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Ray Duckler: War and sand replaced by magic and snow

Sunday, December 21, 2014

For Greg and Amber Card, neither place seemed real. Not the Middle East, with its enemy soldiers, blood and death. Not the North Pole, with its Santa Claus, elves and magic. Call them contrasting visions, fighting for a foothold in the couple’s minds. Earlier this month, they were invited to something called Christmas Can Cure, an annual five-day event in …

Concord to abandon disruptive property ordinance, for now

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Concord Public Safety Board has advised the city not to pursue an ordinance that would have tightened restrictions on disruptive properties, an idea first …

Iraq’s Shiite fighters desert over shortages

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Abu Murtada al-Moussawi answered the call last summer from Iraq’s top Shiite cleric to help save the country from the Islamic State, but after less …

Churches stake out new ground in N.H.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

In this mostly secular pocket of the country, after years of declining attendance, some churches have upended the trend by bucking tradition. Local pastors said people are frustrated by the politicization of religion and the petty arguments between …

As newly appointed House Counsel, Chuck Douglas advises Republicans to ‘move on’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

As the newly appointed House legal counsel, Chuck Douglas’s chief responsibility is to deal with disputes over House rules. And the former Republican congressman and state Supreme Court justice already has a piece of advice for this fledgling …

Capital Beat: A taste of things to come on display at the State House last week

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rep. Shawn Jasper may have defeated former speaker Bill O’Brien to lead the House, in what turned out be a highly divisive vote, but Jasper’s speakership is getting off to a familiar start, policy-wise that is. Jasper chairs …

Seattle home a constant work in progress

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Unlike most homes you see featured in the media, this one is decidedly unfinished. Probably always will be. Because at the home/studios of artists Sherry Markovitz and Peter Millett it’s all about the journey. “I like it,” says …

On Kickstarter, everyone wants to be ‘Staff Pick’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Want your project to get selected as a “Staff Pick” on crowdfunding site Kickstarter? Good luck with that. Entrepreneurs and other users have been seeking the secret to getting their projects selected as a Staff Pick – a …

Chichester rescue has a record 64 puppies

Sunday, December 21, 2014

If you’re looking to give the gift of a puppy this holiday season, you might want to give Teresa Paradis a call. Because she has 64 of them. And that’s a lot of puppies to manage. Paradis is …

As part of artist-in-residence program, Henniker students learn about African culture

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Social studies teacher Beth Spaulding is teaching the sixth-grade students at Henniker Community School about Africa this year, beginning with ancient kingdoms and working through to modern history. Enforcing the cultural piece of the curriculum is artist-in-residence Segun …

2014 a big Lyme disease year in upper New England

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Environmental factors and improved reporting methods led to another year of high Lyme disease totals in northern New England. Reported cases are expected to be on par with or even top recent records set in Maine, Vermont and …

New York City: Sources: Cops’ killer angry about Garner

Sunday, December 21, 2014

A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two officers in a patrol car and shot them to death in broad daylight …

North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking

Saturday, December 20, 2014

North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. yesterday into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with …