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After 40 years in the family, Boutwell’s Bowling Center to change hands

Monday, December 22, 2014

After 46 years at Boutwell’s Bowling Center in Concord, owner Steve Birch is preparing to sell the lanes and spend a little more time with his family. But he won’t be checking in his bowling shoes for the final time. “I wouldn’t just sell the place and walk away for good,” he said. “It’s been too big a part of …

Downtown: Soup Gallery closes its doors, but not its kitchen

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Soup Gallery has closed its eatery in downtown Concord, but its chef plans to continue catering and selling soups at other area restaurants. Owner …

Digital director: Media companies need to adapt to new world through metrics

Monday, December 22, 2014

Ernesto Burden was recently named vice president of digital operations for Newspapers of New England, the Monitor’s parent company, which also owns the Valley News …

A chance to breach divide for young in Cuba and US

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-year-old medical student thinks …

Raul Castro: Don’t expect detente to change Cuban system

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cuban President Raul Castro sent a blunt message to Washington yesterday as the White House works to reverse a half-century of hostility between the U.S. and Cuba: Don’t expect detente to do away with the communist system. Castro’s …

Ray Duckler: Katherine Drouin’s battle moves in front of the camera

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Katherine Drouin’s fight against an eating disorder, featured in a two-part Monitor series last August, will be one of three segments chronicled in a TV documentary Monday night. The hourlong show, called My Strange Criminal Addiction, will start at 10 on Investigation Discovery. Drouin compulsively eats and purges, …

Effort to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, similar agencies on the horizon again

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Women’s health agencies and their supporters, including Gov. Maggie Hassan, are bracing for yet another attempt to strip state funding for Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions. Rep. Warren Groen, a Republican from Rochester, plans to …

New Hampshire opens applications for medical marijuana treatment centers

Saturday, December 20, 2014

If you want to apply for one of four spots to dispense on New Hampshire’s medical marijuana market, now’s your chance: The Department of Health and Human Services released its long-awaited request for applications yesterday afternoon. The department plans to select up to four alternative treatment centers – …

Ex-official pleads guilty to embezzling thousands from Pembroke football nonprofit

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A 47-year-old former official at Pembroke Friends of Football has admitted to having embezzled more than $13,000 from the organization. Lisa Wiggin pleaded guilty Thursday in Merrimack County Superior Court to one count of felony theft. She is expected to be sentenced next month to 90 days in …

Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response

Saturday, December 20, 2014

President Obama declared yesterday that Sony “made a mistake” in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond “in a place and manner and time that we …

Vigil to remember the homeless who died this year held at City Plaza

Saturday, December 20, 2014

About 50 people gathered at City Plaza in Concord yesterday evening for a candlelight vigil to honor the homeless men and women from across the state who died in 2014. During the event, over 45 known names of …

Road collapses in Winchester

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Authorities say a part of a road in the town of Winchester has collapsed under the weight of a truck. WMUR reported that the truck driver was not injured and the vehicle ended up in a nearby brook. Crews were repairing Old Chesterfield Road yesterday and hoped to …

Pakistan executes militants and bombards tribal areas

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pakistan hanged two convicted militants yesterday in the country’s first executions in years, while warplanes and ground forces pounded insurgent hideouts in a northwest region bordering Afghanistan – part of a stepped-up response to the Taliban slaughter of …