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The two other openers, who will be with Tïesto for the entirety of the tour, were DJs Quintino and Tommy Trash. Quintino was also enthusiastic about the opportunity and the chance to see the energy from the audience. “Every night there are big reactions,” he said. And there were. It was with the arrival of Tïesto at approximately 10:30 p.m. that the packed ﬂoor and stadium seats went crazy, jumping up and down in unison to the beat of the bass. For days and weeks before the event, students could be seen haggling one another for any extra tickets by word of mouth and social media. Juniors Mike McManus and Andy Wigger were lucky enough to both score free tickets. McManus has a girlfriend abroad who couldn’t use the ticket, and Wigger got one from his sister. “It worked out for all of us,” Wigger said. “It’s going to be something else.” It was. A laser show, smoke and pyrotechnics all worked together to pro-
Eliga Gould, Ph.D., professor of history at UNH and author of the book “Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire,” has been selected as one of four ﬁnalists for the George Washington Book Prize. A $50,000 dollar check and prestige as “the year’s best book(s) on the nation’s founding era” are awarded to the George Washington Book Prize recipient. “No nation ELIGA GOULD ever fully makes its own history,” Gould said, echoing a central tenet of his book: that the interconnectivity of the historic world poised our then-ﬂedgling country to recede from Britain’s control – not to abandon the mother country, but to join ranks. “The Declaration of Independence was Congress’s bid to the world to be accepted among the powers of the earth,” Gould said. “Among the Powers of the Earth” is Gould’s third book, following “The Persistence of Empire” (2000), winner of the
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UNH students went crazy for DJ Tiësto on Friday night at the Whittemore Center. Concert-goers dressed in neon, sunglassess and body paint for the giant electronic dance party, which featured other local performers.
Tiësto delivers electrifying performance By PHOEBE McPHERSON DESIGN EDITOR
Face paint and white- and neon-colored outﬁts seemed to be the unofﬁcial dress code when Tïesto invaded the Whittemore Center Friday night. The concert, rescheduled from October, was the DJ’s fourth stop on his 2013 Club Life College Invasion Tour. According to Tour Manager Mathis Cobbaut, the famous DJ hopes to make multiple appearances on college campuses, trying to visit as many as possible. “Tïesto recognizes that a lot of (his fans) are on campuses,” Cobbaut said. “During the college tour, he wanted to hit as many schools as possible.” Tïesto himself was unavailable for comment. The night featured three openers starting at 8 p.m. with DJ Joe Bermudas, a local DJ out of the Boston area. He was excited to be a part of the Tïesto group, if only for the night. “He’s kind of the biggest DJ on the planet,” he said. According to thedjlist.com, Tïesto is the No. 2 DJ in the world, the ﬁrst being David Guetta.
NH lawmakers weighing medical marijuana legalization By BRIAN WARD STAFF WRITER
New Hampshire lawmakers are currently in debate about House Bill 573, which would allow doctors to prescribe medicinal marijuana as treatment for certain diseases. The bill would only allow marijuana use by patients who have received clearance from a doctor. Similar bills have been brought up in previous years but were vetoed by former Gov. John Lynch. Many believe that this year the bill will make it through the New Hampshire House
and Senate, and will be approved by new Gov. Maggie Hassan. The bill brings up many questions about the legalization of marijuana and whether New Hampshire residents should consider fully legalizing it. While many New Hampshire residents are in support of marijuana, many have different opinions on how far legalization should go. According to a recent poll conducted by the UNH Survey Center, 79 percent of New Hampshire residents are in support of the legalization of medical marijuana. However, that same poll found that only 48 percent of the state population
was in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Matt Simon works for the New Hampshire-based Marijuana Policy Project. The MPP’s mission is to see the decriminalization of marijuana, both medicinal and otherwise. The MPP’s hope is that one day marijuana will be used and regulated like alcohol. Simon said that passing the bill would allow some patients to receive the treatment they need without fearing legal reprisals. “We believe that medical mari-
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New Gov. Maggie Hassan is expected to pass a proposed bill allowing medical marijuana in the state.
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20 The Wildcats were able to secure the No. 4 spot going into the WHEA tournament as they tied and then beat Maine over the weekend.
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20 UNH had trouble earning points against Binghamton on Saturday as they fell to the Bearcats 55-42.
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6 UNH VOX, the university chapter of Voices of Planned Parenthood, has become one of the newest groups on campus.
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A car crash early Saturday morning in Durham left one man dead and two seriously injured. Durham Police and the Durham Fire Department responded to an accident on Route 4 at 8:59 a.m. on Saturday, approximately two miles west of the Route 4 and Madbury Road intersection. Bruce R. Larson, 74, of Durham, was found deceased at the scene. He had been driving a 2000 Buick traveling westbound on Route 4. According to The Associated Press, Larson served as a judge in the district division of the New Hampshire Circuit Court in Candia. The second car involved in the accident appeared to be trying to pass a car on the two-lane road while traveling eastbound when it collided with Larson’s Buick, according to Durham Deputy Police
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Chief Rene Kelley. The second car, a 2004 Chrysler Sebring, was being driven by 22-year-old Ryan T. Merchant of Wakefield, Mass. Merchant was seriously injured and airlifted to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass. A 22-year-old male passenger in the Chrysler, Martin V. Hyppolite of Malden, Mass., was also seriously hurt and was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital in stable condition by McGregor Memorial Ambulance. Hyppolite is a running back for the University of Connecticut football team. According to the Hartford Courant, Hyppolite will be out of the hospital within the next few days. Durham Police and the New Hampshire State Police Technical Accident Reconstruction Unit are currently investigating the accident. Police from Lee and UNH also assisted officials at the scene Saturday morning.
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The writing process for “Among the Powers of the Earth” was nothing like his other books, Gould said. The advancement in technology, specifically with expansive collections of online databases, allowed Gould’s research to deepen in both quality and quantity. He likened the difference in research to crafting a stained glass window: “You’d have little pieces of glass” he said of the research for his first book. “And then you’d try to figure out what the rest of the picture looked like.” With his most recent book, he described the process as much more complex: “You might have fortyfive stained glass windows and had to figure out what little part of one you needed.” Nearly 11 years of assiduous research culminated in “Among the
Omega-3 and amino acids that the human body needs. “A lot of research has been done showing marijuana helps with Alzheimer’s, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis. It is used a lot on people on radiation treatment to help ease their stomachs and get them eating again,” Hall said. Hall said she is more worried about the bill passing through the Senate than the governor’s desk. However, she said, she and the people in her group have a good feeling about this bill and think there’s a strong chance that it will finally clear the governor’s desk and be put iont effect. “I think it’s important that in the “live free or die” state to give adults the right to choose,” Hall said.
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ton and Colorado fully legalizing it. Jenn Hall is a recent UNH graduate. She is also the founder of the UNH chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), a marijuana advocacy group that believes in full legalization. Hall said that the bill would be a step in the right direction. “It’s important that people get their medicine. There are a bunch of people who use medical marijuana daily and are made criminals even though they shouldn’t be,” Hall said. Hall said that NORML focuses on the trifecta of marijuana use: medicinal, hemp production and recreational. She went on to cite the health benefits of the plant including its seeds, which are full of
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thing. You definitely don’t want people to suffer,” Moreau said. Moreau said he doubts people will abuse the right to use medical marijuana and hopes that the law will be passed. Caiti Duttry had vaguely heard about the bill in the news and supports it in hopes that it might lead to full legalization of marijuana. “I think it’s a positive step in the right direction. I wouldn’t say it’s enough,” Duttry said. Duttry said she absolutely supports the legalization of marijuana and thinks the criminalization of marijuana in our society is an extensive problem. “It puts people in jail who don’t belong there. It contributes to the inflated price of prisons, it puts stress on law enforcement and it keeps up an unnecessary stigma about the use of marijuana,” Duttry said. Duttry went on to say that while she hopes the medical marijuana bill will eventually lead to legalization, it will take a long time for that to happen. New Hampshire is the only state in New England without a medical marijuana law, with Massachusetts putting its medical marijuana law in effect Jan. 1 of this year. Currently, 18 states and Washington, D.C. have a medical marijuana law in effect, with Washing-
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juana is a high moral imperative,” Simon said. “Some patients can’t benefit from pharmaceuticals due to side effects or no effect. For reasons scientists are now discovering, marijuana is helping when nothing else does.” HB-573 cites the uses of marijuana as including relief of the neuropathic pain caused by multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and other illnesses that often fail to respond to conventional treatments. According to the bill, marijuana also works in relieving patients of the side effects of drugs used to treat HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, such as nausea and vomiting. Various organizations including the National Cancer Institute say that marijuana has the potential of relieving cancer symptoms and the side effects of cancer treatment. According to Simon, if the bill is passed, doctors could give ID cards to patients they think would benefit from medical marijuana. The ID cards would allow a patient to possess up to two ounces of marijuana without prosecution. Patients would have the option of going to a registered cultivation center to get their prescription or growing their
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own plants. “Some patients have needs and can’t wait four months to grow (the plants). Others have less pressing issues and can cultivate for themselves and save money,” Simon said. Some fear that by legalizing medical marijuana it will become harder for police officers to go after people using it illegally. Simon said he doesn’t think that will be a problem. “I think will make easier for law enforcement. Everyone who has ID from doctor are protected, those who don’t not protected from arrest,” Simon said. Similar bills have been brought up before in the New Hampshire legislature. In 2009 and 2012, the bill passed both the N.H. House and Senate, only to be vetoed by former Gov. John Lynch. During her time as the Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate, current Gov. Maggie Hassan repeatedly voted in favor of the medical marijuana bill, giving hope to the bill’s supporters. Sean Moreau is a senior journalism major and said that he is neutral on the issue of full legalization of marijuana. However, Moreau said he feels that, as a medicine, marijuana should be allowed to people who need it. “I think it’s definitely a good
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chapter to illustrate the quiet human element often muffled under the politics of the revolution. “These are high concept issues to us,” Gould said of Revolutionary War America. “But they matter to everyone, and you can illustrate this through ordinary people.” Gould relayed a story he came across involving two poor loyalists who fashioned a restaurant on a ship docked in the Charleston Harbor. When war broke out, the couple was separated; the woman became a servant and the man was sent to debtors’ prison. Though their story is a ripple in the wave of a revolution, it serves as an important microcosm of the intercontinental cleaving of brotherhood between the United States and Great Britain. Gould’s ability to graft simple truths onto high-concept topics is likely one of
the reasons he is being recognized for his work. As a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize, one must, by definition of its website, “advance broad public understanding of American history.” Within Gould’s writing process was a conscious reminder of what good storytelling is. A colleague of Gould gave him advice on writing historical non-fiction: “After you’ve finished the research and before you start to write, go and read a great novel, because the great danger is you’ll write a book in the voice of Thomas Paine.” He read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett and credited the novel with helping him shake the tunnel vision of academic writing. With a $50,000 prize afforded to the winner, Gould was imaginative in what he would like to spend the money on, but the real prize – for him – is an audience for his book, he said. “The big challenge that every author of a book faces is getting people to read it…and what this (the nomination) means is that the book is going to get more attention.” The winner will be announced over dinner on May 22 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens in Virginia.
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DJ Tiësto supplemented his music with an impressive light and laser show.
vide a visual array of hues and textures, not to mention the life-sized screen behind him that ﬂashed audience cues, colors and lyrics. Many a time throughout the show, boys knelt down and lifted girls on their shoulders, all of whom pumped their hands high with palms facing the stage, seemingly against invisible walls, to the beat of the music. One of those girls was freshman Alejandra Herrera. “I went on this guy’s shoulders and started just dancing,” she said. “(I) could see everything.” Security, though, was proceeding its way through the crowds, asking students to come down off of shoulders. The concert featured a number of security and police ofﬁcers for safety reasons. “I had to get down (of the boys’ shoulders) because a security guard didn’t approve,” Herrera said. “But it was so fun at the time!” In fact, the university hasn’t seen any concerts since last year, so the amount of security workers was perhaps more of a routine. “My opinion of the number of police/security was that it was necessary and not out of the ordinary,” said acting Executive Director of SCOPE Bethany Bucciarelli. “This is a college campus who hasn’t seen a concert since May 2012 at UNH, so being overly cautious is never a bad thing. It is better to have excess than not enough in the event that something did go wrong.” Before the show, UNH Health Services teamed with Substance Awareness through Functional Education to provide a “Pre-Tïesto Pizza Party.” Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Educator / Counselor Melissa Garvey explained that the initiative was to give students an alternative to drinking, or, if they chose to drink, an option to quell their alcohol before the show. “We want to make sure they’re hydrated and their stomachs are full,” she said. Dominoes delivered 200 pizzas for the event, 150 of which were 100 percent donated. In addition to the pizza party, Health Services worked with the
Whittemore Center to assure that there was an increase of cups at the “hydration station” on the ﬂoor of the Whittemore Center. Throughout the entire night, the station was mobbed by thirsty concertgoers looking for any sip of water to send them back into the mosh pit for the rest of the evening. With the bass dropping, the audience lifted, becoming a sea of jumping minions during the introduction of each new song. The concert ended at approximately 12:30 a.m. as the remix of ‘Maximal Crazy’ began to fade with ﬁnal lasers reaching into the audience. “He’s famous for his six-hour sets,” Katie Fredericks said. “It’s a two-hour set tonight.” The Twitter handle for Eric Pomerlea, a.k.a. local DJ Downstairs, tweeted a list of 33 songs supposedly played during the DJ’s two-hour set. Some popular songs included ‘Silhouettes,’ ‘Maximal Crazy’ and ‘Pair of Dice.’ Knowing this music genre all too well was the UNH Electronic Dance Music Community. The organization had collaborated earlier in the year with the Massachusetts Electronic Dance Music Community, who donated a pair of tickets to be given away. For UNHEDMC Promotions Manager Nat Seguin, the arrival of Tïesto reﬂects a recent inﬂux of popularity of the electronic dance scene. “It’s growing so quickly around here,” Seguin said. UNHEDMC Co-President Dan O’Brien agreed, saying, “I think EMS is really started to hit here. He is one of the legends.” Senior Blake Kendrick was more than happy to see the concert. “I’m really glad (Tïesto) is here,” he said. “It’s my last year, and it’s totally my type of music.” As students made their way to the exit after hours of dancing and jumping to the beat of EDM, smiles and exhausted eyes could be seen – the university was obviously impressed. When asked about her favorite part, Herrera gave the response evoked by most students: “dancing and feeling alive again.”
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Eating Concerns Week returns to campus By CATIE HALL Contributing Writer
Agonizing over clothes that accentuate a slim body. Minutes spent zoned out on a scale number. Measuring tapes wrapped like ribbons around thighs while restrictions, anxiety and vulnerability cake the inside. Sara Fechner had a friend in high school with an eating disorder. She didn’t know how to be supportive. She didn’t know what to do or what to say to help. In college, Fechner became a nutrition major and an Eating Concerns Mentor. She wouldn’t be unprepared again. “By joining ECMs, I found that I was able to feel better by helping others in that situation when I couldn’t help her then,” said Fechner, now a co-leader of ECMs. From Feb. 24 through March 2, Eating Concerns Awareness Week will provide resources for people like Fechner and her friend. The ECMs will be in the Memorial Union Building to provide accurate information about eating disorders, concerns and body image. “This event appeals to a variety of people because, as our theme states, everybody knows somebody,” Fechner said. Friends, roommates and colleagues may have suffered para-
lyzing body-image thoughts themselves. That’s why this awareness week exists — to provide people with the resources and knowledge needed to get help or give it. ECMs, as defined by the UNH Health Services website, are thoroughly trained UNH student volunteers. They provide support and information to those who ask. Eating Concerns Awareness Week will have themed days to change negative thoughts around eating. ECMs will also be available for anonymous online chat Monday and Tuesday night. Monday is Mirrorless Monday. Students who come to the booth can cover an image of themselves with positive notes. Tuesday is Trash Fat Talk Tusday. What Inspires You Wednesday follows with Becky Thompson, activist and scholar in multicultural issues, speaking on eating disorders and body image. The event ends with the appropriate Thankful Thursday. Booths in the MUB will give away Dove chocolates with inspirational quotes, free pencils with startling statistics and raffles for T-shirts and massages. “Getting involved with ECM has made me realize that even the smallest amount of education and support can make a big difference,” ECMs Co-leader Emily
Macdonald said. Eating Concerns Awareness Week has support from UNH staff. Rochelle L’Italien, UNH dining dietitian, said it’s an important week. “Eating disorders and body image are a complex, multilayered issue,” she said. For help, L’Italien said that Health Services, athletics, rec sports, and Dining Services all work to pinpoint issues in individuals as they see them. Often, these branches collaborate and refer students to help. “Because you know if eating concerns go too far, you can put yourself at a health risk for sure,” L’Italien said. “So, knowing there are resources on campus that can help with that is very important.” Eating concerns have become prominent on campus. “The ECM program has received more requests this year than previous years combined,” Fechner said. “We aren’t allowed to release specific statistics, but yes, resources are utilized.” With counseling on campus and all of the resources students can turn to, L’Italien doesn’t want students to waste their time. “The sooner you can get back on track —or get on track — the better,” L’Italien said. “There is help.”
“Life-sized” Barbie stands on display in the foyer of Dimond Library. This, along with various other activites and themed days, is a part of Eating Concerns Week, taking place from Feb. 24 through March 2.
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Ex-bus driver gets 160 years for sex assaults on students By SAMANTHA ALLEN Foster’s Daily Democrat
Members of UNH VOX hang up flyers around campus. The university’s chapter has just started with high hopes for the future. By BRITTANY SCHAEFER Contributing Writer
The F-word has been brought to UNH in a new way. The topic is feminism. UNH VOX, or Voices of Planned Parenthood, is a brand new organization on campus. The student-run group has only had two meetings thus far, but its members are optimistic about its future. “Mainly, we focus on reproductive issues and also contemporary feminist issues, so like body image, sex positivity, etc.,” said Cofounder and Social Media Coordinator Hannah Dooling. VOX’s main goal in having this organization on campus is to raise awareness and to educate the campus on college issues that are present, just as they would be on any other campus. “It’s important to know about these issues like victim blaming and slut shaming,” Dooling said. As its website states, UNH VOX seeks to educate, empower, activate, and unite the voices within our community regarding contemporary feminist issues, including, but not limited to reproductive justice, sexual freedom, gender equality and body image. During a typical meeting, cofounders said they don’t want to dictate what everyone talks about. They ask what members want to focus on so everyone can be a part of discussion. The four co-founders started this organization when they realized that there was no VOX chapter in New Hampshire at all. They decided they wanted to start a chapter here because there is a “lack of space to talk about these issues in a student-run organization. We want it to be safe and all-exclusive, and to not alienate anyone,” Dooling said. “Anyone who identifies as anything is welcome to our meetings,” said Co-founder and Public Relations Coordinator Jess Wojenski. The women’s studies program here at the UNH seems to be a common ground for the four founders. Each of them has taken the entrylevel course and was interested right away. After taking this course, all agree it just “clicked” for them. It was “mind-blowing,” as Wojenski said. “I just felt like it explained so much about the world that I just didn’t understand. I also didn’t
really know what I wanted to do as a freshman, but now I would like to work in media hopefully changing the way gender is represented. It has given me the words to describe how I feel.” “My parents divorced when I was really young, and I lived with my mom, who was a strong, independent woman,” Dooling said. “Getting to talk about these bigger issues is empowering.” This group is looking to inform and give women and men a safe, open environment to discuss topics of their choice. Feminism is a controversial topic. Therefore, this group will likely schedule events to protest, and any other events will be open to their group. Meetings are held every Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building’s room 330. All are welcome to expand their knowledge and learn more about contemporary feminist issues. “For me, advocacy is a big deal,” Co-founder and Secretary Emily Sorey-Backus said. “Learning how advocacy fit into feminism was life-changing.” This group also looks to stay connected to other health/wellness groups on campus to make a friendly environment, members said. VOX supports those groups as they support VOX, as well. Organizations such as the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, women’s studies and even Health Services have branched out to welcome this new organization. The co-founders believe they’ve had a very positive reception so far. “I got to see how things affected my life in a different perspective, and now I see everyday life in a different way,” said Co-founder and Program Coordinator Emily Dickman. A few years back there was an organization at UNH that tried to complete similar goals and reach out about feminism. “It was supposedly inclusive, but it wasn’t,” said senior Sam Crosby, a member of VOX. “I’m very happy this group is around now, because it is inclusive and better.” Asking several students of mixed genders how they felt about a VOX chapter organization on campus shows the reception this group has gotten thus far. “I have no problem with this organization – great for them,” said senior Smith Simollardes. “As long as it’s not harmful.”
CONCORD — On Friday in U.S. District Court, John Allen Wright was ordered to serve 160 years in prison, a sentence U.S. Attorney John Kacavas called “unprecedented in the state of New Hampshire.” Wright was sentenced to 1,920 months, or 160 years, for five counts of sexual exploitation and one count of possessing child pornography. Following the sentencing hearing, which continued for more than an hour, Kacavas said he was “grateful” his request for such a high sentence was accepted, although he said “there’s no joy” in pursuing something of this nature. “There is no justice in a case like this,” he said. The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Wright, 47, of 52A Charles St. in Milton, in September 2011 following an approximate nine-month long investigation. A bus driver for Provider Bus Services since 2008, Wright, then 46, was arrested at his home on charges alleging he sexually abused and molested three children he transported. He pleaded guilty last September to video recording the alleged assaults with a pair of sunglasses equipped with a secret recording device inside his vehicle Kacavas referred to as “a prison” on Friday.
John Allen Wright for a mug shot in Sept. 2011. Wright’s jail sentence was rendered negotiable with the court by accepting a lifetime of supervision. eral court Friday. Kacavas noted the families sent letters to the court to provide their personal impact statements, which were taken into consideration. “They didn’t want to further traumatize themselves,” he added, noting he understands the families and their victims are attempting to move on from the acts the federal court judge said are some of the worst he has ever seen.
Wright...reportedly had thousands of child sexual assault images on his home computer. Kacavas informed the court that afternoon the victims are 4, 4 1/2 , and 8 years old, with autism and developmental disabilities, which render them physically voiceless. He then held up the black sunglasses for all to see, pulling the evidence from a small plastic bag. “Rather than be their custodian, (Wright) was their predator, their pornographer and their tormenter,” he told the courtroom. Wright’s sentencing hearing was postponed late last year, and the courtroom was packed with people. At one point, Wright’s attorney, Harry Starbranch, requested a sidebar conversation, which Judge Steven McAuliffe said he would not allow because the proceeding was meant to be an open hearing for the public. Starbranch said the defendant wished to keep his mental health history private. Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi told Foster’s for the state portion of Wright’s charges — having specifically to do with the physical assaults allegedly carried out on the children — the state would coordinate with the defense counsel to resolve the issue “in a way that is appropriate … as quickly as possible.” Velardi said that would also entail communicating with the family members of the victims, whom Kacavas said were not present in fed-
In February 2011, a member of the state Internet Crimes Against Children group initiated an undercover investigation to locate and identify individuals possessing and trading images of child pornography through file-sharing networks. Through that process, he found Wright, who reportedly had thousands of child sexual assault images on his home computer. In those files, investigators found personal recordings of Wright assaulting the victims. Wright appeared in federal court in a Strafford County House of Corrections tan uniform with a short haircut, no longer with a ponytail as depicted in the original headshot photograph provided by authorities. Wright has been in custody in the Dover jail since his indictment last October. Before Judge McAuliffe accepted Kacavas’ recommendation to sentence Wright to 160 years, he debated the point with Starbranch, who requested his client only be sentenced to 25 years. Starbranch said Wright suffers from severe psychosis, not specified, and schizophrenia. Kacavas argued rather Wright’s claimed diagnosis of schizophrenia was never produced in trial proceedings, and he didn’t feel the man’s mental state should have an impact on his sentencing. He also said investigators believed Wright “grossly exaggerated” his mental condition
upon his arrest. It was revealed in the hearing Wright served a short time in the U.S. Army before he was discharged for drug and alcohol use. Starbranch said at that time his defendant showed signs of psychosis and it is “a tragedy” his mental issues were not explored sooner. Starbranch also stated his client has suffered in the past from severe audio and visual hallucinations and said he also wrote a “gigantic book” that was essentially “a hallucination” as well. Judge McAuliffe also told the court he didn’t want to set what some have called an “absurd” precedent, sentencing a man to incarceration for longer than his natural life, but Kacavas told Foster’s he is aware of at least one other state where an extended sentence has been imposed. Kacavas told McAuliffe he wished to “make a statement” to warn other like-minded individuals their crimes will be taken, and punished, seriously. The judge soon after accepted his request. “Should you do that, you should expect to be treated in the most severe way authorized by law and our justice system,” Kacavas said outside the courtroom doors. Wright was immediately handcuffed by a federal U.S. marshal. He turned to two women seated behind him and acknowledged them with a subtle smile. The pair had their arms around each other throughout the hearing. The defendant has 14 days to file an appeal with the court. Other modifications on Wright’s sentence say he must pay $600 to the government and if he is released from prison, he must be supervised for the remainder of his lifetime. Wright is not to have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and is barred from using the Internet without prior permission. In a press release, Kacavas said he would like to thank the state ICAC Task Force, the FBI, the Strafford County Attorney’s office and the police departments from Rochester, New London, Dover and Kittery, Maine.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Koop, who transformed surgeon general post, dies By CONNIE CASS ASSOCIATED PRESS
With his striking beard and starched uniform, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable ﬁgures of the Reagan era, and one of the most unexpectedly enduring. His nomination in 1981 met a wall of opposition from women’s groups and liberal politicians, who complained President Ronald Reagan selected Koop, a pediatric surgeon and evangelical Christian from Philadelphia, only because of his conservative views, especially his staunch opposition to abortion. Soon, though, he was a hero to AIDS activists, who chanted “Koop, Koop” at his appearances but booed other ofﬁcials. And when he left his post in 1989, he left behind a landscape where AIDS was a top research and educational priority, smoking was considered a public health hazard, and access to abortion remained largely intact. Koop, who turned his onceobscure post into a bully pulpit for seven years during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and who surprised both ends of the political spectrum by setting aside his conservative personal views on issues such as homosexuality and abortion to keep his focus sharply medical, died Monday at his home in Hanover He was 96. An assistant at Koop’s Dartmouth College institute, Susan Wills, conﬁrmed his death but didn’t disclose the cause. Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as surgeon general a decade ago under President George W. Bush, said Koop was a mentor to him and preached the importance of staying true to the science even if it made politicians uncomfortable. “He set the bar high for all who followed in his footsteps,” Carmona
Although the surgeon general has no real authority to set government policy, Koop described himself as “the health conscience of the country” and said modestly just before leaving his post that “my only inﬂuence was through moral suasion.” A former pipe smoker, Koop carried out a crusade to end smoking in the United States; his goal had been to do so by 2000. He said cigarettes were as addictive as heroin and cocaine. And he shocked his conservative supporters when he endorsed condoms and sex education to stop the spread of AIDS. Chris Collins, a vice president of amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, said many people don’t realize what an important role Koop played in the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. “At the time, he really changed the national conversation, and he showed real courage in pursuing the duties of his job,” Collins said. Even after leaving ofﬁce, Koop continued to promote public health causes, from preventing childhood accidents to better training for doctors. “I will use the written word, the spoken word and whatever I can in the electronic media to deliver health messages to this country as long as people will listen,” he promised. In 1996, he rapped Republican presidential hopeful Bob Dole for suggesting that tobacco was not invariably addictive, saying Dole’s comments “either exposed his abysmal lack of knowledge of nicotine addiction or his blind support of the tobacco industry.” Although Koop eventually won wide respect with his blend of old-fashioned values, pragmatism and empathy, his nomination met
Suspect indicted on rape, drug, sex-offender charges By JIM HADDADIN FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT
DOVER — A man awaiting trial on rape charges has been indicted in Strafford County on separate drug charges and one count of failing to comply with sex offender laws. Aaron Bonds allegedly had quantities of amphetamines and the drug clonazepam in his possession when he was arrested last May by Dover police. Bonds, 43, was charged with two counts of drug possession, and with failing to register his sex offender status properly with Dover police. The charge is a Class A felony. Bonds allegedly changed his address and failed to give written notice to the Dover Police Department, according to an indictment handed up by a Strafford County grand jury this month. Bonds was ordered to register as a Tier III sex offender in 2003. He was convicted that year of aggravated sexual assault in Strafford County, according to a police afﬁdavit.
Bonds was previously convicted of failure to comply with sex offender registration laws in September 2006, according to court documents. He was convicted of a class A misdemeanor charge. Bonds is now at the center of a separate rape investigation in Portsmouth. Rockingham County prosecutors say in July, Bonds provided a young woman with an intoxicating substance, then sexually assaulted her while she threw up outside a Portsmouth apartment. Bonds is also accused of selling a substance purported to be cocaine to three people on July 10 and July 11, 2012, a period that overlapped with the alleged sexual assault. Bonds has lived in New Hampshire for eight years, and in Dover for at least two years, according to a bail questionnaire included in his court documents. He was most recently employed as a cook at restaurants in Portsmouth. An indictment is not an indication of guilt; rather, it signiﬁes that a jury found sufﬁcient evidence to warrant a trial.
staunch opposition. Foes noted that Koop traveled the country in 1979 and 1980 giving speeches that predicted a progression “from liberalized abortion to infanticide to passive euthanasia to active euthanasia, indeed to the very beginnings of the political climate that led to Auschwitz, Dachau and Belsen.”
enough scientiﬁc evidence to determine whether abortion has harmful psychological effects on women. Koop maintained his personal opposition to abortion, however. After he left ofﬁce, he told medical students it violated their Hippocratic oath. In 2009, he wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, urg-
Koop, worried that medicine had lost oldfashioned caring and personal relationships between doctors and patients, opened his institute at Dartmouth to teach medical students basic values and ethics. But Koop, a devout Presbyterian, was conﬁrmed after he told a Senate panel he would not use the surgeon general’s post to promote his religious ideology. He kept his word. In 1986, he issued a frank report on AIDS, urging the use of condoms for “safe sex” and advocating sex education as early as third grade. He also maneuvered around uncooperative Reagan administration ofﬁcials in 1988 to send an educational AIDS pamphlet to more than 100 million U.S. households, the largest public health mailing ever. Koop personally opposed homosexuality and believed sex should be saved for marriage. But he insisted that Americans, especially young people, must not die because they were deprived of explicit information about how HIV was transmitted. Koop further angered conservatives by refusing to issue a report requested by the Reagan White House, saying he could not ﬁnd
ing that health care legislation include a provision to ensure doctors and medical students would not be forced to perform abortions. The letter brieﬂy set off a security scare because it was hand delivered. Koop served as chairman of the National Safe Kids Campaign and as an adviser to President Bill Clinton’s health care reform plan. At a congressional hearing in 2007, Koop spoke about political pressure on the surgeon general post. He said Reagan was pressed to ﬁre him every day, but Reagan would not interfere. Koop, worried that medicine had lost old-fashioned caring and personal relationships between doctors and patients, opened his institute at Dartmouth to teach medical students basic values and ethics. He also was a part-owner of a shortlived venture, drkoop.com, to provide consumer health care information via the Internet. Koop was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the only son of a Manhattan banker
and the nephew of a doctor. He said by age 5 he knew he wanted to be a surgeon and at age 13 he practiced his skills on neighborhood cats. He attended Dartmouth, where he received the nickname Chick, short for “chicken Koop.” It stuck for life. Koop received his medical degree at Cornell Medical College, choosing pediatric surgery because so few surgeons practiced it. In 1938, he married Elizabeth Flanagan, the daughter of a Connecticut doctor. They had four children, one of whom died in a mountain climbing accident when he was 20. Koop was appointed surgeonin-chief at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and served as a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He pioneered surgery on newborns and successfully separated three sets of conjoined twins. He won national acclaim by reconstructing the chest of a baby born with the heart outside the body. Although raised as a Baptist, he was drawn to a Presbyterian church near the hospital, where he developed an abiding faith. He began praying at the bedside of his young patients‚ ignoring the snickers of some of his colleagues. Koop’s wife died in 2007, and he married Cora Hogue in 2010. He was by far the best-known surgeon general and for decades afterward was still a recognized personality. “I was walking down the street with him one time” about ﬁve years ago, recalled Dr. George Wohlreich, director of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, a medical society with which Koop had longstanding ties. “People were yelling out, ‘There goes Dr. Koop!’ You’d have thought he was a rock star.”
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UNH forest program notices pine needle loss By STAFF Associated Press
DURHAM — A UNH forest program has noticed that white pine trees in northern New England seem to be losing more needles lately. The Forest Watch program says the trees maintained vigorous growth during the late 1990s as the Clean Air Act took effect and ozone levels fell. Ozone is an oxidant that accelerates aging in foliage. But data shows that since 2010, the trees have not done a good job of retaining those needles. “Something very serious is stressing the trees,” said Forest Watch Founding Director Barrett Rock of UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space. “Not since the early to mid-1990s, when ozone levels were extremely high, have we seen these kinds of measurements of stress in the pines.” One possible cause is air pollution from wildfires. Rock said he believes that a powerful oxidant in wildfire smoke from Canada, in combination with unusually high temperatures, might have contrib-
uted to damaged sugar maple trees in the region. “The event might also have stressed the pines, and other pollutants from a growing number of wildfires might be causing further stress,” Rock said. Another theory is that unusually wet weather in 2009 caused an explosion of fungi that are clearly now feasting on the pine needles. They appear as orange-looking “blisters” on the needles. “Such fungi normally only attack needles that have been weakened by some other factor, and the fungi usually only damage a small percentage of the needles, not the large percentages we’re seeing,” Rock said. Forest Watch takes K-12 students and teachers out of their classrooms to study air pollution and forest health. Since 1991, more than 350 schools across New England have helped researchers at UNH gather samples and measurements of white pine needles to monitor the impacts of the ozone levels.
NH Briefs Ring’s return brings new life for homeless man KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A homeless man’s decision to return a woman’s engagement ring after she accidentally dropped it in his cup is about to pay big dividends. Billy Ray Harris, who frequently panhandles on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza, discovered the ring after Sarah Darling dumped spare change from her coin purse into his cup earlier this month. Earlier that day, she had taken off
her ring and put it with the coins. Television station KCTV reports that after realizing what she’d done, the Missouri woman returned to Harris and asked if he had the ring. He said yes and gave it back to her. Now, the woman’s fiance has set up a website seeking donations for Harris. On Monday, people from around the world had donated more than $145,000.
New bill could prevent drops in school aid CONCORD — The New Hampshire House is voting during the week ahead whether to delay full implementation of a school aid law to prevent communities from getting less money this year. Under a school aid law passed two years ago, communities were to
see little change in aid levels over the first two years. Seventy-seven communities stand to get less money this year and a group of lawmakers wants them to get the same aid they had been getting for one more year. The House vote is Wednesday.
New Hampshire tops Binghamton 68-56 DURHAM — Patrick Konan had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Ferg Myrick added his fifth double-double of the season to rally New Hampshire past Binghamton 68-56 Saturday night in America East Conference play. Myrick finished with 11 points and 10 boards, and Scott Morris added 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting from behind the arc for New Hampshire (8-18, 4-10). Trailing 34-26 at halftime, Chris Pelcher’s layup cut the Wild-
cats’ deficit to 45-42. New Hampshire then went on a 15-1 run— Konan and Morris combining to make five straight 3-pointers — to go up 57-46 with 5:38 remaining. Binghamton (3-24, 1-13) got within six, 60-54 with 2:29 left to play, but the Wildcats made eight free throws in the final 2 minutes to seal the victory. Jordan Reed finished with 24 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for the Bearcats, who have lost eight straight games.
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Guilty of starving boy, Christina Thomas could get 30 year sentence in prison By LIZ MARKHLEVSKAYA Foster’s Daily Democrat
DOVER — After a threeweek trial, a Strafford County Superior Court jury found Christina Thomas guilty of intentionally starving a young boy for several years.
Thomas committed the assault “knowingly,” meaning she knew her actions would result in the child’s failure to thrive. Had the jury not found Thomas of knowingly committing the assault, they could have convicted her of committing the crime “recklessly.”
“ No child should ever have to suffer the
inhumanity [the victim] suffered at Christina Thomas’ home.”
Thomas, 34, of New Durham, was taken into custody without bail after she was found guilty of first-degree assault, an enhanced charge that carries a maximum sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison, according to Deputy County Attorney Alysia Cassotis. The jury reached a unanimous verdict after deliberations that lasted just more than two hours. The jury ruled Thomas “knowingly” caused serious bodily injury to the young child who was under her care by depriving him of nutrition between 2006 and 2010, causing the boy’s failure to thrive. The boy, now 9 years old, is the son of Thomas’ friend from her teenage years. The boy weighed 23 pounds when he was 6½ years old, according to witness testimony throughout the trial. The boy is now in an open adoptive relationship with his biological mother, a woman with a developmental disability who was also reportedly abused by Thomas. Thomas’ family members, who were sitting in the courtroom on Friday, began crying and sobbing after the verdict pronouncing Thomas guilty was read around 3:45 p.m. “It was an emotional case for them, and for everybody, on both sides,” Cassotis said. After the jury foreman read the verdict aloud, each of the 12 jury members was asked about their findings in the case. One by one, each jury member said: “Guilty.” Thomas, who has been out on personal recognizance bail throughout the trial, was handcuffed immediately after Judge John Lewis revoked her bail. She looked at her family members as two officers of the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office were escorting her out of the courtroom. One family member was heard saying “I love you” to Thomas. After testimony by final witnesses, as well as closing arguments on Friday, the jury found Thomas guilty at the highest level of intention. The jury ruled that
Deputy County Attorney
According to the Strafford County Attorney’s Office, Thomas’s first-degree felony assault charge was enhanced because the victim was a child; therefore, the charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison, as opposed to the 7½- to 15-year maximum sentence typically applied to Class A felony convictions. Bail for Thomas was revoked after Cassotis argued Thomas had previously expressed intent to possibly leave the state with one of her children. She said several witnesses in the trial have also expressed fear of retaliation by Thomas or her family members. Cassotis also mentioned the crime of witness tampering may also have occurred during the trial proceedings. On the issue of bail, Thomas’s defense attorney, Steven Keable, argued that Thomas has always appeared at court hearings and that she is not a flight risk, but Judge Lewis revoked Thomas’ bail, saying, “I am quite disturbed in regard to what happened to the child.” During the trial, staff of the New Durham School testified they were told by Thomas to take away some of the boy’s food as a form of punishment. Witnesses, including the boy’s biological mother, testified Thomas also withheld food from the boy if he complained about being hungry or was getting emotional. Witnesses also testified seeing the boy kept in a dog kennel at the New Durham home, or tied by a dog leash to his bunk bed, as a form of punishment. Cassotis said that sentencing for Thomas will likely happen in the next 60 days. Before sentencing, the Department of Corrections will conduct a presentencing investigation (PSI), in which a neutral department member, likely a probation or parole officer, will collect information from prosecution and defense, with potential interviews, and make a recommendation on Thomas’ sentence, said County Attorney Thomas Velardi. That way, the judge will have both perspectives on the case
in deciding her sentence. During closing arguments on Friday, Keable said Thomas’ actions were negligent, rather than knowing or reckless, because she wasn’t aware that her actions would put the child’s health at risk. He argued the medical community never told Thomas the child was not getting enough food. He said while Thomas attempted to solve the boy’s alleged food intolerance, which was made apparent through his vomiting, “Nobody was giving her answers.” Thomas, he said, was occupied with finding various recipes for foods the boy could tolerate, such as food involving tofu. Keable also argued Thomas was not the only caretaker for the young boy, and that “this was a child under care of many different adults” in the Thomas household. “You’ve heard testimony from a variety of people that he was being fed,” Keable said. The defense attorney also questioned the credibility of some of the witnesses on the prosecution’s behalf and asked the jury to consider potential biases they might have against Thomas. During the prosecution’s closing arguments, Cassotis said six people testified seeing atrocities being committed at Thomas’ home against the boy, and that it was unlikely all of them were “out to get” Thomas. She noted that some even considered Thomas to be a friend and felt obligated to lie on her behalf. “No child should ever have to suffer the inhumanity (the victim) suffered at Christina Thomas’ home,” she said. Pointing to Thomas’ intention to commit the assault, Cassotis said Thomas was disgusted by the victim’s tendency to ruminate — a condition in which a person vomits into the mouth. She said Thomas was under the impression the young boy was ruminating on purpose, and that she found it “disgusting,” so she deprived him of food. “Christina (Thomas) got to a point where she really despised him,” Cassotis said. According to Cassotis, Thomas also has other pending charges, alleging she committed offenses against the biological mother of the boy she starved. Thomas is facing a felonylevel criminal threatening charge for allegedly threatening the boy’s mother with a knife, as well as misdemeanor-level simple assault charges. Cassotis said there is also a pending investigation in connection to events that occurred during the three-week trial. Thomas’ mother, Peggy Starr, is also scheduled to go to trial in April in connection with the case. She is facing a felony assault charge against the boy.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Hassan hopeful Federal budget cuts will be avoided By NORMA LOVE Associated Press
CONCORD — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said Monday she is hopeful automatic Federal budget cuts will be avoided, but fears nothing will happen this week to stop them from taking effect before Friday’s deadline. “It certainly seems that sequestration may very well happen,” she said of the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts. Hassan spoke by phone with reporters after attending National
Governors Association meetings in Washington. She said New Hampshire won’t feel the impact of all the cuts immediately but 6,000 people could lose their jobs in the coming months, hampering the state’s fragile economic rebound. If nothing is done to stop the automatic cuts, Hassan said the New Hampshire National Guard may need to furlough soldiers, some of the state’s neediest children will not have access to daycare and special education teachers will be laid off. “What sequestration poses is
arbitrary, severe federal budget cuts that no one ever thought was going to happen, but looks like in fact they might,” she said. Hassan said she has been telling fellow governors the country needs to close tax loopholes and at the same time make cuts recommended by President Barack Obama. “If we do that we can achieve deficit reduction in a really balanced way to get our fiscal house in order without the kind of devastating and arbitrary injury and pain that will otherwise flow from
sequester,” she said. Hassan also responded to claims by state Republican leaders that she broke the law by not releasing a companion bill to the state budget when she presented her two-year spending plan to the Legislature on Feb. 14. That companion bill traditionally contains law changes a governor proposes that the constitution says cannot be included in the main budget document. State law calls for the governor to present a budget by Feb. 15. Hassan said the budget she present-
NH Brief Manchester opens paint and wine bar
MANCHESTER — New Hampshire has opened its first paint and wine bar. Customers at the Muse Paintbar in Manchester choose which painting they want to create from a calendar of events, register online, and show up at the studio up to 30 minutes beforehand. Two hour classes start at $29 and typically run Wednesday through Sunday. The studio accommodates up to 50 for regular ses-
sions and is available for children’s functions and private events. Without any prior experience, participants follow the artist’s instructions on how to create their very own masterpieces of famous works of art or New Hampshireinspired scenes like the Old Man of the Mountain and the White Mountains in fall. Muse also plans to open a studio in Portland, Maine.
Lawsuit filed against police officer, town SEABROOK — A New Hampshire man injured in a 2010 accident involving a police cruiser from Seabrook is suing the town and the officer. The lawsuit filed by Colin Chevalier said Officer Jeremy Tetreault and the town were negligent. It said there was a lack of training on the part of the police department. The Eagle-Tribune reports interim Town Manager Joseph Titone declined to comment, citing the
pending litigation. Court paperwork says the accident happened on Feb. 5, 2010, when Tetreault ran a red light during a high-speed chase and drove more than 100 mph in a 35-mph zone. The suit says the cruiser crashed into Chevalier’s car at the intersection of routes 1 and 111 in North Hampton. A state police report found Tetreault was driving too fast.
Bill reverses ban on operating health exchange
CONCORD — New Hampshire could yet decide to operate its own health care exchange under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law. The House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee is holding a hearing Tuesday on a bill filed by its chairman — Ed Butler, a Democrat from Harts Location. His bill would reverse a Republicanpassed law that prohibits the state
from operating a health exchange. Earlier this month, Gov. Maggie Hassan wrote Washington declaring the state’s intent to partner with the federal government to operate the new insurance markets required under the law. Because of the ban on a state exchange, Hassan’s only options were to partner with the government or let it run the exchange.
Man charged with hypodermic needle assault MANCHESTER — Police say a Manchester, man has been accused of assaulting his neighbor by sticking an insulin-filled hypodermic needle in her neck. Police arrested 48-year-old Richard Crawford on Friday. The neighbor, 78-year-old Leona Laplante, said Crawford wanted to talk to her about another tenant in their building, then reached behind her. She felt a poke in the back of her neck.
Laplante said she saw the syringe. She told police Crawford said he had poisoned her and that she was going to die. When she tried to call police, she said Crawford tried to take her phone, then said he didn’t poison her. Police discovered Crawford did have access to hypodermic needles that are pre-filled with insulin. Laplante was taken to a hospital for observation and treatment.
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ed satisfies the law and historically the companion bill follows later. Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Horn filed a complaint Monday with Attorney General Michael Delaney alleging Hassan deliberately attempted to undermine state law by not submitting the bill to lawmakers with the budget. Hassan spokesman Marc Goldberg emailed a list of submission dates for the companion bill showing it had been released as late as March 25 in 1993 and 1999. Hassan said the bill is still being drafted.
Ayotte reading George Washington’s address
CONCORD — Nearly every year since 1896, the U.S. Senate has observed George Washington’s birthday by selecting one of its members to read his farewell address as president. This year, the honor goes to New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Ayotte, a Republican, was delivering the address on the Senate floor on Monday. In it, Washington warned that the forces of geographical sectionalism, political factionalism, and interference by foreign powers in the
nation’s domestic affairs threatened the Republic’s stability. He urged Americans to subordinate sectional jealousies to common national interests. After each reading, the Senate member inscribes his or her name and remarks in a leather-bound book maintained by the Secretary of the Senate. The assignment alternates between members of each political party; Democratic New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen delivered last year’s address.
State House voting on bill requiring abortion wait CONCORD — New Hampshire’s House will again be debating whether women should be required to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion. The House Judiciary Committee is recommending that the House vote Wednesday to kill a bill that
would require a woman’s doctor to provide her with certain information about risks and alternatives to the procedure. The woman would be required to certify in writing that she has received the information. The House passed a similar bill last year but the Senate rejected it.
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For those who thought that last weekend’s snowstorm was the last of what has been a near-Arctic experience, another snowy, wintry mix is headed straight for New Hampshire, and is predicted to hit Wednesday at 6 a.m. Further snow showers are anticipated to continue on right through the day on Thursday until 4 p.m., diminishing down to a light flurry on Friday. WMUR-TV predicts six or more inches of snow to hit New Hampshire midweek, with 3 to 6 inches falling in Manchester and along the Seacoast. Exeter is expected to accumulate anywhere between 4-6 inches, while other parts of the state may accumulate as much as 10 inches. The storm is supposed to fall somewhat short in the southern region of the state, most likely turning into a wintry mix at best and eventually turning into freezing rain. This will be the fourth storm in three and a half weeks to hit the region fairly hard. Another snowstorm means that UNH students – residents and commuters alike – must battle the harsh elements once again as they make the trek across campus. Dressed head to toe in their parkas and Sorels for what will hopefully be the last heavy snowfall of the season, they, like most of us, will be hoping for warmer weather upon return from our tropical and other cozy Spring Break destinations.
Tuesday, February 4, 2013
Questions on-going about triple homicide last April CONCORD — An investigation shows a Lancaster man shot to death a neighbor he had frequent disputes with last April, yet New Hampshire officials say they’re not sure how the shooter and his wife wound up dead in their burned out camper. Senior Assistant Attorney General Janice Rundles said it’s clear that 64-year-old Gene Sly shot to death his 44-year-old neighbor, David Collins, on April 17 at Collins’ home. The Attorney General’s office issued its final report on the deaths Friday. Collins’ son told investigators Sly came to their home at about 3 a.m. and asked to see his father. Nicholas Collins woke up his father and was returning to his bedroom
when he heard gunshots and found his father lying in the front entryway of their home. He saw Sly running back toward his house. David Collins died before ambulance personnel reached the house. He had been shot in the right temple and abdomen. Police saw a fire in the driveway of Sly’s home, but did not immediately approach because they believed Sly was in the house he shared with his 64-year-old wife, Elena Sly. Rundles said it wasn’t until a remote device determined the house was empty that they approached the burning vehicle and discovered the bodies of Sly and his wife burned beyond recognition. Gene Sly was identified
through dental records and a hip prosthesis. The other body could not be positively identified, but investigators presume it’s the body of Elena Sly. The report states that it isn’t clear whether Sly took his wife’s life or both committed suicide. “The search of the Slys’ home appeared to indicate that the occupants intended to leave, either temporarily or permanently,” according to the report. “However, no evidence was found that clearly indicated why David Collins was killed or what Gene Sly’s intentions were after he killed Collins. Investigators say the two families had a history of boundary disputes concerning their adjoining properties.
Snow made travel tough, and more may be expected By ANDREA BULFINCH Foster’s Daily Democrat
DOVER — As snow continued to fall over southern New Hampshire and Maine Sunday afternoon, vehicles continued to slip and slide over and off slick roadways into the evening. Though no fire or police department reported any serious accidents on Sunday, most reported numerous calls for vehicles that had failed to negotiate the slush-covered roads and wound up sliding off to the side. In one instance, State Police Troop A responded to a school bus where the driver had simply lost control of the unoccupied vehicle just north of Exit 9 on the Spaulding Turnpike. The accident occurred around 1:20 p.m. and caused oncoming drivers to divert their route into the breakdown lane as the turned bus spanned the width of the turnpike on the northbound side. There were no injuries reported during that incident. In Milton, three patients were extricated from a motor vehicle accident between Exits 17 and 18, where ambulances from Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Milton responded to the scene along with rescue crews who employed the Jaws of Life to free the entrapped patients. Capt. Paul Haas of the Dover Fire Department said there had been a handful of vehicles off the road in the Garrison City but nothing major that the department had responded to. He said there were no downed wires or trees and no power outages he was aware of. In Rochester, however, power outages were reported in the area of Care Pharmacy on South Main Street near Frisbie Memorial Hospital. The fire department reported a number of wires down, though some were cable and telephone
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NH Briefs Settlement reached over hepatitis lawsuit EXETER — A man who was infected with hepatitis C during last year’s outbreak at New Hampshire’s Exeter Hospital has settled his civil lawsuit against the hospital and others. Court documents say Exeter resident Ronald Dufresne reached the settlements. His lawyer, Michael Rainboth, told the Portsmouth Herald that terms of the settlements are confidential. One party named in the suit that hasn’t reached a settlement, the
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, is seeking to have the civil case moved from Superior Court to federal court. Dufresne had filed suit against ARRT, Exeter Hospital, Triage Staffing, the American HealthCare Services Association and Maxim Staffing in response to being infected with hepatitis C by the alleged criminal actions of former Exeter Hospital employee David Kwiatkowski.
House considering raising speed limit CONCORD — If some lawmakers have their way, drivers will be able to go 70 miles per hour on a stretch of Interstate 93 north of Concord. The House votes Wednesday on a bill to raise the limit from 65 mph to 70 mph from Exit 18 to
the Vermont border. The current speed limit would remain the same through Franconia Notch. The Transportation Committee is recommending passing the bill but rejecting bills raising the limit as high as 75 mph on the interstate system.
Price of gas goes up about a penny CONCORD — The price of gas in New Hampshire has gone up nearly a penny per gallon in the past week. The average retail price for a gallon of gas averaged $3.72 on Sunday. The national average has increased 2.9 cents per gallon, also to $3.72.
The website Gasbuddy.com says prices in New Hampshire were 7.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago, and 30.4 cents per gallon than a month ago. The national average is 7.5 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, and 42 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.
DOT to remove 50 dead pine trees in Newport NEWPORT — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is planning to remove about 50 dead pine trees in Newport as part of a cleanup effort. The work is scheduled to start
Monday and will take three to four days. The removal requires closing Corbin Road daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Traffic will be rerouted around the work area via Oak Street.
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Shaye Brolin, 14, left, and Zak Allswede, 12, see an opportunity to make a few dollars by shoveling walkways and driveways for their Dover neighbors during the latest round of winter weather Sunday. wires and not necessarily electrical. Snow accumulations varied greatly from town to town, with more than a foot tallied in some areas while just a few inches stuck to the ground in others. Mike Kistner of the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said Rochester and Strafford saw some of the highest levels in Strafford County with 14 and 13.5 inches respectively. He said points toward the coast saw smaller amounts while anyplace further inland received a higher snowfall. This was the second biggest storm of the year as far as widespread totals. Compared to the Blizzard
of 2013, Kistner said this system brought less wind and though snow totals followed a similar pattern, the snow this weekend was far heavier, wet and dense. “Generally, this is the nature of the beast, though, when you get closer to spring,” he said. He also said there is possibly more snow on the way midweek. Wednesday into Thursday could see another significant snowfall, though Kistner said it is still too early to tell what exactly may form. “The same areas that got mostly rain today could wind up getting the same by midweek,” he said. For other locations, Kistner said his best guess is mostly snow will fall.
CONCORD — New Hampshire’s House is reconsidering a new idea in mortuary science that would allow human bodies to be dissolved into a soapy liquid as an alternative to cremation. The Legislature voted to allow the process in 2006, but reversed itself the next year and banned it. An attempt to lift the ban failed in 2009. The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee is
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recommending that the House vote Wednesday to allow it. The process was developed about 20 years ago as a way of getting rid of animal carcasses. The process uses lye, 300-degree heat and 60 pounds of pressure per square inch to destroy bodies in big stainless-steel cylinders. It leaves behind a coffee-colored liquid with the consistency of motor oil and a strong ammonia smell.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Cutting edge tunnels poised to open in California By MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press
PACIFICA, Calif. — Two slick new mile-long tunnels are undergoing final safety tests this month, poised to divert motorists away from an ocean cliff-hanging roadway dubbed Devil’s Slide south of San Francisco to a smooth, Alpinelike passageway unlike any in the U.S. today. The $439 million project, paid with federal emergency funds, features massive exhaust fans, carbon monoxide sensors and a pair of 1,000-foot bridges soaring 125 feet above a grassy horse ranch. A series of 10 fireproof shelters are staggered between the double bores, and remote cameras dangle from the ceiling, monitored by an around-the-clock safety staff of 15. The tunnels, the first in the U.S. designed and built with an Austrian technique, have a Euroglossiness to them, with white, glistening walls and shiny pipes gliding down a rounded ceiling. There’s a bit of theme park vibe as well, with retaining walls and fake boulders at the entrance sculpted by the man who shaped and molded Disneyland’s Indiana Jones ride. “A new highway tunnel is a rare beast in this country, and what they are doing at Devil’s Slide is certainly different than anything we’ve seen in the U.S.,” said Neil Gray, director of government affairs at the Washington, D.C.-based International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. The Tom Lantos Tunnels, named after the late congressman, are the first tunnels built in California in over 50 years. There are only a handful of tunnels under construction in the U.S. today, including the Alaskan Way Tunnel in Seattle, and the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, just 34 miles east of Devil’s Slide in the eastern San Francisco Bay area. Unlike those tunnels built to relieve commuter congestion, this new pair, 15 miles south of San Francisco, will divert a treacherous 1.2-mile stretch of the Pacific Coast
Highway that constantly erodes and frequently collapses. It’s a spectacular section of road that was never meant to be. Just three years after its 1937 completion, the road tumbled into pounding waves below. The road has fallen eight times since, causing costly closures that have devastated communities to the south — Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, Princeton and Half Moon Bay — that depend on the route for daily commutes and for tourism from motorists heading south from San Francisco. Each closure turns a 7-mile scenic drive from Pacifica to Montara into a 45-mile detour through the hills, and some have lasted for months. In addition to slides, every year there are serious — often deadly — accidents on the narrow roadway, which twists so sharply that safe drivers are forced to slow to less than 25 mph. Reckless motorists have plunged hundreds of feet down the cliffs or drifted into oncoming traffic, resulting in horrifying head-on collisions. Plans are to turn the road, once closed, into a pedestrian and cycling park. The new route, once bitterly contentious, became a model of Californian cooperation in 2006 after local voters declared 3-to-1 that they wanted the more expensive tunnels instead of a state-backed 4 1/2-mile road that would cut inland around a rugged, sage-covered mountain, crossing streams and paving over sensitive plants and habitat. But not everyone wants to be rerouted. For decades, Capt. William “Smitty” Smith, has eased his SUV every morning through the stretch, driving south from San Francisco to his charter boat in Half Moon Bay. “I come around the Devil’s Slide bend and the whole world opens up, the entire coast, and I can see what kind of day I’m going to have,” he said. Now, instead of dense fog, rainbows, choppy seas and rolling currents, he’ll face a tunnel long
In Brief Four missing from sailboat near San Francisco HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — Several Coast Guard vessels and aircrafts are searching the ocean south of San Francisco for four people who reported their sailboat was sinking, including two children under eight. The group was approximately 65 miles off Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay around 4:20 p.m. Sunday when they made a distress call, said Lt. Heather Lampert. The boaters said their 29-foot sailboat was taking on water and their electronics were failing. The bay is about 25 miles south of San Francisco. An hour later, the group reported that it was forced to abandon the boat. They didn’t have life rafts,
so they were trying to make one out of a cooler and life preserver ring, Lampert said. The Coast Guard then lost radio contact with the group. The National Weather Service had issued an advisory throughout the weekend warning boaters of strong winds and rough seas around the San Francisco Bay Area. Mariners “operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions,” the advisory said. Media reports said the searchers didn’t know who was aboard the sailboat or where it was from. Lampert said Coast Guard crews were going to search through the night using boats, helicopters and airplanes.
enough to challenge the toughest breath holders in the back seat. Other residents are apprehensive about earthquakes. The tunnels cut through a seismically flashy area, where the notorious San Andreas fault grumbles and jolts.
The Federal Highway Administration is only now developing national tunnel inspection standards, and doesn’t track information on tunnels in any systematic way. And since this was the first tunnel constructed in decades in
There’s a bit of a theme park vibe as well, with retaining walls and fake boulders at the entrance sculpted by the man who shaped and molded Disneyland’s Indiana Jones ride. “I’m not going to like going through those tunnels, but it’s mind over matter,” said Phoebe McGaw, working in a coffee shop a few miles south of the project. “And it’s about time they finish.” Neither on budget nor on time, it was a 5-year, $240 million project when it launched in 2006. Seven years and $439 million later, Y. Nien Wang, project manager for design contractor HNTB Corp., said seismic concerns, along with few existing standards and regulations, made it a particularly challenging project.
California, there were many firsttime decisions to be made about seismic safety and design. “A lot of what we did will be a model for future tunnel work in California,” said Wang. The one-lane tunnels with wide shoulders for stalled cars and bicycles are built to withstand a magnitude 7.5 to 8.0 earthquake, the maximum movement geologists estimate for this region of the San Andreas fault. Caltrans spokesman Bob Haus said the site’s geology also added costs.
With one set of machinery for soft rock, a different set for hard rock, crews dug with what were at the time the two largest excavators in the country, 148 tons each. Each time they bumped into a different type of rock, they would have to swap out the entire set of machinery. “We had to demobilize, remobilize, demobilize, remobilize,” Haus said. “That adds up.” And then there were the redlegged frogs. Early on, planners realized that at least one of the 256 streams this protected species lives in ran close to the tunnel sites. Thus, a team of three biologists were hired to protect whatever frogs they could find. Going from sliding roadway to high-tech tunnels has been a grinding process for U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who spent hours in emotional hearings about the slide as a county supervisor 25 years ago. “When we first started debating this issue, I was young and frisky. Now I’m old and color my hair,” she said. “But residents on the coast no longer have to live in fear that their road will wash out and they’ll be stranded.”
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Legal pot in Colo., Farrakhan focuses on economics in Chicago speech Wash. poses growing dilemma By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press
CHICAGO— Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sunday called on blacks nationwide to curb economic disparities by cutting back on excessive spending, pooling resources and investing in land — an action plan he laid out during a three-hour speech at the movement’s annual Saviours’ Day convention. The 79-year-old leader has often used the annual keynote address — part sermon, part lecture — to discuss current events and politics on a national platform, particularly after the election of the nation’s first black president. But Farrakhan focused most of his new message on the Nation of Islam followers in the audience. Saviours’ Day commemorates the founding of the Nation of Islam, which has espoused black nationalism and self-reliance since the 1930s. When President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the resounding tone of the convention was jubilant, but Obama’s re-election took a back seat Sunday as Farrakhan said blacks still had to rely on themselves, and not leaders, to improve their situation. “Even though one of our own has reached the highest pinnacle of the American political system, his
In Brief US futures rise despite looming budget cuts NEW YORK — U.S. stock futures are rising even with automatic budget cuts just days away, should a political impasse in Washington not be resolved. Dow Jones industrial futures are up 62 points to 14,043. The broader S&P futures have added 8.2 points to 1,522.80. Nasdaq futures are up 21.75 points to 2,757.50. Leaders from both parties sought over the weekend to blame each other for $85 billion in budget cuts that will kick in Friday if no new agreement is reached, threatening everything from the nation’s airlines to its schools. Driving futures higher are strong U.S. corporate earns and buyouts. Lowe’s posted surprisingly a strong profit for the fourth quarter Monday, though its earnings outlook was weaker than expected. And Barnes & Noble Chairman Leonard Riggio is trying to buy the company’s stores and website.
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presence has not, cannot and will not solve our problems,” Farrakhan told the crowd of men wearing navy uniforms and women dressed in white shirt suits and matching hijabs. Roughly 10,000 people attended the convention at the University of Illinois at Chicago, an event that drew followers from around the globe and capped off three days of workshops. Farrakhan touched briefly on other topics —Israel, Obama’s cabinet and healthier food consumption — but mostly reiterated teachings from the Chicago-based movement on a plan for blacks’ economic recovery and said the biggest priority should be the purchase of land. The Nation of Islam has more than 1,500 acres of farmland in Georgia. Ishmael Muhammad, the religion’s national assistant minister, told The Associated Press that the group is looking to buy thousands more acres in the Midwest. Noticeably absent from Farrakhan’s remarks were any major mentions of violence in Chicago and the organization’s renewed and more public efforts to combat it. Chicago had an uptick of violence last year with more than 500 murders, and last July, Farrakhan dispatched the organization’s military-style members to march city streets in an attempt to reach out to
community members and those in gangs. And in a rare move, the minister himself marched in the streets alongside Nation of Islam members. Muhammad said members of the movement continue to do similar work in the neighborhoods of Chicago, New York and other cities but on a more low-key basis. He said the group would ramp up again in the summer in Chicago and that the organization also is developing anti-violence programs. Chicago area ministers and anti-violence advocates from CeaseFire confirmed the Nation of Islam has become more active in combating violence in recent months, volunteering security services at a peace summit and workshops, among other things. “The effort is to promote peace in the streets. Our first effort is to introduce ourselves to the community,” Muhammad said. “So many feel neglected and abandoned.” In his speech Sunday, Farrakhan only addressed violence in terms of guns, saying illegal weapons are the problem. “The Second Amendment has no relevance to the black community in this sense,” he said. “All your weapons are illegal and you’re using them like a savage people.”
Subcontractor in deadly natural gas blast lacked permit By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A cable company subcontractor suspected of rupturing a natural gas line before a deadly Kansas City restaurant explosion didn’t have an approved permit for the work, city officials said Monday. Pat Klein, assistant city manager, said excavating without a permit is violation of the municipal code and can result in a fine of $500, up to six months in jail or both. He said no charge had been filed. “The city will decide what they are going to do,” Klein said. “At this point, all the resources are going toward the fire investigation and the impending snow.” A Missouri Gas Energy official said previously that Heartland Midwest reported hitting a natural gas line with an underground borer more than an hour before Tuesday night’s explosion. The blast and ensuing fire leveled JJ’s restaurant near a busy outdoor shopping area called the Country Club Plaza. One person was killed and 15 others were injured. The next day, Heartland Midwest sought a permit and asked that it take effect retroactively, Klein said. “Honestly, it’s kind of surprising to me,” Klein said. “Getting one after the fact isn’t what’s supposed to be done.” Brad Russell, a lawyer for
Heartland Midwest, didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment Monday. The company released a statement last week expressing sympathy for the victims and saying the company is cooperating with authorities. “We are reserving any public comment until the completion of a thorough investigation,” the statement concluded. Four of the injured remained hospitalized Monday at the University of Kansas Hospital — one in critical condition, two in fair condition and one in good condition. Hours before the explosion, witnesses reported a strong smell of gas. But no one alerted the fire department or utility officials to the possibility of a leak until the subcontractor called 911 shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday to report having ruptured the gas pipe, Mayor Sly James has said. Within 20 minutes, a worker for Missouri Gas Energy arrived at the scene, followed later by a backhoe to dig a hole that would allow the gas to vent into the air, MGE Chief Operating Officer Rob Hack said. Those who remained in the restaurant were urged to leave, Hack said. Then at about 6 p.m., something inside the restaurant ignited the fuel, authorities said. Surveillance video from a nearby travel agency shows a fireball erupting from the restaurant’s roof, showering the street with debris and throwing up a cloud of dust and smoke. The blast could be felt for a mile and shattered glass in neighboring buildings.
By KRISTEN WYATT Associated Press
SPOKANE, Wash. — It may be called weed, but marijuana is legendarily hard to grow. Now that the drug has been made legal in Washington and Colorado, growers face a dilemma. State-sanctioned gardening coaches can help folks cultivate tomatoes or zucchini, but both states have instructed them not to show people the best way to grow marijuana. The situation is similar in more than a dozen additional states that allow people to grow the drug with medical permission.
In Colorado, adults are allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants in their own homes, so long as they’re in a locked location out of public view. That’s leaving some would-be marijuana gardeners looking to the private sector for help raising the temperamental plant. “We can’t go there,” said Brian Clark, a spokesman for Washington State University in Pullman, which runs the state’s extension services for gardening and agriculture. “It violates federal law, and we are a Federally-funded organization.” The issue came up because people are starting to ask master gardeners for help in growing cannabis, Clark said. Master gardeners are volunteers who work through state university systems to provide horticultural tips in their communities. The situation is the same in Colorado, where Colorado State University in Fort Collins recently added a marijuana policy to its extension office, warning that any employee who provides growing assistance acts outside the scope of his or her job and “assumes personal liability for such action.” The growing predicament is just the latest quandary for these states that last year flouted federal drug law by removing criminal penalties for adults over 21 with small amounts of pot. In Washington, home-growing is banned, but it will be legal to grow pot commercially once state officials establish rules and regulations. In Colorado, adults are allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants in their own homes, so long as they’re in a locked location out of public view. At least two Colo-
rado entrepreneurs are taking advantage of that aspect of the law; they’re offering growing classes that have attracted wannabe professional growers, current users looking to save money by growing their own pot and a few baby boomers who haven’t grown pot in decades and don’t feel comfortable going to a marijuana dispensary. “We’ve been doing this on our own, but I wanted to learn to grow better,” said Ginger Grinder, a medical marijuana patient from Portales, N.M., who drove to Denver for a “Marijuana 101” class she saw advertised online. Grinder, a stay-at-home mom who suffers from lupus and fibromyalgia, joined about 20 other students earlier this month for a daylong crash course in growing the finicky marijuana plant. Taught in a rented room at a public university, the course had students practicing on tomato plants because pot is prohibited on campus. The group took notes on fertilizer and fancy hydroponic growing systems, and snipped pieces of tomato plants to practice cloning, a common practice for nascent pot growers to start raising weed from a “mother” marijuana plant. Ted Smith, a longtime instructor at an indoor gardening shop, led the class, and warned these gardeners that their task won’t be easy. Marijuana is fickle, he said. It’s prone to mildews and molds, picky about temperature and pH level, intolerant to tap water. A precise schedule is also a must, Smith warned, with set light and dark cycles and watering at the same time each day. Unlike many house plants, Smith warned, marijuana left alone for a long weekend can curl and die. “Just like the military ... they need to know when they’re getting their water and chow,” Smith said of the plants. The class was the brainchild of Matt Jones, a 24-year-old Web developer who wanted to get into the marijuana business without raising or selling it himself. As a teenager, Jones once tried to grow pot himself in empty Home Depot paint buckets. He used tap water and overwatered, and the marijuana wilted and died. “It was a disaster,” he recalled. Jones organized the class and an online “THC University” for home growers, but his own thumb isn’t green. Jones said he’ll be buying his marijuana from professional growers. The course showed would-be grower Cael Nodd, a 34-year-old stagehand in Denver, that marijuana gardening can be an intimidating prospect. “It seems like there’s going to be a sizable investment,” he said. “I want something that really tastes good. Doesn’t seem like it will be that easy.”
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
New York City policeman planned Two Everest climbs to cook and eat wife, women put Nepalese woman in record book By TOM HAYS Associated Press
NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors planned to use a graphically detailed trail of e-mails, computer files and instant messages to show that a New York City police officer had dangerous schemes to abduct women, cook them and devour them. Opening statements were expected early Monday afternoon in the case against 28-year-old Gilberto Valle.
from a restricted law enforcement database, and doing surveillance on some of his potential victims A conviction on the kidnapping count carries a possible life sentence. The baby-faced tabloid sensation known as the “Cannibal Cop” is expected to take the stand as his defense tries to make the case that it was all fantasy, that his online chats were so offensive, so over-the-top that they couldn’t possibly be taken seriously. In pretrial proceedings, de-
The witness found that Valle has no serious mental illness or personality disorders related to violence. “I’m planning on getting me some girl meat,” Valle allegedly wrote in one chat room. “It’s this November, for Thanksgiving.... She’s not a volunteer. She has to be abducted.” A criminal complaint claimed that Valle had created a computer file cataloging at least 100 women with their names, addresses and photos. And it accused him of illegally culling some of the information
fense attorney Julia Gatto even showed prospective jurors a kinky staged photo of a woman trussed up in a roasting pan, aiming to drive home the argument that Valle’s only appetite was for fantasies. “The government’s case is nothing more than a hard drive full of disturbing, sexually deviant talk between my client and other men who share his, albeit weird, proclivities,” the attorney said. The defense has been bolstered by pretrial rulings that will allow
Valle’s lawyers to call expert witnesses expected to give jurors a tutorial on online sexual deviance and fetishes often called “vore,” short for carnivore. A clinical sexologist will testify about sexually explicit websites that “resemble improvisational theater,” court papers say. “The style is to maintain the repartee, regardless of how implausible, ridiculous or even impossible the conversations gets.” A forensic psychiatrist and criminologist who examined Valle and contends most men “who have sexually sadistic fantasies ... engage in no harmful actions toward others,” the papers say. The witness found that Valle has no serious mental illness or personality disorders related to violence. Instead, he says, the defendant has recurring fantasies of sexual sadism — a condition known as paraphilia. At trial’s end, Valle’s fate will rest with a jury of six men and six women, most of whom are college-educated and have lived in Manhattan or New York’s suburbs most of their lives. A New Jersey man charged with scheming with Valle to kidnap, rape and murder a Manhattan woman is awaiting trial. He also says he intended no harm.
Jail, probation deal for woman in 1957 infant murder case By GRETCHEN EHLKE Associated Press
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — A 76-year-old Wisconsin woman accused of killing her infant daughter more than a half-century ago could serve little jail time after pleading no contest to second-degree murder Monday. Sheboygan County prosecutors and the defense agreed to recommend Ruby Klokow be sentenced to 10 years of probation with 45 days in jail. Klokow was charged in the 1957 death of her 6-monthold daughter, Jeaneen, only after her son came forward in 2008 with horrific stories of childhood abuse. Klokow told detectives when the death was initially investigated that the baby rolled off the couch and bumped her head. An autopsy determined the child died of a brain injury, and the death was ruled accidental. After her son came forward, detectives questioned Ruby Klokow for five hours on two separate occasions, and she finally admitted she may have roughly thrown the baby on the couch all those years ago and the child bounced to the floor, according to District Attorney Joe DeCecco. James Klokow Jr., now 57, told police that his mother blamed him for his sister’s death, DeCecco said.
“He always thought that he was the reason Jeaneen died,” DeCecco said, because his mother had convinced him. Defense Attorney Kirk Obear said Klokow was remorseful for her daughter’s death.
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“She’s been heartbroken all these years over losing her child,” Obear said. “She was dealing with a lot of heartache.” DeCecco said given Klokow’s age and her medical issues, the plea agreement was in the best interest of the state. It would have been difficult to convince a jury that a woman who “looks like everyone’s grandmother” was once “a very angry woman in her 20s who didn’t want to be a mom, who lied to police,” DeCecco said. James Klokow Jr. had told police that his mother regularly beat him and choked him. He said earlier that he thought all children were abused and he didn’t come forward until adulthood because he thought
it was too late. “It’s dark family secrets that existed back then,” DeCecco said. DeCecco also said the old law under which Klokow is charged would have given jurors the option to consider convicting her of manslaughter, a lesser charge. And, because the statute of limitations on manslaughter has expired, a conviction on that charge would have let Klokow walk away without consequence. The case has been delayed several times since Klokow was charged in 2011. Her mental health status was in question and a judge ultimately decided she was competent to assist in her defense. Dressed in a red sweater and white sneakers, Klokow told the judge she quit school at age 16 and that she was taking medication for depression, but fully understood she would be convicted of a felony by pleading no contest. Besides Jeaneen and James, Klokow had another child, Scott, who died as a baby. His body along with Jeaneen’s was disinterred as police investigated, but Scott’s death could not be considered suspicious, DeCecco said. Klokow remains free on $10,000 bail. Judge Angela Sutkiewicz accepted Klokow’s plea and will consider the recommended sentence at a hearing April 15.
Chhurium poses with her certificate from Guinness World Records. She is the only woman to have scaled Everest twice in one climbing season. By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA Associated Press
KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepalese mountaineer Chhurim entered the record book by scaling Mount Everest twice in the same climbing season. In fact, she did so a week apart. Guinness World Records said she is the first woman to climb the world’s highest mountain twice in the same season - the brief window of good weather each year that allows climbers to reach the summit. Nepal’s Tourism Minister Posta Bahadur Bogati handed over the Guinness World Records certificate issued to 29-year-old Chhurim on Monday. She scaled the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit on May 12, 2012, descended to the base camp for a couple of days’ rest and then scaled the peak again a week later on May 19. Chhurim, who uses only one name like most Sherpas, said she is not ready to quit. “Everest is the first of the highest mountains that I have climbed, but I will continue mountaineering
and hope to scale more peaks,” she said. Chhurim said there are not many women mountaineers, and only a few of them have records. “The male mountaineers have set many records, but women have fallen behind. It can be difficult for women because they are considered not as strong as men and face many problems like finding toilets,” she said. The Nepal Mountaineering Association said Everest has been climbed by nearly 4,000 people since New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal did so in 1953. Women are a small number of them. The extremely harsh weather conditions that batter the highest Himalayan peaks limit the climbing season to just a few weeks every year. Spring is the most popular season on Everest when hundreds of mountaineers attempt every year. The climbers generally reach the mountain in March or April, acclimatize to the higher elevation and low oxygen and train for climbing the snowy trail to the peak. The weather usually improves for a few days in May when they line up to the summit.
In Brief No news of activist held in Saudi Arabia AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan says it has no official word from Saudi Arabia about one of its citizens apprehended by authorities there 50 days ago. Jordanian foreign ministry spokeswoman Sabah Rafie told the Associated Press Monday that Jordan has yet to receive a formal response regarding the detention of Khaled Natour at Riyadh airport. Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, his offices, and the Jordanian
ambassador to Saudi Arabia have made repeated queries but to no avail, she said. Youth activist Natour has protested outside the Saudi embassy in Amman against the Saudi-led military force that quashed protests in Bahrain. He later travelled to Saudi Arabia on a work visa but was detained upon arrival in Riyadh. AlRafie said Natour’s father contacted the ministry Sunday and wept because he has no news of his son.
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US caught in awkward embrace of Myanmar ‘crony’ By ERIKA KINETZ Associated Press
YANGON, Myanmar — The image was meant to convey growing friendship between the United States and Myanmar, currently the world’s hottest frontier market. Flanked by small national flags, Win Aung, the president of Myanmar’s main business association, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jose Fernandez shook hands in Yangon on Monday and agreed to deepen business ties between their countries. The awkward part? The United States still dubs Win Aung a “crony” who allegedly used his close ties to Myanmar’s old military rulers to build one of the country’s biggest business conglomerates. He remains on a blacklist of entities U.S. citizens and companies are banned from doing business with. The handshake illustrates the complex and sometimes contradictory path the United States is forging as it tries to encourage new business ties with Myanmar while retaining moral sway over powerful economic, political and military interests it has long censured. Many praise the ethical stance taken by U.S. policymakers and hope that the entry of U.S. companies will help forge a more transparent, less corrupt corporate culture. But some question the effectiveness of Washington’s chosen tools and the im-
pact they have on the ability of U.S. investors to compete in what has quickly become a hot market. Unlike the European Union and Australia, which lifted their travel and financial sanctions against Myanmar, the United States has taken what U.S. officials call a “calibrated” approach to retain leverage in case Myanmar’s political and economic reforms get derailed. While Washington has suspended most restrictions, the U.S. still maintains its list of targeted sanctions, bans some people from traveling to the U.S. and blocks imports of specific products, such as jade and rubies, for which trade has been dominated by state and military interests. Fernandez was in Myanmar as part of a U.S. business delegation, the first since President Barack Obama’s historic November visit. The delegation was organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Win Aung’s group, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry. Over 50 representatives of U.S. companies including Chevron, General Motors, Target Corp., ConocoPhillips, Caterpillar, General Electric International, Honeywell and eBay are scheduled to spend the week meeting with leading businesspeople and government officials in Myanmar. Fernandez, in an interview, declined to comment on Win Aung’s
inclusion in the list of so-called “Specially Designated Nationals.” The list forms the backbone of U.S. sanctions against Myanmar now that general restrictions on investment, imports and financial services have been suspended in response to the sweeping economic and political reforms instated since Myanmar’s president, Thein Sein, took office in March 2011.
Burma. “We request your government to support us with a total lifting of sanctions for the benefit of the majority of our people,” Win Aung said. U.S. companies have welcomed the easing of sanctions, but many say the fact that sanctions have been suspended, rather than eliminated, discourages long-term
“American corporations are very late in every business sector.”
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Fernandez conceded that “maybe some adjustments need to be made” to the list, but praised it as an important foreign policy tool for encouraging responsible investment. “The value of the list is we continue to have concerns about human rights abuses, as well as continued political prisoners, continued military ties to North Korea and corruption. That list is a valuable tool for addressing those concerns,” he said. Win Aung, who also heads the Dagon Group of Companies, with interests in timber, rubber, energy and construction, urged the United States to remove all its sanctions against Myanmar, also known as
investment and that the welter of remaining regulations is a drain on time and resources. “You can’t do a lot of direct investment if there’s the specter of it being taken away tomorrow,” said Darren Brooks, senior corporate counsel for Caterpillar Asia. “It’s a little bit of a minefield. We’re trying to tiptoe around it and do things correctly.” The latest sign of the ambivalence of U.S. foreign policy came Friday, when the government responded to pressure from U.S. business groups by allowing U.S. companies to transact with four Myanmar banks that are still on the U.S. sanction list. Two of the banks, Myanma Economic Bank
Horse meat found in IKEA’s Swedish meatballs By KARL RITTER Associated Press
STOCKHOLM — Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe’s widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent. The Czech State Veterinary Administration said that horse meat was found in one-kilogram (2.2 pound) packs of frozen meatballs made in Sweden and shipped to the Czech Republic for sale in Ikea stores there. A total of 760 kilograms (1,675 pounds) of the meatballs were stopped from reaching the shelves. Ikea spokeswoman Ylva Magnusson said meatballs from the same batch had gone out to Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland. Magnusson said meatballs from that batch were taken off the shelves in Ikea stores in all those countries. Other shipments of meatballs were not affected, including to the U.S., even though they all come from the same Swedish supplier, Magnusson said. “Our global recommendation is to not recall or stop selling meatballs,” she said. However, the company’s Swedish branch announced on its Facebook page that it won’t sell or serve any meatballs at its stores in Sweden out of concern for “potential worries among our customers.”
Magnusson said Ikea saw no reason to extend that guidance globally. She said Ikea was conducting its own tests of the affected batch “to validate” the Czech results. She also said that two weeks ago Ikea tested a range of frozen food products, including meatballs, and found no traces of horse meat. “But, of course, we take the tests that Czech authorities have done very seriously,” Magnusson said. “We don’t tolerate any other ingredients than those on the label.” Ikea’s trademark blue-andyellow stores typically feature a restaurant that serves traditional Swedish food, including meatballs served with boiled or mashed potatoes, gravy and lingonberry jam. Meatballs — “Kottbullar” in Swedish — are also available in the frozen foods section. Magnusson said all of the meatballs are supplied by Gunnar Dafgard AB, a family-owned frozen foods company in southwestern Sweden. Calls to the company were not immediately returned. European Union officials were meeting Monday to discuss tougher food labeling rules after the discovery of horse meat in a range of frozen supermarket meals such as burgers and lasagna that were supposed to contain beef or pork. The Czech authority also announced Monday that it found horse meat in beef burgers imported from Poland during random tests of food products. Spanish authorities, meanwhile, announced that traces of
horse meat were found in a beef cannelloni product by one of the brands of Nestle, a Switzerlandbased food giant. The Agriculture Ministry said it was a case of fraudulent labeling but represented no health threat. In a statement on its website, Nestle Spain said that after carrying out tests on meat supplied to its factories in Spain it was withdrawing six “La Cocinera” products and one “Buitoni” product from store shelves. It said it was taking the action after the traces of horse meat were found in beef bought from a supplier in central Spain. Nestle said it was taking legal action against the company, adding that the products would be replaced by ones with 100 percent beef. Some EU member states are pressing for tougher labeling rules to regain consumer confidence. The 27-nation bloc must agree on binding origin disclosures for food product ingredients, starting with a better labeling of meat products, German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner said. “Consumers have every right to the greatest-possible transparency,” she insisted. Austria backs the German initiative, but others like Ireland say existing rules are sufficient although Europe-wide controls must be strengthened to address the problem of fraudulent labeling. The scandal has created a split between nations like Britain, which see further rules as a protectionist hindrance of free trade under the bloc’s single market, and those calling for tougher regu-
lation. Processed food products — a business segment with traditionally low margins that often leads producers to hunt for the cheapest suppliers — often contain ingredients from multiple suppliers in different countries, who themselves at times subcontract production to others, making it hard to monitor every link in the production chain. Standardized DNA checks with meat suppliers and more stringent labeling rules will add costs that producers will most likely hand down to consumers, making food more expensive. The scandal began in Ireland in mid-January when the country announced the results of its firstever DNA tests on beef products. It tested frozen beef burgers taken from store shelves and found that more than a third of brands at five supermarkets contained at least a trace of horse. The sample of one brand sold by British supermarket kingpin Tesco was more than a quarter horse. Such discoveries have spread like wildfire across Europe as governments, supermarkets, meat traders and processors began their own DNA testing of products labeled beef and have been forced to withdraw tens of millions of products from store shelves. More than a dozen nations have detected horse flesh in processed products such as factorymade burger patties, lasagnas, meat pies and meat-filled pastas. The investigations have been complicated by elaborate supply chains involving multiple crossborder middlemen.
and Myanma Investment and Commercial Bank, are state owned. Asia Green Development Bank and Ayeyarwady Bank are privately owned. Asia Green Development Bank is owned by Tay Za, who was described by the U.S. Treasury in 2008 as an arms dealer and financial henchman of the former military regime. Ayeyarwady Bank is owned by Zaw Zaw, who was described as “one of Burma’s up-andcoming cronies” in a June 2009 leaked diplomatic cable from the U.S. Embassy in Yangon. He has not been publicly linked to arms or drug dealing. “American corporations are very late in every business sector,” said businessman Aung Aung, whose oil and gas and hotel companies have alliances with Korean, Indian and Russian partners. “Asian countries, like India and especially China, have already dominated the market. It’s difficult for American companies to compete.” The U.S. ranked 13th in foreign investment in Myanmar as of Jan. 31, according to Myanmar’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. The U.S. accounted for just 0.6 percent of approvals by dollar volume — less than the Netherlands, France and Vietnam. China ranked number one with a 33.9 percent share of foreign investment approvals, followed by Thailand.
In Brief Prosecutor urges trial for Costa cruise ship capt ROME — An Italian prosecutor has formally requested a manslaughter indictment against the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which crashed into a reef off Tuscany last year, killing 32 people. The prosecutors’ office in Grosseto also wants Capt. Francesco Schettino to be tried for causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship while the frantic evacuation of passengers and crew was still being conducted. A judge must decide whether to order a trial for Schettino and five others named in the indictment request Monday. Prosecutors also said Costa Crociere SpA, the Italian cruise company, has asked for a plea bargain agreement which, if it was accepted, could see Costa pay a $1 million ($1.35 million) fine. The ship went aground off the Italian island of Giglio during a publicity stunt.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UK Cardinal skips conclave amid accusations By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press
VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s highestranking Catholic leader, said Monday he wouldn’t take part in the conclave to elect the next pope after being accused of improper conduct with priests — an unprecedented first head to roll in the mudslinging that has followed Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign. Benedict accepted O’Brien’s resignation as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh — submitted back in November because he is due to turn 75 next month, the normal retirement age for bishops. But simultaneously, O’Brien issued a statement Monday saying he would also skip the conclave because he didn’t want to become the focus of media attention at such a delicate time for the church. O’Brien has said through his spokesman that he is contesting allegations made Sunday in a British newspaper that three priests and a former priest have filed complaints to the Vatican alleging that the cardinal acted inappropriately with them. The Observer newspaper did not name the priests, but it said their allegations date back to the 1980s. There were no details about the alleged inappropriate behavior. It was the first time that a cardinal had said he was staying away from a conclave because of personal scandal, and comes in the wake of a grass-roots campaign to shame another cardinal, retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony, into refraining from participating because of his role protecting sexually abusive priests. Mahony, however, had said he will participate in the voting for the new pope. With O’Brien’s decision and the illness of an Indonesian cardinal, there are expected to be 115 cardinals under age 80 who are eligible to
vote in the conclave. Separately Monday, Benedict changed the rules of the conclave, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day waiting period between the end of one pontificate and the start of the conclave. Benedict signed a legal document, issued Monday, making some changes to the 1996 Vatican law governing the election of a new pope. It was one of his last acts as pope before resigning Thursday.
Vatican bureaucracy and on any potentially compromised colleagues before possibly voting one into office. Benedict appointed the three men last year to investigate the origins of leaks of the pope’s documents, and they had wide-ranging powers to question cardinals. The leaked documents revealed petty wrangling, corruption, cronyism and even allegations of a gay plot at the highest levels of the Catholic Church. The pope’s butler was con-
“The thing that characterizes a cardinal is to be an elector of the pope.”
Ambrogio Piazzoni Vatican historian
The date of the conclave’s start is important because Holy Week begins March 24 and Easter Sunday is March 31. In order to have a new pope in place for the Church’s most solemn liturgical period, he would need to be installed by Sunday, March 17, a tight timeframe if a conclave were to start on March 15, as per the previous rules. And in another development Monday, Benedict decided that the contents of a secret investigation into the 2012 leaks of Vatican documents won’t be shared with the cardinals ahead of the conclave. Benedict met Monday with the three elderly cardinals who conducted the probe and decided that “the acts of the investigation, known only to himself, remain solely at the disposition of the new pope,” a Vatican statement said. Speculation has been rife in the Italian media that the three cardinals — Julian Herranz, Jozef Tomko and Salvatore De Giorgi — would be authorized to share the information with fellow cardinals before the conclave. That assumed the cardinal electors would want to know details about the state of dysfunction in the
victed of aggravated theft in October for having stolen the papers and given them to a journalist who then published them in a blockbuster book. While the three cardinals cannot share the full contents of their investigation, it’s unclear if they could give subtle hints about potential papal candidates. O’Brien’s decision to remain home rather than participate in the conclave made him the first head to roll in the remarkable two weeks since Benedict, 85, stunned the world and announced he was becoming the first pope in 600 years to resign. The pope said he simply didn’t have the “strength of mind and body” to carry on. The Vatican confirmed that O’Brien had resigned as archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh but insisted that the accusations against him had nothing to do with his resignation. The Vatican said the pope accepted the resignation on Feb. 18 under canon law due to O’Brien’s age; he turns 75 on March 17. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, refused to say whether the allegations had any
effect on Benedict’s decision to accept O’Brien’s resignation, saying merely that Benedict was clearing his tasks before retiring himself. O’Brien said in a statement that he is in “indifferent health” and had offered his resignation last November. “Looking back over my years of ministry: For any good I have been able to do, I thank God. For any failures, I apologize to all whom I have offended,” O’Brian said. “I do not wish media attention in Rome to be focused on me - but rather on Pope Benedict XVI and on his successor,” O’Brien said. “However, I will pray with them and for them that, enlightened by the Holy Spirit, they will make the correct choice for the future good of the church.” During a briefing with reporters at the Vatican last week, a Vatican historian, Ambrogio Piazzoni, was asked about the campaign to keep Mahony away from the voting because he covered up sexual abuse by priests. Piazzoni said while in the past some cardinals have been impeded either by illness or by interference from their governments, none has stayed away because of a stain on his own reputation. He noted that any decision would have to be approved by the full College of Cardinals, given that the main duty of a cardinal is to vote in a conclave. “The thing that characterizes a cardinal is to be an elector of the pope,” he told reporters O’Brien’s decision to skip the conclave is far different from that of Cardinal Bernard Law, who was forced to resign as archbishop of Boston in 2002 when the U.S. sex abuse scandal erupted. Law, accused of having covered up the actions of pedophile priests, participated in the conclave that elected Benedict and kept a plum job of archpriest of one of Rome’s main basilicas until his retirement.
Police Log Feb. 22 Craig Tyer, 19, 5 Winchester Lane, Bedford, N.H., 03110, Whittemore Center, unlawful intoxication, 9:36 p.m. Samantha Uvino, 19, 5 Ashburton Ave., Woburn, Mass., 01801, Whittemore Center, unlawful intoxication, 9:30 p.m. Crystal Libely, 19, 21 River Road, Pittsfield, N.H., 03263, Whittemore Center, unlawful intoxication, 9:50 p.m. Matthew Debaise, 19, 616 Sherman Ave., Thornwood, N.Y., 10594, Whittemore Center, unlawful intoxication, 10:03 p.m. Eric Thorton, 18, 6 Suzanne Circle, Plaistow, N.H., 03865, Hitchcock Hall, possession of drugs, 6:29 p.m. Scott Delforte, 18, 118 Hidden Valley Road, Groton, Mass.,
01450, Library Way, unlawful intoxication, 7:33 p.m. Jacob Gomez, 18, 41 National St., Nashua, N.H., 03060, Whittemore Center, unlawful possession, 8:12 p.m. Christopher Montana, 19, 106 East Road, Cornish, N.H., 03745, Whittemore Center, internal possession, 8:15 p.m. Kathryn Maquire, 18, 105 VanBuren Drive, Arlington, Mass., 02351, Whittemore Center, unlawful intoxicaiton, 8:15 p.m. Luke Stanisce, 20, 239 Moonts Mill Road, Monroe TWP, N.J., 08831, Whittemore Center, internal possession, possession false identification, 9:30 p.m. Logan Meola, 28, 5 Casey Road, Charlston, Mass., 01587, A-Lot, possession of cocaine,
8:15 p.m. Justin Landry, 26, 23 Lelandville Road, Charlton, Mass., 01507, A-Lot, possession of drugs, 8:15 p.m. Alexander Diamond, 18, 3 Edith Ave., Nashua N.H., 03064, Whittemore Center, unlawful intoxication, 8:45 p.m. Hunter Roylston, 19, 20 Highland Ave., Salem, N.H., 03079, Whittemore Center, intoxication, resisting arrest, 11:10 p.m. Caleb Miller, 20, 46 McGrillis Road, Nottingham, N.H., 03290, Randall Hall, unlawful intoxication, 11:05 p.m. Nicholas Denver, 19, 135 Hoyt Road, Gilford, N.H., 03249, Whittemore Center, unlawful intoxication, 8:30 p.m.
Caleb DaSilva, 17, 6 Gillis Dr., N. Reading, Mass., 01864, Whittemore Center, possession of drugs, 10:45 p.m. Feb. 24 Nicholas Schmachofet, 22, 1051 Hunters Path, Lancaster, Pa., 17601, Mill Pond, transportation of drugs, 1:41 a.m. Brian Johnson, 18, 26 Greeley Hill Road, Bedford, N.H., 03110, Williamson Hall, possession of alcohol, 2:12 a.m. Andrew Yousell, 18, 12 Ridgewood Dr., Amherst, N.H., 03031, Christensen Hall, unlawful possession of alcohol, 12: 57 a.m. Nora O’Connor, 19, 44 Crary Ave., Binghamton, N.Y., 13905, Christensen Hall, unlawful intoxication, 1:42 a.m.
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Palestinians bury man who died in Israeli custody SAEER, West Bank — Thousands have joined the funeral procession in the West Bank for a 30-year-old Palestinian who died under disputed circumstances in Israeli custody. Palestinian officials say autopsy results show Arafat Jaradat was tortured by Israeli interrogators. Israeli officials say there’s no conclusive cause of death and that more tests are needed. His death comes at a time of rising tensions in the West Bank. It has stoked Israeli fears of a third Palestinian uprising. Palestinian police kept order as Jaradat’s funeral got under way in his village of Saeer on Monday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli officials traded accusations, each side saying the other is provoking violence for political gains. Abbas said Palestinians want peace and won’t be provoked, despite what he said are more lethal tactics by Israeli troops.
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Students can have a voice in state funding debate
t is far too easy to fall into the grasp of apathy for many here at the University of New Hampshire. This indifference is often the result of students thinking that they cannot make a difference, so why should they try? On Tuesday and Wednesday, however, every student has the chance to have a positive effect on their future at this university. The “Dear Concord” letter campaign, starting on Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Granite State Room, is calling on students to write to their state legislators and urge them to support funding for the University System of New Hampshire. Another session will be held on Wednesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Strafford Room. Volunteers with UNH Works will help students ﬁgure out who they should be writing to and will even help with the drafting of the letters. Why should students take a part in this campaign? How much difference can a letter really make? To start, it’s not often that legislators receive correspondence from the younger generations. They expect this lack of interest in government affairs out of many young adults. A ﬂurry of letters from UNH students would certainly be unexpected for many New Hampshire state legislators. Perhaps it could prove to be a wake up call. After Gov. Maggie Hassan
proposed restoring 90 percent of the 2011 budget cuts to USNH in her budget address, it is up to the House of Representatives and the Senate to come to an agreement on the next two-year budget cycle by the end of June. Students cannot allow them to come to that decision without including their voices in the discussion.
It’s not often that legislators receive correspondence from the younger generations. What should students write about? They could tell their own stories, of their struggle to pay for college and the student loan debt that is crushing many recent graduates of this university. They could tell legislators why UNH is a worthwhile institution that needs proper state funding. The facts supporting this claim are abundant. Consider the recent “College Scorecard,” released by the White House after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address called for colleges to keep costs down in order to receive federal aid. UNH’s graduation rate of 76.5 percent was in the highest percentile. Only 2.5 percent of UNH graduates defaulted on their federal
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sustainability and the Endowment: Striving for a Positive Net Impact
he concept of sustainability needs little introduction. The word, in its broadest conception, conceives of a movement devoted to pursuing policies and livelihoods that preserve the Earth and its resources. Recently, the push for sustainability has been a motivating force for the nationwide fossil fuel divestment campaign, started by Bill McKibben of 350.org, a cause that the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) has taken up on our own campus through engaging the UNH Foundation on the issue. The conversation regarding our endowment, however, is not as black-and-white as some spectators may seem to think. As students, faculty, administration, alumni and other stakeholders of the UNH community will explore and discuss at the March 4 campus dialogue, “Investing for a Sustainable Future,” it appears that “sustainability” does not have to be pursued solely through divestment; rather, there is a significant and growing activity in the area of sustainable investing, or “ESG Best-in-Class” investing, which incorporates Environmental, Social and Governance factors into investment decisions in an attempt to achieve more accurate valuation. Vitally, it appears to be a false choice to pit sustainable investing against fiduciary responsibility; numerous research studies suggest that there is not financial penalty –
and there may even be a premium – associated with ESG investing compared to funds invested without regard to sustainability factors. The exploration of this alternative option to divestment has particularly intrigued a group of students belonging to Net Impact UNH, an emerging student organization. Net Impact is an international organization that seeks to use the power of business to drive social and environmental change. The UNH chapter was chartered in 2011 by former Carsey Social Innovation Interns to support members’ desires for careers that benefit People and Planet without sacrificing Profit. Recently, Net Impact formed the Responsible Endowment Committee to explore whether the UNH endowment could be invested in line with the university’s sustainability values, while also meeting the Foundation Board’s fiduciary duty to maximize return. The Committee has since been commissioned to research the viability of a sustainable investment strategy and, after securing the Foundation’s endorsement, has been working with the Foundation Treasurer to research ESG investing performance, benchmark peer institutions, and interview UNH stakeholders. The Committee then hopes to report its findings to the Foundation Board on June 1 regarding the feasibility of pursuing
Op-Ed Austin Perea sustainable investment without the caveat of divestment.
It appears that “sustainability” does not have to be pursued solely through divestment; rather, there is a significant and growing activity in the area of sustainable investing. This is not to say that one approach is better than the other. Widespread endowment divestment from the South African apartheid in the 1980s garnered considerable international praise, and many New England colleges have already endorsed some form of divestment from fossil fuels. Most notable is Hampshire College, which, along with UNH, contracts with Prime Buchholz, a Portsmouth-based investment advisor tasked with allocating both schools’ endowment
funds in various asset classes. The ESG investment industry has likewise seen growth and success over the past few decades. Portsmouth-based investment advisor Pax World Management launched the first such socially responsible mutual fund in 1971 and since then the industry has taken off. Supplementing this growth is the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, a pledge by asset managers around the world to integrate ESG factors into their investment decisions. In total, signatories are responsible for managing nearly 10 percent of the world’s investment capital, or nearly $30 trillion. The pledge includes a range of ESG criteria from reducing energy usage and CO2 emissions to ensuring that a company has strong anti-bribery policies in place. When it comes to the UNH endowment, a fundamental priority for its key decision makers is ensuring that they meet their fiduciary responsibility to the university’s donors. A sustainable investment strategy takes such fiduciary concerns into account by not excluding particular sectors from a portfolio and thus maintaining diversification, a traditional tactic for any balanced portfolio. Strategically different from divestment, sustainable investment not only helps mitigate negative externalities through rewarding companies
with sustainable business practices, but also, as many studies suggest, can actually reduce regulatory, litigation and reputational risk and increase overall shareholder value. One such Deutsche Bank report found a positive correlation between strong corporate commitment to ESG and lower costs of capital in addition to above-market returns. Likewise, a recent Merrill Lynch White Paper indicates that overall values-based equity performance can consistently outpace the S&P 500 as is demonstrated by the FTSE4 Good Global, a European stock index comprised of all highly rated ESG securities. Thus, perhaps the Foundation need not sacrifice values for financial performance; ESG investment may have the potential to meet both of these needs. Whichever side of the debate you sit on, Net Impact encourages the UNH community to attend the campus dialogue on March 4 to listen to and discuss all possible solutions to answering this vital question.
Austin Perea is a senior majoring in economics and political science. He interned at Pax World Management through the 2012 Carsey Social Innovation Internship and leads the new ESG investment sector of the Atkins Investment Fund, Paul College’s student-managed public equity portfolio. Net Impact meets on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. in MUB 304.
Legalizing marijuana is only step one
he recent public hearings on the New Hampshire General Court’s possible passage of legislation that would legalize, decriminalize, or make marijuana medically available shows that we New Englanders continue to be leaders in issues of civil liberties. If our nation’s glorious Constitution (and dare I say, the spirit of liberty that it embodies?) speaks of anything, it speaks of inalienable autonomy, of the right of each citizen to do with his life and to his body as he sees fit. There is no reason for our current drug policies. If we want to stay true to our cultural ethos, we need to change our laws: we need to legalize drugs — from marijuana to crack-cocaine and heroin, and everything in between — in order to rein in our out-of-control police spending and reaffirm our devotion to liberty. What evidence is there that prohibition of any kind works? One needs only to look at our own drug policies and compare them to those in other countries that have been taken. In Britain, where the the single-payer National Health Service allows drug users to give hospitals their used needles in exchange for sanitized ones. As a result, HIV transmission and infections associated with needle usage plummeted, as addicts were no longer using, reusing, and sharing needles amongst each other and for multiple drugs. The number of addicts to drugs that require (or can be taken with) a needle decreased by a striking 54 percent. The cost of supplying these hospitals with clean needles
is only a fraction of the outrageous strain that emergency medicine requires when treating overdose and withdrawal. In the end, England was able to save money by focusing on preventative care and public health, rather than emergency care and a budget-busting police state.
If we want to stay true to our cultural ethos, we need to change our laws: we need to legalize drugs ... in order to rein in our out-ofcontrol police spending and reaffirm our devotion to liberty. Portugal is a unique case: the drug reform that went into effect in summer of 2001 decriminalized all drugs. While drug trafficking and distribution is still considered a criminal offense, their usage and ownership was changed to an “administrative” one, roughly equivalent to small misdemeanor here in the United States, and is treated as a medical condition rather than a federal crime. This is coupled with a needle exchange program in their local pharmacies, modeled after the hospital
From the Left Dan Fournier program that the British have, that also comes in a kit fully equipped with rubbing alcohol, condoms and information on HIV transmission and treatment. They also took the money that their police forces were saving by not arresting small-time drug offenders and invested in their healthcare system, building additional rehabilitation and treatment facilities across the nation. The results? An astounding drop in drug usage by 49 percent. By treating drug addiction as a medical issue and enacting bold, progressive policies, the number of drug users has nearly been cut in half. With our Nixon-era war on drugs having cost us over $1.5 trillion in police enforcement and judicial bureaucracy, it is time for a different approach. The fact that we have increased spending on the war on drugs nearly ten times over, despite a stubborn rate of illicit drug addiction at 1.3 to 2 percent that has refused to go down, shows that throwing more money at the issue is not a solution. We shouldn’t just shower our police in taxpayer money and intensify the legal penalty;
we should be smart about how and where we spend our tax dollars. Spending them on preventative healthcare and rehabilitation is both logical and fiscally responsible. Drug profits are extraordinarily high because they exist in the black market; because drug dealers are not able to use the property law and legal contracts to enforce their deals, they are compelled to enforce their deals through nonlegal means, primarily through violence. Those who finance drug traffickers by providing transportation, guns, crude chemicals, and safe houses are able to take part in an international industry that constitutes 8 percent of the global economy. Cannabis provides only an estimated 25 percent of cartels’ revenue at most; by legalizing it and taxing it as we do with alcohol, it would inject approximately $10 billion in consumer spending into the economy in the first year alone. A legalization-and-taxation policy for cannabis, coupled with a legalization-and-rehabilitation program for hard drugs, would render our national and international black markets obsolete. Numerous economists estimate that it would bring in up to an astounding $100 billion in federal revenue if it is taxed and sold like alcohol, and the additional state employees necessary to grow, cultivate, distribute, and sell it would support up to 75 jobs per state county, on average. This would yield a quarter-million new jobs overnight. Of course, many will argue that we should not legalize drugs;
this will encourage usage and normalize addictions to hard drugs, they say, and will cause more problems than solutions. But which system is better: the one that compassionately rehabilitates addicts and teaches them to be productive and contributing members of society, or the one wherein the state yanks children away from their parents by throwing the former into a corruption-riddled foster-home system and the later into an inhumane prison-industrial complex? Which one encourages accountability, responsibility and liberty? The answer is clear. A market for illicit drugs will always exist; whether or not we make it a criminal black market or a legal, regulated one is something that we, as a country, have to answer. If we continue the budgetbusting policies that spawn gang violence and allow our civil liberties to be eroded by ever-expanded police powers, we can go with the former. If we want to retain our freedom and keep our fiscal house in order, then we need to legalize all drugs.
Dan Fournier is a pre-medical undergraduate majoring in evolutionary biology. He considers himself to be a left-wing progressive and liberty-minded individual.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Newly located team has UNH ties By JENNIFER GAGNON CONTRIBUTING WRITER
As Assistant General Manager for the Seacoast Mavericks, UNH student Danielle Fournier has high hopes for this coming summer as the team has moved to a better location. Originally from Rochester, the Mavericks have recently relocated to nearby Portsmouth at Leary Field. Danielle Fournier got involved with the Mavericks when she heard about them through her internship last summer with the Lowell Spinners. “They own the Nashua Silver Knights, who are in the same league as the Mavs, so I was interested because they were so close to UNH,” Fournier said. Fournier started by reaching out and contacting the organization, and they said that they needed some help, so she took that opportunity to jump right in. With previous experience working in the minor leagues, Fournier had a great advantage and
earned the position of being a committed assistant general manager for the Seacoast Mavericks to day. Besides being a full-time student at UNH in the sports studies program as well as a minor in business administration, Fournier is responsible for sales and sponsorships, marketing, public relations, and community relations and focuses the majority of her time on event management and operations for the Mavericks. “It is a lot of work, but I’d never complain because the people here are amazing, and just working with this team is great in itself,” Fournier said. “I absolutely love my internship and could see myself in similar settings for a career.” The Seacoast is the only nonprofit team in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, which was founded by the Brockton Rox and the Lowell Spinners. With a total of 36 players on the roster, the Mavericks boast 15 players from New England. The team plays 54 games in the summer, 27 of which are home games played
at Leary Field. The Mavericks will play nine teams in the league, including Old Orchard Beach, Nashua Silver Knights and the Maine Raging Tides. This summer, the Mavericks will be working towards making the playoffs. However, Seacoast is not only looking towards working on its on-the-field goals, but also hoping to get involved in the community. Fournier is currently in the middle of planning promotional nights for the team for every home game. One of these events will be sponsoring Troy Pappas Night, in which the Mavericks will strive to generate $25,000 for the Pappas family. Troy Pappas was a former player for the Mavericks from 2007-2010 and passed away in October 2012. This event will be held in memory of Troy Pappas, and the organization hopes to continue to give back to the community. The Mavericks will kick off their season on June 6, when Seacoast will take a trip to Maine to face the Raging Tides.
Gray sets marks at invitational STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Kayla Gray set career highs on vault, floor exercise and allaround, matched her personal best uneven-bar score and registered a team-leading balance beam mark to lead the University of New Hampshire gymnastics team to third place Sunday afternoon at West Virginia’s Wendy M. Roach Invitational Quad-Meet. The Wildcats (10-5, 5-2 East Atlantic Gymnastics League) compiled their largest road score of the season with a 194.875 to defeat EAGL rival Towson (7-10, 0-4 EAGL), which scored a 193.150. No. 3 Michigan (12-1, 5-1 Big Ten) won the meet with a 196.925, while No. 25 West Virginia (8-6, 1-1 Big 12) tallied a 196.550 for second place. “The Wildcats stepped it up tonight against some of the toughest teams in the country,” UNH Head Coach Gail Goodspeed said. “It was a great away meet with terrific team energy. We certainly proved what we could do.” UNH had the difficult assignment of starting the meet on beam, but the ‘Cats kept their composure in the nerve-wracking event to score a 48.650. Gray set the tone with a 9.850, earning a share of third place in the process. Jannelle Minichiello hit for a season-best 9.725, which matched teammate Austyn Fobes for 14th place. Michigan’s Katie Zurales, the country’s No. 13 beam performer, won the event with a staggering 9.925. The Wildcats roared back in the second rotation by notching their top floor exercise score of the season, a 49.225. Gray and Erika Rudiger set career highs and Hannah Barile matched her personal best with tying marks of 9.875, part of a five-
The New Hampshire MEN’S HOCKEY
Hockey East Standings 1. Boston College New Hampshire Providence 4. Merrimack 5. UMass Lowell 6. Boston University 7. Vermont 8. Massachusetts 9. Maine 10. Northeastern
Conference 13-7-2 12-7-4 11-6-6 12-7-3 12-8-2 11-9-2 7-11-5 8-14-1 5-12-6 5-15-3
Points 28 28 28 27 26 24 19 17 16 13
Overall 18-8-3 17-8-5 13-10-7 14-11-6 18-9-2 14-14-2 10-15-5 11-17-2 9-17-6 9-18-3
In Brief UNH men place 11th at NE Championships Junior Kevin Greene registered a second-place finish to help lead the University of New Hampshire men’s indoor track & field team to an 11thplace finish at the New England Championships over the weekend at Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center. The Wildcats racked up 18 points, while Connecticut captured the meet with 164.5 points. Greene turned in a runner-up performance in the finals of the 1,000 meters as he crossed the finish line in an IC4A-qualifying time of 2:24.43. Greene placed third overall in the event and won the mile two weeks ago at the America East Championships. Senior David Gervais also added a top finish in the 1,000 meters as he placed fifth overall in a time of 2:27.86 to qualify for the IC4A Championships. The Wildcats’ 4x800 meter relay team of sophomores James Anderson, Timothy Brown, Dean Bhatt and Greene finished third overall in an IC4A-qualifying time of 7:38.29. In the field, senior Matthew Guarente tied for 10th in the high jump with a cleared height of 6-04.25. On the first day, senior Cameron Lyle, coming off his second straight runner-up conference finish in the weight throw, placed 11th overall in the event with a toss of 56-01.25. Fellow seniors George Jumpp and Chris Dupuis placed 20th and 21st, respectively, with tosses of 52-06.75 and 5201.00. Lyle also added a 13th-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 4709.00, while Dupuis was 20th in the event at 47-02.50. Back on the track, sophomore Sam Gagnon finished 17th in the 5,000 meters as he crossed the finish line in a time of 15:05.14. The Wildcats return to action March 2-3 for the IC4A Championships at the BU Track & Tennis Center.
Wildcats snap school record in relay
Sophomore Kayla Gray led the Wildcats to a third place finish on Sunday. to share fifth place. Fobes compleway deadlock for fifth place. The Mountaineers’ Kaylyn mented that effort with a 9.775 (tied Millick and the Wolverines’ Joanna for eighth), and Minichiello’s 9.725 Sampson, the nation’s No. 2 floor was good for 13th place, helping performer, tied for gold with match- UNH score a 48.275. Michigan’s Joanna Sampson took the gold with ing marks of 9.950. In the third rotation Barile a 9.875. Gray finished in second place stuck her vault for a personal-best and team-high 9.875, which se- courtesy of her career-high 39.250 cured a share of ninth place. Fobes all-around score, which was just earned a 9.775 to tie for 13th place, one-tenth behind all-around chamand Gray made it two straight ca- pion Millick. UNH will return to Lundholm reer-high events with a 9.725 (16th place). The ‘Cats hit 6-for-6 on their Gymnasium to take on Towson, powerful vault routines to score a Yale, and Brown in the annual UNH 48.725. Zurales recorded a 9.925 Invitational on Saturday, March 2, at 4 p.m. That will be the Senior for first place. Gray followed up her back-to- Day meet for Jen Aucoin, Courtney back personal bests by matching her Connors, Fobes and Becca Marcareer-high bar score with a 9.800 rama.
Senior Keely Maguire turned in a runner-up finish and the distance medley relay team broke a school record as the University of New Hampshire women’s indoor track and field team placed 10th at the New England Championships over the weekend at Boston University’s Track & Tennis Center. The Wildcats finished with 25 points, while Connecticut won the meet with 149.33 points. Maguire placed second overall in the mile as she crossed the finish line in a time of 4:45.25 to qualify for the ECAC Championships. On the first day, the distance medley relay squad of senior Darcy James, sophomore Morgan Costa and juniors Anne Twombly and Elise Beattie finished fourth in a time of 11:36.04, breaking the program’s previous mark set in 2002 (11:39.29). Back on the second day, freshman Lauren Perrodin continued her impressive rookie campaign with a fourth-place finish in finals of the 60 meters, running in a time of 7.69. Twombly also added a seventh-place finish in the 3,000 meters in an ECAC-qualifying time of 9:49.99. Senior Erin Phillips finished seventh overall in the 5,000 meters in a time of 7:37.07. The Wildcats’ 4x800 meter relay team of senior Meagan Boucher, sophomore Caroline Hammond, freshmen Cassie Kruse and junior Julia Credendino placed sixth overall with a time of 9:18.34. In the field, senior Melanie Frazier took ninth in the long jump with a leap 17-07.50, while senior Keyla Salazar added a 14th-place finish in the weight throw with a toss of 47-01.75. In the high jump, sophomore Jessica Salley placed 10th with a cleared height of 5-05.00. The Wildcats return to action March 2-3 for the ECAC Championships at the BU Track & Tennis Center.
The New Hampshire WOMEN’S LACROSSE
‘Cats falter at home opener By MATT TANSEY Contributing Writer
The atmosphere at Memorial Feld was full of angst and anticipation on Saturday as the No. 14 University of Massachusetts-Amherst women’s lacrosse team defeated the University of New Hampshire handily in the Wildcats’ home opener. The match was touted to be an early test for a developing ‘Cats team whose three coaches – Sarah Albrecht, Eileen Finn and Jesse O’Donnell – were actively involved with the UMass program last season. From the opening draw, Massachusetts was an offensive force that the Wildcat defense struggled to cope with. After UNH was able to tie the game at four goals for each side early in the first half, UMass became even more aggressive, tallying four unanswered goals before halftime to lead 8-4. After the half, Massachusetts showed no signs of slowing down, scoring 10 goals in the second half while the Wildcats were held to five goals following the break. UMass was also dominant in draw controls for the second half, Massachusetts head coach Angela McMahon not-
continued from page 20 but was blocked from chances of grabbing a lead with an impressive outing from goaltender Brittany Ott to keep the Black Bears in contention through one. On the other side of the ice, New Hampshire goalie Jenn Gilligan remained persistent between the pipes, keeping the game knotted at zero through the first period by saving all seven of Maine’s shots. Nicole Gifford broke the stalemate at the 5:52 mark of the second period off a power play when she found the rebound off a shot by Hannah Armstrong in front of the net. Alexis Crossley created the play when she sent a pin-point pass to the stick of Armstrong who then fired a shot that was saved by Ott, but Gifford found the rebound and
“(The game) came down to possession and our ability to win draws,” McMahon said following the game. Katie Farris (three goals, three assists) and Sam Rush (four goals) were dominant in the offensive end and unleashed a barrage of shots on UNH goaltender Kathleen O’Keefe (five saves, 11 goals allowed) to build a lead that the Wildcats could not match. UMass’s stalwart offense was complimented by the play of goaltender Rachel Vallarelli (six saves, eight goals allowed) who made a tallied the goal, her third of the season. Maine bounced back when Brianne Kilgour leveled the score at 1-1 with 3:29 remaining in the second period when she fired a wrist shot that snuck in the left side of the net past Gilligan. Through two periods of play, the score was tied, 1-1. Freshman Sara Carlson’s goal at the 7:03 mark of the third was the game changer and ultimately sent the ‘Cats to victory. Jenna Lascelle got the play started when she stole the puck from Maine against the boards and skated in with it, then bouncing a pass off the wall that sent the puck in front of the crease by Kayla Mork where an open Carlson found the puck and put it away for the tally. Lascelle got the first assist on the play, while Mork received the second. Jenn Gilligan earned her 10th win of the season in goal as she
continued from page 20 1-for-10, including seven misses from 3-point range. “I told Chandler (after his misses) to just put the three away. We wanted him to drive it and get it to the bucket,” Herrion said. UNH came out hot in the second half, when Rhoads connected with Konan on a thunderous alleyoop that got the fans off their feet. The Wildcats also clamped down defensively on Reed, who shot just 2-for-9 from the field and turned the ball over five times. “Ferg (Myrick) gave us a lift in the second half. He was sick with the flu all week and didn’t travel with us on Wednesday night,” Herrion said. “He really hasn’t played in a week, and give him credit; he
Patrick Konan got a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) and helped us control Reed.” The Wildcats then ripped off a 17-1 run, highlighted by five consecutive 3-pointers. Konan hit the first three to put the ‘Cats up by six,
difference with difficult saves at key stages throughout the game. While the shot count remained close (3022 in favor of UMass), it was highoctane defense that kept UNH from converting on set opportunities. The Wildcats’ senior captain Jenny Simpson (two goals, one assist) was able to capitalize on chances while setting up teammates. Laura McHoul also showed promise on offense for UNH, recording three of her team’s nine goals. “(McMahon) and I are good friends. I knew what we were up against,” Albrecht said after the game. “UMass is always a big rival for UNH, but now we have to build on this game.” On Wednesday, UNH will play its next game at Dartmouth, which gives the Wildcats a chance to improve upon Saturday’s loss. “When we play Dartmouth, we have to look at the little things and execute ground balls and draw controls…while working to capitalize on offensive opportunities,” Albrecht said. Despite UNH’s record (0-2), there has been clear improvement and promise that Albrecht plans to build on, reiterating her appreciation for the Wildcats’ underdog status. made 26 saves on 27 shots. New Hampshire finished the regular season on a strong note with an overall record of 14-15-4 and a record of 10-8-3 in Hockey East. Maine fell to 5-23-4 overall and 2-16-3 in Hockey East. The team hopes to continue its success as it looks to make a statement, according to freshman forward Sara Carlson. “We have a good chance to go far because we work hard, and we just want to win not only for us but for the seniors that have been here,” Carlson said. The Wildcats will be competing in the Hockey East Tournament this season as they locked in a home-ice advantage in the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals will be held on Saturday, March 2, at the Whittemore Center against the Providence Friars. The puck is set to drop at 1 p.m. then Scott Morris made the last two, giving the ‘Cats an 11-point margin and the lead for good. “That run literally changed the game,” Herrion said. “(Konan) is a streaky player–his percentages don’t reflect the work he puts in (during practice). This kid’s a gym rat; he’s always working on his game and his shot. “We’ve been waiting for Morris to play like that all season. He has that reputation of being a spotup 3-point shooter, and his improvement this year has been unbelievable. He’s arguably our most improved player.” UNH now jumps UMBC for the No. 7 spot in America East and heads into its final two games of the season. The Wildcats will take on Albany on Thursday night on the road and then host Senior Night against Maine on Sunday, March 3.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
continued from page 20 The startling loss began with the Wildcats failing to record a field goal in the first nine minutes of play with sophomore forward Kaylee Kilpatrick hitting two free-throws to give the Wildcats two points. Reed was the first Wildcat to record a field goal, hitting a smooth jumper with 10:56 left to play in the first half. Thankfully, the Wildcats were only down by two at that point, as the Bearcats had failed to hit many buckets as well. UNH and Binghamton played the half out, neither team able to pull away. After the first half, UNH was down 20-17 off of 20 percent shooting. Binghamton was only slightly better with 26.1 percent shooting. The Wildcats came out shooting better in the second half, but not by much, registering 25.9 percent shooting. Unfortunately for UNH, the Bearcats’ shots were falling, with a much-improved 40 percent clip. The difference in shooting led to the Wildcats never being able to make a serious run, resulting in the loss. A big reason for the Wildcats poor shooting was due to the man pressure Binghamton caused for much of the game. “They were swarming our post-players,” Reed said. “Our shots didn’t fall in the first half and they really never did.” Magarity added that the pressure wasn’t anything new from Binghamton. “They did it last time, and
continued from page 20 beat Casey DeSmith high glove side. Chris McCarthy and Kyle Reynolds assisted on the goal. UNH would even things up on the power play at 8:53 as Trevor van Riemsdyk fired a shot from the top of the point that hit a Vermont defender on its way into the net. Eric Knodel and Grayson Downing assisted on the goal. In a fast-paced period, Vermont held a slim 11-8 shot advantage. In a fast-paced open third period, neither team was able to crack the scoreboard. The Wildcats had numerous chances, including a Connor Hardowa shot that clanged the pipe just inside of the 11-minute mark and a bid by Austin Block just before time expired in regulation. The Catamounts held a 12-9 shot
honestly we cut down on our turnovers,” Magarity said. “We just couldn’t execute our half-court offense and our shots didn’t fall.” The pressure forced the Wildcats to pass from the backcourt, leaving them only 15-to-20 seconds to set up their offense having used 10 seconds just to advance the ball. “The shot clock running down has been a common theme of late,” Reed said. “Having only 15 seconds to run your offense makes it tough.” A particularly troubling spot was the play of forwards Kilpatrick and Morgan Frame. Both combined for 2-for-18 shooting, while also facing foul trouble for most of the night. “We should have been able to score inside, but we couldn’t,” Coach Magarity said. “When your post players are shooting like that, you’re not going to win too many.” The lone bright spot was Reed, who registered a team-high 13 points and three rebounds off of 29 minutes from the bench. Reed also went 3-for-6 beyond the arc. The Wildcats have a quick turnaround with undefeated Albany (14-0 in conference) coming to UNH on senior night, the last home game of the season. Despite the daunting task and the disappointing loss that leaves the Wildcats (5-9 in conference) tied for the No. 6 seed in America East, the team will meet the challenge head on. “We have the undefeated, No. 1 team coming in, and they just play at an unbelievably high level,” Magarity said. “It’s a huge challenge and we just have to execute our press offense and then get into our zone offense faster. We’ve got to be tougher.” edge in the period. The Wildcats controlled play in overtime, recording the only three shots on goal during the extra time, but Vermont held a 31-22 shot advantage in the game. DeSmith made double-digit saves in the second and third periods and moved to 16-6-5 on the season. UVM’s Brody Hoffman stopped 21 shots and is now 10-155 on the season. The Wildcats were 1-for-4 on the power play and scored four power play goals during the twogame series. UVM was 0-1 in the extra-man. UNH, which will play its final four games at home, returns to action next weekend with a two-game series against Massachusetts on March 1 through 2. Friday night’s game is set for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop, while game time Saturday is 7 p.m.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The New Hampshire
DeSmith, UNH end winless streak SCORE MEN’S HOCKEY
STAFF REPORT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE
Casey DeSmith turned aside 30 shots to lift the No. 5 University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to Saturday UNH 1 afternoon’s 1-1 UVM 1 overtime tie with the University of UNH 4 Vermont at GutUVM 3 terson Fieldhouse in Hockey East action.
The tie comes after New Hampshire was able to secure a 4-3 victory on Friday night in Burlington, as senior Austin Block netted a pair of goals to end UNH’s fourgame winless streak UNH moves to 17-8-5 with a 12-7-4 mark in Hockey East. Vermont is now 10-15-5 overall, 7-11-5 HEA. After the weekend, the Wildcats now sit atop of the Hockey East standings with 28 points along with Boston College and Providence.
In a scoreless ﬁrst period, Vermont had the better of play outshooting the Wildcats 8-2. UNH had a pair of power plays in the period but could not register a shot on goal in those extra-skater opportunities. Vermont broke the scoreless deadlock just 56 seconds into the second period. Jacob Fallon ﬁred a puck from between the circles that
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2 1 UNH
Sunday, Durham, N.H.
Also: T, 2-2 vs. Maine MEN’S HOCKEY (17-8-5, 12-7-4)
Konan sparks 1 1 ‘Cats to victory UNH
Saturday, Burlington, Vt.
By JUSTIN LORING STAFF WRITER
hamton and this was a very winnable game. This game would have put us a lot higher in the standings. We could have made third place, but now we can’t.” “I’m disappointed that we didn’t show up tonight,” UNH head coach Maureen Magarity said. “Our shots didn’t fall, we had a tough time inside. I’m really disappointed in our defense. Honestly, we looked a step slow. We didn’t come up with many loose balls.”
The University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team earned a big conference win on Saturday, beating America East foe Binghamton 68-56 at LundUNH 68 holm Gymnasium. Patrick Konan led the Binghamton 56 ‘Cats offensively, scoring 18 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Scott Morris also provided a spark off the bench, topping his seasonhigh mark for points with 15. “It was a tale of two halves; they played very, very well offensively in the ﬁrst half,” UNH head coach Bill Herrion said. “As well as we played defensively Wednesday night at Hartford, I didn’t feel like our defense was where it needed to be in the ﬁrst half.” The Wildcats were able to capitalize on a few early mistakes made by Binghamton and lead by ﬁve at the ﬁrst media timeout. Binghamton made an adjustment during the break, however, and went on a 2610 run during the next eleven minutes. Jordan Reed was the catalyst for the Bearcats, going 7-for-10 from the ﬁeld and scoring 16 points in the ﬁrst half. Trailing by as much as 11, UNH made a few key shots and was able to get the halftime deﬁcit to just eight, after Konan made a layup with four seconds remaining. UNH’s offensive struggles in the ﬁrst were highlighted by point guard Chandler Rhoads, who shot just
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Senior Morgan Frame and the Wildcats had trouble hitting their shots on Saturday, leading to Binghamton pulling away with the victory at Lundholm Gymnasium.
UNH struggles to hit shots By ARJUNA RAMGOPAL STAFF WRITER
Just as things were starting to look up and a potential three or four seed seemed realistic, the UNH women’s basketball team was dealt a major blow on SatBinghamton 55 urday with a shocking UNH 42 loss to Binghamton, 55-42. “We’re obviously not very happy,” senior co-captain Cari Reed said. “We won at Bing-
Wildcats clinch home ice for conference tourney By ROBERT WILSON STAFF WRITER
The University of New Hampshire women’s ice hockey team wrapped up its regular season on a positive note, UNH 2 taking three out Maine 1 of a possible four points in the UNH 2 two-game home Maine 2 series against ri-
val Maine this past weekend at the Whittemore Center. With the effort UNH displayed on the weekend, they have earned home-ice advantage for the ﬁrst round of the Hockey East Tournament. UNH head coach Brian McCloskey’s thoughts on the weekend performance were nothing but praise and appreciation for his team’s efforts.
“I am proud of this class, and it is nice to win the last game of the regular season,” McCloskey said. “We didn’t play great in the weekend, but we played hard and we are ready for playoffs.” The ﬁrst game of the weekend was held on Saturday, where both teams skated to a 2-2 tie. Maine grabbed an early 2-0 lead, but a tremendous effort by the Wildcats helped bring the game even. New
Hampshire outshot the opposing Black Bears by a margin of 51-27. The second and ﬁnal game of the weekend series was held this past Sunday as Sara Carlson helped lift the Wildcats to a 2-1 win over Maine on Senior Night. New Hampshire opened the gates of the game, ﬂooding Maine with 14 shots in the opening period, W HOCKEY continued on Page 19
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68 56 UNH
Saturday, Durham, N.H.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (10-16, 5-9)
55 42 BINGHAMTON
Saturday, Durham, N.H.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (0-2, 0-0)
18 9 UMASS
Saturday, Durham, N.H.
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UNH men’s basketball made 42 percent of its ﬁeld goals in Saturday’s 68-56 win over conference foe Binghamton.