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April 23. 2013 12:35PM

Brad Cook: Democracy can't afford to be without newspapers

A songwriter once said, “Teach your children well.” I am not sure what else we need to teach them, but I know we need to teach them to read the daily newspaper, both from their locality, and from their nation, or they will only have the fragmented news purveyors to tell them what is going on, and they will have eliminated the news organizations that have the resources to employ the coming likes of James Reston, Patrick Buchanan, David Brooks, and, yes, Kevin Landrigan, Garry Rayno and John DiStaso.

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Scientific American: Is fluoride in private wells causing an IQ decline?

Certain other New England states such as New Hampshire (known as 'The Granite State') and Rhode Island may also have private wells at risk because they, too, sport large amounts of the potentially problematic rock.

Arbo Ministries alters course in effort to gain approval for new Gilford church

GILFORD — After getting to know their neighbors a little better, the couple who had hoped to turn a former farm on Curtis Road into a church have scaled back their plans.

NHPR Audio: In 2011, slain N.H. journalist talked about his capture in Lybia

Three years ago, NHPR's Jon Greenberg sat down with New Hampshire journalist James Foley.

Hot air balloon makes surprise landing on Salem porch

Some residents in Salem got a big surprise when a hot air balloon landed on the porch of a home on Tuesday.

Portsmouth fire chief: Use of Narcan saved man

PORTSMOUTH — Emergency medical technicians used an opiate antidote to save the life of a man in Gosling Meadows on Monday night, said Fire Chief Steve Achilles.

Cutter Tamaroa, known for 'Perfect Storm' rescue, to be sunk after preservation effort fails

'It's a sad state of affairs,' said Tom Robinson, executive director of the Zuni Maritime Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Richmond, Va., whose mission is to preserve the ship in an operational condition.

Legless woman who allegedly supplied fentanyl hours before double fatal to plead guilty

BRENTWOOD — A woman accused of giving unlicensed driver Darriean Hess the powerful painkiller fentanyl several hours before she killed two bicyclists last fall is scheduled for a plea and sentencing hearing at Rockingham County Superior Court today.

Reaction to new Durham traffic patterns mixed in wake of cycling fatality

DURHAM — Residents and visitors to Durham are having a mixed reaction to the revamping of the town’s Main Street in the wake of a freak bicycle-automobile collision that resulted in death of a 58-year-old town man.

NH trucker cited after trailer hits sheriff's van operated by driver with suspended license

Lanoie was charged with operating after suspension of his driver’s license. His license had been suspended for failing to pay a fine for a seat belt violation.

Lebanon College suddenly closes, all classes cancelled

Lebanon — Following years of economic turmoil, Lebanon College has canceled all of its classes for the upcoming fall semester.

Body of infant in auctioned self-storage unit returned, officials eye whether mortician rented other units in R.I. and N.H.

The infant, whose body was in a small, padded chest, wasn’t discovered until the auction buyer brought back contents he had removed from the unit at the request of police.

Top fed visits Loudon farm that received federal grant to help sell high-end hamburgers

The Miles Smith Farm in Loudon is getting a grant to produce and market local burgers. The 36-acre farm raises grass-fed beef.

Pease Air National Guard Base is home to the 157th Air Refueling Wing, which has been selected by the U.S. Air Force as the top Air National Guard base to receive the new KC-46A tanker.

Millions awarded for repair/maintenance at NH military bases

Awarded a $10,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sustainment/repair and maintenance, and military construction projects of various size and value for the National Guard, Pease Air National Guard Base, Concord Military Reservation, and all armories throughout New Hampshire.

A cluster of healthy big brown bats hibernate in a New Hampshire mine.

Nashua firm wins $150K grant to study use of ultraviolet light to save bats from blades of wind turbines

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $150,000 grant to Lite Enterprises, based in Nashua, N.H., to test the technical and commercial viability of this technology.

Broadcasters give NH-made Aereo another kick with new injunction request

ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision and Telemundo now want a federal judge to slap what they see as a long overdue nationwide and wide ranging preliminary injunction against the presently self suspended steaming service.

Ruling postponed on motion to dismiss charges against Gilford father arrested at Picoult book protest

LACONIA — Gilford police prosecutor Eric Bredbury has asked a judge to postpone ruling on whether to dismiss disorderly conduct charges against a local man arrested for his alleged behavior at a school board meeting.

Cornish school volunteer who changed baby's diaper in class says board's actions have convinced her to quit

CORNISH — An ousted Cornish Elementary School volunteer told the Cornish School Board at its meeting Monday night that she is not interested in coming back to volunteer and is disappointed in the way the board handled discussing the school's volunteer policy earlier this summer.

In bid to restore trust, cameras approved for Seabrook cruisers article

Cameras will soon be installed in police cruisers in Seabrook after the Board of Selectmen approved the $43,000 project Monday.

Inmate dong chin-ups on water pipe leads to flood at Belknap County jail

LACONIA — It got a little wet in the mens' minimum security dorm at the Belknap County House of Corrections on the morning of August 8 when a couple of minimum security inmates doing chin ups on a sprinkler system pipe broke it near the valve.

What will $100 get you? In NH about $94.16 worth of goods

Survey finds that relative to other state's NH consumers get about $94.16 worth of merchanidise for their hundred.

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