NH News Roundup for Saturday, Dec. 24

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Welcome to InDepthNH.org’s roundup of news that matters in New Hampshire, Dec. 24

Christmas cards get holy touch with Bethlehem postmark (Caledonian Record)

BETHLEHEM, N.H. (AP) — Instead of mailing her Christmas cards from her local post office, Sherry Wareing drove 20 miles roundtrip to a small post office in a White Mountains town of about 2,500.

Multiple fire departments respond to gas leak in Keene (Keene Sentinel)

Fire departments from New Hampshire and Vermont are wrapping up an investigation into a gas leak on Russell Street in Keene. 

Hassan Talks About Past, Future (Valley News)

Concord — Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is soon heading to the U.S. Senate after four years leading New Hampshire.

New policy bars armed students (Nashua Telegraph)

Non-students can have guns on school grounds if they have valid concealed carry permits, the School Board decided Monday night.

Nashua man charged with impersonating police officer and theft of truck (Nashua Telegraph)

A Nashua man who posed as a Massachusetts police officer is facing theft and false impersonation charges after authorities say he stole a pickup truck.

This Week in N.H. News: Skunks, Santas and Plenty of Stories to Make Even Scrooge Smile (NHPR)

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus or something else entirely, we’re wishing you the happiest holidays as this weekend approaches!

Manchester’s Rep. Andre Martel passes away at age 70 (Union Leader)

State Rep. Andre Martel passed away Thursday at Catholic Medical Center, less than a week after celebrating his 70th birthday.

Write a Poem, Sing a Song. Time To Make Some Very Merry (InDepthNH.org)

Christmas is Sunday. Sunday. Are you ready? If you’re not done shopping, not completed with your gift buying, all out of cash, no worries.

Kenyon: Diversion Lessens the Sting (Valley News)

On a Friday evening in October, a young woman came into Moe’s Southwest Grill, a cafeteria-style Mexican restaurant on Route 12A in West Lebanon, and ordered a Bud Light.

Looking Back with Aurore Eaton: Mary Todd Lincoln’s visit to Mount Washington’s summit (Union Leader)

An anonymous traveler who recently returned from a trip to the White Mountains of New Hampshire, described it in the New York Evening Post newspaper in August 1847.

AROUND THE NATION AND WORLD

President Obama signs defense bill that could spur new space-based arms race (LA Times)

The legislation signals that the U.S. will seek to use advanced technology to defeat both small-scale and large-scale nuclear attacks.

Heavy drinking has been normalized for women, and it’s killing them in record numbers (Washington Post)

Experts say alcohol ads and social media postings represent a profound cultural shift: Women in America are drinking far more, and far more frequently, than their mothers or grandmothers did.

The chaos theory of Trump: Sowing confusion through tweets (Washington Post)

Since winning the election, Donald Trump has seemed to revel in tossing firecrackers in all directions, unnerving many with his mixed messages on nuclear weapons and other issues.

Trump official Paladino under fire over crude Obama remarks (BBC)

Carl Paladino, a co-chair of President-elect Donald Trump’s New York campaign, is facing a backlash over crude remarks about Barack and Michelle Obama.

Compiled by InDepthNH.org, a nonprofit investigative news outlet published online by the New Hampshire Center for Public Interest Journalism 603-738-5635

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