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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 …

No word yet from Fidel amid historic US-Cuba shift

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Everyone in Cuba is talking about the startling turn in relations with the United States, with one notable exception: Fidel Castro. So far, the larger-than-life retired Cuban leader has made no public comment on the biggest news in …

Holiday shopping season comes down to the wire

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Despite an early start, sales data provided to the Associated Press show that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales rose 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday compared …

Notorious Sanbornton logger pleads guilty to cheating landowners out of thousands

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gary Bardsley, the 51-year-old Sanbornton logger who has been repeatedly cited for damaging wetlands and who pleaded guilty last year to writing a bad check, has now admitted that he bamboozled landowners out of tens of thousands of dollars. On Thursday, Bardsley pleaded guilty in Merrimack County Superior …

State Supreme Court allows Breest plea to move forward

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Just a few months ago, Robert Breest’s quest for freedom seemed to be fading, and fast. The 76-year-old, convicted four decades ago of murdering a young Manchester woman and tossing her body onto the frozen Merrimack River, had been denied a plea for a new trial, based on …

Ten weeks in, striking FairPoint workers, supporters rally on State House lawn

Friday, December 19, 2014

Roughly 200 people marched and chanted outside the State House this afternoon, including striking employees of FairPoint Communications, and one man dressed as Santa Claus. “All I want for Christmas is a fair contract,” read many of their …

Advocates share ideas on how to help Concord’s chronically homeless at forum

Friday, December 19, 2014

A panel of Concord’s most prominent advocates invited discussion of ideas to permanently address the city’s chronically homeless population at a Monitor-sponsored forum last night. Representing the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, the soon-shuttering cold weather shelters, city …

Media blitz in Conway case shifts focus from abductee to alleged abductor

Friday, December 19, 2014

The name they want you to remember is Nathaniel Kibby. But for more than a year now, the name that has captivated the state and much of the surrounding region has been that of the Conway teen who mysteriously vanished one afternoon in October and then, just as …

N.H. customers continue FairPoint complaints, as negotiations stall

Friday, December 19, 2014

At 2 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving, a tree knocked down power and telecommunication lines outside Sarah Grund’s home in Boscawen. Despite repeated calls to FairPoint Communications, no one came to restore service or remove the wires that were sitting in snow, Grund said. She was still waiting …

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

Friday, December 19, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court yesterday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and …

Digital dilemma: How will US respond to Sony hack?

Friday, December 19, 2014

The detective work blaming North Korea for the Sony hacker break-in appears so far to be largely circumstantial, the Associated Press has learned. The dramatic conclusion of a Korean role is based on subtle clues in the hacking …