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Peter White (left) of Nottingham speaks to the crowd after receiving a large plaque from Ben Cohen for being the 50,000th stamper of The Stampede project during a rally in front of the State House in Concord on Thursday, July 31, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Report: Democracy in N.H. gets failing grades

Friday, July 31, 2015

New Hampshire’s democracy just brought home its report card – and it’s full of D’s and F’s, according to a report released Thursday by Open Democracy, a New Hampshire organization working to reduce the influence of money in politics. The 40-page report compiled over the past nine months grades the status of New Hampshire’s democracy in six categories: voting, civic …

Defendants in fatal hayride crash in Maine plead not guilty

Friday, July 31, 2015

All three defendants in a Halloween-themed hayride crash in Maine that killed a teenager and injured more than a dozen other passengers pleaded not guilty Thursday in their first court appearance. The driver, 55-year-old David Brown of South Paris, and a farm mechanic, 38-year-old Phillip Theberge of Norway, appeared in court to enter …

Breast-feeding rally to urge broader legislation in N.H.

Friday, July 31, 2015

When Janice Snyder began working at a Concord restaurant, the general manger let the nursing mother pump breast milk in the privacy of his office. But when a new manager who wasn’t comfortable with the arrangement took over, Snyder said she ran into problems. Despite her stated discomfort, the manager would sometimes come into the office to check email or grab his keys …

Long waits for treatment add to addicts’ desperation

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Shawn Cross thought heroin was making him an excellent manager at the auto parts store where he had gone from delivery guy to manager in five years. On the job, every day, every four hours, he snorted opiate pills or heroin. He hired addicts because they might help …

Shift in DHS enforcement policy could sharply reduce deportations

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Obama administration’s profound shift in its enforcement of immigration laws could “substantially transform” the nation’s immigration dragnet, reducing deportations and protecting nearly 90 percent of the illegal immigrants already here, a new report says. As the Washington Post reported this month, the Department of Homeland Security has …

Clinton says she’s confident about proper handling of emails

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she never knowingly sent or received classified information using her private email server and did not know what messages were being cited by intelligence investigators as examples of emails containing classified information. …

In Louisiana, Sanders starts courting black voters

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders brought his message of income inequality to racially diverse audiences in Louisiana this weekend, launching a new effort to build support among African-Americans, a key Democratic constituency. The 73-year-old senator from Vermont, a state …

Whitey Bulger’s bid for new trial heads to appeals court

Sunday, July 26, 2015

During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him immunity to …

Snapchat drives trend toward vertical videos

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Whether it’s in a movie theater, on TV or on a computer screen, the videos you watch have almost always been horizontal. The rise of smart phones has quietly rotated that standard 90 degrees, with people – particularly …

Maine’s smelts rebounded in 2015, but future still murky

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Maine’s beloved smelts rebounded somewhat in 2015, but state biologists say the little fish is still appearing in lower numbers than in recent years. Ice fishing for smelts is a tradition in Maine, where fishermen pan fry or deep fry the wriggling fish and eat them whole. They …

Scary headlines don’t deter investors

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The U.S. economy is growing at a painfully slow pace. Greece still threatens the euro. Chinese stocks have just pulled out of a frightening free-fall. Big companies in the U.S. are struggling to boost profits. You might think …

25 years on, disabilities act has changed lives of millions

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs’ world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family’s boat into an …

Pollard’s ex-wife: Israel should fund his legal defense

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The former wife of Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying for Israel, called Saturday on the Israeli government to pay for an attorney to facilitate his freedom amid international speculation he could be released soon. Jonathan Pollard …