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Voting rights bill heads to Gov. Sununu’s desk
07-15-2024 4:33 PM

By CHARLOTTE MATHERLY

What some see as a common-sense law requiring New Hampshire residents to confirm their identity before voting, others see as the latest in a string of barriers to voting rights and accessibility.On its way to Gov. Chris Sununu’s desk is HB 1569, a...

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Granite Geek: An AI ‘tutor’ is great! Or bad! Or both!
07-15-2024 3:50 PM

The decision by New Hampshire to allow AI-powered software as a “tutor” in public schools is a great reminder that the technology we call “artificial intelligence” is both wonderful and worrisome at the same time.It’s also a reminder that handing...


No authority for attorney general in Concord Casino sale, rules judge
07-15-2024 1:34 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

The sale of Concord Casino is moving forward after an administrative judge ruled that the Attorney General does not have the authority to dictate the sale agreement terms between operator Andy Sanborn and the buyer.In a decision issued on Friday,...


Federal judge dismisses Trump classified documents case over concerns with prosecutor’s appointment
07-15-2024 1:10 PM

By ERIC TUCKER

The federal judge presiding over the classified documents case against former President Donald Trump in Florida dismissed the prosecution on Monday, siding with defense lawyers who said the special counsel who filed the charges was illegally appointed...


New Hampshire expects next year's food waste ban to increase diversion to facility market
07-15-2024 8:13 AM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

If you generate one ton or more of food waste per week in New Hampshire, starting in February you will no longer be allowed to dump it in landfills or incinerators. This change isn’t likely to affect households, but it will have a significant impact...


Hometown Hero: At 80, the ‘Atticus Finch of Concord’ continues to use the law for good
07-15-2024 8:13 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

On a January day in 1944, at a time when governors still worked day jobs, the physician who delivered Roger Phillips into the world was none other than New Hampshire’s sitting governor, Robert O. Blood.Perhaps the circumstances of Phillips’ birth...


Opinion: Criminalizing homelessness, Supreme Court edition
07-15-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. During years working at New Hampshire Legal Assistance, I represented many homeless individuals. The reasons for homelessness were varied: eviction, job loss, divorce, domestic violence, and disability, among...


Golf: New London’s Rob Henley claims 121st State Amateur Championship crown
07-15-2024 12:45 AM

By DAN ATTORRI

Rob Henley fell just a couple shots short last year. This year, he finished the job. Henley didn’t play his cleanest round, but he made key shots when he needed to and captured the 121st New Hampshire State Amateur Championship on Saturday at Concord...


‘They gave it everything they had’ – Concord fire crews extinguish blaze amid high heat
07-13-2024 5:44 PM

By GEOFF FORESTER

Concord firefighters extinguished a house fire on Elm Street Saturday amid the nearly 90-degree mid-day heat.Crews responded to 286 Elm Street on the West side of Concord around 1:30 p.m. after they received a report of smoke coming from a building....


Eight-year-old killed in head-on crash on Route 106 in Loudon
07-13-2024 1:50 PM

An eight-year-old child died following a head-on car crash on Route 106 in Loudon Friday night.State police said a Toyota 4Runner driven by Stacy Sargent, 52, and Mazda 3 driven by Philip Sparacio, age 36, collided around 6:30 p.m. “Preliminary...


Opinion: Communities have become places to escape
07-13-2024 8:00 AM

By JEAN STIMMELL

Jean Stimmell, retired stone mason and psychotherapist, lives in Northwood and blogs at jeanstimmell.blogspot.com. Have you ever noticed your status in your local community no longer depends so much upon your behavior, character, and reputation? In...


Opinion: Why I give blood, and why you should too
07-13-2024 6:30 AM

By DAN WISE

Dan Wise is a freelance writer and a certified occupational therapy assistant. He lives in Concord. I have been donating blood for 20 years or so. The Red Cross periodically thanks me and tallies the number of pints I have given. (Sometimes,...


On the Trail: Most of N.H. congressional delegation, candidates support Biden
07-12-2024 5:45 PM

By CHARLOTTE MATHERLY

Colin Van Ostern watched the June 27 presidential debate on his couch until, thankfully, his 10-year-old wanted to go to bed. The candidate for New Hampshire’s second congressional district turned the TV off halfway through.“I don’t think it was fun...


‘He was so special and unique’ – Bow family remembers Eddie Berke, 31, after Maine boating accident
07-12-2024 5:26 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Edward Berke was always up for an adventure. Whether it was hiking a 12,000-foot snowy peak, searching for the most remote spot to watch an eclipse or exploring a new country without a plan or even a return ticket, he embraced every challenge with...


A Concord encampment story went viral. Those living there say there’s nowhere else to go
07-12-2024 5:24 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Straps tied to trees supported the blue and gray tarps hanging like a canopy over the green tent. Plywood, scaffolding, pallets – even a swing – line the wooded encampment.This is the jury-rigged home that a woman named Melissa and her husband built...


On the trail: Sununu says NH is going to be ‘a coin toss’
07-12-2024 4:17 PM

By PAUL STEINHAUSER

Gov. Chris Sununu has long been one of former President Donald Trump’s loudest Republican critics.But New Hampshire’s four-term governor, who isn’t seeking re-election this year, believes that Trump, who next week officially becomes the GOP’s 2024...


Motorcyclist in critical condition after crash in Epsom
07-12-2024 12:36 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A motorcyclist remains in critical condition after a crash with a pick-up truck in Epsom late Thursday afternoon. The motorcycle became lodged under a white Chevy truck after they collided on Route 28 not far north of the Epsom Traffic Circle around...


Opinion: Replacing Biden is possible, here’s how you mitigate the chaos
07-12-2024 6:00 AM

By JOHN LAPPIE

John Lappie, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at Plymouth State University. There are serious concerns about the president’s health, and whether he can serve as the party’s candidate. Party leaders face a crucial decision: do they...


Golf: Home advantage runs its course on day 4 of state am
07-11-2024 10:49 PM

By DAN ATTORRI

Winning the New Hampshire State Amateur Championship means playing well for nine rounds of golf on the same course over the week, and any advantages start to even out. On the fourth day of this year’s state am, home field advantage ran its...


Middle School Project: What’s the city’s role?
07-11-2024 5:16 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Dan Williams posed a big question to the Concord City Council at its meeting Monday.“What is your position on the school board’s middle school project?”Councilors left it dangling.The council is only required to answer questions about matters on the...


A group of East Concord residents banded together to clean up the roundabout near Exit 16
07-11-2024 4:47 PM

By GEOFF FORESTER and ARIANNA MacNEILL

Mary Miller grew up in East Concord and is proud of her community, and when she noticed the roundabout near Exit 16 was looking overgrown, she took matters into her own hands.“Just driving by it daily and seeing the absolute neglect and nobody’s...

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