Romney’s family gathers for week at lake compound

For Mitt Romney, it’s a family tradition that spans a decade.

The Romney clan — all 30 of them — are gathering at Mitt Romney’s New England lakeside compound for a week of vacation.

Only this time, there’s a Secret Service detail in tow everywhere Romney goes.

Nevertheless, the GOP presidential candidate is sticking to his routine. He attended Sunday church and let loose on Monday with a little jet skiing.

He walked barefoot with his grandchildren, posed for family photos and visited with friends, just as he has done every other summer at his home outside Wolfeboro.


Massachusetts man chosen as Hemingway look-alike

A Massachusetts restaurateur has won a Facebook-based competition seeking the man who most looks like Ernest Hemingway.

Richard Costello of Chatham bested 86 other entrants in the “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on the Florida Keys tourism council’s Facebook page.

He wins a trip to Key West to compete in a preliminary round of a live “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. The competition is to be staged at Sloppy Joe’s Bar during the island’s July 17-22 Hemingway Days festival.

Last week, Facebook users voted for their top choices. Previous Hemingway look-alike winners chose 71-year-old Costello from 10 finalists.

Costello decided to let his beard grow out in January and says he often receives comments about his resemblance to the late author.


Six more hepatitis C cases found in cardiac lab probe

New Hampshire health officials have confirmed six more cases of hepatitis C as they continue to investigate an outbreak linked to Exeter Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab.

Altogether, 27 people have tested positive for the same strain of the blood-borne viral infection, which can cause liver disease and chronic health issues.

State officials suspect a worker’s misuse of drugs led to the outbreak.

Anyone who was treated at the lab since October 2010 has been asked to get tested, either at the hospital or at sites in Hampton and Portsmouth.


Bank robber drops money after dye pack explodes

Police are looking for a man who robbed a supermarket bank in Salem but then dropped the money when a dye pack exploded in his hands.

Police were called to the Citizens Bank inside the Shaw’s supermarket just after 2 p.m. Monday. The suspect passed a note stating that he had a bomb and a hostage and demanded money.

As he fled, the dye pack exploded and he dropped the money.

The suspect is described as a 25-to-35-year-old white male wearing a black shirt, glasses and hat.


Father accused of endangering daughter in truck incident

Police say a man is accused of using his 11-year-old daughter to breathe into an ignition interlock system, which keeps a vehicle from starting if a certain level of blood alcohol is detected, to start up his truck in New Hampshire.

Police arrested Robert Brennan, 46, of Durham, Conn., at a hotel in Manchester on Sunday.

They said Brennan, his daughter and his 8-year-old son had been sleeping in the truck parked at the hotel. Police believe he had the daughter breathe into the device, allowing him to start the truck and drive it.

The children were taken into protective custody pending the arrival of a family member. Brennan was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.


Company wins contract to make goggles for Army

A New Hampshire company that makes night vision goggles has been awarded a $50 million contract from the Army for 3,800 goggles.

The newest contract for Insight Technologies in Londonderry is for goggles mounted on helmets. The goggles offer image intensification and thermal imaging.

A spokesman told the Eagle-Tribune that with thermal image capacity, soldiers in Afghanistan, for example, can make out images in the hills, through foliage and camouflage.

The company was founded in 1988 with three employees and was purchased in 2010 by L-3 Communications.