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April 26. 2012 12:34PM

NH news from around the web - Updated 4/26

NEWS
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Alarmed by abuses, Mass. looks to ban use of EBT cards in New Hampshire, elsewhere
Galled by alleged abuses by recipients of welfare cash benefits -- from spending on tattoos to bail to booze and lottery tickets -- House lawmakers girding for additional restrictions on the use of electronic benefit cards expect to slam headfirst Wednesday into critics of their push.


North Country man indicted in hunting death
A Grafton County Grand Jury concluded that Wade S. Holmes, 49, “failed to identify with certainty” his target and fired the shot that killed Kenneth Brunelle of Marlboro, Massachusetts.


Elderly NH woman in Fla. fights off jewelry thief with walker
Staples is from New Hampshire, but she's staying at her daughter's house at the Harbor Town apartment complex off University Drive in Plantation ahead of a cruise vacation next week.


Cat missing three years reunited with owner


Former Dartmouth College official admits embezzling from Vermont, New Hampshire nonprofits
The government maintains Bruce D. McAllister, 79, of Thetford was involved in “misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars”..


Maine man faces NH welfare fraud case


Dartmouth to expand gender-neutral housing options in fall


Settlement reached in drowning rescue suit in NH
NEWPORT, N.H. (AP) — After five years of litigation, the children of a Vermont woman who drowned while being transported by a New Hampshire-based airboat rescue squad have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against the squad.



BUSINESS
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Planet Fitness lawsuit puts IPO plans on hold
A status conference is scheduled for Thursday in New Hampshire District Court before a judge in a case involving the owners of Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, and their New York franchisee partners in PFNY LLC.


NECN Video: Oxford, Maine hopes big gamble pays off


NHBR: 2010 personal income grew in all N.H. counties
Statewide, personal income in grew 2.79 percent from 2009 to 2010 and 4.8 percent from 2010 to 2011.


Kostrzewa: Drugmaker's sales soar in early 2012
First-quarter results from publicly-traded companies have been spotty. But one standout is Alexion, the Connecticut-based company that manufactures the drug Soliris in Smithfield and in New Hampshire . Alexion reported sales of Soliris soared 47 percent to $244.7 million, compared to a year ago.


S&P cuts Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline to 'BBB-'
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services lowered its corporate credit and senior unsecured ratings on U.S. gas pipeline company Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline LLC (Maritimes US) to 'BBB-' from 'BBB'. We also revised the outlook to negative from stable.


Top Utility Stock Pick: U.K.-Based National Grid PLC


FEATURES / ENTERTAINMENT
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Logging at Pisgah State Park in Chesterfield aimed at improving habitat
Kathy Thatcher, president of Friends of Pisgah Inc., said she and others are opposed to the amount of land that will be used - she stated that 6-4 percent of the park's property will be affected over time - and the work that will be done on Horse-shoe Road, where she said a lot of park users use a parking lot.


Fosters: Rochester woman to be only deaconess in United Methodist Church in N.H.
The motto of the deaconesses and home missioners is, "I serve neither for gratitude nor reward but from gratitude and love; my reward is that I may serve."


Blind, autistic NH Catholic boy to sing at big nondenominational Florida rivival
“It's about building community and we like that it's interdenominational,” mom Christine Duffley said. “Chris isn't just for other Roman Catholics, he's for God's church and coming together as one body, encompassing so many churches.”


Cabinet: Bishop pleased by renaming of Jew Pond, explains when use of "Jew" is a pejorative
“It is my understanding that local historians and reporters believe that this pond was probably named as a ‘snide joke' or ‘insult' aimed at the Jewish owners and clientele of a nearby hotel. As Jeff Fladen of the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire has publicly noted, it is the use of ‘Jew' as an adjective that is pejorative. It is different than the use of the word ‘Jewish' or ‘Christian' because it is added as a stinging barb, the way that a bigot in private company would mention a ‘Jew lawyer' or ‘Jew doctor.' You just absolutely know it's meant to convey some measure of contempt.”


The Wire: Winnacunnet teacher and Dover resident will lead 'Digitalliteracynh'
Hobbs, of Dover, received the award for his proposed project “Digitalliteracynh.” He will spend the sabbatical year working with teachers around the state gathering how they promote 21st century reading and writing skills and sharing his research via a website and blog.


Sarah Silverman on 'Take This Waltz' nude scene: 'It's not pretty'


COURTS / PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
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US District Court - Claims against Lebanon officer for malicious prosecution dismissed
Malicious prosecution is a state-law cause of action. Accordingly, Officer Mele cannot defend himself by resort to qualified immunity. Nonetheless, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has recently held that defendant police officers can avail themselves of official immunity in suits where plaintiffs allege common-law torts. See Everitt v. Gen. Elec. Co., 156 N.H. 202, 219 (2007). I determine that Officer Mele is entitled to official immunity, and I therefore grant his motion for summary judgment on the malicious prosecution claim.


POLITICS
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Roll Call: ‘Orphan districts' present perks and pitfalls
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called them “orphan districts” — Congressional races in states without a marquee contest at the top of the ticket, including the presidential race.


NHPUC Chairman Thom Getz in DC today testifying before U.S. Sentate Energy and Natural Resources Committee regarding grid reliability during weather events


PRIMARY
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Presidential politics with a Conway twist
Holly Shulman, from the Obama campaign, put out a release April 17 with the headline, "Mitt Romney's Proposal to Gut the Department of Education Could Put More Than $2 Million for Conway Schools At Risk."


OPINION
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Incoming UNH freshman has pre-college jitters!


NHCLU staff attorney Barbar Keshen: Victim of a crime? Leave a message
"Although we have recently raised the cap on the amount of compensation that a victim of a crime can receive, the amount that we provide to victims is not so much modest as it is niggardly."


SPORTS
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DesMoines Register: New Hampshire team surpasses Martensdale-St. Marys' record


Dionne has transformed his body, game in second season for Duke
Josh Dionne came out of New Hampshire looking for a team that played at the “highest level of college lacrosse” and where he could also be a part of one of the finest academic institutions in the nation.


Group hopes to lay groundwork to convince Fisher Cats that Ottawa can support a Class-AA club
Champions of Ottawa announced their new youth-oriented campaign, For the Love of the Game in Ottawa, in an effort to gain more support to bring a Class-AA minor league baseball team to the city during an April 19 event at the Ottawa Baseball Stadium. Founder of the grup, David Gourlay, said the ticket campaign needs 2,500 deposits, a number the group believes will prove to prospective teams Class AA teams, like the Toronto Blue Jays affiliate New Hampshire Fisher Cats, that baseball is in demand and a profitable enterprise in the capital.


NYT: A man on a wire above China's ‘Grand Canyon'
HONG KONG — The best American rock climbers would already seem to have their hands full, from the Gunks and the granite crags in New Hampshire to the Hueco Tanks boulders in Texas, to the storied routes in Yosemite like Half Dome and El Capitan. So what was Dean Potter, one of America's leading professional climbers, doing a mile above a canyon in China last weekend?



Boston Red Sox pitcher to make rehab start in Portland Saturday
Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, "Dice K," is scheduled to make a rehab start for the Portland Sea Dogs on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hadlock Field when the Sea Dogs take on the Reading Phillies, the Sea Dogs reported yesterday.


Pastrana 199 Racing debuts iRacing.com Toyota Camry at Richmond
The world's leading online motorsports simulation, iRacing.com will also serve as the primary sponsor of Pastrana's car in K&N East races at Langley Speedway, Iowa Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), as well as an associate sponsor of his Nationwide Series entry at NHMS in July.


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