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Doctors will finally be paid to talk to patients about how they want to die. But it doesn’t mean they will

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It has been six years since political rhetoric over “death panels” spiked a proposal that would have allowed doctors to bill Medicare for discussing end-of-life options with their patients — despite evidence that the conversations lead to more satisfied loved ones and lower costs.

Lincoln food pantry gears up in wake of mill bankruptcy

“We help each other out when it’s needed,” Steve Clay said. “That’s the way it’s always been.”
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Bethany Ward inside her 2005 modular home that is full of mold she believes is making her sick.

No place like home: Wiscasset couple struggles with moldy house

Bethany Ward didn’t learn the cause of her sickness until this summer, when she opened an access panel to get to the plumbing and discovered that her house harbored an ugly, unhealthy secret: It was ridden with mold.

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Corky the Shusky gets her first taste of retail shopping on a trip to Bangor.

It’s a good idea to never take me shopping

Bangor man seriously injured in Sidney crash

A Bangor man suffered life-threatening injuries in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday morning on Interstate 95 in Sidney.

El Faro sister ship North Star loses power, drifts for hours

A sister ship of cargo ship El Faro, which sank Oct. 1 during Hurricane Joaquin with a crew that included Maine Maritime graduates, spent hours adrift off the coast of Canada.


Shoppers walk in downtown Bangor during Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday.

Where will you buy your gifts this holiday season?

“So, what are people spending money on? Gifts, of course. Survey respondents say they planned to spend an average of $487 on gifts, a 6 percent increase over last year.”


Seth Reardon walks the length of the gym floor at LA Fitness with the assistance of his trainer and gym owner Louie Morrison. Reardon has been a power-lifter for over 20 years in spite of having been born with cerebral palsy. The Orrington resident has been among the top disabled bench-press competitors in the world for several years. On the right is Mark Johnson, who drives Reardon to his appointments, because he is unable to operate a motor vehicle.

Champion Maine weightlifter with cerebral palsy grateful for support

It was during his college years, after a bad breakup and bouts of drinking, that Seth Reardon’s brother, Lance, a competitive weightlifter, offered him a distraction. Soon, the weight room served as Reardon’s refuge — a healthier form of anger management and stress relief.


Graduate student Lisa Izzo releases a shortnose sturgeon into the Penobscot River after measuring the fish and implanting a small tagging device.

UMaine researchers track, document sturgeon movement

“We think it’s very encouraging that we’re seeing fish start to explore regions of the river past the [former] dam, up to the portions that we think spawning might happen,” said Michael Kinnison.


Three generations of women from one Bangor family have become active in environmental advocacy. From left are Connie Potvin, Beth Martin, Lyn Rohman and Amelia Potvin.

3 generations of Maine family fighting to counteract climate change

“I’m not an expert, and I don’t have scientific credentials,” Lyn Rohman said. “My strongest motivation is the responsibility I feel to the next generation. We have an opportunity to stop this, and we have to take advantage of it.”

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