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Richard Patterson nears the top of Tuckerman's Ravine on Mount Washington Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Richard, James Patterson's brother, agreed to accompany him on his long-standing goal of hiking the highest mountain in the northeast. (Valley News - James M. Patterson)
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Summer Journey: A Long Climb to the Summit of Mount Washington

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mount Washington is the tallest peak in the Northeast, at 6,288 feet. It holds the record for the highest sustained winds in our hemisphere, at 231 miles an hour, and is known for the quickly changing weather patterns that form around it. In short, it is not to be approached lightly. Even so, I’m not sure why it took me …

ACLU Plans Lawsuit Over Spending Caps

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is threatening to sue the state over a variable cap on school spending that was enacted in the last legislative session. The nonprofit group is actively seeking plaintiffs for a lawsuit against the state. Allen Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont ACLU, told a state education panel on Friday that he believes …

Bulger’s Bid for New Trial in Appeals Court

Monday, July 27, 2015

Boston — During his 2013 racketeering trial, former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger called the proceeding a “sham” after he was barred from presenting the centerpiece of his defense: his claim that a federal prosecutor gave him immunity to commit crimes. Two years later, Bulger is hoping a federal appeals court will …

Vt. Ups Mosquito Watch

Friday, July 17, 2015

Montpelier — Vermont has expanded its monitoring for mosquito-borne West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis to all 14 counties this year, following the deaths of two people in 2012. The state added testing in Essex County in northeastern Vermont and the southern county of Bennington, with the …

Lawsuit Claims Town Was Wrong To Arrest Man at Open Meeting

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Concord — The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union is suing the town of Alton and its police chief on behalf of a man who was arrested after suggesting at a public meeting that the entire board of selectmen resign. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in federal court in …

Military Liaisons at N.H. Mental Health Centers

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Concord — Each of New Hampshire’s 10 community mental health centers will have a staff member devoted to helping veterans, military service members and their families connect with other community resources under a first-of-its-kind initiative being launched by the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. Commissioner Nick …

Twin State Lawmakers Respond to Deal

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

West Lebanon — News that the United States and other world powers had reached a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear programs was greeted with support by Twin State Democrats in Washington and skepticism by their Republican counterparts, who likened it to “capitulation.” “After many years of …

In N.H., Hassan’s Budget Veto Doesn’t Stop Spending on Capital Projects

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Concord — Not all state funding for new projects has been stalled by the budget stalemate between Gov. Maggie Hassan and legislative Republicans. The state’s $271 million capital budget, now signed into law, allows the state to move forward on a number of projects, ranging from a new …

Summer Journey: Searching the North Shore for the Finest Fried Clams

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Each summer when I was a boy the family would take the one-hour drive to Jimmies, a clam and hot dog stand at Savin Rock in West Haven, Conn. It was on the ocean near a boardwalk. We …

Boston Says Wynn Reps Knew of Mob Ties

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Boston — Recently discovered interviews with at least five people suggest Wynn Resorts knew a mob associate with felony convictions would profit from his stake in the waterfront land where the Las Vegas casino company plans to build a resort, the city says in recent court filings. Boston, …

Son of Boston Police Captain Charged in Terror Bomb Plot

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Boston — The son of a Boston police captain has been arrested in an FBI sting and accused of plotting to commit terrorist acts in support of the Islamic State group, including the setting off of pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and the slaughter of students live …

Study Finds Case For Carbon Cap

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Montpelier — Amid complaints that planned federal rules to cut carbon emissions will hurt the economy, a new study says the northeastern states that already have moved in that direction are seeing economic benefits. The study by a Boston-based consulting firm, the Analysis Group will be presented in …

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Police Say Children Interrupted Home Break-In, Suspect Fled Londonderry, n.h. (ap) — Police in Londonderry are looking for a man who broke into a home while three children were home alone. Police say home surveillance video shows the …