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May 06. 2012 4:06PM

NH news from around the web - Updated 5/6

NEWS
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Hirshberg steps in after DeGeneres snubs Concord High overture
"Pickles and I have been calling her studio or whatever numbers we can find trying to get to a human there, and I did, once. She said they get tons of
calls like this every day from all over the world. I took it as 'Don't hold your breath lady,' even though she didn't say exactly that."


Bankruptcy judge vindicates victims of FRM Ponzi scheme
Connolly said there were 77 violations of state and federal law reported to the state's Banking Department and several criminal complaints filed with the attorney general's office, years before the Ponzi was revealed.


25% jump in demand for police services in Berlin
A compilation of the call volume for January through March shows a more than 25 percent increase in the number of calls — 5,149 in 2012 compared to 4101 in 2011 for the same time period. Other notable increases include a 63 percent increase in reports of felonies and 75 percent uptick in reported thefts. In addition to the thefts and burglaries, the department is seeing a 40 percent increase in DWI violations and assault calls are up 48 percent.


FEATURES
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NH arborist wins Connecticut Tree Climbing Competition
McCabe, 24, became a licensed arborist at 18 and now runs his own crew based out of Merrimack, N.H.


UNH Showcase 2012 - Katie Jordan



Sarah Silverman, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman lend voices to upcoming ‘The Simpsons'?


Shalomlife.com: Bart Simpson's Jewish Exes Returning to the Show


Field cut from Sandler script


Abused Jack Russel terriers need new homes



BUSINESS
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Mom's XXX-ray vision propels New Hampshire biz
Thirteen years after its founding, the New Hampshire-based women's erotica site has made the big-time with an appearance last month on — of all
places — ABC's “Nightline.”


Claremont, NH firm wins part of $6.9B Air Force contract for network infrastructure


Red River Awarded NETCENTS-2 ID/IQ Contract by the U.S. Air Force


The Hill: '60 Minutes' to debrief pilots who refuse to fly F-22
Honeywell makes the Oxygen system in question and Gregg serves on its board.


Video: Final F-22 Fighter Heads to Anchorage


Hirshberg to be inducted into Social Venture Network hall of fame

Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage increases, PC Connection jumps 10.6%


Isaacson sale will free up $2.25M for economic development in Berlin
BERLIN - The sale of Isaacson Structural Steel will free up $2.25 million for economic development efforts in the Berlin region including a $500,000 community development grant to the city. The money is part of $2.75 million earmarked for community benefits as part of the Burgess BioPower project.


Weirs biz owner circulating tear down saloon petition

COURTS / PUBLIC OVERSIGHT
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Public comments open on build waivers sought for Boy Scouts training ship 'Blue Planet' to ply New Hampshire waters


POLITICS
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Time dwindles for cold case unit; Funding uncertain, inquiries continue


Shaheen touts $400,000 federal grant for Coos County clinic


One-third of Belknap House delegation planning to retire after currernt session


PRIMARY
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Ayotte: I'm more qualified than Obama was


Ex-New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson wins Libertarian presidential nomination


Mitt digging deep for Newt
"His Super PAC is sitting on $6 million," former Gingrich New Hampshire campaign director Andrew Hemingway said. Even with $4.3 million in campaign debts, "I know Newt's not losing sleep."


OPINION
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The Purpose of Spectacular Wealth, According to a Spectacularly Wealthy Guy


Woodworkers Beware: OSHA's Blame and Shame Game
What's more, in monitoring OSHA press releases involving wood products firms for more than 10 years, I can't recall even one instance in which the safety agency issued a release announcing that it had determined that it's initial sanctions were too harsh or unwarranted.


Ridley Report: If NH is our nation, act like it



Guest Blog: A Month in the ‘Free State'
A few weeks ago, my shotgun would have subjected me to years in a state prison, I paid an 8.625% sales tax on nearly everything I purchased, and a progressive state income tax made every effort to steal from me the fruits of my labor. Finally, a local municipality driven mad by xenophobic anti-immigration activists declared my apartment illegal and threatened to evict me from my home. Thanks for that, no, really, thank you, because coming to New Hampshire is the single greatest thing I've ever done in my entire life.


SPORTS
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Jaguars kicker Long Ding hopes to make China proud
"That first year I played in New Hampshire it was pretty tough," Ding said. "I was learning a second language. I just realized how to play and learned the
rules."


This is why LeMons is the best race series




No summer vacation for Olympic skier
CONWAY — Coming off her best season yet on the U.S. Ski Team, Leanne Smith believes even better results are just on the horizon. Smith, a 2010 Olympian and the daughter of Paula and Joe Smith, of North Conway, finished fifth in the final Super G World Cup race of the season and then was second in the same event at the U.S. Nationals to wrap up her fifth year on the U.S. team. Next season is about to begin for the fun-loving yet fiercely competitive ski racer.


Lyme alpine skier, men's soccer player Eric Barthold earns senior honors at Colby 24th Annual Senior Athletic Awards Presentation


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