What were you reading? The Monitor’s 15 most-read stories of March
In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Michael Smith, left, stands beside a Somerset County Sheriff deputy outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine. Officers armed with assault rifles descended on Smith's home after members of a tree removal crew he'd told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. The "gun" the tree crew had seen on Smith actually was a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach. (AP Photo/Morning Sentinel, David Leaming)
Pembroke's Pat Welch (right) defends against Portsmouth in the final game of the Division II championship on Saturday, March 16, 2014 at UNH in Durham. Pembroke, the defending champions, won the game and secured their title. Welch was named Player of the Year in his division, but had the title revoked after a tweet about Portsmouth that the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization considered "flagrant unsportsmanlike behavior."
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This undated image released by A&E shows Phil Robertson from the popular series "Duck Dynasty." Robertson was suspended for disparaging comments he made to GQ magazine about gay people but was reinstated by the network on Friday, Dec. 27. In a statement Friday, A&E said it decided to bring Robertson back to the reality series after discussions with the Robertson family and "numerous advocacy groups." (AP Photo/A&E,)
Sarah Dugan (left) carries her daughters Mackenzie (top), 7, and Taylor (bottom), 5, while playing in the family living room after school as Tim Dugan (right) latches from the dinner table on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at their home in Loudon. "That would usually be Dad doing that with them," Tim said. He recently had cancerous growths removed from around his small intestines and is beginning treatment for cancer. Friends and family are launching a fundraising campaign to help the family with medical costs.
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An employee weighs portions of retail marijuana to be packaged and sold at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. Colorado is making final preparations for marijuana sales to begin Jan. 1, a day some are calling "Green Wednesday." (AP file/Brennan Linsley)
From top, left to right: Julie Brasseau, Brett Carter, Corie Clemmer, Kristi Devlin.
From bottom, left to right: Angela Horn, James Wadleigh, Roland Thibeault, Roland M. Thibeault.
Kim Carbonneau, a special education teacher and resident of Allenstown, stands with other residents and employees of the Allenstown's school district outside the voting station holding signs to vote down Article 1 on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
Sophie Viandier, 21, is sworn in before the Andover select board meeting on Monday afternoon, March 18, 2014 while standing with J. Duncan Coolidge (center) and Jim Danforth (right) at the town offices. Viandier was voted to the Andover select board through write-in votes this year. The Andover native is planning on starting her own farm, Pay It Forward farm, using permaculture principles.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Practically every day, part of my job as web editor here at the Monitor is to see what you – the readers – are looking at while you’re hanging out on ConcordMonitor.com.
In March, marijuana was again a hot topic on our website, but an even bigger topic might have been Pembroke Academy basketball player Pat Welch, who had his player of the year award stripped after he sent an explicit tweet. Check out those stories and more below in the 15 most-read stories of the month:
1. “Maine man’s ‘gun’ turns out to be a tattoo” by the Associated Press. Published on March 20, 2014.
The police we called to the scene after some workers said a man with a gun told them to leave the area. It turns out the man just had a tattoo that resembles a hand gun tucked into a waistband.
2. “Pembroke’s Welch stripped of Player of Year award; Brady’s Bell new honoree” by Monitor staff. Published on March 24, 2014.
Welch’s award was taken away because of a tweet he sent moments after the championship game. The tweet included profanity which was directed at Portsmouth High’s basketball team.
3. “Ray Duckler: Let Pembroke’s Pat Welch be an example: Choose your words carefully” by Ray Duckler. Published on March 25, 2014.
Following the story mentioned above, Monitor columnist Ray Duckler spoke with Welch and his coach about the incident.
4. “Concord Christian Academy postpones event with ‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson” by Megan Doyle. Published on March 5, 2014.
The controversial reality TV star had been scheduled for an appearance in Concord last month. However, that event has now been pushed back until September.
5. “Concord court releases details in ‘extreme’ child abuse case” by Jeremy Blackman. Published on Feb. 28, 2014.
25-year-old Scott Diberto was arrested on charges of assault and child endangerment after his girlfriend’s daughter was severely and perhaps permanently injured.
6. “Young Loudon family faces Stage IV cancer diagnosis” by Iain Wilson. Published on March 29, 2014.
Tim Dugan was recently diagnosed with and started treatment for cancer. Friends and family are launching a fundraising campaign to help the family with medical costs.
7. “Netflix’s hit prison series ‘Orange is the New Black’ takes a funny turn” by the Washington Post. Published on March 21, 2014.
Netflix has officially decided that “Orange is the New Black,” its breakout TV hit will be classified as a comedy for awards season.
8. “N.H. House passes grow-your-own medical marijuana bill” by Kathleen Ronayne. Published on March 7, 2014.
The House voted in favor of a bill that would allow qualified patients and their caregivers to grow their own marijuana for medical use. The Senate will take up this bill, but Gov. Maggie Hassan said she won’t support it.
9. “LiveWell Magazine’s The best restaurants in Manchester: The Top 8” by LiveWell staff. Published on April 5, 2013.
This page made the Top 15 for the second consecutive month. This was a piece of a LiveWell series investigating the top eats in Manchester according to Yelp!’s website. This is a list of the top eight restaurants. It also links to reviews of four of the restaurants.
10. “Drug sweep in Allenstown and Pembroke leads to 8 arrests” by Jeremy Blackman. Published on March 28, 2014.
Eight people, including a father-son duo, were arrested last month after selling and distributing cocaine and heroin.
11. “LIVE BLOG: N.H. town meetings and elections 2014” by Kevin Deane. Published on March 11, 2014.
March means town meeting season in the Granite State. Plenty was on the line during the elections on that Tuesday. Results trickled in throughout the night.
12. “Ray Duckler: Selecting a woman who doesn’t fit the mold” by Ray Duckler. Published on March 22, 2014.
One of the winners from the aforementioned elections was 21-year-old Sophie Viandier. She won a spot as an Allenstown selectman as a write-in candidate.
13. “Concord preschool possibly one of several recent embezzlement victims” by Jeremy Blackman. Published on March 4, 2014.
Jennifer Hawkins, the former treasurer of East Concord Cooperative Preschool, was accused of stealing more than $4,600 from the school and doctoring monthly records to conceal the theft.
14. “Shakeup in Bow, no to Northwood full-day kindergarten as town meeting season kicks off” by Megan Doyle, Allie Morris and Felice Belman. Published on March 12, 2014.
More details from various town meeting and election across the area.
15. “N.H. House strongly defeats bill to legalize marijuana” by Kathleen Ronayne. Published on March 27, 2014.
After flirting with the idea of legalizing marijuana in the Granite State, the House overwhelmingly voted down a bill to do so, essentially putting an end the legalization of marijuana in the state (for now).
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