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October 13, 2013

Around New England


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---- — Mass.’ Markey wants FTC to probe Google changes

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Ed Markey wants the Federal Trade Commission to investigate changes in Google’s terms of service that will allow the Internet search giant to use a user’s name, photo and product reviews in ads that it sells to businesses.

Google is changing its terms of service starting Nov. 11 for those who do not explicitly opt out. A user’s reviews of restaurants, shops and products, as well as songs and other content bought on the Google Play store could show up in ads that are displayed to their friends and connections when they search on Google.

Markey wrote a letter on Saturday, asking FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez to investigate whether these changes violate Google’s settlement with the commission over previous privacy violations.

Markey is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

NH’s US reps sign petition to force vote

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire have signed a petition that would force a vote to end the federal government shutdown.

The two Democrats agree that it’s time for a vote to reopen the government nearly two weeks into what Kuster called a damaging shutdown that is hurting Granite State families and businesses.

The discharge petition is a special congressional procedure that would allow a majority of voters to force a vote on a bill to reopen the government.

UMass president prepares for statewide bus tour

BOSTON (AP) — University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret (kuh-RET’) is launching a statewide bus tour to highlight the impact and commitment of the five-campus public school system to the state.

Caret on Tuesday will launch the tour that will feature stops at businesses and technology facilities, meeting with mayors as well as discussions with community leaders and business partners.

A spokeswoman says the bus tour will enable UMass leaders to meet alumni working at local companies. The tour will also enable Caret to highlight various projects UMass has underway with the private sector and allow him to engage UMass students participating in public-private partnerships developed by the school.

UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Thomas III will accompany Caret. The five UMass chancellors will also participate.

UMass educates 72,000 students and awards more than 15,000 degrees annually.

NH holding hearing on falconry rule proposal

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire fish and game officials are proposing lowering the age for apprentice falconers.

The agency will hold a hearing on a rule to reduce the age from 16 to 14 along with proposed changes to other falconry rules on Oct. 28 in Concord.

Another proposed rule change would extend the time when birds may be taken from the wild. The current rule allows birds to be taken from Sept. 1 through Nov. 30. The proposal would extend the time to Dec. 31.

Leominster man killed in Korean War return home

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — The remains of a Leominster soldier killed during the Korean War are finally returning home.

The body Pfc. Norman Dufresne will arrive in Massachusetts on Wednesday and will be escorted back to Leominster. The city is asking residents to line the streets for the welcome home.

The Sentinel & Enterprise reports that a service at the Leominster Veterans Center is scheduled for Thursday.

A public wake will be held Friday at Leominster City Hall. A full military funeral will be held at St. Cecilia’s Church.

The remains were found near the village of Taesu in southern South Korea in August 1951.

The unknown remains were finally analyzed in 2012 by the U.S. Army Central Identification Unit in Japan, which determined that they were Dufresne.

NH Endowment for Health adds new focus areas

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s largest health foundation is adding two new priorities as it looks ahead to the next five years.

The Endowment for Health plans new work in the fields of early childhood development and elder health, in addition to its existing work in children’s behavioral health and health equity. The endowment is also adding an initiative aimed at “health policy capacity building” — promoting policies that meet the needs of the state’s vulnerable and underserved residents.

Sandra Pelletier, chairwoman of the endowment’s board of directors, says the shift in focus is based on research showing that the state has an increasingly aging population, while at the same time the childhood poverty rate is rising.

“We also know that the state’s future population growth will come primarily from low-income families. The significance of these trends has crucial implications for New Hampshire’s residents and our state’s economy,” she said. “These trends present major challenges to be sure, but they also present significant opportunities for a healthy future.”

Since 2001, the endowment has awarded more than 900 grants totaling more than $38 million to support health-related programs and projects across the state.

Dartmouth fraternity suspended for possible hazing

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Dartmouth College fraternity has been suspended while it’s being investigated for possible hazing.

The school placed Beta Alpha Omega on immediate temporary suspension after college administrators reviewed possible internal fraternity emails published on a gossip website.

College spokesman Justin Anderson told the Valley News that the college suspects the fraternity’s members have participated in hazing, provided alcohol to minors and engaged in behavior that threatened physical harm.

The website Gawker published emails on Tuesday that were believed to have been from fraternity members.

Dartmouth’s Safety and Security office also is investigating a sexual assault. Officials say the suspect, who told the victim he did not attend Dartmouth, may have been at a Beta party the night of the alleged assault last weekend.