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This Friday, April 17, 2015, photo shows two national chain restaurants to small businesses lining Seventh Ave in midtown Manhattan. New York is increasingly becoming chain store city. But some activists and lawmakers want to make sure small shops still have a place in the Big Apple. They’re proposing new rent-renewal rights for small businesses that they see as saving the personality of the city. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

In NYC, debate over saving small shops amid chains’ rise

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New York City is increasingly becoming a chain store city. Looking for a Seinfeld-style coffee shop? It’s sharing the city with 280 Starbucks and more than 530 Dunkin’ Donuts. A good neighborhood deli? It’s competing with some 460 Subways. And the corner store may well now be a Chase bank or Walgreens. Amid eye-popping rents and the demise of a …

Environmentalists re-establishing bay’s oyster colony in New Jersey

Sunday, April 19, 2015

A century ago, oysters were so plentiful in New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay that visitors would clamber off trains, wade into the water and pluck handfuls to roast for dinner. But decades of pollution, accelerated by rampant development along the bay’s shores, have reduced the oyster population to a small fraction of what it …

Wartime climate in Saudi puts calls for reform on hold

Sunday, April 19, 2015

An electronic billboard at an upscale Saudi mall flashes an advertisement for a designer fragrance before switching to images of soaring F-16s and King Salman saluting the troops. “The response has come to you who threaten the nation,” the caption says. “To those who test me, take this war as a reply.” The …

Video: Islamic State kills Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Islamic State militants in Libya shot and beheaded groups of captive Ethiopian Christians, a video purportedly from the extremists showed yesterday. The attack widens the circle of nations affected by the group’s atrocities while showing its growth beyond …

Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later

Sunday, April 19, 2015

He was good on paper: eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That’s why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child. Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with …

Officials: 3 shot, injured at Delaware State University cookout

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Three men were shot and injured Saturday night at a cookout on the Delaware State University campus, officials said, and authorities are searching for the shooter. The shooting happened about 8 p.m. at a university- sanctioned fraternity and …

For sale in Concord: Stunning landmark promises luxuries

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Rarely does a Concord landmark such as this come on the market! The distinctive brick Victorian at 232 South St. offers almost 10 acres in the heart of the desirable South End. Complete with a spectacular four-stall post …

Clay Wirestone: In celebrity status and over-the-top talking points, Donald Trump stands alone

Saturday, April 18, 2015

When businessman and potential presidential candidate Donald Trump took the stage at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Nashua yesterday afternoon, he didn’t mince words in talking about his fellow Republicans. “All the people you’re listening to, you can …

Study identifies business opportunities in downtown Concord

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Business in downtown Concord is missing out on about $19.4 million in sales. That number is the product of a retail gap analysis presented by Intown Concord last week. It attempted to find business sectors that are missing or could expand in the city. While the study found …

GOP summit underscores New Hampshire primary is a marathon, not a sprint

Saturday, April 18, 2015

For the political world – in New Hampshire and across the nation – it would be easy to assume all of the action was happening on the stage at the Nashua Crowne Plaza hotel this weekend. But the …

Campaign finance reform received cool welcome at GOP summit

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Campaign finance reform advocates calling themselves the New Hampshire Rebellion were first snubbed then outright booted from the Republican summit in Nashua this weekend. Rebellion Director Jeff McLean said his group was set to be a sponsor of …

Avoiding a fowl accident at FITN GOP summit

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The famed Crowne Plaza ducks were alive and well – and being paid close attention to at the #FITN Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua. A year and a half ago, David Campbell, a Democratic state representative from Nashua, …

Capital Beat: Summit gives voters a taste of what’s to come

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A slew of Republican Presidential candidates – declared or still weighing the decision – paraded across the stage in Nashua this weekend. It began as a wide field, with nearly 20 potential contenders, and now after the two-day …