Monday news round-up

Here's a few quick news hits that caught my eye over the weekend.

A war between liberal and conservative bloggers has started in Vermont, with Green Mountain Daily striking the first blow against the Vermont Tiger. No one wins in these battles, folks.

Former Vermonter Frank Miller's first solo film that he wrote and directed – his take on Will Eisner's classic The Spirit comic strip – crashes and burns at the box office. It was probably not a good idea to launch the movie on Christmas Day considering the family-friendly competition. I haven't seen the film yet (in fact, I only watched "300" for the first time last week), since it is not playing here in Montpelier.

The New York Times profiled several Vermont restaurants over the weekend, including Waterbury's Hen of the Wood. 

Seems to be a quiet week at the Vermont Statehouse, although things will get busy there real soon. The only meeting on the agenda that I see this week is the Commission on Higher Education Funding Tuesday morning.

Health care activists hoping for big reforms under an Obama administration are holding hearings across Vermont to gather ideas. There's a meeting tonight in Guilford and another one scheduled for Montpelier this Saturday. Full details in tomorrow's Times Argus and Rutland Herald.

-Dan Barlow