If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. That’s what Republican State Rep. Ken Weyler of Kingston must have been thinking when he filed yet another bill to change the law so that New Hampshire’s Attorney General is elected by the people, not nominated by the governor and confirmed by the Executive Council. Weyler’s past efforts have obviously failed. However, given that Attorney General Joseph Foster refused to defend the state’s education funding law against a court challenged filed by Dover and Bedford, and that House Speaker Shawn Jasper and Senate President Chuck Morse were told by told by the court they had no standing to intervene on behalf of the General Court to defend the law, the outcome could very well be different this year.
Normally, we don’t do police stories, but this one’s too much fun to ignore! Twenty nine year old Jarrod Parolisi of Pelham was picked up by Manchester Police early yesterday morning after attempting to rob the 7 Eleven store on South Main Street. M P D said that store clerk Richard Winter contacted them at 1:34 on Tuesday morning reporting that a man stole two cigarette lighters and attempted to take cash from the register.
After Winter asked Parolisi if he was going to pay for the lighters he saw him put in his pocket, Parolisi told Winter to cough up cash from the register. Winter refused and Parolisi threatened to shoot Winter if he didn’t comply, motioning as if he had a gun underneath his sweatshirt. Winter pressed the panic alarm and hit Parolisi several times as Parolisi tried to grab cash from the register drawer.
Winter chased Parolisi out of the store and watched the suspect enter a red Cadillac with Massachusetts plates. Responding officers obtained a description of the vehicle and the suspect. Officer Brianna Miano saw the Caddy a short time later passing Catholic Medical Center, pulled it over and the rest is history. No weapon was found.
Looks like Assistant Manchester Superintendent Dr. Christine Martin will keep her job. After a non-public session that lasted about an hour and a half on Monday night, the Manchester Board of School Committee voted to extend Martin’s contract, but only for one year. The vote was ten to four, with board Vice-Chair Arthur Beaudry of Ward Nine, Debra Langton of Ward Two, Lisa Freeman of Ward Five and at-Large member Rich Girard opposed. Mayor Ted Gatsas abstained on the vote.
The second in a series of three public forums the Manchester School District organized to inform parents about its efforts to embed anti-drug messaging into the curriculum will be held tonight in the auditorium at Memorial High School. The fun begins at six o’clock. Attendees at last night’s forum at Central High School were outnumbered by the presenters. Before the event, Assistant Superintendent David Ryan said he expected a low turnout because it was early in the week and a busy time of the year. That expectation, he said, was why the district decided to do three forums. He was hopeful more would attend tonight’s event at Memorial and tomorrow night’s event at West. We played nice and didn’t ask him if he thought a greater P R effort from the district, including notifying the media, would have made a difference.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
For those of you breathlessly hoping that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s Hillary Clinton backed recount efforts would tip the election, it’s time to let go. The recount in Wisconsin is over and Donald Trump’s margin of victory increased by one hundred thirty one votes.
In Michigan, the Board of Elections has followed a court order to reject Stein’s recount request.
Finally, in Pennsylvania, U S District Court Judge Paul Diamond crushed Stein’s recount request saying there were at least six grounds that required him to reject the lawsuit. He said Stein’s suspicion the voting machines were hacked quote
borders on the irrational…there is no credible evidence that any ‘hack’ occurred, and compelling evidence that Pennsylvania’s voting system was not in any way compromised.
A group of student activists at The Ohio State University organized a protest to condemn the police for killing Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who launched a terror attack by running over pedestrians on a sidewalk and attacking several with a butcher knife. Despite sending eleven to the hospital, student protesters said killing Artan was not justified.
Maryam Abidi defended the protest in a statement she made to the The Lantern, the campus newspaper, saying quote:
In some cases, the deceased may have committed acts of violence against others before they were killed. Perhaps they were domestic abusers, perhaps they threatened or killed others. This possibility is not something to shy away from. The protest against police brutality extends to the innocent and the guilty alike, because we know that no matter the crime, justice and due process don’t come from a cop’s bullet.
Stephanie Thompson, the Assistant Director of Residence, backed Abidi in the article saying it’s not O.K. to celebrate the death of a fellow Buckeye. Quote:
Think of the pain he must have been in to feel that his actions were the only solution.
And this, folks, is what delusional and stupid people sound like.
That’s NEWS from our own backyard! Girard at Large hour ___ is next.