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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Marial still in spotlight, Manchester police sergeant arrested

Olympic marathon runner Guor Marial spoke to English Language Learning students at Concord High School, where he first ran track. He donated his Olympic bib number to the high school. Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

(Samantha Goresh/Monitor Staff)

Olympic marathon runner Guor Marial spoke to English Language Learning students at Concord High School, where he first ran track. He donated his Olympic bib number to the high school. Tuesday, September 11, 2012. (Samantha Goresh/Monitor Staff)

We’re nearly a year removed from the 2012 Olympics, but runner Guor Marial is still a story.

The man who grew up in Concord was big news during the summer because he qualified for the Olympics but found himself without a representation. He was not yet an American citizen, and his native South Sudan had only just become a country and wasn’t yet recognized by the International Olympic Committee. He ended up running as an independent in the marathon event, finishing in 47th place.

Marial is now the subject of a new documentary in production called “Runner Without a Country.” Film director Bill Gallagher said he learned of Marial through articles and knew he had to speak with him.

Gallagher has set up a Kickstarter page asking for donations to help with the film. There are levels of donations ranging from $1 to “George Clooney” status ($10,000), each with a perk. The site’s goal is $12,000.

It’s great to see Marial become the focus of so much attention. He’s shown time and time again that he is a high-character guy, and he has definitely not forgotten about Concord or New Hampshire.

In other news:

∎ Manchester police Sgt. Stephen Coco was fired and then arrested after a hit-and-run accident involving two pedestrian teenagers.

∎ UNH President Mark Huddleston was on The Exchange on NHPR this morning. If you missed it, check out the live blog.

∎ The Durham police are concerned about a Twitter account asking for pictures of students who have passed out drinking.

∎ There’s going to be heavy construction on I-93 between Exits 1 and 5.

∎ Cultural Homestay International is looking for N.H. volunteers to host students for the 2013-14 school year.

∎ Bear cubs are about to be released from the Lyme Sanctuary.

 April 4-13 is Restaurant Week in Portsmouth and the Seacoast.

∎ The 25th annual Funds for Education Golf Tournament will be Aug. 7 at Beaver Meadow Golf Course.

(Have ideas for the roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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