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Jun 21, 2012

Marijuana veto in New Hampshire bucks regional trend

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – New Hampshire’s Democratic governor on Thursday vetoed a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, bucking a trend towards legalization in New England.

Governor John Lynch said the measure did not provide sufficient restrictions on the cultivation and prescription of marijuana. He also opposes provisions authorizing teenagers to use it for treatment.

Jun 14, 2012

New Hampshire police probe hospital hepatitis outbreak

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – New Hampshire state police have launched a criminal investigation into a hepatitis C outbreak that has sickened 20 people linked to a cardiac laboratory at a hospital in the town of Exeter, the state attorney general’s office said.

The source of the outbreak may be a practice known as drug diversion, when a hospital staff member injects himself or herself with medication intended for patients and later uses the same syringe on patients.

Jun 13, 2012

Rhode Island passes bill to guarantee rights of homeless people

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Rhode Island’s governor is expected to sign into law the first “Homeless Bill of Rights” in the United States as early as next week, formally banning discrimination against homeless people and affirming their equal access to jobs, housing and services.

The legislation, which won final approval by the state Senate on Wednesday, bucks a national trend among municipalities toward outlawing behaviors associated with homelessness such as eating, sleeping and panhandling in public spaces.

Jun 12, 2012

Public swearing outlawed in Massachusetts town

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Lobbing F-bombs and other curses across the leafy streets of Middleborough, Massachusetts is now an offense punishable by a $20 ticket.

The ordinance outlawing public swearing, approved by town residents on Monday night, was the brainchild of Mimi DuPhily, a member of the town’s beautification committee.

Jun 8, 2012

Corrected: On U.S. car license plates, DAMNIML8 is OK, TOILET is not

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – When Whitney Calk sought a personalized license plate from a Tennessee state agency to tout her vegetarian ideals, she was annoyed when she was told no. Turns out the letters ILVTOFU can be construed to mean more than enjoying bean curd.

“When I see T-O-F-U, I see tofu,” says Calk, who requested the so-called vanity plate from the Tennessee Department of Revenue last September.

Jun 6, 2012

Boston seeks to cut car usage with free airport bus

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Boston’s Logan International Airport will become the first major airport in the United States to offer free transportation to downtown in an effort to cut car travel and alleviate a parking shortage at the fourth-busiest passenger hub in the Northeast.

The three-month pilot program beginning Wednesday will waive the $2 fare on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Silver Line buses that take passengers from the airport, the 19th busiest in the U.S., to South Station in central Boston.

Jun 5, 2012

Boston seeks to cut car usage with free buses to airport

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Boston’s Logan International Airport will become the first major airport in the United States to offer free transportation to and from downtown in an effort to cut car travel and alleviate a parking shortage at the fourth-busiest passenger hub in the Northeast.

The three-month pilot program beginning Wednesday will waive the $2 fare on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Silver Line buses that take passengers from the airport, the 19th busiest in the U.S., to South Station in central Boston.

Jun 5, 2012

On U.S. car license plates, DAMNIML8 is OK, TOILET is not

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – When Whitney Calk sought a personalized license plate from a Tennessee state agency to tout her vegetarian ideals, she was annoyed when she was told no. Turns out the letters ILVTOFU can be construed to mean more than enjoying bean curd.

“When I see T-O-F-U, I see tofu,” says Calk, who requested the so-called vanity plate from the Tennessee Department of Revenue last September.

May 23, 2012

U.S. schools with single-sex classrooms may face ACLU lawsuit

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening legal action against as many as a dozen school districts from Maine to Mississippi unless they stop programs the group says illegally segregate boys and girls into single-sex classes and promote stereotypes.

The group also was demanding that Florida’s Department of Education launch an investigation into widespread single-sex teaching in that state, where 32 schools in 16 districts offer single-gender classes. A spokeswoman for the department said they had not yet received the demand, which is posted on the ACLU’s website.

May 22, 2012

N.H Republican apologizes for calling former GOP official “stripper”

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A Republican New Hampshire legislator has apologized for calling a former state GOP official who endorsed his political rival a “stripper” and a “pole dancer,” party members said on Tuesday.

The outburst at a GOP picnic over the weekend in Goffstown, New Hampshire, targeted Pam Manney, 55, a grandmother of four and former vice chairwoman of the state Republican Party.