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Rioters in Keene jump onTyler Bagdonas' car on Saturday. The photo was posted on as part of an appeal for financial help for Bagdonas, who says his insurance company won't cover the damage.

Keene police may seek subpoenas for social media accounts in riot probe

In the course of the city's investigation into Saturday's riots subpoenas could be issued to access social media account holder information to track down rioters, Police Chief Kenneth Meola said in a press release Thursday. Meanwhile, police received more than 100 tips after publicizing 24 photos of people they participated in the rioting.

UPDATED: Flood warning issued for southern NH; leaks force visitation to be cancelled at Goffstown women's prison


Urban and small stream flooding is expected this morning in southern New Hampshire, specifically in Hillsborough and Cheshire counties and the National Weather Service issued a flood warning as a result.

Manchester firefighters and police investigate a fatal fire at 305-307 Amherst Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Man dies, toddler rescued in Manchester apartment fire


A small fire — limited to a single room in a small apartment — proved deadly Wednesday afternoon, when smoke caught up to the resident in the other end of the apartment. Firefighters rescued a 22-month-old girl who was alone in the apartment across the hall from the apartment that burned, District Fire Chief Mike Gamache said.

Health costs up for Manchester


The city’s health care spending rose nearly 9 percent per employee to a total of $18.4 million in the 2014 fiscal year, prompting renewed questions about how to rein in costs.

Keene police release riot images, seek help with identification


Police have turned to the public, seeking help identifying people involved in Saturday's riots. Wednesday morning police released 24 images from the riots and asked the public to identify anyone they recognize in the photos.

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Keene riots a focus of gubernatorial debate


The riots at Keene's Pumpkin Festival took center stage early in Wednesday night's debate between Gov. Maggie Hassan and challenger Walt Havenstein.

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Obamacare takes center stage at 1st Congressional debate


Frank Guinta channeled the ghost of Ronald Reagan in response to his opponent repeatedly mentioning him and two billionaire conservative brothers in the same breath.


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How stable is this telephone pole?


The game of Jenga pops into my head when I see a telephone pole at the corner of Myrtle and Russell streets in the Currier neighborhood of Manchester.

The debut of the 'The $30,000 Nutt'


On Dec. 12, 1861, master showman Phineas T. Barnum hired 13-year-old George Washington Morrison Nutt of Manchester on a five-year contract.

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With a career that has spanned five decades and several genres, George Benson is most known for the hits “On Broadway” and “Breezin.”

George Benson pays jazzy tribute to genre pioneer Nat King Cole

George Benson, whose most recent disc pays homage to Nat King Cole, plays The Music Hall in Portsmouth in a 7 p.m. concert Sunday.

Anne Rice over several decades has helped shape supernatural pop culture with intricate chronicles of vampire life relayed from the mouths of the fanged themselves. Her latest book, “Prince Lestat,” brings back readers to the rebel who started it all.

Anne Rice talks about vampire chronicles, creating sequel with teeth

For best-selling author Anne Rice, who is best known for her popular series “The Vampire Chronicles,” her decision to write supernatural fiction was not so much by choice, but by discovery.

Cirk La Putyka's 'Slapstick Sonata' opens U.S. Tour in New Hampshire

On a stage set to look like a darkened warehouse, workers on the overnight shift slowly break out of their monotonous routine.

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In “Laggies,” a young woman (Keira Knightley) avoids adulthood at all costs. When her boyfriend proposes, she seeks an escape at the home of her new teenage friend (Chloe Grace Moretz).

Dartmouth alum returns to campus with 'Laggies'

Dartmouth College alum Alix Madigan, a producer of independent films including “Winter's Bone” with actress Jennifer Lawrence, returns to the Hanover campus with her latest project, an indie-comedy that screens at 7 p.m. Friday at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.

Black 47's lastest album signals the final bow of the Irish rock band.

It's 'Last Call' for Irish rock band Black 47

It's a self-imposed last call for Black 47, an Irish rock band whose upcoming Londonderry show at the Tupelo Music Hall is part of its final tour dates.

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Striking FairPoint workers march in front of the FairPoint network operation center in Manchester on Wednesday.

Striking FairPoint workers picket around the state


Striking workers at FairPoint Communications on Wednesday walked picket lines in about two dozen locations from Nashua to Lancaster, nearly a week after about 700 union workers walked off their jobs.

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Leading Manchester mental health advocate set to retire

The man who quietly led efforts to treat mental illness in Manchester, including the integration of mentally ill people into the community, will retire in February. Peter Janelle has been president and chief executive of The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester for 15 years.

Shelley Westenberg, left, and Jennifer Oliver, right, pose with a photo of their father, famed potter and New Hampshire's first Artist Laureate Gerry Williams, at his memorial service in Dunbarton on Saturday.

Artistic life and legacy of Gerry Williams celebrated in Dunbarton

Friends, family and admirers of the late Gerry Williams – Dunbarton resident, New Hampshire's first state Artist Laureate, and beloved husband and father – gathered at the site of his renowned studio on Saturday to share stories, laugh, and say goodbye to the famed potter.

Monica Zulauf is leaving the YWCA in Manchester after serving as president/CEO for seven years.

Head of YWCA New Hampshire leaving post

The woman who led YWCA New Hampshire for the last seven years, years that included budget cuts and a devastating murder-suicide during a parental visitation, said Monday that she is resigning to take another job.


Edmund P. Daley remembered as a strong supporter of the Santa Fund

The late Edmund Daley was noted for his courtroom skill, working on behalf of plaintiffs, but he was also a major supporter of the Union Leader Santa Fund to help those in need at the holidays

Nick Woodward of Berlin concentrates on carving his pumpkin during Berlin's annual RiverFire Festival.

Thousands flock to Berlin's annual RiverFire Festival

The annual RiverFire Festival in Berlin went off smoothly Saturday with crowds estimated by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce to be in the thousands.

Not only did the 24th annual Keene Pumpkin Festival fall dramatically short of breaking its 2013 record of 30,581 lit jack-o-lanterns — there were 21,912 — the festival was also marred by out-of-control party-goers in Keene State College neighborhoods outside the festival area on Main Street.

Keene Pumpkin Festival has uncertain future

The 24th annual Keene Pumpkin Festival Saturday was supposed to be a celebration of the city bringing the world record home as well as a new attempt at breaking the record for a tenth time.

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