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Shannon Gilliam, 48, of West Bath talks about trying for nearly a decade to find appropriate and effective mental health care for her son Brandan Gilliam,  who suffers from bipolar disorder, recently in West Bath.

How the system failed a Maine family, landing a mentally ill son in jail

As elected leaders, medical professionals and the media debate how to deal with Maine’s opiate addiction and mental health crises, Shannon Gilliam lives amid the fallout of a system that’s failed her son.
Acrobat Catalina Nock checks her equipment on Thursday while setting up for Friday's opening of the Bangor State Fair.
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You can see a 9-foot alligator at the Bangor State Fair

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For the first time in its history, the fair will feature an alligator show courtesy of Jimmy Riffle of Animal Planet’s “The Gator Boys.”
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The Portland area is pretty stoned, statistically speaking

Cumberland County residents consume marijuana considerably more often, and are much less worried about its health effects, than the average American.

Rangeley incident leaves one person dead, two injured

A man is dead and two others injured after a confrontation at a home early Thursday morning.
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Undercover footage shows alleged inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns at Hillandale Farms, New England’s largest egg producer, which operates a facility in Turner, Maine.
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Maine egg production facility not among those going cage-free

While one of the country’s leading egg suppliers has announced a plan to transition to “cage-free” systems, the company won’t be making changes to its facility in Maine — the same facility that was the focus of an undercover filming operation alleging animal cruelty there.

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Kay Beal smiles and sings along while listing to a customized selection of music on her iPod on Tuesday in the common area at Narraguagus Bay Health Care in Milbrige. Beal is involved in the Music and Memory program aimed at tapping into the memories of people with dementia.
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How music is improving life for dementia sufferers in Maine

There are 40 facilities in Maine in the process of bringing the program on board thanks to a national effort to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes and some grant funding.

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On a recent evening, just before the sky began transforming into shades of reds, oranges, purples and pinks, my kids and I stopped at Broadway Park …

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