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Sell the parks
Crazy ideas for balancing the state budget (which may explain why nobody can seem to do it)

By Jeff Mucciarone / jmucciarone@hippopress.com

We have a $250 million hole.

That is, for the fiscal year that started July 1, 2009, and ends June 30, 2010, New Hampshire is expected to spend $250 million more than it brings in.

THEATER: Girls! Girls! Girls!
A girls’ night, a girl alone on stage and girls in the burlesque show
By Karen Plumley arts@hippopress.com

It’s theater for girls, about girls, or starring girls as three intriguing productions hit the stage this April. A group of girlfriends sing their hearts out while the angel of a deceased friend spills their intimate secrets in the giddy comedy Girls’ Night: The Musical. Girls dancing with an old-fashioned cabaret-style flair will get the audience kicking up their heels in Good Ol’ Burlesque Show. And for something a little more subdued, see a single actress take on more than seven personalities in the premier production of The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead.

LONGSHOTS: Five stories for the price of one on That Was the Week That Was
by Dave Long

News Item: Is The Nation Hitting Lovable pre-2004 Insanity Levels Again? I get that David Oritz is hitting .111 as I write this. That he’s struck out seven times in his last eight at-bats and his lone extra base hit was a cue shot flair over the third baseman’s head. But it still seems like the insanity got started a little early this year, as after just two stinking games people were all over him for being hitless. And by the third game, always-wrong-on-predictions Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy had already written TWO columns that talked about the “Ortiz Problem.” Maybe it’s just me, but since the Red Sox haven’t won it all since 2007 the pre-2004 angst seems to be returning to the Nation.

FOOD: Move over, calzones
Try what’s new and nightly at Johnny Troy’s

By Linda A. Thompson-Odum food@hippopress.com

Calzones have been Johnny Troy’s top seller since the Italian restaurant opened in Manchester more than four years ago. While the calzones may continue to stay on top, they now have new competition on the menu. And the restaurant itself has a new design, all in an effort to show customers Johnny Troy’s is more than a lunch break stop.

TECHIE: Doubting my geek cred
Is it normal to occasionally feel like a fraud?
By John “jaQ” Andrews  jandrews@hippopress.com

Not being as dorky as you envision yourself would be a relief for most folks. For all the progress we’ve made since the mid ’90s, we geeks, nerds and dweebs still have to fight for social standing among the suave. Still, once you’ve made peace with yourself and owned the awkwardness that comes with technical interests, it can be disconcerting to realize that, as long as you’re gonna be a dork, you’re not even the best dork you could possibly be.

PEOPLE: More jobs in NH
Dover economist likes outlook

Despite projections that economic recovery will take seven to 10 years, economist Brian Gottlob of PolEcon Research in Dover has a rosy outlook. He’s expecting the state to add up to 14,000 jobs this year, a big chunk of the 30,000 jobs it lost in the recession.

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