State police report chemist mishandled drug testing

A Massachusetts lab has been shut down after state police discovered a chemist failed to follow protocols, potentially exposing thousands of drug convictions to legal challenges.

The lab was involved in certifying drug evidence in cases submitted by local police in dozens of communities around the state, including Boston.

State police found that a chemist who had worked at the lab since 2003 had not followed procedures.

A state police spokesman said the investigation shows the chemist did more than cut corners. He said police believe she deliberately mishandled drug testing.


New citizens to be sworn in on Mt. Washington summit

Twenty applicants for U.S. citizenship will be taken to new heights for their swearing-in ceremony — the summit of Mt. Washington.

The U.S. Citizens and Immigration Services is touting it as a first-of-its-kind naturalization ceremony. The 20 will board the Cog Railway in Bretton Woods on Sept. 6 and ride to the highest peak in the Northeast. Joining them for the ceremony at the 6,288-foot summit will be New Hampshire Chief U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Laplante.

The ceremony will be held outdoors if weather cooperates or in the observatory if the weather is raging.

Naturalization ceremonies in New Hampshire have been held in unique locales before — including Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, the statehouse and the Capital Theater for the Arts — but never on a mountaintop, court officials said.


Town officials write letter to halt wind power project

Officials in the Vermont town of Windham want to stop a commercial wind power project, saying their town plan and zoning regulations forbid it.

A subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables wants to place two test towers in Windham and one in Grafton on land owned by New Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands Limited.

The Brattleboro Reformer said Windham officials sent a letter to the state, saying the project is inconsistent with the views of its planning commission, selectboard and residents.