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Feb 13, 2012

Vermont man denies theft of Robert Frost writings

, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A Vermont thrift
store employee pleaded not guilty on Monday to stealing letters
and holiday cards written by the poet Robert Frost and selling
them for $20,000, police said.

Timothy Bernaby was arraigned on grand larceny charges in
White River Junction, Vermont, about 100 miles (160 km) north of
Frost’s grave in Bennington, Vermont, which is marked with the
epitaph “I had a lover’s quarrel with the world.”

Feb 1, 2012

University of Vermont joins move to end bottled water sales

By Jason McLure

(Reuters) – The University of Vermont is banning the sale of bottled water on campus, part of a growing effort at schools to reduce plastic waste and save students’ money by promoting tap water.

A dozen U.S. universities have ended sales of bottled water in the past three years, but UVM is the largest to do so. Other schools include the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, University of Portland and Washington University in St. Louis.

Jan 20, 2012

Anti-bully bill targets New Hampshire House speaker

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – The nation’s latest proposed anti-bullying law targets not schoolyard tormentors but a conservative New Hampshire House speaker who critics say was so harsh he once forced a grown legislator to cry.

A group of moderate Republicans and Democrats have taken aim at Republican House Speaker William O’Brien with a bill banning bullying of any member of the state’s House of Representatives, including behavior that causes physical harm, inflicts emotional distress or creates a hostile environment.

Jan 16, 2012

Tiny Dixville Notch upends power plan of giant utility group

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Dixville Notch, a tiny hamlet whose early presidential primary returns have helped to dash the hopes of some White House contenders, has upended the power plans of a giant utility consortium.

An environmental group has raised enough money to purchase the conservation rights to 5,800 acres of land in Dixville Notch near the U.S.-Canadian border in a deal that will block the proposed route for a $1.1 billion electric transmission line bringing power to southern New England from Quebec.

Jan 11, 2012

In New Hampshire, another solid finish for Ron Paul

/WASHINGTON (Reuters) –

Outside of his campaign, few people think he is a threat to win the Republican nomination for president.

And yet, Texas Congressman Ron Paul has pulled in a big chunk of the votes in both states where Republicans have voted on potential nominees.

Jan 11, 2012

Romney wins New Hampshire presidential contest

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire Republican U.S. presidential primary on Tuesday by a comfortable margin – his second straight victory in the race to become his party’s choice to challenge Democratic President Barack Obama on November 6.

Based on early returns with about 10 percent of the vote counted, U.S. television networks declared Romney the victor. With about 15 percent of the vote counted, the networks said Romney had won 36 percent of the vote with congressman Ron Paul in second with 25 percent.

Jan 10, 2012

Romney on brink of New Hampshire win despite late attacks

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Mitt Romney is poised to take a big step toward the Republican U.S. presidential nomination on Tuesday by capturing New Hampshire, hoping to ride out last-minute attacks from his rivals and recover from a self-inflicted wound.

The former governor of neighboring Massachusetts carried a sizeable lead in polls into voting day, a sufficient cushion that should force rivals Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum into a battle for second place.

Jan 10, 2012

Romney wrestles with Republican attacks on corporate past

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – On the cusp of a widely expected victory in New Hampshire, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney struggled to repel attacks on his business record on Monday as rivals in the U.S. presidential race tried to weaken him before a tighter vote in South Carolina.

The former venture capitalist did himself no favors in the homestretch to Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary with remarks that sounded like he enjoyed firing people – and rivals were quick to seize on his choice of words.

Jan 9, 2012
via Tales from the Trail

Gingrich discusses pantyhose airlift at defense contractor


Newt Gingrich took a break from attacking Mitt Romney today to visit with workers at defense contractor BAE Systems in Nashua, N.H., where he spent much of his stump speech praising the importance of technology and the military. To illustrate his point, he described a problem special forces soldiers found themselves in after being airlifted into Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

When they first got there and started meeting, the Northern Alliance said: ‘We’ll ride in the morning.’ And our guys stared at them, and they said: “What do you mean, we’ll ride in the morning?” And they said we’re going on horseback. So it turned out that the special forces field uniforms have very large inseams which when you ride a horse create a real problem. And they immediately realized that this is going to be physically painful. So they got on the sat phone, called home and found out that if you got extra large, super heavy pantyhose, that three pair provided a buffer when you were riding a horse.”

Jan 9, 2012

Romney defends business record from Republican rivals

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – On the cusp of a widely expected victory in New Hampshire, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney fought to repel attacks on his business record on Monday as rivals in the presidential race tried to weaken him before a tighter vote in South Carolina.

Romney was ahead more than 20 points before Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary, even though polls early Monday showed a slight erosion in his lead over his nearest rivals. Libertarian Ron Paul retained the No. 2 spot, while former Utah governor and moderate Jon Huntsman and social conservative Rick Santorum made gains.