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A view of the area where the Suncook River breached into the sand pit. The water in the old riverbed is running backwards on the right. (Courtesy)

On the Suncook River, a slow, rolling disaster response

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Nearly a decade after the Suncook River jumped its banks in Epsom – in the most dramatic change of course for a river in New Hampshire’s recorded history – the state is now beginning work to stabilize the waterway as it continues to evolve and threaten nearby infrastructure. Though some have accused the state of dragging its feet, Department of …

Ray Duckler: I wanted to track a moose, at a time when calves are dying

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Henry Jones peered through the trees, flashed a peace sign-like symbol, then flicked his index and middle fingers quickly back and forth, over and over, one at a time. “We’re close,” whispered Jones, a graduate student in a wildlife biology program. “I saw her ears move. She’s bedded down. No more noise. Take …

Man identified in fatal motorcycle crash on Route 106

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Concord police have identified the motorcyclist killed in a motor vehicle crash Friday afternoon. Robert Campbell, 59, of Haverhill, Mass., suffered fatal injuries after his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in the area of Route 106 and D’Amante Drive about 3:45 p.m. Friday. Campbell was transported to Concord Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The two occupants of the pickup truck …

Undercover Planned Parenthood videos reignite funding debate in N.H.

Monday, July 27, 2015

A pair of undercover videos showing portions of conversations with Planned Parenthood officials candidly discuss the practice of procuring aborted fetal organs for research – circulated in recent weeks by an anti-abortion organization, the Center for Medical Progress …

Sanborn: Drug czar should resign for failure to meet with police chiefs

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Hampshire’s drug czar came under increasing pressure from Republicans on Monday as a prominent state senator called for his resignation, citing reports from police chiefs that the man tasked with coordinating the state’s addiction response had yet …

Partnership lets Major League Soccer players earn degrees

Monday, July 27, 2015

Major League Soccer is striking a multiyear deal with Southern New Hampshire University that will provide full scholarships for players and internship opportunities for the school’s current students. The partnership, announced Monday, is the first of its kind for the 20-year-old league, which has 20 clubs throughout the …

Police cite lack of seatbelt in fatal Sanbornton crash

Monday, July 27, 2015

A 21-year-old Belmont man died Friday night when his car crashed off Route 127 in Sanbornton, ejecting him from the vehicle. Police said Benjamen Page was speeding without a seatbelt along a northbound curve when his Ford SUV veered off the road and crashed at the corner of …

Get the waffles! Maple syrup spill on New Hampshire highway

Monday, July 27, 2015

The only thing missing was the waffles. Authorities in Keene were in for some sticky times Monday when a load of maple syrup shifted in a tractor-trailer and leaked – very slowly – all over a main highway. Police Sgt. Thaddeus Derendal said some 220 gallons of the …

Woman accused of being accomplice in death reaches plea deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

A woman who initially pleaded not guilty to being an accomplice to first-degree murder in the death of her husband’s ex-wife in 2013 has reached a plea deal. Sarah Desjardins, 36, of Epping was charged in connection with the death of Amanda “Amy” Warf. Desjardins is scheduled to …

Governor signs bill modernizing securities regulations

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed a bill that modernizes securities regulations in New Hampshire, with the goal of making it easier for businesses to start up and grow. The Uniform Securities Act was signed into law Monday afternoon. …

Downtown: Sharing the load

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mark Day snacked on a doughnut in the sunroom at the Concord Homeless Resource Center on North Main Street, wearing a white-and-blue button-down shirt. A clean white-and-blue button-down shirt. Day, in his mid-50s, has been homeless in Concord for years. Both he and his belongings have been beaten …

Ray Duckler: Rock Hudson told the world he had AIDS, and everyone listened

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A press conference 30 years ago Saturday pushed fear and hope onto the same stage, at the same time. Rock Hudson’s publicist told the world that one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men, gaunt and unrecognizable from the days when his stunning good looks jumped off the screen, had …

Learning to fly: Concord Sports Center coach helps New Hampshire ballplayers hone their craft

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ping! It’s the sound you’ll hear ringing each day through the Concord Sports Center, a baseball factory that produces a conveyor belt of new-and-improved players. Big kids or small, young or old, the sound created by the collision …