DURHAM, N.H. (AP) – A University of New Hampshire study concludes most students have a responsible attitude toward drinking.

The study shows nearly 84 percent of UNH students think drinking is never a good activity and being drunk occasionally is only acceptable if it doesn’t interfere with their studies.

More than half of the 677 students polled said they either party without alcohol or limit themselves to six or fewer drinks.

Nearly all of them said they watch over friends who are drinking and eat a full meal before drinking themselves.

Police seek info in dirt bike death

GREENVILLE, N.H. (AP) – Police in Greenville are seeking more information about a dirt bike accident that killed a teenage boy.

Police found Robert Tirrell, 16, just after 6 a.m. Saturday.

Tirrell and his dirt bike were underneath a parked semi-trailer on Old Mason Center Road. Police said it appeared that Tirrell swerved across the center line and hit the front of the parked trailer, then slid underneath it.

Tirrell was wearing a helmet, goggles and an off-road chest protector, but he was not licensed to drive on the road, police said. Tirrell was a student at Mascenic Regional High School. Grief counselors were available at the school Sunday and Monday.

Reservist receives surprise star

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) – Lt. Col. Tim Bailey was helping with an auction at Sacred Heart School when he got a big surprise.

U.S. Sen. John Sununu presented Bailey with a Bronze Star for his service as a Marine Corps reservist. Bailey served in Afghanistan last year, where he spent six months leading a group that gathered intelligence to support military operations.

Bailey, 42, has served in the military for 22 years. He is a prosecutor with the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.

Sununu commended Bailey’s patriotism. Sununu met Bailey last year while on a tour of Afghanistan.

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