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Communist Albania Was A Green New Deal Paradise, Lowell Sun Columnist Says

Albania under the Communists was the cleanest, greenest, and unhappiest place Lowell Sun columnist Peter Lucas had ever seen when he visited in August 1986. The country had no cars for anyone except the rulers, and almost no airplanes. “But Albania was green. There was no fossil-fuel pollution, and the air was fresh and clean.......

Former MA Gov. Bill Weld To Challenge Trump For GOP 2020 Presidential Nomination

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld announced today in New Hampshire that he is starting an exploratory committee “to challenge” President Donald Trump in next year’s primaries for the 2020 GOP presidential nomination. Weld, who served in MA from 1990 to 1997 as a Republican, ran as the vice presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket......

A “Most Excellent Moose” – A Moose Ambassador – Has Died In Maine

George the Moose has died, having lived his life, almost all of it in captivity, as a “most excellent moose.” He was nearly 15. Having been rescued as a calf with his twin sister after their mother likely died in the wild, George was brought to Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, ME, in 2004, the......

NH’s Only Pulitzer Prize-Winning Newspaper Selling Building, Land, For Smaller Digs

Confronted by a “shrinking” newspaper industry, the Concord Monitor, a much-lauded daily newspaper in the NH state capital that garnered a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, has announced it is putting its 25-year-old building up for sale and relocating its news and advertising departments, and its printing press, to a smaller space closer to the city.......

Rhode Island Governor Wants To Ban ‘Assault’ Rifles, Pistols

Rhode Island’s governor and attorney general are supporting a bill that would ban what it calls “assault weapons,” including certain semiautomatic rifles and pistols. The bill would prohibit semiautomatic rifles that have “a fixed magazine capacity exceeding 10 rounds” or that can accept a detachable magazine and have at least one of several features, including......

Attleboro Cop Talks Suicidal 21-Year-Old Man Off Ledge

A 32-year veteran of the Attleboro Police Department talked for about 45 minutes with a 21-year-old man intent on jumping from a 70-foot-high roof, eventually persuading the man to climb down a fire truck ladder instead. The man had been taken by ambulance to a hospital near South Attleboro Square when he escaped from a......

NYC Mayor Visiting Nashua for 2020 – No, Not That One, The Current One

Bill deBlasio, New York City’s left-wing Democratic mayor, is planning to visit Nashua, New Hampshire on Friday, February 15, anticipating a possible run for president in 2020. DeBlasio, according to the Nashua Telegraph, “believes the nation’s recent leftward political shift may allow him to be a viable 2020 presidential candidate.” DeBlasio’s predecessor as mayor of......

320-Square-Foot Cottage Listed for $2 Million

The tiny house on a 0.34-acre lot in the South End of Portsmouth, New Hampshire is right near the water, and can be replaced either by a substantial home or subdivided lots. Portsmouth is a hot commodity in real estate right now. The little cottage, built in 1940, was once a candy shop that made......

MIT Creates Insulin Pill; Could Eliminate Injections For Diabetes

A team of scientists led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has looked to Africa’s leopard turtle to create a potentially revolutionary oral “pill” that delivers insulin through the stomach lining of patients suffering from Type-2 diabetes. People afflicted with that form of diabetes usually require multiple needle injections of insulin a day to counteract......

Not So Appealing: NH’s High Court Rules Against “Free The Nipple” Appeal

In a 3-2 decision, the New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled constitutional a Laconia city law banning women from exposing their breasts in public. The 29-page ruling comes after 3 appellants, Heidi Lilley of Gilford, Kia Sinclair of Danbury and Ginger Pierro of Canaan, sought the court’s relief for their convictions for public nudity when......

Is Tom Brady A Pagan?

Altars, healing stones, belief in the “power of intention,” and positive references to witchery are among the approaches to success in football that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cited during a charity appearance Thursday. Brady was asked a question that got more of an answer than people in the crowd were expecting while getting......