N.H. News Roundup: Vigil today for James Foley, McDonough expected to plead guilty
FILE - This undated file still image from video released April 7, 2011, by GlobalPost, shows James Foley of Rochester, N.H., a freelance contributor for GlobalPost, in Benghazi, Libya. Foley has been allowed to make his first call to his mother since he was detained early this month by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. GlobalPost says Foley told his mother Saturday, April 23, 2011, at her home in Rochester, N.H., that he was fine, that he felt strong, was not injured and was being treated well. He told her he was in a Tripoli detention center. (AP Photo/GlobalPost, File)
Journalist James Foley, a Granite Stater, is still missing, but his family is still holding out hope.
A prayer vigil has been set today at 3 p.m. for Foley in Rochester. His mother has said it is a worldwide event, because Foley has so many friends and supporters across the globe.
Foley went missing on Nov. 22 in Syria while covering the civil war there, working as a freelance photographer. According to witnesses he was kidnapped by gunmen.
In May, his family came out with information that they believe he is a prisoner of the Syrian government.
The family said they debated whether to risk releasing the information, but did so in hopes that it will help bring him home.
Earlier in the year the Foley family even posted ads in Syria.
Foley is believed to be held with several other Western journalists including another American.
Here’s Foley’s Twitter account, last updated on Nov. 22.
In other news
∎ Lawyers say 19-year-old Kathryn McDonough will plead guilty to charges of hindering the prosecution, conspiracy and tampering with a witness in the death of 19-year-old UNH student Elizabeth Marriott in October.
∎ Voting fraud is a hot topic again in the Granite State after Republicans complained of “potential incidents of voter fraud” involving campaign workers who registered to vote last year while staying at the home of a Democratic state senator, then left the state after the election. Vice President Joe Biden’s neice, Alana Biden, is also accused of doing the same thing in the Granite State while working for President Obama’s campaign.
∎ The seemingly endless swarm of mosquitoes this season have tested negative for the West Nile virus – as of now.
∎ A house in Conway exploded just after a couple closed on it.
∎ It’s been 5 years since a tornado tore through 11 N.H. towns.
∎ A Rochester father and son are accused of tying a woman in her 80’s to her bed in Newington and robbing her.
∎ One insurance official says New Hampshire is “absolutely” on track to submit its recommendations on which plans it wants offered through the state’s health insurance exchange by July 31.
∎ Several submariners made their way to New Hampshire Motor Speed to volunteer during the race.
∎ The Live Free or Die Tattoo Expo is headed to the Radisson Hotel in Manchester this weekend.
∎ The UNH football team has been picked to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association this season.
∎ Fair season’s engines are roaring as North Haverhill, Canterbury and Hebron are all hosting their fairs this week.
∎ Here’s a few things to do this weekend – Kevin’s pick: The Steve Miller Band at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom.
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