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October 27, 2020

A CIA Officer Visits Moscow, Returns With Mysterious, Crippling Headaches

by Greg Myre

During 26 years at the CIA, Marc Polymeropoulos spent a lot of time in rough places, like war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.But he never suffered any harm until December 2017, when he was sound asleep at a Marriott Hotel in Moscow near the U.S. Embassy."I was awoken in the middle of the night," recalled Plolymeropoulos, age 51. "I just had incredible vertigo, dizziness. I wanted to throw up. The room was spinning. I couldn't even stand up without falling down. I had tinnitus ringing in my ears."… Continue Reading


October 21, 2020

U.S. Still Seeking Clues to Mystery Illness Afflicting Diplomats and Spies

by Lara Jakes and Edward Wong

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has not determined what caused some American diplomats and intelligence officers to suffer from a mysterious, debilitating affliction while they were overseas, despite devoting vast resources over more than three years to investigating it, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday. Starting in late 2016, dozens of American officials and family members living in Cuba and China or traveling for work in other countries, including Russia, reported contracting an… Continue Reading


October 20, 2020

Claremont to host state's first Family Treatment Court

by Damien Fisher

Claremont District Court Judge Jon Yazinski sees the way parental addiction and mental health problems contribute to child abuse and neglect cases. "I would say 90 percent of the abuse and neglect cases I see involve a parent with a substance abuse issue," Yazinski said. This could change as the Claremont downtown courthouse is soon to be home to the state's first Family Treatment Court. Similar to the drug courts, which offer people charged in drug crimes with alternatives to prison, … Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

NH to get $1.75 million to set up drug court

by Paul Feely

Members of the state's congressional delegation say New Hampshire is getting $1.75 million to set up a new family drug court program. The grant will fund a Family Treatment Court (FTC) pilot project in Sullivan County to improve access to services for children and families experiencing abuse and neglect, as well as those facing substance abuse and mental health issues. This will be New Hampshire's first FTC and serve as a pilot program for potential additional FTCs in other counties th… Continue Reading


October 19, 2020

U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks

by Ana Swanson, Edward Wong and Julian E. Barnes

WASHINGTON - The strange sound came at night: a crack like a marble striking the floor of the apartment above them. Mark Lenzi and his wife had lightheadedness, sleep issues and headaches, and their children were waking up with bloody noses - symptoms they thought might be from the smog in Guangzhou, China, where Mr. Lenzi worked for the State Department. But air pollution could not explain his sudden memory loss, including forgetting names of work tools. What began as strange sounds and sympt… Continue Reading


October 17, 2020

Marker to honor trailblazing Dover suffragette Marilla Ricker

by Kyle Stucker

DOVER - For over 50 years, trailblazing Dover suffragette Marilla Ricker fought for women's right to vote. In honor of Ricker, who died a few months after the 19th Amendment passed 100 years ago, the Woodman Museum will encourage voters this Election Day to place their "I Voted" stickers on a new temporary marker on its 182 Central Ave. property. "I'm hopeful it gets some attention," said Patricia Wilson, a local resident creating and installing the marker with the museum's permission. "It's a… Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

COVID-19 testing at New England schools

by Benjamin Domaingue

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) created a new coronavirus (COVID-19) processing lab in response to the pandemic, which has received national praise. The lab at UNH has been online since August 24, and with its partnership with Quest Diagnostics and ConvenientMD, over 160,000 tests have been processed since July 29. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) recently visited UNH's COVID-19 lab. "I was very impressed both with the state of the art lab itself, the equipment itself, the way it was put… Continue Reading


October 16, 2020

COVID-19 testing at New England schools

by Benjamin Domaingue

The University of New Hampshire (UNH) created a new coronavirus (COVID-19) processing lab in response to the pandemic, which has received national praise. The lab at UNH has been online since August 24, and with its partnership with Quest Diagnostics and ConvenientMD, over 160,000 tests have been processed since July 29. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) recently visited UNH's COVID-19 lab. "I was very impressed both with the state of the art lab itself, the equipment itself, the way it was put… Continue Reading


October 15, 2020

‘We need to learn’: Adults, kids wanted for Pease PFAS Health Study

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, along with community activist Andrea Amico, urged people to sign up to participate in the restarted Pease PFAS Health Study. The first-in-the-nation study on adults and children exposed to dangerous PFAS chemicals in drinking water officially restarted Thursday, after being paused in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Amico, co-founder of Testing For Pease who has been nationally recognized for her work on the issue, stressed the importance of gettin… Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Shaheen gets briefing on CMC’s struggles and discoveries during COVID-19 pandemic

by Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every single part of American society, particularly hospitals. And in New Hampshire one hospital has borne a significant amount of the state's burden in combatting the pandemic. On Tuesday morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) received a briefing at Catholic Medical Center (CMC) providing an overview of the past few months at the hospital as well as thoughts for the future. According to CMC CEO Dr. Joseph Pepe and CMC COO Alex Walker,… Continue Reading


October 12, 2020

James Foley's mom optimistic about help for future detainees

by Kevin Landrigan

ROCHESTER - Diane Foley, the mother of slain photographer James Foley, said she's optimistic bipartisan support is building for legislation to rescue other Americans detained by ISIS and other terrorist organizations around the globe. Foley spoke soon after listening to the detention hearing and arraignment Friday of El Shafee el-Sheikh and Alexanda Kotey, the two suspected members of the "Beatles" ISIS wing accused in the torture and murder of her son and three other American hostages in 2… Continue Reading


October 12, 2020

Detainee reform would be fitting legacy, James Foley's mom says

by Kevin Landrigan

ROCHESTER - Diane Foley, the mother of slain freelance journalist James Foley, said a fitting legacy for her son would be for the next elected Congress and president to embrace legislation that would help rescue other Americans detained by ISIS and other terrorist groups around the globe. Last June, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved the Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act that the Foley family and those of three other families killed by ISIS terrorists … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Pease Health Study on PFAS in water set to resume

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - The first in the nation federal health study on adults and children exposed to dangerous PFAS chemicals is slated to restart Thursday, Oct. 15. Andrea Amico, co-founder of community advocacy group Testing For Pease, said "we were informed by ATSDR (the Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) that the Pease Health Study has been approved to reopen" pending final approval from an internal review board. "I'm thrilled that this study is going to reopen and that members of ou… Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Shaheen, senators urge funds to fight PFAS contamination

by Jeff McMenemy

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is urging House and Senate leaders to include provisions aimed at addressing PFAS water contamination in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. Shaheen led a letter sent to members of the U.S. Senate and House Armed Services Committees, which was signed by other senators, including Maggie Hassan, D-N.H,, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. The senators cite adverse health effects tied to PFAS chemicals, two of which - perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) … Continue Reading


October 07, 2020

Shaheen: Families of hostages to have their day in court

The transfer of two Islamic State members to the United States to face charges that they beheaded Western hostages is a giant step toward justice, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said Wednesday. El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are two of four men dubbed "the Beatles" by the hostages they held captive because of their British accents. They are expected to make their first appearance in the afternoon in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, where a federal grand jury issued an ei… Continue Reading


October 07, 2020

Islamic State ‘Beatles’ Jailers Are Charged in Abuse of Murdered Hostages

by Adam Goldman and Charlie Savage

WASHINGTON - Two notorious Islamic State detainees from Britain were brought to the United States on Wednesday to face federal charges over accusations that they jailed and tortured Western hostages, some of whom were beheaded, Justice Department officials said. The transfer is a milestone in the saga of the two men, El Shafee Elsheikh, 32, and Alexanda Kotey, 36, who are half of an ISIS cell of four Britons called "the Beatles" - a nickname bestowed by their victims because of their accents - … Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Law enforcement, political leaders say police, public need to come together

by Andy Hershberger

NASHUA, N.H. - Law enforcement and political leaders gathering Tuesday in Nashua in recognition of Community Policing Week said that police and the public need to come closer together instead of being driven apart. Police said they and the community need to work together to solve crimes and to keep each other safe. "When officers take the time to connect with and build the trust of the individuals that they protect, it helps our communities be safer," said U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. "It … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Sen. Shaheen says COVID-19 cases in White House, Senate should be 'wake-up call' for nation

by Adam Sexton

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has said the president and first lady's COVID-19 positive diagnoses are a wake-up call for the country. Shaheen said the slew of cases among top Republicans in the White House and Senate should prompt action on a new relief bill, when it is safe to reconvene. Shaheen said she wished the president, first lady, her Republican colleagues and everyone testing positive for COVID-19 a full recovery, but she believes the cluster of cases traced to the White Hous… Continue Reading


October 04, 2020

National Flight Simulator named Veteran-owned business of the year

by Jonathan Phelps

MANCHESTER - Steve Cunningham launched National Flight Simulator after buying a flight simulator. "I would like to think it was a brilliant business plan, but it was by accident," he told a crowd gathered at his leased space at the Manchester Regional Airport. Now, he operates five state-of-the-art simulators and is the only insurance company-approved simulator-based training center in New England. "I went from one sim in a broom closet to all of this," he said. On Friday, Cu… Continue Reading


October 04, 2020

Somersworth officials nervous as pandemic continues to take economic toll

by Kimberley Haas

Leaders in the city of Somersworth are worried they will have to cut essential services for residents due to the economic fallout associated with COVID-19. Somersworth, which borders Maine, is the smallest of Strafford County's tri-cities. With a population of just under 12,000 people, they do not have the same tax base as neighboring Dover and Rochester, but residents face many of the same social issues. "We have a lot of families that are food insecure," Superintendent Robert Gadomsk… Continue Reading

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