A New Hampshire Year In Review
Many of New Hampshire’s daily newspapers have taken the annual look at 2007’s top stories, which include: April flooding knocking out roads and bridges, then later a wave of presidential candidates washing over the state as the primary season heated up, the replacement of embattled Nashua school superintendent Julia Earl, increased home foreclosures, a tax cap in Dover, the death of Irish music legend Tommy Makem, the election of Nashua’s first female mayor, the approval of civil unions for same-sex couples and the Ed and Elaine Brown stories, to name a few. The New Hampshire bureau of The Associated Press also chose a top ten story list, which also includes a statewide restaurant smoking ban, a deadly multiple shooting in a Conway store, and congressional hopeful Gary Dodds being charged for faking a car crash. You can find the whole AP list on the NashuaTelegraph.com Web site. (http://tinyurl.com/2dx6zm) If you’re interested in digging more deeply into the top stories in each region in the state, here are some links to the features created by the newspapers: NashuaTelegraph.com has prepared an extensive end-of-the-year Web package, with top news stories, most-read online stories, and staff picks for top multi-media features. (http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/review2007) The Telegraph also has a year-end sports package as well: (http://tinyurl.com/28flql) Fosters.com has picked the top 20 news stories of the year (http://tinyurl.com/yqeks4) and also includes a comparison of last year’s lifestyles predictions with 2007 reality and new set of predictions for 2008 (http://tinyurl.com/274tg3). Seacoastonline.com has picked the year’s top arts stories (http://tinyurl.com/2afa9f). And if you’re looking for a glimpse of the future, the Union Leader’s editorial page offers a set of 2008 predictions (http://tinyurl.com/yrwmte), including as series of political prognostications that have Democrats in the Legislature passing an education-funding amendment and raising taxes so much they are swept out of office in November, leaving New Hampshire looking “less blue” than it is now, and “as a result, either Keene or Hanover will attempt to secede and join Vermont."