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February 25. 2012 12:18PM

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Concord Monitor: Incarcerated as a teen, 26-year-old Tasha Maunsell will soon leave prison

38 years later, some closure comes for family of slain woman
Almost four decades after their beloved big sister was found with her throat slashed, in the bedroom she shared with her 3-year-old son, the man they always suspected of the killing was found guilty of first-degree murder.

Vital Signs: START helps people facing crises
START is the creation of Joan Beasley, a licensed mental health counselor who holds a doctorate in public policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University and currently serves as the director of the Center for START Services at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability.

A quarter-century later, the Audrey Marie Hilley criminal saga is still bizarre
In between her initial arrest in 1979 and her capture in Vermont four years later, Hilley changed her identity twice, married, left and returned to a man in New Hampshire, and faked her own death. Her life story has been the subject of two true-crime books, a made-for-television movie starring Judith Light, and countless television programs from Unsolved Mysteries to Dr. G Medical Examiner.

Nashua relative trendsetter for interracial marriages in New Hampshire
Of the marriages performed from 2008-10 in which at least one participant lived in Nashua, 13.7 percent of the couples were of different races. That's higher than the statewide percentage of 9.7 for the same period, according to a report released by the Pew Research Center earlier this month.

Decision-reaction: Examining Deadly Force
Most Americans' understanding of police shootings is shaped by cinemetic dramas that depict officers exchanging gunfire with villains in clear-cut, kill-or-be-killed scenarios. But many real-life police shootings occur under far murkier circumstances, experts say.

CNN: New Hampshire trial revisits trauma of Rwanda genocide

NHPR - State Impact: Thirty Years Of Low Child And Senior Poverty In NH

Jury selection to start in NY triple-murder case
The defense plans to call an employee of a Keene, N.H., pawn shop, meanwhile, who in a written deposition stated that Colegrove and Slocum appeared "lovey dovey" at the pawn shop where they sold coins and jewelry later in the evening of July 13.

Oyster River School District offers superintendent's post to retiring Portland superintendent

Army recruiter from NH to dine at White House
Ranfos, a 26-year-old who grew up in Manchester, N.H., enlisted in the Army in September of 2004. He earned the Army Commendation Medal with Valor during his first stint in Iraq, when he and another soldier were targeted by a suicide bomber in March 2006 while they manned a security checkpoint in central Baghdad. A Suburban "smashed into our checkpoint and blew up," Ranfos recalled.

Fitchburg woman's family finds solace in Dame's murder conviction
The sisters, who had lived in the Fitchburg area in 1974, all moved back to the Keene, N.H., area after their sister's murder, except Marlene Vance, who now lives in Culpeper, Va.

Manchester, NH man serving time for stealing priest's car during Mass. funeral pleads guilty to burglary that same day in September 2010.

The Atlantic: 5 Ways to Make College Much More Affordable for All Americans
Make sure students graduate, and graduate faster - Schools that do better on these measures, such as Southern New Hampshire University and BYU-Idaho, do several things well. They reduce the odds that students will take extra credits that don't lead to a degree, and they revamp antiquated transfer agreements that wrongly deny students credit for work done elsewhere.


Conspiracy duped homeowners, stripping equity and saddling them with debt
Prosecutors say DiSessa is one of dozens of New Hampshire homeowners – or former owners – who were duped by a conspiracy that purported to save their homes but actually stripped their homes of equity and saddled the homes in thousands of dollars in extra debt.

When you can't retire early, 'practice'
Fee-only financial planner Jill Boynton of Cornerstone Financial Planning in Newington, N.H., has seen the pain. “Lots of people don't have as much as they had hoped,'' said Boynton. These days it's not uncommon to see people who are 10 percent shy of what they had hoped to spend annually in retirement, she said.

Casinos begin moving into cash-strapped New England

Recession hit young adults hardest
Katelynne Sullivan, of Glens Falls, plans to attend graduate school, but prefers to do it as she works a full-time job as a teacher. Sullivan is a May 2009 graduate of Keene State College in New Hampshire. She got her bachelor's degree in physical education for K-12.

Fleye testing technology at New England ski resorts to create customized video highlight reels
The system runs HD cameras on slopes recording everything. The skier or snowboarder wears a RFID tag that identifies them to the system. The clips are then available as a set for the customer to review or share with friends. Fleye is headquartered in Exeter, NH.

Q&A with Ragged Mountain marketing manager Stacy Lopes

TD Bank decries Kingsbury Corp. property sale in Keene as a 'pie in the sky' scheme

BAE competes for Army contract to replace aging M113 armored personel carrier
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BAE Systems wins $23m Army contract for handheld laser target designators
BAE Systems, a defense contractor with operations in such states as Massachusetts and New Hampshire, said that it has been awarded a $23 million contract to provide the US Army with handheld Laser Target Locator Modules.

Banks Saab announces closure


Beer lovers rejoice at Seacoast Winter Brew Fest

Student films sought; local student places in oratory contest
The New Hampshire Film & Television Office is now accepting submissions for the 2012 New Hampshire High School Short Film Festival.

Jodi Picault's 'Lone Wolf:' A book review
Set in Picoult's home state of New Hampshire, “Lone Wolf” centers on Luke Warren, a mostly absent father who has devoted his life to understanding wolves.

Bay State works to attract ebbing film projects
“R.I.P.D.,'' a feature film shot in Boston last year, starring Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, and Jeff Bridges, employed 936 Massachusetts residents, 147 from Rhode Island, 69 from New Hampshire, and 28 from Maine.

Hollywood is ready for Oscar night!
Tourists out on Hollywood Boulevard are snapping pictures and taking in all the sights. Two sisters from New Hampshire say it's not what they expected after watching the Oscar arrivals on TV.
"Totally different from what you see on television. In some ways, it's smaller, but in other ways it's big. It's definitely an experience, a terrific experience," said Donna Burke from Portsmouth, N.H.
Burke and her sister Debbie Sutherland said they got to walk on the red carpet Friday and even touch the Oscar statues.

UNH astronomer gives talk on extraterrestrial life at Keene Library

Amnesty International's Secret Policeman's Ball to be streamed live on Xbox 360 in March
NH comedians Seth Meyers and Sarah Silverman are among the special guests for the event.

Country Ecology: Bald eagle recovery: Why aren't they nesting yet in the Ossipee Watershed?

With Jazz Center a surprise hit, founder thinks other similar venues could make Laconia the live music capital of NH


U.S. Court of Appeals: Scott Abram v. Richard Gerry, Warden, NH State Prison - Denial of appeal affirmed
Following a jury trial in New Hampshire Superior Court, Scott Abram was convicted of 21 counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault against his two stepchildren, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of indecent exposure and lewdness. Federal appeal claims his rights were violated because he wasn't allowed to crossexamine the children.

CIRO LOPEZ GARCIA / MARCO GARCIA v. USA - Convictions affirmed
SOUTER, Associate Justice. The defendant-appellants, Ciro Lopez Garcia ("Lopez") and Marco Garcia ("Garcia") were convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and to possess it with intent to distribute, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), 841(b)(1)(A)(ii), and 846. Lopez claims that the evidence was insufficient to prove him a conspirator, and in the alternative he challenges the sentencing judge's finding of the amount of the drug attributable to him. Garcia raises plain error in admitting evidence of law enforcement officers' precautions in executing a search warrant, and in the trial court's failure to declare a mistrial sua sponte in response to prosecution testimony referring to a threat of violence by one of Garcia's co-conspirators and to the Mexican origin of the drugs. We see no reversible error and affirm.

Robbery highlights wealth, travel of Supreme Court justices


Former press secretary to then Sen. Gordon Humphrey, R-NH, dead of brain cancer

Cheaters site finds Washington, D.C. epicenter of adultry in America
More people per capita in the D.C. metropolitan area sign up for the website Ashley Madison than in any other city, according to the site, which helps people looking to stray.

U.S.-Russian Trade Ties Face Some Political Snags
"There is more that we can do to support human rights, civil society and freedom of expression in Russia," Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, said in a recent floor speech. "Passing the Magnitsky bill is one of them."


Gingrich: Washington state allowing same-sex unions 'the right way'

Who are Romney's most loyal donors?
Thomas Stemberg, Staples co-foiunder and now managing general partner at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Highland Consumer Fund, is one of 40 donors who have been underwriting Romney's White House ambitions for almost a decade. Since 2004, they have made a combined $11 million in donations as a down payment on Romney's political future. Stemberg's stake, so far, is $100,000.

Fred Karger's Campaign Site Was Shut Down Because It Criticized LDS Church
Terra Eclipse based in Aptos, California ... developed and designed my web site 21 months ago and had hosted it ever since. I spent tens of thousands of dollars with this company which specializes in Republican campaign web sites. So you can imagine my shock, when just two days before Christmas, Terra Eclipse sent me a terse email saying that it was dropping me in two weeks - just five days before the all-important New Hampshire Primary. What? Why?

Big Government: Mitt Romney, Despite Oft Professed Love of American Cars in Michigan, Drives–and Loves–His BMW
in fairness, Rick Santorum drove an Audi A6 in 2008 and Michelle Obama drove a Mercedes when she worked at Sidley Austin, but neither one of them, insofar as I can tell, has ever praised American cars as often as Mitt Romney, who promises that the auto industry can come back once it has a “Detroiter” in the White House, according to The Detroit News.

Mormons used influence to sabotage election campaign, gay Republican claims

Keene Sentinel: Two hospital bills in the Legislature—one good, one very bad

Nashua Telegraph: Getting pay data from congressional delegation like pulling teeth
It seemed like such a simple question when in December we asked Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Reps. Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta to provide their staffs' salaries. It is, after all, an issue of public interest to the people who pay those salaries with their taxes. You would have thought we were asking for the keys to the Fort Knox gold bullion repository.

Nashua reader advocate: PolitiFact should stick to facts, not political analysis

2nd Amendment activist Bradley Jardis: University System of New Hampshire and Governor John Lynch Rejoice at Ability To Continue Violating the New Hampshire Constitution

Forbes: Five leadership mistakes of the Galactic Empire

The Atlantic - Molly Ball: With Detroit Debacle, Mitt Romney Steps on His Momentum-Again


Valentine bans beer in Red Sox clubhouse

Jays fans given reason to dream
“We do need some things to break right and we do need help. The depth that we do have is all kids, but kids with talent and ceiling and upside. From that standpoint, a year from now we could be talking about a rotation where we have too many guys, which is great. It can change that fast with the guys we have that would end up on the five man and then the guys that are right behind them in New Hampshire.”

Videos: Top 10 Funny Horse Racing Moments
#6 is Skijoring in New London, NH.

Carpenter ready to hammer away with Sox

Snowboarders compete for wild-card spot in US Open

iRacing A Key To Pastrana's NASCAR Campaign
iRacing logos will also be on the side of his car as primary sponsor in four East races: Richmond Intl. Raceway on April 26, Langley Speedway on June 23, Iowa Speedway on Aug. 3 and New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 22.

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