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In the heart of the city
A look at 10 years in downtowns — and a plan for Manchester’s future
By Jeff Mucciarone

Downtown was a very different place a decade ago, no matter where you look.

There was no Verizon Wireless Arena or Stadium in Manchester. The restaurant scene was hardly the draw in the Queen City it is today.

Nashua was coming off a previous decade in which Main Street saw substantial growth in retail and restaurants that extended into the early part of this decade.

In Concord, there was no Red River Theatres and no Capital Commons.

PEOPLE: Scholar in the scrum
Jamie Burke is headed to rugby’s World Cup
By Jeff Mucciarone

Jamie Burke’s schedule is jam-packed with rugby and schoolwork. She’s a co-captain on the U.S. Women’s National Rugby Team, which is headed for the 2010 World Cup in London on Aug. 8 — Burke’s second time competing in the World Cup. She’s also working toward a Ph.D. in outdoor education at the University of New Hampshire. That Ph.D. workload often causes her to bring her studies with her while the team travels. Burke is a prop on the rugby team and has played in 24 international matches. (A prop serves in one of the lead positions during the scrum.) She’s been playing rugby since 1998 when she was a freshman at the University of Virginia.

LONGSHOTS: Mail bag focuses on Pats, Sox and MLS All-Star Game
by Dave Long

Time to go to the mail bag to see what inquiring minds want to know.

FOOD: A world of food in Manchester
African Caribbean Celebration marks 10th year
By Madeleine Staub

The African Caribbean Celebration will mark its 10th year on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Manchester. The event will feature food and performances from a variety of African and Caribbean cultural groups.

ARTS: In league
Annual Craftsmen’s fair shows work in progress
By Adam Coughlin

When the League of NH Craftsmen kicks off its annual nine-day fair on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Mount Sunapee Resort, the only thing that will rival the diversity of products available is the stories of the craftspeople who create them.

Dork vs. Dork: The Expendables
Which way to the gun show, you ask? [flexes and points] grruuugggghhh ... This way.
By Glenn Given and Dan Szczesny

Oh I’m sorry, The Expendables, I couldn’t hear you over the roar of your Ferrari engine, the hypnotic waft of your hair plugs and the creaking of your plastic surgery.

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