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Weare police assistant sued former employer for sexual harassment

Monday, September 22, 2014

The assistant who has accused Weare police Chief John Velleca of shoving her to the ground following a brief affair also claims to have suffered sexual harassment at a previous job in Manchester. Jennifer Posteraro, 40, filed suit last year against her former employer, Citizens Bank, and a supervisor at its branch in Stop & Shop Supermarket on South Willow Street. Posteraro was a banker at the branch from September … 0

N.H. biologists come to aid of 3 loons caught in fishing line

Monday, September 22, 2014

Biologists have come to the aid of three loons tangled in plastic fishing line. Two of the loons have survived. One, which found in a cove in late August, had fishing line around its bill and tongue. Staff with the Lake Sunapee Protective Association untangled and released the emaciated bird, but it later died. One of the surviving loons, which had ingested a … 0

Hassan: Havenstein ‘would be a rubber stamp for Bill O’Brien and the Koch Brothers’

Monday, September 22, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan used an endorsement event yesterday as an opportunity to frame her track record as one of making investments for the state’s future and to pre-empt criticism lodged against her less than an hour later by her Republican opponent. Accepting an endorsement from the New Hampshire State Troopers Association at the group’s Concord headquarters yesterday morning, Hassan began by calling attention … 0

State Fair Association files complaint seeking tax exemption against town of Hopkinton

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Hopkinton State Fair Association is taking the town to court over its tax status, the latest development in a nearly yearlong dispute. In April, the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to deny the nonprofit a charitable tax exemption. Just days before this year’s Labor Day weekend … 3

Former dispatcher accused of selling drugs in Concord

Monday, September 22, 2014

The wife of a Chichester police officer has been arrested and accused of selling prescription painkillers in Concord last month. Angel Wright, 35, of Bradley Street in Concord was charged Aug. 29 with three Class B felonies for drug sales and acts prohibited. She has been released on … 0

Hillary Clinton to attend event for N.H. state senator

Monday, September 22, 2014

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton will raise campaign money for New Hampshire state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro. Clinton will attend a fundraiser next Tuesday hosted by former Massachusetts state senator Steve Baddour at his law firm in Washington, D.C., to benefit D’Allesandro. D’Allesandro represents Goffstown and parts of … 0

In wake of Ferguson clashes, a focus on arming local police

Saturday, September 20, 2014

In the weeks since heavily armed police officers took to the streets in Ferguson, Mo., following the shooting death of an unarmed black teen, a national dialogue has been ignited over the need to equip law enforcement with … 1

Ray Duckler: Looking to inspire others through a clear vision

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Randy Pierce is blind, but his tunnel vision is 20/20. Sure, he slipped on a rock during a recent hike, and walked into a branch because his guide dog, Autumn, was sniffing on the job. But Pierce sets … 0

Democrats criticize Republican candidates at party dinner in Concord

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Over traditional fare of turkey and apple cider, Democrats used a party-organized dinner last night as an opportunity to attack Republicans running in this November’s election. “It’s very clear that this is a critical election and that there … 3

Downtown: Hoping customers will follow suit, Main Street businesses back Discover Downtown campaign

Monday, September 22, 2014

In Things are Cooking on North Main Street, a cluster of customers stared at the coffee maker with equal parts confusion and curiosity. They peered at the sleek features of the Nespresso machine and examined the plastic pods of accompanying coffee. One woman leaned in for a closer … 5

Letter: The toast of downtown

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I was listening to an interview about the craft beer scene in New Hampshire on TheTapHandleShow.com, and it got me thinking. What downtown Concord needs is not another upscale store or bar/pub that sells itself as an upscale experience. What the downtown needs is a craft brewery. The … 0

Century Ride returns a year after tragedy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

About 1,400 bicyclists are expected to participate in the Seacoast Century Bicycle Tour this weekend, a year after two cyclists were killed in Hampton. Organizers told WMUR that they were encouraged to continue the event in honor of 60-year-old Pamela Wells and 52-year-old Elise Bouchard, who were killed … 0

Lawmakers wary of university budget proposal

Saturday, September 20, 2014

While some New Hampshire lawmakers like the idea freezing in-state tuition at public colleges for another two years, they aren’t ready to increase funding for the university system by 34 percent. After years of significant increases, resident tuition at University System of New Hampshire schools was frozen at … 2