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Barred Owl                                                                      Adelaide Tyrol  Illustration

Outside Story: Nature Myths

Monday, March 30, 2015

Walking through the woods on a cool spring morning, I saw a barred owl in an old maple tree. I circled the owl three times from a distance. Its head kept turning to follow me, tracking my movements with three complete revolutions. One of the owl’s chicks had fallen from the nest, so I climbed the tree and placed the chick back in it. Then the owl flew up and pushed the chick out of the nest onto the ground, where it lay in a pile of melting snow. I noticed that the maple was the biggest tree in sight, so it had to be …

Vietnam Anniversary Stirs Veterans’ Memories of Battles, Lost Friends

Monday, March 30, 2015

Springfield, Mass. — As veterans of the Vietnam War recall the beginning of the ground war there 50 years ago, local Marine veteran Daniel M. Walsh III said memories of conflict and lost platoon members have been flooding back to him. “Fifty years, I can’t believe it,” he said during an interview at his home. Walsh, a former Springfield city councilor, veterans services …

New England Takes on Ocean Pollution State By State

Monday, March 30, 2015

Portland, Maine — A group of state legislators in New England want to form a multi-state pact to counter increasing ocean acidity along the East Coast, a problem they believe will endanger multi-million dollar fishing industries if left unchecked. The legislators’ effort faces numerous hurdles: They are in the early stages of fostering cooperation between many layers of government, hope to push for …

N.H. Panel Approves Cuts To Hassan Plan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire House budget writers began approving a budget bill Monday that eliminates Medicaid expansion, substantially changes school funding and does not give state employees a raise they recently negotiated with the governor’s office. The House Finance Committee will continue voting on changes to Democratic Gov. …

Vt. House Committee Budget Closes Windsor Prison, Keeps Inmates In-State

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Montpelier — Lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee were left with relief and a $113 surplus after unanimously approving a fiscal year 2016 state budget plan Monday. The proposed budget includes a plan to close the Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor in 2017 without sending inmates out …

Conference Highlights Canadian Power Sources

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Burlington — There is an abundance of clean electricity in eastern Canada waiting to be sent to the energy-hungry states of New England, officials said Monday at an international energy conference. A number of projects are underway to help move that power south, but officials from both the …

Nightclub Fire Memorial Planned for 2016

Monday, March 23, 2015

Warwick, R.i. — The group planning a memorial to 100 people killed in a 2003 nightclub fire has raised one-fourth of the money needed to build and maintain the project, and its leader said Sunday she expects it …

Newport, SoRo Among Book Grant Recipients

Monday, March 23, 2015

Concord — Eight schools in New Hampshire and Vermont are sharing a $25,000 grant for the 2015-2016 year to support literacy programs, events, professional development and buy new books. In New Hampshire, the Children’s Literacy Foundation grant is going to Groveton Elementary School, Paul Smith School in Franklin, …

Vt. Farmers Hurt by Falling Milk Prices

Monday, March 23, 2015

Montpelier — Milk prices paid to Vermont dairy farmers have plummeted this winter from a record high last year as farmers head into the spring planting season when they need to buy seed and fuel. Following an all-time high in September of 2014 of around $25 per hundredweight …

Dartmouth To Overhaul Housing

Monday, March 23, 2015

Colleges are confronting the related problems of sexual assault and drinking with a mix of solutions, some aimed at changing an ingrained culture that encourages irresponsible behavior. Dartmouth College appears to be the only school responding by completely overhauling its housing into a system of “residential colleges” — …

Campuses Across U.S. Face Change

Monday, March 23, 2015

Concord — On college campuses nationwide, the intertwined problems of sexual assault and alcohol are under intense scrutiny as students increasingly speak up and the federal government cracks down. Pushed to a collective moment of reckoning, colleges and universities are trying a slew of solutions focused on education, …

Local & Regional Briefs for Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Hampshire Veteran Gets France’s Highest Award Milford, n.h. — A New Hampshire World War II veteran has been awarded France’s highest recognition for his military service. Rosario “Charlie” LoCicero was awarded the French Legion of Honor — France’s oldest and highest distinction. The 90-year-old LoCicero was given …

It Isn’t Controversial Anymore

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New York — A playful picture book about a little girl named Heather and her two happy mommies was a cultural and legal flashpoint 25 years ago, angering conservatives over the morality of same-sex parenting and landing libraries …