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Police command center helps keep peace on NASCAR race weekend in Loudon

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The race was in its earliest laps yesterday afternoon as a group of police officers huddled around a table in the middle of a grass lot on Route 106. Loudon police Chief Robert Fiske was discussing afternoon assignments for officers from Alton, Tuftonboro, Bridgewater and elsewhere assisting in race weekend coverage at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Any police and traffic operations over the weekend are handled at the police command … 0

Capital Beat: Rubens, Smith spar in effort to become top Brown challenger

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bob Smith and Jim Rubens each say with confidence that he will win the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen this November. But from the outside looking in, it sure looks like they’re in a scrappy fight for second place. The two did a bit of sparring this week after the … 0

Cop’s early jail release puts focus on obscure law

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The case of a former police officer who served a fraction of a one-year jail sentence for a hit-and-run accident that injured two teens has placed a spotlight on an obscure law. Veteran Manchester officer Steve Coco was convicted of two felony counts of misconduct and sentenced in March to a year in jail. David Dionne, superintendent of the Hillsborough County House of … 0

In downtown Somersworth, a microcosm of Main Street

Sunday, July 13, 2014

One side of the street was in shreds. From the counter inside Best Pawn & Exchange in Somersworth on Friday morning, we could see and hear the crews from Severino Trucking Co. digging up Market Street outside. “We’re hurting right now,” owner Rafi Dalal said. “But we’re looking … 0

Market Days event to offer teens chance to perform poetry

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Teenagers in New Hampshire have no shortage of opportunities to practice sports or play music. But Concord Public Library Foundation board member George Geers wants to make sure they also have plenty of chances to engage with poetry and perform at spoken word events in the area, too. … 0

Market Days still going after 40 years

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A lot has changed in 40 years. Loudon Road is full of stores now, not houses and farms. The internet has changed communications and commerce. One thing that’s remained the same: Concord still hosts a big party downtown … 1

William “Billy” Flynn, who killed Pamela Smart’s husband gets work release

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A man who was 16 when his adult lover recruited him and his friends to kill her husband in a case that inspired the Nicole Kidman movie To Die For has been moved to a minimum-security prison. William … 0

City council to consider grant application for Independent Living Concord

Saturday, July 12, 2014

If Nick Rizzo had his own apartment, he said he would like to have his friends over to visit. He would like to walk around his own place. And, of course, “eat ice cream,” he said. Nick, 24, has Down syndrome. Since graduating high school, he has been … 2

Life of service led Concord’s Tobin to NHLA, where he ends 40-year career

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lawyers at New Hampshire Legal Assistance know they can’t take every case that comes across their desk. But Executive Director John Tobin has made sure the cases they do take have the most possible benefit to the state’s … 0

Concord shoppers denied alcohol because of D.C. residency

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Travis Mitchell and a few friends stepped up to a checkout counter at the Concord Food Co-op last Saturday with some lunch items and two or three alcoholic beverages. Unsurprisingly, they were asked to show identification. Surprisingly, Mitchell said, they were turned away. The problem was not that … 6

The Insiders: Race for downtown to hear some cool music today and tomorrow

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Well, it’s Sunday the 13th, and we all know what that means, don’t we? Actually, it doesn’t really mean anything. But today is the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which means there are a few things you don’t … 0

Access important as summer lunch program participation grows

Saturday, July 12, 2014

As the number of New Hampshire students who qualify for federally subsidized lunches grows, so too has the need for and access to summer lunch programming. The average participation in daily summer nutrition programs statewide increased by 275 percent from 2011 to 2013, according to a 2014 study … 0

Manchester officer freed early returns to jail per court order

Saturday, July 12, 2014

A former Manchester police officer who was released from jail after serving a fraction of his one-year sentence for injuring two teens in a hit-and-run last year was back behind bars yesterday. The lawyer for former veteran Manchester police officer Steven Coco said his client returned to the … 0