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March 01. 2012 3:52PM

Thursday headlines - News from the web


Coos County has highest suicide rate in the state

Man breaks into Wolfeboro home through dog door, steals nearby car

NY woman arrested in cancer fraud case
Police said the fundraisers started in October and were scheduled through June. Police counted 17 fundraisers that were part of the scheme in Western New York, and possibly Boston and New Hampshire.

LGC fights to keep meeting minutes secret
CONCORD - The statewide firefighters union is scheduled to appear before the N.H. Supreme Court on March 13 in an effort to obtain unredacted minutes from the Local Government Center.

Andrew Breitbart, conservative web innovator, dead at 43


Capital BlueCross CEO retiring, will still chair board
Before joining the insurance company, St. Hilaire was co-founder and chief financial officer of health care technology company New Hampshire-based Choicelinx Corp. and executive vice president and chief financial officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He has a bachelor's degree from Southern New Hampshire University and lives in Mechanicsburg with his wife and six children.


Reuters review of NH novelist Jodi Picoult's latest, 'Lone Wolf'

How to maintain love, and your sanity, as an entrepreneur's wife
Meg Hirshberg realizes that the wildly improbable success of her husband's organic yogourt business, Stonyfield Farm—now the world's largest producer of organic yogourt—is like a fairy tale to other entrepreneurs. The business started with 18 cows. Meg and Gary shared living quarters in a dilapidated rural New Hampshire home with Gary's business partner Samuel Kaymen, his wife and five of the Kaymen children.

Renewed interest in flying the American flag on the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, Fla.
The bridge "does have a national heritage, so I think the American flag should be able to fly there," Donald D'Urso said. He was visiting St. Augustine Wednesday from New Hampshire. His wife, Gail, agreed. "Our sign is the American flag and it should be flown."


PSNH replies to EPA demand for wastewater cooling at Merrimack Station
PSNH argues that the new cooling system would amount to paying $1,000 for every $1 of environmental benefit.

U.S. v. General Electric - Affirmed, GE held responsible for cleanup at Milford paint factory it sold chemical to
To be of use to GE, the processed Pyranol had to meet and retain demanding purity specifications. Pyranol that fell short of these standards was deemed "scrap Pyranol" and was stored away in 55-gallon drums in designated scrap areas. Over time, GE accumulated a glut of scrap Pyranol, a development that somehow brought GE into contact with Frederic H. "Fred" Fletcher ("Fletcher"), local manufacturer, "chemical scrapper," and businessman. Between 1953 and 1967, Fletcher owned a number of paint manufacturing and storage businesses in Milford, New Hampshire, which varyingly operated under the names Fletcher's Paint Works or Milford Paint Works. Like GE, Fletcher also routinely purchased Aroclors from Monsanto but used the unrefined PCBs as a "plasticizer" additive for his paints. Seemingly recognizing a mutually-advantageous situation, Fletcher and GE gravitated toward each other and entered into an informal agreement whereby Fletcher purchased scrap Pyranol from GE at bargain prices for his industrial needs.


Smith calls for statewide opposition to EPA's $112 million job killing mandate

Irish Dinner March 17 with Ann McLane Kuster in Milford

Obama pushes for higher taxes on oil

Abound Solar halts production; company received a $400 million loan guarantee from Obama administration
New Hampshire, USA -- Abound Solar, once heralded as an emerging player in American solar manufacturing because of its aggressive plans for growth and its strong Department of Energy backing, took a major step backward this week when it announced it was shutting down production of its first generation thin film modules and that it was temporarily laying off 180 employees from its Colorado facility.

Despite lack of opponent, Obama tops primary spending at $66M
Through Jan. 31, the Obama campaign's payroll spending was more than twice the total for the four remaining Republican candidates combined. With the general election still more than eight months away, Obama's re-election committee has spent $66 million overall, almost 20 percent more than the $56 million outlay by the best-financed Republican, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Obama campaign rallies Dartmouth students
Obama's National Field Director Jeremy Bird visited Dartmouth Tuesday, hosting the "Greater Together Student Summit" in Wilder Hall.

NHDES announces millions from I-93 shakedown now available in grants for wetlands restoration, habitat improvement and drinking water supply protection projects
Through an agreement with the state Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Services has $3 million in federal funds for the protection of drinking water supply lands in the Lake Massabesic watershed and in the I-93 corridor communities of Salem, Windham, Derry, Londonderry and Manchester as part of a mitigation program for the I-93 widening project.

The Weekly Standard: Kelly Ayotte - Democrats falsely claim women will lose access to contraception
"Unfortunately, many have tried to characterize this amendment as denying women access to contraception. That's a red herring and it's false. We are talking about government mandates that are interfering with conscience protections here that have long been ingrained in our law."


Houston Chronicle: Rick Perry has more success in Arizona and Michigan primaries than in New Hampshire


Slate: The untenable "dirty tricks" argument
The addition of Sununu -- whose state voted seven weeks ago -- told us what to be in store for. This would be a collection of rants, premised on the essential "loser" nature (Sununu's word) of Rick Santorum. One by one, the surrogates (save for Comstock, who got busy) explained why Romney's rival had no right to pull in Democratic voters. "Rick Santorum cheated!" reasoned Rep. Turner, right before telling Santorum to give back any delegates won with Democratic votes. Which delegates were those? Which districts in Michigan were swung by Democrats? "We don't have that information right now," said spokeswoman Gail Gitcho.

National Review - Ed Whelan: NYT misstates facts to decry NH lawmakers intent on restoring traditional marriage
As the reader points out, the editorial can't even get the basic facts right: In the course of urging New Hampshire legislators to consider what it misdescribes as Judge Reinhardt's supposedly “powerful ruling” against California's Prop 8, the editorial wrongly asserts that the right to marry in California “had been granted to [same-sex couples] by the State Legislature.”

Fosters: Right to know again falls prey
Judge Brian T. Tucker found the OR Cooperative School Board was in violation of RSA: 91a for a second time, he did little more than slap the hands of the board members.

The Atlantic: Is a New York Times Reporter Smarter Than a Yelp Reviewer?


A LEAGUE OF HER OWN: Orange and black…and blue
It was our first home playoff game since 1974. That was the last time my high school girls basketball team took the New Hampshire state title. The 74' orange and black banner was the only one hanging in the Keene High School gymnasium showcasing a girls' team. The rest displayed all of the boys' accomplishments.

Former The Contender star/cruiser weight Rich Gingras returns to action
Gingras (10-2, 6 KOs), who was an amateur standout in New Hampshire, faces Worcester (MA) veteran Adam Harris (10-4, 7 KOs) in a six-rounder at Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence on March 9.

N.E. Hockey Journal: From NEHJ: Federal Hockey League goes back to the future

Wildquack Duck River Festival
Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lilac Festival
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Nick Swardson
Saturday, 8 p.m.

29th Annual Chowderfest and Brews
Sunday, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.