces on the road against Tampa Bay. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The 49ers took the lead in the first quarter when Kaepernick found Carlos Hyde on an 11-yard touchdown pass. But Miami answered decisively, reeling off 17 straight points to take a 10-point lead.San Francisco bounced back on a Kaepernick-to-Garrett Celek TD pass midway through the third quarter, but again Tannehill delivered. He threw scoring strikes on each of Miami’s next two drives to put the game effectively out of reach.Quotable: “I thought they competed, but in this league, when you lose the turnover battle you’re probably not going to win the football game.” — 49ers head coach Chip Kelly. San Francisco was -2 in the turnover category.Stat of the Game: Kaepernick had 296 yards passing with three touchdowns and added another 113 yards on the ground. The stat line put him in rare company.Colin Kaepernick is 5th player since the 1970 merger with 100 rush yds and 3 TD passes in a game. Others: Newton, Mariota, Vick & Cunningham pic.twitter.com/gPPt6G855r— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 27, 2016 Jameis Winston threw two first-quarter touchdown passes to Mike Evans and they held up as the Bucs’ defense kept Seattle out of the end zone for the entire game. Seattle got on the board in the second quarter when Tampa Bay committed a penalty in the end zone and followed it up on the next drive with a 43-yard field goal from Stephen Hauschka. In the second half, Seattle punted on four consecutive possessions before committing turnovers on their last two.It was the third game this season the Seahawks failed to score a touchdown. Quotable: “I’m just disappointed we came all this way and played like that. We didn’t play anywhere near like we thought we would.” — Seattle head coach Pete CarrollStat of the Game: This was only the second game in NFL history to end with a score of 14-5, and the first since 1984 when the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons by the same margin in Week 5.New Orleans Saints 49, Los Angeles Rams 21The Rams’ offense put up its best showing in six weeks, but it was undone by the worst showing by a Rams defense since 2012.Drew Brees threw for 310 yards and four touchdowns and Mark Ingram added 146 yards and a score on the ground as the Saints outscored the Rams 42-7 after Los Angeles jumped out to a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jared Goff, making just his second NFL start, completed 20-of-32 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns for the Rams.Quotable: “This game came down to our lack of ability on defense, to get the ball back and stop them. We’re talking about 550 yards of total offense — that’s difficult to overcome.” — Rams head coach Jeff FisherStat of the Game: The Saints’ 555 yards were their second-most in any game this year and the fifth-highest total in the league in 2016. Standings Carson Palmer led Arizona on a beautiful 9-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 1-yard pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham. It went downhill from there.The Cardinals had trouble stopping an Atlanta wide receiver, who incidentally isn’t named Julio Jones. Taylor Gabriel scored two touchdowns on simple screen passes and also had a 27-yard run on an end-around in the Falcons’ win that pushed their record to 7-4 and kept them atop the NFC South.Quotable: “This year, we have to fight a little harder. We got some adversity. Most important thing though is that we got to stick together.” — Cardinals safety Tyrann MathieuStat of the Game: Larry Fitzgerald had four catches for 53 yards and moved past Tim Brown into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time receptions list. Larry Fitzgerald moves past Tim Brown into 5th place on the all-time list for most career receptions. pic.twitter.com/QuGcHtsmbm— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 27, 2016 Miami Dolphins 31, San Francisco 49ers 24Colin Kaepernick played his best game of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the 49ers, who dropped their 10th straight game. Miami’s Ryan Tannehill threw for 285 yards and three touchdowns and the Dolphins held off a late fourth-quarter surge from San Francisco to win their sixth straight. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories • Carolina Panthers (4-7) at Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1) – Sunday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. @ CenturyLink Field Week 12 Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco – 29-of-46 for 296 yards and three touchdown passes; 10 carries for 113 yardsDefensive Player of the Week: Bobby Wagner, Seattle – 10 tackles vs. Tampa BaySpecial Teams Player of the Week: Benny Cunningham, Los Angeles – Averaged 32.6 yards on five kick returnsWhat’s on Tap:• San Francisco 49ers (1-10) at Chicago Bears (2-9) – Sunday, December 4, 11:00 a.m. @ Soldier Field• Los Angeles Rams (4-7) at New England Patriots (9-2) – Sunday, December 4, 11:00 a.m. @ Gillette Stadium• Washington Redskins (6-4-1) at Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1) – Sunday, December 4, 2:25 p.m. @ University of Phoenix Stadium Comments Share The Seattle Seahawks had a golden opportunity to pad an already seemingly insurmountable lead in the NFC West, but couldn’t take advantage.And the three other teams in the division had a chance to pick up ground in the standings but failed.That was life in the NFC West in Week 12.Here’s a closer look at what went down in the division this week.Atlanta Falcons 38, Arizona Cardinals 19The Cardinals, coming off of a disappointing road loss to Minnesota a week ago, had their backs against the wall in terms of playoff possibilities against Atlanta Sunday. And they came out and played like a desperate team early on.