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Immigrant selected U.S. poet laureate

CONCORD — Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic, who learned English as a teenage immigrant, will be the new U.S. poet laureate, the Library of Congress announced yesterday.

Mr. Simic, who lives in Strafford, will replace another New Hampshire poet, Donald Hall of Wilmot, who said yesterday that he is delighted by the selection of Mr. Simic.

The poet laureate program promotes poetry across the nation.

Mr. Simic taught at the University of New Hampshire for 34 years before moving to emeritus status. He won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1990 for his book of prose poems, “The World Doesn’t End.”

Mr. Simic was born in Yugoslavia in 1938. He moved to Paris with his mother when he was 15 and joined his father in New York a year later, in 1954. He has been a U.S. citizen for 36 years.


Carnival cruise ship strikes city pier

NEW YORK — A cruise ship bumped a pier at the Manhattan passenger terminal yesterday, but caused little damage and no injuries were reported, the fire department said.

The ship had a few thousand people aboard when it bumped the Hudson River pier shortly after 7 a.m. Carnival Cruise Lines released a statement saying its Carnival Victory was docking when it bumped the pier.


Teen convicted in principal’s death

BARABOO, Wis. — A high school student was convicted yesterday of fatally shooting his principal as homecoming festivities were about to begin last fall.

The jury deliberated for nearly 6½ hours after closing arguments yesterday before deciding on the first-degree intentional homicide charge against Eric Hainstock, 16.

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