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March 14. 2012 12:29PM

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NEWS
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Vt. worker injured when crane topples lift at Hanover job site



Clarification needed at genocide trial
Jurors deciding if a New Hampshire woman lied about her role in Rwandan genocide have signaled they are having trouble reaching a verdict, prosecutors said.


UNH researchers find African farmers acting on climate fears not climate facts
“Quantifying local people's perceptions to climate change, and their assessments of which changes matter, is fundamental to addressing the dual challenge of land conservation and poverty alleviation in densely populated tropical regions,” said Joel Hartter, assistant professor of geography at UNH and the principal investigator on the project. However, an analysis of daily rainfall data for the period 1981 to 2010 indicated that total rainfall both within and across seasons has not changed significantly.


Suspended jail time for owner of loose wolf-dog in Portsmouth


Finalists for Fort Morgan, Co. superintendent coming to interview
Trevor Ebel, Superintendent of Sau 63 in Wilton, is one of the finalists.


Seabrook official stands trial in shooting incident at party
Abramson, a member of the Seabrook Budget Committee, was arrested following a report of gunfire on Charles Henry Way and charged by Seabrook police with one count each of unauthorized use of firearms, felony reckless conduct and prohibited sales of alcohol to under-aged individuals. However, after the review of the case by prosecutors in the office of the Rockingham County Attorney, he was indicted on eight counts of felony reckless conduct, one for each individual believed to be present at the time of the gunfire. The case has been controversial in Seabrook, as Abramson is an elected official. In addition, since his arrest, Abramson has openly found fault with the Seabrook Police Department, claiming at one point that the case against him was "political."


UNH research adds to mounting evidence against popular pavement sealcoat
Sealcoat, a black surface applied over asphalt pavements that is marketed as improving appearance and enhancing pavement longevity, is made of either an asphalt emulsion or a refined coal-tar pitch emulsion. Although the two sealcoats are similar in appearance and cost, concentrations of PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), a group of organic compounds known to be detrimental to human and ecosystem health, are about 1,000 times higher in coal-tar-based sealcoats than those based in asphalt.


Concord to reprimand councilor for calling police office on behalf of friend


Blue Loon bus system facing uphill climb for voters' funding support


BUSINESS
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Masimo buys Spire opto foundry unit in Hudson in $8.5M deal


Fitch downgrades NStar's short-term debt rating


NH ranks in top 10 for unaffordable rent


RGGI's first "auction" of the year today, aims to raise
If the RGGI auction sells out at the Reserve Price, New Hampshire would realize nearly $3.2 million in revenue, but weak demand has left millions of unsold allowances in five of the last six RGGI auctions.


PSNH contends customers would be harmed by forced divestment of power plants


Leaders push for extended break on cod
In recent weeks, NOAA Fisheries has signaled a willingness to slide past a dire assessment of Gulf of Maine, or inshore, cod to give the industry a year of relief — with a 22 percent cut in the catch limit as a feasible interim adjustment, as opposed to one much deeper.


LGC: Drop security bureau's $100 million lawsuit
The motions are in response to a complaint filed by Bureau of Securities Regulation attorney Andru Volinsky in February, which alleges the LGC committed fraud, and its principals conspired to place publically funded insurance risk pools under a single board of directors to "facilitate inappropriate transfers" of member money and "obfuscate their actions through opaque record keeping."


Vt. law firm opens Manchester office with Wiggin & Nourie attorneys


NU, CT agree on merger concessions


Sal Lupoli eyes Hampton Beach Casino deal


Ex-FPU president sues Italian college over unpaid salary
George Hagerty, the former president of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, is suing his subsequent employer, St. John International University Inc. -- a school chartered in New Hampshire but located in Italy -- for not paying him as St. John's president and CEO.


Berlin receives $300,000 grant to replace fuel tank, other improvements at Berlin Municipal Airport



FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT
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Billionaire family seeks Christian education idea to back with $20M Mass. campus for free
Each suitor must commit to offer an education founded on traditional Christian beliefs and prove they have the money to maintain this sprawling, classic New England campus.


Winter sports, live music combine for LIFT Festival debut at Whaleback in Enfield
The electronic dance and jamtronica heavy lineup includes Conspirator, Ghostland Observatory, Paper Diamond, Lettuce, Orchard Lounge, Break Science, Danger, the Indobox, Alpha Data, AIMES, and the McLovins.


Louth couple stateside host St. Patrick''s Day shindig in White Mountains
ST PATRICK'S Day will be marked by jigs and reels, corned beef and colcannon, and Irish whiskey and stout, in May Kelly's Cottage, an Irish restaurant and bar in New Hampshire. Having emigrated to the United States with their two daughters in 1993, the couple opened May Kelly's in the scenic White Mountain area of New Hampshire eight years ago.


Music community rallies support for Candy Striper Death Orgy guitarist who lost instruments in Newton fire
The band earned a reputation several years ago for serving as local openers for every thrash and death metal band that came to the Boston, Masachusetts and greater New England area.


Audio: NHPR: How the Darjees Pay the Bills
Sitting with the Darjees, it's hard to imagine that just 9 months ago they were living in squalor in a refugee camp in Nepal. Their apartment now has comfortable furnishings, colorful decorations lining the walls, a computer and lots of cooking equipment to prepare a nice meal.


Toasting Your Neighbor - To the east, New Hampshire is having its own liquid renaissance
“Made in New Hampshire” on a label doesn't confer the same shelf cachet as that magical “V” word. Yet our eastern neighbor is turning out fine and often imaginative libations. Wineries such as Walpole Mountain View Winery and Zorvino Vineyards are elevating the reputation of New Hampshire vino, often by experimenting with more grapes than their western neighbors do. The names Smuttynose Brewing Company and White Birch Brewing are familiar to beer lovers, and, when it comes to spirits, New Hampshire now offers its own limoncello (Fabrizia) and vodka and gin distilled from apples (at Flag Hill Distillery in Lee).


Washington, D.C.: Sturgeon Bay man's son dines with president
Marine Corps Capt. Stephen M. McNeil, a seven-year military veteran, represented New Hampshire veterans of the Iraq War.


COURTS / PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
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State of NH Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011


NH's top federal judge sidelined for thumb surgery


NH court weighs counsel for poor at abuse hearings


POLITICS
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Senate candidate - the real Angus King - fends off the anonymous attacks by 'some bozo ... with all these crappy twitters'
On Twitter, "Angus King" muses about how Eliot Cutler needs to lay off the whoopie pies, describes a Republican senator from New Hampshire as a "yummy little morsel" and says Brad Pitt should play the younger version of himself in "AngusBall: The Movie."


Audio: Interview with James O'Keefe on voter fraud potential in Vermont, New Hampshire


Energy independence critical for U.S. national security says Sen. Shaheen
Norfolk, VA – Energy independence makes our military more effective and our nation safer, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said at a Senate Energy Committee field hearing she held on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge in Norfolk, VA. The Kearsarge, an amphibious assault ship, is the fourth Navy vessel to bear the name and is named for Mount Kearsarge in Shaheen's home state of New Hampshire. Launched in 1992, it has received numerous awards for its energy and environmental programs, including the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Safety Award, the Secretary of the Navy Energy Award and the Department of Energy's Mobility Energy Efficiency Award.


OPINION
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Granny D' inspired change, walked across country
I learned a few very good things during my travels with Doris "Granny D" Haddock. The first, which sounds hackneyed, is that one person can make a difference. It's truer than I imagined.


USNH chancellor benefits university system


SPORTS
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Renegade Playground Challenge once again bringing Wild 5k obstacle course Mud Run to New Hampshire Motor Speedway
While it will take place on a course roughly 6k in length, the Renegade Playground Challenge is no ordinary 6k race, but is the ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes and ‘weekend warriors' looking for a unique challenge. Taking place October 6, 2012, the Renegade Playground Challenge will be held at the spectacular New Hampshire Motor Speedway. No, participants won't be running on the racetrack, but they will need to navigate over more than fifteen obstacles on a course that winds through the Speedway's massive property. The unique obstacles feature names such as Everest, Wall Banger, Tunnel of Doom, Dirty Dancing, Nutcracker, Jack and Jill, Speed Bumps, Shark Bait, and more.


Burns retiring as Kennett baseball coach
CONWAY — Bob Burns, the current all-time leader in New Hampshire school boy baseball victories in a storied career at Kennett High that spans more than four decades, will make his 41st season his last on the diamond for the Eagles this spring.


Lead fishing tackle and harm to loons, by Harry Vogel


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