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10:54 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Seacoast Millenials Host Candidates' Forum

Four N.H. Senate and two Executive Council candidates debated a range of issues in Portsmouth Monday night. The forum was hosted by a new nonprofit dedicated to engaging young adults in the democratic process, called The 603 Initiative.

Republican candidate for NH Senate District 21, Phil Navarro argued the state should reduce its taxes on business profits tax. But Longtime Democratic incumbent Martha Fuller Clark said NH needs that revenue:  

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Politics
9:18 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Kuster, Garcia Meet In First 2nd District Debate

In their first debate Democrat Ann Kuster and her Republican Challenger Marilinda Garcia both did their best to connect their opponent to another, less popular politician.

Garcia tried to tie Kuster to Obama, whose approval rating in the latest UNH poll was below 40 percent.

“She chaired his campaign committee or parts of it while in New Hampshire, and as recently as a few months ago she still claims to be one of his strongest supporters in Congress,” said Garcia.

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Politics
9:00 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Havenstein: "No" to Wind and Solar, "Yes" to Gun Rights and Gay Rights

Credit Brady Carlson/NHPR

In a wide-ranging conversation with NHPR’s Laura Knoy Monday evening, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Walt Havenstein covered a gamut of economic and social policy issues.

Havenstein’s overall campaign is focused on the state’s economy. At the taping of NHPR’s “Rudman Center Conversations with the Candidates” Havenstein said his view of New Hampshire’s poor business climate was cemented when his 31-year-old son had to leave the state in order to take the next step in his tech career.

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NH News
6:27 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

After 84 Arrests, Keene Police Ask For Help Tracking Down Riot's 'Heavy Hitters'

Officials in Keene hold a press conference Monday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

There have already been 84 arrests made in connection with the riots in Keene over the weekend, as police continue to scour video and photos on social media for additional culprits.

At a press conference in Keene City Hall, Police Chief Ken Meola said there’s been trouble at Pumpkin Festival in the past, but nothing like what the city saw this weekend.

“These were gatherings that occurred on public property, disrupting traffic, disrupting people’s lives, disrupting the quality of life, putting people in potential for some serious harm.”

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NH News
6:01 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Is Party Company 'FinnaRage' To Blame For Keene Riots?

FinnaRage TV has been blamed for encouraging outsiders to come to Keene ready for a huge drunken party.
Credit FinnaRageTV.com

This weekend, Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival ended in chaos.

The main part of the festival downtown was mostly untouched. But just down the road, in a neighborhood abutting Keene State College, young people charged through the streets, hurling beer bottles at police in riot gear.

And city and state officials are laying at least some of the blame on social media, and they've named one small party-hosting company. 

So, how in the world did Keene’s annual Pumpkin Festival - a subdued, family event - turn into this…

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NH News
2:09 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Still No End In Sight For Fairpoint Strike

Union picketers in front of Fairpoint in Manchester.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

  With no meetings scheduled between Fairpoint and union heads, there appears to be no movement to resolve the strike that began last week.

Workers at the Manchester office have been picketing in front of the building around the clock since the strike began Friday. Roughly 250 Manchester employees are among the more than 1,700 workers on strike in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Kelly Torosian is an IBEW union member and Fairpoint employee who joined the picketers.

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Word of Mouth
2:05 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Star Wars Devotion Is Strong With This One

Bob as Darth Vader at home plate.
Courtesy of Bob Gouveia

When we spoke with Chris Taylor about his new book, How Star Wars Conquered The Universe, the discussion focused on the role fandom has played and continues to play in shaping the Star Wars franchise. Immediately following the first film's release, Star Wars super fans were born:

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Word of Mouth
2:05 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

10.20.14: The Star Wars Universe & What Your Browser History Says About You

Credit Tom Simpson via flickr Creative Commons

The first Star Wars film may have been released 37 years ago, but its hold on the popular imagination remains as strong as Darth Vader’s death-grip. On today’s show, a look at the role fandom has played in the success of the Star Wars franchise.

Plus, from data collection to the latest internet tracking technology, online advertisers go to great lengths to find out who we are and what we like. We’ll enter the world of intelligent marketing to find out just how much, or little, they really know about us.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

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NH News
10:02 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Pop-Up Party Company Under Scrutiny For Role In Keene Riots

Police in riot gear barricade streets of Keene.
Credit Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Governor Maggie Hassan says a company may have staged the massive house parties that broke out into riots in Keene Saturday and early Sunday morning.

After meeting with officials from the city and Keene State College Sunday, Hassan explained the parties were broadcast on social media.

"As far as we can tell," Hassan says, "there are companies now that advertise parties around certain events often near college campuses, attract people there, and the people are encouraged to do things that are then videotaped and put on social media."

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Folk Show
9:42 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

NHPR Folk Calendar 10.19.14

Wednesday, October 22

>>>Sam Amidon & Band at New England Youth Theatre ~ Brattleboro, VT ~ 7:30 PM ~ www.nextstagearts.org, 802-387-0102

 

Thursday, October 23

>>>Brett Dennen at Stone Mountain Arts Center ~ Brownfield, ME ~ 207-935-7292 www.stonemountainartscenter.com

 

Friday, October 24

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Folk Show
9:36 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

NHPR Folk Show Playlist 10.19.14

Title/ Artist/ Album/ Label

Brother to the Wind/ Craig Bickhardt/ Brother to the Wind/ Craig Bickhardt

Up Downy;Tongadale;Johnny Murray of Lochee/ Airdance/ Cloud Nine/ Great Meadow Music

Evangelina/ Arlo Guthrie/ All Over the World/ Rising Son Records

Little Man/ Johnsmith/ The Longing Road/ Blue Pine Music

Prince George's Mandolin/ Akira Otsuka/ First Tear/ Patuxent Music

Wise Old Woman/ Alice DiMicele/ If I Were An Otter-Songs For Kids Of All Ages/ Alice Otter Music

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Arts & Culture
7:48 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

From GOP Jack-O'-Lanterns To A Marriage Proposal: The Pumpkins Of Keene, 2014

Melanie Plenda for NHPR

Before riots overshadowed the festivities in Keene Saturday, thousands gathered in the city's downtown for the annual spectacle of thousands of jack-o'-lanterns lining Main Street.

Click above to see a gallery of some of the pumpkins, which include corporate-sponsored carvings, political messages, and yes, at least one marriage proposal. 

NH News
5:09 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Keene State Students Clean Up After Mayhem Near Pumpkin Fest

Keene State College students and friends clean the backyard of a house on Winchester Court on Sunday morning, the site of a large party on Saturday that was broken up by police.
Credit Michael Moore / Keene Sentinel

 

Keene State College students are cleaning up from a chaotic weekend after parties near the city's annual pumpkin festival turned violent.

Dozens of people were injured and arrested as crowds overturned cars, set fires and hurled bottles at police, who responded with riot gear and tear gas.

Police did not have a final count of arrests Sunday, but the department's police log shows officers responded to 235 calls between 2:30 a.m. Friday and 3:30 a.m. Sunday and made at least 49 arrests.

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NH News
9:51 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Police In Riot Gear Clash With Crowd In Keene, Several Injuries Reported

Police formed a barricade on Winchester Street to deal with the huge crowds.
Credit Kaitlyn Coogan / Keene Sentinel

Police turned out in riot gear to try to quell the violence that erupted in the neighborhoods surrounding the Pumpkin Festival in Keene Saturday.

Initial police and fire reports indicate that police and EMTs had to dodge bottles and other debris from the hostile crowd as they tried to tend to the injured.

Stephanie Konopka of Swanzey was visiting the festival with her 12-year-old daughter Saturday afternoon, and said her car was surrounded by a mob of hundreds of college age students while driving down Winchester Street at about 2 p.m.

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Giving Matters
12:56 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Giving Matters: WISE Gives Aid To Victims Of Abuse

According to the NCADV, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Betsy Kohl knows that statistic intimately; and with three daughters and four nieces, she also knows that one of them may be a victim of domestic or sexual violence. 

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