SAU 16 Joint Board approves $2.5M SAU operations budget – News –

EXETER — The SAU 16 Joint Board approved the 2020-21 SAU operations budget after a public hearing and board meeting on Sept. 28.

The $2,552,591 budget represents an increase of .68%, or $17,245.83, over the current year’s budget. It was approved by the Joint Board by a vote of 28-2.

About 91% of the budget is contractual and

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Durham duo taking trip of lifetime in bus, skipping remote learning – News –

DURHAM — Roughly two years ago, longtime Durham friends Charlie Brooks and Matthew Williams sat at a Dunkin’ Donuts and pondered a mutual desire: How much fun would it be to travel together for an extended period of time without worrying about other responsibilities?

Starting on Friday, coming amid the oddest and most unforeseen circumstances, the young men began to fulfill that dream.

After about six months of labor, Brooks

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Kittery’s Rock Rest shown as safe space in ’Driving While Black’ to air on PBS – News –

KITTERY, Maine — When a highly anticipated two-hour documentary about the complex history of Black Americans on the road airs Tuesday night, an historic Kittery landmark will be part of that story.

“Driving While Black: Space, Race and Mobility in America,” filmed by Ric Burns and based on the book by historian Gretchen Sorin, describes “how the advent of the car brought African Americans new freedom but also danger,” according

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Theater Review: ’Mary and Me’ a very special U.S. premiere at Players’ Ring – Entertainment –

“Mary and Me” made its U.S. premiere at The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth last week, a production of Glass Dove Productions. This is the one-woman show’s final weekend, not a lot of time to catch a rather impressive piece of theater, performed perfectly by Emily Karel. Yup, this one is something special.

The Ring is offering the play live in-house, and a taped version online for the next year.


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Judge advances suit alleging hotels ignore sex trafficking – News –

PORTSMOUTH — In a split decision, a federal judge has moved forward a lawsuit alleging four hotel chains are responsible for staff ignoring “the open and obvious presence of sex trafficking on their properties, enjoying the profit from rooms rented for this explicit and apparent purpose instead.”

In a Sept. 28 order, Judge Andrea Johnstone ruled on the civil suit brought by Portsmouth attorney Michael Rainboth, on behalf of a

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