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Father speaks about son’s cyberbullying struggles

Nashua Telegraph - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:27

NASHUA – Each time John Halligan makes a public speech in a church basement or a middle school assembly, he relives one of the worst pains imaginable for a parent. Halligan travels nationwide to speak of his 13-year-old son, Ryan, who committed suicide more than a decade ago, after learning about just how much his child was bullied by his classmates online and in his Essex Junction, Vt., school. Out of that pain, the grieving father is able to spread awareness of cyberbullying, an ongoing concern among parents and a constant fear for children of all demographics. “What I want to accomplish tonight is I want to give the parents in the room here the information that I wish my wife and I had before my son passed away,” Halligan said. It was not until after his son’s death, in October 2003, that Halligan found how much Ryan was ridiculed. He never found a suicide note, but unveiled a series of nasty back-and-forth conversations on AOL Instant Messenger between his son and other students. The way Ryan was harassed is now archaic considering the new social networking sites and unlimited texting available to young adults. “Turns out it’s not about throwing punches anymore, it’s about throwing words,” Halligan added. “I had a person educate me once, he said ‘You know Mr.

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USNH delays setting 2015-16 in-state tuition with hopes for extended tuition freeze

Nashua Telegraph - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:27

KEENE – New Hampshire students may see another two-year tuition freeze at University System of New Hampshire schools, pending state approval. At a USNH board of trustees meeting last week in Keene, members agreed to delay setting in-state tuition rates for the 2015-16 academic year until the Legislature and Gov. Maggie Hassan approve the state budget in June. If the state supports the USNH funding request, members have already made a commitment to extend the in-state tuition freeze for another two years.

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Nashua gets $500k federal grant to build pedestrian/bicycle bridge that would connect Heritage Rail Trail with Mine Falls Park

Nashua Telegraph - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:27

NASHUA – The city received a $500,000 federal grant that will enable it to build a paved trail and pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the Nashua Canal, which will connect the Heritage Rail Trail with the Millyard entrance to the Mine Falls Park recreation area. The state Department of Transportation announced Friday that Nashua is one of 12 communities approved to receive the federally-funded Transportation Alternative Program awards. A total $5.4 million in awards were announced, including $440,000 to construct a multi-use path and sidewalks in two locations in Brookline and $436,000 to build a 2,500-foot non-motorized, multi-use path in Merrimack. The overall purpose of the program is to make “alternative” forms of transportation safe and convenient for short-distance travel. Grants must be used for projects that include sidewalks, bicycle lanes and multi-use trails. Under the program, the grants provide 80 percent of the project’s funding; local communities must provide 20 percent of the cost. In Nashua, the grant would enable the city to connect the eastern end of the 1.3-mile Heritage Rail Trail via a 450-foot paved trail along Everett Street across Ledge Street, and over a 90-foot pedestrian/bicycle bridge to Mine Falls Park recreation area.

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Obama to create new agency to examine cyberthreats

Nashua Telegraph - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:26

WASHINGTON – The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyberthreat intelligence that currently is spread across the federal government. The agency will be modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center, which was established after 9/11 to coordinate terrorism intelligence. The lack of such an agency before led to missed opportunities to thwart the 2001 terrorist attacks. Lisa Monaco, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, announced the new “Cyber Threats Intelligence Integration Center” in a speech Tuesday at the Wilson Center in Washington. U.S. companies have been buffeted by a series of damaging cyber incidents in recent years – some from nation states, others from criminal groups. Government expertise in analyzing the various cyberthreats resides in a number of agencies, including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency and U.S.

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Former UN ambassador Bolton mulls 2016 run

Nashua Telegraph - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:25

Dark-horse presidential candidate John Bolton has used multiple speaking appearances in recent weeks to nudge national security and foreign policy into the spotlight heading into the 2016 primary, fueling speculation that he is preparing for his own White House run. Bolton, the United Nations ambassador under President George W. Bush, said national security issues have become more significant as the nation faces increasingly destabilizing global factors. If the country’s safety and interests are not guaranteed, Bolton said the rest of the issues fade away.

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State sets license review hearing for Travis Hobbs, acquitted in November of fatal crash charges

Nashua Telegraph - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:25

CONCORD – The state Department of Safety has scheduled an administrative hearing this month to address the driving privileges of Travis Hobbs, the 21-year-old Mont Vernon man involved in the December 2013 accident that claimed the life of Amherst resident John Bachman. Hobbs was acquitted in November of all criminal charges filed against him in connection with the accident. The jury’s verdict determined that although Hobbs struck Bachman with his pickup truck and caused the fatal injuries, Hobbs was not criminally liable. The hearing is set for Friday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Department of Safety Bureau of Hearings, 33 Hazen Drive in Concord. Such hearings are fairly common in cases involving accidents that cause serious injury or death.

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Nashua suspect’s address corrected

Nashua Telegraph - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:24

NASHUA – Police said Tuesday that James Novick, the Hudson resident they arrested Feb. 4 on one count of forgery, resides at 1 Vernon St., in Hudson. Novick’s address was incorrect in an earlier police press release.

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Frattaroli Plunge for Alexandria Teixeira postponed to March

Nashua Telegraph - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 01:24

The grueling winter weather that seems to be going nowhere fast has forced the postponement of a benefit Polar Plunge originally set for Saturday. The 7th annual Mark Frattaroli Memorial Polar Plunge, founded and organized by the Keefe family, of Hollis, in honor of the 16-year-old football player killed in a 2008 car crash, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 14, at Seabrook Beach. “It became evident … that trying to hold the Plunge as originally planned on Saturday might border on dangerous,” Ray Keefe said in an email. The Plunge, which benefits a different cause each year, is being held this year to assist the family of Alexandria Teixeira, the Nashua woman paralyzed in a December accident in Tyngsborough. Teixeira, 21, was flown to Tufts Medical Center in Boston following the Dec. 14 crash, then later transferred to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, Mass., to continue the battle to regain her health. Keefe said that in addition to the frigid temperatures forecast for the foreseeable future, the unusual amount of snow on the beach could make it difficult to even access the water. The decision also took into consideration the fact that many first-time “plungers” have signed up, Keefe added. Organizers will continue to accept donations ahead of the event. To donate, make checks to “Alexandria S.

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Another View -- Josh Elliott-Traficante What does the Capitol Corridor study reveal about commuter rail in NH?

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:52

Questions about the proposed commuter rail project, answered.

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Going smoke-free The Raymond VFW's choice

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:51

Raymond's VFW is having the smoking debate more bars and restaurants should have been allowed to have.

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Hotel Common Core You can never leave

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:51

The Common Core mandate.

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Crash into vehicle leads to drug charges for city man

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:51

Brenin Reale, 28, of Concord was arrested Monday after police say he crashed into a car on Interstate 93 South, the site of a previous crash being investigated by New Hampshire State Police.

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Another View - Greg Moore Medicaid expansion transfers money from the needy to healthy adults

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:51

Expanding Medicaid crowds out other, more pressing priorities.

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Charles Arlinghaus The business profits tax affects everyone

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:51

How the business profits tax affects you.

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Kevin M. Poole

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:51

The U.S. Marshals Service District of New HampshireJoint Fugitive Task Force has named Kevin M. Poole as New Hampshire's fugitive of the week.

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NBC's Brian Williams suspended for six months

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:51

Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC's top-rated 'Nightly News' program, has been suspended without pay for six months after admitting last week that a story he told about coming under fire while on a helicopter during the Iraq war was not true, the network said on Tuesday.

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Thomas Sowell Measles, vaccines, autism and fear-mongering

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:51

The vaccine controversy that should not be.

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Manchester school district considering athletic code changes

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:50

School officials are considering policy changes that would make it harder for students who do not maintain passing grades and satisfactory attendance to participate in sports.

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Fiorina talks presidential aspirations at Politics Eggs

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:50

Former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina believes she has what it takes to be the next President of the United States. Now, she says, her job is to convince the American people.

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AG letter asks companies not to sell synthetic drugs

Union Leader - Wed, 02/11/2015 - 00:50

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster signed on to a letter sent by the National Association of Attorneys General asking the heads of nine major oil companies to prohibit the sale of synthetic drugs in convenience stores operated under their brand names.

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