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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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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 Courtesy 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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NH News
7:48 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Slideshow: Before The Riots, It Was All About The Pumpkins In Keene

Melanie Plenda for NHPR

Before riots overshadowed the festivities in Keene on 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 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 Courtesy 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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NH News
11:39 am
Fri October 17, 2014

More Than 1,700 FairPoint Workers Go On Strike

 

FairPoint Communications is assuring telephone and Internet customers that the company has plans in place to deal with the strike by more than 1,700 workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Company spokeswoman Angelynne Amores Beaudry also says this morning the company remains willing to listen to any union proposal that "meaningfully addresses the core issues of these negotiations."

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NH News
5:22 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Fuller Oil Sues FairPoint Over Phone Outage

 

A New Hampshire home heating oil company that faced customer delivery delays earlier this year has sued FairPoint Communications over a phone outage that happened at the same time.

Fred Fuller Oil said a combination of extreme weather conditions, a huge increase in oil and propane demand and an overload and temporary crash of the company phone system led to problems during the winter. The state said it had to step in after receiving complaints from residents, setting up a phone number.

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NH News
3:18 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ride-Sharing Service Uber Comes to Manchester

Screenshot of the Uber iPhone app.

  The ride-sharing service known as Uber will launch in Manchester Friday.

Uber users and drivers find each other using a smartphone app.

Manchester users will be able to get five free rides up to $25 until the end of the month.

Billy Guernier is the General Manager of Regional Expansion for Uber.

He says the average ride is roughly ten percent cheaper than a taxi in Manchester.

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NH News
4:19 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

'Flags of Convenience' Create Ebola Confusion Near N.H. Ports

This Japanese cargo ship bears a "flag of convenience" from Monrovia, Liberia
Credit https://www.flickr.com/people/35626429@N08

Ships bearing West African flags do not pose health risks to Granite Staters, says Geno Marconi, Director of Ports and Harbors in New Hampshire.

Marconi says the Port of New Hampshire has received calls from citizens concerned about the transmission of the Ebola virus.

However, Marconi says, ships are often registered in Monrovia, Liberia, because of that country’s relaxed tax laws.

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NH News
3:02 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Giffords: Stronger Guns Law Will Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Brian Wallstin for NHPR

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was in New Hampshire Wednesday pushing for stronger gun laws.

Giffords was shot in the head during a campaign event in 2011, and is in the midst of a nine-state tour. She says strengthening gun laws would protect victims of domestic violence.

She made stops in Manchester and Concord on behalf of Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Executive director Pia Carusone says keeping the state’s Congressional Democrats in office is critical to the organization’s cause.

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NH News
1:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

N.H. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Of Man Who Shot Manchester Cop

Myles Webster
Credit Manchester Police Department

The state Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man convicted of attempting to murder a Manchester police officer in 2012.

In an appeal to the state’s highest court, attorneys for 25-year-old Myles Webster argued eyewitness identifications were tainted when police released his booking photo five hours before he was arraigned.

Webster was found guilty of attempting to kill Manchester Police Officer Dan Doherty, after shooting him seven times at point-blank range.

Webster was sentenced to 60 years to life in prison.

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NH News
5:26 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Ongoing Ebola Prep 'The New Normal' For State Health Workers

State Health Officials continue to prepare for the possibility that a patient with the Ebola virus could arrive at a New Hampshire health facility.

Deputy state epidemiologist Elizabeth Talbot says experts are working with hospitals, EMTs, primary care doctors, even pharmacists, through webinars, training videos, and the state’s multifaceted health alert system.

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NH News
5:02 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

James Foley's Work Honored At New Hampshire Film Festival

The 14th annual New Hampshire Film Festival will celebrate the film work of slain journalist, James Foley, who grew up in Wolfboro.

Back in 2011, just days before the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Film directors Ross Kaufman and Katy Chevigny hired a cinematographer to film the part of their documentary that would take place in Libya.   That cinematographer was photojournalist James Foley. The following year, Foley was abducted in Syria. He was executed by Islamic State militants in August.

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Seacoast News
8:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

As Scooter Popularity Revs Up In Portsmouth, So Do Parking Concerns

Scooters parking on sidewalks has been the subject of growing complaints from Portsmouth business owners
Credit Beth LaMontagne Hall for NHPR

Walk along any street near downtown Portsmouth and you’ll likely hear the buzz of a moped motor. Recently, these small motorbikes have been whizzing along Portsmouth’s streets in greater numbers and packs of scooters can often be found parked along the sidewalks and in alleyways near the Portsmouth waterfront.

But this rise in moped ridership – and where they’ve been parking – has raised some concerns among business owners and city officials.

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NH News
3:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Boosted By Grant, Manchester Video Game Developer Workspace Readies For Launch

About 60 people attended their fifth monthly meet-up earlier this week at Joker's in Manchester.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

 A newly-formed group of independent video game developers in Manchester looks poised to open a game developers’ incubator in the city’s Millyard by the end of the year.

Local game developer David Carrigg is one of the founders of the state chapter of the International Game Developers Association, which is leading the creation of the incubator called Game Assembly.

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