It was just over a year ago, at Keene area School District’s annual board retreat, and Deputy Superintendent Reuben Duncan was expecting the usual conversations about curriculum and finances. The teachers, he says, had something else in mind. In five or ten years, Duncan says, elementary school students were coming in without the skills they used to have. “They were coming in without vocabulary, without being able to interact appropriately with other kids, with hygiene issues, not being able to
For over ten years, the city of Portsmouth has been trying to decide whether and where to build a second downtown parking garage. On Monday night, city councilors voted unanimously to bond a $23 million new garage. Of the 150 o r so people who packed City Hall, more than 50 testified in favor of the garage; four testified against it. Pressure was on for the three city councilors who had indicated uncertainty over the project. Garage Enthusiasts People have called this the most civically engaged
For more than a decade leaders in New Hampshire’s courts have been trying to modernize the state’s judicial system. In 2001 they began a major effort to digitized files. More recently, they’ve consolidated the lower courts. On Thursday, the House begins hearings on an effort to speed up felony prosecutions. Although the bill would create a trial phase in just two counties, debate over the proposed change is rippling through the state’s criminal justice community. How It Works Now Today, felony
There's a spring tradition that's been building over the last few years: Peeps diorama contests. Participants use those marshmallow birds and bunnies to put together all kinds of wacky and creative displays. We have Peeps diorama builders in New Hampshire. The Library Arts Center in Newport is holding its 4th annual Peeps Diorama Contest . The Center's Fran Huot joined All Things Considered to talk about the many joys of Peeps. I first heard about this tradition because of the Washington Post's
A Dartmouth astrophysicist is part of a team that’s been looking billions of years into the universe’s past – and they’ve found some clues that may explain why galaxies form the way they do . Ryan Hickox is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy. The findings of his team were published in the journal Nature . Ryan Hickox joined All Things Considered with more on the findings. Five billion light years away. That's almost half of all time in the universe. You're looking at what was at a
Last year, 29 year old Robert Wilson was accused of a felony-level crime and faced the possibility of three and a half to seven years in prison. On Monday, after representing himself “pro se," the jury found him not guilty. Generally speaking, this doesn’t happen. Litigants represent themselves frequently in civil court, but rarely do criminal defendants argue by themselves before a jury. Wilson had even refused stand-by council. Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway prosecuted the case.