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Maine Professor Who Offered Credit To Students for Anti-Kavanaugh Protests Barred From Teaching

A retired professor who offered University of Southern Maine students one academic credit for going to Washington D.C. to protest against then-U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been barred from teaching in the state’s university system. Susan Feiner, who retired in September 2018 after 21 years teaching economics at the Portland school, can’t teach......

8,600 Still Without Natural Gas in Merrimack Valley Warned About Coming Freeze

Some 8,600 natural gas customers in Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover still don’t have service, which means they don’t have heat — even as temperatures are expected to plummet below freezing Wednesday night. State officials are encouraging residents to seek shelter elsewhere. Columbia Gas has said it expects to restore natural gas service to all......

Vermont Political Opponents End Debate With A Song

A Republican and Democrat running for an open state representative seat in Vermont debated issues at a community forum for about 40 minutes and then ended by singing a song together. Zac Mayo, a Republican, played guitar while Lucy Rogers, a Democrat, played cello while both sang a mournful dirge called “Society” by Pearl Jam......

Addressing Perceptions of Liberal Bias A Concern For New UNH President

Professors shouldn’t allow their political beliefs to contain students in the classroom, the new president of the University of New Hampshire said. James W. Dean Jr. said he thinks claims of liberal bias in universities are overblown, but he acknowledged that most professors are liberals and that many people criticize American universities for the way......

GOP Candidate for State Auditor Scores Apparent Endorsement From Tom Brady

Republican candidate for state auditor Helen Brady has a photo of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holding one of her bumper stickers while standing next to her. Helen Brady is the Republican nominee against Democratic incumbent Suzanne Bump. She is not related to the football player, but she is connected to him through Best......

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, Former New York City Mayor, Stops in New Hampshire — Running?

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made an appearance at an anti-gun event in New Hampshire, sparking speculation that he may run for president as a Democrat. Bloomberg, a billionaire media mogul, spoke before a get-out-the-vote event in Nashua for six Democratic candidates for state representative to members of Moms Demand Action, an affiliate......

Maine Native To Play First Transgender Superhero on Television

Nicole Maines, a biological male who identifies as a woman,  successfully sued the school district in Orono, Maine in 2014 when the school district wouldn’t allow Maines to use the girls bathroom. Now 21, Maines is set to appear as the first transgender superhero on television. Maines plays the role of Nia Nal, an associate......

Praising Asians’ Work Ethic Is ‘A Creation of White Supremacy,’ Activist Says

Less than a week before Harvard College goes to trial with an Asian-American group suing the school on a claim of anti-Asian bias in admissions, a panelist on campus suggested Asians are just as committed to left-wing goals as anyone else. “The model minority myth is a creation of white supremacy,” said Carolyn W. Chou,......

Maine State University Yanks Credit Offer To Anti-Kavanaugh Students Protesting Susan Collins

The University of Southern Maine, a state university, has yanked an offer of one college credit to students who travel to Washington D.C. to protest U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) as she mulls her decision on U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The president of the Portland school, Glenn Cummings, said the “pop-up course” was......

Democratic Nominee For Governor of New Hampshire Campaigns At Abortion Clinic

Molly Kelly, a former state senator who is one of 11 children, campaigned at an abortion clinic Wednesday while running for governor of New Hampshire. Kelly, 69, a Democrat, is challenging current governor Chris Sununu, 43, a Republican. Both candidates support legal abortion, but Kelly is hitting it harder, insisting that Sununu come out against......

Still No Answer On Why Explosions Occurred, and Many Merrimack Valley Residents Are Still Without Natural Gas

Rumors are flying all over Lawrence, North Andover, and Andover about why dozens of damaging natural gas explosions occurred September 13, but residents still have no definitive answers. Pressure in gas lines was 12 times more than it should have been, leading to the explosions, officials have said, but why it occurred a subject of......