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FairPoint accuses striking workers of intimidation

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FairPoint Communications is accusing striking workers of intimidating contractors and employees and said automated phone-jamming attempted to disrupt call centers. The company said yesterday that it’s sent a letter to the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, asking them to stop any members from engaging in activities aimed at disruption or intimidation. The two unions called the allegations “spurious and unfounded.” More than 1,700 workers in …

Not so fast cordcutters — cable’s not going anywhere

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected …

Business notes for Oct. 20, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Meredith Rotary Club recently hosted 11 exchange students from Rotary District 7870, which covers southern Vermont and southern New Hampshire, for a weekend trip to the Squam Lake Natural Science Center and a Mt. Washington boat cruise, among other activities. The students were from Belgium Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand. Two Meredith students joined, one of whom …

Business notes for Oct. 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Lincoln Financial Foundation recently awarded $6,000 to the New Hampshire Association for the Blind for its vital peer support programs in Concord, Manchester and the Seacoast. The group uses peer support to help people who are losing …

Charity report ranks states, cities on generosity

Monday, October 6, 2014

Even as the income gap widens, the wealthiest Americans are giving a smaller share of their income to charity, while poor and middle-income people are donating a larger share, according to an extensive analysis of IRS data conducted …

What lurks in subprime auto debt anybody’s guess

Monday, October 6, 2014

The U.S. housing crisis laid bare an epidemic of fraud and sloppy paperwork on loans made to home buyers with spotty credit. For those who bought bonds backed by the mortgages, it fueled at least $250 billion of losses. Six years later, investors are snapping up a new …

On the witness list: Paulson, Geithner, Bernanke

Monday, October 6, 2014

It could be an awkward reunion. Three top former government leaders who devised the 2008 financial bailouts – Henry Paulson, Timothy Geithner and Ben Bernanke – are set to testify this week in a lawsuit over the government’s …

Mideast turmoil keeps gasoline at 45 cents in oil states

Monday, October 6, 2014

Subsidies in Persian Gulf states that keep gasoline prices as low as 45 cents a gallon are proving difficult to dismantle amid growing regional turmoil. Ministers from six Arab Gulf nations delayed action to curtail the support when they met Sept. 11 in Kuwait, Ali Al- Omair, Kuwaiti …

20,000 fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets recalled for possible fire hazard

Sunday, October 5, 2014

About 20,000 Hearth & Home Technologies, Heat-N-Glo, Heatilator, Outdoor Lifestyles and Quadra Fire natural or propane gas indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets have been recalled because the gas valves in the units can leak, …

Londoners accidentally pay for free Wi-Fi with a firstborn, because no one reads anymore

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A good Wi-Fi network is hard to find, but six Londoners were willing to pay the ultimate price – based on the Terms and Conditions they agreed to, anyway. In an experiment sponsored by security firm F-Secure, an open Wi-Fi network was set up in a busy public …

Supply shortage leads to higher firewood prices

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Although fall began only two weeks ago and most New Hampshire residents have not yet lit their woodstoves, firewood is already in unusually high demand. “It’s already a mess out there. . . . I have no idea what people are going to do,” said Mary Congoran, who …

White Mountains Byway map now in 5 languages

Saturday, October 4, 2014

International travelers coming to see New Hampshire’s fall foliage can use a map that’s available in five languages. The guide to the popular loop known as the White Mountain National Scenic Byway is available in English, French, German, Japanese and Hindi. The map was produced by the White …

N.H. banks promote cybersecurity awareness

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Banks across New Hampshire are promoting cybersecurity awareness this month as part of a nationwide information campaign. They’re communicating to customers about the risks of identity theft, Internet fraud and data breaches. Banks are promoting ways consumers can protect their personal identity, mobile devices, and credit and debit …