New England in Brief

Wednesday March 13, 2013

PETA wants to end Vt. youth fishing program

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is asking the state of Vermont to stop its family-oriented "Let’s Go Fishing" program, saying fishing is cruel and encourages violence.

The program trains volunteers to teach young people and their families how to fish.

Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry has taken issue with PETA’s request; he’s invited the organization to go fishing.

He said that picking on a program that brings families together and nurtures an appreciation for aquatic resources is a poor vehicle for a political stunt.

PETA said that fish feel pain, and fishing promotes the inhumane treatment of the creatures. It said research shows fish that are caught and thrown back into the water often die from their injuries.

N.H. hospital-acquired infections hold steady

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- State public health officials say New Hampshire is making progress toward eliminating hospital-acquired infections.

For several years, hospitals have been required under state law to provide data on patients who develop infections after heart, colon and knee surgeries or through catheters inserted in blood vessels near the heart.

The most recent data, released Tuesday, shows there were 110 infections in 2011. The total was similar in 2010, but the report said it was 40 percent fewer than expected based on national data.

Four hospitals had fewer infections than expected -- Catholic Medical Center and Elliot Hospital in Manchester, Concord Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.

The report also looks at how well hospitals adhere to infection prevention practices. Compared to 2010, hospitals maintained or improved their efforts overall.

New Hampshire police charge ex-husband
in woman’s death

EPPING, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire police are charging the ex-husband of a woman whose body was found in a vacant concrete plant last week with murder.

Prosecutors say 36-year-old Aaron Desjardins of Epping killed Amanda "Amy" Warf. The medical examiner determined Warf, who was 36, died of multiple wounds to the neck.

Desjardins is charged with first-degree murder. His is scheduled to be arraigned in Exeter District Court Wednesday.

Police searched Desjardin’s house over the weekend and he told the media he had nothing to do with his ex-wife’s death.

The couple divorced in February 2012. They have a one-year-old son.

Warf’s body was discovered by Exeter firefighters after they put out a fire Thursday morning at the concrete plant, which has been vacant for more than 20 years.

3 Massachusetts GOP Senate hopefuls spar in 1st debate

EASTON, Mass. (AP) -- The three Republicans running in the state’s U.S. Senate special election have sparred in their first debate of the campaign.

Norfolk state Rep. Daniel Winslow, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and Cohasset businessman Gabriel Gomez jousted on everything from the recent across-the-board spending cuts to the use of the filibuster in the Senate.

The three also agreed on many issues raised in the Tuesday night matchup at Stonehill College.

All three hailed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s recent filibuster, calling it a legitimate tactic to force the Obama administration to clarify its drone policy.

The three also faulted Washington for failing to reach a deal to avoid $85 billion in spending cuts.

Gomez said senators should be limited to two terms and Sullivan and Winslow said they’d pledge not to serve more than two terms.


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