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Poll: More gain access to bank accounts

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:27:49 EST

NEW YORK - More Americans have access to a checking or savings account, according to a survey released Thursday by federal regulators, a sign that the improving economy is helping lift the nation's poorest households. Having a checking or savings account is considered a cornerstone of financial stability in the U.S. Without one, households must rely on check-cashing services, prepaid debit cards and other costly ways to pay bills and make routine transactions. The portion of Americans who do not have a bank account, known in industry jargon as the "unbanked," declined to 7 percent in 2015 from 7.7 percent in 2013, according to the survey from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The improvements came mostly from households making less than $15,000 a year and among minority populations, particularly black and Hispanic households. Another way of looking at it: For every 10 households that were unbanked in 2013, one of those households is now banked. "The improving economy no doubt impacted these numbers in a positive way," FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg said in an interview. The Census Department reported last month that median household income rose 5.2 percent from 2014 to 2015, the first annual increase in that metric since before the Great Recession. That same report showed the proportion of Americans in poverty also fell last year, from 14.8 percent to 13.5 percent, the biggest annual decline in nearly 50 years. Not only did more Americans making less than $15,000 open bank accounts between 2013 and 2015, but the number of Americans making less than $15,000 also declined. "The poor have more money in their pockets, and more are able to afford bank accounts," said Aaron Klein, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. There are several reasons why people choose not to have a traditional bank account.

May help atmosphere but bring risks

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:32:08 EST

When a conference call turns tedious, Brent Robertson can still count on getting a smile from watching Gus rolling around on the floor. The golden retriever is a regular visitor to Fathom, Robertson's management consulting business in West Hartford, Conn. So are Pookie and Ari, dogs owned by two of Robertson's co-workers. Beyond the old tradition of a used bookstore or antique shop having a resident cat, some urban delicatessens and bodegas have cats to mitigate any rodent problems. And at some smaller professional businesses with a relaxed culture, it's becoming more acceptable for employees bring in their pets. Robertson is among business owners who think having animals around boosts morale, improves the work atmosphere and raises productivity. "Everyone seems to smile and immediately become a little bit happier," says Barbara Goldberg, CEO of O'Connell & Goldberg, a public relations company based in Hollywood, Fla.

Milford’s strength up front key to offensive production

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:26:37 EST

MILFORD - With two weeks left in the regular season, Milford finds itself in the thick of the Division II playoff race. The Spartans' offensive line has paved the way. Senior right tackle Collin Cederberg, junior right guard Michael Boucher, senior center Adam Johnson, junior left guard Jaxson Mims and junior left tackle Ryan Costello have been at the forefront of Milford's success. The unit's ability to consistently generate running room has enabled the Spartans to deploy a variety of weapons, while strong pass blocking has aided the quick development of Milford's first-year starting quarterback, junior Zach King. Milford (5-2) is averaging 28 points per game. "That's one good thing about our offense," Milford head coach Keith Jones said. "We don't key on one guy. We just try to take what the defense is giving us.

Merrimack enjoys big slice of revenge

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:23:31 EST

Perfection is sweet. After multiple weeks at 4-2, I finally cracked the code to lock down a 6-0 week. Unfortunately Nashua South was the lone local squad I picked against. Yes, the Panthers lost at Exeter. Now they'll return to the Seacoast to face a pesky Portsmouth team, which lost to Nashua North a week ago but are also the only team to have beaten Exeter this fall. High school football is a crazy sport. No doubt about it. Looking back over the blemish-free week of prognostication, I nailed Bishop Guertin over Alvirne, North over Portsmouth, Exeter over South, Milford over Trinity, Campbell over Somersworth and Merrimack over Pinkerton Academy. The latter, a 68-29 victory for the Tomahawks in Derry, will be treasured forever up in Merrimack.

No Roethlisberger? Patriots still wary of Steelers

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:23:11 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Defensive end Chris Long and his New England teammates know enough about the Pittsburgh offense to realize the Steelers can be potent even without Ben Roethisberger. "One of the best, maybe the best wide receiver corps in the league, best 1-2 punch at running back in the league, good tight ends, best offensive line in the league, up there, ... a ton of weapons," Long said Thursday, as the Patriots prepared for Sunday's visit to Pittsburgh. "Really good offense." The running back pair of Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams and the wide receiver group led by Antonio Brown will be without Roethlisberger, who underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery after getting hurt in last week's loss at Miami. Landry Jones will be the starter for first-place Pittsburgh. "We've watched a lot of their offense," said Long, a free agent signing who has gotten off to a strong start with his new team. "I feel like we know these guys pretty well.

Sports Digest

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:22:02 EST

NFL Packers place Lacy on IR The Packers have put top running back Eddie Lacy on injured reserve, another blow to Green Bay's scuffling offense. The Packers announced the move Thursday, hours before hosting the Chicago Bears. Lacy has been bothered by a left ankle injury and backup James Starks isn't playing this week because of a knee injury. The Packers traded a conditional draft pick to Kansas City this week for Knile Davis. They also signed Don Jackson to the active roster from the practice squad. Davis was buried on the depth chart with the Chiefs and Jackson is a rookie from Nevada. Both could be taking handoffs from quarterback Aaron Rodgers soon as Green Bay (3-2) tries to catch up in the NFC North race against divisional foe Chicago (1-5). Giants grapple with Brown Josh Brown's future with the New York Giants and possibly the NFL is in jeopardy after police released journal entries and emails in which the placekicker admitted that he repeatedly verbally and physically abused his former wife. The league reacted Thursday by re-opening its investigation into a 2015 domestic abuse complaint made by Brown's former wife, though prosecutors said they were closing the criminal case without filing charges because they could not secure key testimony from the woman and other key witnesses. Meanwhile, the Giants announced before traveling to London that Brown would not make the trip before a game Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. The Giants said they want to review the new information released by King County law enforcement officials in Washington and reach a decision on the kicker's future with the club, possibly next week. Giants co-owner John Mara said he was upset the new information about Brown's history of domestic abuse, adding that he felt it was in the best interest of the team to leave him home. Brown's former wife, Molly, alleged more than 20 instances of domestic violence.

Nashua South boys soccer rolls over Keene

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:21:39 EST

BOYS SOCCER Nashua South 4, Keene 0 Logan McIntosh scored two first half goals and the Panthers never looked back in a 4-0 victory over Keene at Stellos Stadium on Thursday night. Josh Reeder and Daniel Dukeshire chipped in with one goal each, while keeper Roe Hendrick earned the shutout in net. Bedford 3, Alvirne 1 Nick Cardenas scored off a cross in front of the net by Nate Gosselin to even things up at halftime, but that was all the offense the Broncos would get in a 3-1 loss to Bedford. Keeper Zac Reddig made five saves in defeat, while Bedford's Jacob Statires stopped five shots for the win. Alvirne's defense was anchored by Ryan Ruigrok, Jake Whiting and P.J. Ripaldi. D.J. LaMothe effectively shutdown the primary Bedford goal scorer, while Alvirne midfielders Jack Regan, Gosselin, Cardenas, Mike Earl and Jamie Bertrand made life very tough for the Bulldogs.

Week 8 Football Preview Capsules

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:02:29 EST

DIVISION I Spaulding (0-7)  at Nashua North (5-2) WHEN: Friday, 7 p.m. WHERE: Stellos Stadium. LAST YEAR: Did not play. LAST WEEK: Winacunnet 45, Spaulding 18; Nashua North 23, Portsmouth 14. FYI: The last time the Red Raiders visited Stellos, they gave up 76 points to Nashua South, a sign of a tough season to come. The Titans are coming off a huge win over Portsmouth, getting a rushing attack going led by Randell Jenkins' 116 yards. Defensively North showed big improvement after a tough night vs. Exeter two weeks ago.

Nashua woman charged after brawl with ex-boyfriend, another woman

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:18:23 EST

NASHUA - Kimberly Masson, a 33-year-old Nashua resident also known as Kimberly Doiron, landed in Valley Street jail this week after allegedly assaulting a passenger in her ex- boyfriend's vehicle, pulling her out, then jumping in the car and beating on him as he tried to drive away, according to court documents. Police said that by the time the several officers dispatched to a reported domestic disturbance arrived at the corner of East Hollis and Spring streets, they found a woman later identified as Masson on top of a 53-year-old man, "trying to hold him down" on the lawn behind a Main Street bank. The location is two blocks from Masson's residence at 12 Mason St., where the series of events that led to Masson's arrest began to unfold. Once police sorted things out, Masson was taken to police headquarters for booking on multiple charges that included three counts each of simple assault and domestic violence, along with one count each of stalking - domestic violence and breach of bail conditions. Hours later, as police were wrapping up the booking process, they allowed Masson to make a phone call - reminding her of the protective order that prohibited her from calling the ex-boyfriend. Nevertheless, police said, moments after she made her call, the ex-boyfriend called police to report Masson just called him "telling him she needed him to bring her $5,040 for her bail." Police promptly added two more charges - one count each of stalking - domestic violence and breach of bail conditions - to Masson's file. Earlier, as police spoke with an "intoxicated" and "only somewhat cooperative" Masson on Spring Street, she allegedly told them that she was trying to help the alleged victim because he was having trouble getting up. When asked why she was on top of him, police said, Masson "could not provide an answer." The alleged victim, however, said he couldn't get up because of a leg injury - plus the fact that Masson was on top of him. He later told police he now lives in Lowell, Mass., and had come to Nashua to find Masson's exact street address, which he said he needed in order to keep in effect the protective order he took out against Masson in July in New Hampshire. He and the other alleged victim, a 23-year-old woman known to him and Masson, told police that when he stopped in front of Masson's residence, the 23-year-old woman asked him for a ride to the store, according to police. When they returned, Masson allegedly "ran to his vehicle, pulled (the 23-year-old woman) out and began to assault her," police wrote. The woman "defended herself by striking Masson in the face," police said, after which Masson "turned her attention" to the ex-boyfriend, allegedly jumping into his vehicle and striking him in the face. He told police he then drove off, with Masson allegedly continuing to hit him. He made it as far as Spring Street, he said, where he stopped, got out and tried to flee - but Masson caught up, took him down and "got on top of him ... keeping him from getting up," police said. A review of Masson's record, police said, confirmed the protective order that the ex-boyfriend took out against her in July. The order, police said, stemmed from Masson's arrest on stalking-related charges in the town of Hillsborough. It wasn't clear whether Masson was eventually able to post bail.

Biden stumps at NCC, spurs memories of potential candidacy

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:17:52 EST

NASHUA - As Vice President Joe Biden took the stage Thursday in front of a packed crowd at Nashua Community College, he made his support for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton loud and clear. But the Delaware lawmaker's presence brought back the question of another potential candidacy - his own. Last October, as Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders prepared to square off in the first Democratic Party presidential debate, Biden contemplated a possible run. He eventually publicly announced he would not, citing grief from the loss of his son, Beau, as the main factor. But what if Biden had in fact ran for president as he had considered last fall and became the Democratic nominee? Liberals ponder whether a matchup between Biden and Republican Donald Trump would have been more positive and avoided the ugly politics of the current race. "I think it would be, because of his ability to gain trust," said Florence Pohlek of Mansfield, Mass.

Nashua PD to hold drug take-back

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:15:21 EST

NASHUA - Police Chief Andrew Lavoie is expecting a good haul on Saturday when the Nashua Police Department takes part in National Drug Take-Back Day. Nashua is among the dozens of police departments in the region participating in the event, sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. It starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 2 p.m. "It's going to be four hours, and we typically get 200 pounds," Lavoie said. "It's amazing when you think how little a pill weighs," he said. Residents with expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs can bring them to the police station for disposal.

Statehouse committee to study NH dairy industry

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:16:22 EST

CONCORD - New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper this week appointed lawmakers to a Dairy Producer's Task Force to study and recommend a short-term plan for preserving New Hampshire's dairy industry. Jasper, a Hudson Republican, called the drought situation a "natural disaster," and, along with state Senate President Chuck Morse, announced Wednesday the board members and their task. "The crisis which the industry is facing at this time is twofold," Jasper said. "They may be able to adapt to the issue of low prices, but they cannot survive low prices and scarce feed at the same time." The creation of the task force comes after the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Board's recent two meetings to discuss the issues surrounding drought and milk production. Three proposals were presented after the meetings, one was aimed specifically at directing state money into an existing emergency reserve that never saw regular funding. Another dealt with a federal formula concerning milk prices. The other was aimed at immediate emergency relief. Task force member Robert Haefner, R-Hudson, said Thursday that he expects "a proposal on funding the $3.6 million in drought assistance," though he was not sure when the money would be made available.

Clinton imposter charged in assault

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:48:52 EST

MERRIMACK - Police initially had no problem with local resident Nicholas Bonzagni donning a Hillary Clinton mask and red jumpsuit and staging a one-man protest for passing motorists several hours before Wednesday's final presidential debate. But when one driver called police around 5:30 p.m. to report that he'd allegedly been assaulted by the Clinton impersonator, officers had to take action. Having identified Bonzagni during their earlier visit to the intersection of Route 101A and Continental Boulevard, police knew he was their suspect as soon as they heard the description given by the alleged victim. Officers subsequently drove over to Bonzagni's residence, 10 Shore Drive in Merrimack, to speak with him about the report. After a brief investigation, police issued a warrant for Bonzagni's arrest on one count of simple assault, a Class A  misdemeanor. Bonzagni later turned himself in at Merrimack police headquarters, police said. He was booked and later released on $1,500 personal recognizance bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Dec. 1 in Merrimack district court. The male driver Bonzagni is accused of assaulting told police he was stopped at a light at the intersection when he noticed someone "protesting loudly" while wearing the Clinton mask. The driver acknowledged he told the suspect "to get a job," prompting the suspect, later identified as Bonzagni, to walk up to the victim's car. Words were exchanged, police said, and at one point Bonzagni allegedly grabbed onto the driver's arm "in an attempt to pull him out of the vehicle." The two parted, at which time the driver called police.

Lawsuit: DCYF allowed children to be abused

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:46:51 EST

CONCORD - A family of children sexually abused while in the care of the Division for Children, Youth & Families are calling for immediate reforms to the department as part of the lawsuit they filed against the state on Thursday. Bedford attorney Rus Rilee is representing the family in the lawsuit that concerns two girls, known as N.B., 4, and J.B., 18 months, at the time of what Rilee called horrific sexual abuse perpetrated by their biological parents. The children's adoptive parents, known in the court filing as T.C. and D.C., claim that DCYF and New Hampshire Easter Seals knew of credible abuse allegations when they put the girls into their biological parents' home for what amounted to unsupervised visits. "These horrific acts of sexual abuse were 100 percent foreseeable and 100 percent avoidable, and these two girls should never have been placed back into the care of the two monsters who inflicted this abuse on them," Rilee said. The biological parents confessed to the crimes in 2014, and are now serving prison sentences. The Telegraph is agreeing not to use the names of the biological parents and the adoptive parents so as to protect the identity of the two sexual abuse victims. The lawsuit states: "In July, 2012, N.B., who was 3 months old and J.B., who was almost 3 years old, were removed from their parents' custody by DCYF because of physical abuse by the biological father.

Grandparents sue child protection agency over sex abuse

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:02:04 EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's child protection agency is being sued over allegations that it allowed a couple to sexually assault their 4-year-old and 18-month-old daughters after the girls were placed in foster care. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday by the girls' grandparents, who have adopted them. It alleges that the Division for Children, Youth and Families allowed the biological parents to have unsupervised visits with their children in 2013, even after police began investigating reports that the couple had molested other children at a homeless shelter where they were living. Attorney Cyrus Rilee says the state needs to immediately increase staff at DCYF and that he hopes the lawsuit will result in major reforms. A spokesman for the agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Ford’s punts backing up Bentley foes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:21:32 EST

Trying to convince football fans that a punter can win a game is a hard sell. Punters everywhere should be hiring Amherst native Tyler Ford as their national pitch man. The Bentley University marketing major (minor in computer information systems) owns all of Bentley's punting records, including career average. With only four games remaining in his final collegiate season, the senior's mark of 41.2 yards per punt is 2.7 yards better than the previous best (38.5 by John White from 2005-08). He padded that average on Oct. 15 with a career-long, 73-yard, first-quarter punt, as the Falcons spoiled American International College's Homecoming, 5-3, in Northeast-10 Conference action at Abdow Field in Springfield, Mass. Bentley, following its first win at AIC since 2004, improved to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference heading into Saturday's home game with Stonehill at 1 p.m. What proved to be the margin of victory for the Falcons came with 2:50 left in the first half courtesy of a Ford punt that pinned the Yellow Jackets on their own 10.

Indians on to Series

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:21:05 EST

TORONTO - A most unlikely pitching performance helped put a most unexpected team into the World Series. Cleveland rookie Ryan Merritt came out of nowhere and coolly delivered a lead to the Andrew Miller-led bullpen, and the Indians won their first pennant since 1997 by blanking Toronto 3-0 Wednesday in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. Cleveland, which has never hosted a World Series opener, will play Game 1 at Progressive Field on Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs or Los Angeles Dodgers. Manager Terry Francona's team will try to augment what's already been a scintillating year in Cleveland after LeBron James and the Cavaliers earned the city's first major pro sports championship since 1964. The Indians' title drought dates to 1948. "We always said if we could do it with this group it would be so special because this is as close to a family feel as you can get in a professional setting. So for that part of it, it is beyond feeling good," Francona said. The Dodgers led the Cubs 2-1 going into Game 4 of the NLCS on Wednesday night. Cleveland didn't play either club this season. Miller, acquired from the New York Yankees in a midseason trade, was selected the ALCS MVP as the Indians took their sixth pennant. "I feel like I've said the word 'special' a million times in the last 20 or 30 minutes.

Schilling can’t just fade away, though he probably should

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:20:25 EST

Curt Schilling has all but declared his candidacy to represent the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States Senate. What has been a bizarre political year has gotten that much whackier. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Schilling's prospective foe, is not up for reelection until 2018. That gives him two years to grasp the reality that this venture would end much like his failed video game empire in Rhode Island - with him having wasted lots of other people's money and  his own time. Fortunately, the money squandered in a run for the Senate would be voluntarily given by fools who believe he can win an election simply by waving his bloody sock. In Rhode Island, he took the taxpayers for a futile ride. As for his time, Schilling doesn't have much to do these days.

Sports Digest

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:19:46 EST

NFL Jones won't panic against Pats Landry Jones is a realist. Call it the byproduct of spending the last three-plus years fighting for a job and fending off repeated attempts by the Pittsburgh Steelers to find somebody better to back up Ben Roethlisberger. So in a team meeting Wednesday, with the franchise quarterback resting at home while recovering from left knee surgery and a visit from the New England Patriots awaiting on Sunday, Jones felt it was time to send a message, albeit more than a little tongue in cheek. "Don't panic." "Any time THE Landry Jones graces us with his verbal leadership, we appreciate that," linebacker Arthur Moats said with a laugh. "In all seriousness ...

Locals dominate Wednesday volleyball matches

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:19:07 EST

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Merrimack 3,  Man. Memorial 0 Elise Jolly (nine digs, 13 kills) and Tallin Goldberg (19 assists) highlighted a group of seven Merrimack seniors honored in their last regular-season home match, which the Tomahawks won 25-18, 25-13, 25-17. Fellow seniors Addie Lacey (nine kills, 11 digs), Jess Bonner (16 digs), Jordyn Boyce (four kills, eight digs), Lianna Klinger (four aces, 20 digs) and Brianne Nordengren (two kills) also played well for Merrimack (12-5), which closes out the regular season Friday night at Nashua North. Bishop Guertin 3,  Winnacunnet 0 Mariana Gomez recorded 22 digs while Jenna McCormack served six aces and set up the spike 16 times to lead Bishop Guertin to a 25-11, 25-16, 25-14 victory over Winnacunnet. Meagan Morelli )four aces, seven kills, 11 digs) and Jill Rabasco (four aces, six kills, one block, four digs) also played well for the Cardinals. Nashua North 3,  Londonderry 1 Rachel Garuti recorded 15 service points, two kills and 18 assists to help the Titans improve to 7-9 on the season with a 25-17, 21-25, 25-21, 25-11 victory over Londonderry. Kate Amrein (nine points, nine kills), Alanna Choate (nine points, eight kills, one block), Jill Ireland (15 points, nine kills), Kayla Bernier (eight points, two kills, nine assists), Michaela Choate (11 kills, one block), Kylie Braunius (14 assists) and Jocelyn Simon (16 points, 21 digs) also stepped up their games for North. Hollis Brookline 3,  Bedford 0 Hannah Balfour set her Cavaliers teammates up 30 times in a 25-21, 25-23, 25-12 victory at Bedford (7-10). Katie Connors (nine kills), Taylor Hamel (seven kills, 12 digs) and Natalie Cook (four aces) also played well for HB (14-3), which closes out the regular season with Senior Night festivities Friday when Alvirne visits Hollis. Campbell 3, Trinity 0 Gabi Sott (10 kills), Cleo Schultz three blocks, five kills) and Alissa Picard (five kills) led Campbell to a 25-9, 25-16, 25-23 win over Trinity. Milford 3, ConVal 0 Ellie Chapel (six aces, three digs, one kill), Maddy Wheeler (four aces, eight digs, two kills), Liv Blanchet (seven digs) and Emily Flaherty (two aces, four digs, two kills and 12 assists) stood out in Milford's 25-19, 25-14, 25-21 victory over ConVal. The Spartans (11-4) wrap up the regular season Friday in Northwood against Coe-Brown. BOYS SOCCER Nashua South 5, Dover 0 Logan McIntosh scored twice, while Josh Reeder added a goal and one assist to lead Nashua South to a 5-0 win at Dover. Greg Lestage and Nate Hyde chipped in with one goal each, while Ryan Santoro fed his Panthers teammates for three assists. Will Hendricks stopped the only shot he faced in the shutout, as South upped its record to 7-7-1 heading into Thursday's regular-season finale against Keene at Stellos Stadium. CROSS COUNTRY Campbell has strong effort at Cluster meet The Campbell boys and girls cross country teams finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in Wednesday's Southern Cluster meet at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. For the boys, sophomore Jeffrey Allen led the way with a runner-up finish. Also scoring for the Cougars were junior Luke Hogan, senior Payton Musco, senior Brendon Jeffrey, senior Jakob Scopelites and sophomores Alec and Seth Bonvouloir. For the girls, junior Caitlyn Callian was the lead runner in 11th. She was followed across the finish line by senior Samantha Molinari, senior Gabriele Hogan, freshman Gilllian Gallagher, freshman Michelle Freeman and senior Danielle Ledoux. Next up for the Cougars is the Division III Championship Meet at Derryfield[...]

Signs damaged, stolen ahead of vote

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:32:02 EST

NASHUA - Steve Negron isn't sure why it's happening, but he'd like whoever is stealing and vandalizing his campaign signs to stop. "If there's an issue with my signs, they should discuss that with me," he said. Instead, he's lost more than 30 of the lawn signs he bought to put out in his campaign for a New Hampshire House of Representatives seat in Ward 5 as the Republican candidate. Signs have been stolen, knocked over and, in at least one case, "mutilated" with a knife, he said. "I don't know why anyone would do that to me," he said. "That's not the way Nashuans should express their political views." The lawn signs cost him about $3 apiece, bringing damage up to around $100, and he's also had a large 3-foot-by-6-foot banner that cost him $150 taken. Negron isn't alone. Democrat Patricia Klee, running for a Statehouse seat in Ward 3, has said she and others running with her have had their signs stolen.

Robots may someday fly planes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:18:33 EST

Think of it as the airborne cousin to the self-driving car: a robot in the cockpit to help human pilots fly passengers and cargo - and eventually even replace them. The government and industry are collaborating on a program that seeks to replace the second human pilot in two-person flight crews with a robot co-pilot that never tires, gets bored, feels stressed out or gets distracted. The program is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon's arm for development of emerging technologies, and run by Aurora Flight Sciences, a private contractor. With both the military and airlines struggling with shortages of trained pilots, officials say they see an advantage to reducing the number of pilots required to fly large aircraft while at the same time increasing safety and efficiency by having a robot pick up the mundane tasks of flying. The idea is to have the robot free the human pilot, especially in emergencies and demanding situations, to think strategically. "It's really about a spectrum of increasing autonomy and how humans and robots work together so that each can be doing the thing that it's best at," said John Langford, Aurora's chairman and CEO. Langford even envisions a day when a single pilot on the ground will control multiple airliners in the skies, and people will go about their daily travels in self-flying planes. At a demonstration of the technology at a small airport in Manassas, Va., on Monday, a robot with spindly metal tubes and rods for arms and legs and a claw hand grasping the throttle was in the right seat of a single-engine Cessna Caravan. In the left seat, a human pilot tapped commands to his mute colleague on an electronic tablet. The robot did the flying. Sophisticated computers flying planes aren't new.

California mulls self-driving car regulations

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:06:31 EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California regulators asked members of the public Wednesday what they thought about proposed regulations that would - eventually - allow self-driving cars that lack a steering wheel or pedals on public roads. For the most part, the message was the regulations still need a lot of work. In a workshop at the state Capitol, the state's Department of Motor Vehicles heard criticism from representatives of companies developing the cars of the future, as well as skeptics who worry government is being pushed to embrace the technology before it is ready for the masses. For now, self-driving cars are still prototypes, and California's roads and highways are their real-world testing grounds. The most bullish developers suggest the technology could be ready for market within a year or two. The regulations that department officials drafted will govern how everyday people can get and use the cars once companies and federal regulators conclude they are safe. The rules are being closely watched nationally because they will govern California, not only a huge consumer market but also a place where Silicon Valley is leading development of the technology. The department was supposed to have finalized the regulations by Jan.

Hollis, Milford men charged with blowing up LBGT newspaper box

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:03:14 EST

SALEM, Mass. - The police investigation into the August explosion that destroyed a vending box owned by an LGBTQ newspaper has led to charges filed against men from Hollis and Milford. John Richard, 23, of Hollis, and Milford resident Lawrence Gilman, 20, are scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday in Salem (Mass.) district court, according to Boston TV station WCVB and the Salem, Mass., Patch news website. Richard and Gilman are each charged with one count of malicious or wanton defacing or damaging of property over $250, and throwing, secreting, launching or placing of an incendiary device. They are accused of placing explosives inside a vending box for The Rainbow Times, a Boston-based publication that bills itself as "New England's largest LGBTQ newspaper." The explosion of the box, which was in Lappin Park in the North Shore town of Salem, was caught on video surveillance cameras on nearby businesses. According to the WCVB report, the men were not charged with hate crime or bias offenses because police don't have solid evidence that they targeted the box because it held an LGBTQ publication. A spokesperson for the newspaper told news outlets that their vending boxes have been vandalized roughly 10 times, including the August incident and a spate of vandalism in June, which is Gay Pride Month.

Race Saturday to mark start of The Telegraph’s Santa Fund drive

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:02:42 EST

NASHUA - Volunteers will take to the track Saturday at The Telegraph's 40th annual Santa Fund Run. The event, which consists of both a 5K and 10K race, will kick off the paper's biggest annual fundraiser, the Santa Fund drive, beginning at 9 a.m. at the YMCA of Greater Nashua at 24 Stadium Drive. "It's a great way to bring the community together," said Tracy Dionne, The Telegraph's event producer. All net proceeds from this race will benefit the Santa Fund, which is in its 55th year of helping those less fortunate in Greater Nashua during the holiday. The Santa Fund gathers donations from area residents, which are then distributed through local organizations. This year, the Nashua Police Athletic League and The High Hopes Foundation, both first-time volunteers, will be joining forces with The Salvation Army and The Front Door Agency to dole out donations. "We're excited to be a partner with The Telegraph this year," said Shaun Nelson, executive director of Nashua PAL, adding that it will help the Ash Street nonprofit serve more families in the community. Nashua PAL will also be sending volunteers to this weekend's race. Nashua Community College Massage Therapy students also will offer massages for runners after they cross the finish line. Registration is $30 for those 19 and older and $15 for those 18 and younger.

Guilty pleas entered in 2015 Hudson stalking, protective order violations case

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:02:13 EST

NASHUA - Former Hudson man Jason Bean, accused of violating protective orders and stalking an ex-girlfriend in 2015, has pleaded guilty to six related charges as part of an agreement reached by his attorneys and a county prosecutor. Bean, 33, entered the guilty pleas Monday in Hillsborough County Superior Court South, at which time Judge Charles Temple scheduled his sentencing hearing for 11 a.m. Thursday in Temple's courtroom. The charges accuse Bean, whose last known address is Valley Street jail in Manchester, of "repeatedly" text-messaging and calling the alleged victim on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2015, in violation of a court order that prohibited him from having any contact or communication with her. The orders had been issued by Nashua district court's family division about a week before the alleged violations, documents state. The three charges of violation of a protective order are Class B felonies, based in part on the fact that Bean was convicted of misdemeanor-level violation of a protective order in March 2008 in Berlin district court. A grand jury indicted Bean in February on the three felony counts, along with the three stalking charges, which are Class A misdemeanors. Assistant County Attorney Leslie Gill, who is prosecuting the case, and Bean's attorneys, Amanda Henderson and Kara Simard, told Temple at Monday's hearing that the sides had entered a capped-plea agreement on one of the felony charges, with the remaining five agreed upon through fully-negotiated plea agreements. Under a capped plea, each side presents to the judge its recommendation on the length, and terms, of a defendant's sentence, leaving it up to the judge to make the final decision. In this case, Gill recommended Bean serve 11/2 to five years in state prison, while the defense asked for 12 months in Valley Street jail. On the other felony charges, the sides agreed to a sentence of 21/2 to five years in state prison, all suspended for five years, consecutive after the first sentence. In regard to the misdemeanor charges, the attorneys agreed to 12 months in jail on each count, all suspended for five years. Each side will present its sentencing arguments at the outset of Thursday's hearing. All sentences carry stipulations that Bean enter and meaningfully participate in a batterer intervention program and that he have no contact with the alleged victim or her minor child, according to the attorneys. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS.

Alleged stealing of Macy’s merch

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:01:41 EST

Manchester resident William Mejia-Delisle was charged over the weekend by Nashua police with felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $1,200 in merchandise from Macy's department store. Police said Mejia-Delisle, 23, of 515 Lincoln St., Apt. 2, Manchester, was taken into custody shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, roughly 45 minutes after officers were called to the Pheasant Lane Mall store. Mejia-Delisle was booked and later released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, police said. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec.

Robbery charge in phone theft

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:01:11 EST

A Manchester man was charged Monday with felony robbery and trying to elude police after he allegedly assaulted a Nashua man and stole his cellphone to cover "a previous debt," according to police. Jamal George, 32, whose last known address is 287 Green St., refused bail and was later transported to the Valley Street jail in Manchester, police said. He faces one count of robbery, a Class B felony; along with one count each of resisting detention and resisting arrest, both Class A misdemeanors. Police said officers were called around 9:30 Monday morning to Amherst Street near Sargent Avenue for the report of a robbery that occurred at a local residence. The suspect, later identified as George, allegedly ran from the area, but officers gave chase and apprehended him after a brief pursuit. Police said the victim told detectives that George assaulted him and took his cellphone due to a previous debt. Police ask that anyone with additional information on the incident contact the department's crime line at 589-1665. - DEAN SHALHOUP

Dems allege conflict with Sununu, brothers’ business

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:00:42 EST

CONCORD - New Hampshire Democrats are alleging that Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Sununu may have cast improper votes related to clients of his brothers' lobbying and public affairs business. At a press conference Wednesday, the Democratic Party pointed to an instance when Sununu voted as an executive councilor on a contract with a company his brothers' firm represented. It offered no other evidence, but called for disclosure of a client list for Sununu's brothers' firm, Profile Strategy Group. Sununu's campaign called the press conference a "cheap political attack" and denied wrongdoing. "Chris Sununu has been open and transparent during his tenure on the Executive Council about any conflicts of interests that have come before him," spokesman Dave Abrams said. "He is always willing to recuse himself in instances of conflict, and any claim to the contrary is patently false and motivated purely by partisan politics." Sununu is running against Democrat Colin Van Ostern, a fellow executive councilor, to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

Conn. women charged in $3K card scheme

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 02:00:10 EST

NASHUA - A pair of Connecticut women who allegedly went on a daylong, $3,000 liquor shopping spree in July using stolen credit card information have been arraigned in Nashua district court and are awaiting their next court dates. Rockel Samas, 22, of Norwalk, Conn., and Samira Leon, 23, of Bridgeport, Conn., each face one count of theft by deception, Class A felonies, according to police. The two are accused of using credit card information, which police said had been stolen from three local residents' accounts, to purchase more than $3,000 worth of liquor on July 27 at two state liquor stores in Nashua. Criminal investigation bureau detectives launched an investigation, speaking with the victims and their respective banks to develop information that eventually led to the two women, police said. Samas was arrested first, on the afternoon of Oct. 3, while Leon was taken into custody Tuesday in Bridgeport on an arrest warrant, police said. She subsequently waived extradition and was returned to Nashua for arraignment, which took place Wednesday in the Nashua court. Bail for Samas was initially set at $20,000 cash or surety, while Leon's was set at $25,000 cash or surety. It wasn't immediately known if either defendant's bail was modified at arraignment. Police ask that anyone with any additional information on the case call the department's Crime Line at 589-1665. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS.

Chase ends with arrest in Windham

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:00:35 EST

WINDHAM - A 24-year-old Nashua man with a history of arrests in the Nashua-Manchester area was captured by police late Wednesday morning after he allegedly crashed a stolen car on Interstate 93 then took off on foot. Victor Rosario, whose last known address is 20 Heon Court in Nashua, was jailed in the Rockingham County lockup in Brentwood after being booked on one count of receiving stolen property, a felony, and one misdemeanor count each of conduct after an accident and operating after suspension - second offense, according to a state police statement. Rosario, who in February 2014 was charged in Nashua with four counts of domestic violence-related assault and in May with disobeying an officer, reportedly crashed a 2000 Honda Civic into a portable electronic highway construction sign, then bailed out and fled on foot, police said. They said Rosario allegedly stole the car in Lowell, Mass., earlier in the day. Trooper Kieren Fagan, who was working a construction detail on I-93 just north of the Route 111 exit at the time and was the first officer on the scene, found the heavily damaged Civic, but no driver was present, police said. Fagan was approached by numerous witnesses who said they had seen the Civic weaving through traffic "at a high rate of speed" in the northbound lanes of I-93, and that it appeared the driver was trying to use the breakdown lane to pass lines of traffic. Those who witnessed the crash told Fagan that the driver got out and ran east into a wooded area. Police said they provided a detailed description, which was broadcast to other troopers and Windham officers. Minutes later, police said, three Windham officers spotted a man who matched the description walking along Ludlow Road, part of a residential subdivision just east of the interstate. Other officers and troopers identified him as Rosario and took him into custody. Police said Rosario is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Thursday morning in Salem district court. The incident remains under investigation, police said, adding that anyone with any additional information is urged to contact Fagan or Trooper Michael Berntsen at 223-4381. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS.

Bucknam named managing editor of The Telegraph

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:32:27 EST

Publisher Jim Konig announced Tuesday that Sandy Bucknam has been chosen as the new executive managing editor of The Telegraph. Konig made the announcement at a companywide meeting on Tuesday. “We are happy to name Sandy Bucknam as our new executive managing editor,” Konig said. “We took a look at his resume, and it was obvious he was the right choice for the position. “He has been with us for 38 years, and during that time he has done just about every job in the newsroom. He really has a feel for the pulse of the community, and I know the readers will benefit greatly with Sandy in the role of executive managing editor.” Bucknam most recently was weeklies and community news editor of The Telegraph. “I’m grateful to Jim for the faith he has placed in me,” Bucknam said. “This is a particularly exciting time to be named the executive managing editor as we prepare for our move back to Main Street in Nashua, especially since I began my career with The Telegraph in 1978 when we were at 60 Main Street. “Hudson has been a good host to us all these years, but it’s nice to be moving back home to downtown Nashua.” Bucknam started at The Telegraph in June 1978 as a sports reporter after graduating from Pittsfield High School in 1973 and earning a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1977.

Former Red Sox pitcher stumps for Trump in Nashua

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:58:00 EST

NASHUA – Former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling said Tuesday that he thinks the media is firmly focused on making sure that the Republican nominee doesn’t win the election, a claim which GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has also made consistently over the past few weeks. “Anybody denying that doesn’t have the TV on and doesn’t read the newspaper,” Schilling told a packed crowd at the Trump Nashua Victory Office on Main Street. “But I think we’re better than them, I think we’re bigger than that, I think we’re smarter than that.” Schilling’s visit was one of three stops at Trump phone banking events in the state Tuesday, including events in Stratham and Salem. His visit to the Granite State also coincided with the announcement he plans to challenge U.S. Sen.

Nashua Democrat Dan Weeks wants Executive Council to keep government open, in check

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:26:22 EST

NASHUA – Dan Weeks wants to be an Executive Councilor who holds government accountable to the people, without falling into ideological fights over party politics. “I simply don’t see the role of Executive Council as being an ideologue,” he said Tuesday in an editorial board meeting with the Nashua Telegraph. “I see it as being a good government watchdog.” Weeks, a Nashua Democrat, is running for the District 5 seat on the council against Republican incumbent David Wheeler. As a councilor, Weeks wants to serve as someone who makes sure the state contracts are appropriate, and as someone who makes sure the state is doing right by the taxpayer. “I want to ensure that we’re spending money the right way,” he said. For Weeks, that means making the right investments in Granite Staters and their futures. Top on his agenda is getting a commuter rail line to service Nashua and Manchester. “This is about a lot more than getting some cars off the road; this is the single biggest economic development opportunity New Hampshire has faced in a generation,” he said. The Capitol Corridor study, done by the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, proposes millions of spending in taxpayer dollars in return for a potential of an economic boom, Weeks said. “We haven’t seen anything like it,” he said. The $246 million costs to start the project would be mostly paid for by federal grants and in-kind donations from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.

Scout's Honor: Nashua’s Mahfuz honored for community service

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:52:00 EST

Standing at a podium on Tuesday, Larry Gammon, president of the Easter Seals organization in New Hampshire, praised local businessman Sy Mahfuz for the difference he’s made in the lives of Nashua-area soldiers and their families. Gammon shared with a luncheon audience, of about 70 people at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, that Mahfuz, along with another citizen, Tom Tessier, have helped raise $1.5 million for Veterans Count, an Easter Seals program that supports veterans, service members and their families, over the past four years. Gammon’s remarks were made just before Mahfuz received the 2016 Nashua Good Scout Award. He was honored by the Daniel Webster Council of the Boys Scouts of America for his service to his community and local businesses along with exemplifying the values of Scouting in his daily life. “We’re all here, and we have to make a difference in people’s lives one way or another,” Mahfuz told the audience. “It’s a legacy that I think we should be thinking about.” Legacy is an important word to him, Mahfuz continued. Although his father, Fred, didn’t use the word, Mahfuz said, leaving a legacy of helping others was important to him. Mahfuz, who followed his father into the family rug selling business, considered him to be a role model while growing up. “He was someone I really looked up to and he taught me every single day,” Mahfuz said. Mahfuz and Tessier are two of the charter members of the Veterans Count Nashua chapter.

Merrimack teen charged with threatening police, damaging relative’s car

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:52:00 EST

MERRIMACK – Police say a Merrimack teen was arrested twice within a couple hours Monday, initially for allegedly calling 911 to have a close family member removed from his house and threatening police, then on accusations that he smashed out the rear window of the car belonging to the family member who had just bailed him out. Illya Scott II, 18, a former Nashua resident and 2016 Nashua High School North grad now living at 16 Mill St. in Merrimack, was scheduled for arraignment Tuesday morning in Merrimack district court on a total of six charges stemming from the alleged incidents. They include one count each of criminal threatening, making a false public alarm, resisting arrest, willful concealment, criminal mischief – domestic violence, and breach of bail conditions, according to police. Police said the first three charges stemmed from the initial incident, in which Scott called police shortly after 11 a.m. Monday claiming there was an unknown man in his house who was refusing to leave. Arriving officers located the man, whom police identified as “a close family member” of Scott’s. Police said Scott then “made repeated threats toward officers,” and when they tried to take him into custody he allegedly resisted and struggled with the officers. The willful concealment charge stems from a previous investigation in which Scott was accused of stealing a cigar from a local store, police said. He was transported to police headquarters and booked on the four charges, with bail being set at $5,000 personal recognizance. A short time later, police said, Scott was released to a family member, but when the family member arrived at police headquarters to pick him up, Scott allegedly smashed out the rear window of the family member’s car. Officers found Scott in the front parking lot and promptly took him into custody again, adding the charges of domestic- related criminal mischief and breach of bail conditions to his list of offenses. This time, Scott’s bail was set at $5,000 cash only, which resulted in him being transported to Valley Street jail in Manchester overnight pending Tuesday’s arraignment. Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, or @Telegraph_DeanS.

Corn again: Maize mazes return for fall

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:49:00 EST

Corn mazes have become a draw all on their own, just like pumpkins and pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. They’re now part of modern harvest experiences and Halloween fun, and some sport their own brand of scary. “It’s a big draw,” said Cameron Hardy, a sixth-generation farmer at Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis. Large operations feature mazes dozens of acres in size. His maze is 2 acres. “At three bucks, it’s a great value,” he said. Maze making Though many of the more complex designs are created using software and GPS technology to carve out intricate designs only truly visible from the air, Hardy’s technique is simpler and begins with a sketch on paper. ‘”Every year, I come up with a design. I stake it out, spray-paint the design in orange on top of the stalks when they’re waist-high and trim it out,” he said. The corn itself, cow corn not intended for human consumption, is planted in a much denser pattern than corn for sale at the farmstand.

Beli-tech: Paper beats plastic

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:40:00 EST

BOSTON – Bill Belichick is throwing in the towel in his ongoing fight with the use of tablets on the sideline. Responding to a question in a conference call Tuesday about headset issues the Patriots had during last week’s win over the Bengals, Belichick said he “can’t take it anymore” with the tablets, adding there isn’t enough consistency in the performance of the devices. “I’ve given them as much time as I can give them,” Belichick said of the tablets. “They’re just too undependable for me.” The decision comes after Belichick was caught on camera slamming down a sideline tablet following a Bills touchdown during their Oct. 2 matchup. He also railed for several minutes about ongoing issues with NFL technology, including the communication system between coaches in the press box and those on the field, as well as the coach-to-quarterback play calling system, which Belichick said “fails on a regular basis.” “There are very few games that we play, home or away, day, night, cold, hot, preseason, regular season, postseason, it doesn’t make any difference; there are very few games where there aren’t issues in some form or fashion with that equipment,” he said. Belichick conceded that part of the problem is the number of different pieces of equipment that operate on various connections and frequencies. He also said that because it’s NFL-issued equipment, they don’t have the opportunity to work with it during the week in practice to work out potential issues. “We get the equipment the day of the game, or I’d say not the day of the game but a few hours before the game and we test it and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t,” Belichick said.

School says Merrimack teacher out before arrest

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:48:00 EST

MERRIMACK – The former Merrimack High School teacher accused of soliciting nude photos of one of his 16-year-old students was removed from his classroom last Tuesday and formally resigned Oct. 13, several days before his arrest, according to the town school district. Just hours after his arrest on Monday, the Merrimack School Board acknowledged the resignation of longtime educator Robert Todd Wiley, with board chairwoman Shannon Barnes saying the move is a standard resignation outside his inability to collect retirement incentives. Police said the 63-year-old Wiley turned himself in Monday morning on a warrant that “stemmed from a thorough investigation” into allegations he solicited naked photos of a 16-year-old female student and “supplied images and videos to the victim of himself manipulating his genitals.” Wiley submitted a one-sentence letter of resignation last Thursday that stated, “After 37 dedicated years as a teacher of English and philosophy at Merrimack High School, this letter serves as my intent to retire from the Merrimack School District, effective Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.” Marjorie Chiafery, Merrimack’s superintendent of schools, said the board was relieved that Wiley submitted his resignation and that it “hadn’t been forced upon” them. She said Wiley was removed from the school on Tuesday, Oct.

Bishop Guertin, Nashua North field hockey fall in D-I prelims

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:34:00 EST

FIELD HOCKEY Division I prelims No. 10 Exeter 3, No. 7 Bishop Guertin 2 Blue Hawks freshman Maddie Davis scored off a rebound with 11:25 left at Stellos Stadium to propel the Blue Hawks (6-8-1) into the quarterfinals and end the Cardinals’ season at 8-6-1. It was the second time Exeter has beaten BG at Stellos this year.

Dear NFL begging for tax dollars to fund stadiums: Gong!

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:25:00 EST

The Raiders in Las Vegas is a natural fit. Sorry, Oakland residents, but the ghost of Al Davis is going to get his wish. Davis, who was envisioning such a move decades ago, died in 2011. Five years later his Raiders-in-Vegas scenario is all but guaranteed. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Raiders owner Mark Davis put on a show Monday, posing with construction workers and alleged Raiders fans at the University of Las Vegas to sign off on a bill that gives the green light on a 65,000-seat domed stadium.

Local College Journal: Bisson gives Rivier hoop team early wake-up call

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:22:00 EST

NASHUA – The basketballs began bouncing early Saturday over at Rivier University’s Muldoon Center. Try 7 a.m. early “I got ’em going after it early in the morning,” Raiders men’s basketball coach Lance Bisson said. Saturday, you see, was the first day NCAA Division III teams could begin practicing for the 2016-17 season. Daniel Webster also started its practices, gearing up for the final season in school history. But for Bisson, the former Nashua High School North and Rivier standout, Saturday marked the first day he addressed the players with the “interim” tag removed from his title. Also a former Raider assistant, he took over last December after longtime coach Dave Morissette resigned to devote more time to his family in Exeter.

Regulations, audits complicate things for NH small businesses

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:52:00 EST

The state of New Hampshire is unique in many respects. Our geographic location, which features great natural beauty, distinguishes it from most states. That same location also provides residents with relatively easy access to Boston – a city containing historic, cultural, academic and economic attributes. The other element that sets New Hampshire apart from most other states is its tax structure, which includes neither an income tax nor a sales tax.

Surprisingly high number of first-timers now buying homes

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:49:01 EST

For years, the U.S. housing market looked bleak for young couples hoping to buy their first homes but struggling with high student debt, low pay and meager down-payment savings. But a new survey by the real estate firm Zillow suggests that first-time buyers may be entering the market in greater numbers than industry watchers had assumed. Over the past year, the survey found, nearly half of home sales have gone to first-timers. That’s a much higher proportion than some other industry estimates had indicated. And it comes as a surprise in part because ownership rates for adults under 34 are at their lowest levels since the government began tracking the figure in 1994. Zillow’s survey results suggest that the trend is shifting, and that some of this year’s growth in home sales has come from a wave of college-educated couples in their 30s, who are the most common first-time buyers. They are people like Natasja Handy, a 32-year-old lawyer and new mother.

Yahoo stumbles again in 3Q, raising stakes on Verizon deal

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:46:00 EST

SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo stumbled through another rough patch in the third quarter, ramping up the pressure on the slumping internet company to complete its $4.8 billion sale to Verizon Communications. The results released Tuesday represented Yahoo’s first financial update since announcing in late July its deal to sell its digital operations to Verizon. The numbers showed Yahoo is profiting from a cost-cutting program that has jettisoned 2,200 workers, or about one-fifth of its workforce, during the past year. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company earned $163 million, or 17 cents per share, more than doubling from the same time last year. But Yahoo’s revenue plunged 14 percent to $857 million after subtracting advertising commissions for the period covering July through September. It marks the fourth consecutive quarter that Yahoo’s net revenue has dropped by at least 10 percent, a trend that management forecast will extend into the final three months of this year. The ongoing erosion won’t as matter as long as Yahoo can still fall into Verizon’s arms. The Verizon deal was put in jeopardy in late September when Yahoo disclosed that hackers had broken into its data centers and stolen email addresses, birth dates, answers to security questions, and other personal information from at least 500 million user accounts. News of the breach raised the specter that people would become leery of Yahoo, causing them to use its services less frequently or abandon them entirely. If that were to happen, Yahoo’s email and other online operations including sections devoted to news, sports, finance and entertainment would be worth less to Verizon than the $4.8 billion sale price. As part of its earnings report, Yahoo also published charts showing usage of its services has held steady since the company dropped its bombshell. “We remain very confident, not only in the value of our business, but also in the value Yahoo products bring to our users’ lives,” CEO Marissa Mayer said in a statement. For the first time in her four-year reign, Mayer didn’t hold a conference call or video presentation to review the quarterly results and field questions from analysts.

High School Highlights: Oyster River edges HB boys soccer

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:10:00 EST

The Cavs (4-11) gave Oyster River a tough battle but the visitors scored the game’s only goal 18 minutes into the second half for a 1-0 victory. HB goalie Ryan Coutu had eight saves while Cavs’ back Hunter Adams also played well. Manchester Central 5, Nashua South 0 Roe Hendrick had three saves in goal but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers dropped their fourth straight to fall to 6-7-1. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Exeter 3, Nashua North 2 The Titans lost a tough fifth set, 18-16, to fall to 6-9 on the year. They split the first four, 17-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-14.

Field hockey tournaments start Tuesday

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:10:00 EST

Believe it or not, the fall high school tournament season is upon us. At least for one sport, as four local field hockey teams are ready to start the postseason as soon as Tuesday. In Division I, the seventh-ranked Bishop Guertin Cardinals (8-5-1) will host No. 10 Exeter at 3:30 p.m. at Stellos Stadium. Meanwhile, Nashua North finished ninth at 6-8 and will visit Bedford (7-6-1), also at 3:30. The other locals are in Division II and one, Souhegan, will be off until Saturday after finishing as the third seed at 12-2 and receiving a first-round bye.

Stand Still: At Booming Jim Beam, strikers cite grueling, tough workweeks

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:10:00 EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Striking Jim Beam workers kept picketing the world’s largest bourbon producer on Monday, ahead of another round of talks that a union leader hopes will resolve their complaints about being overworked. The dispute has splashed some disharmony on the whiskey sector’s good times. The workers say the company has refused to hire more full-time workers, and that demand for Beam whiskey has them putting in 60-80 hours a week to keep up. “It is really booming right now,” United Food and Commercial Workers local president Janelle Mudd said by phone Monday. “Maybe they didn’t take into account growing the work force as the demand grew.

New England offense benefits from TE tandem

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:58:00 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots had a vision of what could be when they acquired Martellus Bennett in a trade with the Bears this spring. They knew what they had in sure-handed 2015 All-Pro Rob Gronkowski, who developed into Tom Brady’s favorite target over his seven years in New England. The question was whether the veteran Bennett, a 2014 Pro Bowl selection, could fit into both the Patriots’ unique culture and having to share the field with an established tight end. If the past two weeks are any indication, the Patriots may have created the perfect two-headed monster. Since Brady returned to the field from his four-game suspension, Gronkowski and Bennett have helped New England put up some of its best offensive numbers of the season. Bennett posted a career-high three touchdowns in a 33-13 win at Cleveland in Brady’s season debut Oct. 9.

Patriots are a step ahead of AFC contenders

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:52:00 EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Sometimes it’s just your year. For the New England Patriots, it feels like it’s been that way for the last 15, even when they don’t win the Super Bowl. “They’re a team that plays really well,” Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said after Sunday’s typical 35-17 Patriot win. “I think they’re just a really good team and they’ve been a good team for a long time. “They’re sound in everything they do. They’ve got a really good quarterback and that’s a big part of it, too.