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Steam locomotive 470 chugged into Union Station marking the last visit to Bangor of a Maine Central steam train in this 1954 file photo.
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Passenger trains in Bangor: A vision of the future or a pipe dream?

The state’s sole passenger rail service has been a slow-blooming flower. The Amtrak Downeaster train began in December 2001 as a tourist attraction, running between Boston and Portland, but it has grown steadily.
Safi Paulo (center) is surrounded by her children shortly after returning home from work, checking Facebook on her smartphone while chatting with her sister-in-law Yalla Kaluta (not shown) and relaxing in the kitchen in the family's home in Thomaston.
Maine Focus

When these refugees shared their loneliness, Maine overwhelmed them with kindness

More than 75 people said they would help the first refugee family to be resettled in small-town Maine, offering everything from land to farm, to rowing lessons, to help with babysitting.
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The old Asylum nightclub in Portland is now called Aura and it's huge

The graffiti mural wall off Free Street was destroyed to make way for the improved stage, but owners have hired the same artist to create a new one.
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Portland police shoot man at Union Station Plaza

Portland police shot a man who reportedly was wielding a BB gun.

Etna man, 36, dies in snowmobile crash in Newport

An Etna man died early Saturday morning in Maine’s sixth snowmobile-related fatality this season.

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