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January 21. 2012 12:53PM

Weekend headlines


Jan. 19th solar flare bombarding Earth with particles

NH trying out new tow-plow attachment

UNH studies Wyoming rocks to gain insights into climate change
The core samples drilled in Wyoming are to understand what caused a pattern of runaway warming, sometimes called the “fever period,” 56 million years ago.

'Spiking' part of high earnings in NH Retirement System

Eagle Tribune: Drug suspect paid $23K to drop assault charge against officer
The police report said Melanson was watching for drug traffickers near the Dunkin Donuts on Amesbury Road on the day of the arrest. At that time, police said that area was where people from Maine and New Hampshire met cocaine and heroin dealers from the Merrimack Valley.

Specialized police units address violent crime in Nashua
Statistics show Nashua and Manchester bucked state trends by showing an increase in the rate, per 100,000 people, in violent crimes between 1985 and 2010.

NH falls from 16 to 19 in 2012 State Charter School Law Rankings
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the author of the report, is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement.

$95K settlement for child injured in fall from playground equipment at Laconia mall

NH school fears ceiling collapse in 3 classrooms

Fewer cases of Norovirus seen so far in NH
New Hampshire has had 19 cases of Norovirus statewide since December, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Conn. home where woman lay dead for seven years up for auction today
John, in a 2008 interview with state police, said he didn't report his mother's death because “he was scared and in trouble with the law in both New Hampshire and Connecticut.”

Battle brewing over NH cancer center proposal
Officials at Cancer Treatment Centers of America have lawmakers' ears. They told legislators they could create 500 jobs and have an economic impact of $500 million over five years. Already, it is provoking opposition from the state's largest employer, a Derry hospital and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Those groups are concerned about a proposed bill that could mean a tax break and a lack of scrutiny by state regulators.

Hints that beer & baseball decision may be revisited in Laconia

Expert gives bloodstain evidence at Rockefeller hearing
Rockefeller, whose real name is Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, is suspected of bludgeoning to death John Sohus, 27, of San Marino, and burying Sohus' body in the backyard of a house in the 1900 block of Lorain Road.

Foundation for Child Development well-being index places NH third
The report claims child well-being and public policy in the states they live are intertwined.


NH Poet Donald Hall's looks at "old people"
New Hampshire poet and writer Donald Hall has a thought-provoking and wry piece in the Jan. 23 New Yorker on growing older.

No brave new world for Shakespeare play
This article about Tucson, Ariz., banning Shakespeare's the Tempest notes that in 1996, schools in Merrimack, NH, banned Twelfth Night because of sexual suggestiveness.

Book Review: ‘A 1940s Monadnock Childhood' is sure to charm

Scholars help Seaport plan historic voyage
For Jeff Bolster, associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, the prospect of sailing a vessel with no engine, no navigation equipment and no on-board electricity is one of the highlights of the Morgan's restoration.

Van Halen tour featuring the return of David Lee Roth sets Manchester date
Van Halen will perform at the Verizon Wireless Areana on March 13.

Connecticut True-Crime Author To Star In Reality Show
The killings investigated on the first season of "Dark Minds" include The Valley Killer, in New Hampshire and Vermont.

La. dog rescue group says the 31 arriving in NH this weekend are the lucky ones
This weekend, in fact, 31 dogs will be arriving in New Hampshire to begin their wait for adoptive families. But of greater concern are the ones who couldn't ride along because they're infected with heartworm.

Wakefield course hits the target for people wanting to learn or improve shooting skills

Adam Sandler 10th on list of America's favorite actors

Sarah Silverman NBC pilot adds Harris Wittels, June Diane Raphael


Grey Market Drugs: Profiting from Poorly Managed U.S. Health Care
Ondis Eardensohn discovered a new and growing drug crisis first hand. On August 8, the former Plainfield postmistress drove two hours to New Hampshire's Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital for an infusion of Doxil, one of the only remaining treatments for her stage-4 breast cancer. At the hospital, Eardensohn went through the usual tests, and was waiting for the infusion, when her doctor walked in. " I'm sorry,' he told me, but we don't have enough Doxil to treat you.' "

TicketNetwork founder creates niche loaning cash to home flippers

Wisconsin takes Kestrel aircraft plant, jobs

Keene furniture maker Whitney Bros. now offering lifetime warranty
"Generations of customers have told us their products are still in use today, so we decided to translate that attribute into a tangible benefit in the form of a lifetime warranty."

Entergy/Vermont Yankee ruling ripples in Monadnock region
Entergy sued the state of Vermont in April, claiming the Legislature overstepped its authority when it passed various bills aimed at assessing safety, preempting the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission's jurisdiction and the federal Atomic Energy Act. On Thursday, federal Judge J. Garvan Murtha ruled in favor of Entergy Corp., the Louisiana-based company that owns the Vernon, Vt. plant.

Trade show in Utah features best of outdoor gear
The trade shows gives a boost to innovators like New Hampshire-based NEMO Equipment Inc., which makes tents that can stand up on their own without poles, using inflatable air bladders instead for support.

Rug artist lauds Door Wool Mill in Newport
“Good quality wool is very hard to find these days,” she said. “I drive almost to Vermont to get my wool from the Dorr Wool Mill in Newport, New Hampshire.”

Sweet news for NH shop owners, Mass. gov. proposing $260M in new taxes on cigarettes, soda, candy and bottle redemption
BOSTON -- Gov. Deval Patrick will propose hiking the Massachusetts cigarette tax by 50 cents per pack as part of a plan to raise $260 million in new revenues for the state budget, the administration said Friday. He'd also looking to end the sales tax exemption on soda and candy and extend the bottle redemption law.

Federal reports highlight untapped energy potential of Maine tides, waves
The Piscataqua River on the Maine/New Hampshire border also were highly rated.


Wide differences among states on planning for coverage under Obamacare

Ashley Chen of Nashua and Matthew Sanborn of Plymouth will attend program's Washington Week in March

Ayotte nominates 32 NH residents to military academies

Bettencourt: O'Brien is no bully

Bloomberg: Anti-bully bill targets New Hampshire House speaker
The nation's latest proposed anti-bullying law targets not schoolyard tormentors but a conservative New Hampshire House speaker who critics say was so harsh he once forced a grown legislator to cry.


George Romney and Nash Metropolitan
Romney may be the only American politician in the last 40 years to know what a Metropolitan is. That's because his dad, George, was in his first year as head of American Motors Corp. when the Metropolitan went on sale in 1954 as a domestic rival for the compact Volkswagen Beetle.

Back in Texas, Rick Perry Has Relationships to Repair


Sentinel - Martha bauman: A boom in nonprofit groups is coming
Why wouldn't I welcome more? Because New Hampshire has 8,401 nonprofit organizations. That's right — 8,401. Some are large, regional or statewide service providers. Others are small organizations focused on one specific need or task.

Las Vegas Review-Journal - Howard Stutz: Gaming's spred no threat to Strip
"Should Las Vegas worry? Fuhgetaboutit."

National Review - Kathryn Lopez: Less vitriol, more debate would be better on abortion
"Most people engaged in the pro-life cause are not carrying placards or marching in the streets — they're helping to make the difficult lives of those faced with an unexpected and perhaps unwanted child a little easier. If pro-choice citizens are willing to listen, as this woman in New Hampshire was, something remarkable could begin to happen."

Boston Globe: Mitt Romney's biggest mistake
The bitter politics of envy. Who would have guessed that the most memorable phrase of the 2012 primary season would come from the almost deliberately bland Mitt Romney? But that line, inserted in his New Hampshire primary victory speech, could turn out to be the worst miscalculation of his career.

How the FEC is Making Citizens United Even Worse
While it was the Supreme Court's majority that opened the floodgates for corporate money in our elections, it is the deadlocked FEC that is keeping voters from even knowing where that money comes from.

Freedom activist seeking public's help to raise money to fight Manchester charges
"Regardless of how this fund raiser goes, I'll be in court, speaking the truth and defending my position on filming, recording and monitoring public officials."


Paralyzed Newmarket mom finds joy in sled hockey

The feel at Foxborough: 22News catches up with group of fans from New Hampshire

UNH swimmer Jessica Little coasts into first

Fan misbehavior: Revelry gone awry in the sports world
Articles notes a New York Yankees fan fatally rammed her car into a Boston Red Sox fan in New Hampshire.

John Christie: Many deals available for senior skiers

The Day: Skiing to a Remote Mountain Hut in Sleet, Wind and Snow – What Fun!

44th Annual Market Days Festival
Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.,
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Darci Lynne
Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

2nd Annual Amherst Food Truck Festival
Saturday, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

14th Annual New England Brewfest
Saturday, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The NH Angle