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Educational technician Kathleen Cowperthwaite monitors a math station with students Chloe Skinner and Mylee Sylvia while Commissioner Bill Beardsley observes in Houlton on Dec. 22, 2015.

LePage pulls back education chief nomination

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Gov. Paul LePage announced Tuesday that he has temporarily withdrawn his nomination of William Beardsley for education commissioner, citing opposition that is growing on the Legislature’s Education Committee.

Conservationists donate funds to complete Penobscot River restoration

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An infusion of $650,000 from the Nature Conservancy and the Atlantic Salmon Federation will help finish what has been called the “largest river restoration project in the country.”
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Portland knocked out of top spot in annual ‘Cozy Cities’ ranking

“We searched the entire United States for cities and towns of varying sizes that inspire coziness year round.”

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Bangor’s Emily Gilmore drives the lane past Oxford Hills’ Jayden Colby during their basketball game on Jan. 26 in Bangor. Gilmore will lead Bangor when it plays in the first Class AA North tourney at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Lewiston at the Augusta Civic Center.

Class AA quarterfinals kick off expanded five-class basketball tournament

The historic expansion of Maine high school basketball from four classes to five last spring was rooted in the need to address congestion within the state’s smaller-school divisions.


Children walk as the sun sets in Kabul city December 9, 2012.

Quiz: How much do you know about the cultures of Maine immigrants?

Let’s see if you are familiar with these cultural aspects of Somalia, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Afghanistan and Iran.



New music including Junior Boys, Massive Attack, Porches and Holy Ghost! on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

New tracks from Chairlift, School Of Seven Bells and Wild Nothing premiered on the show this week, while the retro alternative set looked back at the year 1979, one of the most fruitful ever for alternative rock, punk and New Wave.

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