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The intersection of Central and Franklin Streets can be seen from one of the other buildings Todd Workman hopes to shepherd through renovations on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. 

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Permaculture: A way forward for Franklin?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Since 1967, boosters for revitalizing Franklin’s downtown have held at least five charettes, suggesting new curbs, vegetation, facades and other cosmetic changes to encourage investment and draw businesses to the neighborhood. Todd Workman is betting that his charette’s designs and his development group’s investments will work because this time, the suggestions don’t end where bricks meet dirt, but start way …

Capital Beat: Makeover of State House dome delayed

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Throughout the holiday season, the Christmas tree standing in front of the State House gleams and sparkles beneath dozens of colored lights. But glance upward, and the building’s gold dome doesn’t exactly match the theme. Gleam and sparkle all over, it does not. In several places, the gold gives way to patches of …

IRAQ: U.S., Iran aligned against Islamic State

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Iranian military involvement has dramatically increased in Iraq over the past year as Tehran has delivered desperately needed aid to Baghdad in its fight against Islamic State militants, U.S., Iraqi and Iranian sources say. In the eyes of Obama administration officials, equally concerned about the rise of the brutal Islamist group, that’s an acceptable role – for now. Yet American officials remain apprehensive …

NYC officer mourned at funeral as tensions linger

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Thousands of police officers from across the nation packed a church and spilled onto streets yesterday to honor Officer Rafael Ramos as a devoted family man, aspiring chaplain and hero, though an air of unrest surrounding his ambush …

Yes-We-Can president faces twilight of maybes

Sunday, December 28, 2014

It was supposed to be a joke. “Are you still president?” comedian Stephen Colbert asked President Obama earlier this month. But the question seemed to speak to growing weariness with the president and skepticism that anything will change …

U.S. mission in Havana to become embassy amid thaw

Sunday, December 28, 2014

A half-century after Washington severed relations with Cuba, the United States’ seven-story mission looms over Havana’s seaside Malecon boulevard as the largest diplomatic outpost in the country. Cuban guards stand at close intervals on the street outside, and islanders line up by the thousands each year for a …

Agonizing, lonely search for missing kids in China

Sunday, December 28, 2014

In the grainy video, Zhang Xiuhong can see her daughter ride her bike down a country road on her way to school one spring afternoon six years ago. In the next shot, Yao Li rides down a driveway …

North Korea slams U.S. over Internet shutdown, calls Obama a ‘monkey’

Saturday, December 27, 2014

North Korea yesterday compared President Obama to a “monkey in a tropical forest” as it blamed the administration for disrupting its internet access amid a hacking dispute related to the movie The Interview. The North Korean government has been fiercely critical of the film, a comedy involving a …

Study sees corollary between fast food, test scores

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fast-food consumption isn’t merely connected to increases in pants size – it’s also tied to significant decreases in test scores among school children, according to a new national study. Researchers at Ohio State University used data from a nationally representative sample of about 11,700 children to measure how …

On social media, trying to discern a rant from an imminent explosion of violence

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The shooting deaths of two New York City police officers are drawing new attention to the role that social media networks play as a platform for threats of violence, particularly against police and other law enforcement officials. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the officers’ alleged killer, posted a number of anti-police …

Tsunami survivors recall how mosques stood firm

Saturday, December 27, 2014

When a powerful tsunami smashed into Banda Aceh, Indonesia ten years ago, the only structures left standing in many neighborhoods were mosques. For the hundreds who found refuge within their walls, the buildings’ lifesaving role has not been …

Bills would aim to regulate drones in N.H.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

So, you got a drone for Christmas and now you need to navigate the rules for flight. You’d better keep an eye on the upcoming legislative session. At least two representatives plan to propose bills this session regulating the use of drones in New Hampshire, both in an …

PSNH asks for stays in big cases

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Public Service of New Hampshire officials and Republican state Sen. Jeb Bradley are hoping regulators will put two key cases involving the utility on hold so they can pursue settlement options. PSNH filed a motion with the Public Utilities Commission Friday asking for a pause in the pair …