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Retired U.S. Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor chides fellow retired justice David Souter about his glasses at the start of last night's Constitutionally Speaking program at the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord.  (Alan MacRae / for the Monitor)

O’Connor, Souter criticize lack of civics education

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Retired U.S. Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and David Souter didn’t always agree when they served on the bench together. But last night, appearing together at the Capitol Center for the Arts, they shared their mutual appreciation and unified concern for the state of civics education in American schools. “Our current national political climate makes promoting engagement, a shared … 3

GOP support for Democrat Pappas causes dustup

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Attracting endorsements can be a savvy political move and is a staple of every election cycle. But they can sometimes cause a stir, as they did this week when 50 Manchester-area Republicans endorsed Democrat Chris Pappas in the race for Executive Council in District 4. The endorsement drew a blistering response from Republican … 1

Hassan names Odell, Merrill to committee that permits Northern Pass, wind projects

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan has nominated Republican state Sen. Bob Odell and Democratic state Rep. Amanda Merrill to sit on the committee in charge of permitting Northern Pass and any future wind farms or pipeline projects in the state. The legislators would be among the first public members to serve on the newly reorganized Site Evaluation Committee, which sites and permits commercial-scale energy projects … 0

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 … 1

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 … 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 … 0

Downtown: Hair salons trying to cut through competition

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In Christian Michael Salon on North Main Street in Concord, owner Brian Waldron mixed hair color as he described his business as an art. At Trilogy Hair Studio just up the road, co-owner Gina Rogers talked about previously working in Waldron’s studio and declared one of her specialties … 0

Concord safety board delays action on disruptive property ordinance

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Concord Public Safety Board has temporarily delayed action on a proposed disruptive property ordinance. Members on Monday asked the city’s legal department to review the legislation and make a detailed recommendation by November. The city is considering the ordinance after receiving complaints from several residents about a … 0

CCSNH dips into reserves for $2.5 million for“strategic initiatives” in 2015

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Community College System of New Hampshire’s central office has been given the okay to use $2.53 million in reserve funds to cover “previously unbudgeted expenses for fiscal year 2015,” including five new positions in the chancellor’s office and a project to improve the system’s technology infrastructure. The … 1

Beer tent at Dunbarton Old Home Day benefits project to repair town hall

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The sky was gray overhead, but Michael Kemp’s demeanor was far from gloomy. Sporting a foot-tall hat shaped like a pint of beer, the Dunbarton resident stood outside of a beer-tasting garden at the town’s Old Home Day celebration yesterday and tried lure in passers-by. “There’s a few … 0

Dartmouth theme housing includes Harry Potter

Saturday, September 13, 2014

From Harry Potter to the “Herbifloor,” campus housing is becoming increasingly specialized at Dartmouth College. Students this fall could choose among three new residences designed as “learning communities” plus 10 “design-your-own” communities set up as blocks of rooms interspersed within general campus housing. The new options are in … 0

Supporters hope new legislation helps to protect the state against potential oil spills

Friday, September 12, 2014

Gov. Maggie Hassan ceremoniously signed a trio of bills yesterday that supporters say will strengthen the state’s protections against oil spills. The legislation – passed by the House and Senate this session – will affect the Portland-Montreal Pipeline that passes through New Hampshire from Shelburne to Lancaster along … 0

In labs and in the law, spice poses chemical conundrum

Friday, September 12, 2014

The culprit behind a string of overdoses and a recent state of emergency goes by several names: “spice,” “K2” or, more broadly, “synthetic marijuana.” That last one, however, is a misnomer – and a potentially dangerous one, at … 0