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May 3, 2012

Parents of boy forcibly tattooed sue school district

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The parents of a New Hampshire teenager who was assaulted and forcibly tattooed on the buttocks by four older students during school hours have filed suit against the school district.

Michael and Tammy Austin are seeking unspecified damages from the district in Concord, New Hampshire, which they say failed to provide a safe environment for their son and to protect him from bullying in the May 2010 incident.

May 1, 2012

Brown University agrees to double payments to hometown Providence

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Brown University agreed to nearly double its payments to Rhode Island’s cash-strapped capital city, answering the Providence mayor’s plea for help and staving off a municipal bankruptcy.

With more than $1 billion of property in the city and a $2.5 billion endowment, Rhode Island’s sixth-largest employer had come under pressure to increase its almost $4 million annual payments to its hometown city, most of which are ‘voluntary contributions’ because Brown is exempt from most property taxes as a non-profit.

Apr 27, 2012

Titanic band leader’s final letter sells for $154,974

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A letter written by the British bandleader on the Titanic to his parents in England five-days before the ship struck an iceberg and sank a century ago sold for nearly $155,000 in an online auction on Thursday.

An unnamed U.S. investment group bought the letter written by Wallace Hartley, 33, who led the ship’s eight-piece band, which played ragtime and other tunes to calm the passengers as the ship slowly slipped beneath the waves of the north Atlantic.

Apr 13, 2012

Suspected killer of New Hampshire police chief found dead

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The man suspected in the fatal shooting of a New Hampshire police chief days away from retirement was found dead at the scene of a drug raid, along with a woman who was with him, officials said Friday.

Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was killed and four officers were wounded Thursday night when gunfire erupted as they tried to execute a search warrant in the suburban community outside the seaside city of Portsmouth.

Apr 12, 2012

U.S. woman charged in Rwanda genocide case freed from prison

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A New Hampshire woman accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide was released from prison on Thursday, nearly a month after her immigration fraud trial ended in a mistrial.

Beatrice Munyenyezi, 41, walked out of federal prison in New Hampshire after spending 21 months behind bars following her arrest for allegedly failing to disclose on immigration forms she had participated in killings and other war crimes during the genocide that left 800,000 dead in the central African nation. She has denied any involvement in genocide.

Mar 30, 2012

New Hampshire woman to be tried again in Rwandan genocide

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – A New Hampshire woman accused of lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide to win asylum in the United States will face a second trial on immigration fraud charges following an earlier mistrial.

Federal prosecutors on Friday notified a court in Concord that they would not drop charges against Beatrice Munyenyezi, 41, who they accuse of helping to organize mass killings and rapes in the southern Rwandan town of Butare 18 years ago.

Mar 29, 2012

Gay clubs emerge at U.S. military academies

NORTHFIELD, Vermont (Reuters) – When Joshua Fontanez began training as a cadet at Norwich University in 2008, he kept silent about his sexuality for fear of being expelled from the military school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Now after the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, a gay pride group he helped found is staging a “Queer Prom” and a “Condom Olympics” as part of the first gay pride week at any of the nation’s public and private military academies. Events kicked off on Monday.

Mar 29, 2012

Gay clubs enjoy freedom to emerge at military academies

NORTHFIELD, New Hampshire (Reuters) – When Joshua Fontanez began training as a cadet at Norwich University in 2008, he kept silent about his sexuality for fear of being expelled from the military school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Now after the repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, a gay pride group he helped found is staging a “Queer Prom” and a “Condom Olympics” as part of the first gay pride week at any of the nation’s public and private military academies. Events kicked off on Monday.

Mar 28, 2012

Racial strategy by gay marriage foes draws criticism

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – A confidential memo saying the best way to fight same-sex marriage is to drive “a wedge between gays and blacks” and manipulate Latinos drew criticism on Wednesday in the weeks ahead of a vote to ban gay marriage in North Carolina.

The memo written by the National Organization for Marriage was made public late Monday as part of a lawsuit in Maine, where voters will consider a November referendum to legalize gay marriage.

Mar 22, 2012

Bagel pioneer Murray Lender dies at 81 in Florida

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – Murray Lender, who made a traditionally Jewish food a staple of American cuisine and built a frozen bagel empire, died on Wednesday in Miami Beach, Florida, after a 10-week illness. He was 81.

He became the face of Lender’s Bagels in the 1970s and 1980s when he appeared on television advertisements encouraging people unfamiliar with bagels to try them.