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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Wacky winter weather, Is SNHU the ‘Amazon.com of universities?’

Workers clear snow from sidewalks in sub-zero temperatures after a winter storm, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Workers clear snow from sidewalks in sub-zero temperatures after a winter storm, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Happy (belated) New Year from the Roundup!

It has been a weather-heavy newscycle so far this year, and Isure as heck wasn’t able to avoid it. I got snowed in for an extra four days of a holiday vacation because of the weather.

It can’t seem to make up its mind here in the Granite State, either. We’ve been dumped on with snow, seen temperatures near zero degrees only to see them spike up to the mid-40s. Now the snow has turned into rain, and the temperatures are expected to drop again, causing a “flash freeze.” It doesn’t seem like an ideal situation for the N.H. drivers.

The weather has also contributed as a role player in several stories from the past couple days.

A 12-year-old East Kingston girl got her tongue stuck to a flag pole A Christmas Story-style for 15 minutes last week.

Pipes froze and subsequently burst this morning at the Fisher Cats stadium and TJ Maxx Plaza. The damage to Northeast Delta Dental Stadium is already estimated at more than $30,000.

Fire officials said a landlord in Derry is responsible displacing five tenants and starting a fire after he tried to thaw frozen pipes at a two-family home using a propane torch.

And two hikers on Mount Washington were rescued yesterday after they triggered an avalanche.

In other news

Slate called Southern New Hampshire University the “Amazon.com of universities.” Whether that’s a good thing is up for debate. SNHU President Paul LeBlanc posted a rebuttal to that article Friday with some clarifications he wanted to make on SNHU’s website.

∎ Politifact.com said Carol Shea-Porter was telling the truth when she said people in New Hampshire can keep their health care policies, doctors and hospitals in 2014.

∎ The legalization of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for recreational use for anyone age 21 and older is on the N.H. House’s docket on Wednesday.

 Expanded gambling in the Granite State is also getting a fresh look from N.H. legislators in 2014.

∎ State Rep. David Campbell has been in the news for hitting several ducks with his car; however, it was the right thing to do at the moment, according to one columnist.

∎ What’s the difference between drunk driving and texting while driving?

∎ An “air quality problem” at a Ringe Market Basket sent 10 people to the hospital.

 A 25-lap exhibition invitational for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will be July 11 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

∎ New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont are joining forces for a snowmobile weekend.

(Have ideas for the Roundup? Reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter, @CM_KDeane.)

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