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1:10 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Did Your Computer Connect To The Internet Today? Thank A UNH Student

UNH Alumns Dave Andrews and Ben Major at the InterOperability Lab
Credit Lisa Nugent, UNH Photographic Services

 Almost 9 percent of Americans who graduated from college this year will be unemployed.  Eighteen percent will be underemployed. And, according to the Economic Policy Institute, more than half of those who do get jobs will be in positions that don’t require a college degree.  But at the University of New Hampshire, 120 college students know for certain they’ll be getting good, high paying jobs --  before they even graduate.  

Picture your computer workstation.  Maybe you’ve got a Logitech keyboard and an Acer monitor, plugged into a Lenovo laptop – which is hooked up to the internet through a Motorola router and a Netgear modem.

Who is making sure all those devices actually work together?

Turns out it is students at the University of New Hampshire, like Nathanael Rubin and Glenn Martin. The two seniors, both IT majors, are seated  between tall racks of humming servers at the University’s InterOperability Lab, or IOL.  

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Word of Mouth
11:44 am
Tue September 17, 2013

With Fewer Fires To Fight, Is It Time To Revisit The Role Of Firefighters?

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In 1975, Boston firefighters battled more than 400 blazes. Last year, there were only forty. That 90 percent drop reflects a nationwide victory in the crusade against fires, but even as America’s blazes burn out, the number of career firefighters per capita remains relatively unchanged.  

Leon Neyfakh is Ideas reporter for The Boston Globe. 

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Word of Mouth
11:31 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Athens Community Builds Its Own Internet

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Activism and innovation among Greeks started long before that country's debt crisis. In 2002, an Athens community fed up by slow and expensive service set up its own private internet. More than 1000 members of the Athens Wireless Metropolitan Network have free access to the web with speeds up to 30 times faster than commercial telecom carriers in the area. Given global concerns over the extent of the NSA’s surveillance program, independent “mesh” networks like the one in Athens could be adapted in other communities.

Joe Kloc is a reporter for The Daily Dot.

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Word of Mouth
11:30 am
Tue September 17, 2013

A Web Tool 'Scouts' Out Political Progress

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Congressional approval ratings are currently scraping the floor at about 15%. Voters report feeling frustrated at the dominance of political posturing over action. The exasperation has many wondering what our Legislature does exactly, and what in the Sam Hill are they talking about on the hill. A new web-based tool allows citizens to track congressional discussion, bills -- including state bills -- and regulations concerning issues they care about. From raw milk to education bills to campaign finance, Scout is designed to deliver real time results and encourage a more informed public. Our guest is Tom Lee the director of Sunlight Labs, the technical arm of the Sunlight Foundation – which works to make government transparent and accountable. He and his team helped develop Scout.

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Word of Mouth
11:25 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Cue The Controversy: Is A Gluten-Free Diet Good For Everyone?

Gluten-free cookies
Credit Rakka via Flickr Creative Commons

Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder caused by a reaction to a gluten protein affecting one in one-hundred Americans. Despite the low percentage of those intolerant to wheat products, more people are experimenting with the anti-gluten diet and claim to enjoy health benefits like better skin and fewer allergies.  But is this fad just that...or is there some medical substance behind these claims?

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NH News
11:12 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Ramunto's In Claremont Ordered To Pay $30K In Back Wages, Damages

A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza in Claremont to pay $30,000 in back wages and damages to 32 employees.

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NH News
10:18 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Manchester Common Core Vote Postponed

A key Manchester Board of School committee vote on how to implement federal Common Core standards has been delayed.  The state adopted the Common Core in 2010, which outlines what students should know before passing each grade.  

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Environment
5:30 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Adding Climate Change Into The Conservation Equation

To ensure that more species survive, more variety of habitat has to be conserved, which some conservation groups fear won't happen without some coordination.
Credit Sam Evans-Brown / NHPR

When setting aside land for conservation, what are the priorities? Nice views? Old trees? Mossy stone walls? A pair of conservation groups think that maybe the biggest consideration should be how much the land will help different species survive climate change.

New Hampshire’s show-stoppers are its great granite peaks, and a lot of resources are going toward protecting them.

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NH News
8:56 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Portsmouth Passes New Building Height Limits

The Portsmouth City Council voted Monday night to limit building heights downtown.  After months of impassioned discussion, the vote on this controversial ordinance passed with no discussion at all.

From now on, all buildings in downtown Portsmouth must  be under 45 feet tall.

Eric Spear, who is Mayor of Portsmouth and sits on the Council, says there are ways develpers can get exemptions.  Those include providing underground parking, and creating publically accessible open space. 

NH News
7:10 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

UNH's Cowell Stadium To Get Lights, New Seating

Cowell Stadium at the University of New Hampshire
Credit University of New Hampshire Athletic Department

By this time next year, The University of New Hampshire’s Cowell Stadium will likely have lights  for evening games, for the first time in the stadium’s history. 

The last state budget included $1.5 million dollars for the stadium's renovation.  Most of those funds will go toward adding lights. The rest will be spent replacing seating that no longer meets fire codes.   

Marty Scarano is the Director of Athletics at UNH. He says " right now Cowell Stadium, I would say, is an absolutely atrocious representation of the University."

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NH News
7:07 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

N.H. Joins Federal Lawsuit Fighting Increased Groundfishing Limits

On Monday, New Hampshire joined a lawsuit filed in May by Massachusetts to block new regulations on groundfishing. 

By “groundfish” we’re talking haddock, cod, and flounder, three fish that are essential to the region’s fishing industry.

In April, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce reduced catch limits for these species by 77 percent, not long after declaring the Northeast fisheries a federal disaster.

According to the Commerce Department, the New England Seacoast’s fish stocks were declining for reasons unknown.   

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NHPR Events
5:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Justice & Journalism: NPR's Carrie Johnson

A Joint Project of NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy

NHPR and the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy are pleased to bring you the next event in our ongoing series, Justice & Journalism.  This ongoing series presents a range of speakers throughout the year to discuss the intersection of justice and journalism and share experiences related to the media’s coverage of public policy and law.

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NH News
3:31 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

N.H. Joins Lawsuit Aimed At Blocking Fishing Regulations

The Gulf Of Maine Cod is one of the species of fish affected by the federal groundfishing regulations.

New Hampshire is joining a lawsuit arguing that new federal rules will devastate New England's groundfishing industry.

Gov. Maggie Hassan and Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday that New Hampshire has joined a lawsuit Massachusetts filed against fishing regulators in May seeking to block the rules.

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Word of Mouth
3:02 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

The Government Has Been Dropping Rabies Vaccines By Plane For Years

A couple weeks ago the Associated Press reported that the Department of Agriculture was dropping new vanilla-flavored rabies vaccines by airplane over New Hampshire forests as part of a five-state pilot study. Okay, if that sounds a little strange to you, get this: apparently the government has been distributing rabies vaccines by plane for over fifteen years. The story piqued the interest of NHPR environmental reporter Sam Evans-Brown, so he did some digging and is here to tell us more.

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Word of Mouth
2:45 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Steampunk Has Nothing On This: N.H.'s Steamboat Meet

The steam engine of the Black Eagle from Connecticut
Ryan Lessard NHPR

For the past forty-one years, dozens of steam engine hobbyists spend a week meeting up in Moultonborough on a northern bay of Lake Winnipesauke. It’s called the Lee’s Mills Steamboat Meet where small boats with tall smokestacks and boilers come and go. The event attracts a people from around the country and even the world. 

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