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Ray Stevens listens as his attorney makes her case before the judge sentenced him Wednesday in Merrimack Superior court.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Former Concord man pleads guilty in racist graffiti case, receives one-year jail sentence

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The messages were erased years ago, their bitter words scraped off, painted over, the clapboard sidings on which they were scrawled restored. But for the families inside, they lingered as terrifying reminders of the lives they once fled thousands of miles away, in Rwanda, Somalia, the Congo. “Your subhuman culture,” opened one. “You are not welcome here,” read another. “You …

Judges deny attempted cop-killer’s bid for shorter sentence

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A panel of New Hampshire judges has denied the bid for a shorter prison sentence for a man convicted of trying to kill a Manchester police officer. In a one-sentence ruling released Wednesday, the judges unanimously upheld the 60-years-to life sentence for 25-year-old Myles Webster. He was convicted of attempted murder after shooting …

State to release its Common Core results this fall

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A handful of states that participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the testing that corresponds with the Common Core State Standards, have released results, including two New England states. But New Hampshire, which participated in the testing for the first time this past academic year, is not going to join that list until later in the fall. Some of the states – …

PHOTOS: Hip Hop Hoop Recital brings kids to the stage in Concord

Monday, August 31, 2015

The third annual Hip Hop Hoop recital by A.J. Hooping brought kids from an East Concord playground to the West Street Ward House on Saturday night. …

Concord School Board to hold public information session for those interested in open board seats

Monday, August 31, 2015

Next week, the Concord School Board will host an informational session about the board’s duties for resid- ents interested in running for the board. On Tuesday, current board members will share their experiences and answer questions from prospective candidates. There will be three open seats for at-large board …

For clues to candidates’ strategies, look at ‘when’ and ‘where’ of TV ads

Sunday, August 30, 2015

When it comes to political advertising, it’s not always how much money a campaign or super PAC is putting down on an ad buy – where and when those ads are being placed, not to mention what they’re …

Riverbend expected to launch mobile crisis unit response program

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Starting Tuesday, Riverbend Community Mental Health Services is expected to roll out its official launch of New Hampshire’s first mobile crisis unit response program. The program – designed to serve as a way to diffuse mental health emergencies in the community to avoid hospitalization and prevent future issues …

Campaign event in N.H. the week of Aug. 31

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Presidential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire this week include: Monday, Aug. 31 Noon: Republican Ted Cruz, business roundtable series, Draft Sports Bar and Grill, Concord 2:30 p.m.: Cruz, Cruz for President New Hampshire Headquarters grand opening, Manchester Tuesday, …

Shaheen to endorse Clinton

Sunday, August 30, 2015

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen will endorse Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a Saturday event in Portsmouth. The Democratic senator will join Clinton at a New Hampshire Women for Hillary event. There, Clinton will talk about women’s issues …

Cruz puts his conservative values on full display at New Boston town hall

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has already made a name for himself as one of most conservative candidates in the race for the Republican nomination, but at a New Boston town hall event Sunday, one voter wanted to make …

Ray Duckler: Rape trial forces boarding schools to look in the mirror

Saturday, August 29, 2015

During the Watergate investigation 41 years ago, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee, wondering about Richard Nixon’s role in the scandal, asked, “What did the president know and when did he know it?” Baker’s succinctly worded curiosity has resonated …

Piping plovers increase on New Hampshire beaches this summer

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Hampshire has seen an increase in the number of piping plovers on state beaches this summer. Last year, six pairs of the endangered birds were spotted on beaches, with only two chicks surviving at least 25 days. This summer, there were three pairs nested on Hampton Beach …

Owing $80,000, Pittsfield woman asks court to stop town from evicting her

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The deed and the doorstep tell two different stories. Nearly a year ago, the worn, gray trailer with the green door and shutters became property of the town, after its owners failed year after year to pay property …