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Top Stories: Hiker Found Dead; Heart Attack Felled 'Lucky 10' On Appalachian Trail

Chris Jensen

1. Hiker Found Dead On Appalachian Trail

A 54-year-old North Carolina man was found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Warren Monday morning. Lt. James Kneeland of New Hampshire Fish and Game says two hikers found the man’s body.

2. Heart Attack Felled ‘Lucky 10’ On Appalachian Trail

Robert Accola, the 54 year-old hiker found dead on the Appalachian Trail near Warren Monday, couldn’t wait to get to New Hampshire, says a sister, Katharine Accola of Providence, R.I. “That is where we grew up hiking and that is the last place he hiked,” she said. Accola, who began hiking north from Lee, MA on July 6th, died of a heart attack, according to his sister.

3. FDA Releases Standards For ‘Gluten Free’ Label

The Food and Drug Administration has released the first set of national standards defining what makes food “gluten free.”  Gluten is a protein that naturally occurs in grains like rye, barley, and wheat.  Besides not using these grains, the new FDA regulations only allow foods with trace amounts of gluten to use the designation.

4. The Woman Behind ‘Orange Is The New Black’

Netflix’s new original series “Orange Is the New Black” is based on the life of Piper Kerman, a Smith graduate and self-described WASP who must go to prison for 13 months when her past catches up with her. Her memoir about the experience is called “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison

5. The Pope ‘Didn’t Say Anything New.’ Blogger Behind ‘Joe. My. God.’ Weighs In

Last Monday, Pope Francis gave a spontaneous and startling frank press conference on a plane ride following his week-long trip to Brazil. In response to a question about gay priests, he said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” This stands in stark contrast to the views of his predecessor, Pope Benedict, who publicly and repeatedly stated that gay relationships were “evil” and “contrary to natural order.”

Credit Sam Hurley

6. The Helicopter In The Barn

They are everywhere. We are surrounded by them.  You are probably one yourself.  Of the range of people you can know in the world, the neighbor occupies a curious spot.  As Sean Hurley writes, here in New Hampshire we have our own special kind of neighbor.

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7. N.H. Ukeladies Bring Hawaiian Shirts, Plenty Of Joy To Manchester Seniors

While the ukulele has grown in popularity of late, a group based out of Manchester brings a unique twist to the instrument. The New Hampshire Ukeladies is an all-female group of performers with a shared passion for the miniature member of the guitar family. They come from all walks of life and different parts of the Granite State. They meet weekly to rehearse, but they also perform, and when they do, they’re decked out in Hawaiian shirts and sharing a lot of laughs.

8. Eradicating Invasive Species: Part 1 – Plants

Purple Loosestrife, Autumn Olive, Norway Maple and Multi-flora Rose may sound like plants you'd want in your garden, but actually, they're four of the 423 invasive plants currently in New Hampshire. These non-indigenous weeds, trees and shrubs, grow with a great ferocity strangling and starving the native species. Now some are fighting back against these green villains and making some progress as well.

9. New Hampshire Prepares For Medical Marijuana

After a few attempts and two defeats by veto, New Hampshire became the last New England state to pass a medical marijuana bill into law. The law is one of the strictest in the country as users cannot grow their own plants and the list of ailments allowed are small. Now as the state prepares for it, it also has to answer questions around dispensing the drug and how to keep it in the right people's hands.

10. Northern Pass Predicts Approval In Two Years

A top executive with Northeast Utilities told analysts Tuesday that he expects to have final approval for the Northern Pass Project around the middle of 2015 and be importing hydro-electric energy from Canada two years later.

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