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AUGUSTA – Maine’s two Democratic congressmen say they are co-sponsoring a bill that aims to help veterans who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Reps. Tom Allen and Michael Michaud announced Monday they will submit the Full Faith in Veterans Act in Congress this week. Read More
    To imply that “heavy truck payments and the loss of a job” can cause a man to allegedly kick his girlfriend repeatedly, set fire to a truck and shoot at his home up to 40 times is irresponsible journalism. If every person who was saddled with financial difficulties… Read More
AUGUSTA – Lawmakers began re-examining Maine’s policies on out-of-state garbage and wood waste Friday during hearings that were surprisingly short and low-key given the wide-ranging views on how the state should manage its growing trash problem. The Legislature’s Natural Resources Committee is considering eight bills… Read More
State officials say they’re trying to stay abreast of problems with the new federal Medicare Part D drug benefit, but the plan keeps posing new challenges, with no end in sight. Gov. John Baldacci on Tuesday assured Maine’s elderly and disabled residents that the state… Read More
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AUGUSTA – Maine’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.2 percentage point in October, to 5.2 percent, the state Labor Department said. Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman said the jobless rate dropped from a revised rate of 5.4 percent in September as the number of Maine residents working… Read More
Despite what they say, President Bush and his oil company cronies don’t really care a lot about the relatively small amount of oil that lies beneath the surface of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In a closed-door session of the House GOP leadership in September… Read More
    BANGOR – No one was hurt Friday when a wheel came loose from a pickup truck, crossed a median strip and struck another vehicle on Interstate 95. Wade Rackliff, 47, of Prentiss was driving his 1989 Ford Ranger in the southbound lane between the Stillwater… Read More
GUILFORD – Two Piscataquis Community High School students were injured Friday when the snowmobiles they were driving collided head-on on ITS 85. Michael Edgerly, 16, and John Clukey, 16, were taken by ambulance to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft. Edgerly received arm and wrist injuries,… Read More
    OLD TOWN – The works of Milford artist Helena Bosse are on display through Feb. 25 at Old Town Public Library. The woman began drawing at age 5, but says she didn’t start painting seriously until she was 25. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define Slot… Read More
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WINTERPORT – Just when Jeff Kaelin thought his campaign against Joe Brooks for House District 107 was breaking his way – he broke his leg. Though the injury that occurred last week during an adult hockey game may cause some pain and keep him laid… Read More
    PRESQUE ISLE – Stephanie Gagnon scored two goals and Heather Von Oesen added a goal and two assists as the University of Maine-Presque Isle posted a 5-0 women’s soccer win over the University of Maine-Fort Kent on Monday. Lucretia Gagnon and Kerry Flannigan scored a… Read More
Maine’s documents and records of state and local government have been in English since statehood was achieved in 1820. It seemed long overdue that this unofficial language should become official. After I submited LD 264 I was astounded by the negative reactions. All the stories of discrimination, intolerance… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two of the United States’ largest food industry trade organizations weighed in on the side of fresh Atlantic salmon from Chile in an increasingly high-profile international trade dispute. The National Restaurant Association and the Food Marketing Institute lent their support to the Salmon Trade Alliance… Read More
The University of Maine has long been a state leader in research and development. It should continue in this role, but cannot given the starvation rations the state has pinched out to it. While Gov. King’s budget proposal calls for a modest increase in spending at the university… Read More
BANGOR — Maine drug stores have saved an estimated $1.5 million since the state started up its “point of sale” computer system authorizing prescriptions for Medicaid clients. The processing system put into service just eight months ago tells pharmacists on the spot whether Medicaid will… Read More
    Husson College men’s soccer coach Mitch Ellisen figures his team should know what playoff soccer is all about as the Braves enter Saturday’s Maine Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals at Thomas College in Waterville. “We feel we’ve already been in two playoff games because we had… Read More
PITTSFIELD — The Winter/Spring program of the SAD 53 Adult Education department will begin the week of Jan. 23. Registration for all classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Warsaw Middle School library. Enrollment can also be accomplished by calling the… Read More
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PORTLAND — Federal trials will be moved from Portland to Bangor next year while the U.S. Courthouse undergoes a 16-month, $10 million renovation, U.S. District Judge Gene Carter said. The courthouse will be vacant while a new courtroom is built and the building’s mechanical systems… Read More
    PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield Police on Monday were investigating reports of two weekend break-ins. According to Chief William Lawrence, a break-in at the Vickery School during the weekend netted thieves stamps and change. The break-in was similar to a break-in last week at the Manson Park… Read More
AUGUSTA — Gov. John R. McKernan has announced that Arnold Schwarzenegger, internationally known athlete and movie star, will be the speaker at the Governor’s Distinguished Lecture Series Wednesday, April 24, at the University of Maine at Augusta. Schwarzenegger, who serves as chairman of the President’s… Read More
The “groundswell” of opposition expected against the $6.2 million, SAD 28 budget surfaced in voting in Camden and Rockport on Tuesday night. The budget was rejected and will have to be reworked and presented again to the voters. In other voting, Lawrence Nash bested attorney… Read More
    BANGOR – Stephanie (Stevie) Dunham and Caleb McGary met at age 8 while taking a class at Caleb’s mother’s dance studio, River City Dance, and while performing with Robinson Ballet. Since that age they have danced in “The Nutcracker,” performing various roles separately or partnered… Read More
    BANGOR – Penobscot Theatre continues its 35th anniversary season with two productions for the holiday season – the Tony-nominated family musical “A Year With Frog and Toad,” and the uproarious comedy for mature audiences, “A Tuna Christmas.” The productions run through Dec. 23 at the… Read More
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    ORONO – What better time than the holidays to hold the popular Maine Indian Basketmakers Sale and Demonstration, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, University of Maine. The event offers the public an opportunity… Read More
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    Because of anticipated state and federal budget cuts, elderly residents at some Maine assisted living facilities will no longer be served breakfast beginning on Jan. 1. Freese’s Assisted Living in Bangor, Stearns Assisted Living in Millinocket and Merry Gardens Estates in Camden will continue to… Read More
    From the governor’s office to the showrooms of small auto dealerships throughout the state, many Mainers are paying close attention to the proposed $15 billion bailout of U.S. automakers. Most involved in the industry are hoping that the U.S. Congress will vote to give the… Read More
    BELFAST – State and local police converged on a High Street home after a male occupant was shot to death there Tuesday morning. Police said a woman was being questioned in connection with the shooting and a weapon was recovered. googletag.cmd.push(function () { // Define… Read More
    BANGOR – Fraser Papers Ltd. has sued a Michigan firm in U.S. District Court seeking payment for 1.8 million pounds of specialty paper manufactured at Fraser’s Madawaska facility and shipped to North Carolina between May 5 and June 2. In the breach-of-contract lawsuit filed Monday,… Read More
    ORONO – The Maine Better Transportation Association will host a program Thursday evening at the Best Western Black Bear Inn titled “Flight Plan: Weathering Turbulence and Finding Opportunity in the Passenger Air Travel Market.” The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. Rebecca Hupp,… Read More
    BREWER – The national slowdown in the auto industry will cause a temporary shutdown at Brewer Automotive Components. Company officials are anticipating a two-week shutdown starting Dec. 19 at the Brewer factory, where 117 workers make suspension and steering components for Toyota of North America… Read More
    The country’s health insurance industry was praised last week for joining the national debate over universal health coverage. Pledges to give up its ability to reject people with pre-existing medical conditions and its longstanding objection to guarantees of insurance coverage could represent a significant change for the insurance… Read More
    A loan program unveiled last week fills an important void by targeting money to small businesses in rural and downtown areas. The new loans also come at a critical time when credit markets across the country remain frozen. Coastal Enterprises, Inc. was selected by the… Read More
    Several readers have written in about whether it is possible for President-elect Barack Obama to become president before Jan. 20. While the chances of this happening are virtually nil, there are constitutional paths to such a development. One would be for Condoleeza Rice to resign… Read More
    There’s an intimidating picture on the front page of the Dec. 3 Bangor Daily News It shows an individual brandishing the Bible like some club with which to throttle those Christians (like me) who look into Scripture and see Christ’s words of love and tolerance. Read More
    Almost every day on TV one will view the suffering of little children who are victims of war, pestilence, famine and natural disasters. Then again there are agencies, which rescue children from picking in city dumps. If a civilization cannot control birth rates compared to… Read More
    It’s good that the Bangor Daily News highlights the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“Eleanor’s Declaration,” Dec. 8) and that the BDN states that “few in the West would argue these basic claims that come with being human.” One aspect of the human rights… Read More