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Shea-Porter, Guinta gear up for a ‘threematch’

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter and Republican Frank Guinta aren’t just in a rematch in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District. They’re in a “threematch.” The November election will feature the same two candidates for the third straight time, turning the district into a best-of-three pingpong tournament, and it’s the voters who are bouncing back and forth. Shea-Porter held the seat for two terms until Guinta defeated her in 2010, and then she … 0

Ray Duckler: Jumping into a new phase in life

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Spencer Reed, emotionally guarded most of his life, landed Friday with the eyes of a child who’d just gotten a puppy. He turned 90 on Thursday, but his seven children are enjoying his rebirth lately, a face-lift of the soul. He jumped from a plane 13,500 feet in the air and says, “I’d … 0

New approach to suicide prevention debuts at John Stark Regional High School

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Last week, students in health classes at John Stark Regional High School in Weare received cards with a piece of advice spelled out clearly at the top: “Some Secrets Should be Shared.” Part of a new program on suicide prevention, the cards go on to explain: “If you are worried about a friend, it’s important to ACT.” That acronym stands for Acknowledge, Care … 0

Sununu youth center found compliant with strict new federal guidelines

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services announced yesterday that the Sununu Youth Services Center has become compliant with stringent federal guidelines that seek to prevent rape and other sexual abuse in correctional facilities. In a statement, HHS said the juvenile detention center, located in Manchester, is one … 0

Concord robber’s high court appeal sparks debate on police personnel files

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The state Supreme Court yesterday seemed open to a request from James Rand, the Concord prisoner convicted of two robberies in 2012 while mistakenly out on parole, to send his case back to superior court and order a review of the personnel files of all police officers who … 4

Hopkinton Board of Selectmen meet to address ‘high’ risk level for EEE

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Hopkinton Board of Selectmen met briefly last night to discuss the case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis that was confirmed in an adult from Hopkinton on Wednesday and the increased risk level of the virus. This is the second human case of EEE of the season; the first … 2

High school in Bristol locked down after student threatens to harm himself

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Newfound Regional High School was temporarily locked down yesterday morning after a student threatened to harm himself, according to authorities. The student, who has not been identified because he is a juvenile, was found in the school parking lot and taken into custody shortly before 8 a.m., said … 0

Supreme Court hears appeal of man who shot Manchester police officer

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Manchester police Officer Dan Doherty says it’s ludicrous to doubt the reliability of his identification of the man who fired seven shots into his body at near point-blank range. “I looked right at him while he was shooting … 1

New Hampshire primary turnout was 19 percent

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A little more than 19 percent of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primaries, Secretary of State Bill Gardner said. Gardner said the 121,881 Republican ballots cast was the third-highest number of votes cast in a Republican primary. In contrast, only 43,556 ballots were cast in the Democratic … 0

Canterbury woman part of national effort to protect monarch butterflies

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The 16 chrysalises in Donna Miller’s Canterbury backyard represent a humble contribution to a national effort. From each green pod – about an inch long – will hatch the recognizable orange-and-black wings of a monarch. The eastern U.S. … 0

Concord podiatrist suspended over allegations of unsanitary practices

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Concord podiatrist’s state medical license was suspended yesterday after an investigation allegedly revealed unsanitary practices. The attorney general’s office said in a statement that the state Board of Registration in Podiatry had temporarily revoked the license of Edward Newcott, as he posed “an imminent threat to the … 1

After primary, Democrat incumbents officially start their campaigns

Thursday, September 11, 2014

After spending months out of the spotlight while Republican primary candidates waged war against each other, the Democratic incumbents in the state’s top offices officially began their general election campaigns Tuesday night. The campaigns of four major office holders – Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and … 5

Ray Duckler: Remembering how we got here, and where we might be going

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mike Pelletier gave the Iraqi children backpacks filled with chalk, pencils and paper. The children, in turn, gave Pelletier hope. He said yesterday he could see the appreciation in their eyes 10 years ago while serving in the … 0