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We have bears in hats

I think it’s fair to say the Hanover Bears, who you may remember from the many stories we ran last week, are officially New Hampshire icons.

Most recently, the three yearlings were trapped over the holiday weekend and released in the North Country by state Fish and Game officials …

… but not before photos were taken, of course. Because pics or it didn’t happen, right?

Fish and Game shared several photos from the trappings, including this one, where two of the bears sport hats:

In an accompanying Facebook post, Fish and Game officials said:

After long hours the past three days of waiting, standing vigil and strategizing Bear biologist Andy Timmins, Wildlife Services Bear tech Nancy Comeau and Regional Biologist Will Staats managed to capture three yearling bears in the town of Hanover NH. The three furry brothers were relocated today to an undisclosed location. Many thanks to Assistant fire chief Mike Hinsley and town manager Julia Griffin for logistical and moral support.

Bears, man.

Hail in West Leb

Not that kind.

That kind.

By the time I got my phone out of my pocket it was basically over, but pics or video? Post ’em if you got ’em.



AP Stylebook updates entries on addiction, alcoholic, drugs, naloxone, opiate vs. opioid

AP (whose stylebook is like our Bible around here) released a whole lot of updated style guidelines on addiction, alcoholic, drugs, naloxone, opiate vs. opioid and related content, which, (1), is a commentary on the breadth of the opioid crisis in and of itself, and (2), a step in the right direction, particularly related to this section:

Avoid words like alcoholic, addict, user and abuser unless they are in quotations or names of organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Many researchers and organizations, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors, agree that stigmatizing or punitive-sounding language can be inaccurate by emphasizing the person, not the disease; can be a barrier to seeking treatment; and can prejudice even clinicians. Instead, choose phrasing like he was addicted, people with heroin addiction or he used drugs.

The damaging effects of stigmatic language came up a lot during the week-long Recovery Coach program in Lebanon in January, where regular community members, including people with addictions themselves, are trained to help other people battle their addictions. Language is powerful, and media has a big impact on language, so I’m glad AP took this step.