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Mon October 15, 2012

Top Stories: The World Cup of Sandwich, NH; But is Poe Still Scary?

A list of the top-ten most-read stories on nhpr.org

1) Word of Mouth: The World Cup of Sandwich, NH

Sandwich may be yesterday on the outside, but it’s tomorrow on the in.  As Sean Hurley reports, this dichotomy finds an unusual expression on the town soccer field a few days before the annual Sandwich Fair. And while many towns see carnies as an invading force, to residents of this town, they’re welcome competitors.

2) Word of Mouth: But is Poe Still Scary?

We asked a variety of people, including Laura Knoy, Salman Rushdie, Neil Gaiman, and some adorable kids whether they think Edgar Allan Poe's work still stands up as "scary."

Credit xlibber via Flickr Creative Commons

3) Word of Mouth: What Makes a Great Short Story?

The frost comes, the leaves fall, you  stock the woodpile, and begin to move inward,with stories. Today, we’re going to begin to burrow in to the making of a great short story with the editors of two new collections of short stories.

4) North Country: Northern Pass Clarifies, Says It Has 99 Percent Of New Coos Route

A Northern Pass spokesman said Saturday that the project has 99 percent of the land it needs for the new route through Coos, clarifying remarks made Friday by a company executive.

5) North Country: Northern Pass Helped Pick Key Consultant for DOE, Conservation Law Foundation Asserts

The Conservation Law Foundation says the U.S. Department of Energy made a serious mistake by again allowing Northern Pass to help pick the consultants responsible for the crucial environmental impact statement.

6) North Country: DOE Denies Impropriety In Picking Firms Recommended by Northern Pass

The U.S. Department of Energy did nothing wrong in hiring three consultants recommended by Northern Pass, said a spokeswoman for the agency.

Credit Jon Lynch

7) NH News: Arrest Made In Death Of UNH Student

Authorities say a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student missing for days is dead, and a man has been charged with second-degree murder.

8) North Country: Kayaker Who Died Was Official With National Whitewater Organization

The kayaker who died on September 19th in the Franconia Notch State Park was the Northeast Stewardship director for the American Whitewater organization.

9) NH News: To Get Kids Eating Vegetables, Get Them Growing Vegetables

Any parent can tell you that sweet foods are an easier sell to kids than, say, sprouts or salad. But with more than a quarter of New Hampshire struggling with obesity, researchers at Keene State College are working on innovative ways to get children as young as three years old hooked on vegetables.

10) Word of Mouth: Is Poe Still Scary?/Poe and the Detective Novel

So, The Word of Mouth team asked around… are the works of Edgar Allen Poe still scary today? Whether or not Poe’s works still send chills through the bones of readers, he remains one of America’s most influential writers. Poe is often called the father of the horror and science fiction genres, which did not exist in his lifetime. He also played a pivotal role in creating one of the world’s most popular genres - the detective novel.

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