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UNH canceled a class’s weeklong trip to Nicaragua due to safety concerns three weeks into the semester.

Vol. 102, No. 34

The men’s hockey team will face off against UMass-Amherst at the Whitt on Friday and Saturday. Page 20

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Businesses struggle at Jenkins Court location Owners attribute Jenkins Court curse to low traffic, lack of support from town By JOEL KOST Staff Writer

Bright Signs and posters plaster the windows on Jenkins Quality Goods, concealing the inside of the store from passing pedestrians walking down Jenkins Court. They read “Everything must go!” and “20% off.” Meanwhile, What a Crock sits in empty silence directly across from the clothing store. By the end of the semester, both of these locations will no longer serve the students and residents of Durham. Jenkin’s Court has seen two other businesses shut their doors in the past two years. Two Strikes Barbershop shut down earlier

Going-out-ofbusiness signs line the Jenkins Quality Goods storefront, which will close its doors this spring. The closing of the store adds to the numerous establishments that have failed in the Jenkins Court location.

this year, and Wings Your Way, a popular restaurant amongst students, closed in 2010. With Jenkins Quality Goods and What a Crock adding to this expanding list, one can’t help but wonder why Jenkins Court has such a high turnover rate. To What a Crock Proprietor John Knorr, the answers are simple: location and competition. “We anticipated doing more business, but we don’t have the sales,” Knorr said. “There are a lot of options downtown. We’re just not visible to the majority of the people who come downtown. It’s tough. People just don’t think of coming down here.”

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Whitt cracks down on concert security Online job

databases attracting cyber fraud

By CORINNE HOLROYD Staff Writer

Last weekend’s Tiësto concert brought over 4,500 people to the Whittemore Center, as well as 39 arrests and seven hospital transports “directly related to the concert made by the UNH and Durham police departments,” according to Director of UNH Media Relations Erika Mantz. “Many hours of planning go into preparation for a large concert to ensure the safety of concert attendees,” Mantz said. 22 of those 39 arrests were UNH students, and most of the arrests were due to drug and alcohol related offenses. The seven hospital transports were believed to be alcohol-related. University police worked with the New Hampshire State Police as well as State Liquor Enforcement officers during the concert. Those officers arrested an additional 26 people, which could not be directly linked to the concert, heightening the total count of arrests to 65. Mantz said that the state police and enforcement officers were brought in “to bring additional resources to campus to help curb underage drinking and raise awareness of both the risks and consequences of impaired driving.” Mantz also said that multiple “police, fire and emergency resources appropriate to the scale of the event were hired and paid for out of ticket sales.” As an additional resource, the Whittemore Center staff hired a private security company to help with the concert’s security. Those resources helped to manage

By RACHEL FOLLENDER Staff Writer

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Twenty-two UNH students were arrested in relation to last Friday’s Tiësto concert. Most of the arrests were due to drug-and-alcohol related offenses. the crowds of Tiësto attendees with such security measures as pat-downs before entering the arena, using a wristband system, prohibiting crowd surfing, keeping aisles clear, and moving the crowd safely out of the arena after the concert. To prepare for the concert and the crowds of people attending it, UNH Health Services held a pre-concert pizza party in the Whittemore Center. The Tiësto Club Life College Invasion Tour’s last stop before UNH – University of Massachusetts-Amherst – took place on

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Arrests at past concerts Tiësto: 39 Avicii: 34 David Guetta: 20 The Tiësto concert produced more arrests than the past two concerts in the electronic-dance genre.

With unemployment up and the economy in decline, many people are turning to the Internet in a desperate job-seeking endeavor. Craigslist.org receives more than 24 million new job listings each year. Monster.com reported over 232 million job searches in the last month alone. That means for these job search websites and others similar, business is booming, but not necessarily for anyone else. Employer Relations Specialist Krystal Hicks of the UNH Advising and Career center said she is seeing more and more people applying for jobs online as opposed to networking and meeting employers in person, and the results are dismal. “It’s really frustrating for me when people tell me that they’ve been applying for jobs online and nothing has turned up,” Hicks said. “Essentially, if you’re going to job hunt online you need to remember that you’re spending the

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Contents

Local band has high hopes

The New Hampshire

Albany spoils UNH’s Senior Night

11 Check out where local band The Connection are headed!

20 After UNH took an early lead. the ‘Cats fall to the Great Danes during Senior Night in Lundholm Gymnasium

Class trip canceled

Car accident

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5 Communications class on Nicaragua canceled due to high risk.

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• Biological Sciences Seminar, 12:10 - 2 p.m., Spaulding G70 • The Vagina Monologues, 7 - 9 p.m., MUB Strafford Room • Cultural Connections:Vietnam and Poland, 3:30 - 5 p.m., MUB Entertainment Center

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UConn Running Back Martin Hyppolite was released from the hospital after Wednesday’s car accident

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Yarnold Scholarship Recently-deceased couple lives on through their foundation, giving back to students.

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The next issue of The New Hampshire will be on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

This week in Durham March 2 March 3

• Massachussetts v. UNH Men’s Hockey, 7 p.m., Whittemore Center • The Vagina Monologues, 7 - 9 p.m., MUB Strafford Room

• Maine v. UNH Men’s Basketball, 1 p.m., Lunholm Gymnasium

March 4

• Video Modeling, 4 - 6 p.m. • Women in Agriculture Panel, 6 p.m., MUB Theater 1 • Investing for a Sustainable Future, 7 - 9 p.m., Huddleston Ballroom


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continued from page 1 Last spring, Knorr conducted an outreach program where he gave free samples to 500 Durham residents in order to increase business. The following fall over 3,000 students also received free samples, but sales still weren’t improving. After a two-year evaluation he decided that it wasn’t worth it to keep What a Crock running. The restaurant closed its doors on Wednesday. Knorr estimates that only 30 percent of the people who received a free sample actually knew where the restaurant was, despite all the advertisement. “There was a real lack of awareness on campus,” he said. “We

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continued from page 1 majority of your time on the resource that produces the least amount of results.” There are hundreds of thousands of job offers being made on the Internet. Some “employers” will even go the extra mile to make life easier for their potential employees by directly contacting them with an offer via email. But according to Hicks, less than 20 percent of legitimate job openings are ever posted on the web. That means a great deal of those alleged great offers are potential employment scams. “I recently received an online offer from an internship recruiter,” UNH sophomore Tyler Collins said. “It sounded appealing, but I talked to one of my friends who fell for a similar offer. He made little to no money and wasted weeks of his time.” Too-good-to-be-true job opportunities are the best-case scenario when it comes to job scams. The rise of online job searches comes with the increase of fraudulent offers, in which victims are being manipulated into sharing personal information such as social security and credit card numbers. While some of these cyber-scammers are targeting individuals through email, many of them are dropping the line to lure in desperate job seekers on sites such as Monster.com and Craigslist. The most common scams in-

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knew this would be an issue being on Jenkins Court.” But Doug Palardy, the owner of Jenkins Quality Goods and Ale House Inn in Portsmouth, thinks it’s more the attitude of the Durham residents and competition, and less the location and awareness, that led to the downfall of his store. “Most of the Main Street businesses have been there a long time. If you’re not one of those businesses it’s going to be a challenge,” Palardy said. “Durham is a tough nut to crack.” In order to run a successful business downtown, one has to appeal to both the UNH students and the townspeople, Palardy said, explaining that he felt the store mostly appealed to the students. Palardy was faced with this challenge during the first week of

opening. A Durham town councilman, who he chose not to name, approached Palardy with numerous complaints about T-shirts that residents found offensive. One Tshirt depicted how a bottle of beer is opened. Another read “Maybe Partying Will Help.” He was asked to remove them from the store window. “I’ve never been told how to run my businesses,” Palardy said. “Being told that the first week open doesn’t bode well.” Current businesses on Jenkins Court feel the same pressure of appealing to students and townspeople to survive. Alex Saetune, the owner of Thai Smile, said that during the two years his restaurant has been in business he has seen a good mix of residents and students. However, he believes that it’s the students that

keep Thai Smile alive during the weekdays. According to Knorr, the issue wasn’t who came, it was how many came. “We had a great customer mix, just not enough of them,” he said. Both Knorr and Palardy said that if given the option again they wouldn’t choose Durham to start a business, and they wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else either. However, Zapoteca Restaurante y Tequileria, a Mexican restaurant originally based in Portland, Maine, is being constructed on Jenkins Court. Despite all the warning signs, proprietor Tom Bard is confident that it will find success in its second location, even if it is “a little off the beaten path.” “I think it gives the students some good food options and the

volve an appealing job offer that requires the prospective employee to pay for credit reports and background checks – a seemingly obvious enough red flag. But for someone such as the typical college student, providing a social security or banking number for a part-time job W2 form is habit, and doing the same thing for an online offer seems legitimate. The result? Forged credit lines and identity theft. Monster Customer Service Representative Craig Bachman said that because the company has a strong compliance team and strict terms of service agreement, job scams occurring through the website are rare in comparison to sites like Craigslist that have less stringent controls and allow employers to post ads more easily and for free. Cyber scams, however, have successfully targeted victims through Monster, and Bachman said that the possibility still exists. “We have a really simple option to report a job offer that looks like it might be a scam,” Bachman said. “Our compliance team looks into all of those that are reported.” Bachman said that because cyber-scammers are able to target people in ways that don’t necessarily violate Monster’s terms of use, it is important for job seekers to be aware of potential threats and look out for the warning signs. According to Bachman, job hunters should keep an eye out for postings that seem unprofessional,

request a fee or an unusual amount of personal information or offer a work-from-home position such as re-packaging products and sending them from one’s own home. Most legitimate job offers will require the employee to disclose some personal information at some point, but Bachman said he urges people not to give out that kind of information until you have met with the employer in person. When it comes to career searching in a struggling economy, most experts agree that putting yourself out there the old-fashioned way is the best option for remaining competitive. “If you think about it, you’re one in 500 emails in an employer’s inbox and you don’t stand out that way,” Hicks said. “More than 70 percent of the jobs we get in life are through people we know.” Hicks said that while the Internet remains an important tool in job searching, it shouldn’t be used as a crutch, and those seeking job opportunities on the Internet should err on the side of caution. She also emphasized the importance of utilizing websites such as LinkedIn and WildcatCareers for their networking opportunities. “I beg students to make LinkedIn accounts,” Hicks said. “You can actually see who works at a company and start building a rapport, and do so with much more success than sending in some blind application online.” Hicks is in charge of running the UNH Career Fair on Tuesday, occurring from 12 to 4 p.m. in the Whittemore Center. She said that with over 140 companies attending from all different fields, it will be the largest career fair UNH has ever had. Hicks estimates 2,000 students will attend the fair but said she hopes more will show up. “If you’re sitting online, you’re hoping and praying that these recruiters are getting your resume, when they are actually coming to the career fair,” Hicks said. “By showing up on Tuesday, you’re taking the guess work out of the equation.” The career fair will be open to all UNH students and alumni but closed to the public. For more information and a complete list of employers, visit unh.edu/uacc/careerfair. “This is really the fair that every single student needs to go to,” Hicks said. “A conversation today will lead to a job tomorrow, and it keeps students offline.”

Obama to urge court to overturn gay marriage ban

Bachman described some of the red flags that are important to look for while job-hunting on Monster.com, or anywhere else on the net:

Poor grammar and spelling mistakes

Employers requesting an upfront fee or an abnormal amount of information for a typical application

Lack of a company domain in an e-mail address (common domains such as Gmail or Yahoo!)

Employers listing “ability to work from home”

Anything in regard to processing payments or transferring funds.

Offers that involve a salary based on a percentage of processed payments

Anything involving re-shipping/re-packaging products and sending them from one’s own home

JULIE PACE Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday planned to urge the Supreme Court to strike down California’s ban on gay marriage, wading into a case that could have broad implications for the right of same-sex couples to wed. While such friend-of-the-court briefs are not legally binding, the administration’s filing could have some influence on the justices when they consider the constitutionality of the ban in March. The brief also should offer to clarify President Barack Obama’s evolving views on gay marriage. Obama supports same-sex unions but has said marriage should be governed by states. The administration intended to meet the Thursday filing deadline for all parties not directly involved in the case. Gay rights advocates hoped the brief would ask the court to strike down California’s Proposition 8 and declare that the Constitution bars any state from banning same-sex unions. The administration could choose a narrower option, including asking the court to strike down only California’s ban. Another option: asking to rule that California and other states that allow unions carrying all the benefits of marriage cannot take away this right. Seven other states allow gay couples to join in civil unions with full marriage benefits. The Proposition 8 ballot initiative was approved by California voters in 2008 in response to a state Supreme Court decision that had allowed gay marriage. Twenty-nine other states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage; nine states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. In recent days, states, organizations and individuals have filed briefs in the Proposition 8 case. Thirteen states, including four that do not now permit gay couples to wed, urged the court on Thursday to declare the ban unconstitutional. They said marriage enhances economic security and emotional well-

residents some good food options,” Bard said. “Getting more contemporary and ethnic foods will serve them very well. “ Bard is familiar with the problems that Jenkins Court has faced over the years, and he said he hopes that Zapoteca will help bring awareness to the street and revitalize it. Jenkins Quality Goods’ lease is up in May, but Palardy hopes that he will be able to move everything out before then. He believed that if he waited for the current freshmen to graduate, the store’s name would gain more recognition. Still, he doesn’t think that it would make sense to wait that long. “I’d love to stay and make it work, but there’s no point waiting four years to make it happen,” Palardy said. “I’m not sad about it. It’s just a reality.”

being for the partners, and is better for children. “All of these interests are furthered by ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from the institution,” said the brief signed by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. It was joined by Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington, Delaware, Illinois, New Mexico, Oregon and the District of Columbia. More than 100 prominent Republicans have signed a friend-ofthe-court brief in support of gay marriage. Among them are former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Obama, a former constitutional law professor, raised expectations that he would back a broad brief during his inauguration address on Jan. 21. He said the nation’s journey “is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.” “For if we are truly created equal, than surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama said. Obama has a complicated history on gay marriage. As a presidential candidate in 2008, he opposed the California ban but didn’t endorse gay marriage. He later said his personal views on gay marriage were “evolving.” When he ran for re-election last year, Obama announced his personal support for same-sex marriage, but said marriage was an issue that states, not the federal government, should decide. Public opinion has shifted in support of gay marriage in recent years. In May 2008, Gallup found that 56 percent of Americans felt same-sex marriages should not be recognized by the law as valid. By last November, 53 percent felt they should be legally recognized. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Proposition 8 case on March 26. One day later, the justices will hear arguments on another gay marriage case, this one involving provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.


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Health Services provides pizza, drink at the Whitt before Tiësto concert

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Tiësto performs at the Whittemore Center. Before the concert, Health Services hosted a pre-concert pizza party complete with Domino’s pizza, giveaways, and Gatorade. By DANIELLE LeBLANC CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Bright neon lights, ear-shattering music, cut, cropped clothes and hundreds of drunken kids is normally the scene for events such as the Tiësto concert at the Whittemore Center on Friday, Feb. 22. In order to give students an alternative way to prepare for the concert, the office of Health Services hosted a pre-Tiësto Domino’s pizza party at the Whittemore Center from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday. “This is so students have a safe and fun night,” said Melissa Garvey, an advisor for the event and an alcohol, tobacco and drug educator/ advisor at the Office of Health Services. “We’re making sure students have food in their stomachs and are well-hydrated if they’ll be drinking.” This program was organized through Substance Awareness through Functional Education. SAFE is the same group that put on the pancake breakfast at the tailgating event during homecoming. At the event on Friday, there were free pizzas and drinks. There were also free prizes for the first 100 UNH students at the door and chances to win autographed Tiësto CDs, concert T-shirts, iTunes gift cards, and gift certificates to local businesses. The Electric Dance Music Club was DJing the pre-Tiësto party. “This is to help kids that will be drinking tonight from taking it too far and passing out,” said sophomore Sarah Maskwa, a member of the SAFE program. “There are over 200 pizzas here – that should help to reduce that.” Many UNH students walked up to the table stacked with Domino’s pizza and greedily took advantage of the free food. Some took two or three slices at once. One student even walked in carrying a Durham House of Pizza

box and said, “Free pizza! Damn, why did I pay for this?” UNH students attending this event felt that it was a good idea that Health Services was hosting the pre-Tiësto party. “There are always more arrests at these events” Garvey said. “Our purpose is to work in conjunction with enforcement as a prevention tool.” SAFE is part of a Peer Education group. According to Garvey, the program’s goals are for students to reduce dangerous drinking, to have emergency care on hand for those who need it and to be a “role model structure.” Although security was tight during Friday’s concert, that didn’t seem to stop students from sneaking in alcohol. Jared Lerch, a freshman at UNH who attended Friday’s concert, said many students were kicked out of the concert. He also said he saw one student being put into handcuffs and escorted out of the men’s bathroom. “If people were hiding stuff, it was easy,” Lerch said. “I saw lots of kids with water bottles and mixed drinks.” However, even with these incidences, Health Service’s efforts did not go unnoticed on Friday. The event was well-received by the 150plus students who came early. Pizza was also provided to concertgoers lined up outside the Whittemore Center until approximately 8 p.m. Students were very appreciative of the delicious intervention. Any pizza left over from the preconcert party was delivered to the three largest dorms on campus, Stoke, Williamson and Christensen. This service was provided by SAFE Peer Educators to further reduce the risk of over-consumption of alcohol during pre-gaming hours. Although Lerch did not attend the Domino’s pre-Tiësto pizza party himself, he said he still believes it was a good idea.

“All kids who went seemed more sober by the end of the night,” Lerch said. “I know some kids in my dorm that came back with pizza.

At least if they did go under the influence they were good by the time they got back.”

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Feb. 21 in the Mullins Center and resulted in 19 hospital transports, 12 people being treated on the scene and one seriously injured, according to the Northampton, Mass.-based Daily Hampshire Gazette. The serious injury was an unidentified male who jumped off a balcony and fractured his skull and jaw. The Daily Hampshire Gazette also reported that none of the people who were transported were UMass students; however, UMass police put two students in protective custody. Only one person was arrested at the concert, a Bentley student on charges of disorderly conduct, assault and battery of a police officer and possession of marijuana. UNH, however, did not increase security after the UMass incidents. “Whittemore Center staff was made aware of some issues faced during the concert at UMass,” said Mantz. “The staff reviewed the plan for the evening and decided not to change any of the preparation, staffing or protocols that had been put into place.” Past UNH concerts – including Avicii and David Guetta – have had their share of student arrests before, during and after their shows. Avicii’s concert drew 34 arrests, 14 being UNH students, while approximately 20 people were arrested at Guetta’s concert.


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UNH cancels course’s trip to Nicaragua Classwork during semester prepared students for two-week long trip By KEN JOHNSON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Three weeks into the semester, students walked into their study abroad course to learn that the class trip to Nicaragua, to take place at the conclusion of the class, had been canceled. International Service Learning in Nicaragua, course CMN 525, is offered through the College of Health and Human Services and spends the semester meeting once a week in the classroom. At the end of the semester, the class goes on a faculty-led, two-week trip to Nicaragua. Professor Pamela Broido explains the trip works with the poor and on environmental projects, spending one week in Managua, the capitol of Nicaragua, and one week in the rural town of La Paz. Each student stays with two families during the duration of the trip. Senior Danielle Olean, who is currently enrolled in the class, said they were told that the trip has been canceled due to safety concerns. Interim Dean Neil Vroman of CHHS said via email the decision to cancel the trip was made on Feb. 6 after he had conversations with Broido and other unidentified people around the university. “There was insufficient time to assess and manage issues related to the risks associated with the Nicaraguan study away experience,” Vroman said. “There are very few study away experiences in the college; that said, I would characterize the situation this semester as atypical.” UNH’s Registrar Office doesn’t track canceled faculty-led study abroad trips. The College of Liberal Arts offers the majority of faculty-led study abroad trips available through UNH. Lisa Mulvey, Study Abroad Coordinator for COLA, said that typically a study abroad trip will be canceled if the course fails to meet the minimum number of students required. The class can also be canceled if some students drop the course so it is unable to meet course costs. Different courses have a differing cost and require differing amounts of students. Another reason that a trip could be canceled is if it was deemed to be too dangerous. Mulvey has been with COLA Study Abroad for just over two years and doesn’t know of any COLA Study Abroad trips that have been canceled for that reason. According to the State Department, there are no current travel warnings for Nicaragua. Broido said the class has gone on 12 successful trips to Nicaragua since January of 2006. On past trips there have been a scorpion bite, respiratory issues, traveler’s diarrhea and rashes. Kyla Jones, a junior who took the course in the spring of 2012 and went on the trip that June, recalls one person falling off a wagon and cutting her knee, requiring a Band-Aid. The class stays on a property with a nurse and surgical technician. Two teaching assistants accompany

the class on the trip, as well. Broido brings a first aid kit, and both TAs are trained in basic first aid. While on the trip, there is a curfew and no drinking. “I do everything within my power to mitigate risk,” Broido said. Broido explained that the trip is done through Compas de Nicaragua, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that coordinates study abroad trips to Nicaragua for universities, high schools, churches and private organizations. They have been in business for 22 years. Olean said that the class prepares students for the trip, and doesn’t have much relevance without the trip. She explained that the trip to Nicaragua is the most valuable learning experience of the course and the classes during the semester prepare students for the trip. She hates to see a program like this vanish, she said. “Value is not being placed on (the course),” Olean said. Jones also said that the trip is necessary for the class. She said the course was practical application of what they would be doing on the trip, where they would be going and what to expect for the trip. Actually going there, seeing the poverty, seeing how the people there live and seeing how happy they are was part of the experience. It “opened up everyone’s eyes,” Jones said. The trip was “awesome, life changing – it was a hidden gem that wasn’t advertised.” Broido said that International Service Learning in Nicaragua is a four-credit course. At UNH, fourcredit courses require a total of 40 hours per semester. CMN 525 was on track for a total of 20 hours in the classroom, while the trip would account for the remaining 20 hours.

“I’ve pledged to work with Professor Broido and the Department Chair to identify alternatives for the students’ successful completion of the course,” Vroman said. A course amendment for the semester has added three lectures, two fundraising events and a Spanish Immersion event with past trip participants and guests to complete the missing 20 course hours with the trip canceled. Vroman expects the students enrolled in the class to receive the full four credits. Senior Stephanie Hill took the course in fall of 2012 and is currently a TA for the course this spring. She said she is upset other students won’t get a chance to go to Nicaragua. “You learn a different type of appreciation,” Hill said. Hill said the class was speechless when they were notified that the trip was canceled. “I learned more from this experience than anything else at UNH,” said senior Zac Porter, currently a TA for the course. Like Hill, he took the course in the fall of 2012 before becoming a TA this Spring. “Devastated is the best word I can give,” Porter said of his feelings when he found out about the trip cancellation. “To lose something this meaningful hurts.” Vroman said he doesn’t know if the course will be offered again in the future. “This was close to Pam’s heart,” Porter said. “She invested a lot of time and heart into this program.”

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(Top) Students and locals stand together for a picture on a previous trip to Nicaragua in 2012. (Bottom) A map of Nicaragua; students travelled to the capital, Managua, and the small town of La Paz on past trips. This semester’s trip was cancelled due to safety concerns.


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Couple’s donations, foundation, contribute thousands to in-state students in scholarships By ABBY KESSLER Staff Writer

After years of farming blueberries and working in cranberry bogs on their farm in New Jersey, Samuel and Alice Yarnold accumulated a substantial amount of money that has since been bequeathed to a scholarship fund for New Hampshire residents pursuing medical degrees.

especially fond of cardiologist Dr. Danford, and the two formed a close relationship. After Samuel’s passing, Danford played an integral part in establishing the Yarnold Foundation. Since its origins, the scholarship fund has provided New Hampshire residents with scholarships for over 15 years and has donated between $30,000 and $40,000 of money to

“ The scholarship has become self-sustain-

ing, using only the income made off of the trust each year to help students through college...we have helped a lot of students over the years.”

Stephen H. Roberts Trustee

The couple retired from a lifetime of hard work to Rollinsford, where Alice had family connections. “They lived quietly and frugally in New Hampshire. I remember Sam would reuse my grandfather’s newspapers so he didn’t have to buy his own. It’s just one of the funny ways I remember that he saved money,” Trustee Stephen H. Roberts said. While enjoying a quiet life in New Hampshire, the couple began to foster a deep appreciation for the medical staff at Wentworth Douglass Hospital who helped the two during various medical difficulties during their elder years. Samuel became

students in need. Roberts noted that each year, the foundation receives around 150 applications that they must sieve through them in order to find the strongest candidates from New Hampshire. The strongest candidates have high academic standing within their field of study and need financial support. “We really want to help the students that most need it, so financial standing plays a big role in our decision,” Roberts said. “We want to provide opportunity to students who really need it.” He said that, ideally, the candi-

dates are established in New Hampshire so that following their completion of school they could serve the state. Although there is no way of projecting into the future, Roberts commented that in the past, recipients have been single mothers in the area who are tied to local communities. “Of course this is not a necessary component, but ideally we want the recipients to have that strong connection to the state,” Roberts said. Roberts commented that although the Yarnolds are not here to see the successful scholarship foundation, he knows that it would have made them happy to see their years of hard work continuing to help younger generations. “They never had any children of their own, so this is their way of impacting younger generations,” Roberts said. According to Roberts, Samuel Yarnold epitomized the American dream, working hard from a young age in order to support himself and help his poor immigrant parents. He continued working hard and spending wisely throughout his life, living quietly. Decades after the couples’ passing, their $800,000 financial contribution continues to help ambitious New Hampshire medical students pursue their profession. The foundation is continuing to accept applications, and students enrolled in LNA, ADN, BSN or MS programs in nursing, a BSW or MSW program in social work, or an MD or DO program in medicine are being urged to submit applications immediately.

Road rage suspect thought to have brandished gun indicted in case By JIM HADDADIN Foster’s Daily Democrat

BRENTWOOD — A 26-yearold man has been indicted on charges alleging he cut off another driver during a road rage incident in Exeter, then tried to hide a BB gun he brandished during the episode. Police say Michael C. Deyarmond, Jr., was spotted by a witness carrying what appeared to be a handgun during a dispute with another driver on Aug. 30, 2012. Police later found a carbon dioxide-powered BB gun lying in close proximity to Deyarmond’s car. Exeter Police Sgt. Peter Tilton said the incident began on Route 108 in Stratham and continued into Exeter, where the road becomes Portsmouth Avenue. A witness, who called police at 7:03 p.m. and said the driver of a blue Chevy Cobalt was driving erratically, notified police of the dispute. The witness said the Chevy driver was following closely behind

another vehicle at high speeds and weaving in and out of traffic. The other vehicle was a small black car occupied by several “juveniles,” Tilton said, and the witness was traveling behind both cars. The witness reported the Chevy driver was carrying a pistol in his hand, and that at one point, while both vehicles were stopped at a light, the Chevy driver opened his door and appeared to be exiting the car. Police “swarmed the area” and located a Chevy in Exeter matching the description of the car given by the witness. It was found on Auburn Street, a short distance from Portsmouth Avenue, Tilton said. Deyarmond was also located in the vicinity. “He denied being involved initially, but we searched the area and lo and behold, we found a BB pistol,” Tilton said. The pistol was located in bushes near 11 Portsmouth Ave., about 10 feet away from the car, Tilton said. He said Deyarmond later ad-

mitted to discarding the pistol under questioning. He was arrested on a warrant in October by State Police. Deyarmond, of Whittier Drive in Fremont, faces one charge of reckless driving and one charge of trying to falsify physical evidence. Indictments handed up by a Rockingham County grand jury this month indicate Deyarmond allegedly cut off another driver, forcing him to swerve into the middle lane. He is also accused of dropping a Daisy CO2 pistol into the bushes to prevent police from finding it. The charge is a class B felony. Deyarmond waived his arraignment this month. His bail orders have been continued, leaving his bail set at $2,000 personal recognizance. He is next scheduled to appear in Rockingham County Superior Court on April 9 for a structuring conference. An indictment is not an indication of guilt. Rather, it signifies that a jury found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.

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Driver in fatal Durham crash still hospitalized; passenger released By ANDREA BULFINCH Foster’s Daily Democrat

One of two men who survived a fatal car crash in Durham on Saturday morning remained hospitalized Wednesday, according to officials still investigating the collision that killed a 74-year-old retired New Hampshire judge and left the career of a University of Connecticut star college running back in question. Bruce Larson, 74, of Durham, was killed in the crash that shut down a portion of Route 4 Saturday morning. He is a retired judge for Candia in Rockingham County. Larson was declared dead at the scene. He had been operating a 2000 Buick when his vehicle and one operated by 22-year-old Ryan Merchant of Wakefield, Mass., collided head on. According to Strafford County Attorney, Tom Velardi, who was called to the scene Saturday, there is physical evidence that suggests one of vehicles may have crossed the yellow center line. Officials continue to investigate that evidence to determine how the vehicles collided. “That is one of the circumstances we’re looking at,” he said Wednesday. Velardi said he has been in contact with Durham Deputy Police Chief Rene Kelley and the two are keeping each other apprised of information learned throughout the investigation. Kelley said on Wednesday his understanding is that Merchant remains in critical condition at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Boston where he was transported to from the scene via Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response

Team (DHART) helicopter. The weigh station on Route 4 served as a landing zone for the DHART helicopter on Saturday. Martin Hyppolite, 22, of Malden, Mass., was a passenger in Merchant’s vehicle and was transported to Portsmouth Regional Hospital by McGregor Memorial Ambulance. According to NBCSports.com, which cited the Hartford Courant, Hyppolite was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon and may to return to the University of Connecticut campus this week. “Unfortunately for Hyppolite, UConn confirmed that, while he’s out of the hospital, the soon-to-be senior’s football player career is very much in doubt. The school said that the player will undergo extensive rehabilitation as he attempts to recover from what are still unspecified injuries,” the article reads. Local law enforcement continues its investigation of the crash jointly with state police. Velardi said both vehicles were towed to the Strafford County impound lot to preserve any evidence that may be needed in the future, a practice he said on Sunday was standard. He did not know whether any criminal charges would stem from the crash. Crews from Durham police and fire departments along with police from Lee and the state Accident Reconstruction Unit responded at about 9 a.m. Saturday and remained on scene for about five hours. Route 4 was closed to traffic between Madbury Road and the Route 4 on-ramp at Main Street near the University of New Hampshire for the duration.


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NH Briefs Woman killed in snowy crash on state roadway MILTON — Police in New Hampshire have released the name of a woman killed in a two-vehicle crash on snowy Route 125 in Milton. Authorities say 76-year-old Monique Smith of Union lost control of her car and collided with a pickup truck on Wednesday afternoon.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say the driver of the pickup truck was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Fosters Daily Democrats reports that the highway was closed to traffic for more than four hours.

Woman, 95, to be at bridge opening PORTSMOUTH — A 95-yearold New Hampshire woman is being invited to the ribboning on a new bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, just like she did in 1923 when she cut the ribbon to the Memorial Bridge that is now being replaced. Eileen Foley, a former mayor of Portsmouth, was 5 years old when she was chosen to cut the ribbon for the then-brand new Memo-

rial Bridge on Aug. 17, 1923. She’s accepted an invitation to participate in the opening of a new Memorial Bridge when it’s completed this summer. Foley tolls Foster’s Daily Democrat she has no idea why she, then a child, was picked out of the crowd of 5,000 people in 1923 to cut the ribbon, but she’s looking forward to participating again this summer.

Hanover police chief suffers stroke HANOVER — The police chief in the New Hampshire town of Hanover is on medical leave after suffering a stroke. The police department said Wednesday that Capt. Francis Moran will serve as acting chief. Chief Nicholas Giaccone had the stroke on Friday and was taken to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medi-

cal Center. He was transferred to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston on Thursday. The police department said a rapid response by the New London Fire Department and early intervention treatment by Dartmouth staff have resulted in an excellent prognosis for Giaccone.

Officials warn snow poses roof collapse danger CONCORD — New Hampshire emergency management officials are warning the third major snowstorm in a month is increasing the danger that roofs could collapse under the weight of the snow New Hampshire Acting Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Perry Plummer says snow accumulations on flat roof commercial or institutional buildings are at great-

est risk. The state is urging building owners or managers to monitor their buildings, ensure roof drains are clear and to remove snow as soon as it can be done safely. Homeowners should also remove snow from the ground using snow rakes. If roofs need to be shoveled it should be done by contractors with the proper experience and insurance.

Town residents upset by knife at school meeting ALTON — Some residents in the town of Alton are upset that a school board member displayed a knife during a meeting in which members were discussing the district’s weapons policy. Video of the Feb. 21 meeting shows school board member Stephen Miller holding up the knife for less than 30 seconds. Alton resident Karl Ingoldsby

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says there is always discussion and discourse in meetings, but there should never be a weapon involved. Miller displayed the knife while arguing against allowing such weapons on campus. Board chairman Jeff St. Cyr told Miller to keep the knife in his pocket. WMUR-TV says Miller declined comment. Ever wanted to see how a newspaper works? Come be a part of TNH. TNH Informational Meetings:

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Coast Guard says Bishop to ring bells, say mass for pope tugboat sinking was human error

MANCHESTER — The bishop of New Hampshire’s Roman Catholic diocese will celebrate a special mass and have church bells toll across the state for eight minutes to honor Pope Benedict XVI for his service to the church. The 85-year-old pope ends his pontificate at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time after eight years. New Hampshire Bishop Peter Libasci (lih-BAH-she) will celebrate a mass to honor the pope at St. Joseph Cathedral Chapel in Manchester at 12:10. He is asking that churches throughout the diocese toll their bells for eight minutes, ending at 2 p.m., in honor of the first pope to resign in 600 years. The bells will join others that will chime throughout the United States and Europe. Bishop Libasci says all masses celebrated before 2 p.m. be dedicated to the pope.

NH House postpones gas tax hike vote CONCORD — New Hampshire’s House has postponed a vote on whether motorists should pay 15 cents more per gallon of gas or diesel fuel to help fix deteriorating roads and bridges. The House was to vote on the proposed hike Wednesday but cancelled the House session due to the snow storm. The House is scheduled to take up the bill next week. New Hampshire has not raised its 18-cent tax in 22 years and supporters say more money is needed to finish expanding Interstate 93 from the Massachusetts border to Manchester and for other highway improvements. The bill calls for increasing the tax on gas over four years and on diesel over six years. Meanwhile, the Senate proposes legalizing video slots to raise money for the highway projects.

PNE energy supplier investigated CONCORD — The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission is considering whether to assess penalties against or revoke the registration of PNE Energy Supply and Resident Power Natural Gas & Electric Solutions. The commission says that on Feb. 14, PNE Energy Supply’s ability to get energy in the regional market was suspended and about 7,300 customer accounts were being transferred to Public Service of New Hampshire’s default Service. The commission’s general counsel says PNE customers have been notified that the company has recently reached an agreement with FairPoint Energy and that customer accounts were being transported to that company. The commission’s order on Thursday prohibits PNE from enrolling new energy customers until the issue is resolved.

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PORTSMOUTH — The U.S. Coast Guard says the sinking of a tugboat working on a new bridge between Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine, was due to human error. The Coast Guard is considering an enforcement action against the operator of the tugboat Benjamin Bailey that sank on Oct. 24, while moored to a barge at the construction site of the Memorial Bridge. Ken Anderson, co-owner of Riverside and Pickering Marine Construction — which operates the tugboat — said he couldn’t comment because he has yet to see the report. “We were unaware it was even done,” Anderson said Thursday. “We’ve submitted a request for a copy of it.” No one was injured, but the tug spilled an estimated 225 gallons of diesel fuel into the Piscataqua River.

The Coast Guard’s report on the sinking was obtained by Foster’s Daily Democrat. The report said a lack of attention to the mooring position of the boat as the tide dropped was a primary factor in the sinking. The captain of the tugboat did not change its mooring position as the tide dropped and currents changed in the river. The currents pushed the tugboat and it listed to its starboard side and began to take on water. Efforts by the crew of two to take corrective action and shift the tugboat’s position failed. The pair jumped free of the boat as it submerged. The tug was later raised and taken to a Maine shipyard for salvage. The investigation also deemed the company’s operating handbook to be “inadequate” because it did not address mooring arrangements and policies about working at the Memorial Bridge construction site.

Bill would drop cap on loans made on car titles By NORMA LOVE Associated Press

CONCORD— Businesses offering short-term loans using vehicles as collateral would be restricted to a much lower cap on the interest rates they charge under a bill scheduled for a New Hampshire House committee hearing Thursday. House Commerce Chairman Ed Butler, a Democrat from Harts Location, proposes reversing a GOP law that raised the amount that title loan lenders could charge to 25 percent a month.

Supporters argue the higher cap provides more options for consumers who need short-term loans. Butler wants to cap the rate at 36 percent a year — the rate in effect from 2009 until last year. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill into law over former Gov. John Lynch’s veto. Lynch, a Democrat, had argued the bill allowed excessive interest rates — 300 percent per year — to be charged that would be detrimental to families, communities and the economy. Democrats now control the House and are revisiting a number of laws passed by Republicans. Supporters argue the higher cap provides more options for consumers who need short-term loans. They

say New Hampshire should not be a “nanny state” and tell people how to live their lives. But Butler argues it puts people who are struggling in the dangerous position of losing title to their vehicles. “The title is forfeit if you don’t pay,” Butler said. “For people already struggling, the loss of the ability to get to and from work can be very scary.” Sarah Mattson of New Hampshire Legal Assistance said people don’t pay other expenses to avoid losing their vehicles in a rural state like New Hampshire where people rely heavily on cars. “People will do just about everything they can to avoid repossession,” she said. Mattson said she researched what happened to title lenders after the 36 percent cap was put into law and found that the lenders continued to make small loans to consumers — though not using their vehicles as collateral. She said the lenders resumed making loans using vehicles as collateral after the rate was raised to 25 percent a month. She could not give examples of people having their cars repossessed. She said Legal Assistance does not handle these types of cases now partly because their staff is smaller and partly because they can’t file a complaint with the Banking Department because the law allows 300 percent in annual interest. She said the law also does not require the lenders to consider the consumer’s ability to pay back the loan.


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Health industry: potential Former gov. to serve on Ping4 board drug testing bill too vague NH Briefs

NASHUA— Former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch has joined the board of directors of Ping4, Inc., an emergency alert company in Nashua. The company has created ping4alerts!, an emergency alert communication system for smartphones. Lynch, a Democrat who did not seek reelection after serving four terms, said Wednesday that he was excited to join the company, calling its alert platform a tremen-

dous advancement for the public safety market. Before becoming governor, Lynch had served as director of admissions at Harvard Business School, president of The Lynch Group, a business consulting firm in Manchester, and CEO of Knoll, Inc., a national furniture maker. He did not seek reelection as governor in 2012. Democrat Maggie Hassan was elected to replace him.

Not guilty woman to remain in psychiatric unit CONCORD — A New Hampshire woman found not guilty by reason of insanity in the fatal shooting of her landlord in 2006 will remain in the state prison’s secure psychiatric unit. Fifty-four-year-old Susan Disharoon was charged with gunning down her landlord — Syed Hussain — in Franklin. Prosecution and defense lawyers agreed in 2008 that she met the criteria for a finding of

not guilty by reason of insanity and she was committed to the secure psychiatric unit. By law, prosecutors must seek to have insane inmates recommitted every five years. WMUR-TV reports that both sides in the case agreed Tuesday to another five-year commitment, although her lawyers say they may try to have her transferred to the state’s psychiatric hospital.

Police say 2 jewelry robberies linked to Mass. PORTSMOUTH — A New Hampshire state police investigator says two smash-and-grab burglaries at the same Portsmouth jewelry store appear to be linked to eight similar crimes in Massachusetts. Lt. Mike Maloney says Chrisrial and Co. Fine Jewelry was burglarized twice this month, most recently Feb. 22. In both cases, a glass door and window were smashed. He says similar burglaries

have been reported in the Massachusetts communities of Peabody, Andover and Swampscott. The Portsmouth Herald reports the suspect in the burglaries in that community is described as a man of medium height and medium to heavy build. He was wearing jeans, a dark belt, black boots, a black jacket or sweatshirt with a hood, canvas gloves, and possibly a dark mask over his face.

Ex-bus driver appealing 160-year child sex term DOVER — A 47-year-old former New Hampshire school bus driver is appealing a 160-year prison sentence for sexually exploiting disabled children he transported. John Allen Wright, formerly of Milton, has filed noticed that he intends to appeal the sentence. Wright was arrested in September 2011 on charges alleging he molested three young boys with disabilities and other charges. Last September he pleaded

guilty to several counts of sexual exploitation and one count of possessing child pornography. He admitted he recorded a video of the alleged assaults by using a pair of sunglasses equipped with a secret recording device. Foster’s Daily Democrat reports that at the time of Wright’s sentencing last week he filed notice of appeal, but it has not yet been filed.

Police take advantage of school break to train MANCHESTER — While most New Hampshire school students are on break this week, Manchester’s school resource officers are back in school doing active shooter drills. The Queen City’s eight school resource officers, members of the department’s SWAT team and training officers are taking over a vacant building at the Sununu Youth Development Center to run simulations using “simu-nition” ammo, akin to bullet-sized paintballs. Sgt. Mark Sanclemente said

the officers train regularly, but said the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 firstgraders and six staff dead is on everyone’s minds. He said police are concerned about possible “copycat” incidents and are taking advantage of school vacation week to refresh and refine their skills. Sanclemente said Manchester fire and police departments have devised a first-responder plan to triage mass-casualty situations.

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CONCORD— Representatives from the health-care industry said Tuesday they have a vested interest in stopping employees from stealing controlled substances, but a bill being considered by New Hampshire lawmakers to drug test their workers is too vague. The proposal is part of the legislative response to a recent scandal at Exeter Hospital, where an employee allegedly stole drugs and replaced them with hepatitis C infected syringes later used on patients. Chief among industry concerns aired at a legislative hearing are the definition of a health-care worker and who would pay for the drug tests — specifics not included in the one-page bill. At the House Committee on Health Human Services and Elderly Affairs hearing there was a tense exchange between Gary Cahoon, operator of an assisted living facility in New Ipswich and Rep. Patrick Culbert, R-Pelham, over how to define a health care worker. “It surely isn’t kitchen help,” Culbert said, sounding agitated. The bill would require all health-care workers to be randomly

drug tested four times per year. Its sponsor, Rep. Tim Copeland, RStratham, was not present to answer questions. In the 28 years he has worked at the assisted living home, Cahoon said he has seen close to a halfdozen cases of employees stealing drugs and acknowledged such cases are increasing. But he estimated if he had to pay for drug testing all 15 of his employees it would cost him one percent of his total profits — a heavy burden during tight financial times. Betsy Miller, with the New Hampshire Association of Counties, said a recent case at Merrimack County Nursing Home, where a contracted employee allegedly tried to steal liquid pain medication, drives home the need for such legislation, but without specifics she can’t support the bill. Miller added there is already a system for testing workers that give employers probable cause, such as showing signs of intoxication on the job. Devon Chaffee, with The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, said drug testing without probable cause could violate worker’s constitutional rights. Steve Ahnen, President of the New Hampshire Hospital Asso-

ciation, said his group is not taking a position on the legislation, but thanked lawmakers for working to address the issue. “(This bill) is a measure that was introduced in the wake of the tragic events that occurred last summer,” he said, referring to the Hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital, “I just want to comment about what an awful and horrific situation that was and is for those patients their families and their caregivers.” David Kwiatkowski, a traveling medical worker whom prosecutors describe as a “serial infector,” was hired in Exeter in April 2011 after working in 18 hospitals in Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania. Thirty-two Exeter Hospital patients have been found to have the same strain of the liver-destroying virus Kwiatkowski carries. Rep. Tom Sherman, D-Rye, a physician at Exeter hospital who serves on the hospital associations steering committee, said the bill was written prior to the hospital association developing recommendations in order to meet the filing deadline. He added it will likely be amended before the House committee votes on it.

Health groups oppose higher premiums for smokers HOLLY RAMER Associated Press

CONCORD— Several health advocacy groups are opposing a bill aimed at bringing New Hampshire’s insurance laws in line with President Barack Obama’s health overhaul plan because they disagree with a provision that would allow insurers to charge smokers thousands of dollars more for coverage.

New Hampshire’s insurance laws to match the federal law, but the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Heart Association opposed it. They argued that the higher rates would make insurance unaffordable to low-income smokers. “These are the very people we’re supposed to be helping,” said Mike Rollo of the cancer society’s New Hampshire action network. He noted that it often takes smok-

“ Why are we wanting to raise everyone else’s costs up to pay for smokers?”

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R-Manchester State law already allows insurers to make tobacco use a factor in setting rates for individual insurance plans. Under the federal law, insurers could charge smokers covered in the small group market up to 50 percent more as well as long as individuals could offset the increase by participating in smoking cessation programs. Insurance department officials and representatives from several insurance companies told the House Commerce Committee on Thursday that they support updating

ers multiple attempts to quit and said that could leave some facing insurance premiums that rise and fall month to month. “There isn’t a magic switch you turn on and off,” he said. He and representatives from the other groups emphasized that there is no evidence that higher insurance premiums reduce smoking rates. But pressed by lawmakers, they also said there is no proof to the contrary, either. Rep. Frederick Rice, R-Hampton, said he found it incredible that the organizations were against the change “on the ba-

sis of no basis whatsoever.” Apart from the issue of whether higher premiums would encourage people to stop smoking, other lawmakers argued that smokers should pay more because they cost the system more. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking costs the country $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in health-care expenditures. “Why are we wanting to raise everyone else’s costs up to pay for smokers?” said Rep. Emily Sandblade, R-Manchester. “You don’t want to charge smokers double to cover the actual cost of their care; you want the nonsmokers to put social pressure on the smokers to stop.” The tobacco issue was just one of many changes contained in a bill requested by the state Insurance Department to bring the state’s laws in line with the federal health overhaul law. Current state law doesn’t allow insurance rates to vary based on regional cost differences, but the federal law does allow for geographic rating zones. The bill before the Commerce Committee would maintain the status quo but would direct the insurance department to study the issue of whether dividing the state into zones would make sense, said Jennifer Patterson, the department’s lawyer.


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The 2013 Academy Awards: I will never wear anything that nice and Jennifer Lawrence is my best friend (yet to be confirmed) By EMMA B. HUNTOON CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Nothing excites me more than a predominantly neutral color palette. While I’ll take Jennifer Lawrence in a bedazzled, neon yellow prom dress reminiscent of the Jersey Shore cast (based off of my total, indiscriminant love for her that spans the entire galaxy and beyond), I would prefer to see her in a ‘80s, beige power suit if I am being totally candid. You can imagine my excitement when she and other unbelievably beautiful and talented actors walked down the 2013 Oscar’s red carpet in creamy colors, stopping only to shmooz with Ryan Seacrest and present their best “look how famous but relatable but beautiful but sweet I am” looks to photographers.

The neutrals that reigned supreme were versions of an eggshell color, black and metallic golds and silvers. My favorite ladies that rocked the light neutrals were Ms. Lawrence in a beautiful, curtain-like textured Dior gown, Amy Adams in a multi-tiered, pale grey Oscar de la Renta, and Charlize Theron, who also wore Dior, but hers was reminiscent of Anne Hathaway’s Golden Globe gown (but WAY BETTER BECAUSE IT’S CHARLIZE NO EXPLANATION NEEDED). Don’t get me wrong, neutrals can go wrong, and Kristen Stewart is a testament to that (she’s also just a testament to the definition of “wrong”). Although a certain level of haggardness is expected when you have to use crutches, she didn’t sprain her hands, so she could have at least

run a brush through those awfully under whelming and messy locks. Furthermore, although it seems that her apathetic, fifteen- year-old, emo vibe is on purpose, she would do better to hire people that possess more gusto and drive when it comes to making her look like she actually cares. She also may still be nursing her “Twilight” emotional hangover as an affected vampire fan girl that also has a thing (we’re talking a ROMANTIC THING, PEOPLE) for werewolves and mystical creatures alike. Then again, maybe she understands that her persona makes money and the more people dislike you, the more People Magazine covers that causes you to collect royalties from (*gasp*). The bold black gowns that absolutely stunned were many. Nicole

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TNH’s fashion contributor Emma hanging out with her new friend, Jennifer Lawrence.

Music Mentors gather to give students advice on future careers in music The Music Mentors: Duncan Watt [Composer: League of Legends & Need for Speed: Undercover] Chris Hislop [Writer for Spotlight Magazine / Founder of Cultural Graffiti] Tristan Omand [Solo Artist] Russ Grazier [Co-Founder and Executive Director of Portsmouth Musical Arts Ctr.] Andrew May [Sound Engineer Touring Credits Include Furthur and Grace Potter] Christopher Greiner [Founder of the 3S Artspace] Scott Miller [Luthier with Naked Guitar Repair and Stonewall Pickups] Karen Marzloff [Co Founder: The Wire and the RPM Challenge] Nate Hastings Coordinator of Student Organizations and Leadership at UNH

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On Feb 25, nine members of the Seacoast music community gathered in the MUB Entertainment Center in to talk to students about their futures with music. “This panel is a great example of many different jobs that are directly related to the music industry,” Chris Grenier, Founder of the 3S Artspace, said. The panel of nine members vastly ranged in occupation, but each had something positive to contribute to students. They answered specific questions that ranged from “How do I book my band at local venues” to “I want to be a musician, but my parents made me major in engineering - how do I stay in the music scene?” “The one thing you’re doing right now might not be what you’ll be doing in 20 years. You’ll

evolve,” Russ Grazier, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Portsmouth Musical Arts Center, said. Chris Hislop, music journalist for Spotlight magazine, followed up with, “The point is, take a look at what you envision yourself doing, poke around at it and see what happens.” All of the members met individually with students after the meeting and were enthusiastic to answer questions and give advice. Their engaging attitudes made it a comfortable and welcoming meeting that came off more like a meeting with friends. “Stay with it and never give up,” Tristan Omand, solo artist, said. “Not everyone is going to like what you do, but your success is determined by the people you surround yourself with.” In response to Omand, Scott Miller, local luthier, said, “Do what you love, take the steps necessary to

THE PRESS ROOM Your weekend starts here. With soulful groove, genre jumping classical piano playing, rock pop artists, you simply must say yes and head to a show or two!

ALSO Be sure to check out Craft Beer Week going on now until March 4 in Portsmouth!

March 1- Back on the Train at 9 p.m. Cost: $5

March 2- Christa Renee Band w/ Kalen at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 21+ March 3- David Wells Quintet at 6 p.m. Cost: $10 21+

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Nine members involved in music on the Seacoast come to UNH to give advice to students. get there and be humble about it.” The phrase “I know a guy” can go a long way in the music business. Trusting relationships made in meet-ups like this can get you a recommendation, a push in the right direction, or an email asking your band to play at a Seacoast venue. “Take advantage of your local scene,” Karen Marzloff, Co-Found-

THE STONE CHURCH March 1- Jeff Bujak at 9:45 p.m. Cost: $5. 21+ March 2- Charlotte Locke at 9 p.m. Cost: $5 Adv $7 at door. 21+ March 3- Open Mic w/ Dave Ogden at 7 p.m. Free. All ages.

er of The Wire, said. When it feels that you know no one in the local music scene, the panels of music gurus are the type of people waiting to help you make an entrance. Catch the next Music Mentors meeting on March 18 in the MUB Entertainment Center.

THE THIRSTY MOOSE TAP HOUSE March 1- Blue Matter at 9 p.m. Free. March 2- Shut down Brown Band at 9 p.m. Free.

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March 1- Paranoid Social Club and Red Sky Mary at 9 p.m. Cost: $10


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CONTINUED FROM 9 Kidman really wowed in her metallic gold- and silver- accented L’Wren Scott sequined dress. Other attendees that rocked beautiful black hues were Adele in a classically, three-quarter sleeve beaded Jenny Packham number and Stacy Keibler in a grey and black toned beaded halter (what does Stacy Kiebler do besides date George Clooney? This is an honest question). However, those who dared to add a punch of color to the carpet did not (all) disappoint. Jennifer Hudson looked AMAZING in a high slitted, body-hugging, deep blue Roberto Cavalli dress. She was also one of the only stars to wear platform pumps (the mostly non-platformed stiletto sandals at the recently finished New York Fashion Week reiterated that strappy, barely-there pumps are here to stay). I salute her for being a tall girl who wants to further escalate herself! As a woman who stands 5’ 10” tall, I would say that my excuse for barely wearing heels is my height, but in actuality I just have really weak ankles from one too many slides to third base in middle school softball. Jennifer Aniston was there too, rocking what was a beautiful bright red Valentino gown, but was wholly expected and kind of a yawn. Also, I know that she always wears her hair down, but I

put her into the “Kristen Stewart Hair Category” and wonder why she thought California beach girl waves were appropriate for one of the most formal events in the country. It is also entirely possible that I want her hair and I wish she would slick it back on her head so that I wouldn’t have to stare at it every time I pick up a “Woman’s Wear Daily” (which is almost never but STILL). Of course I have a “Best Dressed” nominee. While everyone has their opinions and they usually involve the sentence “Jennifer Lawrence was the Academy Awards’ goddess” and while I 99.9 percent agree with them, Kerry Washington looked tremendously elegant and beautiful. Not only did she wear Miu Miu, a designer that is sometimes a bit too whimsical to be featured at such an overtly formal event, but it also had rhinestones and a bow and DIDN’T look like she stepped off of the “Toddlers and Tiaras” stage! The coral gown made her glow and while her hair was worn down; it was also coiffed perfectly and pulled away from her face. If any of you out there end up making the next “Les Miserables” (the movie, not the historical circumstances that inspired it…that would be very, very bad), remember that classic is good but using traditionally gaudy materials in a tasteful way can also create a red carpet masterpiece. Also, take me as your date, I will wear the tux.

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Music is what gets us through a walk across campus, studying at the library or the end of a long week. With applications like Pandora, Spotify and Songza, more and more people listen, share and create personal playlists that can match any situation. Music plays a huge part in the average student’s life, whether it’s on their way to class or taking a walk downtown to the ATM. It’s very common to see a student with their headphones in, blaring songs. It seems that because the majority prefers a portable form of music, applications will continue to rise in popularity “I usually use my iPod from time to time, but lately Pandora has been offering me more variety than the music I have on my iPod,” explained Jamal Jones, a UNH junior, while studying in the Union Court. For Jones, music is the only thing that keeps his

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focus, and using Pandora allows him to select a playlist based on his favorite artist. Pandora is a free Internet service that plays musical selections of a certain genre based on the user’s artist selection. The user then provides positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service, which are taken into account when Pandora selects future songs. Pandora has become the easiest source of music – it’s as simple as one click of a button to download and create an account. As opposed to buying music on iTunes for $1.29, one can listen to music for free on Pandora. Sophomore Jessica Olinger said she felt that using Pandora prevented her from spending money on iTunes. “I use Pandora almost every day, and once I like a track I’m guaranteed that I will hear it again; it’s like listening to my iPod on shuffle. Too bad I don’t have any current music,” Olinger

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said. Founded in 2000, Pandora hasn’t been around for too long but has grown quickly. Its rapid popularity isn’t for every student on campus, though. Rob Wilson, a UNH senior, is not a fan of Pandora. He said that he would only use Pandora at times when he needs to update his iPod, because he prefers iTunes to Pandora. “I’m not really fond of things like Pandora. I feel like I’m limiting my variety of music because I can pick an artist and hardly hear that artist’s music again,” Wilson said. “I’d rather buy my CDs and use my iPod.” Over the years, the service of the music industry has changed dramatically, from vinyl to cassettes, to CDs and mp3s. As companies compete and strive to adopt the best new source of audio listening that will be the next big thing tomorrow, consumers are responding to this corporate strategy just as fast.

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The Connection: Local band going big By MAX SULLIVAN CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The first year and a half of the Connection’s existence was a good stretch. Recording a single with Ed Stasium (producer of many classic Ramones albums), having a song dubbed “Coolest Song in the World” one week on the radio program Little Steven’s Underground Garage, generating an international following and touring the globe isn’t too bad for a new rock band from Portsmouth. With that said, the four-piece is in no hurry to grow stale. According to lead singer Brad Marino, the band has been to experimenting with new and different sounds, including country. The first album, New England’s Newest Hit Makers, was a strictly lo-fi rock album, Marino said. From the way the album was mixed down to the choice of vintage Fender and Vox amps, every step taken was with the intention of replicating the 1964 pop rock sound. In this year’s release, expected to come out in May or June, the band is breaking out of that box. The songs are structured the

same for the most part, but they’re dressed up with piano parts, lap steel and acoustic guitars. “Some of the songs are like the first album,” Marino said. “Some of the songs are that 1964 AM radio, three chords, and then we have some other songs where they sound more like a 1972 Rolling Stones’ song. We have saxophone, piano, I tune my guitar to the Keith Richards tuning... we just let it rip.” In addition, the album features much cleaner production to counter the first album’s lo-fi sound. The drums and the bass are much clearer, Marino said, as are the vocals. The new record will also feature two covers. One, “Connection” by the Rolling Stones, is the song that the band took their name from. The second, Chuck Berry’s classic “Let it Rock,” is being considered for the title track. However, Marino stated that nothing has been made official yet. “It’s really diverse. It’s all the same, It’s all still rock and roll, I don’t want to make it sound like it’s some big departure, but it’s just our sound more developed. We weren’t afraid to throw a coun-

try song on the record. Whatever, it’s still in the same vein.” Opening up to these new arrangements is something that Marino said he greatly enjoyed during this year’s recording sessions. “See, that’s the fun part for me, the production,” Marino said. “I like to add stuff to the songs that just take a song thats really just three chords like a Ramones song, but when you throw in a piano or a pedal steel, its like, “Woah, that gives it a whole different vibe.” Marino said the band will also be touring Europe this year. In the past, the band has been well received across the Atlantic, touring all over the continent from Spain to Belgium. While it’s difficult to generate a reaction in the States, where, according to the singer, people often ignore the bands playing on stage, Europeans are both enthusiastic and grateful to see auntentic American rock groups. “They’re just totally into rock and roll,” Marino said. “And it’s totally different in America. (In Europe) they actually want, on a Monday night, it doesn’t sound like a lot, but to get 50, 60 people on a Monday night in a big city in Spain, to come out and see you, some band from Portsmouth, N.H., that was pretty cool.” The Connection will be play-

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Colorado task force ponders SpaceX on verge of 3rd supply run to Space Station legal pot tax to boost revenue By MARCIA DUNN

By KRISTEN WYATT ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER— Pot smokers in Colorado were the biggest winners in the vote that legalized the drug. Now state regulators are working out the details of exactly how to tax it, so the benefits are shared statewide in the form of increased revenue. A state panel meets Thursday to draft final recommendations based on the voter-approved marijuana legalization question that asked for excise taxes up to 15 percent to fund school construction. Colorado lawmakers could set a lower tax, or they could add sales taxes beyond the current statewide 2.9 percent. Legislators could even create a special new “marijuana tax” for consumers, plus a series of required licensing fees for growers and sellers. Besides schools, the taxes must fund marijuana safety enforcement and drug education measures. Any option would have to go back to voters for final approval. Marijuana proponents and critics agree that taxes should be hefty. But if levies are too high, legal pot could be so expensive that people continue buying it underground.

“If this doesn’t work and taxes are so high the black market still dominates, then what was the point?” asked Mike Elliott of Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Industry Group.

In Washington...the tax picture is clearer. Fiscal analysts have no idea where to begin predicting how much tax pot smokers could produce. The unknowns include how many people are buying pot now and what they’re paying, how many people will start smoking marijuana now that it’s legal and whether prices will drop once commercial sales begin. If the federal government blocks commercial pot sales, the marijuana tax windfall would be zero. “It’s a big question mark,” said Colorado State Budget Analyst Dan Krug, who ran through multiple tax scenarios with the marijuana task force set up to recommend legislation to regulate weed. Krug’s estimates ranged from a few million dollars a year up to $72 million annually, depending on tax rates and growth of the industry. In Washington, the only other

African dust affects western United States By ALICIA CHANG ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES — One of the driest spots on Earth — the Sahara desert — is increasingly responsible for snow and rain half a world away in the western United States, a new study released Thursday found. It’s no secret that winds carrying dust, soot and even germs make transcontinental journeys through the upper atmosphere that can affect the weather thousands of miles away. Yet little is known about the impact of foreign pollutants on the West Coast, which relies on mountain snowmelt for its water needs. Previous studies hinted these jet-setting particles may retard rainfall in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern California by reducing the size of water droplets in clouds. But scientists who flew through storm clouds in an aircraft, measured rain and snow and analyzed satellite imagery found the opposite: Far-flung dust and germs can help stimulate precipitation. During the 2011 winter, a team from the University of California, San Diego and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration traced particles suspended in clouds over the Sierra to distant origins — from the skies over the arid Sahara that later mingled with other pollutants in China and Mongolia before

crossing the Pacific. The days with the most particles in the clouds were also “days when we see the most snow on the ground,” said study leader Kimberly Prather, an atmospheric chemistry professor at UC San Diego, whose study was published online Thursday in the journal Science. Scientists believe wafting dust, grit and microbes — including bacteria and viruses — can spur the formation of ice crystals in clouds that in turn can influence how much rain or snow falls. For years, governments and utilities in California and other Western states have used cloud seeding, in which a chemical vapor is sprayed into clouds, in a bid to increase rainfall. The new study shows how “Mother Nature has figured out how to give us more precipitation” and that may lead to changes in cloud-seeding efforts, which can be hit-or-miss, Prather said. David J. Smith at the NASA Kennedy Space Center said it was refreshing to see measurements from the ground, air and orbit to tackle how airborne particles affected Northern California snowfall. “Such a comprehensive approach is the only way to thoroughly examine global transport” of particles, Smith, who had no role in the research, said in an email.

state to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the tax picture is clearer. Voters there set 25 percent taxes at each of three different stages — from growers to processors to consumers. The measure also defined exact spending levels on things like education. For example, Washington will spend exactly $20,000 on Web-based education on the health and safety risks of marijuana. Colorado’s task force is likely to adopt a vague recommendation asking state lawmakers to set excise fees and add licensing fees steep enough to cover the costs of regulation. They’ll leave it lawmakers to figure out those exact costs. Task force members will also settle recommendations Thursday on regulations unrelated to taxes, including rules for growing marijuana at home. The task force already has asked for potency labels, limited marijuana advertising, set residency requirements for marijuana workers and limited commercial sales to less than an ounce. The group decided against a residency requirement for pot customers, opening the door for marijuana tourism.

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— The International Space Station is about to get another commercial shipment. The California company known as SpaceX is set to launch its unmanned Falcon rocket on Friday morning, hoisting a Dragon capsule containing more than a ton of food, tools, computer hardware and science experiments. There won’t be any ice cream, though, for the six-man station crew. The freezers going up are filled with mouse stem cells, protein crystals and other research items. On the previous Dragon delivery in October, chocolate-vanilla swirl was tucked inside. Forecasters put the odds of good weather at 80 percent. Launch time is 10:10 a.m. This will be the third space station visit for SpaceX, or more formally Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the creation of Elon Musk of PayPal and Tesla electric car-maker fame. NASA is paying the company to supply the orbiting lab; the contract is worth $1.6 billion for 12 delivery runs. If launched Friday, the Dragon should arrive at the space sta-

tion on Saturday morning. Astronauts will use the station’s robot arm to grab the Dragon and attach it to the orbiting complex. A variety of plant life is going up, including 640 seeds of mouseear cress, a small flowering weed used in research. Other experiments involve paint; high school students want to see how it will adhere and dry in space. Russia, Europe and Japan also provide delivery services to the space station, but none of those cargo craft can return goods like the SpaceX Dragon. This latest Dragon will spend more than three weeks at the space station before departing and parachuting into the Pacific with a full load of medical specimens, fish, plants and old equipment. NASA’s shuttles used to be the main haulers up and down, but retired two years ago. SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., is working to modify its Dragon capsules to transport astronauts to the station in another few years. A handful of U.S. companies are vying for the job. Until then, NASA is buying seats for its astronauts on Russian Soyuz rockets to get to the station. As is his custom, Musk will monitor the launch from SpaceX Mission Control in California.


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In Brief Shake on a plane? Dance craze brings FAA inquiry COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— The latest craze to sweep the Internet is bringing college students the wrong kind of attention — from the Federal Aviation Administration. During a flight from Colorado Springs to San Diego, a group of students started the Harlem Shake, a dance to a song of the same name. In the suddenly popular YouTube videos, one person starts dancing, then the video cuts to a large group of people dancing, many in costume. Matt Zelin, a sophomore, told the Colorado College newspaper, The Catalyst, he asked a flight attendant for permission beforehand. FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer said Thursday they’re looking at what phase the flight was in during the dance in the aisles. Frontier Airlines said the seatbelt sign was off and safety measures were followed.

Fort Hood shooting suspect trial set for May 29 FORT HOOD, Texas — After many delays, the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage will go on trial in three months. The military judge Thursday set Maj. Nidal Hasan’s court-martial for May 29. After about four weeks of jury selection, testimony will begin July 1. The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, said she expects testimony in the trial to last up to three months. The government has nearly 300 witnesses. Hasan faces the death penalty or life without parole if convicted of 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the attack on the Texas Army post. Osborn did not rule Thursday on defense requests to move the trial away from Fort Hood or to select jurors from another military branch instead of the Army.

Stocks inch higher on Wall Street NEW YORK — Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street, held back by a weak economic growth report for the final quarter of 2012. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 13 points at 14,088 shortly after the opening bell Thursday. It’s about 73 points below the record high it reached in October 2007. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose three points to 1,519, and the Nasdaq composite was up nine points at 3,172. The government reported that the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 0.1 percent from October through December, the worst showing in nearly two years. That was worse than economists were expecting.

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Boys’ deaths add urgency to Conn. gun debate By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. — The family of two young boys killed in an apparent-murder suicide — and state police — said Thursday they want to know why the boys’ grandmother, with a history of mental health problems, had access to the revolver used in the shootings. The shooting has added urgency to a legislative review of access to guns that is already under way in Connecticut, where a troubled 20-year-old man gunned down 26 people, including 20 first-graders, on the other side of the state at a Newtown school on Dec. 14. The two boys’ grandmother, 47-year-old Debra Denison, was supposed to take them from a day care to a birthday party Tuesday but instead drove to a nearby lake where she and the children were found shot to death after a frantic search. Police said the gun had been taken from her home, and one relative said it apparently belonged to Denison’s husband. “It was in the house, which is hard to believe,” said Marcia White, a paternal great-grandmother of the boys, who said Denison’s struggles with mental health were well known to the family. State Sen. Toni Harp, a member of the General Assembly task force charged with formulating a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, said there appeared to be striking parallels to the Newtown tragedy, including the

slaying of children and gun violence by people without permits to carry weapons. She said her working group on mental health has endorsed changing the gun-permitting process to ask about people in the household with mental illness and lay out responsibilities for owners to keep guns away from them. “The problem is, often family members have guns in their home that are not secure, and they assume people in the home will not violate their property and use them,” said Harp, a Democrat. “But we hear more and more about people taking guns that don’t belong to them and doing great harm with them.” Harp said there is concern about stigmatizing people with behavioral health issues, who experts say are no more violent that others, and the legislature has to walk a fine line in taking steps to prevent future tragedies. Several family members said Denison, the boys’ maternal grandmother, had long struggled with her mental health, although she seemed to be doing better in recent months. Donna Connors, a paternal grandmother, told The Day of New London that Denison had bipolar disorder and had attempted suicide in the past. Denison also had a 13-yearyear-old son who wasn’t with her Tuesday afternoon and was apparently unharmed. In Denison’s suicide note, she said in part that God was watching over him Tuesday, White said.

What exactly she meant, and her motive for the killings, is still unclear. Denison also has a 27-year-old son, Christopher Allen, who is prison serving a 32-year sentence for felony murder. Allen stabbed a man to death on a boat in Mystic in 2008 as he and a co-defendant boarded the vessel to steal money and drugs. After leaving a suicide note, Denison drove alone Tuesday to the day care center in North Stonington, where she picked up 2-year-old Alton Perry and 6-month-old Ashton Perry. It was Alton’s birthday. The staff at the day care said Denison was on the list of people authorized to collect the children, and nothing seemed amiss — the grandmother was friendly and talkative as she loaded the children in her van. The bodies of Denison and the children were found several hours later. A spokeswoman for the state police, Sgt. Donna Tadiello, said the investigation will look at who purchased the revolver, how Denison obtained it and her history of mental illness. “Everything about that weapon, we’ll try to uncover as much information as possible,” Tadiello said. Police have not released the contents of the suicide note, and White said the family does not have any clues to what triggered the violence. “Only God knows the answer to that,” she said. A community vigil is planned

Friday night in North Stonington to support the boys’ parents, Jeremy and Brenda Perry, who are described by friends in the rural southeastern Connecticut town as friendly and hard-working. Jeremy is a landscaper, but his work has been limited because of severe injuries sustained a year ago in a four-wheeler accident. Currently, anybody involuntary committed for mental health reasons is put into a federal database that is supposed to be checked by gun sellers, but there are no Connecticut laws prohibiting those who have been voluntarily committed or the relatives of those with mental illness from owning weapons, according to Jim Siemianowski, a spokesman for the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, a Republican, said he expects lawmakers will make some kind of recommendations concerning the possession of guns when someone in the home has mental health issues. But he said it will not be easy to choose an appropriate course. “Some have suggested if there’s someone in your household who is being treated for mental disorders, does that mean if you go see a therapist once? Just think of the examples. You’re a child having trouble in school and your parents want you to go see a counselor, does that then mean the parents may not be able to own a gun or possess one?” McKinney said. “Those are very difficult issues.”

19th-century Pa. immigrant reburied in Ireland By KATHY MATHESON Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The remains of a 19th-century Irish immigrant who researchers believe was murdered while building a Pennsylvania railroad will be reburied in his home country this weekend after being identified in part through a missing molar. U.S. historians unearthed the bones of the young man thought to be 18-year-old John Ruddy near train tracks in suburban Philadelphia four years ago. On Saturday, they will attend a re-interment for the railway worker more than 3,000 miles away at a cemetery in County Donegal. “We can’t help but think he would prefer to be buried there,” said Bill Watson, a lead researcher on the team that found the remains. Ruddy was among 57 Irishmen hired in 1832 to help build a stretch of the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad known as Duffy’s Cut. But the immigrants from Donegal, Tyrone and Derry died about six weeks after their arrival, and the railroad company never told their families. Watson and his twin brother Frank, also a historian, led a team in a 10-year effort to research and dig up evidence of how the workers died in what is now a woodsy area behind homes in Malvern, about 20 miles west of Philadelphia. Their conclusion? Many

workers died of cholera and were dumped in a mass grave. Yet forensic evidence indicates several were homicide victims, likely killed by local vigilantes because of ethnic hatred or fear of the disease. Those immigrants, including Ruddy, were found buried separately.

said University of Pennsylvania anthropologist Janet Monge, who works with the all-volunteer team. Researchers are going ahead with Ruddy’s burial this weekend because of a looming deadline for a documentary film crew that has been following the Duffy’s Cut

better life. Gallagher himself emigrated from Donegal about 40 years ago, joining a slew of relatives who came before him. “When I came to this country, there were a bunch of people waiting for me from my own family,” said Gallagher, a landscaper. “But

“ A lot of the people throughout Donegal see this as being important because they’ve all got stories in their family tree like this — people who left for America and were never heard from again.”

Bill Watson

The research team tentatively identified Ruddy based on a passenger list from the ship on which the immigrants traveled, and his small bone size. There was only one 18-year-old worker listed in railroad archives, Watson said. Ruddy’s jaw also had a genetic dental abnormality — a missing molar. It’s a trait that still runs in his family, according to Watson, who said modern-day Ruddys in Ireland contacted him after reading about the discovery. One Ruddy donated a DNA sample to confirm the identification in 2010, but researchers have not had the time nor the money to complete the analysis yet. However, it’s unlikely another body with that bone size and “super-rare” tooth anomaly would be found at the site,

Lead Researcher project. Ruddy’s relatives, who could not be reached for comment, are expected to attend, as are other community members, Watson said. “A lot of the people throughout Donegal see this as being important because they’ve all got stories in their family tree like this — people who left for America and were never heard from again,” said Watson, whose own ancestors also hail from the county. Ruddy will not be buried in his homestead of Inishowen but in the nearby town of Ardara, where a grave was donated by a more recent immigrant to the United States. Vincent Gallagher, now president of the Irish Center in Philadelphia, said it was the least he could do for a fellow countryman who died on a lonely journey to build a

these people — 57 of them — they came here, they didn’t know a soul.” The Watsons have been unable to identify the other alleged homicide victims because their bones indicate they were all in their 20s, leaving too many possibilities. However, their remains were reburied last year in a solemn ceremony at a suburban Philadelphia cemetery. The mass grave can’t be excavated because of its proximity to active railroad tracks. “The idea of somehow being able to get one of them back to Ireland, it seemed like a distant hope 10 years ago,” said Watson, who is also a history professor at Immaculata University in Malvern, not far from where the workers died. “It’s just a miracle, actually.”


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Many Venezuelans believe in Chavez recovery By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s vice president said Thursday that Hugo Chavez is still fighting for his life, yet a recent poll says three in five Venezuelans believe their president will return to power. Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s self-appointed successor, said on television that his boss “is battling there for his health, for his life, and we’re accompanying him.” The vice president had characterized Chavez’s condition similarly on Dec. 20, saying the president “is fighting a great battle ... for his life, for his health.” Chavez hasn’t spoken or been seen since before his fourth operation in Cuba on Dec. 11 for an unspecified cancer in the pelvic area. The government says he has been breathing with the help of a tracheal tube after surviving a serious respiratory infection. It says Chavez returned on Feb. 18 and is at a military hospital in Caracas for

continued treatment for “respiratory insufficiency.” Despite speculation by doctors not involved in Chavez’s treatment that it is most likely palliative, designed only to make him more comfortable in his remaining days, many Venezuelans apparently believe — or want to believe — he is on the mend. “The president’s prolonged absence and his critical situation have not been converted into massive pessimism about his return,” respected pollster Luis Vicente Leon tweeted Thursday. He said nearly 58 percent of Venezuelans believe Chavez will recover while about 30 percent believe he will not return to power and 12.5 percent say they don’t know what will happen. One percent, meanwhile, believe Chavez was never sick. Leon, chief of the Datanalisis polling firm, told The Associated Press that the Feb. 11 poll of 1,198 people had an error margin of three percentage points. He said he thought the poll

reflected people’s desire not to believe the worst about someone who is dear to them, just as people resist accepting that a close relative might be dying. Leon also said he thought reports of government officials holding hours-long meetings with Chavez had contributed to the belief of many Venezuelans that Chavez will return. “The government has sent permanent messages that President Chavez will return, that he meets with the vice president for five hours,” Leon noted. He said people don’t necessarily believe that, however, as the poll found 44 percent think the government has not been transparent in discussing the Chavez’s health. In his televised remarks, Maduro called for Venezuelans to keep praying for Chavez and remain loyal to the committed socialist who has been their president for more than 19 years. “Do you know why Comandante Chavez neglected his health and has been battling (cancer) for

nearly two years?” he said. “Because he completely surrendered body and soul and forgot all his obligations to himself in order to give himself to the homeland.” Chavez, 58, himself has previously acknowledged that he was neglecting his health in recent years, often staying up late and consuming cup after cup of coffee to remain alert. The president has undergone surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments since June 2011, when he first announced his cancer diagnosis. He hasn’t specified the type of cancer or the exact location in his pelvic region where his tumors have been removed. On Feb. 15, the government released four photographs of Chavez lying in a bed in Cuba with his two daughters by his side. They were the only images of him published since early December. Re-elected in October, Chavez was scheduled to have been sworn in on Jan. 10. But the Supreme Court said the swearing-in could be delayed.

World Health Organization: Slight cancer risk after Japan nuke accident By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer

LONDON — Two years after Japan’s nuclear plant disaster, an international team of experts said Thursday that residents of areas hit by the highest doses of radiation face an increased cancer risk so small it probably won’t be detectable. In fact, experts calculated that increase at about 1 extra percentage point added to a Japanese infant’s lifetime cancer risk. “The additional risk is quite small and will probably be hidden by the noise of other (cancer) risks like people’s lifestyle choices and statistical fluctuations,” said Richard Wakeford of the University of Manchester, one of the authors of the report. “It’s more important not to start smoking than having been in Fukushima.” The report was issued by the World Health Organization, which asked scientists to study the health effects of the disaster in Fukushima, a rural farming region. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami knocked out the Fukushima plant’s power and cooling systems, causing meltdowns in three reactors and spewing radiation into the surrounding air, soil and water. The most exposed populations were directly under the plumes of radiation in the most affected communities in Fukushima, which is about 150 miles (240 kilometers) north of Tokyo. In the report, the highest increases in risk are for people exposed as babies to radiation in the most heavily affected areas. Normally in Japan, the lifetime risk of developing cancer of an organ is about 41 percent for men and 29 percent for

women. The new report said that for infants in the most heavily exposed areas, the radiation from Fukushima would add about 1 percentage point to those numbers. Exports had been particularly worried about a spike in thyroid cancer, since radioactive iodine released in nuclear accidents is absorbed by the thyroid, especially in children. After the Chernobyl disaster, about 6,000 children exposed to radiation later developed thyroid cancer because many drank contaminated milk after the accident. In Japan, dairy radiation levels were closely monitored, but children are not big milk drinkers there. The WHO report estimated that women exposed as infants to the most radiation after the Fukushima accident would have a 70 percent higher chance of getting thyroid cancer in their lifetimes. But thyroid cancer is extremely rare and one of the most treatable cancers when caught early. A woman’s normal lifetime risk of developing it is about 0.75 percent. That number would rise by 0.5 under the calculated increase for women who got the highest radiation doses as infants. Wakeford said the increase may be so small it will probably not be observable. For people beyond the most directly affected areas of Fukushima, Wakeford said the projected cancer risk from the radiation dropped dramatically. “The risks to everyone else were just infinitesimal.” David Brenner of Columbia University in New York, an expert on radiation-induced cancers, said that although the risk to individuals is tiny outside the most contaminated areas, some cancers might still result, at least in theory. But they’d be too rare to be detectable in overall

cancer rates, he said. Brenner said the numerical risk estimates in the WHO report were not surprising. He also said they should be considered imprecise because of the difficulty in determining risk from low doses of radiation. He was not connected with the WHO report.

Thomas said the WHO report used inflated estimates of radiation doses and didn’t properly take into account Japan’s quick evacuation of people from Fukushima. “This will fuel fears in Japan that could be more dangerous than the physical effects of radiation,” she said, noting that people living

The WHO report estimated that women exposed as infants to the most radiation after the Fukushima accident would have a 70 percent higher chance of getting thyroid cancer in their lifetimes. Some experts said it was surprising that any increase in cancer was even predicted. “On the basis of the radiation doses people have received, there is no reason to think there would be an increase in cancer in the next 50 years,” said Wade Allison, an emeritus professor of physics at Oxford University, who also had no role in developing the new report. “The very small increase in cancers means that it’s even less than the risk of crossing the road,” he said. WHO acknowledged in its report that it relied on some assumptions that may have resulted in an overestimate of the radiation dose in the general population. Gerry Thomas, a professor of molecular pathology at Imperial College London, accused the United Nations health agency of hyping the cancer risk. “It’s understandable that WHO wants to err on the side of caution, but telling the Japanese about a barely significant personal risk may not be helpful,” she said.

under stress have higher rates of heart problems, suicide and mental illness. In Japan, Norio Kanno, the chief of Iitate village, in one of the regions hardest hit by the disaster, harshly criticized the WHO report on Japanese public television channel NHK, describing it as “totally hypothetical.” Many people who remain in Fukushima still fear long-term health risks from the radiation, and some refuse to let their children play outside or eat locally grown food. Some restrictions have been lifted on a 12-mile (20-kilometer) zone around the nuclear plant. But large sections of land in the area remain off-limits. Many residents aren’t expected to be able to return to their homes for years. Kanno accused the report’s authors of exaggerating the cancer risk and stoking fear among residents. “I’m enraged,” he said.

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Wicked Wacky World News Naked couple cause problems on bridge in China According to Orange News, a pair of lovers in China recently showed up, naked, on a bridge. The two were protesting a ban their parents had placed on them against seeing one another. Apparently, the two were in a passionate lock for over two hours as police and rescuers tried to reach them. Eventually, as the air began to cool and the wind picked up, they “gave themselves up to the police,” Orange News stated. “Our biggest problem was blocking the traffice so motorists didn’t drive into each other trying to get a better look,” a police spokesman said to Orange News.

Mutant tadpoles gain new vision Scientists have been experimenting with eye placement and come up with a new mutation: tadpoles with eyes on their tails. According to Science on NBC News, the scientists used 134 tadpoles in their experiments, “painstakingly graft(ing) new eyes onto places such as their torso and tails and then surgically remov(ing) their eyes.” Suprisingly, following vision tests, 6 of the tadpoles’ eyes were still functional. This new research could lead to breakthroughs in regenerative medicine.


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South African police, a force in turmoil By RAF CASERT Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG — The job of the South African police is to fight one of the highest crime rates in the world. Instead, the force stands accused of contributing to it. On Thursday, the release of a video showing uniformed police binding a taxi driver to the back of a police vehicle and dragging him — the man was later found dead in a police cell — shocked South Africans long accustomed to stories of police misconduct. At a bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius last week, a magistrate harshly criticized a police detective for shoddy work in the investigation into the murder case against the double-amputee athlete, who is charged with killing his girlfriend. And last year, police fired into a crowd of striking miners, killing 34 in a convulsion of violence that reminded many of the worst excesses of the apartheid era. These high-profile episodes cap a steady flow of allegations of police misconduct, whether in top rank corruption, prosecutions of officers charged with murder and rape, or numerous anecdotes of police pulling over drivers and demanding bribes. Many South Africans mistrust the very institution that is supposed to protect them, and the scandals weaken efforts by South Africa to project itself as a model country and a leader by example in sub-Saharan Africa. “They are there for safety, but we as a people fear them more,” said Alfonso Adams, a resident of Johannesburg. “You don’t know who to trust anymore.”

The Daily Sun, a South African newspaper, posted footage of the dragging incident, which occurred Tuesday and was apparently filmed by several people using cellphones. By some accounts, taxi driver Mido Macia, 27, of Mozambique drew the attention of police when he parked in a way that blocked traffic, and then got into an altercation with officers. “We are going to film this,” several onlookers shouted in Zulu as the police roughly subdued Macia. One bystander can be heard shouting: “What has this guy done?” It remains to be seen whether the succession of scandals will trigger such a groundswell of public outrage that the government will push through reforms to the troubled police. Rape has been a scourge of South African society for many years, but sexual violence remains endemic despite periodic outcries. In the case of the taxi driver who was dragged behind a police van, officers paid little heed to the crowd that gathered, suggesting a sense of impunity has taken hold in police ranks. President Jacob Zuma condemned the killing of Macia, who died from head and other injuries after he was dragged in Daveyton, a township east of Johannesburg. Some commentators drew comparisons with the 1977 death of antiapartheid activist Steve Biko, who also suffered head injuries in police custody. “Members of the South African police service are required to operate within the confines of the law in executing their duties,” Zuma said in a statement. “The visuals of the incident are horrific, disturbing and unacceptable. No human being

should be treated in that manner.” Brig. Phuti Setati, a police spokesman, told South Africa’s Radio 702 on Thursday afternoon that no police had yet been suspended, but said all crimes should be investigated, “irrespective of who is involved.” Johan Burger, a former police veteran and a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria, said the force rapidly expanded from 120,000 to almost 200,000 over the past decade, largely neglecting the quality of personnel that it recruited. Two police chiefs lost their jobs; one was Jackie Selebi, given a 15-year prison sentence for corruption after he went shopping with a drug smuggler in exchange for information. Selebi was later released on medical grounds. “It is a crisis that starts at the top and filters down and it has a huge impact on morale of police on the ground,” Burger said, adding that reforms to the police would be a hard, lengthy process. “It is like trying to fix a runaway bus going downhill,” he said. Police said National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega planned to hold a news conference on the dragging incident on Friday morning. She was brought in to lead the police as an outsider with a social science and business background, and is the first woman to lead the force. She removed Chief Investigator Hilton Botha in the Pistorius case after he made a number of errors in the investigation, and after, it was revealed that he faced attempted murder charges stemming from a 2011 incident in which he and two other officers allegedly shot at a

Factors complicate Kenya’s election By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s presidential election on Monday is the most important and complicated in the country’s 50year history. More than 1,000 people were killed after Kenya’s 2007 vote, and political leaders, civil society groups and international governments are pressing Kenyans for no violence this time. Despite the push for peace, there are many reasons why the aftermath of the vote could turn tumultuous. Here are some of the factors complicating the election: — One of the two top presidential candidates, Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, faces charges at the International Criminal Court for orchestrating the 2007-08 election violence. — If Kenyatta wins the presidency, he may have to spend a significant portion of it in court at The Hague. — A Kenyatta win will also see relations cool between Kenya and the United States./Europe because of the ICC case. — If Prime Minister Raila Odinga wins the presidency and Kenyatta refuses to report to the ICC, Odinga may have to order

Kenyatta’s arrest, risking serious clashes between their two tribes. — Tensions between the Kikuyus — Kenyatta’s tribe — and the Luos — Odinga’s tribe — have been high in Mathare, Nairobi’s most dangerous slum.

The al-Qaida-linked group has threatened large-scale attacks in Kenya ever since Kenyan troops moved into Somalia in 2011. — A secessionist group on Kenya’s coast which had been quashed by the government last

If Prime Minister Raila Odinga wins the presidency and Kenyatta refuses to report to the ICC, Odinga may have to order Kenyatta’s arrest, risking serious clashes between their two tribes. — Kenya has seen more than 200 people killed in politicallyconnected violence in recent months in the Tana River region and Kenya’s north. More violence is expected. — Kenyan polls show the race to be tight — the top candidates poll in the mid-40-percent range — raising the risk of rigging allegations. Fifty percent is needed to win the presidency; an April run-off between the two is likely. — The Somali militant group al-Shabab may try to disrupt the vote by attacking polling stations.

year is said to be recruiting new members and planning attacks on elections, according to the government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. — New political divisions known as counties give Kenya 47 new governors. Those governorships give more tribes a position in power, but they also create some new contentious races over which violence could break out. — More than 530,000 illegal weapons are in civilians’ hands, according to the police.

minivan while trying to stop it. “Embarrassing? There is nothing embarrassing for us as the police,” Phiyega said. “I am not a judge. We are not magistrates. We cannot say it was a sterling performance, not a sterling performance.” Pistorius, who was released on bail, said he accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, mistaking her for an intruder. Prosecutors say he killed her intentionally after the couple had an argument. Botha’s missteps included misjudging distances, neglecting to wear protective covers while on the crime scene and failing to push for cellphone records that would bolster the state’s case. “It is absolutely par for the course,” said Nooshin Erfani, the coordinator of Wits Justice Project at Witwatersrand University. “Such ridiculous things happen all the time.” South Africa is also struggling with the fallout from the Marikana mine shootings. On Aug. 16, 2012, a line of South African police opened fire on striking miners, killing several dozen at a platinum mine northwest of Johannesburg. Now a judicial commission is investigating allegations that many were shot in the back as they tried to escape. “That is a kind of a huge scar on our national psyche,” Erfani said. “ All of these issues now place even more of a strain on the credibility of the police.” South Africa’s high crime rate has fed a gun culture that feeds off the perception that police cannot be trusted to do the job. In a country of 49 million, 15,609 were murdered

over the last year. “They are no deterrent or help,” Sheila Rosslee said of South African police. Her husband owns a gun range and is a firearms instructor in eastern Pretoria. In 2007, she fired two shots at two men who pulled guns on her, slightly wounding one. Even though she gave the police her address and phone number, she said: “They couldn’t even be bothered to contact me.” Police, too, are victims. On Jan. 27, which was designated National Police Day, the government and families of slain officers paid tribute to the “fallen heroes” of the police forces at a monument in Pretoria. Nathi Mthethwa, the minister of police, said 92 police were killed, mostly at hands of criminals, between March 2011 and April 2012. So the distrust of police inherited from the days of white racist rule, when officers were tools of state-sponsored violence, endures almost two decades after Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president. “What used to work in South Africa before was violence,” Erfani said. “Whatever color spectrum you were at, it was a successful way of dealing with issues.” A look at a recent five-day span of cases posted by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, a watchdog agency, spells out the problem. “Constable appears in court for rape,” says one entry. “Constable convicted of murder for shooting 15 year old,” says another. A third reads: “Constable sentenced to 15 years for murdering his girlfriend.”

In Brief 8 reported dead in sinking of Baghdad boat BAGHDAD — A crowded floating restaurant loaded with dozens of guests sank in the Tigris River in central Baghdad late Thursday, leaving at least eight people dead and several others missing, according to officials. The tragedy appeared to be an accident, with police saying the boat was over its capacity when it went down. Iraqi river police and a security official said there was no indication that a terrorist act was to blame. The vessel was part of a popular Lebanese restaurant establishment in the Iraqi capital’s Karrada district. The restaurant is one of several new businesses that have sprung up as Iraq’s economy has begun to improve in the years since the U.S.-led invasion nearly a decade ago. At least eight bodies were

pulled from the river, and the whereabouts of another nine people were unknown, police and hospital officials said. About 30 people were rescued initially, they said. Local TV aired footage showing people gathered at the entrance to the restaurant as bodies in black bags were loaded into ambulances. According to police, the boat had been moored to the riverbank and there appeared to be signs of decay on the metal joints that kept it attached to shore. It is unclear whether the facility was up to safety standards. Regulatory oversight remains weak and corruption is deeply entrenched in Iraq. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release details to the media.

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s reported on the front page of The New Hampshire today, 39 people were arrested at the Tiësto concert last Friday night at the Whittemore Center. Twenty-two of those arrested were UNH students. While that is an eyebrow-raising number, it is not atypical of many concerts here at UNH. At Avicii’s show in October of 2011, 34 people were arrested. Approximately 20 were arrested at David Guetta’s show last February. Meanwhile, when Tiësto performed at the Mullins Center at the University of MassachusettsAmherst the night before his show at UNH, only one person was arrested. And nearly 6,000 people attended that show. These numbers raise some questions. Are concertgoers safer because of all these arrests? Or are the police at UNH concerts being too heavyhanded in their enforcement of the law? Many students would agree with the latter argument. Concerts like Tiësto’s bring an increased police presence on and around campus, and the inside of the Whitt was teeming with police as well. Underage drinking certainly occurs every weekend

at both UNH and UMass, but arrests for unlawful intoxication here in Durham increase exponentially on the weekend of a concert compared to most others. It’s no secret that many of the people who attend concerts are intoxicated, underage or not, at both UNH and UMass. It probably doesn’t take too much effort to find a couple dozen students to arrest for unlawful intoxication.

It does not make for good headlines when dozens of kids are arrested at show after show here in Durham. So, while it’s certainly true that police at UNH are going after concertgoers with more aggressiveness than at UMass, one could make the argument that it makes everyone safer, as well. Seven people at the UNH concert had to be brought to the hospital for alcohol-related reasons. At Tiësto’s concert in UMass, 19 people had to go to the hospital and

one student seriously hurt himself when he jumped off a balcony and fractured his skull and jaw. It’s impossible to know whether any of those trips to the hospital from the UMass concert could have been avoided if more police had been around to catch severely inebriated drinkers or drug users earlier in the show. But UNH officials can take heart in the fact that fewer kids had to be packed into an ambulance and no one was seriously hurt during Tiësto’s concert at the Whitt. At the same time, however, it does not make for good headlines when dozens of kids are arrested at show after show here in Durham. It doesn’t add up when over 1,000 more people attend the UMass show and only one is arrested, while 39 are put in handcuffs at the Whitt. In the future, officials at UNH shows could scale back their efforts to target underage drinkers and instead put even more resources in identifying those who are a danger to themselves and others. That would maintain a level of safety at these concerts while incarcerating fewer people, which would be a triumph for both the university and its students.

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n Letters to the editor To the editor I was among the overflow crowd that heard Temple Grandin speak on campus last semester. As I listened to Temple describe her school years, I was reminded of a guy I worked with back in the 1980s, shortly after I graduated from UNH. The guy talked a lot and was often blunt in his comments. I remember I used to roll my eyes when he was around and I tried to avoid him when I could. I don’t think I was ever outwardly mean to him, but I certainly wasn’t accepting of him either. In retrospect, I am almost certain that my coworker had Asperger’s Syndrome – the highfunctioning kind of autism Temple spoke about. While Temple’s story is ultimately about triumph over adversity, her presentation also referenced the many children who simply give up, those unable to navigate a society that is still most comfortable with conformity. The truth is, accepting people who are different from us can be

work. It takes us out of our comfort zone. It also takes a level of compassion that many of us struggle with. That is, until we have the kind of experience that makes us realize that, yes, we really could be better people, kinder and more compassionate people. Perhaps you will consider this the next time you encounter someone in your class or club or dorm who is too loud or too withdrawn or just plain tactless. Will you reach out a hand or turn away? Which will you remember 30 years from now? Denise Boisselle UNH ‘81

LFTRS are answer to world’s energy problem Liquid fluoride thorium reactors (LFTRs) generate nuclear power that is actually safe and

clean. Thorium is like a candle to the dynamite of uranium and plutonium; it cannot sustain an explosive reaction. LFTR technology allows us to get rid of nuclear weapons. Nuclear material from decommissioned nuclear weapons added to LFTRs is “burned” up. LFTRs work at atmospheric pressure, so there is no risk of a blowout. If power fails, a frozen plug at the bottom of the reactor melts the fuel, which drains out of the core where it cools and stops reacting. Liquid fluoride is melted salt (like melted lead), and if there is a leak, it cools and solidifies. It can’t seep into the ground water. Finally, if you just ignore the reactor and do nothing, xenon builds up and sucks up all the neutrons, stopping the reaction as well. While uranium fuel waste is toxic for hundreds of thousands of years, LFTR waste lasts only approximately 300 years. LFTRs produce 10,000 times less waste than traditional nuclear power, and if well managed, do not produce any transuranic isotope waste.

Who’s in bed with whom?

While researching for her biography All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell spent months in Afghanistan with General Petraeus, then-commander of the International Security Assistance Force, to fully understand America’s most prominent general of the last decade. The now-infamous affair that ensued between Broadwell and her subject during that time shed new light on the complicated relationship between the media and the military. The scandal demonstrated how contemporary media coverage of the military may lead to the disclosure of sensitive material and also how it causes reporting bias. As the nation winds down over a decade of war, it is time to analyze the complex relationship between journalists and soldiers. The relationship between the press and the armed forces has not always been as close as today’s. After journalists relayed overtly negative stories to the American public during the Vietnam War, the military increasingly distanced itself from the media. Even as late as the Persian Gulf War, journalists were strictly managed and generally kept separate from American servicemen and women. This policy changed during Operation Iraqi Freedom, when the U.S. Department of Defense allowed 600 journalists to embed with the troops. The intimacy provided certain advantages. On the one hand, the military was reported in a more favorable light, since journalists wrote about men and women they knew and interacted with on a daily basis. On the other, reporters re-

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Matthew Disler Harvard Political Review ceived detailed knowledge and information about their subjects, and the public became better informed. Embedded journalists received an added benefit: protection. Of the 150 media workers killed on the job in Iraq from 2003 to 2011, only 26 were not Iraqis. Essentially all foreign journalists employ security — for those embedded, this safety is free and guaranteed. The close relationship, however, has several disadvantages. First, the media may be granted too much access to the military, depending on your views regarding freedom of information. Nonetheless, it is true, despite our opinion on the legitimacy of this freedom and whether it pertains to all state information (as Julian Assange and his followers would believe), the media may reveal information that is clearly not in the interest of the military. The 2010 Rolling Stone interview with General Stanley McChrystal, for instance, revealed serious personal divides within the defense organization. As a result of his public comments, General McChrystal was relieved of his command, and soon after the incident then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a memo to officials urging caution in interactions with the media. Second, when journalists act closely with troops, they tend to exhibit bias in favor of the military. (A notable counterexample to this

trend is the behavior of the media during the Vietnam War, when journalists were biased against the American military.) From the two World Wars to Iraq, the closer reporters are to soldiers, the more agreeable the relationship. While the journalist-soldier embrace may be beneficial to the armed forces, it deprives the public of a truly accurate picture of the situation on the ground. It is dubious to assert any piece written in a war zone, however, would be impartial, yet the information embedded journalists glean is unsurpassed. Biased reporting is not necessarily an evil. Neutrality is certainly valuable, but writers and reporters should also be able to convey their perspectives. Doing so provides a more accurate picture of their experiences. If we accept the premise of biased reporting though, it is important we recognize it when we read it — something the public may not do. The problem is bias is often reported and interpreted as fact, so we believe we gain a neutral standpoint on a topic when the opposite is true. Attempting to destroy media bias is neither realistic nor appropriate. Instead of trying to change how journalists tell their stories, we should recognize that although there are certainly many pieces with a pro-military bent, there are also reports with opposing viewpoints. We should train ourselves to more accurately identify this partiality, and in doing so pro-military media bias would become simply another perspective from which we read the news.

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Liquid fluoride fuel also has higher thermal conductivity and you get 11,000 gigawatts per megaton from thorium versus 35 GW/MT from uranium — so much more energy and much less waste. LFTRs are less expensive than new coal power plants. Furthermore, thorium is abundant and is relatively cheap to process into fuel. This technology, created by NASA scientists, could provide nearly free, environmentally safe energy if managed by the public rather than for-profit companies. Make a difference – spread the word: Thorium! Teal Furnholm Tisa Lab – Rudman Hall UNH

To the editor Regarding Dan Fournier’s Feb. 26 column, “Legalizing marijuana is only step one,” there is a middle ground between drug pro-

hibition and blanket legalization. Switzerland’s heroin maintenance program has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardized doses in a clinical setting. If expanded, prescription heroin maintenance would deprive organized crime of a core client base. This would render illegal heroin trafficking unprofitable and spare future generations addiction. Marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol, only without the advertising. Separating the hard and soft drug markets is critical. As long as organized crime controls marijuana distribution, consumers will come into contact with sellers of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. This “gateway” is a direct result of marijuana prohibition. Students who want to help reform harmful drug laws should contact Students for Sensible Drug Policy at www.SchoolsNotPrisons.com. Robert Sharpe, MPA Policy Analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy

Thumbs Up Thumbs Down Thumbs up to spring break being one week away. Thumbs down to midterms.

Thumbs up to summer music festivals.

Thumbs down to walking - no, wading - around campus in the slush. Thumbs up to warmer weather.

Thumbs down to sandwiches made without love. Thumbs up to Jennifer Lawrence. We’re late on this, but she still deserves it. Thumbs down to not being up to date on today’s music scene. Thumbs up to tax returns.

Thumbs down to not going to some place warm for spring break.


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‘Cats hoping for HE tourney run By ROBERT WILSON STAFF WRITER

The fourth-seeded University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team will host the fifthseeded Providence College Friars in the Hockey East quarterfinals on Saturday, March 2 at the Whittemore Center at 1 p.m. The Wildcats and Friars are going at it for the fourth time this season, but this time on a bigger stage and in the 2013 Hockey East quarterfinal round. New Hampshire has won the season series after going 1-0-2 against Providence in three games. The Wildcats returned to the Hockey East Championship to make their 10th appearance in 11 years. The last time the ‘Cats played in the Hockey East Tournament was last year when they fell on the road 9-1 against Boston University. New Hampshire still holds the most tournament titles in Hockey

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continued from page 20 inside the near post. The Big Green regained the lead, 8-7, and ended a scoring drought of 15 minutes, 26 seconds when Danielle Lisovicz netted a free-position goal at 19:20. The ‘Cats responded with three consecutive goals, however, to take a 10-8 lead. New Hampshire forged the fourth tie of the game, 8-8, at 17:48 when Hinkle eluded a defender on the top-left side of the fan and passed the ball to the left doorstep, where Simpson caught the ball and fired a shot under the crossbar. DC’s Frances Bird was awarded a free position at 12:45, but Hurwitz snared her shot from the left wing. UNH advanced the ball into the attack zone and called time out. A patient attack led to a shot 70 seconds later by Molly Gaffey that was wide of the cage, but Puccia gathered the ground ball behind the net to keep possession for the Wildcats. Puccia struck for the fourth time in the game -- seventh of the season -on another free position at 10:44 when she fired low from the left wing. Dartmouth won the ensuing draw control but Hurwitz denied Calby at 9:35 to keep New Hamp-

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continued from page 20 18 percent), highlighted by Austin Block’s six power play goals. Going into the last two weekends of the season, the Wildcats have their work cut out for them. The standings are extremely close in Hockey East with four teams tied atop the conference standings with 28 points – UNH, UMass-Lowell, Boston College and Providence – with four games to go. Merrimack (No. 5 with 27 points) and Boston University (No. 6 with 26 points) are nipping at the heels of the first place teams,

East with four. UNH comes into the game with an overall record of 11-6 in quarterfinal action, which includes 11-3 at home. The Wildcats have played 30 playoff games at home with a 26-4 record. In the quarterfinals, UNH has registered a record of 11-3. The last time New Hampshire played Providence in a playoff game, the Wildcats went on to top the Friars in the 2009 conference semifinal round by a score of 3-1 en route to claiming the Hockey East title. Senior forward Kristina Lavoie leads the ‘Cats with 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points. She has a pair of power play goals and game winners. Freshman standout Alexis Crossley has found the net seven times and dished out 15 assists for 22 points on the year. Crossley currently leads the squad in power play goals with five. Jenn Gilligan will look to start

for Saturday as she has started all 19 games she has played this year and comes in with a record of 10-43 and two shutouts. Gilligan has a goals against average of 2.14 and a save percentage of .913. Providence comes into the game having lost the last three games with most recently getting swept from a home-and-home series against Northeastern. In the first game at home, the Huskies manhandled the Friars, 5-1. In game two at Northeastern, the Huskies held on to win 4-3. Leading the Friars in points on the season is Nicole Anderson, who comes into the game with 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points. Haley Frade and Molly Illikainen follow with 29 points each. Frade has 13 goals and 16 assists, while Illikainen has 11 goals for 18 assists. The game will hold a lot of tension between two teams who are evenly matched on paper, but only one can extend its season.

shire in front, 9-8. UNH once again exhibited patience on offense and McHoul, from behind the cage, hit Casiano cutting down the middle and she ripped a one-timer into the goal to extend the advantage to 10-8 at 6:51. The Wildcats had an opportunity to continue that momentum after Brittany Conner won the draw control, but they lost possession on a turnover one minute later. Bowers netted goals 55 seconds apart – at 5:10 on a free position and 4:15 when she curled from the top-right side to the middle and towards the cage before taking aim at the goal – to tie the score at 10. UNH’s McHoul gained possession of the ensuing draw control, but the ‘Cats turned the ball over with 2:15 remaining. The Big Green passed the ball along the right sideine to advance into its attacking zone and called a timeout with 1:47 to play. Dartmouth came out in a perimeter passing game to hold for the last shot, and in the waning seconds Leto, cutting down the middle of the fan, caught Calby’s pass and shot high into the goal to give the home team an 11-10 lead with 5.8 seconds on the clock. On the ensuing draw, the ball bounded towards the far sideline and Conner gained possession as time expired.

Dartmouth recorded a 26-17 shot advantage, including 16-7 in the first half, and had the 12-11 edge in draw controls despite UNH gathering 7 of 10 in the second half. The Wildcats won the battle for ground balls, 13-7 and scored on all five free-position shots; in comparison, the Big Green went 4-for-11. UNH struck first at 26:50 when McHoul, from behind the left post, slipped a pass in front to Casiano, who fired a one-timer into the goal. Dartmouth took its first lead of the game, 2-1, when Calby scored consecutive goals at 25:49 and 22:54. The ‘Cats evened the score on Puccia’s free-position tally at 21:59. Neither team scored for nearly eight minutes, then DC struck twice in as many minutes to build a 4-2 lead. Bennett put the home team back in front at 14:03 and Calby scored her third of the game at 12:24. The ‘Cats inched within one goal, 4-3, at 10:04 when Puccia, curling from behind the net to the left post, caught Simpson’s pass and placed a low shot into the netting. Bennett scored back-to-back goals 66 seconds apart – at 9:41 and 8:35 – to give the Big Green its largest lead of the game. New Hampshire returns to action March 6 at 3:30 p.m. at UConn.

looking to make a jump in order to get home ice advantage during the Hockey East tournament. UMass-Lowell has been the hottest team in the conference, going 15-2-1 in its last 18 games. This weekend should sort out some of the confusion among the standings, with home-and-home series that see UMass-Lowell taking on Merrimack and Providence facing Boston College. UNH will be without forward Jeff Silengo, who suffered a concussion on Feb. 17 against Boston College, but will have Nick Sorkin available, who is coming off a wrist injury. Having their final four games at home bodes well for the Wild-

cats, who are 9-3-1 at the Whittemore Center this season. UNH has the potential to play seven of nine games in the state of New Hampshire. If the Wildcats finish as a Top 4 team in Hockey East, they will play the quarterfinal round of the Hockey East tournament at the Whittemore Center on the weekend of March 15 through 17. UNH is also the host school for the Northeast Regional round of the NCAA tournament, which will be held at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. UNH is 1-0 in Manchester this season, when they beat Merrimack 6-2 on Jan. 26.

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continued from page 20 “I was really proud of our defense tonight, a lot better than on Saturday,” UNH head coach Maureen Magarity said. “I felt like we really pressed them and made them get out of their zone and forced them into man.” The Wildcats fortunes changed quickly, however, as the Great Danes scored three quick buckets in the first two minutes of the second half to cut UNH’s lead down to six, 30-24. “I feel like we came out with energy in the second half but we didn’t match their energy,” Gaston said. While the Wildcats battled, the Wildcats were done in by poor shooting, 24.1 percent for 16 points, and poor defense, 37 points along with 22 rebounds in the second half. “I felt tonight was our night,” Magarity said. “First half we played great defense, made out shots. Second half we came out flat and things didn’t go our way. I was proud of them for about 30 minutes.” Hurting UNH the most was hulking 6’8” Great Danes center Megan Craig. Her size and strength made her a mismatch against the smaller Frame and forward Kaylee Kilpatrick. Craig was able to score 20 points and grab four offensive rebounds over 26 minutes of play. “I think Megan Craig really hurt us tonight,” Magarity said.

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continued from page 20 Among the top swimmers for New Hampshire is junior Jenni Roberts. The Springvale, Maine native won three individual events at the America East Championships, as well contributed on two first-place relay teams. In the opening swim of the meet, Roberts set a pool record in the 200yard freestyle, swimming the leg in one minute and 48.6 seconds. Roberts, who was named the Outstanding Swimmer of the Year following the meet, said the team is a close group and are always making each other better. “Watching people swim fast makes you want to swim fast,” Roberts said. “As a team, we work really well together.” Roberts transferred from Maryland University to UNH this season. Prior to arriving in New Hampshire, Roberts already knew the coaches and some of the women on the team and said that it felt like a family. “It is fun to be around this team,” Roberts said. As New Hampshire prepares for the ECAC Championships this weekend, the swimmers are looking forward to the better-equipped pool at Harvard. According to Willman, the pool at Maine is inadequate and can slow the swimmers down. Willman said one of the turning

“She had the size over us and they lobbed it to her and she delivered. She’s much improved from last year. Despite the loss, the Wildcats had some great performances, starting with Frame’s 16 points, eight rebounds, and two assists over 35 minutes of play. Frame’s defense was also a key for the Wildcats in the first half as she helped clog the paint and actually outplayed Craig in the first half. Gaston played at a very high level, staying active on both sides of the ball with nine points, seven rebounds, and an assist over 19 minutes of play. Cari Reed was second on the team with 11 points, and added in three steals and an assist over 37 minutes of play. Reed failed to record a rebound for the first time this season. The Wildcats will have to put the loss to Albany behind them as they look ahead towards Maine this Saturday, March 2. The game will be UNH’s final regular season game before the America East tournament. “Maine game is one of those rivalries games that the kids always get up for,” Magarity said. “We want to end the regular season on a high note. They’re a tough team to go against on the road so we’re going to have to play a little bit more consistently.” UNH and Maine last met on Jan. 29 when the Wildcats pulled out a win at hime, 61-54. “Maine can come to play, but I think we know we need to go in and win that and I think we’re going to do it,” Frame said. ends is shallow and some of the swimmers can stand in the pool with the water up to only their waist. The pool at Harvard, on the other hand, is a deeper pool and therefore a faster one. Based on the Wildcats solid performance at Maine despite the shortcomings of the pool, Willman and Roberts both expect the team to swim even faster at Harvard. “The more water underneath you, the more buoyant you are and the quicker the turns,” Willman said. “We are just looking to have fun and see how much faster we can go,” Roberts said. Willman said this meet will be more focused on the individual swimmers as the athletes will now be competing for NCAA qualifying times. UNH will not compete in any relay events at the ECAC Championships. “This meet is about individuals getting their best times in their events and getting some women on the team their NCAA cuts,” Willman said. As a team, New Hampshire has dominated its schedule this season winning eight of the 12 competitions it has participated in. Now, the individual athletes will swim for their chance to compete for the NCAA Championship. “This is going to give our top swimmers the best chance at making NCAA cuts as you can give them,” Willman said.

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No. 5 UNH vs. UMass-Amherst Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Whittemore Center, Durham, N.H.; TV: FOX College Sports UNH is 17-8-5; UMass-Amherst is 11-17-2 overall

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With only four games remaining in the regular season, this weekend’s series against the Minutemen is a critical one for New Hampshire. Locked in the middle of a close race for home ice in the Hockey East tournament, UNH will look to shut down UMass-Amherst in order to gain some points in the standings. Sophomore goaltender Casey DeSmith will play a big role for the Wildcats, as the previously No. 1 goalie in Hockey East looking to continue his strong February play. In the month of February, DeSmith has a goals against average of 2.22 in seven games. DeSmith’s stellar month comes after a rocky January, when he had a GAA of 3.38 in five games. This weekend against the Minutemen, DeSmith will get a chance to test himself against an offensive unit that ranks No. 6 in Hockey East in goals per game with 2.83. One player whom UNH will need to contain if it hopes to win is junior forward Branden Gracel, who leads UMass-Amherst in points (31), goals (14) and assists (17).

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Junior Kevin Goumas’s scoring slump has been welldocumented, but his goal scoring ability played a big role in the Wildcats’ fast start at the beginning of the season. With the postseason drawing near, UNH will need Goumas to get hot in order to make a run during the playoffs.

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The Wildcats offensively

The Minutemen offensively

With only four games to go in the regular season, UNH still finds itself as one of the top teams in Hockey East. Ranked No. 2 in scoring with 3.20 points per game, the Wildcats have been floundering somewhat on offense without a reliable scoring threat. Junior Kevin Goumas has failed to score a goal since Jan. 19. Goumas is not to blame though, as no other Wildcat has stepped up to be a consistent goal scorer this season.

On the offensive side, the Minutemen are just as formidable as any team in Hockey East. With 85 goals scored this season, UMass-Amherst can compete with any team in the conference. A big part of this, as mentioned above, is Brendan Gracel. But Gracel does not carry the scoring duties alone, as he receives help from fellow juniors Michael Pereira and Conor Sheary. Both Pereira (25) and Sheary (24) have eclipsed 20 points this season.

The Wildcats defensively

The Minutemen defensively

After a superb first two months of the season, the Wildcats have improved after an awful January where the team allowed 3.17 goals per game in six games. Where UNH has not performed as well, however, is on the penalty kill. On the PK, the ‘Cats have allowed five powerplay goals in February after allowing just five in the first four months of the season.

One of UMass-Amherst’s weak points is its defensive unit, as the Minutemen are No. 9 in goals allowed in Hockey East with 3.07. Part of the problem for Massachusetts is its inability to find consistent play from any of its goaltenders, as all three of the Minutemen’s goalies have a goals against average above 2.50.

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During February, the ‘Cats killed 78 percent when on the penalty, their worst percentage of any month.

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The “Catholic 7” of the old Big East recently announced, along with Butler and Xavier, that the nine basketball schools will be forming a new Big East for the 2013-2014 season.

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Senior Lauren Wells and the rest of the UNH seniors had a fast start on Senior Night to give Albany a scare early, but the Great Danes managed to pull through in a comeback victory over the Wildcats.

Danes hold off Wildcats By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL STAFF WRITER

It looked like the UNH women’s basketball team would take down the undefeated Albany giant on Wednesday’s Albany 56 Senior Night. But UNH 45 after getting out to an impressive 30-18 start in the first half, the Wildcats fizzled down the stretch, losing 55-46. “It was a tough game, but I’m proud with the way we played for the majority of the game,” sopho-

more Ariel Gaston said. “It was a game we should have won, but we know we can hang with the best team in the league.” The game was a tale of two halves for UNH, with the better of the two coming in the first. Because it was Senior Night, seniors Cari Reed, Morgan Frame, Lauren Wells, and Jilliane Friel got the start along with fifth-year junior Kelsey Hogan. The lineup was extremely effective, playing the first seven and a half minutes together and getting out to a 9-4 lead.

“We came out emotional, and we fought it throughout,” Frame said. “I was really proud of the girls tonight and I loved playing with my seniors to start.” The defensive intensity, especially by local New Hampshire native Jilliane Friel, frustrated the Great Danes into only shooting 29.7 percent from the court. Meanwhile, the Wildcats made plenty of big shots, with 12 points coming from Frame, nine points from Reed, and seven points from Gaston. W BBALL continued on Page 18

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Laura Puccia scored a teamhigh four goals, including a goahead goal at 10:44 of the second half, for the UniverDC 11 sity of New HampUNH 10 shire women’s lacrosse team, but No. 12 Dartmouth College scored with six seconds remaining to record an 11-10 victory Thursday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field. UNH is now 0-3 on the year with each of the last two losses coming to nationally-ranked teams. Dartmouth is 2-0. Puccia, who scored on all three free-position shots, also had two ground balls and three draw controls. Four other Wildcats tallied multiple points. Kayleigh Hinkle and Jenny Simpson both recorded two goals and an assist while Laura McHoul finished with three assists and Amber Casiano netted two goals. Taylor Hurwitz, who entered the game when UNH tied the score 8-8 at 17:48 of the second half, made two saves and was charged with the loss. Starting goalkeeper Kathleen O’Keefe exited the game with six saves in 42:12 of action.

Liz Calby (four goals, two assists), Courtney Bennett (three goals, one assist) and Hana Bowers (two goals, one assist) led the Dartmouth attack. Kristen Giovanniello was credited with three saves. UNH trailed 6-3 at 8:35 of the first half but scored seven of the next nine goals to take a 10-8 lead at 6:51 of the second half. McHoul, behind the left post, fed a pass in front of the cage and Simpson onetimed a shot past Giovanniello to lift the Wildcats within 6-4 at 5:10. Calby potted her fourth goal of the half just 24 seconds later to reestablish a three-goal cushion. Dartmouth’s Jaclyn Leto was awarded a free position at 3:56, but O’Keefe made the save to keep the score 7-4. UNH advanced the ball to the other end of the field, and Hinkle scored with a low shot on a free position from the top of the fan at 3:13 to trim the deficit to 7-5. UNH trailed by that two-goal margin at halftime but opened the second half on free-position goals by Puccia at 25:21 and Hinkle at 22:31 to level the score, 7-7. Puccia placed a shot from the left wing inside the far post, whereas Hinkle’s shot from the right wing sailed low W LAX continued on Page 18

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‘Cats ready to take on Minutemen UNH ready for ECAC championship chance By JUSTING LORING STAFF WRITER

The No. 5 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team will play its final four games of the season, all of which are at home, starting with a weekend series against the University of MassachusettsAmherst. UNH is tied for the top spot in Hockey East and can clinch home ice advantage in the Hockey East tournament if it wins out. It will require some help from the other teams in the conference, but according to UNH Head Coach Dick Umile the team is not concerned about that. “You can’t try to figure (the standings) out,” Umile said. “(We)

just have to focus on (ourselves).” Conference standings aside, there is plenty of motivation for both the Wildcats and UMass-Amherst going into the series. The Minutemen were responsible for handing UNH its first loss of the season, a 2-1 overtime victory for UMass at Amherst back on Nov. 2. With this weekend’s match-up coming four months since the last time these teams played, both teams are sure to have a new strategy going in. The lone loss came during the first stretch of games for the Wildcats where they amassed a record of 11-1-2. Now, UNH is 17-8-5, after struggling since the start of winter break. The Minutemen went 5-9-2 in

the first half of their season and now sit with a record of 11-17-2. “We can’t overlook anybody,” junior forward Dalton Speelman said. “We’ve been atop Hockey East all season, and everybody wants to beat us.” UNH increased its productivity on the power play last weekend, scoring three power play goals against Vermont on Friday night. “Our power play has been excellent – I like what they’ve been able to do,” Umile said. “We’ve been getting men in front of the net, screening the goalies and getting great puck movement.” The Wildcats’ power play is second in Hockey East (22-122,

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The No. 19 University of New Hampshire swimming and diving team will compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at Harvard University on Saturday and Sunday. New Hampshire is coming off of a meet at Maine last weekend, in which the Wildcats were crowned America East Champions. The team set an all-time league championship record with 858 points at the America East Championships as several of the women made top-three finishes in their

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respective events, as well as dominating the competition in the relay events. The team looks to take over this weekend as well, and all signs point to the Wildcats doing just that. UNH head coach Joshua Willman said this is a driven team focused on winning events, and one of the deepest teams he has seen in his 20 years at the helm of UNH swimming and diving. “We won America East in 2005,” Willman said. “That year, we had 17 swimmers and six of them didn’t score a point. This year, there is more depth.” SWIMMING continued on Page 18

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- Dick Umile and the Wildcats look to play host to UMassAmherst in a weekend series. Page 19

Staff writer Robert Wilson provides a full preview for the UNH women’s hockey Hockey East quarterfinals game. Page 18


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