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January 17. 2012 1:48PM

Tuesday headlines


Wikipedia to go dark Jan. 18 in protest
On January 18, 2012, in an unprecedented decision, the Wikipedia community has chosen to blackout the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours, in protest against proposed legislation in the United States — the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and PROTECTIP (PIPA) in the U.S. Senate. If passed, this legislation will harm the free and open Internet and bring about new tools for censorship of international websites inside the United States.

Superintendant searches in New Hampshire stymied by shortage of qualified applicants
As the baby boomer generation nears retirement age, New Hampshire school districts are facing a dwindling number of qualified applicants for superintendent positions, officials across the state say, and there's no easy fix in sight.

Man trades NYC career in finance for priesthood after near fatal New Hampshire wreck

Con man ‘Rockefeller' told FBI he was a ‘pathetic nothing'
Why, they asked, had he lied about places he never visited, jobs he never held, and names that were not his? He shrugged, defeated. “If you're born short,'' he said, “you want to be bigger.''

Barrington family claims dog carried off by coyote

VT, Maine, NH to share their snowmobile trails
Any snowmobile legally registered in one of the participating states will be allowed on trails in all three during the Jan. 27-29 weekend.

Judge dismisses Seabrook stalking complaint against former Salisbury chief
MacLeod also said he found the former chief's testimony regarding the incident "to be more credible," particularly given the Seabrook Police Department's investigation report on the matter.

Hampton selectmen want historic firehouse off NH State Register of Historic Places
The new agreement, which is essentially the same as last year with a few minor changes, is needed as selectmen are putting forth a scaled-down $4.6 million two-fire station plan to voters at the March 13 election.

Brainstorming sessions Wednesday and Saturday on future of Exeter's historic Ioka theater

Dartmouth researchers find aye aye taps it's big finger to warm it ahead of foraging
Studying thermal images, researchers found that the digit was colder than the others but warmed by up to 6C during foraging. "We think the relatively cooler temperatures of the digit when not in use could be related to its [long, thin] form," said Ms Moritz. "This form results in a relatively high surface-to-volume ratio [but] such a ratio is bad for retaining heat."

Family argues death of woman should prompt crackdown on alcohol at Florida beaches
Story includes account of a NH mother and her daughter trying to prevent a drunk from driving in Sarasota Beach, Fla. Minutes later he was behind the wheel and struck the jogger.

RELATED VIDEO: Kayaker rescues frightened dog at sea after fatal DWI that killed the jogger in Sarasota, Fla.


BAE to deliver $21.7M contract for head mounted displays for the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier
U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier or PEO is responsible for the gear carried by Army soldiers. They have an interesting YouTube channel here Building new tobacco sales
Retailers and government officials butt heads over handmade cigarettes.

Milford cooling tech company Degree Controls sells minority stake to Japanese partner for $2.5M
The company is looking to expand in Japan and Asia.

Nashua welcomes new unified DHMC campus
The combined facility includes five new service offerings in endoscopy, neurology, occupational health, hematology/oncology and a shared decision-making resource center, according to the DHMC Nashua website.


UNH team seeking funds for lunar mining competition
The team is comprised of mechanical engineering, computer engineering and computer science majors in their senior year at the University of New Hampshire.

HuffPo: The ultimate winter adventure? Think New Hampshire, not Tibet
"I've found the ultimate winter adventure. It isn't exotic, it's convenient: at the top of New Hampshire's Mount Washington, only a few hours' drive from my home. The 6,288-foot summit claims the "world's worst weather." Worse than Everest. Worse than the North and South Poles."

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. delivers Memorial Day address at the John Sedgwick Post No. 4 of the Grand Army of the Republic in Keene, NH
"As life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time, at the peril of being deemed not to have lived."

Farm preservation effort in Hampton hits fundraising goal

Gay marriage play '8' headed to New Hampshire
It'll be shown in states where marriage battles loom, including Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire and North Carolina.

UNH researchers say it would take $1,000 per student to match the gains in student achievement that come from parents being involved in their child's education
University of New Hampshire researchers Andrew Houtenville and Karen Smith Conway say that schools would have to come up with $1,000 in additional per-pupil funding to match the gains in student achievement that come from parents taking power in education


Supreme court rules against auto dealer in bogus inspection sticker case

NHSUPCO Oral Arguments Calendar for Feb. 15
> Harborside v. Portsmouth
> In the Matter of Eric J. Dube and Jeannie Dube
> CF Investments, Inc. v. Option One Mortgage
> State of NH v. Joshua Guild
> State of NH v. Kenneth Day
> In the Matter of Judith Raybeck and Bruce Raybeck
> State of NH v. Steven Forest
> Dana Chatman v. Strafford County

Time Warner Cable asks PUC about expanding in NH
TWCIS seeks authority to provide local and interexchange telecommunications services in all remaining areas served by FairPoint, as it is already authorized to do in the FairPoint territories in New Hampshire that were previously served by Verizon.


US seeks stronger military ties with PHL, other Asian countries
Aside from McCain who arrived on Tuesday, the US delegation includes Lieberman, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.


Video: Manchester city clerk interviewed by Al Sharpton on voter fraud

Message from the ‘Dead': Nashua man, 23, upset about mix-up in Project Veritas voter-fraud video

Karen Santorum says gay activists have vilified her husband
'Rick doesn't hate anyone. He loves them.'

CBS: Gingrich: I'm one to battle "plenty tough" Obama


KJ Dell'Antonia (NY Times' 'Motherlode' blog) - When Parents Can Opt Out of School Curriculum

NH-based blogger raises concerns about New Hampshire's "opt-out" law, in which parents can request an alternative school curriculum if they object to material.

Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig - NH's Land Use Change Tax program under attack from H.B.-1515

Liberty activists allege heavy-handed conduct of Keene judge, police

Chicago Tribune - Dennis Byrne: GOP's best candidate quits
Ironically, the reason he's leaving — to try to end the bitter divisions in the race — is further evidence that he is worthy, perhaps more than the whole lot of them, of the nomination. Or as Jim Rubens, a New Hampshire supporter, told Politico before Huntsman withdrew: "This guy is sane, he's capable of dealing with the world stage."

Star Democrat's Mark Shields column on religious tolerance notes Mitt Romney sticking with Tom Rath after his 2010 DWI
Rath offered to resign, but Romney rejected the offer: "No, you and I are joined at the hip." Then Romney, the former Mormon bishop, quipped to Rath, a Catholic, "You know, Tom, if you belonged to my church, you wouldn't have had this problem."

National Review color on last night's debate in S.C.
Here's video of the debate -

Donna Brazile: The rise and fall of politicians from the '90s
"In Tuesday's vote, Romney did well across all economic groups, winning the most Republicans, conservatives and evangelicals. That's impressive," said the former Democratic strategist turned pundit.

Salon: Juan Williams stands in for Obama at Fox debate
Those of us who feared the debate would duck racial issues worried for naught. The night climaxed with the South Carolina crowd giving Newt Gingrich a standing ovation for smacking down Fox's leading black contributor, Juan Williams, for his impertinent questions about race.

The Atlantic: What was the Huntsman campaign's problem?


Audio: Bill Belichick dissects the Pats win over Denver

Effort to bring motorsports museum to NHMS picks up momentum
It appears that the effort to bring a Northeast Motorsports Museum to the grounds of New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH, is picking up momentum. Some new people have joined the group as associates, and standard bearer Dick Berggren of Ipswich gave out assignments to those present at a last Sunday meeting at NHMS. He's going to be busy with his Fox/Speed TV pit side gigs starting in February until TNT picks up the baton later in the '12 season