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Beji Caid Essebsi, 88, a minister and parliamentary speaker under previous presidents, waves during a campaign speech in the region of Kef, north of Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, Dec.17, 2014. The runoff pits Caid Essebsi against outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki, a veteran rights activist for Dec.21 second round of the presidential elections. (AP Photo/Ilyess Osmane)

Exit poll: Ex-regime official is Tunisia’s new president

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tunisian polling firms have declared Beji Caid Essebsi, an 88-year-old official from previous regimes, as the winner of yesterday’s presidential runoff, cementing his dominance over a country where his party already controls parliament. The runoff election marks the culmination of a four-year-long rocky transition to democracy after Tunisians overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, kicking off pro-democracy …

As newly appointed House Counsel, Chuck Douglas advises Republicans to ‘move on’

Sunday, December 21, 2014

As the newly appointed House legal counsel, Chuck Douglas’s chief responsibility is to deal with disputes over House rules. And the former Republican congressman and state Supreme Court justice already has a piece of advice for this fledgling Legislature, with its feuding Republican factions – move on. “I think it’s time to accept …

Capital Beat: A taste of things to come on display at the State House last week

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Rep. Shawn Jasper may have defeated former speaker Bill O’Brien to lead the House, in what turned out be a highly divisive vote, but Jasper’s speakership is getting off to a familiar start, policy-wise that is. Jasper chairs the House rules committee and oversaw the vote Thursday to again permit concealed firearms in …

Seeking Shelter: Homeless housing projects in other states could be a model for Concord

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

At Beijing & Tokyo in Concord on a rainy summer afternoon, Brian Herra and Craig Laber had beer for lunch. The pair drank more than they ate during the meal with a friend, who picked up the tab. …

New Hampshire receives $2 million for health systems improvements

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Hampshire is one of 17 states to receive funding through the federal government’s State Innovation Model Design Awards. Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office, in a press release, said the state will put the $2 million award to use on a “project to design a multi-payer health care payment …

Jeb Bush (almost) announces; he’ll ‘explore’ candidacy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Jeb Bush answered the biggest question looming over the Republican Party’s next campaign for the White House yesterday, all but declaring his candidacy for president more than a year before the first primaries. Bush, the son and brother …

Timeline: Spike in crime and a few high profile deaths leads to police crackdown

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

November 2010: The first of three suspects pleads guilty to violently assaulting a 19-year-old homeless man in 2009 at a camp near Everett Arena. The incident started after the man allegedly stole another homeless man’s boots. April 2011: …

Seeking Shelter: From living in car to sleeping in shelter has become seasonal routine for Concord pair

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Harold Coffey and Wendell Ford are a package deal – you would be hard-pressed to find one without the other. They live together in Coffey’s blue Ford Focus, which is parked most nights outside Walmart. The pair met …

Seeking Shelter: Series of violent incidents leads to crackdown on homeless community

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Timothy O’Malley’s first glimpse of the homeless encampment behind Everett Arena came a decade ago, as a Concord police detective. It was hardly the portrait of squalor he expected: half a dozen tents stood neatly clustered on a …

Seeking Shelter: City Hall supports solutions to homelessness, but isn’t the solution, Concord Mayor Bouley says

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

To Jim Bouley, the idea was a no-brainer. Not so fast, the neighborhood said. It was November 2008, the economy was in a nosedive, and the first-term Concord mayor wanted to open an emergency winter shelter for homeless …

Seeking Shelter: Chronic cases on the rise

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

While the number of homeless in New Hampshire has decreased slightly in the past three years, the number of chronic cases and veterans among that population has increased. That data was included in an annual report released yesterday by the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness. The report …

‘Monitor’ to host community meeting tonight about homelessness

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

As part of its ongoing series about the Concord homeless dilemma, the Monitor will host a dialogue about the issues facing the community and its homeless population. Readers and members of the public are invited to come to First Congregational Church in Concord at 7 tonight to ask …

Court rules police may make ‘reasonable’ mistakes in law

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Supreme Court was forgiving of a police officer’s misunderstanding of the law yesterday, ruling that it did not invalidate a traffic stop that led to a drug bust. The justices ruled 8-1 that a North Carolina officer made a reasonable mistake when he pulled over a car …