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March 29. 2012 12:20PM

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NEWS
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AG memorandum warns police, county attorneys against the illegality of arresting those recording audio, video of police engaged in official duties
"While the Glick decision leaves much unanswered in terms of when and how the right to record may be limited, it makes clear that a person has a First Amendment right to both video and audio record police officers engaged in official duties in public places such as a park, in a public meeting, or on a public street or sidewalk, provided it does not interfere with the officer's performance of those duties. If a person engaging in such recording activity is arrested, the arresting officer could be subject to liability for his or her actions."


Murder trial delayed for man accused of killing NH scientist Eugene Mallove


Former prison guard charged with killing girlfriend and son looking for mercy
"What does it mean if the light of your life comes home with messy hair, lipstick smeared, in the presence of three men?" Niemoczynski asked the jury. "What is your breaking point? Is the person laughing at you?"


Decade ago this week, priest abuse suit rocked region
Before it was over, more than 40 adult men had become plaintiffs in a legal action against the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law and Bishop John McCormack, who had served with serial molester 'Father B'


Dartmouth fraternity says most charges dropped
The former head of a Dartmouth College fraternity says the college in New Hampshire has dropped hazing charges against all but three of its members.


Biologist probes impact of snow-challenged winters
Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire's White Mountains is one of two test sites.


Laconia man head butts girlfriend, she falls on bassinet, he gets charged with endangering welfare of child


BUSINESS
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Mascoma inks deal for Drop-In MGT yeast product and commercial roll-out
The MGT product, which is the first commercial application of NH-based Mascoma's proprietary consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) technology platform, is a bioengineered drop-in substitute for conventional fermenting yeast that lowers costs for corn ethanol producers by alleviating the need to purchase most of the expensive enzymes currently used in corn ethanol production.


Northeast markets eyed for oil sands as clean fuels standard fades
A Montreal pipeline company plans to transport tar sands oil to the Atlantic Coast for the first time, by reversing the flow of its Maine-to-Quebec oil pipeline.


New Hampshire income growth keeps pace with nation
BEA Report


Craigslist seller says scam artist tried to use real NH company to write fake check
Warner Power said its heard similar stories of bogus checks under its name from Pennsylvania, Washington and Ohio.


Foxwoods once allowed tribal members to live without money worries, now the resort is $2 billion in debt


Gilford officials warned against crack down on 30-day rental cap at 'hotel' condo
The 63 residential condominium units were approved by the Planning Board as a hotel/motel and limited to "transient occupancy." But, in 2006 the reception desk was abandoned along with any common management of rentals. Since then the 47 individual and corporate owners of the units have advertised and let their units, often for more than the 30 days prescribed by the ordinance.


FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT
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Granite State Roller Derby - Legislashers vs. Cherry Bombs - April 7 at Everett Arena in Concord


Dr. Robert A. Harney Inducted into National Disabled Ski Hall of Fame
In addition to his work as a founding member of Disabled Sports USA, Dr. Harney is a successful Orthopedic Surgeon practicing throughout the greater Boston Area.


COURTS / PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
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U.S. District Court - Katherine Ann Masso v. City of Manchester, Manchester Public Television, Jason Cote, and Manchester School District <<< Claim against school district dropped in sex discrimination suit regarding Manchester Public TV position, case continues.


U.S. District Court - Patricia Grassick v. Eric H. Holder Jr. <<< Some claims dismissed, case continues.
As a final comment, I note that Grassick has not cited, nor has my research unearthed, any case in which a plaintiff was successfully able to maintain a RICO claim on similar facts. There may yet be a case of employment discrimination and retaliation that proves the exception, but the theories on which Grassick relies in this action are deficient. It cannot be that any cause of action based on discrimination or retaliation becomes a RICO vehicle when an employee pursues available agency or court remedies and thereby becomes a witness. And it cannot be that any such cause of action becomes a RICO vehicle when an employer threatens to discipline the employee or makes misleading statements in conjunction with the use of mail or email. If these hypotheticals, each stating Grassick's implicit position, were law, our federal court system would be flooded with complaints seeking treble damages under RICO for garden-variety employment claims. That outcome cannot be what Congress intended when it crafted the civil remedy provision of RICO as a tool to combat organized crime.


U.S. District Court - Darren Starr v. Greg Moore <<< Inmate's suit against prison cook for fingering him as the reason special holiday meals were discontinued. Court rules on several issues here, case continues.



POLITICS
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IRS seeks 4,000 agents, $303 million to enforce Obamacare
The Internal Revenue Service wants to add about 4,000 agents to hunt down tax cheats and still plans to spend $303 million building a system to oversee Obamacare even though its future looks bleak in the U.S. Supreme Court.


Pentagon unaware of 'secret deal' on missile defense
Republicans have questioned where there is a deal between President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on missile defense since Monday, when Obama told Medvedev — in a private conversation picked up by a live microphone — that he would have "more flexibility" to deal with missile defense after the presidential election.


PRIMARY
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Washington Times: Romney rivals seen ‘tilting at windmills' in convention ploy
Steve Duprey, a New Hampshire Republican National Committee member who remains neutral in the race, said it is a “fantasy” to think that delegates at the convention will coalesce around someone other than Mr. Romney if he holds a big lead over his rivals, but falls shy of securing the 1,144 votes needed to win on a first ballot in Tampa, Fla.


Weekly Standard: Pravda endorses Obama, says Romney: 'Out-Of-Touch, Out-Of-Date, Unelectable'
"Electing Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States of America would be like appointing a serial paedophile as a kindergarten teacher, a rapist as a janitor at a girls' dormitory or a psychopath with a fixation on knives as a kitchen hand. His comments on Russia are a puerile attempt at making the grand stage and boy, did he blow it..."


OPINION
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Josiah Bartlett Center salutes Senate Scholarship Vote


EPA's new construction general permit: Contractors beware


SPORTS
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Renegade Playground of Manchester announces plans for more obstacle course mud run events in 2013
"The sport of obstacle course racing has grown exponentially in the past few years," explained Pete Lecours, co-founder of the Renegade Playground Challenge. "There's a pretty simple reason for that. These events are just plain fun. Our goal isn't to have participants prove how tough they are, but to prove they still can have as much fun as they did when they were kids. Crawling through mud, climbing over obstacles, running through streams, jumping out of a school bus, and having a beer when you're done. It's all the stuff your mom used to yell at you about, but now that we're adults, we're just going to do it on a bigger scale. And in 2013, we're going to do it in a lot more places."


Goodyear studying how to make a better tire for racing at NHMS
In addition to adjusting to the new pavement at Pocono and Michigan, Goodyear officials want to see if they can develop better tires for Dover and New Hampshire.


Oakley Progression Sessions: Loon Mountain Recap



Skiing Tucks
So if you are going to do Tuck's, check the Mount Washington weather and the avalanche report, pack accordingly, be prepared for a long hike in and out, and serious steep skiing.


Jr. Americans lose opener at hockey nationals to Nashua Panther Elites


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