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N.H. News Roundup

N.H. News Roundup: Concord’s impending doom, Granite State obesity rate holding firm

Author Ben Winters

Author Ben Winters

Since the end of the Mayan calendar last year, it seems like the end of the world has become a common theme. There were like five movies this summer, countless television shows, and of course books that borrow the theme.

Well, as quaint and wholesome as Concord may be compared to some of the big cities, regions and countries that have gotten the treatment, it get doesn’t escape the end of the world either.

At least not in author Ben H. Winters’s novel series The Last Policeman.

Winters has completed the second book the series called, Countdown City, and the main character, Detective Hank Palace, lives and works in Concord.

Winters paid a visit to the town headed toward destruction earlier this month when he made an appearance at Gibson’s Bookstore.

He keeps a pretty interesting blog on his personal website documenting his activities with fun anecdotes and more. You can also follow him on Twitter.

So does Concord pull through or does it get lost in the chaos? You’ll just have to read and find out. Maybe you’ll get some inside info on where to hide in town if an asteroid really does come hurdling toward the Earth.

In other news

∎ New Hampshire is tied for 28th place (of 51) in the nation for obesity at 27.3 percent.

∎ A N.H. jail officer wants a pardon for several burglaries he committed in the past so he can advance his law enforcement career.

∎ The drop of worker’s compensation payments in New Hampshire (21.7 percent) is tops in the nation.

 Rochester is apparently home to some sticky fingers.

∎ U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster is highlighting her opposition to an Internet sales tax.

∎ The New Hampshire Bands Project is aiming to raise awareness about N.H.’s lobsters.

∎ The N.H. Attorney General’s office believes the Nashua couple who were found stabbed to death were killed by their neighbor.

∎ Hancock photographer Robert Sargent Fay retraced the steps of naturalist philosopher Henry David Thoreau as one of his final projects.

∎ A theatre group is looking at Londonderry to house its operations.

∎ The UNH women’s soccer team has a new coach.


(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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