The Department of Environmental Services is working to have a former auto-parts factory and landfill in Farmington declared a Superfund site. DES officials are confident the site will be accepted into the federal program.
The Manchester Board of Alderman has approved a school budget that will save at least 54 teacher jobs. The city’s Board of Alderman voted Tuesday night to pass the budget with about $2 million more than the mayor’s proposed school budget of $150 million dollars. The extra money will save at least 54 of the 161 teachers and staff members slated for layoffs by July 1.
Monitoring police stops by smartphone. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the city’s use of so-called “stop and frisk” searches by police. Critics say the subjects of stop and frisks are disproportionately African-American and Latino men, which they call evidence of racial profiling. Today two New York City Council members said they’re introducing a measure to create an independent inspector general to oversee the N.Y.P.D. to review policies and conduct.
Smartphones make it relatively easy to record and monitor suspected law-breaking in real time, but what about crimes in the pre-smartphone era? Word of mouth producer Rebecca Lavoie tagged along with an unusual gumshoe…one who scours old buildings for evidence of architectural crimes.
The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is the one-man play by Mike Daisey that runs for nine performances at the music hall loft in Portsmouth. Daisey was vilified by the media when news broke that Daisey had fabricated characters and scenes and portions of the story, which aired on This American Life. Daisey was then grilled by host Ira Glass and producer Brian Reed as part of an hour-long retraction, during which Daisey regretted airing the monologue as journalism, but denied that it wasn’t true.
Like so many fathers being celebrated this weekend, Lieutenant colonel Donald C Lundquist served his country in battle. In 1967, the army assigned Don as executive officer of a squadron protecting a jet fighter base at Chui Lai from the Vietcong. Don found a novel way to stay in touch with his wife Ruth and his young daughter, Jacqui, who were living with Ruth’s parents in Germany…Jacqui Lundquist doesn’t remember her father, but she came to know him through the more than 300 letters and hours of audio tapes recorded in his hooch in Chui Lai.