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June 29. 2013 2:52PM

'Gay Bride' musical by Seacoast duo has messy divorce in NYC

PORTSMOUTH — Billy Butler and Dane Leeman, co-authors of the musical "Gay Bride of Frankenstein," have been sued by their producer, who alleges they breached their contract for commercial development of the play in New York.

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Laconia tells court suspension of officer was proper & warranted

LACONIA — The city has filed its response regarding the police officer who is challenging her two-day suspension in the Belknap County Superior Court.

$8M contract for BAE Sytems countermeasures

BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, was awarded an $8,005,521 modification (P00018) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0045 for limited scope services to provide additional development and testing of the current Common Infrared Countermeasure Technology Development phase system

40 percent of workers aren't taking their vacation time

About 40 percent of us don't plan on using all of our paid time off this year, according to a new survey released Tuesday by the U.S. Travel Association and GfK, a market research firm.

PDA sees significant increase in noise complaints

Hopper, the director of the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, said the number of complaints or inquiries to the airport's noise line rose from 13 in June to 27 in July and then to 63 through Aug. 20.

Stunning growth of Salem firm lands it at #161 on Inc. 5000

Salem-based RocketDrop ranked higher than any New Hampshire company had in recent years. The wholesale distributor of consumer electronics, such as smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles, was ranked at No. 161, taking the top spot in the state.

Franklin Pierce president stepping down after tough year

The 2013-14 academic year was a difficult one for the university. James F. Birge announced in January the administration's decision to cut six academic majors.

NHPR: Berlin Biomass plant fully operational, but contract may cost ratepayers $125M more over 20 years

A new biomass plant in Berlin is finally producing electricity for Public Service of New Hampshire under a controversial 20-year contract that a report says will cost PSNH ratepayers $125 million more than if the electricity was purchased on the open market.

Proceeds from student's Saturday yard sale in Laconia to help poor kids

LACONIA — A New Hampton School student from Laconia will be holding a yard sale at 122 Morningside Drive on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to raise funds for The M.A.D.D.Y. Fund she started to help disadvantaged youngsters.

Weather causes large deposits of seaweed at Rye beach

RYE — Last week's huge rainstorm has left a smelly problem on Cable Beach.

Tooth Fairy feels the pinch after overspending

The Tooth Fairy is holding her purse strings a bit tighter. She left 8% less this year - or an average of $3.40 for every lost tooth she finds under a pillow - down from $3.70 in 2013, according to a survey from Visa out Thursday.

UFO festival set for Labor Day weekend in Exeter

The festival is being put on by the Exeter Area Kiwanis Club. The festival has been held in downtown Exeter for the last four years, drawing UFO enthusiasts from across the country.

Suicide with a gun seven times more likely than being murdered with a gun in NH

New Hampshire had a firearm suicide rate of 7.36 per 100,000 people with 97 suicides in 2012, according to News21 data.

Townshend, Vt. shooting deemed murder-suicide; NH conducting autopsy of victim

An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Concord, N.H., showed that McFadden's manner of death was homicide, and she died of a gunshot wound to the head and a second gunshot injury to her neck, police said.

Seabrook case offers lessons for Portsmouth police probe of officer named in will

PORTSMOUTH — While city officials plan for an independent probe of a police officer's contested $2.7 million inheritance, Seabrook's town manager said an outside agency that investigated police wrongdoing in that town was affordable, fast and professional.

Claremont postmaster indicted for alleged thefts from PTO

Remick is alleged to have taken more than $2,000 between September of 2012 and March of this year, before she was caught by employees at Claremont Savings Bank and the Claremont Middle School.

For all its horror, Foley's death isn't changing views of lawmakers in D.C.

President Barack Obama said the United States wouldn't scale back its military posture in Iraq in response to James Foley's killing.

Syrian activists pay tribute to beheaded NH journalist

Anti-government activists in Syria have paid tribute to American war journalist James Foley, who is believed to have been beheaded by militants Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq.

ISIS backer Qatar condemns beheading as un-Islamic

DOHA: Qatar, accused by a German minister of financing Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) jihadists, condemned Thursday the group's beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley as a "crime against the principles of Islam."

Tea company finds Laconia 12th most honest, blondes most honest, women more honest than men

LACONIA — A nationwide social experiment conducted by Honest Tea, makers of organic beverages, found that 89-percent of people here — or at least the people visiting here — are honest, placing Laconia 12th among the 61 cities surveyed.

Mystery tombstone lying in Laconia stream

LACONIA — A white marble tombstone lying in Durkee Brook, just downstream from the bridge on Academy Street, is ridden with riddles.

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