Identity crisis: Can ‘Gotham’ fly without Batman?

Two episodes in, and it’s still unclear exactly what Fox’s Gotham wants to be. A Batman prequel? A police procedural set in a comic book universe? A gritty character drama? Ultimately, it’s all those things, without doing any one of them particularly well.

Meanwhile, in Rutland… A pop-culture inventory of Vermont’s most astonishing city

By JIM SABATASO | WRITER [A version of this story appeared in the May 14, 2014, edition of the Rutland Reader] Rutland, Vermont! — A sleepy town with a proud history. Once home to the trains of industry and deep quarries of fortune, it’s hills and valleys are still a paradise for adventure seekers and…