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January 28. 2012 1:45PM

Weekend headlines


Former Manchester officer Ryan Nardone hired by Mashpee, Mass. police

Killer of Portsmouth woman wants judge to order prison to accommodate his Satanism

Nashua woman says she was followed, beaten in case of road rage

WSJ: Cavers question scope of white nose bat deaths

Concord school administrators bar students from store next door over Spice
K2, also known as Spice, is marketed as an incense, but its ingredients are banned in 40 states and by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

NH man sentenced Friday to at least eight years in prison on child rape charge
Wayne M. King Jr., 37, of Sandown, N. H., formerly of North Adams, appeared Friday before Judge Daniel A. Ford and was sentenced on a single count of rape of a child with force. A jury deliberated for three hours before determining King was guilty of sexually assaulting a girl who is now 16, but was much younger - between the age of 5 and 9 - at the time.

Walpole, NH woman gets 6.5 year suspended-sentenced in Vt. drug sting
BRATTLEBORO -- A New Hampshire woman has been given a suspended sentence of up to six-and-a-half years after she agreed to a plea agreement on two felony and one misdemeanor count of cocaine possession.

Mutual aid costs shift among Cheshire County towns
Although that budget is about $4,100 less than its 2011 operating budget, some communities in Cheshire County will pay more this year for services than last year, because the county used a different formula than the agency to calculate bills.

Wakefield property owner with gun deters would-be home invasion

Granite City, Ill. man gets 27 1/4 years after chatting with Keene officer posing as 14-year-old boy
Approximately 1/3 of the 1,467 images and 258 videos found on the DVDs and thumb drive depicted infants to toddlers engaged in sexually explicit behavior.

3 charged in connection with alleged Dec. brawl at casino
BELMONT — Three men were arrested yesterday on charges arising from a brawl at the Lakes Region Casino in December, when a fourth man, who was not charged, was severely beaten.

Anglican congregations moving on after losing churches in rift over gay NH bishop


Dartmouth peers reunited on stage in Toledo
Felix de la Concha will create works of art on stage as symphony performs in production inspired by Brian Kennedy, director of the Toledo Museum of Art. Kennedy and la Concha were peers at Dartmouth College.

Susan Lefebvre, retired from a state police drug lab, now competes on dog circuit

Dr. Temple Grandin in Vermont
Dr. Temple Grandin was the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference.

"Jimmy Fallon's Super Bowl Special," features comedians Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg following the Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5

Defiant 'Sex and the City' star Cynthia Nixon says gay activists don't get to define her gayness
"I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line 'I've been straight and I've been gay, and gay is better.' And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it's not, but for me it's a choice, and you don't get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it's a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn't matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not." Nixon is planning to be wed by gay NH Bishop Gene Robinson.

NH's Sarah Silverman plays fiesty misfit "Vanellope von Schweetz" in upcoming Disney animated film

Ken Burns documentary 'The Dust Bowl' to premiere at Telluride in May

Super Secret Project has a new web site and a new album


NH expects win in tax dispute with hospitals, association chief critical of how state handled process

In sit-down, Mass. gaming chair mulls interests of casino developers, critics

Nashua Telegraph: Hudson, Salem remain targeted as casino sites

Brentwood company recycles oil from used asphalt shingles

Algonquin Power withdraws from minority stake in Maine wind farm over regulatory environment


Sharp-tongued Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond goes head-to-head with Republican House members who show up to criticize his boss
Chaffetz has been joined on the trail by Reps. Connie Mack of Florida, Mary Bono Mack of Palm Springs, Charles Bass of New Hampshire and others.

NH bills inspired by death of Caylee Anthony would make it more of a crime not to report your child missing

Commuter rail plan under study to extend MBTA to Plaistow

NHPR Audio: NH Commissioner for Health and Human Services Nick Toumpas on The Exchange

WaPo: New Hampshire gives D.C. the cold shoulder on statehood push
In a state where the right to start a revolution is constitutionally protected, District officials had high hopes that independent-minded New Hampshire officials would sympathize with their pleas of “no taxation without representation.” But as the meeting got underway, it became clear that the Committee on State, Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs was not going to be a friend of the District's on statehood.


The Many Uses of "America the Beautiful" - Mitt Romney seems to discover new hidden meanings in the song at each campaign stop

WaPo: Paul pursued strategy of publishing controversial newsletters, associates say

$800K bill for state taxpayers to protect Perry during primary bid

Tired and trailing, Santorum goes home to do taxes


Times Union: Why bother with the game?

Dowd: Tension thrives on the tarmac

Food Safety news - Publisher's Platform: What Are Utah, New Hampshire Afraid Of?
This past week, I read Utah's S.B. 34 titled "Production and Sale of Food in Utah Revisions," along with its New Hampshire counterpart, H.B. 1650-FN, called "Commerce in Food in New Hampshire." As any lawyer would, I immediately asked myself, "what are these pieces of legislation really trying to do?," and, of course, "are they constitutional?"

Las Vegas Sun - Jon Ralson: Here's hoping GOP doesn't botch Nevada's big moment

Daily Beast: Michael Tomasky on How Rick Santorum Nailed Mitt on Romneycare

Geneva Convention killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan say soldiers
Former Delta Force Commander and best-selling author of Kill Bin Laden explains Army regulations require that medevac helicopters follow the Geneva Convention, which specifies that they must be unarmed and display prominent Red Cross markings. Furthermore, Army regulation forbids medevac choppers from entering a combat zone without armed helicopter escort. If armed escort is not immediately available, medevac helicopters remain grounded, regardless the emergency. Once they do go in, they become a conspicuous target for enemy forces, most of whom have never read the Geneva Convention, and would laugh it out of existence if they had.

Daily Beast - Peter J. Boyer: The Great Right Hope
The conservatives who hate Mitt Romney the most have it wrong. Why they'd love him in the White House.

Romney: the WASP who can't sting
It's not that Romney won't fight. His super PAC filleted Gingrich in Iowa, and his entire campaign apparatus is working to crush the former House speaker in Florida. Yet, Romney himself has no relish for the task.

Weekly Standard - Fred Barnes: Freeing workers from union bosses
And now there's a shrewd new challenge to organized labor: the Employee Rights Act. It would take labor law in a new direction. Unlike right-to-work statutes, which help businesses escape unionization, the ERA would protect union workers from high-handedness and abuses of power by their union leaders.


Golden Gloves continues Saturday night in Burlington

Paralysed in NH motorcycle wreck in 2001, Keane now works the pit as team engineer from wheelchair
Keane was paralyzed in 2001 in a motorcycle crash in New Hampshire, when the steering off of a rented bike came apart.

Bleecher Report: Boston Red Sox: Why the Outfield Could Be Ben Cherington's Toughest Test

Patriots Sending 10 Superfans To Indy For Free
Other winners include Timothy Wilder, a firefighter from Somersworth, N.H.; Jim Miller, a teacher from Auburn, Maine; and Todd Seymour, a soldier from Lempster, N.H.

Boston Globe: Ice climbing in Mount Washington Valley

The NH Angle