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November 28, 2013

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---- — Police looking for man in NH road rage incident

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Police in North Hampton, N.H., are searching for a man involved in a road rage incident.

Police responded to the New Hampshire Liquor Store on Lafayette Road on Wednesday, where they spoke to a man who said he had been followed by a man driving a white sedan.

Police said the man said he was confronted, then struck by the irate driver, who then left.

After reviewing surveillance video, police are asking the public to help them locate a white male, medium height and build with white or gray hair.

New mayors to meet at Harvard to discuss issues

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — More than 25 newly elected mayors from across the country will meet at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics for a conference on leadership and the issues they face.

The 20th biennial seminar runs from Wednesday through Friday at the Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The mayors will participate in a variety of sessions led by academics, practitioners and current and former mayors. The seminar includes sessions on transitioning from the campaign to city hall, finance and administration, jobs and the economy, public safety, education and technology.

Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh will participate. Other mayors expected to be on hand are: Kathy Sheehan of Albany, N.Y.; Esther Manheimer of Asheville, N.C.; John Ducey of Brick Township, N.J.; Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio; and Ed Murray of Seattle.

5 NH companies receive job training grants

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Five more companies have received job training grants totaling over $72,000 to help 125 workers acquire new skills.

The five companies contributed matching funds, bringing the total to over $145,000.

The companies are Relyco Sales Inc. of Dover; Medical Manufacturing of Rochester; D.D. Bean & Sons Co. of Jaffrey; Collins Home Innovations Corps; and NH Auto Dealers Services.

The Job Training Fund has awarded nearly $6.5 million in grants since October 2007.

DA: Taunton man shot before being hit by train

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — The death of a man who was hit by a train in Taunton has been ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed he died of gunshot wounds.

The Bristol County district attorney says an autopsy by the state medical examiner’s office concluded that 24-year-old Edwin Rivera Jr. of Taunton died of bullet wounds. Authorities had been investigating the death since getting a call late Monday about a man struck by a CSX train behind a business on Cushman Street.

Police arrested 21-year-old Flavio Daveiga on Wednesday and charged him with accessory to murder before the fact and the obstruction of justice portion of the witness intimidation statute.

Daveiga was ordered held on $2 million cash bail and is due back in court for the appointment of counsel on Dec. 3.

NH home sales up from a year ago

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire home sales are doing much better than a year ago.

The New Hampshire Association of Realtors says the numbers of residential sales in October — that’s 1,371 — was 6 percent above sales in October 2012.

The median price has risen 6 percent, as well, from $201,900 in October to $213,800 in 2013.

Condominium sales in New Hampshire took a big leap in October, up 40 percent from the October 2012, and 20 percent year to date. Median sales price was ahead by 5 percent in October and 8 percent year to date. Volume was up 46 percent in October, 28 percent year to date.

“We’re simply in the midst of a healthy market,” said Bill Weidacher, 2013 association president. “As a state, we’ve been climbing steadily for two years.”

The association notes that the average number of days a house is on a market is down. Pending sales are ahead, as well as the time it would take to sell off the current inventory of homes at the current pace of sales.

“Considering where we were and how we were trending a few years ago,” Weidacher said, “it probably would have been optimistic to believe the market could have recovered to this point by now.”

Rain doesn’t put a damper on NH ski area openings

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Heavy rains Thanksgiving eve have not put a damper on New Hampshire ski areas scheduled to be open this holiday weekend.

Ski-New Hampshire director Karl Stone says weather for much of November has been optimal for snowmaking and ski areas are meeting their scheduled opening dates.

He said one area — Pat’s Peak in Henniker — will open earlier than planned, with weekend skiing beginning on Saturday.

Bretton Woods, Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley — which opened earlier this month — are scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day and throughout the weekend.

Cannon, Cranmore and Mount Sunapee are scheduled to open Friday.

Stone says there’s no question a nice blizzard would have been preferable to the rain, but that snowmaking operations are way ahead of where they’ve been in recent years.

“Obviously we never want to see it rain during the ski season, but the water’s just going to drain through, they’ll groom it up and put fresh, man-made snow on top of it,” Stone said. “At this point, overall, we’re very happy. We’re coming off a couple of years of relatively slow starts to the season.

Pat’s Peak may get the prize for optimism. Its website noted that the rain “will just help refill our snowmaking ponds as they are looking rather low at the moment!”

A Thanksgiving meal of herring for rescued turtle

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — It’s going to be a tasty Thanksgiving meal of herring for one very lucky loggerhead sea turtle.

The 175-pound turtle was rescued from a beach in Brewster, Massachusetts last weekend after she was discovered caked in mud and barnacles and hunkering down low in the water column to avoid the frigid temperatures that gripped the New England region.

The near-adult female is the second largest turtle ever rescued during the annual November and December “cold stunning season” on Cape Cod.

New England Aquarium veterinarians believe the turtle has probably been debilitated since the summer with an underlying medical condition that kept her from migrating south.

Officials say the stranding season has gotten off to a fast start with nearly 70 hypothermic sea turtles brought to the aquarium’s sea turtle hospital in the old Quincy shipyard.

Eighteen animals have been re-warmed, stabilized and shipped to rehab facilities.