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Who’s that rolling around with the ‘420’ license plates? Just the former Vermont AG

Today in Vermont news, I give you this story from VtDigger, a fascinating look at the vanity plates currently affixed to former Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell’s Jeep.

In case you’re wondering why this is even a story:

“Four-twenty” is a well-known code phrase in the pot-smoking culture for the consumption of cannabis and refers to both the time of day and the date. On April 20 (or 4/20) pot smokers have held public rallies, including at the University of Vermont, where they openly imbibe and call for the legalization of marijuana.
Sorrell is well aware of the connection and said he laughed when he first saw the plates. He said he smiles every time he gets into his Jeep and has gotten a lot of thumbs-up from people in other vehicles.

tl;dr: Basically, it’s all former Gov. Howard Dean’s fault.

Some people thought the former governor had picked the number as a joke, Sorrell said, but Dean didn’t see the connection between the number 420 and pot consumption until Sorrell reminded him of the April 20 protests.

For his part, Sorrell doesn’t plan to swap out the plates.

Muskrats snap Nighthawks’ hot streak

After claiming nine victories in 10 days, the Upper Valley Nighthawks’ series of consecutive wins has come to an end.

The visiting Winnipesaukee Muskrats handily defeated the Nighthawks, 7-3, on Wednesday night at Maxfield Sports Complex. Despite the loss, the team is looking ahead to its game with the Valley Blue Sox, which will be played at 6:30 tonight at Mackenzie Stadium in Holyoke, Mass. It should be a good one — the Nighthawks and the Blue Sox are the top two teams in the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s Northern Division, and they’re both coming off win streaks (the Blue Sox have won their last seven games). Follow Valley News sports reporter Josh Weinreb on Twitter (@JoshWeinreb) for live updates from the game.

Catch up on all the Nighthawks coverage — meet this year’s players, listen to episodes of the Hawks Talk podcast and more — here.

The Granite State is a great place to grow up

Way to go, New Hampshire!

The 603 has just been named the best place to raise a child, according to a new report published this week.

Also ranking among the top five states for “overall child well-being” were Massachusetts, Vermont (No. 3), Minnesota and Iowa. Mississippi placed dead last, making it the worst state in which to raise a child, according to the findings.